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Hephaestus’s Story by Guest Blogger Soren Stebbins

Hephaestus’s Story by Guest Blogger Soren Stebbins

Hephaestus’s Story Hello, my name is Soren Stebbins and I am today’s guest blogger. Every now and then, I will return here to share stories from all across the world, from Mythology to fairy tales. Today I will be telling the story of Hephaestus, one […]

Fitness and life update

Fitness and life update

Fitness and life update Hello again everyone, I thought I would check in with everyone with a fitness and life update today. If you recall in this blog post, I stated I was about to start my summer fitness shape up. All was fine at first, […]

A family tradition-Picking strawberries at Holly Fork Farm-from two different perspectives

A family tradition-Picking strawberries at Holly Fork Farm-from two different perspectives

A family tradition-Picking strawberries at Holly Fork Farm-from two different perspectives

A family tradition-Picking strawberries at Holly Fork Farm-from two different perspectives
Two Different Perspectives!

Ciarra’s Perspective….

"Before the Storm" by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com.

I look forward to the different seasons we have here in Virginia, because they mark the start of fun family traditions like this! Going to our local farms and orchards is something I love doing every summer and fall, and no matter how many times we go to the same place, there is always a new experience to be had! During the summer we usually head out to go berry or peach picking and in the fall you will find us at our local apple orchards.

"Blackberry" by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com.

The memories made on these various trips stay with me throughout the years and never fail to bring a smile to my face. I would rather go to beautiful countryside location or a beach with my family than an amusement park any day! I am a nature child through and through! 😉

"Little" by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com.

The day we went strawberry picking was nice because it was overcast and the temperature, while warm, was not unbearable. There were so many ripe strawberries so we quickly got a nice bucket full to take home with us. Handpicking your own berries from the plants they grow from makes you appreciate not only the hard work that goes into creating that plant, but the quality of natural, unprocessed foods.

"Sweet Treats" by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com.

After picking our strawberries, we went to see the animals! I’m a huge animal lover so this is always one of my favorite parts of visiting Holly Forks farm. They have a few pigs such as Mr. Woo, adorable rabbits, and of course chickens! Ever since I was little I have loved chickens, and I have pretty good luck getting along with them wherever I am.

"Mr. Woo" by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com.

"Let Me See" by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com.

"Bunny" by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com.

"Hello" by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com.

"Crown" by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com.

Amy’s perspective….

A family Tradition-Strawberry Picking-Learn more about where we went @ www.gossamerydreams.com
Arriving at Holly Fork Farm

 

 

Every year, in May, I look forward to strawberry picking with my family at Holly Fork Farm. This family tradition began when we first moved to Virginia, and we first discovered the farm while looking for a place to pick pumpkins in the fall (a tradition we also have had since living here!) It has been fun to watch this farm grow and change over the years, and I am so happy to see their business thriving. I am a big believer in supporting local farmers and businesses, and there is nothing in this world like eating fresh from the farm strawberries!

 

A Family Tradition-Learn more about where we went at www.gossamerydreams.com
The kiddos! When we first visited this farm Soren was shorter than Ciarra!

Holly Fork farm’s strawberries are not sprayed, and chemical free, so you can feel good eating them on your toast with mascarpone cheese and honey as we do!

A family tradition-Picking strawberries at Holly Fork Farm-from two different perspectives

A family tradition-Picking strawberries at Holly Fork Farm-from two different perspectives

A family tradition-Picking strawberries at Holly Fork Farm-from two different perspectives

A family tradition-Picking strawberries at Holly Fork Farm-from two different perspectives

A family tradition-Picking strawberries at Holly Fork Farm-from two different perspectives

A family tradition-Picking strawberries at Holly Fork Farm-from two different perspectives

A family tradition-Picking strawberries at Holly Fork Farm-from two different perspectives

 

The eggs from Holly Fork are also amazing! You can visit the actual chickens these eggs come from. The yolks of these eggs are so rich and healthy, and were bright orange…so fresh and delicious!

A family tradition-Picking strawberries at Holly Fork Farm-from two different perspectives

It’s always a pleasure to get to visit all the animals at Holly Fork. The baby chickens and bunnies were so cute, and curious as well! I love baby animals…much like human babies, they are discovering and learning about the world around them, and it is fun to watch their reactions.

A family tradition-Picking strawberries at Holly Fork Farm-from two different perspectives
Ciarra hanging out with her feathered friends. Chickens always like her!

Holly Fork is one of our Family “happy places.” Even Mr. Mickey loves to visit and see all the animals. Much like the baby animals, he is very curious about all the farm animals. He would do well living on a farm…who knows, maybe in the future we will have a farm of our own.

