Thursday, August 21, 2014

spring art shows 2014

I did several art shows earlier this year, but these were my favorites! My mom decided that Dothan (my hometown) needed an art walk after I drug her all over going to shows in Birmingham, Auburn, etc. Instead of just talking about it, she got off her tush and got a committee together to put on this great event! 

It's called the Mural City Art Walk. Dothan is considered a mural city due to all the great murals downtown. Ma worked her hiney off getting it off the ground. I was so proud! I was kind of an art-show-question-answerer to give an artist's point of view of different shows, and I tried to give some good advice. This show had food trucks, bands, booze, and lots of local artists! Success!

Since Mom was just getting it off the ground (aka little funding), I was able to help with the promotional posters, logo, etc. 

It was a really pretty day! I was able to get this picture from one of the businesses downtown of people setting up. 

I was setup inside the Grand. 

This show was fun because a lot of my family came to support mom's event! 

Me, Aunt Dale, Uncle Clyde, and Aunt Robin

I stood and strung the big orange and blue tree while manning the booth. People seemed to like that at a previous show in Auburn, so I did it here too. 

I made some new pieces for this show, including the Hey Y'all string art and the war damn eagle & roll tide roll pieces (you can barely see the WDE one in the bottom left corner). 

My daddio came as well! I think he was shocked at how early I was up. 

Colby, one of my besties that lives in Dtown, came to visit! Here with his awesome mama. I was able to see a lot of friends at this show, which I always love. 

And one of us together!

Sidenote: I've realized my eyes are completely black in every. single. picture. How does one prevent this? 

The Grand is an awesome venue in Dothan where you can have wedding receptions, dinners, etc. Aren't the exposed beams awesome? There was an artist's reception at the end of the event with yummy food and entertainment inside. 

The band was set up in the background there, and one of my favorites in the front: the bar. 

One of Aunt Dale's favorites as well :) 

CuTeSt CoUpLe AwArD! 

The BEST part of this art show was that my grandmother Neanie got to come! She lives in Dothan, and she hasn't been able to come to one of my shows yet. This was the perfect one for her to attend. I love her so! 

The next show I had was in my favorite place: Auburn!

I made more of these bitty bama string arts for this show. I make these out of the leftover pieces from the bigger string arts. 

Posing with the booth

I had to display pro-Auburn at this show, meaning orange and blue always on top!

I made these nifty spirograph pieces. I like the way they turned out, so I think I'm going to make some bigger ones with more elaborate shapes. 

Guess who came to this show too?! Colbs!

Along with the best parentals in the world! Everyone is always so helpful going to grab lunch or drinks or watching the booth if I need to step away. I couldn't do art shows without these people! 

I got to meet one of my instagram friends in real life at this show! This is Jen Adger and she's an amazing artist that does watercolor distortions. She lives in NYC, but is from Alabama and does a lot of Alabama themed pieces. Go check out her website here: 

I somehow stumbled upon her instagram account, saw some Samford Hall (the clock tower building in the background) pieces of art, and knew we would be friends! Sometimes social media is awesome like that. 

While we were taking that pic, this happened: 

Yes, that's Aubie hanging out the window while driving through the Toomer's Corner intersection. FATE! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

snow days!

Is it too late to write about this? 

Cotton says "let me think about it.." 

Definitely not!

Cotton was an only pup at the time of the first snow day, which was dubbed Snowmageddon. I was very thankful that I worked from home this day. 

Loved the snow against the blue! 

Cotton just LOVED playing in the snow. 

She even got Moose in on the action. Warning, this is cuteness overload. 

Some neighborhood pictures, shall we? 

See the cars to the left of the street? They had to park there because they were sliding down the frozen hill. 

Ghost town.

It was true pandemonium in Birmingham. The roads completely froze over at the same time the city shut down to let people go home. It took one roomie 5 hours to get back to the house, and my other one had to sleep in the office. 

Check out this guy hiking since none of the cars were moving. Why did he have all that gear in his car? 

Another shot of the news showing how all the roads were closed. There were so many accidents, but the police couldn't get to them due to the frozen roads. Teachers had to spend the night at schools because parents couldn't get to the kids. I had friends that had to spend the night at work. 

It was crazy out there. Of course I was glued to the TV all day. When I wasn't taking snow pictures, of course. 


Mollie finally made it home after a crazy story of her and her brother in law trying to rescue her sister that was stranded on the highway, getting in a fender bender, and having to walk a ways back to the house. 

The next day was still crazy with traffic since so many vehicles had been abandoned. The city was still shut down, and Mollie and I decided we would try to sled. On some cookie sheets.

Do you like my crazy outfit? Those are old as dirt workout pants that I didn't mind messing up. Also, Michelin man jacket from 9th grade. No joke.  

Moose joined us in his outfit. 

Spoiler alert: it didn't work well at all. The hill next to our house had been driven down just enough to melt the snow and ice. 

A few weeks later, it snowed again, and this time it was just lots fluffy white snow without the crazy frozen roads. 

This little man was here by that point. 

It was so DEEP! At least 8 inches in some places. I love the little sparkles of light. 

It started later in the day. The city went ahead and shut down early due to what had happened last time. Mollie was home, and her sister and brother in law were sledding at their house up the street. Naturally we couldn't resist, so we walked over there. 


The Winn Dixie parking lot, perfect place for some snowmen. 

Snowy trees are the best. 

Once we arrived, there were a couple of sleds and someone had brought beer! Score! 

There were lots of people gathered at the hill. Pic below is me looking up.

And looking down. 

Me, Mollie, and Moose

IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! I could've stayed for hours. Definitely recommend going down the hill superman style. 

When we got back, we made snow cream! Being from the deep south (5 minutes away from Florida), we never got big snows, so I had never heard of it. You basically go outside, gather cups of snow, add sugar and vanilla extract, then mix it all together. It was delicious! 

At around 1am, I took Bo outside before I went to sleep. It was so bright that I took my nice camera out with me to capture it. 

Creepy that it looked like dawn.

So bright. 

The snow melted pretty fast on the second go around. I had so much fun sledding! I just couldn't leave it out of the blog!