Sunday, May 15, 2011

Rappahannock Central

Yes! I recently completed a good sized order for the brand new Rappahannock Central. This restored 30,000 square foot apple packing house is now the home to a gallery, studios for working artists, a local foods co-op, and Café Indigo. And yes, it's as big as it sounds. Lucille and her husband have completely transformed this venue (which was an antique mall for a long time), and they have a whole second story they're not even using yet! The building is in a beautiful location in the mountains of Rappahannock County, Virginia. I think it's time our area got something like this.

Here are some close-ups of the new designs I did for Rapp. Central:

On another note, my husband Drew and I are going on our honeymoon this summer!!! We're going to Panama where our friend Justin will be down doing research on poison dart frogs. He's going to show us around the cloud forests and crystal beaches of Bocas del Toro. Justin also happens to know some cacao farmers, so we'll be able to visit the plants themselves that we work so closely with making our chocolate. Hopefully we'll make the right connection and find a direct source for our cacao beans!

In the meantime, though, I am awaiting the arrival of my renewed passport in the mail. Did you know that now they all come with an embedded microchip that supposedly makes going through customs easier? I have a feeling the government might have an alternate agenda for these devices, though... Anyway, I chose to renew mine myself instead of going into the post office (they don't let you smile for their photos-- says a little something about the postal service, dontchya think?). This involved taking about 50 self portraits before one was worthy enough to i.d. me for the next ten years to come. After quickly deleting the obvious mugshot contenders, as well as the occasional accidental photo of a scary old hag looking into the camera's eye with simultaneous looks of utter horror and confusion, the winner is...