Thursday, April 16, 2009

Why I haven't been able to wrap up the Portland Weekend

It's been two weeks since I left for Portland* for the Handmade Nation premiere and the PDXCraftgasm weekend. And though Diane, Lee, Susan, Pam, Kim, and more have written beautiful roundups of the weekend, I haven't been able to bring myself to.


Because then I just have to admit that it's all over, and that makes me crazy kinds of sad.

So here's my basic summary:

People-crafternoons-letterpress-japanese book store-blazers

people-crafternoons-letterpress-film-tiki drinks

people-crafternoons-letterpress-film-thai food-french toast-tiki bowl drinks

Clearly, the things that made the biggest impression on me over the weekend were the people - just some downright amazing folks. I got to see old friends, make new ones, and was constantly inspired. It was fun and exhausting and I need it to happen again. Very soon.

Since the people were so awesome on the trip, I'm going to do a few posts about them. I met the coolest people from across the country (literally!) and across the craft spectrum. All were kind, generous, creative and supportive, and they were all doing some really cool things. I think sharing some of that with you all will help you understand why I'm still - after two weeks - having a hard time adjusting back to reality. Stay tuned ....

* For once in my life, I was not camera happy and took very few pictures. I think that's a sure sign that I was too much in the moment to record the moments. I'm kicking myself now, though, so I'm borrowing pictures from the PDX Craftgasm Flickr pool. Thanks, lovelies. :)


  1. I haven't been able to write a proper wrap-up, either, for much the same reasons. I've felt pretty stuck about it. Really, what I have to do is just relax back into life post-craftgasm -- make stuff, read stuff, and stay in touch with everyone. I love your idea for how to process it more, and I'm looking forward to reading it all! xoxoxo

  2. I'm in the same boat - I thought I'd have multiple posts about Craftgasm, but now I can't write anything more. So much happened, and so much of it was so huge - very difficult to boil down into a coherent post.

    And I wish we were all still together right now.

  3. Thanks for the "more" link, 'tis me, Melissa. I had a great time but you got the best pictures!


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