I’m a Traveler…

Silk Road Quilt by Melissa Sobotka
‘Silk Road Sampler’ by Melissa Sobotka

When I first began blogging the goal was to challenge my creative skills while sharing my fascination with the world around me with anyone who visited this site. Fast forward a few years and a few hundred posts later to now, where inspiration and content creation are challenges I’ve struggled to overcome since covid changed our lives. After reading Austin Kleon’s ‘15 years of blogging (and 3 reasons I keep going) I am, once again, enthusiastic about posting on a more regular basis, beginning with a topic which always gets me excited – travel.

The road dog in me was thrilled by having to drive cross-country TWICE this summer. Even more exciting was the prospect of traveling with two of the people I care most about: my sister and my son. Big Sis joined me for Road Trip #1 to retrieve a cherished family dog from Denver.  Our trip started in Tennessee, then led us north and west through Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado, after which we headed back east to New Jersey before I made the rest of the drive solo through Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, finally  ending up back in the Volunteer State.  It took 8 days to make the drive but we only made it 140 miles before we stopped for our first adventure… Continue reading “I’m a Traveler…”

I’ve seen all of this world…

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Last week my husband and I put the dog in the kennel and headed east for a quick 3-day get-a-way to Gatlinburg, TN.  I’ve never spent much time in the area, except to drive through Knoxville on my way to somewhere else.  I always laughed at the signs for Pigeon Forge but after watching an episode of ‘Family Guy’ where Peter takes the family to Dollywood we decided if it was good enough for the Griffin’s it was good enough for us…

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You’re just window shopping…

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A vintage tableau

I love to meander through vintage stores, flea markets, and antique malls to see what I can find (some past explorations can be found here and here).  I can spend hours exploring the treasures for sale and quite often find graphic and clothing inspiration in old furniture, vintage postcards, kitchen gadgets and the like.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven by a shop that looks interesting only to swear I’ll check it out ‘next time’, which rarely comes.  However, a few weeks ago while passing through historic Mullica Hill, an town I’ve driven through a gazillion times without ever once stopping (except for pizza), I finally decided to check it out… Continue reading “You’re just window shopping…”

They make their living off of arts and crafts…

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Life has kept me pretty busy lately, leaving little time for creativity (or posts).  That said, I happened to pass a local Markets for Makers event at Track One in Nashville’s Chestnut Hill area a few weeks ago and thought you might like to check it out too… Continue reading “They make their living off of arts and crafts…”

It’s only rock and roll but I like it…

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Evolution of the Tongue (courtesy of The Rolling Stones)

Please excuse my absence of late.  I’ve basically been getting my ass handed to me by life, resulting in zero energy to be creative.  When this happens, I escape by surfing the web exploring cool places to visit and things to do.  Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon an ad for a show I’ve planned imaginary visits to for the past two years, only to find I will  soon be able to drive ten miles down the road and see the show anytime I want.

The Rolling Stones “Exhibitionism” tour is coming to Nashville March 29th through June 30th and I am  beyond excited!   The first time I saw the Stones play was during their  ‘Some Girls’ tour in 1978 and the last time was during their ‘Bridges of Babylon’ tour in 1997.  I still wear my concert t’s, own most of their music catalog in one form or another, and continue to listen to the Exile on Main Street, Sticky Fingers, and Some Girls albums at least once a month.

Since I don’t have to travel far to see the show I thought I’d put my tourist planning skills to use for you instead.  Are you a Stones Fan? Are you interested in spending a weekend in Nashville to see the exhibit or the city? Not sure of where to stay, where to eat, or what to explore while in Music City?

All you need to do is follow my blog.  I’ll select three followers and create a personalized weekend itinerary that will have you and your tour mates experiencing Nashville like rock stars!

*It’s Only Rock and Roll – The Rolling Stones

 

Nick Cave Project…

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2011’s Architectural Forest

One of the great benefits my job affords me is the ability to become a more active viewer and participant in our local art scene.  Earlier this week I got to take part in a private showing of Nick Cave: FEAT at Nashville’s Frist Center for Visual ArtsContinue reading “Nick Cave Project…”

Take me home country roads…

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Woodstown Doors Quilt

My past few posts have mentioned me helping my momma recover from some surgery.  Spending time in hospitals and rehab facilities isn’t fun under the best of circumstances, so every day I tried to take a mental health break to get outside and explore… Continue reading “Take me home country roads…”

Take you riding in my car…

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Fat Tire Bikes

Plans change.  Instead of taking it easy my husband and I headed over to Asheville because, why not?  Have you been?  This was my first visit but not my last.  What a great, laid back, artsy hipster town (or at least the parts I spent time in).  Check it out…. Continue reading “Take you riding in my car…”