Archive for March, 2016

BDS Spot Lamp

Spot Lamp

I was asked why we stopped in Roanoke on the trip back from ConGT last weekend.  (Read about ConGT here.)  We were looking for a place to stop where we could do something fun that was on the way home.  Carolyn and Jen suggested Black Dog Salvage.  They watch Salvage Dogs, a DIY TV show that specializes in reclaiming items and repurposing them.  We went to  their warehouse.  It was AMAZING!  Check their website out here.

BDS Cake Lamp

Cake Cover Lamp

We met some of the guys and gals from the show and we  met their Black Dog, Sally, who  is an old girl getting ready to retire and her replacement, Maggie May.  I know you can’t believe I didn’t get a  photo of them but I was too busy petting them.  🙂   I did make a couple of purchases.  I got a really cool pair of lamps with spot lights that will work great a The Studio to help shed light in some areas that get a little dark at night.  I also found  a cool “Cake Cover” lamp that was just too cute to leave behind.

If you ever get to Roanoke…or better yet make a special trip there just to go to Black Dog Salvage.  It’s worth it!

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SP BufSP CamelSP DeerSP Deer2SP Llama 1SP LlamaSP Ost2SP OstrSP ViewSP ZebraSPThe trip home from ConGT was almost as exciting as the convention itself.  Since we allowed a couple of days to get home so we could stop along the way that is just what we did.  When we saw a sign yesterday that said Virginia Safari Park it reminded me that I had seen some photos on Facebook that friends had posted when they went there and decided we should stop and see what it was all about.  It was so much fun.  It’s 180 acres with over 1000 animals where you drive through a 3 mile path and can open the windows and feed the animals from buckets of feed that you purchase from the park.  We laughed so hard at the silly llamas and deer trying to take the buckets from us.  And we saw buffalo, long horn cattle, zebras, ostrich, giraffe, wildebeest, rhinos, and much much more.  IT IS WORTH THE TRIP!

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20160326_135959-1.jpgYesterday we saw images from ConGT in Clarksville, TN where Dr. Who fans came together to share their enthusiasm for the series.  We saw characters from the show and many people who stayed in character all throughout the weekend.

20160326_115841-1.jpgThere were food trucks with great food!

20160326_162049-1.jpgThere was even a wedding of two people from Washington State who had met through their love of Dr. Who and allowed the “Doctor” to marry them in front of the attendees.  And then they hopped in the Tardis and took off for their honeymoon. 20160326_162055-1-1.jpgBut best of all there was art and good friends.  

20160326_173316-1.jpgOne guy won a Tardis painting that I did as a demo at the VIP reception.  Turns out his young son is a big fan so all the better he won.

20160326_220720-1.jpg20160327_123343.jpgAnd seeing friends from two different states get to know one another was just so much fun for me along with getting to spend time with them all.  It was a terrific weekend!







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Scenes from ConGT

ConGT Hotel SignConGT Dalik JenConGT Meeting RoomWe left Clarksville yesterday to start back home from ConGT.  We had a great time.  It’s hard to explain exactly what it’s all about if you don’t watch Dr. Who but it’s a fun show with really fun fans….as you will see.

This is Jen with a Dalek, a character from the show that is evil.  And Jen is the reason I am involved in this thing at all because she is the one who asked me to have a Dr. Who Paint Party several years ago.  Thanks Jen!!!

There was a big crowd for many of the different meetings.  And while it was all for the fun of “Whovians” there was a good cause too.  They were raising money for the Clarksville Humane Society.  WooHoo.  ConGT Dalik Deb KelMy friend Debbie came to the convention with me to help with the paint parties and we had our photo made with the Humane Society mascot.

ConGT Kids CostumesThere was a costume contest  and even one for the kids.  The Kids costumes were amazing…and I loved that the parents and kids worked together to make these wonderful garbs.  Great work.


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Sunf ad Poppies.jpgWe had more fun last night painting again at ConGT…..sunflowers and poppies!  Great work everyone.

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Tardis Paint Party.jpgWe had a large and enthusiastic group painting last night at ConGT in Clarksville, TN.  Of course, we painted Van Gogh’s Starry Night with the Tardis rolling in.  Terrific.  Everyone did an AWESOME job.  What a great souvenir from the con.

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On the Road 11 On the Road 12We’ve moved The Studio temporarily to Clarksville, TN to participate in ConGT – a Dr. Who Convention.  A long-time friend is coordinating the event and invited me to participate by teaching.  FUN!  So here’s the new look for The Studio for the next few days.  What do you think?

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Michelles birdsMichelle has been working on these birds on and off when she could come to The Studio and last night she finished them up.  They look terrific!  Great work Michelle!!!

Button Trees.jpgAnd the Kids Class worked on a mixed media Windy Tree.  It’s burlap, paint and buttons.  Super!

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Famous Painters March Van GoghWe had the best time at the Famous Painters Party last night at The Studio painting Van Gogh’s Yellow Chair.  Everyone did a fabulous job working on their 16″ x 20″ canvas.  They look so good!  We are going to do the companion piece “Gauguin’s Chair” at the May 24th session.

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Crochet Temp Blanket JanuaryI had gotten so far behind on my crocheted temperature blanket.  I spent time Sunday trying to catch up.  This photo is “January”.

Remember that the temperature blanket is crocheted in rows that correspond to a key that indicates the temperature for each day.  Read more about it here.  Part of the reason I fell behind is that I didn’t like the back loop single crochet stitch that I was doing so I ripped out what I had started (you can see the start in the link above) and started over  just using a plain single crochet. I used a Bobble stitch on the day we had the big snow.   I am much happier with it now.  Maybe by tomorrow I will have  February’s rows finished.  See it’s not too late to start your own.

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