Before Spark


We arrived in Utah two days before Spark. Honestly, if I knew this before hand I would have objected. I thought the event started on Thursday. And even though I am buried under work right now, I am glad I took the time off. We did silly things, learned about our hostess Adrienne, her family, and the LDS culture, learned alot about the city, had a great time shopping, went to an Orange Party…it was a great break. I wish my family had been there with me to see everything. Maybe next year!


One of the first stops was the family “Orange Party” at this park:



I'll be sharing more about that later :) Aren't the trees on the mountains gorgeous??!!

We had a blast being silly with these flags for crossing the street–it was funny but morbid at the same time. 


On the same street was a great tunnel made by the trees and some awesome spiderwebs on a wrought iron fence. 



A great house we saw while driving: 

700 Street, a super wide street Adrienne told us was so they could turn the wagon trains around back in the day:





We also went to a scrap store, stopped at Maverik's (a convenience store/gas station) several times, and stopped at Gardner's Village for some spooky fun:



This shop had some of the best costumes!


This Halloween Village has me laughing–love the TP on the house and the kids running from the scene of the crime…

Me and Nancy outside the Quilt Shop- so cute inside!


In costume, spotted in the parking lot!


Besides the real life witches, there were tons of fake witches in precarious positions all over the place!

We loved this bead shop, the Bead Farm:




The last shop was inside the old mill that the whole village is built around. This was INSIDE with all this gorgeous furniture and decor around it:





We capped off the night with dinner at Kneader's. Adrienne was right–it's like Panera but 10 times better!! I'd say pretty close to Urth but the deserts weren't as fabulous as Urth. But that is saying ALOT! LOL The mushroom brie soup alone is worth another trip to Utah. My mouth is watering typing about it!!!!


I am sure the other girls have pics of this stuff and hopefully I get copies soon so I can post them :)


Tomorrow, more Spark!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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2 thoughts on “Before Spark

  1. Those jars of beads make my mouth water! :)

    Posted on October 26, 2011 at 2:02 am
  2. Looks like you girls had a blast shopping! Glad you got to go to SPARK this year!!! It was SO good to see you again, hopefully we’ll have more time to chat next time!

    Posted on October 27, 2011 at 3:46 am