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Nolensville’s Three French Hens Vintage Store

Three French Hens, photo by Caryn

Three French Hens, photo by Caryn

Nolensville’s Historic District is only a short block long, but it is chock full of fun places to visit. One of my favorites is Stacy Harris-Fish’s Three French Hens. Located at 7305 Nolensville Road, Three French Hens is in and around a two story building from the late 1800’s. Stacy showcases her finds, refinished furniture, and gifts. Both upstairs and down have booths around the store from other local vendors with fun finds, crafts, and vintage lovelies.

Three French Hens, photo by Caryn

Three French Hens, photo by Caryn

Herb Williams – ‘Monumental Feet’ Poster 2005 Country Music Marathon – Half Marathon

Herb Williams 'Monumental Feet' Poster from the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Herb Williams ‘Monumental Feet’ Poster from the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Junk Lady was minding her business going through a few bags and boxes that had come off of our truck when I found this gem: a signed poster of the original ‘Monumental Feet’ by Nashville artist Herb Williams. It was for the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon.

I bet you have seen Herb’s work around town from the graffiti portion of his ‘Call of the Wild’ art series.  The two I see most often are the mustang on the outside brick wall of the Belcourt Theater and the fawn outside of Old Made Good in Inglewood.

Herb Williams 'Monumental Feet' Poster from the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Herb Williams ‘Monumental Feet’ Poster from the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Herb is the curator at Nashville’s Rymer Gallery and shows his work all over the world, including a recent tour of his crayon sculptures in the Far East, including Hong Kong, Beijing, Taiwan, and Shanghai. Yes, you read correctly – crayon sculptures. Herb has one of the only independent accounts with Crayola. He buys them by the case – case after case using hundreds of thousands of crayons. Please check out this great article by Nashville Scene for more information and photos of his work..

This year’s Country Music Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K , benefitting St. Jude Children’s Hospital, will be held on Saturday, April 25, with the finish line at LP Field.

Herb Williams 'Monumental Feet' Poster from the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Herb Williams ‘Monumental Feet’ Poster from the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

It’s A Small World After All – Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill-Nashville

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill - Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill – Nashville, Photo by Caryn

The Junk Lady was driving to one of her usual Berry Hill haunts, the Baja Burrito, when she decided to stop in at the Miniature Cottage she’d passed by so many times. It is located on East Iris Drive just off of Thompson Lane in Berry Hill. If you have a doll house or are thinking of assembling or furnishing a dollhouse you need to stop by.

The cottage is very small with a series of small rooms filled floor to ceiling with unique wooden doll houses, shadow boxes with vignettes of all different types of rooms, and more furniture and accessories than can be imagined. Miniature Cottage has been in business almost 40 years under owner Reneé Derra. It’s a small world after all!

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill - Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill – Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill - Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill – Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill - Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill – Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill - Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill – Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill - Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill – Nashville, Photo by Caryn

12 South’s Art & Soul Studio

Art & Soul, Nashville Arts Studio, photo by Caryn

Art & Soul, Nashville Arts Studio, photo by Caryn

West Nashville’s Art & Soul is a co-operative creative space set up for members to utilize work areas or to take classes. It is located in the bustling 12 South neighborhood of West Nashville among, shops, restaurants, bars, and residences. Their vision statement stresses it be a safe and inviting environment set up for personal and creative growth and exploration as well as the betterment of its community.

Besides your own art supplies there are work stations with baskets of buttons, feathers,

Art & Soul, Nashville Arts Studio, photo by Caryn

Art & Soul, Nashville Arts Studio, photo by Caryn

twigs, pipe cleaners, material, paper, and-and-and … But Art & Soul is not only concerned with the 2 and 3 dimensional, expressions in movement and sound are also encouraged. This isn’t the ‘solo artist struggling in the ivory tower’, Art & Soul engenders a safe and non-judgmental environment to let go and discover. These discoveries will be shared and witnessed by those present. It is a very nurturing and positive environment.

