Learning to Knit with the Fuzzy Goat

The Fuzzy Goat Yarn Shop in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

As you all know, I have a thing for goats.  I grew up with pet goats, and I’ve always loved them.  In fact, one of my life’s greatest disappointments is that we no longer have the Goat Day Brochure from the year I was on the cover with my two pet goats, Billy and Freckles.  (Yes, Goat Day is absolutely a thing. Promote the goat, y’all.)  So instead, I’ll share these pictures (yet again).

This little guy is a goat at Weeki Wachi Springs that I made pals with.

Natalie & Goat | Oysters & Pearls

But this big billy goat is Billy (creative, huh?) that I grew up with.  Don’t let the horns fool ya, he was a sweetie.Natalie & Billy Goat | Oysters & Pearls copy

I have goat napkins, and have big plans for a move to the country with my own goat farm.  One day.

All that being said, you can see why I was instantly enamored with the newest shop in Thomasville, the Fuzzy Goat.  It’s a yarn store, and I don’t knit.  Yet before I had even taken a class, I’d been in the shop 4 times and purchased 4 skeins of yarn.  Typical.

Design Elements at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls Somewhere to Sit at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls Yarn Display at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & PearlsBut can’t you see why?  Just walking in makes you want to learn to knit.  And so, I signed up for my first class.  Because I just didn’t have enough hobbies already.

A yarn beehive?  I take two.

Yarn Beehive at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

Why buy that giant chunky knitted blanket off of Etsy when you can learn to make it. At least, that’s my motto.

Chunky Wool Yarn at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls Gorgeous Yarn at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls Knit Beanie at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & PearlsI just want to learn to knit all the things.

Yarn Display at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls Knit and Let Knit Tote at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls Branded Quilt Art at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

Can’t we all agree I need this tote?

Beekman 1802 Goat Tote at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

Totes ma’goats.

And these tiny fuzzy finger goats?  I die.

Two Tiny Fuzzy Goats at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls Peeking Goat at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

Proof guys can knit, too.  While wearing a rugged and manly Sturdy Brothers Apron from the popup shop across the (Jackson) street, of course…Manly Knitting Supplies with a Sturdy Brothers Apron at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

And this is where I’ll be spending my lunch breaks in Thomasville from now on…

A Nice Place to Sit and Knit at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

I’m already casting on, knitting, and purling, and can’t wait to show off the scarf that will one day come off of my new needles!  One day…

The Fuzzy Goat Yarn Store in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

Next time your in Thomasville, be sure to stop by and check it out.  It’s the knittest little shop (the knit puns just won’t stop unraveling) and Cadence, the owner, is the sweetest.  Tell her I sent ya! ;)

For more on the goats featured in this post:
Goat Day, Blountstown, Florida
The Fuzzy Goat, Thomasville, Georgia

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Marquin Campbell Designs Turkey Spur Jewelry Giveaway

Happy Friday!  What better way to celebrate is there than with jewelry?

Marquin Campbell Designs, Turkey Spur Necklace, Turkey Spur Bracelet, and Turkey Spur Cuff Links  | Oysters & Pearls

photo credit: www.marquindesigns.com

I met Marquin Campbell a year or so ago through a co-worker.  She lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband (the aforementioned co-worker) George and their pups, and creates beautiful, nature-inspired jewelry and paintings while simultaneously running her own business, Vino & van Gogh.

Marquin grew up near Savannah, where she was inspired by the wildlife and the marshes.  She went on to study Drawing and Painting at The University of Georgia, then to study Fashion Design at Parsons, the New School for Design in New York City. While in school Marquin had studied abroad in both Cuba and Italy, further influencing her artistic perspective.

Some of my favorite pieces of her artwork are combinations of her abstract and colorful style combined with scenes from nature:

photo credit: www.marquindesigns.com

photo credit: www.marquindesigns.com

Her artwork is colorful and fun, as is her jewelry.  But my favorite of all her jewelry is her simple, hand-cast bronze and pewter turkey spur jewelry.  As a matter of fact, she’s sort of famous for them!  The cufflinks will be featured at the Garden & Gun show in Charleston this December, and they are also appearing in the Southern Living Gift Guide!  

Marquin sent me a necklace, bracelet and a pair of cufflinks so I could see them for myself.  Any (or all?) of these would make an excellent gift to tuck away until Christmas time.

Marquin Campbell Designs, Turkey Spur Necklace | Oysters & Pearls

Marquin Campbell Designs, Turkey Spur Necklace, Turkey Spur Bracelet, and Turkey Spur Cuff Links  | Oysters & PearlsThe pairing of the pearls with the turkey spurs is simple, classic sporting style.  And I just love the story behind the turkey spurs.  From Marquin’s website:

These Pewter Turkey Spur Cuff Links were inspired by an afternoon afield in Thomasville, Georgia.  The original spurs came from a magnificent old Tom harvested by Marquin’s husband.

He was so proud of the bird–which he had chased for over two years–that Marquin surprised him with a pair of links made from the spurs, and he wore them every chance he got.  After garnering much praise and clamor from his friends wanting a pair of their own, Marquin had the spurs cast into bronze and pewter, and they have become beloved keepsakes for outdoor enthusiasts across the Southeast.

These designer cufflinks are handmade in Greenville, South Carolina by designer Marquin Campbell with great care, they are uniquely original and fantastic conversation starters – a symbol of the true affection for the Great Outdoors held by every conservationist.

Marquin Campbell Designs, Turkey Spur Necklace, Turkey Spur Bracelet, and Turkey Spur Cuff Links  | Oysters & Pearls Marquin Campbell Designs, Turkey Spur Necklace, Turkey Spur Bracelet, and Turkey Spur Cuff Links  | Oysters & Pearls

I asked Marquin what she loves about Greenville , the South, and how it inspires her work.  

I have been really fortunate to have landed in Greenville.  Its a medium sized town that still has retained its small town traits.  The city LOVES artists and because I have surrounded myself with the arts through the art school I own, Vino & van Gogh, and utilizing the space as both a store and gallery, living here has been a perfect spot for me to land.  I am so very grateful to live out a creative life. 

Isn’t that all we can ask for?

Marquin Campbell Designs, Turkey Spur Necklace | Oysters & Pearls  As absolutely tempting as it was to keep at least one of these goodies to myself (seriously, SO tempting – I gotta get one for myself!) Marquin generously sent them all for me to give away to you guys!

Marquin Campbell Designs and Oysters and Pearls Turkey Spur Jewelry Giveaway

I know, right?  All you have to do is follow Marquin on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook, and leave a comment on this post for each one follow.  Each comment will count as your entry into the contest – as in you can enter three times!  I’ll pick three winners next Friday, September 19th.  First winner gets first pick, second winner gets second pick, third winner gets third pick.  Sound fair enough?  So follow away, and be sure to come back here and make sure to leave a separate comment for each place you follow Marquin.

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Good luck!

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Thoughts

Sometimes, it’s hard to put thoughts into words.  And sometimes it’s easy.  I’ve had a lot weighing on my mind and my heart lately, and all I can say is that I’m in desperate need of our upcoming vacation.  So today, I’m just going to apologize in advance for the radio silence this week and share some inspirational pins that are speaking my language at the moment.

Holla if ya feel me.

negative mind           holding on to anger

be happy

don't waste words

happy is good for health

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