Sunday, July 14, 2019

Week 11 of Donna Downey's 48 Weeks Journaling Workshop ~Live in the Moment~ LOTS OF PICS

       Hello beautiful people its once again Friday night....and we just finished getting everything done for the day. I am waiting on Bruce to get done outside and its 9pm thank goodness for Instapots and Crockpots....am I right!!!! Amen to that! We had to go out today and actually relinquish supplies....when you work all the time and somethings you just can't order. We needed more jars, more cheese containers, and of course some easy foods for the boys tomorrow...however Colby is the resident chef as Bruce says....Colby likes to refer to himself as get this "Gordon Ramsey" everyone bellows in laughter.....HEHEHEHEHEHE!!!! He loves watching his YouTube videos and shows and remind me well Gordon Ramsey says, etc. I remind him I know what I am doing and keep on cooking....ya gotta love it though....I think I have learned somethings Colby has said btw! So keep up the good work Gordon kids are learning and that is TOTALLY AWESOME!! I have been a usual worker bee this week making more tie dyes, jams, pickles, and a few body products and of course more bracelets. I love the support from all my customers at the market and of course our market family....we always look forward to Saturday. Well Bruce is in now gotta run to the USDA kitchen and do some work...be back soon.
          Well I am back and now its Sunday evening and I am now cooking dinner, was supposed to be supper but we ended up having a swarm and I picked a bunch of veggies, time ran away with me. Colten has literally been on the tractor all day cutting grass, in his own words "MONOTONOUS" can you hear us both laughing after he said that....??? YES you can. I said what do you think making the same jam is or the same cheese, or washing laundry???? lol we both laughed on that one. I can do my monotonous jobs with my eyes closed but somehow its better to leave them open....and sometimes its nice to be able to make something else besides the same jams, so a little creativity is good!
           Enough of my chit chat here but onto the page in the journal. This makes week 11 of the 48 Weeks Journal Workshop by Donna Downey you can go to her website and still take the class. I actually started this workshop in January of 2014 and only made it up to workshop four complete and five half way. Thats ok though you know the old saying better late than never. Well let me tell ya this one was way out of my usual type of mixed media work and as far as flowers go not something I had really ever did except in week six a wee bit similar although it was poppies but defiantly the first time for flowers in a vase and this type. Oh my goodness I am certainly hooked now. LOVE LOVE LOVE them. I am so thankful I have took a bit of time in my life to get some of these accomplished for I really don't have so called "me" time but now I just say I going to put a coat of paint on and just do it! You can only work so much and my back an only take so much......so I take a few minutes here and there to finally complete my workshop.....and I am so happy I am.
       
                                                      Love the texture and the colors.
                                                                the background is way to cool very tactile
I enjoyed this whole process 

the quote was perfect and came from an old calendar I had from 2015 which is the Page A Day by Workman Publishing the painting by Jessica Roush dot com "Live in the moment" I have these little pieces of paper as Dusty explains to everyone she has the artist brain lol but the calendar page was from September 28, 2015
I love these little calendars they are such great inspirational pieces of art and the new one comes out on July 23, 2019 for 2020 you can even get the back issue ones If they are still available I know 2018 still is and 2019 







note all the colors in the flowers 

I have been so digging this workshop and totally love that about summer being able to go on my porch and paint "such a happy place"

if you would like to see some of the other weeks you can see them here 












I am now working on week 12 and can hardly believe it hopefully it will be done soon I was able to get my orders done tonight as tomorrow I have my yearly exam and I have still had this so called sickness but its just allergies because when I get outside picking I just start sneezing and to think I eat a lot of honey so idk 


While Bruce and I were in Florida for Aubrey's 3rd Birthday we all went skating it was a blast 

It was like we had never stopped skating being a child of the early 70's rolling skating was a thing for sure and we both spent a lot of time rolling skating 

Aubrey loved it too and even asked Amanda to go back and they did like the next weekend 

Aubrey rode Dusty around on her tricycle, too cute

I always make tie dyes and have for years and I sell these at the farmers market 
you can see a short video I did on how I do it 




Making the tie dyes are just fun!!! 

my friend Cheryl brought me two plants one day at one of the craft shows I was at and they have been producing like crazy and so delicious I have made eggplant parmigiana, grilled eggplants all so yummy thanks to Cheryl for these prolific plants 
This one I had a special request for and made it exactly how she wanted it 

Bruce raises homegrown chickens we have raised quite a few we also sell these, we are approved by the North Carolina Vet as a home processor and we just moved these from the commercial freezers to a chest freezer 

they didn't all fit in the chest freezer and the chickens are the only thing in the chest freezer 



these are all my seeds as I am a seed saver and  stratify my seeds every year 

See these happy little faces.....well guess what they are going to be staying with us for the next month 
EXCITING 
Riggy is so adorable and he came last year when he was only two months 

