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A few weekends ago, we made the delightful trek to Seale, AL for the folk art festival Doo Nanny. I actually had a dream about it earlier this week and decided I needed to post some of my photos. Now I got rather wrapped up in enjoying myself (dancing, drinking, looking, mad-libbing), so I didn’t take many photos, but I wanted to share the ones I did.

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I can’t even begin to explain the fabulousness of the Doo-Nanny Festival. Calling it a folk art and music festival doesn’t even begin to cover it. So I am just going to post some photos from the festivities. I didn’t really even take that many, because I was too busy having fun. But here is what I got.

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So The Committee, which I’ve mentioned before here, decided by unanimous consent that of all the bizarre and fabulous Southern events and festivals we have attended, Doo-Nanny was the official festival of The Committee (which I will dedicate a post solely to the Festival later.) Since we do not honor things with official recognition lightly, and since we appreciate Doo-Nanny so, we decided to give back. We considered both the needs of the Doo-Nanny community as well as our limited skill set. With those considerations, we narrowed down our goods to four things: bad advice, whiskey, cookies and brownies, and personalized love letters. And we decided to offer these goods and services for the very affordable price of just a nickel. The whiskey and baked goods sold as about as expected. However, we were surprised at how hard bad advice is to give, and how talented Allison is at crafting both funny and graphic love letters. People came to us for bad advice on varies subjects ranging from bad grades, marital problems, global economic policy, to major career decisions. It was a bit like playing opposite day from back in grade school. I actually told a 13-year-old to keep up the mediocrity and just sail through life without ever putting any effort into anything. He then ask me what the “m” word meant. Most people just walked up and ask for bad advice, without giving any subject matter in which they sought advice. In this situation, I just told people to drink too much whiskey and dance with all the boys. But Allison and I disagreed as to whether this was really bad advice or not. The love letters were the surprise of the day. We honestly added them as more of an afterthought, thinking most people would be interested in the bad advice or whiskey. But word began to spread quickly of Allison’s skill, and we began getting more and more requests. I honestly just stamped the letters with hearts and made suggestions.

Overall, I would say our booth was a smashing success. We had more than a couple of people say we had the best booth at the event. We even had a New York Times reporter talk to us (although I have yet to see any story, so I am becoming increasingly doubtful.) So we were out four dozen cookies, three batches of brownies, a handle and a half of whiskey, and countless lover letters and bad advice, but we had a wonderful time meeting fabulous people and contributing to the general happiness of the day.

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I am a member of a two person committee, called simply enough, The Committee. We formed to pass important resolutions and drink whiskey. So, around Christmas, The Committee came together for one of our now sporadically scheduled whiskey craft nights.  I made some presents during the holidays at craft nights, and we decided to make ugly valentines this year for all our friends. Now, on the first night, our resources were extremely limited, consisting mainly of burgundy, white and black paint, glitter, Mod Podge, thread, unsharpened color pencils, and an old law-book from the thrift store. Given our resources, I don’t think they were half bad. The next time we got together to finish the cards, we stopped by the ol’ Hobby Lobby first and purchased all sorts of tools, including extremely useful letter stamps. We have found we have a knack for ugly valentines and plan to make some to pass out for free at this fabulous, country, DIY, folk-art festival coming up later this month. I have pictures of two of the cards we made, but we made a dozen or so.

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