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Pie Shop Happy Hour!

What are y’all doing Wed., Aug. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.? The correct answer is Happy Hour at Pie Shop! Buckhead’s newest sweet spot is offering a sampling of their pies post-work on Wednesday. It’s $20 for an unlimited sampling of their pies until your tummy can take no more. Plus y’all get to BYOB your favorite libation to wash that yummy goodness down.

For more information, read about Pie Shop here from our feature we published earlier this summer. Come from work, the pool, wherever…just come as you are! Here’s the menu:

Ginger-plum Tart
Sweet summer corn pie
Mocha Cream pie
Old-fashioned Chess pie
Fried apple pies
Peanut butter pie with chocolate cookie crust
Lattice-topped Summer berry pie
Lemon meringue pie
Cream-topped ganache pie
Tomato cheddar pie
Key lime pie with graham cracker crust
Coconut Cream pie
Mushroom and onion tart
Turtle pie
Orange Creamsicle pie
Classic apple pie
Cheddar and onion fried pies
Butterscotch meringue pie

Hope to see you for a sweet treat this hump day! If you’re coming to PrettySouthern’s first happy hour, then please comment below so we can add you to the list. See y’all there for some sweetness!

Creative Candles by When it Rains

Looking for a unique, colorful gift for your next birthday or event you are hosting?  These handmade decorative candles by Atlanta-based etsy shop, When it Rains, are just too cute to pass up!  Handmade soy candles are poured into recycled jars and cans and then adorned with ribbon, twine, and colorful papers.  I love the idea of giving this honeysuckle set in recycled cans for a birthday or housewarming gift- just pick the paper pattern that will match your recipients decor for a custom gift that is full of love.  

Or for an event that you are hosting, like a bridal or baby shower, how cute would it be to line up a set of these colorful baby bird votives for a parting favor for your guests?  They would be adorable lined up on a shelf or mantle as part of your party decor and could simply be passed out as guests begin to leave.

Check out the shop, When it Rains, for more adorable candles and other goods.  This Atlanta artist also specializes in paper goods, event decorations, office accessories, and luggage tags- so you are sure to find a perfect gift for anyone you have in mind!

[author] [author_image timthumb='on']http://prettysouthern.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/KatHeadShot.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Kat Kraszeski-Jackson is an art teacher, artist, and diy crafter living in Greensboro, NC. She loves sharing her favorite artists, projects, and creative inspiration here on Pretty Southern.[/author_info] [/author]

Five Spot Yogurt: Snellville’s Newest Sweetness

Dozens of people crowded outside the new Five Spot Yogurt in Snellville for its opening earlier this summer. Although the fire inspector hadn’t yet checked out the sprinkler system and thus customers weren’t allowed in, there was a steady traffic of employees bringing free frozen yogurt out to customers.

Within the shop was owner David Carswell, a resident of Alpharetta, Ga. Carswell described his history of entrepreneurship. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 2006 and ran an AT&T store in Watkinsville with a friend. In 2008, he became a franchisee for Little Caesars and with a business partner owned four stores.  The two of them parted company, with David inheriting the Little Caesars in Alpharetta and Duluth. It was after this that he went into the frozen yogurt business. 
”I saw a need for a good frozen yogurt shop in Snellville,” he said.
 He started working on it in September 2010. 

David found a location and started working on the design.  Jessica Mullis from UGA helped create the logo, while another friend, Nicole Morgan, helped design and furnish the interior.  He purchased the equipment and signed the lease.
When asked the difference between his shop and the other frozen yogurt shops that have exploded across Metro Atlanta recently, Carswell explained that on Monday through Thursday, the prices are capped at $5.00 regardless of the weight.  There are also comfortable leather chairs.
”We offer free WiFi,” he said.
 David said his yogurt was better-quality than many other yogurt places since it’s liquid-based.
”It’s not grainy like the other ones,” he noted.  “It’s very smooth texture.”

A sampling of the chocolate/vanilla swirl provided evidence for his claim. Unlike some frozen yogurts out there, there were no residual solids. 
Five Spot features 16 flavors and over 40 toppings. Carswell said he hadn’t introduced new flavors yet, but he did intend to provide some later, such as jelly-flavored frozen yogurt to go with the peanut-butter-flavored yogurt already there.

When asked about how he would define a Southerner in the 21st Century, he said that was someone who upholds the traditions and values of their ancestors. “The South means warm weather, family values and friendly neighbors,” he said when asked his thoughts about the region.

Five Spot is located at the far end of the shopping center containing the Borders and Carmike Cinemas. It is next to the Panera Bread.

For more information, please check out Five Spot Yogurt’s website

[author] [author_image timthumb='on']http://prettysouthern.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/MattQuinn.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Matthew Quinn graduated from the University of Georgia in 2007. After nearly four years reporting for The Griffin Daily News, he became editor of The Johns Creek Herald in North Fulton. He is a published writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror and blogs at http://www.accordingtoquinn.com./author_info [/author]

Three Ways to Dress Up a Greeting Card

It’s craft time again!  Today I want to share with you three super easy ways to dress up a blank greeting card.  Many of us have these blank cards laying around, in the office desk or craft cabinet, that we meant to fill in and send but just never got around to.  Well, summer is the perfect time to pull out the art supplies, add a personal touch to one of those blank cards, and send a thoughtful note to someone you love.  These three techniques take mere seconds but will add color and life to a blank surfece.  And best of all, any one can pull these off!

