Meet Susan Mcclelland, A Fabric Artist

When Susan McClelland heard that we were looking to turn our son Ethan into Billy the Exterminator for Halloween, she didn’t hesitate to offer her services.

To say Susan likes to be creative is a huge understatement.  Upon entering her home my eyes widened and my own creative energy went through the roof.  Her furniture, drapery, and entire home was exploding with colorful expression, as well as tools and accessories to make and create anything that is associated with fabric.

From reupholstering furniture, customizing wedding dresses, creating Halloween costumes, making jewelry, she does it all.  She showed us Star Wars costumes that she made as well as a Sock Monkey costume she’s currently working on (below).

Walking through her home was like going through Joanne’s Fabrics.  It was amazing the amount of spools, fabrics and accessories that were ready to be crafted into something awesome.

A fairly new resident to Florida, Susan is looking to meet people who could use her services.  If there’s something you’re looking to have done, you can contact Susan at








Yazoo Brewery – Nashville, TN

While in Nashville today I had a few hours to go check out Yazoo Brewery.  The brewery wasn’t open but thanks to a conversation that started on Twitter I happened to catch them right before a private tour of their place.

Neil, who hosted the tour, was kind enough to invite me and my son Ethan along.  It was a great experience!  Below are some photos I snapped using Instagram on my iPhone:

















(Neil, pictured above, was an awesome host to the tour)


One of the things I learned on the tour was that Nashville has a law that without a liquor license a brewery can’t serve any beer over 6%. Even though I had the privilege of tasting their delicious Hops Project IPA, this law did prevent me from getting a taste of their beer called “Sue” which Gerard Wallen of Road Trips For Beer recommended I try.

Thankfully Neil told me a little store two blocks over called Frugal (sp?) had it for sale. I of course picked some up! (I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s a 9% beer according to the bottle)