A family tradition-Picking strawberries at Holly Fork Farm-from two different perspectives
YYYEEEAAAAHHHH!!! STRAWBERRY PICKING IS AWESOME!
A family tradition-Picking strawberries at Holly Fork Farm-from two different perspectives
Mickey with dirt on his nose! He loves to help look for strawberries too!
A family tradition-Picking strawberries at Holly Fork Farm-from two different perspectives
Happy Mickey!

What family traditions do you and your family share? Do you visit pick-your-own farms? I am always looking for fun activities and ideas to try! What do you suggest? Leave a suggestion below!

“beautiful mornings and sweet dreams” love Amy and Ciarra-Come be a part of our community @www.gossamerydreams.com

 

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What I Love About Tea

What I Love About Tea

Why I Drink Tea I personally don’t drink coffee (I know—a college student and artist who doesn’t drink coffee, unbelievable!). I have tried a few times through the years, but every time I do, I always feel pretty bad afterwards. So I’m afraid coffee and […]

“Summer Style”Series Post #2-Mini Dress & Earrings

“Summer Style”Series Post #2-Mini Dress & Earrings

The “Cosmic Mini Dress” & “Mermaid tears” earrings…. The “Cosmic Mini Dress”….   If you are looking for the perfect dress to wear on your next vacation, date night, or festival…look no further! The “Cosmic Mini dress”, Is backless, and has an alluring corseted detail […]

The “Summer Style” post series….outfit ideas and accessories for the summer season

The “Summer Style” post series….outfit ideas and accessories for the summer season

The Summer Style post series….outfit ideas and accessories for the summer season

The Summer Style Series!! Outfit ideas and Accessories for the summer season! @gossamerydreams.com

 

The Undine Dress and Gossamery Mermaid Jewelry collection

Who doesn’t love summer style? All those flowing sundresses, cute mini dresses, shorts with breezy tops? When the weather turns warm, the carefree clothing pieces of summer come out. Look no further for outfit ideas, and accessories for the summer season. We will have some great inspiration right here on what to wear, as well as where to get it! To start off our “Summer Style” post series, we will begin with the “Undine Dress” and items from the “Gossamery Mermaid Jewelry Collection.”

The Undine Dress….

The Undine Dress To learn more about this dress, please visit www.gossamerydreams.com

The Undine Dress-The Summer Style Series at www.gossamerydreams.com

The Undine Dress-The Summer Style Series at www.gossamerydreams.com

The Undine Dress-The Summer Style Series at www.gossamerydreams.com

The Undine Dress-The Summer Style Series at www.gossamerydreams.com

The Undine Dress-The Summer Style Series at www.gossamerydreams.com

The Undine Dress-The Summer Style Series at www.gossamerydreams.com

The Undine Dress-The Summer Style Series at www.gossamerydreams.com

The Undine Dress-The Summer Style Series at www.gossamerydreams.com

The Summer Style Series!! Outfit ideas and Accessories for the summer season! @gossamerydreams.com

 

We love this maxi dress so much! It is very lightweight, and keeps you nice and cool all summer long! It is perfect for any summer event or outing. Wear it on your next getaway, or tropical beach vacation. This dress comes in many colors, and several sizes. To learn more about this dress, just click HERE.

The Gossamery Mermaid Jewelry collection….

The Summer Style Series-The Gossamery Mermaid Jewelry Collection @GossameryDreams.com

The Summer Style Series-The Gossamery Mermaid Jewelry Collection @GossameryDreams.com

The Summer Style Series-The Gossamery Mermaid Jewelry Collection @GossameryDreams.com

The Summer Style Series-The Gossamery Mermaid Jewelry Collection @GossameryDreams.com

The Summer Style Series-The Gossamery Mermaid Jewelry Collection @GossameryDreams.com

The Summer Style Series-The Gossamery Mermaid Jewelry Collection @GossameryDreams.com

The Summer Style Series-The Gossamery Mermaid Jewelry Collection @GossameryDreams.com

The Summer Style Series-The Gossamery Mermaid Jewelry Collection @GossameryDreams.com

If you love that “boho chic” look, then these pieces are for you. Each piece is unique and handmade from various stones, crystals, and natural elements. We love the soft, earthy, and beachy look of these pieces. They are the perfect accompaniments to wear with your next summer style outfit. To learn more about the properties of the stones used in these jewelry pieces, please click HERE.

More to come….

We have several more outfit ideas, and items to share with you this season. Be on the lookout for the second “Summer Style” post coming next week! What is your go-to summer style? Where is your favorite place to vacation in summer? Leave a comment below, and tell us all about it!

Until next time….

www.gossamerydreams.com

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SHAPING UP FOR SUMMER SERIES-My favorite ways to get fit for the summer season.

SHAPING UP FOR SUMMER SERIES-My favorite ways to get fit for the summer season.

