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Nashville City Sights: Window Shopping

Window shopping is one of my favorite hobbies, and the deadly heat this weekend was a perfect excuse to check out some new (to us) shops in Nashville… plenty of a/c was appreciated, and spending was off the table (except for food!). Most of our weekend adventures tend to last from 10-2 – we leave the house mid-morning, get to our destination, eat lunch, and are back home in time for a mid-afternoon nap.
Window shopping was no exception:
…Franklin Farmers Market…
We started the day down the street at the farmer’s market. It’s super busy during the summer months, so we didn’t spend too much time with the crowds, just got some breakfast from the food trucks and people watched for a bit. I was looking for eggs but couldn’t find any (sold out!), so we left empty handed (but full!).
 The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
…Hi-Fi Buys…
After the farmer’s market, we headed toward Nashville. Hubby’s looking for new headphones so we stopped by Hi-Fi Buys to test drive a few.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
…Preservation Station…
I’ve been so curious to see the inside of Preservation Station, and what a treat! This place is old house heaven… so many vintage & antique everything… doors, chandeliers, stained glass windows, doorknobs, drawer pulls,  mantels, hardware, etc. etc.! I loved it. We may be building a brand new house, but I can’t wait to find some old treasures to bring to our new home some day.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
…Craft South…
Next, we headed toward 12 South for lunch. But I couldn’t resist visiting Craft South one more time! It’s such a visually inspiring place, I know I’ll be coming back again soon.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
…The Flipside…
We finally tried out The Flipside for lunch, and we’ll definitely be back again soon. Winner winner, chicken dinner!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
On the way back to the car, we picked up some peaches from a roadside market and headed home for the day… window shopping is exhausting!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: BFF+E

Every so often I catch the cats being besties… and lately, it’s been happening as the sun goes down and they catch the last few rays together on the window ledge.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

I’m pretty sure the heater Tali is laying on is the only thing keeping Cora from falling off, ha!

 

P.S. Sneaky peek… a certain furry someone was mighty pleased that I finished up a quilt over the weekend! I’ll get pics up later this week.

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Swap Quilt

 

Super Quick Frugal Tip: Cold Brew Iced Tea

I mentioned this super easy tip last week, and I wanted to do a quick post so I don’t forget about it (plus, the image is pretty generic for Pinterest… oh, the horror!)
Cold Brew Iced Tea
The Amateur Librarian // Cold Brew Iced Tea
I picked this tip up from The Splendid Table… talk about a eureka moment!
All you have to do it fill a pitcher with water, add a tea bag, and let it sit in the fridge overnight?!
The Amateur Librarian // Cold Brew Iced Tea
There’s no going back now! As soon as we moved back South, I started drinking sweet tea again. I was able to cut it down to half-and-half but now I’ve been Unsweet all the way for all of 2015… and now I’m brewing it myself at the beginning of every week.
Did you see that Starbucks just started doing “small batch cold brew tea” too? Guess I’m up on the latest barista trends and didn’t even know it!

Nashville City Sights: Quilt Shop Hop

 I’ve been on a fabric fast for the past few months in preparation for the Music City MQG Shop Hop this past weekend… it was so worth it! We visited 5 quilt shops in the area which ran special discounts for our group and had an absolute blast shopping all day long, from Franklin to Nashville to Goodlettsville and back again.
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
Donuts & fruit greeted us at our first stop, as well as a tutorial for their Shortcut Binding Tool which is great for creating two-color binding and binding with a flange. I’m so glad I finally got a peek inside, since it’s just a few miles down the road.
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
I started slowly with a few fat quarters – throughout the day I tried to concentrate on finding yellow and low-volume prints – I have a quilt in mind, and it helped me to resist buying everything under the sun!
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
Craft South – Nashville
I was probably most excited to finally get inside Craft South, Anna Maria Horner’s new brick and mortar store. As expected, every inch was beautiful and welcoming. Even the bathroom!
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
I couldn’t resist a scrap bag of Anna Maria Horner’s woven Loominous line, plus some yardage to make pillowcases. I’m sure I’ll be back for their classes or events.
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Fabric Studio – Nashville
This teeny shop packs a punch – I probably got more here than anywhere else! I just can’t resist scrap bags, or fat quarter deals… and there was a “garage sale” table where I picked up an adorable sun-bleached zipper pouch for cross stitch WIPs.
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
My haul!
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
We stopped at a brand new coffee shop down the street, Eighth and Roast, for a mid-day caffeine break and they kindly let us eat our boxed lunches there too. Shopping is exhausting – and makes you hungry too!
Quilter’s Attic – Goodlettsville
The first thing that caught my eye were two gorgeous barn quilts on the buildings around this shop… totally reignited my obsession with barn quilts! Inside, there’s a big selection of fabric as well as books and notions. My favorite part is all the quilts hanging everywhere… so much inspiration! Everyone especially loved those pinwheels on the stairs, and at the top is an entire showroom as well as a classroom for workshops.
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
I limited myself to a few fat quarters and a booklet of patterns… I’ve been looking for an excuse to use up some mini charm squares!
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
Stitcher’s Garden – Franklin
Back in Franklin, we ended the day with Stitcher’s Garden. This shop is right down the street from me, but you have to be in the right frame of mind to brave the aisles (and piles and stacks and baskets and cubbies) stuffed to the brim with fabric. It’s quite the experience!
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
Of course I managed just fine… and added some more yellow and low volume to my stash!
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
My bag was quite full by the end of the day! Spreading it all out was like an adult’s Halloween candy!
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
Of course the first order of business was sorting it all into color order before adding it to my stash.
The Amateur Librarian // Quilt Shop Hop
Whew… what a day! I had so much fun touring the area and getting to know all the shops tucked away that I haven’t had time to visit. A big shout out to all the stores, who welcomed us and fed us along the way, AND especially to the amazing guild ladies who organized it all!
More city sights coming soon as I explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: Let the Cat out of the Bag

Cora loves it when I go shopping… because then she gets to climb inside the bags and shred the tissue paper until I ruin the fun by cleaning up.

