Well, technically it’s not my fault I left Ohio – my family moved and, being 11, I thought it prudent to stay close to the pack.
And, of course, they lied to me.
They told me we were moving to California (true!) home of Disneyland (true). I was on board because close proximity to Disneyland would help me achieve my, then, life-goal of being a Mousketeer.
The fact that we were moving to Northern California – 300+ miles from the Magic Kingdom and that the Mickey Mouse Club had gone off the air before I was born and probably wasn’t going to be revived just for me….. was not made clear to me.
OK, so I guess they didn’t “lie” so much as not point out the minor flaws in my thinking. But I feel that is, if not lying, then it’s at least lie-adjacent.
You may call me “slow” but I prefer to think of myself as a “geographically challenged optimist.”
Bottom line – I left Ohio (partially of my own will) and my life-goal has not yet been fulfilled. And now, although I am happy with where I live, whenever I visit Ohio I’m reminded of what a great place it is.
So, I’m back from my trip back home! Family! Antiquing! and, of course, ICE CREAM!
Columbus is a major “test market” – I guess because it’s kind of smack dab in the middle of things. New food products, new restaurants, new technology – a lot of it gets tested in Columbus which explains why I tend to think of Ohio as “the source of all things.”
So I went back with a mission (I mean other than to celebrate my dad’s 90th and generally hang out with my family). I was hunting for things. And I found them.
First up - Hobby Lobby.To some of you that may not seem that amazing but there are no Hobby Lobbys in Los Angeles and somehow, no matter what it is I’m lacking Hobby Lobby probably has it.
And then my sister Paula took me out to seek vintage graphics and anitques and we ended up at a huge antique mall called, appropriately “Heart of Ohio.”I say huge and I mean it.
Paula and I arrived at 9:30AM. The next time I checked my watch it was 1:00 and we were about halfway through the building. We weren’t moving slowly – it’s just that vast! We left at 4 and I had found some great stuff and a lot of things I didn’t even know I was looking for.
More vintage postcard folders, dairy cap labels, tickets, an old car catalog and on and on…..
And Paula added to my vintage camera collection by buying me this!
It may look like a rather unassuming old camera but check it out
It’s a Transformer!
The front pops out and the top pops open and it is, totally cool!
(I honestly hadn’t realized I had an antique camera collection until about one camera ago – but apparently it’s my thing now)
OK, gotta go get to work. Things have been crazy busy at Etsy and I have the next big Patchwork show coming up this Sunday!
Lot’s more to share about Ohio in the coming week. And, the long awaited, long delayed reveal of my attempt at creating a workspace for myself.
Also I just realized that yesterday was my one year Blog-Aversary! And I wanted to say thank you so much to all of you who have read and commented and made me feel so very welcome in the blogosphere!