Friday, April 10, 2015

Happy Friday Painting on the Deck

Hello and Happy Happy Friday. It is a beautiful day!!! The temp is like 70 degrees with a little wind blowing I am out on my deck painting for the day. Spring break is almost over and I brought the boys to the camper today to enjoy being outside and just not doing any chores! Which at our house there is always chores no matter what time of day or kind of day! You just can't relax at all..... Which I'm not complaining but litterly I never sit down!!!!! Here I can at least relax for a bit! The boys relaxing too, however they do a lot of that too! Lol! They have science projects due on Tuesday so I told them we better get a few hours of relaxing before all the school projects were due. 

Yep you guessed it more sugar skulls to paint on the bags. This is my view as I type on my phone this Post. 

I brought several of the bags to get finished or at least be a #wip the birds are chirping. I can see the sound and the sweet smell of the ocean all right here! Love! 

The garden is looking good despite this crazy weather. My tomato plants get so big every year and are plentiful. I have been having to cover them up every night. I will be glad when it stops dropping below 50. 

 I poured more lavender soap this week. 

This is actually three years ago today that Coop broke his arm. Not a day to remember!!! I was actually painting gourds that day, I have not brought myself to paint them again since then but still grow them every year. 

Daisy is doing awesome!!!! 

The girls couldn't be happier! I am now getting 60 eggs a day! Oh my that's 420 eggs a week! I will not be at the market tomorrow as I took it off to enjoy the spring break with the boys. 

My third daughter Amanda is getting married May 1 in St. Augustine Florida and she just got her shoes on Thursday! She is so excited!! We are all excited for her! 

I had forgot to post this but now they are actually about five inches higher I have May peas growing. Lots of them!! Every year I plant at Valentine's Day like on the dot, well this year I did and we had all that snow and ice and the peas actually froze from the nine degree and three degree temps. Which it has snowed on the peas in the past and they were fine but those frozen temps no not all! I did replant and they are all doing well! I have the metal wires to keep the chickens from scratching them. I will post a new update soon. 
Another skull. 
The finished painting of today. It says rise above! Always rise above and continue to be artful and remember what makes you happy and you will know it is all worth it! 
Happy Friday and Happy Weekend! 

Cyber Hugs, 
Dawn Gallop 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Painting Bags for my Soaps as Gift Bags

These little bags I handpaint and then I put a bar of soap, a handmade crocheted 100% cotton washcloth, and a handmade cedar soap block to allow drainage of the soaps. These make great gift bags for any gift giving need. 

I have painted the bags with lessons I have learned from the masters. Classes I have taken over the years. Mindy Lacefield, Donna Downey, Juliette Crane, and well too many to list I think. These are a few of my favs!! Oh my goodness and Danger I said too many too list!

This is the home sweet home bag.

The dolphin bag is a favorite always. Each bag is always different but I try to keep the designs similar. The colors are always different I use the best paints too. Well that is what I have.

There are several bunnies all sizes and shapes. I love bunnies.

Owls are ever so popular.

This is one of my favorite. Be yourself.

This is what they look like when they go to the retail stores forsale. This one is also a Thermofax of  one of my own drawings. I actually bought my Thermofax Here

This one is actually at the Museum of the Albemarle gift shop.

This one was at the Chowan Art Council but it sold right away.

This one I made using my Thermofax machine

All of them are different. I try to coordinate the crocheted washcloths.

 This one is different too, using the Thermofax again.

This was my first one I painted and it was the first to sell too.

Of course anything camera related is my favorite. Yes #pictureperfect

Oh snap! Another camera bag. Love!

Another Thermofax one of one of my own drawings.

I have made a lot of these and many more to go. 

Hello says Daisy she always follows behind me when going outside. I have been getting around 50-55 eggs per day.

I love this, when I lifted up the door to one of the nesting boxes this is what I found. They all like to lay in one area "a community box" even though I have many many nesting boxes they will still lay in one box and a lot of the times it is a   corner box.


I hope you have a great week!
Cyber Hugs,
Dawn Gallop

Monday, April 6, 2015

Another Great Saturday at the Smithfield Farmers Market

This will be a short post as I didn't make it myself to the market, Coop was feeling ill from all the pollens and his allergies had him a needy mood. So I stayed home with him. I missed it but I knew Colten and Bruce could handle just as well.  I did request pictures got a few that Colten took so enjoy what I did receive. He did a fine job and I was thankful for what pictures he sent. 

This is lip balms, salves, lotions by Maddie's Magic Made With Love

Baked goods

Beautiful handcrafted wooden bowls. Love the mortar and pestle. Love! The rolling pins when I go next time I want to purchase one!

Wonderful walking sticks.

More baked goods by Southside VA Catering. I bought a gorgeous cilantro herb in a vintage coffee pot the first opening market. Love! I was so cold I didn't get to shop but when I was walking to the restroom I spotted it and ran back for my money. Of course Bruce was laughing! I'm a sucker for a tea pot, coffee pot, watering can and of course animals and art supplies. I can't resist! I'm sorry!

Of course it has grown a lot since I got it. I have it in my bathroom sitting on the jacuzzi tub. Love!

Jewelry at the market, next time I will know who's and where. Since Colten got the pictures all he can do is tell me oh that was a lady with a red shirt, etc. So sorry I can't tell you who this was or the other pics, but you get the idea and will come visit at the market!!

This is Happy Seeds which I love!

These were some of my cuffs out, I sold three last time. Yay!! I am working on getting back in the jewelry studio to work again. I sell the jewelry faster than I can make it! I would like to be able to actually get a collection going but it seems its slow because I sell it if I show it. I have more cuffs in the making soooo.

Bruce also came home with duck eggs from another lady. Five dozen. These are great for baking. Like I needed more eggs but yes I do! The ones I sell go quick and I bake so much not to mention the freezer meals which I make breakfast burritos. Mmmmm that would be a good recipe to share, note to self!

I had homemade banana bread with all my pecans and homemade vanilla extract. Which I am hoping soon to bring to market I am still working on the label.

The banana bread went quick!

They had called for rain all week and I didn't bake as much because I was afraid I would be coming home with lots extra, which is okay my family and friends don't mind! We had lots of soap which I am waiting on the lye to cool as I am typing this all on my phone with the Blogger App. Love! 

Tomato basil soap this is one of my favorites that I love having in my kitchens, yes I said kitchens. There is the family kitchen, the craft kitchen, and the outdoor kitchen with pizza oven. I know! I just finished pouring the tomato basil soap. It lathers well and gets rid of odors not to mention full of antioxidants! The tomatoes came from garden and so did the basil. I freeze the tomatoes in ice trays to add to the lye. I have six refrigerators and four deep freezers. Loaded! The basil I dry on my commercial dehydrator. I have infused the olive oil with the basil for more than six weeks. Which anyone who has been here knows how much basil I have. No shortage of basil! Love this soap! 

Miss Daisy eating a bottle. Love! Miss Daisy May!

Here is Samantha and my boots with Daisy! 

Although you can't se but Samantha is on the other side. Bruce took this pic of me litterly driving Miss Daisy, gotta love it!! See Daisy on my lap?

Bye until next time! This is the new nesting boxes Bruce built it took several weeks only on Sunday afternoons to complete but I would say happy chickens! Daisy likes it too when we go out to play with the chickens.

Cyber hugs, 
Dawn Gallop 

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