We only spent a little while in Asheville before leaving to go home, but we managed to do a little shopping – we went to two independent toy shops, Purls Yarn Emporium (which I enjoyed while Av found and bought some things he loved from the Bibby-approved (thanks Bibby!) chocolate shop just up the street), a book shop, and the *best* gallery ever – the Southern Highland Craft Guild Gallery, which is right on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
This is a small wood spirit carving by Johnny A. Hembree that Av plans to hollow out the back of to make it into a mezuzah:
…and this is a cup that’s made by Karen Newgard:
I am really in love with this cup – I saw Karen on an episode of HGTV’s “That’s Clever” when she made a ‘carved clothesline teapot’ – a little about that episode, and instructions, are here.
We saw lots and lots of things at the gallery that were really wonderful and I can’t wait to go back! The next time we are in Asheville we really need to have more time so we can visit the American Folk Gallery…