B-Day Part 1: Rock City and Fairyland Caverns

25 07 2017

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For the past 3 – 4 years, I’ve made a point to take some time off at my birthday in May and go somewhere fun. This year it was a blast from the past – visiting a place I last saw at age 4: Rock City on Lookout Mountain! Lookout Mountain shares land with both Georgia and Tennessee and is basically right on the edge of Chattanooga.

Rock City was beyond amazing – not a single picture I took begins to do it justice.

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We got there on a Friday close after opening – which I would recommend. It’s great to have it mostly to yourself before the crowds show up.

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At first it was overcast, and the early morning + height and scope of the huge rocks kept in the cool. Everything had a misty, dewey feel.

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The path works its way around and through rocks, taking you up on outcroppings, under and through narrow passageways… it feels like an adventure.

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Look at the scope! Did not have a proper lens for capturing it. What I don’t show here but did take pics of are the cute labels they have for rock formations like “Mushroom Rock” or the little gnomes set up in random places.

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The few animals were a surprise. A couple deer reside here in an enclosure, and wild chipmunks run around everywhere, usually too quickly to get a decent shot, but I did try:

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The waterfall under Lover’s Leap has a couple great “selfie” spots and a rainbow wall (with glass windows in each color of the rainbow) that you can walk behind. Only got cell phone shots there, and they weren’t great.

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At the top-most area is the lookout over 7 states at once. It’s actually a big area with viewing binoculars and a café.  You then make your way down through more bridges and cavern-like areas with cute names:

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My childhood memories revolved around a part of Rock City called Fairyland Caverns, which you wander into near the end of the path:

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It’s definitely a hold over from decades past (mostly the 30s) when these kind of attractions (specifically the dark park and walk through sites) were big. Well, I still thought it was awesome.

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First, the entrance is decked out in all these crystals (see the one peeking out under the plants above?), and the ceiling is embedded with coral.

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You descend down into the cavern which becomes super dark except for little scenes embedded in the walls of gnome life:

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Above, green light illuminates the path behind us. Then finally you get to the main area with fairy tales depicted in individual cave windows. I took a picture for each but will only show a few here.

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Little Red Riding Hood…and Cinderella:

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My favorite was Snow White:

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It concludes in a large room with a huge castle and other fairy tale characters surrounding it.

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Looking back, I wish I’d taken different lenses because the whole attraction was amazing and so different than anything you see anywhere else. Would def recommend. Even better, you can buy joint tickets to Ruby Falls which is practically right around the corner, and coming up next!

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Fitness!… Bleh

16 07 2017

cat walkSo I’ve been on a “fitness journey” this year that involved a successful Couch to 5K but since has not been as smooth (the anemia and 95 degree weather outside do NOT help), so I was drawing a pic about running (with a cat?? I dunno) and then a companion piece about how much I hate it especially compared to other weekend morning options like getting donuts.

So these are really 2 parts of the same scene.  Bleh!

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So I Made a Dress

18 05 2017

Craft time! Somehow I’ve managed to make actually wearable full circle skirts, and that’s about it… but recently I decided to try making an entire dress. With no pattern. And I barely know how to sew. Fun!

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Actually it was kind of fun, and even though it’s clearly a bit ill-fitting, and I had no idea how to do boob darts, I think it looks pretty decent for a 1st try. I mean, I least I can get in and out of it!

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Okay, I’m actually pretty proud of it. I had to do a whole crappy iPhone photo shoot to memorialize my victory in case it starts falling apart down the road.

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I tried to use a much shorter spandex dress I have as a “model”, made a pattern from that and estimated the extra allowance for cotton since it doesn’t really stretch. I didn’t estimate quite right on the bodice’s proportions.
Then I did a 1/2 circle skirt instead of a full, because I didn’t have enough material. You can see – it still moves but isn’t as swishy.

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Well, okay, it’s a little swishy. (Ignore my dumb face pls!)

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Walking away, the back doesn’t look too bad. But up close, you can see that I put the zipper in off-angle (woops) and have excess material. Plus I want to leave the top of the back open so it can close with a bow thing and haven’t gotten to that part yet. (It stays zipped anyway without it.)

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Ack – just pretend like you can’t see that part. Oh, and the other part that doesn’t fit right:

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See how the hip sticks out from the bodice? Ugh. Anyway – I learned a lot and (hopefully) my next dress will fit better. Maybe I’ll get unlazy and actually buy a pattern.

Oh and just FYI this lily pad material came from JoAnn’s in the cotton section – not too expensive!

 





Villain Number One

2 05 2017

I stumbled into the beautiful meme trap that is We Are Number One, and somehow it’s developed into this full-blown adoration of all things Lazy Town and Robbie Rotten. He’s so relatable! The whole show is so cute!
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But it’s so cute…

20 03 2017

From January that I haven’t posted til now, an anatomically (and shadow-ly) incorrect digital illustration…

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Spring!

6 03 2017

Spring is here, which means time to garden! Also time for the Strawberry Festival, which I had on my mind when I did this girl’s outfit. 🙂

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Valentines

14 02 2017

peacock in love ❤

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Afternoon Sun

31 01 2017

Last of these sketches-over-a-photo things… these were fun!

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Doesn’t Like Weddings

11 01 2017

I like this putting-a-drawing-onto-a-photo thing. This time intended to draw a lady with fire hair and ended up with a … displeased bridesmaid? I totally feel the same about weddings.

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Snow Bubbles

31 12 2016

Sometimes in Florida they get a bubble machine to sub for snow…  southern improvisation. And somehow that generated the idea for this pic. Happy New Year!

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