Monday, October 27, 2008

SAFF, My Birthday Weekend and a Broadway Musical!

I successfully survived both SAFF and my 39th Birthday weekend.

I don't mind telling everyone this is my 39th, because this is the last birthday that I will ever have to acknowledge. The rest of them will strictly be known as anniversaries and I will be 39 forever and henceforth!

Friday got off to a rocky start. We managed to leave at around 3:30pm, but you have to remember that this is in Atlanta traffic and it was raining for the first time in over a month. Because of those two factors, people were driving on the highway with their heads up their behinds and having wrecks. The trip that was supposed to take three and a half hours took us five and a half hours and we didn't get our supper and margaritas until after 9pm.

Saturday was sweet! We saw several people from our LYS, The Whole Nine Yarns, wandering around. The crowds were in an amazing mood. Everyone, and I do mean everyone was so friendly and happy. The colors and textures of the products for sale were spectacular as well. I swear that I managed to "pet" everything that I could reach and those things ranged from the alpacas and angora bunnies to roving, yarn and sweaters for sale.

I found some of the most amazing art that I've ever seen. This lady does hers with needle felting.

This example is of puppets. All in the following pic are made by needle felting and the detail work is amazing. It blows my mind that she used a tiny needle and some loose bits of roving and got these. You can see more of her work here. Check out the dinosaur one. As always, please click on the pic to enlarge to see the detail work of all three pics.

These two pieces are astounding:

And this one needs to be in a museum somewhere:

The alpacas were just adorable. Check out these three lounging around:

This one has freckles on her snout:

We even got to feed a couple of them:

The alpacas also made the most amazing humming noise as they communicated with each other. The hubby and I had already decided to get some in a few years and raise them for their fleece, but now I'm absolutely committed to it. I must have them!

And for an extra overdose of SAFF cuteness, check out this 4 day old goat that was there. It was the size of a travel coffee mug. ( I know that, because there was one on the ground next to it.)

By the way - I've been trying to write this for approximately 3 hours. In that time, we've had three power outages, homework tears over a report for school and the Youngest (fascinated by the first fire in the fireplace that he ever remembers seeing) throwing his chocolate donut and paper towel into the fireplace when I wasn't looking.

Anyway, the best part of the weekend happened on Sunday (on my actual birthday) when I got to see this at the Fox Theater:

All-in-all, a fantastic weekend.

Edited to add: I'll show you all the loot I got from SAFF tomorrow!