I’ve been lucky enough to meet a few of my Etsy pals in real life. Lauren of Ornametal just happens to be my neighbor, which I probably would never have known if not for hours of forum surfing during my former day job. And Michelle of Cicada Studio and I had a great visit (but too short!) last summer with our guys in New Jersey. Saturday afternoon I had dinner with Bridget off Perideau Designs–we had such a good time!
Turns out we both live in CT, about an hour apart from one another. So for a few weeks we had the plan to meet somehwere in the middle, which ended up being the New Mill Restaurant in Southington. It was a beautiful, old, historic building that had been restored–heavy wood beams, creaky spiral staircases, and even, yup, a working water wheel out front. I’d like to have a word with the interior designer and find out what they were thinking with all the lame animal print decor inside–but other than that, the place was perfect! At first I felt a little goofy about bringing in the camera, but as soon as I mentioned Bridgett said she had hers too, so we were even!
Being Valentine’s Day weekend an evening reservation was hard to get, so we planned to meet at the bar at 4:30 like a couple of senior citizens. Not surprisingly at that hour of the afternoon, a couple of real senior citizens were sitting beside us and we had a great time chatting with them. Apparently, they’re regulars and make friends with all the young ladies that come through!
We may have started early, but both of us were shocked when we looked at the clock for the first time and it was already 10 pm! Time flies when you’re having fun. We had some great food and plenty of wine–even had room for dessert. Of course we talked business. When I left to head out Dino jokingly said to me “Ohhh, you’re going to hang with the competition!” But there wasn’t even a hint of competitiveness in the room. I really admire Bridgett’s work and style and we both believe there’s room for everyone in this happy little handmade world! But more than business came up–babies, husbands, travel, day jobs, blogs, cooking…you name it, we covered it!
It was a laidback evening of effortless conversation with a new friend! I can’t wait to do it again.
Sunday was Valentine’s Day, so I didn’t feel guilty about lounging in bed all morning “recovering”. In fact, we lounged in bed all afternoon too–neither Dino or I even got dressed before 3 pm! I gently convinced him to stay in PJs with me and watch HGTV for a zillion hours. He never protests relaxation, so it was easy to twist his arm. We ended with taco night, more TV and fast asleep by midnight. How’s that for romance?!