1.  Tape it! That’s right, simply take some decorative tape (I love these japanese washi tapes from cutetape.com) and create stripes across the front of your blank card.  Vertical or horizontal, straight or diagonal, any way you like.  I think these simple stripes have a perfect preppy look.

2.  Spray it! This one is so easy and can be personalized in so many ways.  Use that leftover spray paint you have in your garage and find something in your home to create a stencil from.  Almost ANYthing will work for this- lace, material, feathers, buttons, leaves, old toys, jewelry, and for mine I used an old paper doily leftover from Valentine’s Day.  So dig through the junk drawer or cabinets and find those little trinkets that would make a great stencil.  Make sure it is something flat enough to create a strong silhouette and do this one OUTSIDE!

3.  Paint it! For a sophisticated card that looks so much more expensive than it is, go for a watercolor wash.  Use your child’s basic set of watercolor paints to create a gorgeous abstract texture.  The trick here is to let the paint do the work and not try to be too in control.  Make sure you have a thick paper card for this one and follow these easy steps: First wet the surface of the card with clean, plain water.  Then wet your paints enough that your brush gets really saturated with color.  Simply drop the brush down on the card’s surface and let the water do the rest- it will move the paint around the surface.  Add another color (preferably one close to the first so that they will match) and let the water and paint mix across the surface for a marbled effect.  You can even lift the card and tilt it back and forth to create the desired effect with your paint.  Let these dry flat and you will have an elegant card full of sophisticated Southern style!

Do these with a friend or loved one for an even better time and then send off to someone who needs a greeting!

[author] [author_image timthumb='on']http://prettysouthern.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/KatHeadShot.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Kat Kraszeski-Jackson is an art teacher, artist, and diy crafter living in Greensboro, NC. She loves sharing her favorite artists, projects, and creative inspiration here on Pretty Southern.[/author_info] [/author]

All photos by Kat, 2011.

Our Southern Girl in South America

This stray was all bundled up on a cold and windy afternoon. And look closer at his neck...he' s even wearing a scarf!

Upon arrival, the dogs are a spectacle. Some are asleep in sunny spots on the sidewalk. Others are cooling off in a fountain. They beg for table scraps from patrons of patio restaurants. They cross the streets just as people do, as if they’ve learned to decipher the crosswalk signals.

Journalists estimate that Santiago has had a street dog “problem” for about 25 years. With an estimated 3 million strays roaming the streets, parks, patios, markets and historical landmarks of Santiago, I suppose it’s difficult to label it anything but a “problem.” It wouldn’t be a stretch to say they are as common as squirrels. Although there have been rumors of an initiative to round up all strays and sterilize them, the locals know this can’t be true.

I’ve grown up with a dog in my family since I was out of the womb. Being a dog lover is in my blood, so seeing so many strays – especially at first – was sad and still is disheartening. But the life of a Santiago street dog really ain’t so bad– they become residents of the barrios (neighborhoods)– therefore they are well-fed with scraps and leftovers from the restaurants and grocery stores. They accompany homeless people on their makeshift cots of cardboard and old blankets. They get tons of love and affection from locals and passersby, albeit brief and quick to accompany a lively hand washing.

Saw this little guy when we went to visit Cementerio Nacional, the national cemetery in Santiago. Maybe he was visiting an old friend.

I was nervous about what would happen to the street dogs once winter made its way into the city. July, Santiago’s coldest month, makes for some freezing nights and mornings. Apparently I’m not the only one who worries about the street dogs– many of the locals donate unwanted clothing to help keep them warm. It’s not uncommon to see a pit-mix sporting an old Arizona State sweatshirt, or a sleepy shepherd mix wearing a fleece cape. It makes me laugh every time.

We once stopped on our way to a restaurant to watch an incredible 5-piece band play a few original songs. Two street dogs came from out of nowhere and made their way to the middle of our circle. They then sat in front of the musicians and began to howl and bark– they joined the band! They would then bark and wag their tails when it was time for applause.

It’s as if every street dog (or group of street dogs– they tend to run in packs) has its own personality. We have yet to encounter an aggressive street dog– they are always friendly and personable. If my boyfriend and I could have taken anything down here with us, it would’ve been his precious pup Laila, who I miss every day.

Something about having a dog at home waiting for you makes a long day feel worth it. So here, it’s hard to not want to take one of the strays home, wash him up, get him vaccinated and call him our own. But we know this would do more harm than good, because we would have to abandon him with heartbreak once our journey is done. Plus our landlord would probably kill us!

For now, I’ll continue feeding them snacks here and there, giving them some affection, and washing my hands.

Chelsea CookChelsea Cook is a journalist from Atlanta, who taught English in Santiago, Chile, and authored the series “Our Southern Girl in South America”.