1. Still going back in time to the DooNanny! Time travel is fun!

    DAY 7-14 - Monday, March 26th-April 1st, 2012 - Seale, Alabama

    This is us making our wonderful 16th Annual DooNanny booth. We dragged pieces of wood from the fire pit, carting them back to our booth in the hot sun. Hammered and nailed together an incredibly cool wall, painted it white and were instantly jealous of this booth for our future shows. The art that both Misha and I make is so colorful that we decided to give it a neutral clean background so everything would pop and stand out from afar. After we saw how cool the white wall was, we rummaged around Butch’s barn and found tables, chairs,┬áchandeliers, candlesticks holders, and lamps to paint white as well. We found perfectly chopped logs for display too. Oh man, it was a blast! Some of the other people around that week were probably thinking that was our art, but they had a big surprise coming!! -Sarah

  2. (we will just have to come back to Sarah’s DooNanny blog posts, she is working hard on CG stuff and they aren’t giving her much time for art stuff. so we will go on ahead with my blog posts for now.)

    DAY 14 - Monday, April 2nd 2012 - Seale, AL to New Orleans, LA

    This was a very sad day indeed. It felt like an end to a very long and amazing journey. We made a large yummy breakfast, packed the car, said our good byes and hit the road.

    We had a 6 hour drive from Seale, AL to New Orleans, LA and you would think that after driving for a week across country, anywhere from 6-13 hours a day, this would be an easy drive. Well it wasn’t, I think we switched driver every hour to hour and a half. About 2 hours from our destination, we drove head first into an immense storm. There was constant thunder and lighting, wind gusts pushing all over the road and the rain was so heavy we couldn’t hardly see 20 feet in front of us. It was raining a little less when we rolled into New Oreleans, but the lighting was still flashing every minute or two. Lightning storms is one of the things I miss most about living in the south, that and fire flies.

    When we got to our campground, the site was flooded and the mosquitoes were out in full force. We ended up having to drive around from hostel to hostel until we found one with two beds in the same room. Even though we were out the money from the campground, we had a dry place to sleep for the rest of our stay. Which was great because it rained for the next three nights. We ended up staying at the India House Hostel, it is a small house just off of Canal, a little north of the French Quarter. Everything seemed pretty clean and the best part was that people weren’t partying till the break’a break’a dawn, so we got some good nights sleep.

    After we were all settled in on the first night, we went out for some good ole nola food and beers. Overall it was a good day, and we were both excited to start the next leg of our trip. -misha

    (Source: mishaashton.com)

  3. DAY 13 - Sunday, April 1st 2012 - Seale, Alabama
My entire time here has been absolutely amazing and this day was just the icing on the cake. We had our art set up until about 2pm, then packed up and chilled for the rest of the day. It was a beautiful, sunny day with a nice warm breeze. I pretty much spent the rest of my afternoon laying in this hammock, napping and hanging out with our new friends AJ and Jeff. We met them Friday at the Possum Trot, but hadn’t any real time to hang out until Sunday. Absolutely sweet guys, I cant wait to hang out with them again when Sarah and I make it out to New York in June.
Other than lounging around, Sarah and I put in a good couple of hours cleaning up the community kitchen and cooking. We had a wonderful doonanny family dinner, followed by a bit more lounging in the hammock and roasting marshmallows by the fire. Seriously an epic EPIC adventure was had in Seale, Alabama this March Two Thousand and Twelve. -misha
Here is a list of just a few of the amazingly wonderful new friends we made, click on their names to check out their websites. Also, since I didn’t get around to taking many photos, check out the lovely Ami Worthen’s photos on her flickr site here.
Jack Sanders
Dan Dyer
Zachariah Chanin
A.J. Mason
Jeff Moerchen
Butch Anthony
Alexis Bianca Gault
Phil Cheney
Rob7
The Lasters, Charles, Grace Kelly and Ruby Elvis
(if i left anyone out, I apologize)
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    DAY 13 - Sunday, April 1st 2012 - Seale, Alabama

    My entire time here has been absolutely amazing and this day was just the icing on the cake. We had our art set up until about 2pm, then packed up and chilled for the rest of the day. It was a beautiful, sunny day with a nice warm breeze. I pretty much spent the rest of my afternoon laying in this hammock, napping and hanging out with our new friends AJ and Jeff. We met them Friday at the Possum Trot, but hadn’t any real time to hang out until Sunday. Absolutely sweet guys, I cant wait to hang out with them again when Sarah and I make it out to New York in June.

    Other than lounging around, Sarah and I put in a good couple of hours cleaning up the community kitchen and cooking. We had a wonderful doonanny family dinner, followed by a bit more lounging in the hammock and roasting marshmallows by the fire. Seriously an epic EPIC adventure was had in Seale, Alabama this March Two Thousand and Twelve. -misha

    Here is a list of just a few of the amazingly wonderful new friends we made, click on their names to check out their websites. Also, since I didn’t get around to taking many photos, check out the lovely Ami Worthen’s photos on her flickr site here.

    Jack Sanders

    Dan Dyer

    Zachariah Chanin

    A.J. Mason

    Jeff Moerchen

    Butch Anthony

    Alexis Bianca Gault

    Phil Cheney

    Rob7

    The Lasters, Charles, Grace Kelly and Ruby Elvis

    (if i left anyone out, I apologize)

  4. DAY 12 - Saturday, March 31st 2012

    Daytime at the DooNanny

    Well GOOD MORNING RAIN, and thunder and lighting. I think the whole camp woke up when the storm started just before dawn. Sadly, this was a bit of a set back for the art sales, but it made for a great morning. We stumbled down to the kitchen where I found my sister and her husband cooking breakfast and wearing trash bags as ponchos. BEST thing to wake up to on a rainy day. hahahaha. LOVE IT, my sister is so friggin adorable with her thick southern accent and a garbage bag rain coat. It was raining quite hard though, there were rivers flowing through the kitchen. At one point a bolt of lighting hit the metal roof of the kitchen and a girl standing near one of the stoves got shocked. Dont worry though, she was okay, just majorly shocked.

