They say the best laid plans are those laid aside? This morning I got up with every intention of visiting Aquarius Books, but after tooling away an hour or so sipping latte and examining the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain (shown above), I was itching to hit the road and decided to save Aquarius for the trip back. I really hate to say it, but I’m not sure Des Moines, Iowa was worth the rush. I’ve found bits and pieces of charm here and there, such as the displays in Gary’s Depot in Valley Junction (was sorely tempted to take that pink blender home with me)…Read More →

Got a bright and early start this morning and made it to Kansas City! Absolutely glorious day and it seems like the planets are aligning perfectly to make sure I take in all the goodness I possibly can!! First stop was Mrs. O’Leary’s Mercantile in Wichita, KS. I’ve been wanting to visit this store ever since I had the opportunity to take a class with owner, Joni Russell, last summer. Oh my, this place is an absolute treasure trove for a crafty hunter/gatherer like me… well, here, see for yourself… Two hours later, I drug myself away, grabbed a quick lunch and headed out forRead More →

Have been busy today marking off lists and finishing last minute errands in preparation for my big trip… Important items to pack: Misty and Katie’s books Art journal and art supplies Cameras (yep – two!) Phone, iPad and chargers Kettle and tea bags and that’s all I need 😉 Places to stop along the way: Mrs. Oleary’s Mercantile in Wichita, KS Aquarius Books in Kansas City, MO A Store Named Stuff in Kansas City, MO Outstamping Designs in Des Moines, IA and anyplace else that strikes my fancy Errands: Mail “Plant a Kiss” prize – congrats to lucky winner Kate!! Grocery Store (Hungry Mans forRead More →