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Elah’s Baby Shower

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, USA DO!

It’s my mom’s birthday today. :) I hope you’re having a wonderful day! Love you!

It’s also my Grandmother Tezzie’s birthday today… I love you, too!  I’ve got some wonderful Golden girl examples to follow.

Now, because it consumed my thoughts for a few weeks, and because it was pretty and sweet and involved my own flesh and blood, I thought I’d share some shots from the baby shower we threw my sister and her upcoming addition to the family a couple of weeks ago.  Better late than never, right?

We (two perfectly lovely gals that are two of my sister’s closest friends – and I) hosted the Baby It’s Cold Outside themed shower in Quincy at the Gadsden Arts Center.  It was a beautiful setting for a shower, and the artwork provided a wonderful backdrop.  I didn’t bake the cake or the cupcakes! :(  I was sad that I didn’t have the time or energy to do that.  However, Shirah Brown at Toadally Cakes in Bainbridge did a great job!

Elah's Baby it's Cold Outside Baby Shower | Oysters & Pearls

I used glue and very fine Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter to write out Elah’s name and initials on scrapbook cloth for the cake toppers, then glued them to sticks and tooth picks.

Elah's Baby it's Cold Outside Baby Shower | Oysters & Pearls

The wooden letters are from Michael’s, which I spray painted gold.  I ordered the Pacifier Favorsfrom Amazon and spray painted them gold to match everything.  As a baby/kid, Anna Jo sucked on a “goggi” or “gaga” and had them hidden all over the house, so I thought that was a nice touch ;)

Elah's Baby it's Cold Outside Baby Shower | Oysters & Pearls

Flowers were just baby’s breath and fresh pine needles in mason jars adorned with sparkly gold ribbon and another gold pacifier.

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We had lots of delicious brunch fare, including homemade mini muffins, mini quiche, coffee cake skewers with fruit, salad, a hot chocolate bar, coffee punch, and juices.

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More pacifiers, grapevine wreaths, and cream ticking bunting I sewed onto grosgrain ribbon.

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And lots of amazing gifts to shower the Mama-to-soon-be!

Elah's Baby it's Cold Outside Baby Shower | Oysters & Pearls

Even a little trip down memory lane. :)

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Speaking of my Mom’s birthday, here are all three of us Bristol girls. :)

Elah's Baby it's Cold Outside Baby Shower | Oysters & Pearls

And Anna Jo with all her hostesses, including little SF, Heather’s little girl, who had a fabulous time putting on a show for us all while Anna Jo opened presents. :)

Elah's Baby it's Cold Outside Baby Shower | Oysters & Pearls

We all cannot wait to meet little Elah in person!

Until Next Time

2014 Due South Makers Market

Happy Monday!

As I reminded y’all on Friday, Saturday was Due South in Thomasville, Georgia.

Thomasville Center for the Arts Due South Fest 2014

It was such an epic day I’m going to have to split it into two posts!  Today is Part 1: the Makers Market.  We were there to set up bright and early, and the Market opened around 11.  I was working the booth for the Refinery, and we had a great day!  I was also thrilled to have lots of good friends there selling their handmade wares, and was fortunate enough to make some really great new friends, too.  This isn’t a comprehensive list of vendors (you can find that here) but it is a collection of scenes from my favorites.

Scroll on through, wish you had come, and click on over to see what all these awesome folks are doing around our area.

The Refinery

The Refinery - Candles for a Cause | Oysters & Pearls

With This Light You Give Hope - The Refinery | Oysters & Pearls

The Refinery Candles - Hand Poured by the Women of Still Waters in Bainbridge, GA | Oysters & Pearls

The Refinery Candles at Due South in Thomasville | Oysters & Pearls

The Refinery  | Oysters & Pearls

The Refinery Candles at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

New Refinery Scent - White Sands | Oysters & Pearls

With This Light I Offer Grace - The Refinery Candles | Oysters & Pearls

Southern Restoration Furniture by Marc Ventry

Southern Restoration Furniture Tobacco Slat Cutting Board and Picture Frame at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

