Monday, June 10, 2019

OBX Tiny House Festival

Hello everyone and welcome this weekend we were at the Tiny Home Festival in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It was a great event, lots of great tiny homes, ideas, stories, awesome folks and lots of fun. The weather was questionable one minute it was sunny, one minute it was looking like a downpour.....however no rain and it was actually cool and not extremely humid and hot....yay!!! No matter what the weather was or was going to be folks came out and waited in lines to visit the insides of the tiny homes. Bruce, Skylar and I went early that morning basically before it technically started so we could catch a glimpse inside the tiny homes. So well worth it....they are fabulous. It gives a new meaning to downsizing and living tiny.  I just wonder If we could do this? I have so many art supplies and books......heart strings mmmmm idk if that Is so easy to give up to downsize.  Tomorrow we will not be at Manteo for the market as someone else the Bird Guy will be taking my place, Victor and Ellen. 

This Road Gypsy was absolutely Skylar's favorite tiny home. I must say I was quite passionate about it too. 
See the YouTube video I made with Jessie about the Road Gypsy 

                        This Road Gypsy is so adorable and has everything you need to camp or live.
The backside of the Road Gypsy 

How fun was this who doesn't love a chalkboard and chalk....?? 

This gives details how much it cost if they build it and how many hours are in the build 
This was a van 

out the back of the van

the side of the van with the wood stove. 

The chapel which is where you can get married 

This is a lovely art piece the preacher commissioned an artist from Tampa....I just loved it1 

one of the windows in the tiny chapel 

a loft 

this one was awesome too 

a fireplace what!!!  YES!!! 

art work over the tub 


they are all fixed up so nice 

they all had really uniqueness to each and everyone of them 

Too cute 

I certainly did enjoy the buses 

the buses were defiantly something we could do 

You can see the lines here 

The owner of the bus and a beekeeper too

inside the bus 

so cozy and very creative use of space 

The penny table was a conversation piece for sure 

these units were a bit fancy for my blood 

although many didn't find the smaller ones or the buses as cozy and comfy as I did, that's why it is so great to have many choices in the tiny home.....SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE 

this was first thing so the lines weren't as bad as later but still not that bad to wait 

this was the art studio Painted Buffalo where she is doing arts for vets 

this is the daughter Skylar Raee of the Painted Buffalo owner {her mom} (for lack of knowing her exact name) it was a great day had by all. 

There were many speakers there and this was Brenda Mason who is an expert on downsizing and now living in a tiny bus of 310 square feet she has been on many shows like Rachel Ray and offers great ideas and suggestions in her book and an online class. I was able to talk with her about some my concerns and she had solutions. Please do check her into her book it is offered at Amazon and other book retailers in stores and online. 

Thanks for looking and please don't forget to see the YouTube video above. Today we have been busy and as I type this Bruce is actually cutting more cucumbers to make more pickles. 

I am so ready to actually rest as my back pain has been excruciating to the point of going to the ER for relief of something but I know that will create a bill and I already have to work so hard. I couldn't even make it Sunday to the Tiny Home event when It was two day vendor event. I just couldn't go my back pain was so intense I laid on ice and finally around two we went to Jr.s for Dakotas 4th birthday. Which as always we are always working so it was nice to be able to attend. Sometimes things just work out like that. Until next time.....
Stay Tiny....
Dawn Gallop

Friday, June 7, 2019

Week 7 of Donna Downey's 48 Weeks Painting Class ~ Be Who You Are No Matter What Others Think~

              Hello and a BIG GOOD-MORNING here from North Carolina. We have finally been getting rain and it has been a beautiful thing, the tomatoes are really filling out and the squash are growing. Everything is looking terrific. It is a humid 71 degrees this morning as we had rain and winds last night. Dusty's graduation is today from the 5th grade......6TH GRADE HERE HE COMES! Can you hardly believe it??? He will be 11 this July and for all my Cricut buddies from when we were all on the message boards back then in 2006 on up until they opened the craft room platform.....I left although we have all remained friends since then on Facebook, they have seen him and Cooper grow up. So last night around 6ish we left for the Chesapeake Square Mall so Dusty could go and get new graduation shoes and clothes. He also needed glasses for his future because its so BRIGHT!