Big Brother Ledger is coming too and the last time he was here he had just turned one....now he just turned two 

DOUBLE EXCITING!!! 
I am overjoyed at the thought......more to come

These are their pics from last year while they were here 

Ledgie with Sage one of our Oberhasli dairy goats last year 

Riggy in the carrier from last year over in my office I just love that look


I can't wait 
Super duper excited 

Well better close I am reading two books now and want to get back to one of them immediately 

Have a great week
Thanks for stopping by 

Cyber hugs, Dawn Gallop







Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Week 10 of Donna Downey's 48 Weeks Journal Workshop ~Dream with your Heart~

          Hello everyone I have been on a roll lately. Living in the fast lane.....working hard and with living on a farm in the summer I sworny LIFE couldn't be busier. What happened to free easy going summers of childhood.....stay up late catch fireflies or "lighting bugs" as I called them to sleeping in late having your friends waiting on your grandmas couch for me to get up so we could play outside all day....drink in the water-hose and wait for the ice cream man or the "fruit man" to come by in their trucks??? Yeah that was the carefree summers.....and of course making papier mache animals. Yep and listening to my aunt say "you are going to clean this mess up" well those days may be over for me....but those vivid memories still scream SUMMER. Although I work hard I also play hard....and still make my walks everyday (or at least we try). We have been up to our eyeballs in blueberries, blackberries, some peaches, and I have had a few figs here and there, they are coming soon tons of green ones this year. TOMATOES GALORE..........No joke its been a great year. Also I have had so many customers who bought my plants come back and tell me that these plants have been the "BEST" most prolific and "tallest" plants they have ever had. You know I'm doing the happy dance inside to know my little plant babies went on to live good lives and produce so well for others.....I have had the biggest thrill this year of hearing that over and over from folks who bought my plants!! #happydance
            So on to the painting,,,,,,,,uh? isn't that what the post is supposed to be about anyway???? Well I am actually multitasking as I type this from bouncing back in forth outside to laundry to folding laundry and adding a video on YouTube and cleaning up the bathroom off of my room. So yep its multitasking. All I can say is "WOW" not only do I go from one process to another "OMG" just amazing process! I can hardly believe how one painting is like my so called favorite and then you do another workshop and bam now its this one is the favorite. This class actually started in 2014 and here it is 2019 and I am just getting back to it. I am sorry I missed the time frame but not all of us can work on our art when we want to, but here I am now getting it done and the class is still available for purchase so its all GOOD!!!! Go to Donna Downey's Website 48 weeks so you can join in on the fun....and see which one of the painting becomes your favorite in your own process.
Here I have tried to show you the gold paint 


again the gold paint in more detail and I just love the "dream with your heart" stamp from Unity Stamps 

 Dreaming of her new adventures and what the future holds for her as she goes forward in search of the new beginnings......what lies ahead can be dreamed with your heart~ Dawn Gallop
the girl really made the whole final touch to the process 

 like I said many times over "Donna Downey" really makes you feel like your in her studio and you are painting with her....
note the layers 

the textures 

again in my happy little place on my porch 



This is that happy little place if you haven't seen it before 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE REST OF THE WEEKS 











Well let me tell you about this little story....I ordered my first prescription Costa sunglasses when Dusty got his glasses which was a really big deal....first off I don't usually a so called name brand. I had justifications for this commitment one we work outside almost all day off and on....so the polarized glasses make them better for your eyes and much clearer. I did get the glass frames as I tried on a bunch and those were the best for me. You need to really protect your eyes well while in the sun. Two white with blue are the same glasses I had when I met Bruce and really never have seen glasses like that before much or ones for me....as Cathi said at the eye doctor (we have known Cathi since the girls were little) she used to live in Gates County and her daughter goes to school with Colten now. She has been working at the eye doctor as long as I can remember and Alexis, Amanda, and Crystal (now Dusty) have worn glasses forever. SO these COSTA prescription sunglasses are a pretty big deal....well it had been six weeks from the time I ordered as they are only made in the Costa lab and then shipped to the eye doctor with my prescription. So its been a right good wait well you know it is summer time.....
Yesterday morning while I was in the chicken coop she called and said UPS had just came and guess what was in the box....with a gift.....MY GLASSES on my birthday too! Yep yesterday I celebrated my 51st birthday.....wtf I always say I ask myself "how did I get here" (a lyric from the Talking Heads song) how did this happen, well it did and now I am 51! 

Bruce taking pics and me posing by the Costa Sunglass Case 

Snapchat 

The morning of my 51st Birthday 


NOW I HAVE SAVED THE BEST for LAST............


