A couple of weeks ago while looking on Facebook, I saw an upcoming event with Spoonflower and the NCMA, North Carolina Museum of Art. I love Spoonflower and Raleigh isn't that far away. I haven't been away from my kids for a night in almost 6 years, so.... I bought the ticket. Yea!
I found a sitter, a hotel and planned a great outfit and was counting down the days, to a night. All. By. Myself. The day finally came!! Now, I'm not much of a planner. Some of you may be surprised by that. As a mom, I'm on it. I have it under control-ish. (sort of!) I've got their schedule down. Breakfast, activity, lunch, reading, activities, homework, dinner, bath, stories, bed. Done. It works. My own life? I fit it in. Now my husband, on the other hand, every detail is meticulously nailed down. Thought out. No need for Plan B. Where as I am on very friendly terms with Plan D. Life is fun for us. I prefer to go with the outline. It works and results in few disappointments.
As I was leaving, he calls from work. He asks the usual questions. Do I have gas? yes. Do I know where I'm going? Sure. Where are my directions? In my car, I say. (my phone is in my car after all.) Did you check the weather? Did I check the weather?? It's August. In the South. It's going to be hotter 'en hell. Why bother checking the weather?
So I go on my way. Siri was great with directions. Flawless, actually. I arrived on schedule with 30 minutes to check into the hotel, change and get to the museum. The museum. I forgot to check how far that was from the hotel. How far could it be? I mean the hotel was in Durham and the museum in Raleigh. It's pretty close. I'll check. 39 minutes! ouch. I'll make it. I tell the valet that I am parking but will be down in 10 minutes to leave again.
I walk in the hotel. Wow! It's pretty great. I couldn't decide if I was more excited about creating my own fabric or staying in the fab 21C Hotel. 21C. The magenta penguin and all. I quickly change and dash back to the car. It's pouring down rain. Damn. I realize that my raincoat and umbrella are in my front hall at home where they have been drying since last Tuesday's storm. I forgot to put them back in my car. Oh well, I was sure it would stop by the time I get to Raleigh. It didn't. So there I was, in the parking lot of the North Carolina Museum of Art. In a huge downpour. Unprepared. This would never have happen if I had my children with me. I actually contemplated calling Uber for a ride from the parking lot to the East building. (a three minute walk).
My strongest quality is that I am resourceful. I always have been. So I thought, what do I have in my car that I can use to protect my dress and bag from the storm? Nothing in the backseat. Nothing much under the cover in the hatch. Grocery bags, a snorkel, a few lego pieces. Damn. Why had I cleaned up a bit? So I lifted up the floor cover, BINGO! There was a plastic liner that I use when I haul trees, shrubs and mulch. And I had my workbag. Plastic lining, scissors and tape... think Project Runway! Make a rain cover with what is available in your car. Go! After a quick measure and wrap that gave me flashbacks of younger days of quick changes in the car. I was all set.
I arrived to the building completely dry and deposited my "coat" just to the side of coatcheck. On the floor. Next to the umbrellas. The event was great! There was a bar and food. Also, just outside the door was a refurbished little truck and trailer with ice-cream. It had stopped storming and there was a brilliant rainbow smiling over the ice-cream trailer. After a glass of wine, I went out to get an ice-cream. I swear if a bedazzled unicorn had flown out of that rainbow I would not have been surprised. The night was just like that. Crafts. Wine. And bourbon ice-cream.
Spoonflower and the North Carolina Museum of Art know how to have a craft party. There were six craft stations set up. We were invited to try one or as many as we could fit in before nine. No problem. I did them all. Make your own coaster, tassel keychain, fabric necklace, hoop and fabric air plant planter, design your own fabric, and a phone case sticker. Each one was super easy and a delight to see the fabrics that Spoonflower chose for us to play with.
As the evening came to a close, I gathered my goodies and set out to find my way back to the hotel. What a night! I have my Spoonflower Handbook, a head full of ideas, Photoshop and Illustrator at the ready to go home and send off some new fabric ideas to print. I think that Little Stitch Studio and The Chrysler Museum need to partner up to bring an event like this to Norfolk.