It is time to fill up the Friends Corner at the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site. A popular item (which surprised me) is bonnets from the 1800's. Actually some of the bonnets are in period correct fabrics and others are not. I donate the time it takes to make them. These are my 'simple' bonnet based on bonnets found in Dahlonega during the time. I make more elaborate ones to order.
This year I decided to have a bit of a laugh with my Halloween Costume. Since I give the Haunted Dahlonega Tours for the Dahlonega Gold Museum for September & October I already have a number of wonderful period costumes.
I thought it would be funny to depict 'Miss Kitty' who owns the 'Wild Cat Saloon' down in 'Knucklesville' as a cat. The saloon girl outfit would be from anywhere in the USA during 1850-1900. Wow what a huge time period. So why so long? Well- that is because the fun dance the 'Can Can' began in the 1840's and was the hot fun dance until about 1900. Oddly the 'Can Can' began as a guy's dance- not a girls! Anyway without further ado...
DNR and the FODGM put on an evening event for the Dahlonega Gold Museum called "Night at the Museum". It took a little over 2 months to pull it together and it was a great success. Here are a few pictures of those involved! Thank you Russell D. Keen for the fantastic pictures!
DNR and the FODGM held a joint event on Oct 29, 2016- "NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM"
We had the exhibits come alive (like the movie) and interact with the public. Afterwards there was a special Haunted Dahlonega Tour (part of the ticket price). WOW we had over 100 people come on out!
This was a great tour last night (Oct 8)! Each guide took out around 30 people around the square talking about the Spirits, Legends, & Lore of Dahlonega.
Last night I decided to go out in a bustle dress I made from historic references. You would have seen this style of dress with the fashionable ladies in 1879 and 1880. I even made the hat from scratch only about 10 days ago! It was strange to design a hat that perches on top of the head instead of sitting snuggly down on it!
Also you can see our High School volunteer here in a farmer's dress from around the same time period.
You know making historical clothing is labor intensive. Between using some printed patterns and lots of reference material sometimes it seems it takes longer to plan out a piece that to actually make it.
This lovely dress depicting about 1867 is made of...drum roll please... a king sized bed skirt. I spotted this bedskirt a few years back and realized that the print was right on for a huge chunk of time in the 1800's. It was not quite enough to make the skirt and jacket top- so I dug out some colonial grey morei to finish it up.
You will get a chance to see me in this one sometime during the Haunted Dahlonega tour season.
Find out more about the Friends of Dahlonega Gold Museum Haunted Dahlonega- Spirits, Legends, & Lore tours on their new website!
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)
My musings wander from earth to sky.