    The rain eventually let up around 11am and the sun came out and with the sun came the DooNanniers (i dont think that’s a word, but lets make it one). Sarah and I had a great day of sales, met tons of locals, regulars to the show, more artist. As fun as the art show portion of the event was, next year I plan to spend less time in my booth and more time experiencing the event and hanging out with people. We missed most of the music, the food, hoolahoop lessons, etc. We could just barely hear the music from where our booth was, check out this awesome line-up we missed out on:

    Dan Dyer 12:00 PM
    Morgan Greer 12:45 PM
    Jake Fussell 1:30 PM
    Muleskinner MacQueen Trio 2:15 PM
    Fire Mountain 3:00 PM
    Rebecca Gates 4:00 PM
    Dead Fingers 5:00 PM
    Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil 6:00 PM
    Aotearoa 7:00 PM
    Mad Tea Party 8:00 PM
    Screaming Js 9:00 PM
    Jenny Juice 10:00 PM
    Butter Holler 11:00 PM

    (Source: mishaashton.com)

  5. DAY 8-11 - Tuesday-Friday, March 27th+30th 2012
DooNanny + Possum Trot in Seale, Alabama
We spent the whole week leading up to the DooNanny building an amazing booth to sell our art in. Each morning we got up and worked on it until just before sunset. In the evenings, we hung out down by the kitchen, getting to know all the other artist who showed up early. We had community dinners and sat around a big fire pit chatting and having fun. Tuesday night was our first night hanging out with everyone. We joined in on a game of Mexican Train (an awesomely fun domino game), with Wesley and Zach, who we ended up hanging out with most of the nights. Ends up that Zach is my 2nd cousin, older brother to my uncle Butch’s daughter Maggie.We also spent a lot of our spare time at the Texas Camp, with Jack Sanders (my uncle butchies very best good friend from Austin, TX), Dan Dyer (Jacks musician friend from Austin) and Liz and David (Texans now living in West Virginia).
Wednesday night, while we were getting ready to crawl into our tent, the zipper broke beyond repair. Thankfully Zach’s friend Matt (another person we hung out with for much of our time) had shown up that day, so Zach was moving out of the camper and into the giant tee-pee. We were so much happier in the camper, especially when the rains came. It started pouring Friday afternoon, just in time for the Possum Trot. The night before the DooNanny, the Possum Trot, a weekly auction in Seale, AL, is transformed into an all night party. When we showed up late with the Texas Camp, there was live music and people dancing in the rain. I hid in the auction house until I felt a little less like a drown rat. The auction house has two rooms, the large room with bench seating where the auction is held, and the gallery room. Most of the items in the gallery are Butch’s art, others are found items, like arrow heads and bones, the rest is vintage furniture.
Each year, my uncle Tommy has a big shrimp boil in the parking lot. I got to be the cashier for the night, which was great because I got to hang out with him all night, but also wonderful because we were under a canopy and I was wrapped in towels keeping as dry as possible. For $10, you got a large plate of shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes, SUPER YUM. -misha
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    DAY 8-11 - Tuesday-Friday, March 27th+30th 2012

    DooNanny + Possum Trot in Seale, Alabama


    We spent the whole week leading up to the DooNanny building an amazing booth to sell our art in. Each morning we got up and worked on it until just before sunset. In the evenings, we hung out down by the kitchen, getting to know all the other artist who showed up early. We had community dinners and sat around a big fire pit chatting and having fun. Tuesday night was our first night hanging out with everyone. We joined in on a game of Mexican Train (an awesomely fun domino game), with Wesley and Zach, who we ended up hanging out with most of the nights. Ends up that Zach is my 2nd cousin, older brother to my uncle Butch’s daughter Maggie.
    We also spent a lot of our spare time at the Texas Camp, with Jack Sanders (my uncle butchies very best good friend from Austin, TX), Dan Dyer (Jacks musician friend from Austin) and Liz and David (Texans now living in West Virginia).

    Wednesday night, while we were getting ready to crawl into our tent, the zipper broke beyond repair. Thankfully Zach’s friend Matt (another person we hung out with for much of our time) had shown up that day, so Zach was moving out of the camper and into the giant tee-pee. We were so much happier in the camper, especially when the rains came. It started pouring Friday afternoon, just in time for the Possum Trot. The night before the DooNanny, the Possum Trot, a weekly auction in Seale, AL, is transformed into an all night party. When we showed up late with the Texas Camp, there was live music and people dancing in the rain. I hid in the auction house until I felt a little less like a drown rat. The auction house has two rooms, the large room with bench seating where the auction is held, and the gallery room. Most of the items in the gallery are Butch’s art, others are found items, like arrow heads and bones, the rest is vintage furniture.

    Each year, my uncle Tommy has a big shrimp boil in the parking lot. I got to be the cashier for the night, which was great because I got to hang out with him all night, but also wonderful because we were under a canopy and I was wrapped in towels keeping as dry as possible. For $10, you got a large plate of shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes, SUPER YUM. -misha

    (Source: mishaashton.com)

  6. after a week of building and painting, and two days of lightning storms and a few major down pours, we are ready to sell out art at the DooNanny in Seale, Al. many photos to come, we haven’t had any Internet access for more than a week. -misha
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    after a week of building and painting, and two days of lightning storms and a few major down pours, we are ready to sell out art at the DooNanny in Seale, Al. many photos to come, we haven’t had any Internet access for more than a week. -misha