And so then it was day five of this awesome trade show thingy, and then we were on the way home.
View from the hotel room that morning. It looks chilly, doesn't it? Yeah, no. That was like 80% humidity looks like. And it's not chilly. It's hot and it's muggy. Pretty in a picture, though.
This is how I traveled around the whole convention, but Opie (the one with the rockin elephant) had a different way to travel.
I think she probably had a great view from up there (and that's Opie's companion, Lori. She runs the miniature store that Opie is taking over hanging around in, called Happily Ever After in VA. Nice lady, for a human and all.)
I came. I saw. I shopped.
And then we were back on the road.
Which is exhausting, turns out. But we all really wanted to be home.
We ended up driving until we just couldn't drive anymore, caught a nap in a rest stop, and then we were back on the road.
We stopped in Junction City to say "hi" to David's brother on our way back and saw this awesome house. Check out that apex trim! Gorgeous!
I had no idea houses like this existed for real. It looks like a giant dolls house!
Driving and driving and more driving, but we knew when we were back in Colorado. And WOW did we miss it.
It was a great trip, but it's really great to be home. And now there's so much going on here I have to tell you about! Life is never a dull moment in the Wylde Kingdom, and it's nice to be back.
But have you ever been wandering on the internet and tripped over something SO cool, you just had to tell someone (everyone) about it?
That just happened to me.
This is Roaming Roy, and his friend Elissa.
Roy is a kind of Puppet, and there's more information about him here - About Roy, and I think Elissa is a kind of Human (the Australian kind, I think.)
They wander and go places, which is super cool, but the blog is also about strange, historical items and what they're used for (and what people THINK they might be used for, which is sometimes pretty funny). Elissa explains the blog here - What is the Tingle Factor Box?, but you should just get a cup of tea, and go read the whole thing. Their blog is just fascinating. The Tingle Factor Box
Seriously, you should go check it out.
I have no idea what I was searching for that lead me to find Roy and Elissa this morning, but I'm so glad that I did. They don't know me, or that I'm posting this, talking about them. I hope they're not horrified to find that they've been blogged about by an American Pixie.
I DID get to meet the amazing Nancy Van Horn, dollhouse construction expert extraordinaire!
And she autographed a book for me. AWESOME!!!
There was lots of wandering.
More stuff to see. Wander, wander, wander.
And then off to dinner!
We almost got lost, but really, following someone with a license plate like that, what did we expect?
We had dinner with my old friend, Opie, and her new family. She's got an awesome new mode of transportation. Seriously, I need to get me one of these.
She brought me presents.
Bats in a box... yes, a very Opie gift indeed.
We had a great time catching up and talking about her new life in Virginia. I guess she's hanging out at a miniature shop there, now called Happily Ever After, and she said the people are just the nicest. It's good to hear.
And then it was one more day and a drive home. Whoopee! But I'll show you the pictures anyway. Next time.
And she's going to be at Aztec. So I will be getting her autograph. :)
The view from our hotel room was lush and green. Not that Colorado isn't green, but it's more of a "pine-tree" kind of green, not so much a "lush, tall, reedy things that a pixie would be lost in in a matter of minutes" kind of green. Pretty. Scary. But pretty.
I guess it was an oversight that they didn't put my name on our buyer badge, but I fixed it.
I didn't get to meet Nancy the first night, but I got to meet someone else who is a hero of mine.
She makes dolls. Amazing, beautiful dolls. These guys stormed the whole Wylde Kingdom and we have doll meetups sometimes, just so all of our awesome Angel Children dolls can play together.
I knew I needed to bring home a new doll for my personal collection (though we ordered a bunch for the store too).
Her official name is Gretchen, I think. I don't know what her name name is yet. I haven't gotten to know her that well.
But she was made by the actual, honest to goodness, Ethel Hicks. I think she was surprised I wanted to meet her, but as Wendy told her "You make dolls. You're a creator of dolls. To a doll, that makes you a pretty big deal."
She was super nice too.
And then we got so busy I didn't take any more pictures. But I have more to show you about day 4. I'll get that updated tomorrow!
So I was wrong. Kansas had one more cool thing in store for me.
I got to have breakfast with a storm chaser.
Like a guy who chases storms. Like tornadoes.
Like "Twister" (though he said that wasn't a very realistic movie).
Anyway, his name is Jerry Bruce and he chases tornadoes across Kansas. He gets on the radio and tells people where they are, so people can get out of the way.
He showed me pictures of some of the tornadoes he's seen. Curls my hair to think about being that close to something that dangerous (a tornado, not Jerry). He's been within an 8th of a mile from one of these things. Dang.
To be honest, I haven't me a lot of humans who've actually saved someones life. It was really cool. And I always thought storm chasing was kind of silly, I didn't understand how important it really was until I talked to Jerry about it. Nice guy. Awesome job. Tasty breakfast too!
And then I saw a giant ball of barbed wire. Yeah... we're still in Kansas.
But soon we were on our way to Kansas City and Venezuela Missouri.
There are big, big rivers in this neck of the woods. That's a lot of water.
It's all green and lush here.
Navigating is a lot easier when a) you have an awesome GPS and b) you're in the middle of freakin nowhere. There was just NOTHING anywhere around us.
Well, except for giant rivers.
And awesome bridges.
When I wasn't reading the GPS I was riding in the cup holder. Not as comfortable as it could be.
But I made it a bit more homey.
We drove straight through from Junction City, Kansas to Streetsboro, Ohio. That's like a million miles (I dunno, more like 926. A lot.) About 14 HOURS of driving. We rolled up to our hotel at about 3 a.m. and slept like rocks.
Tomorrow... day one of the trade show! I'll let you know what we find!