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How to Host a Tasteful Virginia Tech Wedding

02 August, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

It’s the time for cocktails and dress shoes. Something borrowed, something… maroon? With wedding season in full swing, you might start to daydream about how you’d like your own wedding to be. You didn’t go to college to get your M.R.S., but that’s what happened when you met your boo strolling across the Drillfield. Now you both are as obsessed with tailgates and turkey legs as you are each other. You couldn’t imagine your wedding being anything less exciting than a Lane Stadium football game. If you’re looking to represent your alma mater while walking down the aisle, look no further. Here are 4 tips you should know when hosting a Virginia Tech themed wedding.

  1. Set the tone. Invitations or save-the-date cards are a great way to introduce the theme of your Hokie wedding. You can set the tone of your wedding by making your invites look like a Virginia Tech football ticket. Whatever you do, make sure to incorporate plenty of maroon and orange in your!
  2. Make the colors pop. Maroon and orange go together like PB and Jelly. However, that doesn’t mean that there needs to be Burnt Orange on every decoration, or that you need to paint the venue Chicago Maroon. You can take an understated approach by pairing neutral colors like cream or beige with tasteful pops of color. You can use white and orange flowers for a beautiful bouquet combination. Your bridesmaids can dress in maroon dresses, and groomsmen can wear orange bowties. A little can go a long way when it comes to color.
  3. Decorate like a pro. There are various ways to incorporate Virginia Tech into your décor. You can make a simple yet elegant centerpiece out of maroon and orange flowers and glass jars. Another idea is to use small chalk board signs on top of each table that have names of a places on campus—think Lane, Burruss or Drillfield. You can even incorporate Hokie Birds statues or Hokie art into your décor. The Hokie Pokie Dot bird makes for an excellent decoration and a memorable keepsake for your wedding.
  4. Be creative. At the end of the day, your wedding is about you and your partner.  If you want your guests to sign a Virginia Tech Jersey instead of a guest book, go for it. If you want to play tailgate games such as cornhole at your reception, why not? Tailor your wedding to what you like and don’t be afraid to get creative.  Add enter sandman to your wedding playlist, invite the Hokie Bird to your wedding, have a lunch pail shaped groom’s cake. Whatever you do, make sure that you are having fun.

Hello World, I'm Dottie

20 July, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Hi there Hokie friends,

After making my debut as the voice of Gobble de Art, I have appreciated all the love and support. I can’t wait to take you on my many adventures in Blacksburg, and throughout the beautiful Hokie Nation. Before I begin sharing my adventures with you, I wanted to introduce myself a little better so you all can get to know me.

As you know, my name is Hokie Pokie Dot, Dottie for short. I’ve nested in the beautiful mountain town of Blacksburg Virginia my whole life—no complaints here! I love watching football, but I’m surprisingly good at tennis. I enjoy long walks on the Huckleberry, but I am the worst at flying—heights terrify me! You might as well consider me a linguist because I am fluent in two languages; English and Gobbler. I love celebrating, but Thanksgiving is my least favorite holiday… for reasons I don’t want to talk about.

My family always comes first:  Momma Hokie Pokie Dot, Mr. Executive, Lieutenant Colonel Cadet, Sir Fore the Hokies, Hokie Stone (we call him Steve) and LPD bird. I have a ton of extended family too! My Momma lives at the Hyatt in Blacksburg, but my siblings and I don’t have homes yet. If you are interested in adopting us, you can find us at our nest, https://www.gobbledeart.org/collections/all?page=2.

Anyways, it’s nice to chat with you all. Bye for now, I can’t wait to see you on my next adventure! Get the latest updates by following me and my flock family on Instagram at gobble_de_art.


With love,



Dear Virginia Tech Class of 2022,

17 July, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Welcome to the best school on earth! Well I may be a tad bit biased, being that I am a Hokie Bird and all…. But I really do believe that this school is all around great. I’m sure as soon as you toured here you knew—from the friendly faces at every corner, to the comfy sport t-shirts seen on every student, to the delicious on-campus food. Yes there is a reason that we get ranked among the top campus food in the nation every year….. can you say Qdoba? Or lobster? Or Chicken Parm?! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

Now hold on one second. Before you pack your bags filled with all the new Hokie attire that your family stocked you up on, or snap your last going away Insta pic in your #hometown, here are the things that you should know.

  1. Get a Planner. Trust me on this one. Planners can keep you sane, especially when you are trying to balance school, work, working out, volunteering, a social life and Netflix. To beat stress, and—let’s face it— procrastination, you need an agenda to tell you exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it. Get one before you get to school to avoid feeling overwhelmed— you will thank yourself later.


