My friend D-Bomb moved to Nashville earlier this year and I took advantage of a two-day break in classes to visit him.
Seeing as he's been a craft-night attendee many times over, I insisted that we craft at some point over the weekend. On Saturday night, we went to All Fired Up! and painted some pottery. You can bring beer and snacks!
D-Bomb made this:
Because D-Bomb is all about the maize and blue...
We did some other artsy stuff. We went to see the Chihuly exhibit at Cheekwood.
And we went to a small town craft fair. I bought only a jar of Pumpkin Butter at the fair. At another booth, I had found a gorgeous print, but felt compelled to put it back when I saw that the vendor was also selling the Confederate Battle Flag. Now, I know it is impossible to say definitively what a symbol--particularly such a widespread symbol--means, but why, given that it means treason or racism to so many, would anyone want to peddle that particular symbol? Needless to say, I had some "oh, I guess I'm a Yankee" moments while in Tennessee. But, I also had a really great time and ate more than my share of Southern Food. New favorite: Hash Brown Casserole. When I find the right recipe, I'll let you know.
I did eventually procure a lovely print. D-Bomb and I went to Hatch Show Print for some letterpress goodness.
I got a print that says "Party this way" with a picture of a pointing hand. I'm going to frame it and put in my office, pointing to my bookshelf because I'm Just. That. Nerdy.
Also, we went to a fabric store for like 10 minutes one morning. I'm making a maize and blue quilt for my Grandma because (a) she's awesome (b) she loves those Michigan Wolverines and (c) she has moved to an assisted living facility--something that has been long overdue--and amongst the few things she has with her are every handmade thing I've made for her in the last few years. Aw, Grandma!
So, I was on a maize and blue fabric mission and found some beautiful out-of-print maizes!
Yoshiko Jinzenji fabric at half price (and that stuff is hard to find at full price!)
Anyway, I've still got a ways to go on the maize and blue fabrics, so if anyone can think of fabric lines to look for online, please let me know. I've visited the local shops and used the sort-by-color function at the online stores that have it, but that's only turned up a few prints, so recommendations are appreciated. I want to get the hue right, but value can and should vary. That Moon Pie pictured above has the right hues.
Alrighty, back to work for me!