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December Root City Market

This past Saturday I shot my third Root City Market.  It took place over at Stove Works in Old Forth Ward. As always it was a success and a whole lot of fun!  I chatted it up with lots of vendors and friends stopping by. Bought a Christmas gift for Dustin and a cheese/bread board for the new house I’ll be moving into this weekend. The wood came from Front Page News, a bar in Little Five Points, which I thought was very cool!

One of the free activities was a “draw your neighborhood station” made by my roomie, Sarah.  It consisted of vintage inspired postcards she designed that were hung on the window with washi tape that you took down, drew on the back and hung back up with your drawing facing outward. The outcome was so cute and everyone got into drawing their neck of the woods!
Most of the volunteer crew though some were having to hold down the fort! Jen, the creator and curator of RCM is in the center. She’s the sweetest!
Drawing of my current neighborhood, Poncey-Highlands, and my little family :)
The one I got is 4th from the left! Such a neat shape.
Allison of Flower Crown Society made the whimsical wall and ceiling hangings. This is one talented lady!

Good luck wrapping all those gifts and getting your Christmas shopping completed!


Wish I could take credit for these pretties that were put together by the local talent, Evan, who’s blog is full of pretty flowers and yummy food! I wrote about these flowers in my West Elm post and wanted to share them separately and give a spotlight to their beauty! 15365167563_b2817cfaac_k15984782285_def5a07e10_k
There you have it, a simple post with peonies to brighten your day! (or at least your computer screen!)


Blogger ClosetOh ya, you read correctly, fashion bloggers selling goodies from their closets!  Really happy to be a part of this sale with some of my favorite local fashionistas and to be supporting the female focused organization Dress for Success.  Each blogger will be donating 10% of their proceeds!

Head to the W Buckhead on April 12th to hang with down-to-earth fashionable ladies, shop designer/vintage/gently used brands, sip Sin<Less mimosas and indulge in Yum Yum cupcakes!  I’ll be sharing some of my favorite items that I’ll finally be letting go of on IG and FB, spoiler alert: Michael Kors watch, Sam Edelman boots, Juicy Couture purse AND MORE!


13209853694_790e1d5e78_bLucky for me I was informed by my in-the-know roommate about the Root City Market that happened on Saturday afternoon over at the adorable Avondale Estates.  It was such a delight perusing around the pop-up artist market checking out locally made goods!  Along with shopping I ran into several familiar faces as well as met a couple new creative thinking friends.  To top things off, even though the forecast called for rain it turned out to be a beautiful day!

Recently purchased the Visual Supply Company Lightroom plug-in and used the images I snapped at this event as an opportunity to practice using the film pack. Love the graininess and mood the films add to the images!  The plug-in was easy to install and even easier to use, I’m very excited with how this will cut down my editing time as well as give my photos a film-like life!

13209704673_e085544687_bI’m wearing my Anthro jumper, H&M tee, Sam Edelman boots, Vintage Saks Fifth Ave. bag and TOMS shades.

13209583445_468b6f6212_b 13209526025_ccee615c63_b13209558465_dd8916f61a_bSpent a fair amount of time chatting with this handsome guy, John of Oakleaf and Acorn over mutual friends, beard products (for my bf, not me!) and cool guy brands. His pop-up shop was great and his online selection is even better!

13209910964_d1270f068b_b13209893984_959b2873c0_b 13209887284_62c8be41a6_b13209828344_110c584390_bBought the above postcard and a 2014 calender from the ladies of Yours is the Earth. I plan to frame it and rep ATL in my little home!

13223129173_f30007b473_b13209729723_4c89614200_b13209545825_d6be057473_b13209835154_eba209ac31_b 13209698013_330140ce64_bThis last one is by far my favorite! I knew when I was driving down Ponce on my way home that these canary yellow bushes would make for great picture. So I did what any photographer would do and did a u-turn, put my flashers on and ran to said yellow bushes and snapped till I was satisfied and then returned to my illegally parked car! Worth it!