  1. Make-an-Effort. College is a magical place where you go to school with 36,000 potential friends. Trust me, it’s a lot different than the high school cafeteria. However, unlike your high school class, in college no one knows you. You must make-an-effort to have friends. Meeting people in your hall is one easy way to make friends. if you leave your dorm door open while you are home, your dormmates are more likely to drop by and say hi.  Joining an organization or club is another way to make friends. Gobblerfest is a great way to find the best organization for you. This year, Gobblerfest is Friday August 31st.


  1. Adapt Your Wardrobe. Blacksburg is a beautiful small town nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains. That is the mantra that every tour guide and Hokie advocate has ever told you. This is true; however, what they don’t tell you is how crazy the weather is. Welcome to Blacksburg, we like to have all four seasons shoved into a seven-day week! Combat the unpredictable weather by arriving prepared—with layers! If the weather calls for sunny and 75, take my word for it, and bring a sweatshirt. If your phone says cloudy with a 0 percent chance of rain, bring the umbrella anyway.


  1. Get a Workout Routine.  It’s true, Virginia Tech is known for their great food. If you wanted to, you could eat Queso and chips every single day! Unfortunately, being an adult means being responsible, which means you probably—technically— shouldn’t do that. Enjoy the food in moderation, and get a workout routine. Working out helps reduce stress levels induced by group projects, increase endorphins to keep you happy and of course, stave off the freshman 15! Lucky for you, Virginia Tech is also ranked one of the fittest campuses in the nation. There are multiple ways that you can get fit: Take group classes at McComas, play intramural sports, hit the pavement and explore the Huckleberry, or pump some iron at the gym.


  1. Most Importantly… Call Your Parents. Because you will miss them. Everyone does. Even if you are having the time of your life at college, don’t forget about good ol’ Mom and Dad, or Grandma, or whoever you love. They’ve cradled you and loved you your whole life and it nearly broke their heart to see you go. However, they know that you are doing great things and they are proud of you. It doesn’t have to be every day, but at least every so often just let them know that you love them, and that yes, you are safe, and you are still eating your vegetables.

So now that you have the inside scoop, good luck with your future adventures Virginia Tech Class of 2022. As cliché as it sounds, you’re in for a beautiful, perfectly-imperfect ride.  Live it up, do well in school and enjoy some of the most amazing years of your life repping maroon and orange.


Gobble de Art

P.S. Find my friends at our Hokie Bird store, along with Hokie memorabilia and keepsakes! We make great presents…. Pstt Mom and Dad.

Artist Spotlight: Candace Monaghan

10 July, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

We know the Hokie Birds as the whimsical statues seen around Blacksburg, but from an artist’s perspective, the statues mean much more— just ask Candace Monaghan, Gobble De Art artist. She’s known as the “Hokie Bird Painter,” back in her hometown of Buchanan, Virginia.  Candace Monaghan has a very special part in the Gobble De Art program.

Candace has been a member of the flock family since the early stages of the art project, back in 2006. She brings her eye for design and bubbly personality into play when creating the beloved Hokie Birds. Candace sat down with us to share what it is really like to have “5-Foot Hokie Bird Painter” listed on her resume.

“The process is very client-driven. I work with a client to sketch out a unique Hokie Bird design. We go back and forth to get the design just right. Then we go through the process of getting the design approved by licensing,” says Candace.

Creating a bird is intricate and time consuming. The completion of a single hand-crafted bird takes about 6 months or more. The birds must be sanded, wiped down with an alcohol solution, and primed before Candace can even begin the painting step.

“It takes me a minimum of 20 hours to paint the bird. The longest that I have ever worked to paint a bird is 70 hours,” says Candace, “The time varies from bird to bird.”

The best part about Candace’s job, is getting to see her designs brighten up the lives of others. She enjoys making designs with meaning.

“My favorite bird took 70 hours to paint. The bird had an American flag with Lane Stadium painted on the back of the tail. The Hokie Bird was commissioned by a father who dedicated the design to his son who was in the military.” Says Candace.

Hokie Bird painting isn’t the only thing she can do. Candace enjoys graphic design, photographing  nature and creating fine arts. She even has her own design business. You can see more of Candace’s work here:  http://candacemonaghandesign.com/

You can get your own hand painted Hokie Bird! We have a great selection 2-foot Hokie Birds, that are all painted by local artists, just like Candace. To see our wide selection of 2-foot Hokie Birds, click the link to our store: https://www.gobbledeart.org/collections/all?page=2. If you are interested in getting your own 5-Foot Hokie Bird commissioned, visit us at: https://www.gobbledeart.org/products/create-your-own.


The Founding of Hokie Town

05 July, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Did you ever stop to think about our very own history here in Blacksburg?  Blacksburg is a special place,  so for this week’s blog we’ve decided to look  at our own local history, and what we found may surprise you.

