Sunday, November 8, 2009

Weekend Get-Away Part I

This weekend was my much-anticipated trip to Indy to see two dear, fun pals.

Today, we'll focus on fun pal number one, since I saw her first.

Her name is Jen. Maybe you've heard of her?

We had our first date a few months back and now so much time had lapsed, I was sure that she had moved on to greener pastures. I feared that the spark may have faded, on her end.

I was terrified that she just wasn't that into me. I mean, would you go on a second date with someone who dripped orange popsicle on her shirt and wore it around for the rest of the day on your first date? I also burned the bread. And I think I may have almost killed her while pulling out of our lane to go pick blueberries.

(We're even on that one - and that's all I'll say about that.)

Here's one thing I learned about her this weekend:

She appreciates a blue, foam aardvark super-glued to a pretty package.

That's rare today, folks. And it pretty much told me all I needed to know.

It is with a huge sigh of relief that I report to you that the love was not lost. Aren't we a cute couple? Too bad we posed for this in hour 9, rather than hour one, although I think we wear our weariness rather well.

First stop: Anthro. We browsed and yakked and didn't spend a dime.

Second stop: Chick-Fil-A drive thru. She inspired me to have the char-grilled chicken rather than the breaded. I shared my fries. I spilled two different things on my weirdo cargos. I think she now sees this as an unfortunate and inescapable fact of my life.

Third stop: A fantastic flea market. Jen batted her eyelashes at all the bearded men and had them eating out of her hand. I found some lovely gems and we didn't fight over a single thing, although truth be told, she had home-court advantage and beat me to a few items...

Fourth stop: The Flying Cupcake.

Consider me inspired by this wallpaper. If you don't believe me, just ask Ebay.

Every inch of this salivicious place was decked out in vintage swoonery.

Don't forget to choose a topper! (And apparently it's ok if you change your mind mid-line.)

Jen's chair.

My chair.

Jen's Pucker Up topped with quirky mushroom.

My coconut (almost went lemon, but this one was bigger) topped with ballerina.

Fifth stop: Girly Chic Boutique. Same owners as Flying Cupcake. Same drop-dead delicious decor. And I dropped the ball. I didn't take a single photo, other than this lovely outdoor cabbage.

I don't know what happened. I froze up! I'm gun-shy when it comes to asking if I can photograph privately owned boutiques. I've been denied and I didn't want Jen to think me uncouth.

The highlight of this stop was the amazing chunky resin bracelet I found for $15. Today was its inaugural wearing and we are now fast friends.

Sixth stop: Uber. Again - no photos, other than this strange outside shot.

Behold - Chippy chairs, screwed right to the brick facade! Genius.

The shop was amazing. A tad pricey. I felt so fancy! So "Laura Ingalls travels to Mankato"!

Final stop: Jen's home, where I had the pleasure of meeting her unruly gang. They are fantastic. I felt right at home, which I believe to be a special thing, seeing as how this was only our 2nd date and all.

That Jen, she sure knows how to show a girl a good time. Oh, and she's a killer cook.

ps - I was in her studio. Trust me, that's totally worth a little jealousy.


  1. Three things:
    1: Hi! I think you are awesome.
    2: I love your picture of the corn field(my favorite so far)
    3: I love that you chose the coconut over the lemon because it was bigger. That is how I roll.

  2. Incredible! I can't wait to see more!
    Love those chairs on the brick!


  3. Sounds like a fun "second date" and Fishers huh?? Small world, we have friends in Fishers(been there once).

    Oh and I love The Flying Cupcakes chairs and wallpaper and the toppers, Miss Emma would love your choice of the ballerina :o)

  4. Oooh...cupcakes!!! Did you know that the founders of Chick-Fil-A, Carl's Jr. and Colonel Sanders himself are/were all Believers? Yup, I saw vintage interviews with them on the scary Christian channel recently. You know the one I mean?

    : )

    Julie M.

  5. Sounds so fun...and I LOVE your pictures...what a fantastic time you had...and those chairs...I LOVED! {all of them}

  6. Okay, I didn't cheat and I wrote my post before I read yours. I'm totally like that too. It's freaky weird how similar the posts are. I'm so, so sorry about the near death/dismemberment part of our day. I hope we can put it behind us. So funny that you are hunting for wallpaper now. I am hunting for a chair for Emma's new desk that is like my chair from The Flying Cupcake! I enjoyed every moment of our day and can't wait to see you again.

  7. Shannan, I just read Jen's post, and now fun how fun!

    Salivicious? My new favorite word.

    Great ideas.

    Glad you had such a great time!

  8. Popped over from Jen' did I not know there was another such awesome blogger in IN? Love your place and will be back to play.

  9. Glad you had a great date ;) Sounds like it was perfect. My friends down in Indy LOVE the Flying Cupcake. Looks pretty awesome.

  10. It sounds so fun! I'm off to Anthro today and have been looking forward to it for days!!! I would've chosen the coconut cupcake too! It's so wonderful to make such amazing friends through blogging. (that is how you met, right)

  11. That sounds like a perfect day...every thing you did from Anthro to the cupcake place sounded like soooo much fun. Can I come along next time?;)

  12. Wishing I would have known about The Flying Cupcake when I lived down there. :(
    Sounds like a delightful day!

  13. Fishers looks like it has a whole heck of a lot going on, way much more that the City here! How can it be? Swoony time, glad you had fun! I bet your kids would have loved those cupcakes!

  14. Wow. You had me at cupcake.

    What a fun date! Who wouldn't love a superglued foam aardvark? I know I'd love it!

  15. what a fun second date, probably the best i have heard yet!!! Sounds like a lovely day, topped with a ballerina no less!

  16. Oh my gosh! Looks like you had a fabulous time! I am thinking of trying to plan a long weekend in Indy for the hubs and myself. There is just so much to do! I am soooo heading to The Flying Cupcake if I am in the area! The chairs were awesome...and there is nothing better than a good cupcake! ;o) ~mary~

  17. i wish i was there with you!
    how fun. i want to go to the flying cupcake so bad! it is beautiful.

    thank you so much for the sweet book. it was so kind of you. it's nice to be thought of. thank you sweet shannon.

  18. how is it that you and B both know about a cupcake joint and we've never dated there. Out is Mad Anthony's and IN with the cupcakes!

  19. Ooooh this is a beautiful post!!! :D