When we were at the art festival last weekend, we met a couple named Corynne and Weldon (who can play the saw… Seriously!). It was their first art show too (they were equally disappointed). Corynne had made hand made aprons, framed earring holders, picture holders, and other little crafty things. I loved everything! And their tent was decorated really well too. It looked very welcoming and homey inside. Although I didn’t end up selling any prints at the festival, I was able to trade some of my photos for a few of their aprons! I love my aprons so much, and I know that a lot of you will love them too! Corynne just opened up her store on etsy. You should definitely take a minute and go check it out, http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7594629
This is my favorite song on my album ‘Claire’. It will be on iTunes soon but if you want to download it for cheap, go to amiestreet.com and search for me or click on this link ——>mark cofer - forgotten memories.
There was an art show on craigslist that Claudia saw last week and I encouraged her to participate… That was a bad idea. At the time it seemed like a great first art show to do, but the lesson we learned is to never be a vendor at a festival in their first year.
Festively Local was a very well advertised and marketed event down in Pulaski, TN (which we learned later from many worried friends, is where the KKK originated) Of course, I thought it would be extremely awesome. We packed up the Corolla with everything and went to set up. We drove the hour down there and ended up in the backwoods of the town. When the GPS said we had arrived, all we saw were cows. We figured out that WAS where the event was… on a farm.
All I could think about is how I imagined the quaint town of Pulaksi to shut down Main Street and have a little festival with farmers, locals, and magicians (I always hope for magicians) all together having a great sunny weekend. Instead, it had rained the night before and on the way down which made for a very muddy farm, worker-hippies were prevalent, and there were more chickens than attendees. We set up on Friday, and no one came to look at our tent except other confused vendors whom also were wondering where the humans were. And to our dismay, the weather got worse and worse.
No one ever did stop by the tent and the only one who made any money was the 13 year old kid selling boiled peanuts. We stayed the night thinking Saturday would be different. Why we thought that, I don’t know. We should have gone home considering the evening snow flurries, Claudia’s new suede boots that absorbed water and mud particles all the way up to her knees, the vegetarian chili that was being served, and the fish taco/dj that was set up next to us. But I suddenly felt like Bear Grylls who can survive any situation thrown his way. I thought, “WWBGD?” The answer: Eat the $6 vegetarian chili. We didn’t sleep at all due to the 50 MPH winds that kept threatening to blow us away, also due to the 3 hippy/bums that did come to the festival talking extremely and inappropriately loud about “upcycling”. (A new, better, and unfascinating way to recycle… uuuhh)
We stayed for a few hours on Saturday and realized that there were more important things on the agenda for our lives. When we packed up, 3 other vendors (out of the 6 total) did too.
The 2 positive things I took away from this was being the very first one to use the sani-hut. It was great! It was so clean and smelled so good. As I peed, I could see cows and sheep grazing. It was a pee I will never forget. The other was that we learned never to go to a festival anywhere, where humans are the minority.
The Claw (Claudia) and I were recently in Boston for a wedding. If you are ever there, you MUST go the the Samuel Adams brewery. It was in the top 3 greatest days of my life behind meeting The Claw and marrying The Claw.
If you know me well, then you know that when I love something, I really love it and it is all I talk about. My new love is Sam Adams! We got a VIP tour from our friend Taryn who works there and showed us the love that goes into making it. After some samples and lessons on how to drink beer properly, we got beer pints that the owner of Samuel Adams, Jim Koch has spent many years perfecting, the Perfect Beer Pint. It is the most amazing glass I have ever drank out of. I refuse to ever drink beer out of any other glass. It is designed to make the beer taste how it should, and it totally works! And one of the best gifts I have ever gotten is my Sam Adams beer opener key chain! Thanks Taryn!
I became completely obsessed with Sam Adams the next few days after the tour. Its all I talked about, and I wouldn’t drink any liquid out of anything but my beer pint. And right after we got home to Nashville, a package arrived full of Sam Adams merchandise. Taryn sent us a gift package knowing that I had converted to a die hard Sam Adams fan and I almost had a heart attack. It was another greatest day of my life moment. I LOVE SAMUEL ADAMS!
When Claudia needs the dirty work done, she calls on me. And I reluctantly do it. Yes, she bosses me around… but I still love her. But I don’t know how much longer I can do this, without her paying me.
This past weekend I got to take engagement pictures of Becky and Johnny! Our first attempt of pictures was Friday. We planned on taking pictures at a few outdoor locations, but the tornado warnings and hail prevented us from that. We randomly ended up in the Union Station Hotel and took some pretty fun pictures. We went back at it on Saturday and were able to get some shots outside that we had planned. Becky and Johnny are both very easy to photograph. They’re both incredibly photogenic and have fun personalities. Neither of them were afraid of too much creativity or looking stupid. I think their personalities and adorableness shine through in these pictures. I’m glad Becky and Johnny gave me the chance to be a part of this. They’re both amazing people, and I’m so excited for their future they’ll share together. I think you can tell in these photos how compatible these two are and how much fun they have together. I hope you love these photos also!
I’ve just finished editing the photos for Shannon Hurley and Brian Talbot - who make up the duo Lovers and Poets. I had such a fun time with them, they are great people! I really enjoy their music too, it is electronic and mellow… If either of those words speak to you, then you have to listen to their stuff and you will love it. They wanted a more retro feel and I think we did it. We had an awesome day (minus the rain) and got a lot of great shots. It was easy with them, they were fantastic! Hope everyone enjoys these pictures as much as I do!
Their new album will not be out for a little while longer, but you should definitely check out the songs they have at AmieStreet.com…
My favorite is ‘I Keep Falling’ It is a beautiful song with a beautiful voice and an awesome beat the sinks down into you. A great chorus! It makes me feel like I’m lying on a raft in the middle of a heated pool with a glass of wine - complete relaxation… aahhhh
After realizing that we can only afford a crack house or living with the fear of being crushed by 100-foot falling trees, we decided that we needed a “Saved By the Bell” plot (aka Get Rich Quick Scheme). After an hour of brain storming, the answer was obvious… SUPER AWESOME GARAGE SALE! What better way to make money! Our garage sale would be no ordinary one, we would not only sell our crap, but we would sell hot dogs! We joined forces with our neighbors Brett and Allison and got started.
First step: Drag out all the crap we can find
Second Step: Make Super Awesome poster board signs
Third Step: Buy hot dogs and mimosas
Claudia and my goal - $20 (to pay for hot dogs and mimosas)
It started off with a bang! Crap was flying off our makeshift table. Then we hit a slowdown. That’s when decided to bust out step 4 & 5…
Fourth Step: Put on hot dog costumes
Fifth Step: Dance Outrageously in order to lure customers into our crap oasis
Success!!! Everyone who drove by stopped. Now I understand why there are so many sign twirlers on every street corner. We tripled our sales! Total crap sold - $71. Thanks to the hot dog costumes!