Southern Restoration Furniture Tobacco Slat Frame | Oysters & Pearls

Southern Restoration Furniture Tobacco Slat Cutting Boards | Oysters & Pearls

Nunya Beeswax Chapstick and Hand Balm | Oysters & Pearls

Southern Restoration Furniture Tobacco Slat Art | Oysters & Pearls

Heartwood Forge Knives

Heartwood Forge - Hand Made Knives | Oysters & Pearls

Heartwood Forge Handle Oil | Oysters & Pearls

Heartwood Forge Knife at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

Heartwood Forge at Due South in Thomasville | Oysters & Pearls

Heartwood Forge at Due South 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

Heartwood Forge Oyster Knife | Oysters & Pearls

Heartwood Forge Knives at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

Safety First at Heartwood Forge | Oysters & Pearls

Orchard Pond Organics

Orchard Pond Organics at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

Orchard Pond Organics Strawberries | Oysters & Pearls

Orchard Pond Organics Veggies at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

Blackberry Patch Handmade Syrups and Jams

Blackberry Patch Syrups at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

Blackberry Patch Maple Syrup | Oysters & Pearls

Blackberry Patch Fruit Butters at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works

Anhaica Bag Works | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works at Due South Makers Market in Thomasville | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works Pannier/Backpack  | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works Waxed Canvas Tote | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works - Local Beeswax for Canvas | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works at Due South Makers Market | Oysters & Pearls

Knot + Bow Designs

Knot + Bow Designs Necklaces

Knot + Bow Designs Earrings | Oysters & Pearls

Knot + Bow Designs Bracelets at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

Knot + Bow Designs by Karli | Oysters & Pearls

Knot + Bow Designs Statement Necklaces  | Oysters & Pearls

Knot + Bow Statement Rings | Oysters & Pearls

Thomasville Townie Company Store

Thomasville Townie Company Store - Shotgun Shell Ornaments | Oysters & Pearls

Thomasville Townie Company Store - Hand Sewn Mounted Deer Wall Art | Oysters & Pearls

Thomasville Townie Company Store - Calligraphy Starter Kit | Oysters & Pearls

Let's Put a Bird On It Wood Wick Candle, Available at the Thomasville Townie Company Store | Oysters & Pearls

Hand Painted Beagle Wall Art, Available at the Thomasville Townie Company Store | Oysters & Pearls

Love Letters Kit, Available at the Thomasville Townie Company Store | Oysters & Pearls

Flour Sack Towels at the Thomasville Townie Company Store | Oysters & Pearls

Hand Made Fox Notebooks and Hand Stamped Thomasville, Georgia Necklace, Available at the Thomasville Townie Company Store | Oysters & Pearls

Thomasville, Georgia Hand Stamped Necklaces at the Thomasville Townie Company Store | Oysters & Pearls

LGDunston Gyotaku Fish Prints

LGDunston Gyotaku Fish Prints | Oysters & Pearls

LGDunston Gyotaku Fish Prints from Carrabelle, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

LGDunston Gyotaku Fish Prints at Due South Makers Market | Oysters & Pearls

LGDunston Gyotaku Fish Prints at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

LGDunston Gyotaku Fish Prints at the Makers Market | Oysters & Pearls

Luckily, the Makers Market was just outside the gates of Due South, so we got to enjoy the live music all day while people shopped with us.  It was such an awesome event, and I so appreciated the focus on high quality, hand made, locally made goods from around the region.  I loved getting to spend the day with my maker friends, and I’m so pleased to report that I made a few new ones.  Keep an eye out for them on O&P!

And doesn’t that necklace at the Thomasville Townie Company Store look familiar?  ;)  I made those especially for the Townie!

When the Makers Market shut down, we freshened up and rallied the troops for the main event… which I’ll cover tomorrow! ;)

Until Next Time

Florida Seafood Festival

Happy Hump Day!

This week is heavy on the lifestyle, light on the recipes.  You can’t say I didn’t warn you.

Friday night, Wheat and I headed to the coast.  My parents met us there, and we had a late supper at Killer Seafood in Mexico Beach.  It was awesome.  I had the original Killer tuna tacos, topped with a whole heap o’ slaw.  They were, as they say, “killer.”  I didn’t get any pictures though, because it was like 9:00 and it was dark and I was tired and really just wanted my birthday beer, okay?