Our beloved Hokie town was founded on January 13th 1798. Prior to this, Blacksburg was merely an establishment settled between Christiansburg and Montgomery country discovered by English settlers in the mid 1600’s. The settlers were drawn to the land by plentiful trees that would be used for lumber, animal species such as deer and bear that could be used for meat, and hide used for clothing.  There was also fresh water easily accessible. 

However, this land came at a cost. Blacksburg was located near various Native American settlements. As a result numerous conflicts arose between settlers and the Indian tribes, the most famous being the Draper Meadows Massacre occurring in 1775.  On this day the settlement was attacked by a tribe of Shawnee Indians.  At least 5 settlers were killed and 5 more were taken hostage. One of the hostages was Mary Draper Ingles who lived in captivity for months before finally escaping and reuniting with family.

23 years after the massacre, William Black petitioned the state to establish the settlement into a town. Then in 1789 the 38-acre plot of land was deemed a town. The original Town of Blacksburg was only 16 square blocks built on land donated by Black. Our beloved town was named in honor of Black, creating what we now know as the Town of Blacksburg.  The years following were filled with excitement as more and more people moved into the newly developed town making it their new home.

The small town began to grow and new streets and buildings developed; some of which can still be seen today; the oldest being Solitude. Solitude was built more than 200 years ago by Colonel Robert Preston. Then, during the early 1800’s, one of the first churches was built on Main Street.  This building is also still in use, although it’s no longer used as a church. You may better know it as Cabo Fish Taco.

Years later in 1872, our favorite university was born. The Morril Act of 1862 provided the federal funds for the Virginia General Assembly to buy the facilities of the Preston and Olin Institute. At the time, the facilities housed a small Methodist school in Southwest Virginia. That same year, the assembly acquired 250 acres of the Solitude Farm for $21,250. With the newly acquired land and facilities, the commonwealth created  a public, land-grant military Institute named Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, later to be known as Virginia Tech.

There’s no doubt that Blacksburg is a town full of rich and exciting history Hopefully this post helps you to understand a little more about this maroon and orange town that we all love so dearly. Like and share this blog if you want to see more like this.

Hope that you enjoyed this History lesson, don’t forget to stop by our store! https://www.gobbledeart.org/collections/all


Healthy Hokies: 5 Surprising Health Benefits of Yoga

21 June, 2017 3 comments Leave a comment

Ahhh June, what an exciting month. Especially in our favorite town, Blacksburg! Blacksburg in June is such a beautiful place. Walkways are filled with maroon and orange flowers in full bloom. Older and younger folks alike search the town high and low to find the Hokie Bird flock. The warm weather seems to put a smile on everyone’s face.

There are other reasons to love June: National holidays such as the beginning of summer and Father’s Day, to name a few. However, for all the yoga fanatics, June holds a very special day in store…International Day of Yoga, June 21!

There are many reasons to love yoga, so why not come together and celebrate it on this exciting day! Aside from the more obvious benefits of yoga such as; improving flexibility and reducing stress, there are many that you may not know about. Here are the top five benefits to yoga that you probably haven’t heard of.

  1. Did you know that although yoga is a lower intensity exercise it has been linked to weight loss? Here’s how: Those who practice yoga regularly have been shown to be more mindful and aware of their bodies and what they are putting into it. This leads them to be more conscious of the food that they are consuming, making them more likely to choose healthier options that aid in weight loss.


  1. Yoga aids in preventing and lowering stress. Stress has been linked to binge eating; lower stress levels mean that you’re less likely to binge on unhealthy foods.


  1. Yoga can also help to detox your body. Performing yoga stimulates the lymphatic system and aids in removing toxins from your body. Just be sure to stay hydrated both before and after yoga to ensure maximum detoxification.


  1. Did you know that yoga may be able to aid in lowering back pain? Yoga not only helps with flexibility, but it also increases muscle strength while doing it in a way that doesn’t strain your muscles. Decreasing your muscle weakness takes pressure off your lower back. Yoga has been linked to lower joint pain as well.


  1. Yoga has also been shown to lower the risk of heart disease. Yoga participants have lower BMIs and overall stress levels. This puts less pressure on the heart. 

Whether you’ve never tried yoga before, or you’re an advanced yogi, the benefits of regular yoga can help improve your life. National Day of Yoga is the perfect day to begin. While you’re searching for the rest of the Hokie Bird flock, be sure to check out Blacksburg’s local yoga studios, “Akke’s Yoga Place,” “In Balance Yoga,” or “The Breathing Space,” to get started with your yoga journey. If yoga isn’t your thing, maybe beer is! Lookout for the “Yoga on Tap” events at the Rising Silo Brewery.

Thanks for stopping by the blog. Namaste Hokie Lovers.

P.S. Be sure to stop by our online shop and check out our Hokie memorabilia and collection of handcrafted Hokie Birds!

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