Saturday, April 4, 2020

Strolling Through Cottontown

I fell in love with the neighborhood of Cottontown in Columbia, SC when attending its art crawl.
It was perfectly timed with the azaleas adding to its charm.

The brick bungalows are a favorite home architectural style of mine.
Each one is different.
Some have Tudor accents.

There are other styles mixed in that are beautiful.

There are some wonderfully landscaped yards about.
If you pay attention, you may see some quirkiness.
Turn your old jeans into a planter!


There are some Charleston style (deck above and below).
Cottontown, also known as the Bellevue Historic District, was established in the late 1890s.

 It is in the National Register of Historic Places.

It is an architectural conservation neighborhood so its character is here to stay.

I love the colorful awnings on this one.
Darling squares are at the intersections adding beauty and preventing drivers from speeding.


Cottontown is a fairly new reference to the neighborhood in recent decades that was previously always referred to as Bellevue. It does not appear there was a reason for it that made much sense. Regardless it is a catchy name that works in a state that was well know for cotton back in the day.

Ceiling fans and swinging benches on the front deck scream southern to me. A perfect spot for that morning coffee.








To visit this neighborhood, it is bounded by Grace Avenue, Bull Street, Elmwood Avenue and Main Street.

It would be wonderful to live here as it is in walking distance to all the fun the capital city has to offer like the weekly Soda City Market, First Thursdays on Main (when Main St is alive with live bands, business opened late, artists galleries and more), the Museum of Art, movie theater, and of course eateries and shops.

I hope you are all well and staying safe. It looks like it is going to be a long spring and summer for many of us across the globe.

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Cottontown Art Crawl 2020

Prior to hibernation, we checked out the Cottontown Art Crawl in Columbia, SC. 
artwork of Angela Hughes Zokan
What does an art crawl look like? In this neighborhood of bungalows, very charming!
Approximately 33 participants were set up on porches and yards throughout the neighborhood.

artwork of Andrea Machado
The artwork and mediums varied greatly so there was something for everyone.
pottery by Sandy Knowles

artwork by Chandler Primeaux
artwork by Ginny Merritt
hand painted furniture by Jennifer Gilmore
artwork by Messyrtis Art



sculptures by Diane Gilbert

Artwork by Christy Buchanan

serene artwork by Noelle Brault
Metalwork by Rick's Hand Made
The Whimsical Work of Southern Pottery

Lila's Paintings on Wood
The local businesses were involved too like this shop below, Taste of The South.
artwork by Christi Arnette
Working on this blog post and referencing the map provided, I realized we missed a lot! We tucked the map away so we could enjoy the artwork, stroll and gorgeous weather. Oops.

I hope you enjoyed this Art Crawl.

Stay safe and healthy!

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Yard Update

I hope you are all staying safe and healthy!

Spring has sprung in our part of the world. I was even able to break into my summer wardrobe this week. It is difficult to enjoy the little things right now with the anxiety and worry we are all dealing with.


We have a variety of phlox around the yard.
3 very orderly buds. It appears like they are ready to begin a synchronized dance.
Pollen is quite high right now as seen with the dotting on the petals and leaves.
Hopefully the strawberry flowers turn into scrumptious fruit!

The lavender plants are flowering delightfully.
A Japanese painted fern is opening beautifully.
The Japanese maple is covered with itty bitty red flowers creating a cheerful appearance.
The ice plants are coming back and have such pretty color right now. It looks like we have some bits to clean up here but the old and new growth look really cool together.

The fig trees are starting to leaf out. We are hoping to get lucky with our first harvest this year. I have scrumptious dreams of homemade fig bars. Someday!
The banana plants are coming back. These grow larger each year adding a wonderful tropical vibe to the yard. By the end of next week, there will likely be an open leaf.
Our Ti plant is potted and comes inside during the winter. She is happy to be back outside! How gorgeous is that dying leaf with the contrasting hot pink?

The ornamental peach is flowering. She is just marvelous. We have seen these planted in the area so we plan on moving her from a pot to the butterfly garden this year.
 Then there are the darling weeds popping up.
Berries growing under our deck.
A lazy weed leaning against the foundation.
All the plantings seem to be doing really well which brings us a little happiness during an unhappy time.

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val