What was does the Junk Lady have to do with a creative art space? A mutual friend connected me to Kathy Plourde as she was preparing for a workshop with a special needs group. She was needing old broken bits and bots of costume jewelry for them to use to create self-portraits. I left the meeting thinking of the very last line from the classic movie ‘Casablanca‘.

Art & Soul, Nashville Arts Studio, photo by Caryn

Art & Soul, Nashville Arts Studio, photo by Caryn

Nashville Bills Backers At McNamara’s Irish Pub in Donelson

Irish Nachos at McNamara's Irish Pub & Restaurant, photo by Caryn

Irish Nachos at McNamara’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, photo by Caryn

One thing I have learned in my wanderings literally around the world is that there are people from Buffalo, NY EVERYWHERE. Here in Nashville there is a haven for Western New Yorkers who are also fans of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills – the Nashville Bills Backers. That place is Donelson’s McNamara’s Irish Pub & Restaurant on game day for food, beverage, and a whole lot of hooting’ and hollering’. For food McNamara’s has their usual great Irish offerings, but they also have some off-menu WNY favorites like Beef on Weck, proper Buffalo Chicken Wings with bleu cheese, and a few cases of Labatt’s Blue beer. Last Sunday I tried their Irish Nachos: steak fries covered with cheddar, scallions, diced tomatoes, and Shepherd’s Pie meat – lovely!

Nashville Bills Backers, photo by Caryn

Nashville Bills Backers, photo by Caryn

I met up with our friend Jason Waldron of Absolute Refinishing in Lebanon and got to meet a Buffalo and Nashville legend, Mr. Pete Weber. Before relocating to Nashville and becoming the play by play voice of the Nashville Predators Mr. Weber did color commentating and post game interviews for the Bills as well as play by play for the Buffalo Sabres. (Both Mr. Weber and Mr. Waldron were sporting blue #12 Jim Kelly jerseys last Sunday to watch the Bills ‘squish the fish’, beating the Miami Dolphins handily – see photo.)

The Nashville Bills Backers just don’t meet for fellowship with like minded folk and good food, they also have raised thousands of dollars over the years for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Creative Plastic Bottle Repurposing

Repurposed Plastic Bottle Sculpture, photo by Caryn

Repurposed Plastic Bottle Sculpture, photo by Caryn

After our daughter checked in at the Mid-South Quick Chess Championship on Hillsboro at St. Paul Christian Academy we went to wait in the gymnasium for the first pairings to get posted.

Repurposed Plastic Bottle Sculpture, photo by Caryn

Repurposed Plastic Bottle Sculpture, photo by Caryn

Hanging from the ceiling in the center of the room is a delightful use of discarded plastic bottles. The sculpture is approximately 5 feet high and is comprised of hundreds of colored and altered plastic water bottles. It’s kinetic to a degree which helps it catch and reflect the light. I don’t know who made this piece but it is likely a collaborative effort by children from this school.

Franklin, TN Silver Hill For Wild Blackberry Picking

Silver Hill, Franklin, TN Wild Blackberry Picking, photo by Caryn

Silver Hill, Franklin, TN Wild Blackberry Picking, photo by Caryn

Last Monday my daughter and I ventured to Silver Hill to go blackberry picking. We encountered a lovely quiet space and a GIGANTIC blackberry bush. According to owner and photographer Vincent Wallace, “Silver Hill is a place for Wild Blackberry picking, bonfires, photography and arts instruction, and the occasional fun event for the whole family, like ice cream socials, nature walks and the like!” Silver Hill is conveniently located in Franklin at 3916 E. McEwen Drive, Franklin, TN 37067 near the corner of Wilson Pike and E. McEwen Drive. Vincent can be reached at 615.275.9266. Keep up to date with announcements by joining the Silver Hill open Facebook group. Occasionally they need to close to allow for the berries to ripen. Join the group and check it out!

