Once again the Friends of Dahlonega Gold Museum walked, waved, and gave out gold (candy) to folks in the parade! I had fun making the new sign & rockets!
My mother and I created a Cross Stitch Kit for the Dahlonega Gold Museum depicting the museum (of course). I made the chart and Gigi stitched the sample. It is another fundraiser for the Friends of Dahlonega Gold Museum. Buy it at the museum or contact me!
This year, once again, I painted a gold pan for the Bear on the Square auction. The pan is the donation from the Friends of Dahlonega Gold Museum. We get the original, well used pan from one of our local gold mines- Crisson.
This is the description that was sent in with the pan:
'Timeless Dahlonega Days'
Sepia toned oil painting of the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site
This depiction of the Dahlonega Gold Museum is painted on a vintage metal gold pan from Crisson Gold Mine. Celebrating the Museum’s 50th Anniversary as a State Historic Site the commemorative, one of a kind, gold pan was inspired by the antique photographs of Dahlonega’s mining past. Created in the warm tones of ages past the painting draws the viewer into a timeless glimpse of the town’s center. You can almost hear the bustle of festival or perhaps the soft clip clop of a horse trotting by.
The local artist, Nicole Angell, has lived here since 2010 and is an active volunteer at the museum. She used a 12 inch vintage metal gold pan as the base for the painting. The well-used pan has been handled by hundreds of visitors to our local gold mine. After removing the rust from the intended painting region, Nicole carefully detailed the Gold Museum onto the center of the pan. The rest of the pan has retained its’ well earned patina.
Even better it went for $350.
For the Dahlonega Gold Museum's 50th anniversary of being a Georgia State Historic Site a new Collector's coin was struck. I created the entire coin design that then was struck by Signature Coins. Here you can see the concept art, proof art, and finally one side of the finished coin. (Of course the finished coin you see I made into a necklace to wear)
I've gotten a little tired of being a 'proper lady' during the Haunted Dahlonega Tours I give as a fund raiser for the Friends of Dahlonega Gold Museum. So...... time for some 'naughty fun'!
I decided to go with the Cancan Dress seen during the 1830's and 1840's when the can-can was danced throughout the western world. Originally the cancan was danced by both sexes and was very acrobatic- not risque at all. Modern people tend to only think about the dance & dancers as something more sexual. That was not really the case.
So on to the dress- the frilly petticoat goes to the floor and has 12 yards of lacy fabric to make the ruffles. All the satin and most of the lace came out of thrift stores over the years. The finished dress with all the layers has 9 yards of satins, 12 yards of lace fabric, 5 yards of lace, and is heavy!
I did the pictures before making the embroidery on the top.
On Jan 12th I had the pleasure of giving a fun program at the Senior Center for our local garden club- The Gold Diggers Garden Club. We painted stepping stones with 1 of 2 design choices- a funky fun chicken or busy bee's. Everyone brought what type of stepping stone (or other object) they wanted to paint on & I supplied everything else. Look at what was done!
After making a unique pattern for BB-8 hats- it is time to SEW SEW SEW!
Find them here: BB-8 Fleece Hat
It is a little earlier than normal this year, but the town is in full Holiday mode already. Gigi & I spent all of the 13th making victorian ornaments to be used inside the museum. Sunday was spent decorating the inside of the museum. Monday the Friends of Dahlonega Gold Museum came together to decorate the outside of the building & grounds. The black iron railings on the grounds were wrapped with garland & white fairy lights. Every few feet a crimson accent bow was added. On the heavy iron gate we added festive garland, gold & crimson ornaments, and deep burgundy bows & ribbons. COME VISIT & TAKE YOUR HOLIDAY PICTURES! Wouldn't the gate be a fantastic HOLIDAY CARD?
Yesterday the Square Closed to give the Kids & Adults a safe place to have fun, enter contests, & trick or treat. The Dahlonega Gold Museum & Friends of the Dahlonega Gold Museum worked together to get great prizes from local merchants for the Costume Contest. Check out some pictures from the night!
First Row are the Birth to 3 yr old winners: #3 Bear on the Square #2 Cabbage Patch Doll #1 Circus Family w/ Elephant
Second Row are 4-7 yr old winners: #3 Girl Pirate #2 Indiana Jones #1 Princess Pirate
3rd Row are 8-12 yr old winners: #3 legend of zelda majora's mask #2 peacock #3 pilot & airplane
4th row- GRAND PRIZE WINNER- Up & Away in a Balloon
Also in 4th row are the Haunted Dahlonega Guides Trisha Slay, Gigi Angell, Nici Angell (left to right)
Dahlonega's own Storm Trooper & Nici Angell (Queen of the Dead)
Tonight is the final regular tour of The Friends of Dahlonega Gold Museum Haunted Dahlonega Tour. HOWEVER due to all the requests we have decided that YOU can have a tour any time during the year if you have 10 or more individuals who would like to take the tour. The museum & Friends need a minimum of 2 weeks notice to set up a special tour.
I really have to laugh. Most of the people I interact with do know that I am an artist. They occasionally ask me what I am currently working on or what my favorite medium is.
And then there are the special requests...
Like this one- a friend is part of an organization that wanted to give an appreciation award to a sweet potato farmer (or farmers). He thought it would be wonderful to have a trophy made with a sweet potato on top- so off he went to purchase an artificial sweet potato. Oddly, you can't buy a faux yam. Yes you can get all sorts of regular potatoes, onions, squash, peppers, carrots, & such... BUT NO SWEET POTATOES!!!!!!!!!
DRUMROLL- I needed to make a sweet potato. So here it is.
The shape was first carved from re-claimed styrofoam. It was then covered in paperclay, painted, & varnished.
My musings wander from earth to sky.