. . . still trying to get through all my photos from my 2011 holiday show season. better late than never, right? back in mid-November, I hit the road with Nick and headed to Atlanta, GA for my first time vending at the Indie Craft Experience. we extended the trip a bit to visit my friend Oates in Chapel Hill (remember him from Jimmy Fallon last year?) and do some sight seeing in Atlanta. Chapel Hill was awesome for the brief time we were there- got some delicious food at Carrburritos and picked up some local brews for the rest of the trip. We arrived in Atlanta that night, got some grub, and freshened up for next day’s sightseeing!
On Friday, we started out by heading north on Peachtree Street getting lunch at a restaurant called TAP. In addition to impressive menu design (seriously! check their website), they had delicious food and some quirky giant animals:
After lunch, we checked out the collection at Atlanta’s High Museum and caught their Modern Masters exhibition. I was particularly excited to see this Lichtenstein sculpture!
The rest of the day was spent on the other end of Peachtree Street, hanging out in downtown. We did the ultimate tourist activity in Atlanta- ventured through the World of Coca-Cola. It was actually pretty cool- some great old advertisements and an international soda tasting room.
For dinner, we had a fantastic southern style dinner at South City Kitchen in midtown- check out their awesome chicken and fried green tomatoes! YUM.
The next day (Saturday, the 19th) was day one of the Indie Craft Experience! The space was great- located at Ambient Plus Studio, an older refurbished warehouse building. The space wasn’t exactly what I had expected, but fortunately made it work in part with the help/graciousness of my terrific neighbors element47 and foamy wader. thanks, ladies! here is my setup from day one- things changed a bit on day two after an emergency trip to Ikea.
since i had a helper for the weekend (thank you so much, Nick!) i got to make the rounds, check out the work more carefully, and meet some great people! here are pics of some of my favorite items from the weekend:
how adorable are those little bread slices?! from migration goods.
funky and fun plush by jellykoe!
a bucket of staches by smit craft!
i loved the booth by the argyle academy– mike lowery’s illustrations are awesome.
beautiful work by in the clouds design- i wish i could find a link to their storefront!
fun little earrings by ibby & rufus.
check out these deutsch letterpress cards by concrete lace! (she has plenty of cards for english speakers, too)
as a lover of polaroid, i adored these tiny handmade letterpress albums by racing snail press.
yeehaw industries was my across-from-me neighbor- i’m a huge fan of their letterpress prints.
since the show was in november, it was a great opportunity to work on my christmas shopping (although i’m not completely selfless- i admittedly came home with some goodies for myself). here’s what i came home with:
after sitting across from yee-haw industries for two full days, i couldn’t resist their “cupcakes make people happy” calendar for my cupcake baker friend karina. i also picked up this quirky print by tweet design for my printer friend ellie- thanks so much for the swap, tracy!
. . . as mentioned before i love polaroid, so i couldn’t resist this silkscreen print by designers and printmakers the knifemen.
bright and fun hair pins by carmen of cg hecho a mano -they were a great gift for my equally bright and fun friend katy!
at the end of the second day, i met and traded with the creator of these earrings- lynda buckels aka miss chatty crafty, one of the coordinators of chattanooga’s chatty crafty show. i’m hoping to participate in one of her events this year!
after the show concluded and we jam packed my tiny two-door car, nick and i began the journey home- but not without staying overnight at the ultimate kitsch destination: south of the border! it was a childhood dream come true. early monday morning before we left, we walked around the empty tourist trap and i took a handful of photographs. it was a great way to end the trip- here are some of my favorites:
oh, and we couldn’t leave without getting some some souvenir sombreros!