Silver Hill, Franklin, TN Wild Blackberry Picking, photo by Caryn

Silver Hill, Franklin, TN Wild Blackberry Picking, photo by Caryn

 

Cardboard Recycling Via Vacation Bible School

Cane Ridge Free Will Baptist Church Vacation Bible School Airplane, photo by Bethany Wagner

Cane Ridge Free Will Baptist Church Vacation Bible School Airplane, photo by Bethany Wagner

Cardboard can be recycled into more cardboard or it can be reused. I received a message a couple weeks back from a neighbor asking if we had any larger boxes she could use to build an airplane for their Summer vacation Bible school. Here is the end result. Thank you, Bethany Wagner for the update. I am sure your VBS will be a full, fun, and successful event. Vacation Bible School starts tonight, July 8th, at the Cane Ridge Free Will Baptist Church, located at 13984 Old Hickory Blvd in Nashville, 37013. Registration is at the door starting at 6:00PM and all are welcome. Class runs between 6:00PM and 8:15PM.

Fourth of July Wishes From Junk King of Nashville

DeWayne and his grandson, photo by LeAnn McKinley

DeWayne and his grandson, photo by LeAnn McKinley

One of our navigators shared this poignant photo with us earlier this week and I knew it was meant for our July 4th post. It shows DeWayne still in his Junk King shirt just home from work standing at the water’s edge holding his grandson’s hand. To me it embodies ‘Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness’.

Junk King of Nashville wishes you all a safe holiday spent with loved ones while enjoying this beautiful land of ours.

Batey’s Berries Strawberry Picking – Murfreesboro, TN

Greer not slipping on the mud while strawberry picking at Batey's Berries, Murfreesboro, TN, photo by Caryn

Greer not slipping on the mud while strawberry picking at Batey’s Berries, Murfreesboro, TN, photo by Caryn

My husband’s first cousin once removed invited me to go strawberry picking yesterday. It was gloomy, misty and cool and not my usual Thursday morning as it involved being in a field instead of the warehouse. Sounded like a plan and a nice break. Neither Greer nor I had picked strawberries before. Had we been I would have known to wear boots and bring clean shoes to change into afterwards. The nice gentleman at Batey Farms’ ‘Batey’s Berries’ told us to go down the rows with grass between them. Well those had been thoroughly picked and the ones with the Holy Grail beauties nearly ready to hop into my freezer jam jar were on the muddy rows.  Go big or go home.

Batey Farms Berry Patch, Murfreesboro, TN, photo by Caryn

Batey Farms Berry Patch, Murfreesboro, TN, photo by Caryn

As you can see by my shoes and left knee I had a little trouble remaining vertical. Worth it? Yes. Do I need a new pair of shoes? Yes. Will I return? YES! Best way to know hours and days is to follow Batey Farms on Facebook and @bateyfarms on Twitter. If you look on their Facebook page you’ll see that today U-Pick buckets are $12 (instead of the usual $10) with the extra $2 going to help the Ellis Family of Rutherford County who were displaced from their home recently by fire and have immediate needs for their 10 family members.

We picked 4 buckets: 3 for Greer and 1 for me. Each bucket weighed approximately 4 pounds. I dropped off some berries to a couple friends and had enough left to make 10.5 pints of Strawberry Freezer Jam last evening from freshly picked and never chilled berries and still more left for snacking and fruit salad this weekend.

Sure-Jell + Sugar + H2O + strawberries and a little heat and a little cold = Freezer Jam, photo by Caryn at Publix

Sure-Jell + Sugar + H2O + strawberries and a little heat and a little cold = Freezer Jam, photo by Caryn at Publix

Junk Lady's Strawberry Freezer Jam, Photo by Caryn

Junk Lady’s Strawberry Freezer Jam, Photo by Caryn

Batey Farms Berry Patch, Murfreesboro, TN, photo by Caryn

Batey Farms Berry Patch, Murfreesboro, TN, photo by Caryn

 


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