Before I worked here at betsy & iya I remember reading post after post, on this very blog, about Betsy and Will's most excellent road trip adventures. Reading about their trips, I loved being a part of the excitement; the pictures told a story that I wanted to be a part of -- the rows upon rows of jewelry that were just waiting to be worn and the quiet, moving landscapes that passed them by as they traveled with a joyful spirit that is often required to conquer the unexpected. Little did I know that I would one day be asked to go on my first solo road trip representing betsy & iya at the Urban Craft Uprising in Seattle, Washington. (Little did they know that I never say "no" to a road trip. Road trip, baby! Heck yes!) It was such an honor to follow in the footsteps of Will and Betsy and now, I will endeavor to report back in word and picture what I encountered along the way. [caption id="attachment_4140" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Worn with the utmost pride."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4139" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Early morning setup. Excitement, palpable."][/caption] Car stuffed full and stomach fluttering I drove up to Seattle, unpacked mounds of betsy & iya treasures, and awaited the 100+ people that were waiting at the door to come in and discover their new favorite handmade gem. I can't tell you how many smiling, beautiful men and women told me stories of b&i purchases they had made at the last fair and how excited they were to buy their new favorite pieces. I came.  I saw.  I also, in my own way, conquered the inevitable unexpected twists and turns that make any road trip a memorable adventure (such as Seattle traffic jams and the joys of double parking). I return home with deep appreciation for our loyal customers and the special jewelry we offer to those who savor such things.  Oh, and most of all, I had a great time. [caption id="attachment_4143" align="aligncenter" width="367" caption="50% Attempted Wave Hello + 50% Looks like a High Five = 100% Dork"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4138" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="New b&i rings and the Bridge Collection make their debut @ the Urban Craft Uprising."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4142" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Uhhhh have you ever heard of a Cupcake Happy Hour?! Sheer insanity / No restraint / Completely dangerous."][/caption] Although this year's Urban Craft Uprising is here and gone, I wanted to share these pictures with you that capture the spirit of the event. (I wish I was able to share the celebratory cupcakes I bought at Cupcake Royale too, but no one has invented a way for you to grab a cupcake out of your computer screen... yet... so here's to hoping!) Look forward to more "Oh, the places we go" posts in the future of all the on-the-road/at-the-show moments -- because we wanna pack you in our suitcase and take ya with us everywhere. X's and O's, -- Kelly ***Song of the Moment: Search Party, by Small Black***

3 thoughts on Oh, the places we go: Seattle's Urban Craft Uprising

Barrie:

You are a marvelous being and I’m so jealous we didn’t get to go on the trip together! You did SUCH an amazing job!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Betsy:

Oh, that is so awesome to hear, Katie! We are definitely planning on getting back up to Seattle in the near future—-Seattle always treats us right ;)

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Katie:

The Urban Craft Uprising is where I was first introduced to your pieces…and came away with one of my favorite necklaces…the morse code “If” necklace.

Hope you can come back to Seattle soon!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

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