Unlike many other summers in my adulthood, I have made a real effort to try and embrace summer this year. I dream of it all year and then am miserable because of the heat. This time, I’ve got to get something more out of it!

The summer state of mind started at the end of May when my sister and baby niece came to visit the ATL from San Diego for my brother’s graduation. We had a really fun week together, including a little trip to Columbus, Ga to see my grandmother, uncles, aunt and cousins. It was also great to spend extra time with my mom and brother that week! Congratulations to David, the graduate!


Next on the agenda was the Indie Craft Experience Lucky #7. It was seriously the hottest day ever!!! I got really sunburned despite tons of SPF45. But it was worth it. The day was so awesome and the pre-party the night before was a ton of fun. We had a tremendous turn out for both events and hopefully everyone in the ATL was reminded once again how great indie craft is!

Indie Craft Experience Lucky #7

Once ICE was over I was really free to embrace summer!

Went to Screen on the Green at Centennial Olympic Park to see Chicago
Screen on the Green

…with my lovely peeps from work (Ashley, AJ & Nicole)
Screen on the Green

Went to the Fox Theatre to see Casablanca with Mom & David…
Went to the Fox to See Casablanca

…with the obligatory stop by Krispy Kreme afterwards…
Went to the Fox to See Casablanca

Ate dinner for the first time at Dante’s Down the Hatch
Went to Dante's Down the Hatch!

…with the man and friends from work…
Went to Dante's Down the Hatch!

Met friends at Manuel’s for beer…
Friends at Manuel's Tavern

Went on a very nice date with Davis, which involved dinner at the Brick Store (where we first met), beer & shuffle board at Twain’s and a late night viewing of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Friendship Through Competition

Went to Tracy Wagner’s art opening at Whitespace gallery with Shannon
"Feeding Desire" Art Opening

…which included t-bone cookies…
"Feeding Desire" Art Opening

Went to the first Magpie Vintage party at Young Blood Gallery & Boutique (and bought a cute dress!)…
Magpie Vintage Party at Young Blood Gallery

Saw Davis play several times…
Music @ Noon

The Ghosts Project at Smith's Old Bar

Celebrated the 4th of July…
Happy 4th!

Had a long over due brunch with my longest running friend…
Margo at Java Jive


new buttons made by me

Became obsessed with picnik, which I used on my photos for my application to the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago. I got in!…
screen-printed, hand-bound books

Went to see Alison Krauss and Robert Plant at Chastain Amphitheater.
Alison Krauss & Robert Plant

Took (am taking) a silversmithing class…
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

…at the beautiful Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Additionally, I have: gone swimming, gone to Ben & Jerry’s for ice cream, gone to a cook out, taken my shoes off to sit in the grass (which turned into a full on snooze in the park), watched a thunderstorm on a friend’s front porch, gone to two local farmers markets (Decatur Organic Farmers Market with my Mom and East Atlanta Village Farmers Market with Shannon), celebrated numerous birthdays (including my Mom’s), watched Juno, all 3 of the original Indiana Jones movies, many episodes of Arrested Development, Stand by Me, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and WALL-E, read Craft Inc., Lotta Prints (almost done) and (currently 1/2 way through) re-reading Sophie’s Choice.

All in all, it’s turning out to be a pretty nice summer!