Monday, May 12, 2008

Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga is where we were at the end of April visiting Kirk's parents up in Signal Mountain. This was my first spring in TN and I have to say it was quite pleasant - I have been there in August and I thought the humidity was going to KILL me. And also in the winter when sheets of ice were coming down. In the springtime it reminds me of the NW - very green, a little rain and sun.



I already told you about the amazing concert we went to so let me tell you about some of the other fun stuff to do there...be forewarned - this could impact your pocket book!



Sundays - Go to the Chattanooga Market! From noon to 5pm - there are some of the best independent artists showing and selling their wares. Plus if you have a craving for Possum there is a BBQ place for that and believe me the line was LONG!



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My first stop was at Bungo Glass, Shawn and Meghan do some of the most amazing boro glass pendants that I have seen. I bought one of the smallest ones I could find and some of his smaller beads to incorporate into my own jewelry.



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As I rounded the corner to another booth I spotted these handmade albums. The attention to detail and the craftsmanship could be seen from afar. Of course the one with the US map on it caught my eye - maybe for all of my travel pictures?? Check out her site and download her catalog.



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My next precious find was this small ceramic wall hanging - I had seen it in a gift store earlier in the week. So I took that as a sign plus having the opportunity to buy it right from the artist made it even more special. Denise Shropshire is the artist and her etsy store is here.
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And how about this skirt! I wish she had a website or sold on etsy but she is a one woman show - so the only place I know that she is selling is at this market. Her line is called Forget-Me-Knot handmade clothing and her name is Erin Burnap. I could not go home without this addition to my closet - not sure my stylist is going to like it but since I LOVE it she will make it work.


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My trip also included stops at the Knitting Mill Antiques and all the new renovated areas of downtown Chattanooga. Plus I was able to spend time with Bud Weiner - he is the sweetest boy! Yes, almost everyone in our family has dachshunds - it actually started with my in-laws.


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