<<<<<<<<DRUMROLL PLEASE>>>>>>>


On Bruce's birthday and my brothers birthday Josh WE HAVE A NEW BABY GRANDSON

Levi Sebastian 

Congratulations to our son Bruce Jr. and daughter in law Kimberly for the birth of the fourth child

WOOOOHOOO 
Grandma again!!! 

He is so adorable of course I see my Jr. all over again....so tiny and precious.
LOVE LOVE LOVE

Look at his tiny precious face and hands oh my goodness heart flutters 
BEAUTIFUL 
On Sunday I made a big dinner and they came over to visit, my aunt came too I made two cakes a pineapple upside down cake per Bruce's request and a German Chocolate Cake per Colby's request. 
I didn't take a pic of the pineapple one I cooked it in the cast iron skillet as Bruce likes the best. Everyone loved the pineapple cake the most they said. So I think perhaps Colby may request that one again. 

I had made Bruce his own tiny smash cake (extra cake batter) hehehe

This is the German Chocolate Cake and behind it is the Pineapple Upside Down Cake 

Always so much to talk about right.....well I better  close its now time to go collect eggs, make some  goat milk yogurt and finish up things outside.

Have a great week....
btw I am doing better from my sickness I was not feeling good for about two weeks....kept on going but it was hard. 


from my garden


Cyber hugs, 
Dawn Gallop 



Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Week 9 of Donna Downey's 48 Weeks Journaling Workshop ~Strength from Within~

        Hello again and today I am so happy I actually got to finish this one.....it had been on hold basically since my last post, I struggled with it a bit and for some reason was stuck on what I wanted to do. My journal is totally different and for some reason I couldn't get flowers to look right in this layout........DON'T ask me why and please don't even question why?? It just wasn't working for me...the inspiration in the class was amazing...no doubt! After the first attempt of flowers I decided to forgo the them and do the elephants and the lotus.....oh my was I glad I did. I tell you this picture doesn't do the paintings justice. It just glows and you can feel the energy.

You can see the workshop by going to Donna Downey's Website 48 weeks

The texture pops and the colors continue to show through. 

I am so glad I continued to follow my heart on this 

The elephant stencil I used was the Donna Downey elephant stencil 

I just recently rode an elephant with my granddaughter Aubrey and it was such a wonderful experience and I am so glad I got to spend the day with my family. 

 
At the Two Tails Ranch in Florida where we rode the elephants I learned so much about them it was really worth the visit and the owner of the ranch she was highly educated and had a lifetime of elephant experience as the elephant ranch has been in their family for nine generations. 

The lotus stencil is a stencil by Julie Fei Fan Balzer Balzer Designs 

I can hardly believe I am getting ready to start week 10 now from a class from 2014. I am so excited to finally get this far.....I am always having to work to run our farm and painting and crafting aren't much in the time allotment. However everyone needs a break and when I can I love to paint.....mostly everything I do I have to make things for others and I love doing that, but when I get to do these classes they are just for me.....I was so happy to get to bring this painting to share and finish it today.....I know you know that feeling! 

I do all these paintings on my back porch and if you haven't seen my video on the porch check it out...





The painted bee box won third place this year


I had just came in from the fields when I took the pic wearing boots on the farm with the goats, bees, chickens, plants, garden.....you wear whatever socks you can put on. The dogs didn't want to be on the porch as it was too hot for them...and no rain....my plants on the porch are doing great. I have been sick like summer cold which is like unheard of us getting sick...at first I thought it was an allergy but I have a cough too. Looks like no kitchen work for me.....oh darn! IDK where it came from I guess all the work has got me weak and my body was screaming REST! We have also been cleaning up the house as Bruce has read the book I spoke of in the tiny house blog post....Book you can read about it. 
If you would like to see the other weeks in the 48 weeks class go to each link below. 









This is the place I talked about that perhaps inspired me on the paints it is Two Tails Ranch which if you are in Florida or planning a trip it is a must see adventure. We all had blast and enjoyed all of it. Patricia the owner does an amazing job! 

My granddaughter Aubrey enjoyed every minute of it!!!! Such a great day for part of her  3rd birthday celebration. 


These elephants really are absolutely amazing marvelous animals. 

You can see she had a blast 

Skylar and Dusty had fun and got to ride together 
Beautiful and so smart we got to see the elephant paint and even get a bath at the end. 
Super fun day! 
Tomorrow is Bruces birthday he will be 53 years old....oh my has time flown by....
Happy Birthday Bruce! 

Hope you have a great week....I will start on Week 10 by painting the gesso on while drinking my coffee after the goats and feeding all the animals in the morning. 

Saturday we will be at Smithfield Farmers Market from 9-12 

Hugs to all, 
Dawn Gallop

Bonus

A day in the bee yard 





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