This past winter I was fortunate enough to win a giveaway for a pass to any blogging conference from The Blog Frog. I immediately wanted to go to Type A Con in Asheville. My reasons were three fold - I "knew" several other bloggers attending, Asheville was driving distance, and it was a nice size - not too overwhelming for this first time blog conference attendee. The conference was so fantastic, and I'm still processing a lot of it.
The first day I was in Asheville I went to visit my uncle, Chris. I hadn't seen him since I was pregnant with the twins, so it was nice to catch up with him. We're very close and 2 1/2 years without a face to face visit is much too long! We walked around downtown and enjoyed some fantastic Indian food.
Then I met back with my roommate (who is so fun and down to earth, just like I knew she would be), Good Girl Gone Redneck and a large group of other Type A Conference folks to head out for Tapas.
I forgot to take a picture of my food, but at least I snapped a shot with Jdaniel4sMom. We ate breakfast together that morning, and had a wonderful time chatting about our boys. She is so sweet, and she brought me the cutest beach picks to use for Muffin Tin Mondays.
A few sights from walking around Asheville. I've been here a few times before, but I never cease to be thrilled by the eclectic mixture of people in the city, the focus on local foods and artistry and individuality. I could so live in this town.
If you ever pass by Ten Thousand Villages, it's one of my favorite stores. It is run by Mennonites, and carries crafts from nations all over the world. But the profits go back to the people who make the crafts. And the prices are very reasonable.
I took this bell picture for Warren from My Home Among the Hills because he has a whole page on his blog devoted to his bell licking habit - and I figured this one might appeal to him.
And then? I went in the most wonderful Appalachian crafts store. I wanted all of the beautiful pottery!
And these hand blown glass balls are just gorgeous and so colorful!
How cute would these mugs be for drinking hot cocoa on the porch swing on a cool fall morning?
Every which way you turn in Asheville, there is art to be found!
More on Asheville and Type A Con tomorrow!