While I enjoy the cooler weather of fall, I do occasionally get wistful for the lazy days of summer and seeing all the gorgeous flowers in bloom. This yearning and my love of crafting, led me to find Paper Flowers 101 at The Beehive, a class that teaches the fine art of making beautiful flowers using colorful paper and a pair of sharp scissors. Although this may seem easy, don’t let those innocent petals fool you – there’s plenty of gluing, tracing and wire cutting involved as well.
Taught by former elementary school teacher, artist and crafter Angie Traunig, Paper Flowers 101 is a fun and relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon. There is something so satisfying about creating these colorful buds, cutting through the sturdy card stock paper to make leaves, and wrapping the petals together to make a unique bouquet. After leaving this one-day class, I not only had a greater appreciation for how these flowers are created but also a strong desire to head to the nearest Hobby Lobby and stock up on whimsical paper to make my own floral creations at home.
Angie is a patient teacher and doesn’t fuss over any imperfections; she’s encouraging and a lot of fun to work with. For brides or party-planners who are looking for lasting floral arrangements, Angie also does bigger bouquets for special occasions (visit her Ferntree Studio for more information www.ferntreestudio.com). Paper Flowers 101 is available on Fridays and Sundays at The Beehive and all materials are included in the cost of the class. $45
Details: 1250 Caroline Street, Ste. C120, Atlanta, GA 30307, (404) 350-3898, www.thebeehiveatl.com
If you’re hankering for just one more day of summer fun, then the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, FL may be your ticket. Whether you come to play or just relax, this Florida resort has something for everyone to enjoy. Complete with seven miles of beaches, four championship golf courses, 15 tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 98-slip marina, a fitness center, and spa this is definitely the place to relax and get away from it all. After spending some time soaking up the rays, hit The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a pedestrian village with shops, restaurants and plenty of nightlife entertainment. Hang out the weekend of October 21-23 and check out Sandestin’s Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival or head down on October 29 and take the family to Trick or Treat Street at Baytowne.
Details: (855) 234-6128, www.sandestin.com
Dinner and a Movie
Looking more like a cozy yet sophisticated lounge than a movie theater, the newly opened CinéBistro in Brookhaven offers more than just your typical movie-going experience. With amenities like stadium-style seating on comfortable over-sized leather seats and full-service in-theater dining, this theater has it all and the popcorn too! Even if you’re not there to see a movie, the full bar is open to 21 and over guests who just want to have a glass of wine or a signature cocktail. Enjoy a bite to eat on the outdoor patio overlooking Town Brookhaven before or after catching a movie. Executive Chef Isaac Stewart’s menu doesn’t include your average hot dogs and nachos, but instead a selection of sandwiches, salads, desserts and more.
Details: 1004 Town Blvd., Ste. 1070, Atlanta, GA 30319, (404) 333-0740, www.cobbcinebistro.com