Then we made a pit stop at the Lookout Lounge.  I will not include any evidence of this part of the weekend.  Suffice it to say, though, that I did not take part in any karaoke and that I, along with everyone else at the bar, was relieved.

Saturday we got an early start and made it to the Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola right as the gates opened at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola, Florida is the First Weekend in November | Oysters & Pearls

Our first stop was the first booth: R. J. Oceans, manned by Ross Jones.  This may have been one of the coolest “crafts” I’ve ever seen being sold at a festival.

R. J. Oceans Crabs & Lobsters at the Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

I’d definitely venture to say that this is far beyond a craft.  It’s art.

Florida Lobster by R. J. Oceans, at the Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola, Florida | Oysters & Pearls Maine Lobster by R. J. Oceans, at the Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola, Florida | Oysters & Pearls Dungeness Crab by R. J. Oceans at the Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

He uses real crustaceans, and they are sealed with a super shiny epoxy resin finish.  He builds the backdrops, many to look like real wooden crab traps.  That pecky cypress backdrop doesn’t really fit with a dungeness crab from Alaska, but good grief it’s pretty.

Blue Crab by R. J. Oceans, at Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

My mom ended up coming home with a blue crab (above) and we both brought back a little sand/ghost crab.  If you’re interested, Mr. Jones doesn’t have a website or anything, but you can contact him at (h) 352-465-6583 (c) 352-249-6279.

My parents purchased a yellow cassia tree from another booth selling all sorts of plants.  It flowers in the fall/winter, and is bright yellow and really pretty.

Yellow Cassia Tree at the Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

Then we stumbled upon some hot sauce!  Because what’s a seafood festival without some hot sauce?

Sam Solomon's Sump'n Hot! Gourmet Sauce at the Florida Seafood Festival | Oysters & Pearls

Sam Solomon’s Sump’n Hot! Gourmet Sauce actually wasn’t very hot.  Actually, it wasn’t hot at all.  Really!  The flavor was awesome and I loved it, but this is me officially requesting Sam to kick it up a notch.  Or make an extra hot version for hot sauce lovers like me.  Overall though, it’s a really great sauce and I’d definitely buy more.  Just not sure I’d call it “hot” sauce.  And for the bonus round, it’s made in Quincy, Florida!

The next booth over was the Franklin County Humane Society‘s booth.  I was very excited to see a Humane Society booth, since I’m a huge supporter and board member of the Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society.  And as an avid animal lover and someone who considers themselves to have a sense of humor, I couldn’t help but laugh hysterically at the show a couple of the dogs up for adoption were putting on for the crowd.

Franklin County Humane Society Booth at the Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

I die!!  I do hope they found (separate) homes!

On a more serious note, please consider making a donation to or becoming a member of your local humane society!  The national humane society does not fund your local organizations, and they (and the animals) need all the help they can get!

Back to the tour de seafood festival.

There were rides of all sorts under the bridge, and I’m sure they had great views of the Bay, but we passed on all of them and finished the loop of vendors.

Rides Under the Bridge at the Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

We then stumbled into the food vendor section.  I was really impressed with the quality of the food!  I realize this shouldn’t be surprising, as it wasseafood festival, but still.

Crawfish at a Food Vendor at the Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola, Florida | Oysters & Pearls Fish, Shrimp, Veggies, & Rice at a Food Vendor at the Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola, Florida | Oysters & Pearls Food Vendor at the Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

Amiright?  It looked awesome, but it was approximately 10:45 and we couldn’t stomach the thought (pun intended) of eating lunch yet.  So we took our wares (I also bought a watercolor of the Indian Pass Raw Bar that I’m really excited about, and my mom picked up a pen and ink drawing of the historic Gibson Inn) and headed to downtown Apalach…. which is where I’ll pick up tomorrow so that I don’t bore you to tears.  It was a really long day!  And although we didn’t stay very long, the Seafood Festival was really great.  Some great and interesting vendors, beautiful weather, and excellent food.