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

This weekend was an EPIC shopping event… I’ve been on a fabric fast for months in preparation for the Music City MQG shop hop to FIVE different quilt shops in the area. Excited to share my haul and a glimpse of the shops tomorrow!

Until then… here’s precious Cora and her favorite bag from this weekend. (Sorry my foot is in each picture… oops!)

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

City Sights: Rutledge Falls

Two events coincided over the past couple weeks which led to our latest weekend adventure:
1. Wal-Mart had a $5 sale on water shoes
2. We bought the Modern Romance audiobook by Aziz Ansari
I try to avoid Wal-Mart as a general rule, but all our toothpaste/deodorant/soap/etc. ran out at once so we found ourselves at Wally World one weekend and I couldn’t resist the cheap water shoes on display (this is why I avoid Wal-Mart). I needed an excuse to use them!
Then, I kept hearing good things about Aziz Ansari’s book Modern Romance, and that the audiobook was even better. I needed an excuse for a long car ride to start listening!
So naturally, $5 water shoes + a new audiobook = we needed to visit a waterfall!
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
I googled around and found Rutledge Falls about an hour away… perfect!  (First on the list was Cummins Falls, but it was closed due to high water levels. The next runner up was Rock Island. Hopefully we will visit all of them eventually!)
We got on the road mid-morning and stopped for lunch at Jiffy Burger in Manchester (home of Bonnaroo).
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
Halfway between Manchester and Tullahoma, you follow the signs for Rutledge Falls Baptist Church, and park near all the other cars. There are no other signs, and I was pretty sure we were lost, but as you get closer to the trees you start to hear the falls… and that’s how you know you’re in the right spot!
Rutledge Falls is more like a swimming hole, and you have to scramble down a pretty steep and rocky hill to get there. As you get closer to the falls, you can feel the temperature dropping… and on a 90-something degree day, it felt awesome! The scenery was beautiful and I felt like a kid again exploring the creek and surrounding trails. We didn’t know what to expect and assumed there would be a longer trail leading to the waterfalls, but next time I will definitely bring a bathing suit and towel since it’s located right off the road.
Photo dump ahead!
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
tThe Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
The Amateur Librarian // Rutledge Falls
More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: Porch Time

It seems like the weather went straight from cold to hot this year, with barely any temps in between. I realized the other day that we’re more than halfway through the year, and I’ve hardly spent any time out on the screened porch at all. The cats haven’t had that problem, since they’ve been sunbathing half the day away for months now…  the hotter, the better!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

I’ve been trying to make an effort to spend more time on the porch when it’s nice out – if I’m cross stitching, reading, or listening to a podcast on the couch, I could just as well do the same thing outside. As long as I leave a chair for the cats, they enjoy the company!


The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

 

Long Weekend

Isn’t it funny how long weekends usually feel so short? Independence Day was no exception, but it was nice to have a respite from the busybusybusy.  My parents came down to go to my infusion on Thursday, and we had a fun couple days to catch up over the holiday weekend. We ate in downtown Franklin a couple times, and on Friday we went to see Leiper’s Fork while Sam worked from home. I’ve done a City Sights post about this place before, but it’s such a fun stretch of stores for eating and window shopping. Good food, good shopping, good art… pretty perfect.
Here’s a photo recap of our visit:
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
My parents drove back home on the 4th, and our holiday ended up quietly. We planned on fireworks by the Nashville riverfront, but all the rain kept us inside. It was probably for the best – no traffic to deal with, and plenty of time to unwind. Even without fireworks, we had fun catching up on the dvR (UnReal and Wayward Pines are my new favorite Summer TV shows!)… and margaritas helped, of course!
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
 As always, it was a treat to hang out with my parents again!
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin TN City Sights

Meow Monday: Cats of Instagram, Part Twenty

The cats took the weekend off for the holiday, so there’s nothing new to report! Instead, how about another Instagram update? We’ve made it all the way to Christmas 2014… only 7 months behind now, ha!

 

Sam the Man and Sam the Cat, reunited again!

Sam the Man and Sam the Cat, reunited again!

 

Cora models the new table runner

Cora models the new table runner

 

... And the tree

… And the tree

 

Tali is excited for holidays!

Tali is ready to get started on the last block of the Once Upon a Time cross stitch!

 

Mostly Tali is excited for naptime

Mostly Tali is excited for naptime.

 

Cora and the Tree Part 2

Cora and the Tree Part 2

 

It was so much fun to stitch the Once Upon a Time sampler along with the cats all year long!

It was so much fun to stitch the Once Upon a Time cross stitch along with the cats all year long!

 

Another glamour shot

Another glamour shot

 

New toys, old cat

New toys, old cat

 

This is one of my favorite pics of Cora, from the Mississippi snow days of 2010. Thanks, Timehop!

This is one of my favorite pics of Cora, from the Mississippi snow days of 2010. Thanks, Timehop!

Meow Monday: Sleeping Cuties

 

Let’s face it, cats are cutest when they’re sleeping. And of course I can’t help but snap a few pics…

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Sweet dreams!

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