I love Atlanta for so many reasons and events like this make that love grow stronger. After the market I returned home to lay around and then when I got bored with that hit up my roommate who was porch hanging in Cabbagetown and joined her and her man. We made burgers, sipped beer and had a fire in their backyard pit before heading to Estoria and playing Buck Hunter.  I will say I impressed onlookers with a great shot at first and then slowly started to suck and then competitive me started to get less and less into the game but besides missing imaginary deer-what a day!  Yesterday, Dustin returned to my arms after a weekend of camping and shooting (real) guns with his buddies in Butler, GA.  He told me about their adventures over beermosas and brunch at Midway. A weekend with friends, art and a nap squeezed in-I’m one happy gal!  Hope everyone has a good day back on the grind! xo. FLASHY



Meet local artist Molly, she is part two of a new blog series called Factory Flashy where I visit workshops and studios of artists/craftsmen and women around ATL-read my first visit here.  I first met Molly at an art show for a mutual friend of ours and following the show got to know her over beers and quickly realized I liked this down to earth artist.  It was later I looked up her work and realized, HOLY COW she’s really talented! We arranged for a studio visit at her space at the Goat Farm and like I imagined it was very laid back conversations that felt like I was talking to an old friend who’s now become a new friend. I snapped photos of her studio and asked her some Who/What/Where/When/Why/How questions to help you get to know Miss Molly:


 what is your current project?

Through my Creatives Project residency, I’m putting together a workshop for One Love Generation, using shadow puppetry techniques to explore how light and movement can animate a personal mythology. I am working on my solo show at Beep Beep Gallery, which opens in May. It will combine painting, drawing and installation, as well as sound and light components.

For this show, I want to create an immersive, full-sensory experience: to transform the gallery into a live organism. I’m also going to Athens at the end of the month to paint a mural at the Hotel Indigo.


who do you admire?

I admire anyone with a good work ethic and a good sense of humor.

where is your favorite piece?

Pastel (Argentina) has a mural down the street from my house, near where Moreland hits Memorial in Reynoldstown. I am a true fan of his work, and of him, and it’s really special for me to be able to drive by it every day.


The above isn’t what you think, it’s not paint or pen it’s actually a process that she experimented with using a flame to burn the wood, I thought this was really neat and like her other work has perfect lines!


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how did you get started painting murals?

I got tired of working small, especially since my work is pattern-based. I felt too trapped in my own head. So one day, I guess about three and a half years ago, I painted a piece that covered the whole back wall of my studio. It was an adrenaline rush; I felt like, for the first time, my mind and my body were completely in sync. From there I just painted whatever I could, wherever I could, as often as I could. I was blinded by purpose, didn’t want to focus on anything but painting walls: I was traveling all the time, my social life was dictated by my painting schedule, I was barely subsisting. But eventually I built up enough momentum and now I can breathe a little, make a living, choose projects that are the right fit for me. I hustled really hard to get here, I’m so grateful for this life.


This is a sketching of a mural for the Hollywood Mural Project, so it started out on this small piece of paper and then she transformed it to a larger than life piece! I can’t imagine having to think in that big of a scale, but she’s nailed the system.


why ATL?

The South is my home, I’m bound to the landscape here. I lived all over and when I came to Atlanta, I felt like I found the exact spot where I was supposed to land.


when did you first realize you had artist skills?

When I was little, maybe four or five, I did this crayon drawing of minnie mouse wearing a wedding dress with a really elaborate veil and high heels and super long eyelashes. And the background was filled with stars (six pointed ones because I hadn’t figured out how to draw the five-pointed kind yet.) I used every color in the box, even some metallics, I spent days on that thing. And my mom put it in a plastic frame and hung it on the wall of our house. I didn’t realize it at the time but I think that recognition was the first time I saw drawing as a thing that could exist outside myself.


Thanks to Molly for taking the time for a chat! Visit her website to see more: