Wow. It is amazing how quickly the month of June has flown by us. It seems like just yesterday it was the "offical start of summer" and next week it's the 4th of July! I'm sure some of you, very dedicated an faithful followers who have probably checked to see if we have decided to share something, anything with you have given up hope on us as it has been over a month since I've sat down to share our shop happenings with you all. No-we weren't abduced by aliens or anything crazy like that...we've taken our show on the road and have spent more time out of the building it seems than we have in it. So, without further ado let's get you all caught back up to speed.
|We did decide to go eat breakfast in a park that was close by the last day we were in town. We were surprised upon our arrival to find that it was a Jaguar car show. We ate our "power breakfast" food by this cute little guy.|
|While walking to get to that park for our "power breakfast" we walked past a large Hallmark store. Hallmark has a big HQ stationed in Kansas City. This pretty carosel sat outside of their department store inside of this mall we walked in.|
|We also seen this captain, made entirely out of legos, inside of the mall by the Crayola crayon restaurant. Can you imagine trying to get your lego's positioned to create something like this?!?|
|We really had an enjoyable evening and hope that those who attended that evening felt it was fun as well. If you came out to see us that evening and enjoyed a glass of Sangria you can find the recipe on our website.|
|Thank you to so many of you from our home area who stopped in to say hello while you were taking in the quilts on display. It is always fun to see familiar smiling faces while out of the shop!|
|Isn't this kind of cool? These concreate shafts were spray painted in all sorts of colors and designs. This was one of the last things you saw before heading across the mighty Missouri into Iowa.|
|Thank you to www.destgulch.com for this lovely movie poster.|
Anyways. . .let's take a trip back in time to 1996 when the Movie Fargo was released.
Remember Errol? Well, while Darci was on the phone he interrupted the conversation to say
"Ma'am. Please don't take offense by this but after seeing the movie Fargo I always wanted to know if people really talked like that. And after talking with you tonight. . .I now know that they do!"
Greeaat. Errol from Norway thinks we talk funny.
We often laugh how obvious certain accents are to us. When someone from the southern U.S talk to us we think "whoa--they have a southern accent" When we were at market we loved listening to the designers from Australia talk because of that auzzie accent. We notice the accent when we talk with our friends from Canada. We hear it in phone conversations for pattern orders with ladies from New York. But us Minnesotans have an accent? OH YEAH!!
From Errol's account on the phone conversation to the many, many, many comments we had with gals who stopped by our booth we Minnesotans have quite an accent. We laughed about this topic in the car an awful lot on our journey to and from the hotel, and on the way home how much of a big surpirse this was. We instantly think of "How to Talk Minnesotan" or of the movie "New in Town" (or Fargo) and think haha...they are just making fun of us. . .or are they?
The other thing tha makes us smile in that photo of the movie poster above is the
"A Lot can happen in the middle of nowhere."
Where are you located?
We heard all sorts of good answers to that question when friends would ask each other where we were from while in our booth. Mostly the answer back (not from us) was They are in the middle of nowhere or surrounded by fricken corn fields or in no-mans-land.
We hear stuff like that a lot, epsecially during the state hop where we often hear about how anxious people are to get out of the corn fields. And the fact of the matter is, we live in prime farm land that grows not only corn, but beans (soy beans and etible beans), sugarbeets, wheat and in certain areas barley and peas.
We are located 20 miles southwest of Willmar right on Highway 23. We are approximately 1.02 miles off of the Highway 23/Highway 7 junction.
That last sentence makes us smile. If you have never been into Clara City hearing the words like Highway 23/Highway 7 junction makes us appear to be a big town. Reminds us of something you'd hear in the cities. But don't get too excited. . .we are only population 1,200.
While this typically works for putting us on the map there are many people who aren't familiar with the Willmar area and we think bigger and start off with our travel time from the cities.
We are about 2- 2 1/2 hours west of the twin cities.
When this doesn't work or other reference points get thrown out we start bouncing around from city to city and distances to distances and our list looks like this:
about 3 - 3 1/2 hours southeast of Fargo, North Dakota
about 2 hours west of Watertown, South Dakota
about 2 1/2- 3 hours northeast of Sioux Falls, South Dakota
about 3 1/2 hours northwest of Albert Lea, Minnesota
about 3 hours southwest of Park Rapids, Minnesota
about 1 1/2 hours southwest of St. Cloud, Minnesota
about 4 1/2 hours southwest of Duluth, Minnesota
and when one stops to think about all of that above. . .it kind of makes it sound like we are indeed out in the middle of nowhwere. I share this because even though we live here, it really makes us appreciate those of you who hop in your cars and come and visit us on an every-day trip and those who travel the whole state during the state hop. We know that many of you gals spend a long time in the car before you get to us and we hope that you'll find your next visit worth the trip.