Shaping up for summer…my favorite ways to get fit for the summer season. I feel so much gratitude for being gifted the chance to live in an area where there are 4 seasons. Every few months I have new sights, sounds, weather, and foods to […]

SUNFLOWERS IN WINTER- Photoshoot for the “Sunny Sunflowers” maxi dress

SUNFLOWERS IN WINTER- Photoshoot for the “Sunny Sunflowers” maxi dress

SUNFLOWERS IN WINTER… We just wanted to share with you some of the photos we took for the “Sunny Sunflower Dress” from the “Gossamery Gardens”collection.   To learn all about this dress in detail, please click HERE. This style of dress is going to be […]

Current Art Updates & Future Projects

Current Art Updates & Future Projects

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” –Pablo Picasso

 

My Art courses this spring

Print shop Balcony in the Rain by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at www.gossamerydreams.com
Print shop Balcony in the Rain by Ciarra Stebbins.

 

Last semester I dipped my toes into the realm of printmaking and painting, and I am continuing that this semester, as well as trying out some 3D work—ceramics! I was honestly a little nervous to take ceramics since I am primarily a 2D artist, and some of my past 3D experience had a lot of misses. I’m happy to say though, that ceramics has been incredible fun so far, and pretty refreshing! There is something nice about the process of working with clay, and you may be surprised at how many principals from other mediums cross over! I can very easily lose track of time in the ceramic studio. It’s been a very calming experience.

The elements of craftsmanship and touch play a big role not only in ceramics, but also printmaking and painting. This is a part of working in the studio that I love, since it is really about the process of building up an image or form, and each step feels just as necessary as the last one. I’ve gained some pretty cool skills from working on craftsmanship, such as building frames, which has been more important than you would realize!

 

Real world experience

Tiger Lily and Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at www.gossamerydreams.com
Tiger Lily and Ciarra Stebbins.

http://www.vagazette.com/life/va-vg-wcac-wm-0214-story.html

 

Just recently, my fellow senior art majors and I put together a professional show at one of our local gallery’s. For many of us, this was a very new experience since we normally show our work for the campus community, but this time we were presenting our work to the general public! I showed a total of 4 pieces, 3 of which were prints of mine and one watercolor piece. Both openings for the show (one for members and one for the public) went very well and it was so interesting to see which pieces people asked me questions about. Overall, I would say that my most popular piece was my watercolor sketch of my character Tiger Lily. I was pretty happy about this since this is also a favorite of mine.

Tiger Lily by Ciarra Stebbins (@Ciarra_13). Find more at www.gossamerydreams.com
Tiger Lily by Ciarra Stebbins (@Ciarra_13).

 

Beyond assignments

Dragon by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at www.gossamerydreams.com
Dragon by Ciarra Stebbins.

 

Outside of general assignments, working on various drawings, paintings etc…I do my best to purse my own little art projects, mostly in what I consider my illustrative style. Since October when I took place in Inktober (a monthly challenge where you create an ink drawing everyday) and completed it; I thought it would be fun to give myself some kind of monthly challenge throughout the year. Of course this can be difficult to balance with everything else I’m doing, but I’m not going to stress about missing a day two, just as long as I draw something every day!

So for the month of March, I’m planning to do some illustrations based around Mythology! MythoMarch as I’m calling it! My basic prompt list is available at my Instagram, so if you would like to join, please do! Use the Hashtag #MythoMarch and tag either @Gossamery_dreams and/or @Ciarra_13 and share with us your creations! Art, photography, writing…it’s all welcomed!

Work in progress by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at www.gossamerydreams.com

Along with this, I have been finishing up an older series of mine of Artist Trading cards. I have been doing some Youtube videos about it, as well as posting previews and the finish pieces on my social medias. Once the series is finished, I plan to post all the cards up onto my Redbubble which is currently in the works!

It’s nice to set some littler goals for yourself to look forward each month to keep you motivated!

Another big project I’ve been working on for awhile now is nearing its finally stages. It consists of 12 illustrations that I plan to sell as prints on Redbubble as well as the originals in our store! More updates to come on that! 😉

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Thank you everyone for reading this little update of mine! If you are interested to learn more about my work or process, please do leave a comment saying so, because I would love to cover the topics that you guys are interested in!

 

Until next time!

www.gossamerydreams.com

 

 

 

How meditation has changed my life, and how it can change yours-learn about the health benefits, and my favorite meditation app!

How meditation has changed my life, and how it can change yours-learn about the health benefits, and my favorite meditation app!

Meditation is the key…. Meditation practice is on the rise these days, and everyone from seniors to children are giving it a go! This really comes as no surprise. Life isn’t always easy with the constant stress, deadlines, and traffic….not to mention the absolute absurdity […]