This past Friday, my good friend Barb and I took a road trip to Corydon, just up the road about an hour and forty minutes or so. We traveled there to see an art exhibit which I’ll tell you more about in my next blog post.
Corydon is a small town boasting around 3100 people located 30 miles west of Louisville, Kentucky. It was the first state capital of Indiana so it’s a great place for history buffs. Check out this walking tour if you are in the area.
As we drove in to the town, we saw this cute shop called So Dear 2 My Heart. We just had to check it out.
Inside were cases and shelves of antique and vintage jewelry and collectables. Terri Weaver, the owner, gave us a warm welcome and answered our questions. She had a beautiful collection of tiny porcelain hat pin holders that once were the other half of a salt and pepper set. That was a great story on how she came to have this cupboard full of them. They would make a great Christmas present especially at $10 per sweet piece.
In addition to her collection of goodies, she also creates steampunk pieces.
Here is a closer look at one of her pieces.
Unfortunately a couple of my other photos of her pieces did not turn out. (I took our small camera which I seem to have trouble with the focus.) Her pieces were lovely. All of the steampunk gears and watch pieces were added to antique or vintage bases. We were amazed that she didn’t consider herself an artist. We saw steampunk jewelry at the Artisan Center that was pretty, but none nicer than her pieces. For a little more information on Terri, check out this bio on her website. If I were still writing my newspaper column, she would be one of the artists that I would love to interview. If you have any interest in vintage or antique pieces, check out her website or drop by her shop. It’s worth the visit just to meet Terri. You can also call her at 812-738-2762.
After checking out a few other stores, we started looking for a restaurant. Terri had suggested a couple including the Green Door which was just around the corner and across from our final destination, the Artisan Center.
When we approached the door, we saw this sign.
As we walked into the Green Door we noticed all of the handmade dolls on the walls and a dragonfly hanging from the ceiling. It was a nice, clean and comfortable place. But when I saw this sign on the wall (you see one of the dolls hanging next to it) I knew we were in the right place for lunch.
“No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.” This quote really hits home for me.
After we chose a table, Desiree Thayer, the owner, came over to tell us what was on the menu that day. There are no menus for lunch although they do have a menu listing on the website. They use all local and fresh ingredients. For more information on her philosophy, check out her letter.
After we ate, she presented us with the bill. Well, really it was a piece of paper where we filled out how much we wanted to pay for the lunch. We decided what it was worth to us, filled out the form and added our money. Great lunch and an interesting way of doing business. Pretty neat.
Then we were off to the Artisan Center for the exhibit, the main reason we took this road trip. I’ll blog about that in the next couple of days. Talk about being inspired! See you then.