Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


White Glove Test Exhibit, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

Before the winter weather arrived Monday, Chris and I visited the newly opened White Glove Test exhibit at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.

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It’s a small exhibit of punk band fliers created and distributed during 1978 to 1994. I thought Chris would enjoy looking for fliers of shows he may have attended.

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He only found one — Big Black. But since most of the fliers don’t include years, he’s not entirely sure. There were several fliers of bands he recognized, like favorite Hüsker Dü.

I really liked the fliers created on notebook paper, like these:

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Here’s another favorite:

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Though a small collection, the exhibit is worth checking out. It’s open through April 6.

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Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, D.C.

The National Gallery of Art’s sculpture garden is on Madison and 7th next to the Natural History Museum and across from the West Building of the National Art Gallery.

It’s a nice little place to sit and enjoy the art and to grab a bite to eat.

We ate at the Pavilion Cafe one night after visiting the East Building of the National Art Gallery. We both got sandwiches, which were served with a nice, fresh salad with a yummy vinaigrette.

I got a tuna sandwich on a delicious kaiser roll with fennel seeds all over it. Chris got a turkey reuben.

It was a nice break after visiting the National Art Gallery’s East Building. Next up was the National History Museum.


Shelley Lake Park, Raleigh, N.C.

Shelley Lake Park in Raleigh, N.C., is a great place to take a stroll or, as many people were on a recent visit, jog.

The small lake is surrounded by trees and a 2+ miles of trails, including sections of a greenway. Walking around the lake we saw ducks, geese, turtles and, possibly, cormorants. The cormorants could also have been herons; the birds were far away and hard to see.

There are also basketball courts, a playground, a boat house and an art center (Sertoma Arts Center) located in the park.

Great place to take a stroll with the family on a weekday afternoon!

(Sorry, no photos to share this time!)


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National Scrapbooking Day

Last weekend a friend and I headed to Dobson, N.C., for a scrap to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day. I think I only worked on my scrapbooks once or twice since last year’s event. A shame, I know.

But I’m happy to report I completed six pages in my Desserts scrapbook!

I thought I’d be done after eight pages, but as the weekend wore on I kept adding more and more pages because the recipes I planned to showcase together wouldn’t fit on the same 12″x12″ page. So I’ve still got six more pages to complete!

Then I’ll finally, hopefully, begin working on our wedding scrapbook. (Our 3rd anniversary is Tuesday!)

Here’s some pics of my friend, Brenda, working on cards and the pages I completed:

Brenda working on a birthday card. She also made anniversary and Easter cards.

These photos rotate around the brads to reveal the recipe below (see next photo).
I added the words “Eat Cake” because the page looked empty without it.
I used Creative Memories Dual-Tip Pen in Pink.

This is probably my most favorite page of the weekend.
The flowers are from Creative Memories Doodling Templates Flowers and Swirls.
I could only find the templates through a Google Search. A photo is below.

This is the Doodling Templates Flowers and Swirls.
(This image is owned by Creative Memories and is only used for educational /demonstration purposes.)

If you look closely at this page you can see that I used a thinner marker (a dual-tip pen in purple) for the words and then traced the letters with a thicker marker because I didn’t like the initial result. It now looks sloppy. Haaa, haaa!
I also would have used more strips of ribbon, but that should have been done before placing the stickers!
This page didn’t come together so well, but it’ll do.

This is another page that I liked how it came together. Hearts are a Creative Memories shape maker.

Another page that didn’t come together all that well, but I really like the flowers and the brads in the bottom right hand corner.
The title “A Crusty Issue!” refers to the two pie crust recipes — traditional and crumb — on the page.

This page was missing something and I put it aside to come back to it later.

I later added dragonflies to the top.
The dragonflies were made using a Creative Memories shape maker.
The letter stickers show which order to make and assemble this recipe.

Besides yummy food and scrapping fun, the hostess held several games, giveaways and sales. I racked up on a lot of paper, stickers and embellishments!

I also bought a few things, including a Creative Memories Tag Maker, which I know will get lots and lots of use!


Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

If you visit Richmond, Va., I’d recommend checking out the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

The museum’s collections include art deco and art nouveau, English silver, Faberge, mid-to-late 20th century and 21st centuryAmerican art, African art and Ancient art. Here are some of the lovely pieces that we saw back in January:


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Where to shop: Main Street, Abindon, Va.

We went to Abingon, Va., last Saturday to walk the Virginia Creeper Trail. While we were there, we also checked out Main Street and some local businesses.

First off, we ate a quick lunch at the famous Martha Washington Hotel and Spa’s Market Deli (there’s two links: hotel and the deli). This hotel is gorgeously decorated and would be a very pleasant place to stay. I’d love to check out a cabaret and get a massage at the spa.

Chris had a reuben with chips and I had 1/2 a turkey sandwich with Italian Wedding soup and chips. Very delicious.

After the walk, we stopped by A Likely Yarn, a local yarn shop on Pecan Street just below the Creeper’s trail head.

The business is one of the largest, locally-owned stores I’d been in. A knitting class was taking place in a small room to the left as we walked in and several ladies were browsing books and yarn in the large shop area to the right.

There was a large collection of books, a lot separated by category, such as socks, crochet or knitting. There was also a rack that had “Handknit Heros,” a comic book of needle welding crime fighters.

I was very impressed with the large selection of crochet and knitting books at A Likely Yarn.
The yarn selection was pretty nice too. Prices were comparable to other shops I’d been in and there was a wide variety of brands.
I think I just about picked up every skein of yarn along this wall.

I signed up for the shop’s e-newsletters and the lady tending the shop told me about an upcoming retreat in February.

Next we walked around Main Street and stopped in several antique shops, including Abingdon Mercantile and Frames. We were on the hunt for Rookwood Pottery (Chris’ parents collect it) and a dress form (I want one so much!).

We also stopped at The Arts Depot to check out some artists’ studios. I really liked some fabric hats and paintings, such as those by Jackie Dolpp and Joyce Samuel. The artists’ collaborative is a one block off Main Street on Depot Square.

Before heading home, we grabbed coffee at Zazzy’z Coffee House.

While in Abingdon, you should also check out  Barter Theater, A House on Main, The Tavern, and other antique, clothing and gift shops along Main Street.