As always, the adventure began in lovely Seattle...a little trip to Pike's Place undoubtably gets one in the mood!
On to Port Townsend, and the discovery that an entire block right outside our digs was completely torn up and being worked, as in jack hammers and other noisy implements of destruction...not ideal but luckily, the workers had a four day weekend, beginning Thursday! And of course, the PT folks made the best of it...here's a little archway entrance into the disaster zone which still had open shops!
We came in a day early, and I was so glad. As much as I really enjoy Seattle, Pt. Townsend is just so lovely...I could spend months there. Plus we had a little extra time to hang out and let the fun really sink in. It had been two years since I had seen my AF buds...and neighbors, that's too long!!
Opening night at ArtFest! I was somewhat resistant to going but went anyway, and I am so glad I did...Teesha and Tracy talked a bit about general AF business and then...
First day of classes brought me to the dynamic duo of Cynthia Thornton and her charming brother, Andrew Thornton. It was a small class, less than ten I think~~very intimate! Cynthia and Andrew were wonderfully real, very authentic and generous. The class was a blast...probably my favorite, despite the wet washcloth....thank goodness I only had one class with her, right?! And, I still had fun, met some great people and learned an awesome technique! Thank you, Thorntons!!
Friday was spent with the soopacool Lana Guerra. I had been in Lana's wig class at AF'11 and she was lots of fun. The class was making dolls, Lana style. YAY!
Saturday, OH Saturday! Happily, I was in class with my BFF who knows how to roll...case in point, the upgrade at Hertz to the MacDaddyCaddy that I drove around PNW all week~~living large with Special K!!! Junker Jane was our sweet teacher and husband, DJ Dave, our lovely assistant and sewing machine repairman. Again, I was blessed with an incredibly nice teacher willing to share whatever I needed to complete my vision of a Monster Rag Doll!
Farwell, sweet AF...I will miss you!
Sunday, we were back in Seattle. After missing our turn back to Bainbridge, we finally found our way a different way. And on a mission to find a copy (or three) of Enchanted Adornments, a trip to the bead store was in order! After loading up on abunch of stuff there, and forgetting that we'd asked them to hold the books for us, (which meant another transaction at the beadstore), I was ready to lay down. Or have a drink. Or both. Which is what we did.
I can't remember the name of the hotel but Kim picked so of course, it was swanky with a great view. We were actually right across from a residential high rise that I spent a good deal of time peeping on...wish I'd brought my binoculars!
And the visit is never complete without a trip to Uwajimaya (kinda like Pike's Place)!
Mmmmm, Beard Papa's!!
Monday was our last day...=( But we got in one more trip to the bead store, a trip to the troll
Milkin' it for all it's worth!! But of course!