Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bloomington, IN: Bloomington Quilter's Guild Holiday Treasure Shop

The same weekend as the Handmade Market, the Convention Center also hosted the Bloomington Quilter's Guild Quilt Show. I did not attend the show, but as we walked into the Convention Center we were presented with this sign:

I can't ignore something that says "Holiday Treasure Shop"! So off we went down the hallway, even though we had no idea what to expect. What we found was literally a treasure trove of textile project supplies. It was like a huge yard sale for craft people (most quilters or other sewers).

If I had any fabric projects in mind, I probably would have bought a lot of things. The prices were yard sale prices. And there were tons of items ranging from quilting squares to yards of fabric to yarn to knitting needles.

(Just look at the prices!)

If you are in the market for some crafting supplies, make sure to check out the holiday treasure market next year!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Instagram photo!

Our first game this season, go Hoosiers! Mike Davis is coaching the other team. #indiana #basketball #iu #hoosiers #bloomington via Instagram http://ift.tt/1ETgf3y

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Weekend Links

Americans are the unhealthiest snackers in the world (We don't keep a lot of chips in the house these days, but it's a good reminder to eat more fruit. My mom would keep a giant bowl of cut, fresh fruit on the counter in our kitchen almost every day growing up, so we ate a ton back then.)

12 Weekend Habits of Highly Successful People

Plotting joke

Berlin Wall of Lighted Balloons (I visited Berlin in 2008 and have been to several sections along the wall or what used to be the wall, and the whole experience had a big impact on me. I actually felt like I couldn't smile in any photos. This is a beautiful way to celebrate the anniversary of the fall of the wall.)

Instagram photo!

Monon telecast party swag #depauw #beatwabash via Instagram http://ift.tt/1upms6d

Friday, November 14, 2014

Bloomington, IN: Hopscotch Coffee

A new coffee shop opened in town and my friend Christine and I went to check it out last weekend before the Handmade Market! She is a coffee lover; I actually don't like coffee at all, but their website told me they had hot chocolate so I was on board.

Hopscotch Coffee is located on the near south side of Bloomington (right at the place where one-way Walnut and College turn into two-way Walnut) on Dodds St. in a building known as the B-line Station. If you type in their address on Google Maps, you will get taken to a storage unit place a block short of where you really want to be. Keep going forward until you see a bright yellow building on your left. There is street parking out in front (no meters!) and also a parking lot in the back (which was on your left before you hit the building).

The sign and entrance for Hopscotch is at the very end of the building's porch, so keep walking until you find it.

Hopscotch sources their food items from a few local places around Bloomington, such as the Bloomington Bagel Company, Rainbow Bakery, and Piccoli Dolci (the farmer's market lady who always has a line a mile long -- for a reason).

You can also buy coffee to take home.

The atmosphere is friendly and intimate. It is not a big place at all, but there are several tables and booths. We actually sat at a cool bar on fun barstools.

I had a Piccoli Dolci croissant and a hot chocolate. The hot chocolate had what tasted like delicious homemade whipped cream (with cinnamon dusted on top!), and the croissant was amazing.

Christine had a lemon tart, also from Piccoli Dolci, and some kind of Ethiopian coffee she thought was really good (Christine, if you remember what you had, feel free to put it in the comments :) ). Like I said, I know nothing about coffee, but Christine has had quite a bit of coffee in her lifetime so I trust her opinion on this.

The back wall of the coffee shop was really cool. I thought it was wallpaper, but Christine pointed out that it was hand painted! How awesome is this. It's really neat in real life (much better than in a photo).

There is also outside seating if the weather is nice. It was pretty cold the morning we were there, though, so we sat inside and kept warm.

These three chairs are actually kid-sized! I hadn't seen tiny chairs like this before and thought they were awesome.

Hopscotch is right off the B-line trail, perfect to stop in on your morning walk and grab a bite to eat or something to drink. They are open Monday-Friday from 7am-8pm, Saturday from 8-8, and Sunday from 9-8.

Let me know if you check it out and what you got there! This whole section of town is looking at a great influx of businesses, so I'm sure I'll be back in this area sometime soon.