It all started wayyyyyy back on Thursday night. Maggie and I went to the So So Van Gogh class at the Firehouse Art Gallery. It was Paint Your Pet Night, which was so much fun. The class was taught by local artist, Vicki Bailey.
Naturally, I painted my sweet pup Harold. I even had a mini photoshoot last week to prep for the class.
Let’s just say that I’m better at the wine drinking part of So So Van Gogh than the painting part. I think I’ll stick to the photograph-taking and let the pros do the painting!
I’m pretty sure we had some professionals in the room that put my furry pal to shame.
And then I decided I should have just chosen a ridiculous picture of Wallace to paint, because Maggie’s picture of her cat, Buster, slays me.
Friday morning Wheat, his parents, and I headed up to Atlanta. My MIL Nancy and I attended our first basket weaving convention with Wheat’s aunt Lillian all weekend while the guys played golf.
It was a very long, very fun weekend! I’m saving all my good pictures for a long recap this week, so don’t worry, this post won’t be the epic one. That will come later. ;)
The Georgia Basketry Association‘s Convention was held in Roswell, and we arrived with just enough time to find this gem of a Mexican restaurant near the hotel. It was legit.
The pressed our tortillas right there in front of us on a traditional wooden press, and we literally had to order in Spanish. I got two tacos al pastor, and they were awesome.
With full bellies, we headed to Day 1 of the Convention, where Nancy and I both wove (weaved?) our first Nantucket basket. Here’s a sneak peek!
Excuse the iPhone pics, por favor.
Friday night we ate at the Druid Hills Country Club, which was delicious. I had a poached pear salad and a blue crab wonton, and both were really good. No pictures though, because it was dark and I was tired and I forgot.
Saturday I wove with willow, and ended the day with a muffin basket that wore me slap out. It is really challenging! Here’s a peek at my basket base.
All will be explained in my full post. :)
Saturday night we had a well-earned meal at Wahoo Grill. Wheat and I both had the tuna entree, which was awesome and so very pretty!
Sunday was another half day, and that morning I had another class of weaving with willow. I came home with another basket made of willow called a Sciathog, which you may have seen on Instagram.
Overall, I loved basket weaving and I can’t wait to share with y’all the full experience! As you know, I love making things and working with my hands (not so great on the drawing/painting part, as mentioned above). Basket weaving is part art, part utilitarian, which I loved. I may have found myself yet another hobby! So glad Wheat’s aunt Lillian got Nancy and I to go to the Convention.
Anyway, after our last class on Sunday, we made a pit stop by Wheat’s cousin’s apartment to check out his view of Atlanta from Cabbage Town. It was pretty unreal.
Definitely the perfect happy hour spot.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t happy hour, and we had to head back to SoWeGa. Before we left, though, Wheat’s uncle Gene (Atlanta born and bred) insisted that I have my first ever trip to eat at The Varsity. And who am I to say no?
Checked off The Varsity on my bucket list, and sat in the same spot Bill Clinton sat while I was at it.
We finally made it back home, but the entire weekend, my sister sent me updates on Harold and how he was doing. He seemed to take my absence okay.
Sun-drunk pups are the best.
Monday was nuts, but there were a couple bright spots in the day. One: a beautiful Professor Sergeant camellia from my bush in the front yard.
In the hashtags of @chowdownatlanta, #thisiswhyI’mfat
Overall, I’m exhausted but excited. This was such a great weekend with family, and I fell in love with a new art form. Stay tuned for lots more on baskets.
UPDATE: I also have some exciting news to share that I forgot to include in this post this morning. The sweet and adorable Aimee Broussard, who started the Sisterhood of the Traveling Apron, is publishing a cookbook by the same name! And I’m utterly delighted to announce that yours truly will be included in that cookbook. :) I’ve been holding out a couple recipes on y’all, but I hope you’ll forgive me. I was sworn to secrecy! But the news broke yesterday, so go check out the details over at Aimee Broussard & Co.
That’s all, folks!