Travelling Blue Ridge, Georgia – Day 2: Shopping
If you missed Day 1 of our trip to Blue Ridge, Georgia, you can visit that post here. Travelling Blue Ridge, Georgia wouldn’t be complete without a full day of shopping! I promised you a picture of the fun shirt I bought on Day 1 of our trip — I wore the shirt on Day 2 for our side trip to the Mountain Fling Art and Craft Show in the neighboring city of Blairsville, Georgia.
Travelling Blue Ridge, Georgia – Day 2: Mountain Fling
The Mountain Fling Art and Craft Show in the neighboring city of Blairsville, Georgia, was a short 20-minute drive of more beautiful scenery and something unique in addition to the Blue Ridge shops. This is an annual show at the North Georgia Technical College that I found when I looked up local festivals before we left for the trip. It was very organized with upscale local artisans, and comfortable with everything displayed inside of the college with air conditioning and conveniences. I love all things “from heart through hands”.
I was on the hunt for a pair of red drop earrings that show past my hair that hangs longer in the front. I was surprised to find so many men at the art show who make very detailed, intricate jewelry. This artist specializes in Chain Maille, which is an ancient art using a method of linked metal loops — he even makes his own loops! These earrings are one-inch red glass drops attached to simple chain that he made by hand. He does not have a website, but I have provided his information below which also shows other linked designs.
I could not resist this wire wrapped cuff bracelet. The lady was so nice and had so many well-made pieces, but had no information or business card with the jewelry. This is a sturdy flat, gold-filled wire that she wrapped with interspersed gold glass beads. The inside of the beads have the gold color so they will not chip or peel. I love it, a perfect fit, it clips to form a firm bangle style.
I am outgoing and love to meet new people, especially artistic types, so I had to talk to each one of them about their techniques and admire their abilities while getting to know them. By this time, Honey found a chair and was done with this. But, I was only half done! LOL. He was comfortable, so I moved on to the ceramic and pottery area.
“Muddy Moses and Mom” is a son and mother team who make handmade soaps and simple stoneware dishes. Her husband is a folk artist/potter. Mother and son started out making soaps then decided to add soap dishes that are durable, natural and non-toxic. Each one is pressed once from a leaf they have picked in the North Georgia Mountains near their home, all are one-of-a-kind. Each leaf dish is $5.00 and is a good size, plus dishwasher and microwave safe. I plan to use mine for many things like: snack dish, spoon rest, jewelry dish, and maybe even soap, etc. What a unique useful gift, I will probably order a few more from this sweet family. I bought one for myself and one for my neighbor who watched our house and watered my garden while we were gone. For more about Muddy Moses and Mom, you can read their story here and also link to there Facebook page here.
After the Mountain Fling, we drove back to Blue Ridge for lunch, and more shopping. I was then on the hunt for a red necklace to wear with my red drop earrings!
Halfway down Main Street in Blue Ridge, I went into the Broken Bull boutique, owned by Rick and Melisa Searcy. This shop has nicer, affordable women’s and men’s clothing and accessories. Honey relaxed outside in the shade while I shopped, talked and found this red necklace. I love the multiple strands and the length. It can be knotted or wrapped twice for different looks. It is the “Simply Noelle” brand that the Broken Bull carries as their retail brand.
Rick was working on the day we were there. I had an enjoyable conversation with him about our families, retirement and various other things that made it a delightful experience in their store.
It is an area of wonderfully friendly, good-hearted people. As I was checking out, he said that I had blessed his day and that they give out a few blessings every day as well. He told me to choose a pair of earrings from the assortment of handmade earrings that his wife, Melisa, makes for the store. I was so touched and surprised by this, what a kind, genuine gesture. I selected this extra long pair of earrings that go with so many outfits that I wear. I will think of this Christian couple and their store every time that I wear these earrings. You can visit their website here at Broken Bull , and their Facebook page is here. I will be visiting their store again in the Fall when we return for another weekend getaway.
Travelling Blue Ridge, Georgia – Day 2: It’s Dinner Time!
After a short break and freshening up at our hotel, we went back to downtown Blue Ridge for dinner at Harvest on Main.
This is a lodge-style restaurant with upscale cuisine at reasonable price points. They offer unique entrees along with an extensive wine and beer list. I had a delicious salad topped with grilled salmon. The salad was infused with citrus, pecans and feta cheese tossed in a ginger apple cider vinaigrette. Be sure to make a reservation for this very popular restaurant. I enjoyed our table-for-two that was right off of the open kitchen that you see behind us. It was fun to watch them cook and prepare everything.
Stay tuned for my final “Day 3” post on Friday this week on this series about “Travelling Blue Ridge, Georgia”!
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