Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Girls' Weekend in Fairhope, Alabama

I just returned from a girls' weekend in Fairhope, Alabama with my southern friends, Becky and Missy. Becky, who lives in Fairhope, invited Missy and me to spend a few days with her so that we could make some neat things and attend the annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival.

The three of us met two years ago at an art retreat and have kept in contact via Facebook. Becky and I had gotten together a couple times to create things and were very excited that Missy could join us this time.

We had a blast. We named our visit "Fairhope Fun" which was an appropriate title. I made journals for everyone so we could remember all of the fun things we did. Becky and Missy LOVE the colors pink and aqua so I used these graphics for the journals. 



Missy, who is from Georgia, and I met at the Atlanta airport and took the same flight to Mobile so that Becky could pick us up at the same time. We then stopped at Something Sweet in Daphne, AL to stock up on treats for the weekend.


Becky & Missy at the Something Sweet Bake Shop

I had to take a picture of this really cool vintage mural on the side of a building in Daphne.


We took a selfie in front of the mural. We were SO VERY excited to be together!


We ate lunch while there at Cousin Vinney's. I had the largest calzone I've ever seen and it was very tasty. Then we went to Becky's house. Look how adorable her place is!


Here is the view out of my guest room window.


That evening was like Christmas morning! We exchanged gifts, lots of gifts. It was so much fun! Here is a small portion of the wonderful things I brought home with me. 


We didn't feel like creating anything on Thursday evening because we were too excited. On Friday, we went to the Festival. We shopped and ate junk food from the food trucks (bloomin' onion, fried green tomatoes, kettle corn, peach ice cream). Later on, we didn't feel so well, but it was worth it! 

One of the things my southern girlfriends were excited about was seeing the author, Sister Schubert. Sister Schubert was at the bookstore Page and Palette signing her beautiful new cookbook, Celebrations From the Heart. Missy was especially happy to purchase a copy and had it signed. She and Becky raved about Sister Schubert's rolls that you can purchase in the freezer section of the grocery store.


So on Sunday we stopped at a grocery store to pick up some Sister Schubert's sausage rolls for our last breakfast together on Monday morning. I hadn't heard of this brand before, have you? I asked Sister Schubert if they are sold up north and she told me they are sold at Costco. By the way, the sausage wrap rolls were delicious!


Here are some of the things I saw at the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival.


Lovely southern Belles strolled up and down the streets.


That evening we needed to purchase more supplies, so we drove to Hobby Lobby. While out, we stopped at a bead store and made these bracelets. Pink and green, of course!

Our "chick" let bracelets

We ate at Lambert's Cafe in Foley, Alabama. Lambert's is home of the throwed rolls. Here is Missy and Becky catching rolls. If you haven't been to Lambert's, you must go and experience this fun place to eat.


And later that evening we started on our main project making bump chenille characters. The dog faces are of my granddog, Tangerine. I'm sure she would enjoy knowing she was carrying a purse. LOL


We had other projects we wanted to make such as altering an Altoids tin and transforming a children's book into a journal, but we ran out of time. We were busy taking a detour to the casino in Buloxi and eating out.


I really enjoyed being with Becky's dog, Samson. Samson's fur is soft and smooth and he is a very well behaved dog.


Oh, we did make one other little thing. Becky was working on a Jenny & Aaron project and needed to make a piece of cake. So we all made cakes out of styrofoam and frosted them with DAP brown caulk. Doesn't the caulk look like real chocolate?! We still need to paint the cake but it was really interesting experimenting with these products.


It seems we waited so long for the weekend to arrive and I cannot believe it is already over. Girls' weekends are the best!




11 comments:

  1. I love girlfriend weekends and it looks like you all had the best time!!
    deb

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  2. The cake looks real! You ladies made some fun things and had some good food! Glad you enjoyed spending time together. Friendship is to be cherished. :)

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  3. WHAT FUN! Those girls look like they are both full of the devil....er...I mean like they are full of fun! You did so much in such a short time...crafting.....shopping...eating out...talking....and just having fun all the way around.
    I bet that you will be dong this again!!! xoDiana

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  4. Looks like you had a great time! It's great to get together with friends.

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  5. Fun times! You girls were busy, busy. You didn't mention if you won or lost at Biloxi ~ :) Yes, Sister Schubert's rolls are wonderful! My family loves them and if you don't have time to make any of her offerings, she's done it for you.

    So glad you ladies had such a great time! Making memories is the best ~

    xo
    Pat

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  6. Patty, Oh my gosh, what a fun time. I loved your photos too. That mural and those bird houses..wow. Hope you are enjoying spring, even though it's doesn't feel so spring like at this time. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  7. I can read the excitement in your post Patty! Truly some of the pics says it all, glad it was so fun and productive for all of you!

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  8. Sounds and looks like y'all had a fun time.
    I nearly always have SS's rolls on hand for family get together meals. I like the larger dinner rolls (great for making a sandwich) better than the parker house type.
    Hope it is starting to warm up in your area.

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  9. Miss all you ladies SO much! It's wonderful seeing you all together having fun!!

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  10. This looks like so much fun! I feel like I got to enjoy it vicariously through your post; thanks for sharing. It looks like a great balance of friends, food, fun, and creativity! I love those journals you made for your friends, and the cake slices you made are amazingly realistic.

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  11. Hello from Spain: Fabulous weekend with friends. Lovely stuff. Keep in touch

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