Craftster MeetUp in VA

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I love meeting people through Craftster. Last weekend, I loaded Mr. ‘Coo up in the car and headed up to Virginia to meet some new friends. 

cackle and I have organized several swaps together, and we always chat on the phone both when we plan the swap and then again when we partner people up. Generally, those “short” conversations last a couple of hours or more, so we decided it was only right for us to finally have a face to face visit. MissingWillow lives close by, and Killam Creative was willing to make the drive from her house, so the four of us decided to have a Craftster meetup last weekend, filled with a little swapping, a little junk store shopping, great eating, many bottles of red wine, and lots of laughter. Here are a few highlights of our visit. Special thanks to Killam Creative, who took all of these beautiful photos, with the exception of the one to the left.

When I arrived at cackle’s house, she was in the process of frosting an amazing six layer chocolate cake. It was so beautiful we felt the need to dig right in. Here we are with forks, spoons and fingers at the ready. From left to right, that’s Killam Creative, cackle, me (rackycoo), and MissingWillow.

Of course we couldn’t meet without swapping, so we each picked a theme, and then made each other tins. It was so much fun to exchange the tins in person! Here are all the tins together. 

If you want to see some larger photos, I posted the tins I made here. To see MissingWillow’s posts about her tins, click here and here. cackle posted here, and Killam Creative posted here and here. Whew, that’s a lot of tins!

Every meal was delicious. Both cackle and MissingWillow are accomplished chefs. Here’s cackle cooking up some mushrooms for some quesadilla appetizers. Doesn’t this picture look like it came out of a cooking magazine? Killam Creative has a great camera and some wicked photography skills.
We visited Missing Willow farm on Saturday night. It’s so beautiful! Before dinner, we took a little tour of the farm and met the animals. We all got a chance to help milk the goats, and then we met the farm babies: lambs, goats and baby turkeys. So sweet! Before we went in to dinner, we gathered eggs from the hens. Aren’t the colors beautiful?
Saturday was shopping day. They have some wonderful antique/junk stores nearby. Perfect for altered art supply shopping! We had to split up a bit during the shopping, in order to avoid ugly fights over the best items. Here’s my stash of goodies; that empty clock case on the right was a highly coveted item. Don’t worry, though, everyone had some great finds. When we got back home, we all shared things we bought in multiples, like trading stamps, doll arms, and funky old hardware.

I always love meeting other Craftsters! It’s especially nice when they live within driving distance. We had such a wonderful time together that I can’t wait to host our next get together in my home town.

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  1. Knickertwist says:

    Jealous! When are you all going to cross the border and visit me? Bring some of that fantastic junk and food if you do… I’ll trade you in drinks for it 🙂

  2. HRSG says:

    Jealous! It looks like a wonderful way to spend a weekend.

  3. cackle says:

    We all had so much fun! It was a blast getting together with you three crafty, funny ladies! And great that Mr. Coo, Mr. cackle and Mr. MW got on so well. Let’s do it again!

  4. I miss you guys!

  5. Phizzychick says:

    What a fabulous weekend!

  6. It was so much fun. 🙂 I miss you guys, too!

  7. rackycoo says:

    We DEFINITELY need to do it again. Plan on it.

  8. jillybeans says:

    Wow, it looks like you all had so much fun!

  9. calluna says:

    That was a meeting-of-greats that NEEDED to happen. So glad you all got to get together…and jealous too, of course!

  10. sweets4ever says:

    Ahhh, such a beautiful blog and beautiful friends! Very jealous of this meetup! 🙂

  11. Samantha_McKay says:

    Fantabulous! Looks like a blast.

    Now I’m curious about where in VA, I’m in NOVA near Woodbridge.

  12. myrdda says:

    This was so sweet and so cool to read about! If Canada wasn’t so streeeeeeeeetchhhhhheeeedddd out where towns are concerned, it would be cool to try a Provincial meet. Very cool pictures, and it’s really neat to see pictures of real PEOPLE in Action. I’m glad you all had such a great time.

  13. Ffrogg526 says:

    FANTASTIC! Like everyone else, I’m so jealous and envious! Ya know… I’m only 2 hours away. ;D

  14. Witchhippie says:

    I would love to meet people in my area. From doing the ACT swap I see that there are several of us just an hour or so away!!

  15. Leah says:

    Love seeing real live craftster meetups happen!

  16. jennieingram says:

    So very jealous ladies! I keep hoping pinkleo and I can find a way to meet up some day!

  17. autumnkisses says:

    Sounds like you had a great time, I love reading missing willow’s blog so I’m jealous you got to take the tour!

  18. rackycoo says:

    I loved Missing Willow farm, especially the baby goats and sheep. Anyone who is thinking of having a meetup, do it! I can’t even tell you how much fun it was.

  19. We’re at the other end of the state, Samantha_McKay. Near Martinsville.

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