              Here  it is now I am back to typing this post it was quite the exciting day with the graduation and Skylar being here for the event. Dusty even got invited to a graduation pool party tonight, which when I got there it was so nice they had pizza, the cutest graduation cupcakes with little grad hats, chips and drinks all the super yummy party foods. It rained and rained off and on today and tonight....the tiny house festival is tomorrow from 9-5 and 10-6 on Sunday and Colten will be at Smithfield. I shipped out orders of soaps and packaged up several orders for pick up tomorrow. Skylar and I collected the eggs in the rain, it was pouring and when we were finished she said " I don't like that" hahaha it was messy, rain water running everywhere and so much mud and clay.....just too darn untidy for a Princess.

              Now on to the painting this one and the tree from week 5 have to be my most favorite so far. Week 8 is finished too now! On a takes days even a week or more to complete for me. I have to do each step in baby steps. Get a bit done do the chores, when I come in for lunch I do another quick step, etc., it has been a wonderful amazing process.
look finally I got a pic without a doggie photo-bombing the!!!!! 

the depth of color and layers.......


She is so beautiful, as this page I have named "Be who you are no matter what others think about you" #enoughsaid 

So much color it just makes me so happy looking at this painting. I so quite enjoyed the entire lesson.

This really has to be my favorite I tell you I can't stop looking at this one. Check Donna Downey out she is absolutely so much fun and inspiration for all of us. 

If you would like to see the rest of the paintings from the other weeks and lessons

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I now am going to close for the night, 3:30 am comes really early and we have to be ready and set up in the OBX by around 8:30 and we are two hours away. 

Enjoy your weekend to the fullest!!!!! 
Remember BE YOU!!! 
Cyber Hugs,
Dawn Gallop 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Week 6 of Donna Downey's 48 Weeks Painting Class ~Down at the Poppy Fields~

        Hello again and can you hardly believe so quick for me to make a new blog post??? I mean like WOW.....I am so n a roll....however it will soon be tomato season which they will just all about be ready all the same to the looks of it. The tomatoes are doing wonderful and we just received
a lot of rain.....SO YEAH THANKFUL!!! I have been picking okra, onions, three cherry tomatoes, squash, Swiss chard, and green peppers galore, sweet banana peppers, and the malabar spinach, Despite the dry times we actually have a successful start this year.  It is 11:41 pm and as I type this Skylar is laying beside me sleeping so soundly with the faint sounds of snoring. Bruce is sleeping and the dogs are beside me curled up for the night. All the boys are sleeping soundly awaiting yet only two days until the end of this school year. Since I suffer from severe back pain, I have had to stop and rest a bit here lately from all the laborious work. Well after many years have gone by I decided to return to my class I purchased in what I believe to be December of 2013. Here it is 2019, so Don't ya think its time to finish the class???? Yep I agree. So here I am finished up Week 6 of the 48 weeks by Donna Downey you can see the class here......48 Weeks I have certainly enjoyed myself. Donna makes you feel like you are right there in her studio and you just paint!!!! No worries of the blank page, just paint! I had never actually painted a poppy before until this class.....I just like to plant them, photograph them, and visually enjoy them....well now its paint them.  Jewelee wouldn't move out of the picture so you see her feet and belly.
The colors #love 

Enjoyed the whole process 
                                                    so much texture and depth the piece

Reminds me of our poppies in the fields of wildflowers 

Can't you just see them dancing in the gentle breeze

the sun shining on them 

the honeybees flowing by ever so gracefully and carrying pollen on their legs 

more texture 

Today one of dear customers whom has been coming and buying from us since the beginning days of the farmers market. He worked night shift and would stop by after work. Well since then he no longer at the job and is not able to stop by the farmers market anymore so he just comes to the farm to get his honey, pickles, goat cheese, soaps, salves, eggs, chickens, pretty much something of everything I make plus he gets thing for his family. He is an older gentleman and tells us of the stories of his grandma and grandpa and how they farmed and made things. His mom is 94 and still cooking pies and cakes but lives in Florida so he doesn't get to enjoy the sweets of her baking. I used to make him all the recipes he requested but these days I am not baking as much just mostly for my own family now. One can only do so much and with all we have going on baking is not one of the many things I did in my past. Well I better go to so I can get up early and begin the day with milking goats....which Skylar says she is doing tomorrow.....haha she will be still asleep.

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This weekend Colten will be at Smithfield and we will be at The Tiny House Festival in the OBX. I am excited a tiny house festival can I hear a YES!!!  I can't wait to look around in them....

Have a great rest of the week and if I don't make it back to blog again before the weekend have a good weekend.

                                                                             Dawn Gallop
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