Spring is very busy in the craft festival world.  And we totally dove in this year, three shows in three weekends.  I am typically up for adventure, and we did it, but wow am I tired.  Along the way we saw so much great stuff and I haven't really had time to let it all sink in.  The nice thing about being a crafter is that we travel a lot around the South, so it really lets us see all it's beauty, growth, development, art, food and people.  

We started off in Birmingham, AL at their free Botanical Garden - beautiful - and made our way to Oxford, MS to the Double Decker Festival. They put on a great festival full of great music, tons of attendees and great art!  The next weekend we went to our first ever Handmade Market in Raleigh, N.C.  We had yummy food and honestly this was one of the prettiest shows I have ever been too.  I thought the artists were great, I only wish I had more money to spend on their pretty wares.  We also couldn't believe that the North Carolina museums were free!!!  We spent two days at the North Carolina of Art Museum, it is AWESOME!  It has an extraordinary art collection, a dazzling Alex Katz and Kehinde Wiley.  The outdoor area is a variety of art mixed in with walking and biking trails, I haven't seen anything quite like it.  I wish I was only closer.  

We closed our marathon of crafting in Atlanta, GA.  An area that we are starting to get familiar with, I think it's around our 8th show there. We had the pleasure of visiting the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, this is a must if you can get there.  They had the most astounding living sculptures that I have ever seen.  My son was also taken with the gardens, it's so nice that they are places that are a pleasure for all ages, this is a gem!  

We are going to take a rest for a couple of weeks and then get our crafting gear ready again for The Strawberry Patch maker's mart this June.  I am tired, but count my lucky stars we get to have such a fun life. 

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Double Decker Festival

North Carolina Museum of Art

The Handmade Market

North Carolina Museum of Art

The Atlanta Botanical Garden

Dunwoody Art Festival