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Impulsive Adventure to Emerald Hallow Mine (Hiddenite)

"Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that,the quicker we will be able to treat life as art." - Maya Angelou

Picture taken by Heather
Close to where we were digging. So pretty!

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I'm actually kicking myself, as I'm writing this out, for not taking more pictures from this excursion! Seriously, it was absolutely stunning place to be and we were having the time of our lives! Let's just chalk it up to being so excited and absorbed in what we were doing that I forgot. I promise that I will take more pictures for the next post. Anyway, onto the post for today!

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Picture taken by Heather
On the way to our first (official) Impulsive Creativity Adventure!

Hello everyone! Welcome to our first, official, Impulsive Adventure! We were able to squeak out for Memorial Day 2019 to have a day full of friendship and inspiration; to recharge our creative process, so to speak. What a wonderful place to have kick off our very first Impulsive Adventure.

Digging and Sifting

Photo taken by Heather
In the process of finding a vein at Emerald Hollow Mine

I'm fully convinced that part of the creative process is to get out into nature and really dig in deep (literally). There's something about connecting with a beautiful scenery or just playing in the dirt that is relaxing and helps to reset the mind for a more creative outlook. Personally, I've always found it easier to paint when outside or after a trip of being in nature.

This trip was no exception. While the red clay was flying, so were our spirits. We thoroughly enjoyed excavating, searching for our very own buried treasure, and learning what to look for and the best way to find the precious stones. David M. was able to find a fairly big crystal formation and Kathryn was able to find several smaller gems that looked to either be Garnet or maybe even Ruby! David L. and I found a whole lot of Quarts crystals.

We dug to our hearts content and then took our buckets full of dirt and findings to the sluice to sift through everything (the guys were nice enough to tote the super heavy buckets back for us!) Sifting quickly became one of our favorite things to do, so we decided to try our luck with some of the pre-seeded buckets.

Kathryn and David M. found so many amazing specimens that way! I even found an actual Ruby in the bucket I was sharing with David L. You'll even be seeing some of what we found in the store soon! That's really the reason that we went to Hiddenite; it was something really fun to do and to bring you some of the best product that we can possible get!

The Yellow Deli

Once we realized that we were hungry and how late it had gotten (I told you we were having fun!), we drove into town and saw this cute little place. It seemed to be calling to our artistic spirit; whispering that this is exactly where you need to stop and rest. How could we say no? We just HAD to go in and experience what this place was like.

Picture taken by Heather
"Love is the most powerful force in the universe"

As soon as you walk through the door, it felt so comforting. That feeling might have a little bit to do with the amazing smells of everything baking. There was natural light coming from everywhere.

But the best thing was that everything had some kind of artistic something to it: the lamp shades had positive words stenciled on them, there were murals everywhere, flower arrangements of all shapes and kinds, there were flowers painted on the steps leading to the cafe area, everything was brick or wood or leather. It was just amazing. We wish ya'll could have been there to see everything.

Picture taken by Heather
Loved the light coming in through the window

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Look at how awesome that macrame!

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Sorry for only the after picture for this Blueberry and Walnut muffin...there was no time to get a before picture!

Not only was the decor spot on, but the food was really awesome! I'm not sure if it was just because we were starving or not. Whatever the reason, it didn't last long! (To be honest, I really think it was both.)

From the looks of the menu, the people behind the Yellow Deli are really trying to keep things as wonderful as possible for anyone who walks through the door. I noticed several options for vegetarians and noticed that they had organic sodas. I'm not sure about all the food restrictions/allergies, but I get the feeling that they really try and that they care about the well being of those who do have a harder time with food.

Personally, I can highly recommend the Blueberry and Walnut muffin and the Deli Rose sandwich (both pictured) as extremely good and well worth the visit to get.

Picture take by Heather
I managed to take a picture before devouring my sandwich! I am amazed by my own restraint!

After we finished with our dinner, we explored the store that is attached to the Yellow Deli. There were a whole spectrum of things you could buy: from bakery items to furniture! There was spices and candles and mosaic tables. Seriously, there was a little bit of everything!

While we didn't get a whole lot of pictures of that area (we were really tired and very full by then) it really got us thinking as to what we want Impulsive Creativity to look and feel like. We discussed how cute the whole place was, how comfortable it felt, and some ideas to help the store to start feeling that way too.

The Take Away

While our main goal in going to Emerald Hollow was to collect new and unique specimens (for you!) to offer in our store, we were pleasantly surprised by the inspiration the Yellow Deli gave to us. Going forward, you may see some changes to the store. Hopefully you like them! We're trying to make Impulsive Creativity like an art haven, where people can feel comfortable and connect with others in a way that only art can do. We love our space and what we do so much and hope that you can feel that.

We would love to hear from you! What constructive ideas do you have to offer about Impulsive Creativity? Is there anything you would change? What would you like to see more of? Your input matters to us; you're the reason we're even here today! Leave us a comment or send us an email!

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