Hiya guys, I'm back in Hawai`i. The whole program was a blast, and my presentation went really well; people are encouraging me to apply to more fellowships with the Smithsonian, which is makes me smile really big every time I think about it! I had so many great experiences, met so many nice people, and had a lot of fun ;) I only wish I was able to see more (including Julia Child's kitchen at the Museum of American History) but now I'll have more things to do when I get back to DC!
My shop is back and running, but it's going to take me a little bit to get things back to normal. Just an update; I'm still working on fabric development, but I've just discovered a new fabric printing website; fabric on demand. I've heard that their printing quality is actually better than spoonflower (they may do better printing reds). I'm going to check it out before I offer the option for customers to order berrysprite fabric.
Working on August's calendar... it'll be an amigurumi this time; Here's a one word hint: "savvy" Hee hee, I bet you just have more questions now, but that's part of the fun!
I also am still actively working on my patterns. Although I initially decided not to include too many pictures, I've since thought that more pictures would make the pattern easier to follow and will enhance what customers get for their money. So, I'm actually re-making all of the items I want to have patterns for and photographing every step.
Thanks for all the well wishes while I was on my trip guys; I thought I'd share some highlights with you all:
Best meal eaten: Pulled buffalo burger and yucca fries, with a pineapple aqua fresca from the National Museum for the American Indian cafe, Misitam. If you are in DC this is a must visit museum... shell out the big bucks for traditional foods and Native American inspired gourmet cuisine!
Coolest thing to do: Visit the monuments and DC sights at night; the lights are awesome!
Perk that I wouldn't have done if it hadn't been free for Smithsonian staff: Walk through the butterfly house: It was $6 to walk through a garden tube of butterflies... all together around 15 feet long! It was expensive for such a short amount of time and distance, but the butterflies were beautiful and it was an experience to walk among them, and to have them land on you!
Best bit of green: The National Botanical Gardens were so beautiful! It was a trip being inside such a huge greenhouse, and the plants were so lush and alive it made me feel like I was back in Hawai`i (it also helped that they had a Hawai`i section of plants!)
Museums: Make sure you try and go to all of them, because each one is unique and you can never have enough museum fun (especially if you are a dork like me!) Save the Holocaust Museum for a day by itself (or make sure you do it after everything else, because after going through the museum, you won't feel like doing anything... it's so sad but in a way that will make you remember, you know?) The Air and Space museum is a must for plane/space buffs... probably many girls and almost all guys will love it. The Museum of Natural History is also fun, they had a giant squid!
Don't forget the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of Art!