|One of the entrances to the scenic Savage Mill.|
The Savage Mill Mall was once a textile mill, but has been transformed into an adorable mall housing plenty of local artists and businesses, including: sculptures, a dog store, craft stores, restaurants, photographers, antique stores, etc.
My favorite store that I found there was the The Queen's Ink. It has the standard scrapbooking supplies, as well as all sorts of stamps, tools to work thin metal, publications and all the tools needed to make mixed media art.
|This was one of my favorite mixed media pieces.|
I want to learn how to make stuff like this, however if my attempts at scrap-booking are anything to go on with the mixed media, then maybe I should stay away. However, I still want to try, I'm just not sure where to begin. There are so many different types of stamps, papers, inks, die cuts, metal work, and needed materials. Thankfully Queen's Ink offers classes, maybe I'll just start with one of them and see how I do.
After our tour of the mill, and getting lost in the multi-floored antique shop, we stopped for dinner at the Ram's Head Tavern. Their food was wonderful, plus they have Dominion Root Beer on tap, which is by far one of the best local root beers that I've had from this area. Plus, their staff was friendly and extremely helpful without being over bearing.
Be forewarned though, the building is a restored mill, so it's heating and air isn't the best. It gets pretty warm in some areas (although some of that may just be my hormones at 38 weeks pregnant), and I can imagine that if it's a cool day it might get a little chilly, so dress in layers if it's your first visit.