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Tuesday:) It Takes a Village…or a Community

13 Nov

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”

~Coretta Scott King

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McKinney Creative Community meets every second Monday of the month at 5:30ish, over at The Cove on Tennessee. It was so cold and blustery last night, that I thought for sure that not that many people would attend. The place was packed with artists, writers, musicians, web designers, friends, etc. (we even had a visiting puppy dog.) All were there for the same reason, to share food, friendship and information.

McKinney has the greatest arts community and the most wonderful artists and creative people on the planet. Maybe, even the universe, but I haven’t visited the rest of the galaxy to find out. Maybe one day?

All are welcome to attend these pot luck gatherings. You don’t have to be an artist or even think you are creative. But, if you attend, you certainly will leave feeling inspired, and maybe decide to take that pottery or jewelry class, or sign up for a dance or yoga class. It’s never to late to learn or try something new. And the best part is, you’ll make new friends.

I always like to post a picture of my brownies on the Facebook page, before they go in the oven. I’ve been told that that’s a good reminder and incentive for the gathering. Yesterday, I made Snicker-s’mores brownies. I used lots of leftover Halloween candy bars and marshmallows. Yum!

The first hour or so of our meeting is socializing, sharing yummy foods, desserts, and beverages. Then, we gather in a circle and just share our “New and Good.” It can be anything from taking a workshop, upcoming art shows, awards, or just a recent trip. My sharing was about my visit to Chicago to see my grand babies and visit family. We are all family here, sharing family news.

Our guest speaker yesterday was Molly Brewer from McKinney’s Arts Commission. Not only did we find out about the many projects and opportunities in McKinney, but also about the many grants available to various individual artists and art groups. Several suggestions and opportunities we would never have known about. Very informative.

As I’ve said a zillion times, there is so much to learn and so much to share in our community. It only takes that first step to say, “I want to expand my horizons.”

In December, many of the artists will be featured or attending the Tupps Brewery Holiday Art Bazaar. The perfect opportunity to purchase amazing local art and crafts at wonderful prices. Check it out.. oh yes… and have a beer or two while shopping and meeting the cool artists.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

12 Nov

And my only rule being if when I wake in the morning I’m looking forward to the things that I have to do that day, then I’m on the right track.

Demetri Martin

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A very busy week, and good to be back home. Here’s a week in a peek…

Sunday Sermon and More Magnificent MAST Artists

11 Nov

“To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.”

~William Blake

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What a gorgeous Sunday morning! A beautiful early morning walk with the dog around the pond. Then, a quick make up more penne pasta to add to a big container for my firemen at Station 9. I had a lot of sauce left over from Friday, so I decided to share.

It was wonderful to be back at St. Gabriel, greeting at the door before Mass and hugging all my friends, and singing hymns. Sundays are such a joy.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the Sadducees trying to put Jesus on the spot with a tricky question about death. They asked Him if, as per tradition, if a man dies leaving a childless wife, that the brother marries her, and that man dies and the next brother marries her, and so on with seven brothers, when after all are dead and time of the resurrection, whose wife will she be?

Jesus said to them,

“The children of this age marry and remarry;

but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age

and to the resurrection of the dead

neither marry nor are given in marriage.

They can no longer die,

for they are like angels;

and they are the children of God

because they are the ones who will rise.

My take on it…. WHAT DOES IT MATTER? You’re in heaven. All will be good and perfect and happy.

After Mass, I was asked to help put at the WELCOME DESK in the vestibule. I hadn’t done it before so I had to wing it, just passing out info to new parishioners or visitors and checking off names for people picking up directories. One lady asked me if there was a lost and found. I said that I’d find out. She left me with a wallet that she found. I looked inside and there was just a driver’s license and a credit card, with no phone number. The name looked kind of familiar. I think it’s a lady I met two weeks ago. After Mass, Helene and I stopped at McDonald’s for coffee and I did a google search of the name, as it wasn’t in the church directory. I called the number, but it said not in order. Later, we drove to the house that was on the license. No one home, so I talked to the neighbor next door, and he said the house was vacant and he’d never heard that name. Yikes! Well, I know where this lady works, so I’m going over there in the morning to give her the wallet and hope she wasn’t in a panic without it for a day. I know I’d be going crazy. Sometimes I think God puts these little mysteries in my path, just to keep me on my toes. (Wish me luck)

After our adventure, Helene and I headed over to downtown McKinney to visit a few more art studios on THE MAST TOUR.

We had such a good time seeing all the artists in their studios and hearing about their techniques and inspirations. Wendolin Mercado, over at The Art House, is such a creative funky soul. We did some knife throwing and painted on her fence. I had to get one of her beautiful hand-tooled leather cuffs, perfect for a Sunday.

Kerry Johnston made this gorgeous platter that needed to come home with me. I love to collect different artists’ work.

Thank you Kerry. Isn’t she amazing? Look at this huge leaf platter.

Then, the Magnificent Macias family was firing and throwing up a storm over at the Three Dog Studio, along with other potters and wood turners. I love this picture!

Alex Macias is one of my all time favorite artists. She is so young and so talented, and willing to do a goofy pose for Miss Toni.

I can’t think of a better place for an artist or creative person to live than right here in McKinney Texas. We not only have the most talented artists in the whole wide world, but they are the kindest and friendliest and most loving, AND I am honored to know them and call them FRIENDS.

Happy Sunday, my friends! ❤️

Saturday:) St. Gabriel Holiday Boutique and Some Artist Friends of MAST

10 Nov

“Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.

~Dee Hock

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I have so many talented and creative friends. Today was a good example of just how many. I bumped into several artists and crafters and friends at St. Gabriel’s Holiday Boutique.

Helene and Pat met me there and we shopped, finding many adorable treasures and gifts for the holidays.

It’s always great to see my friend Mary. She was working at the Pro-Life table. I found a beautiful crucifix from Jerusalem to add to my cross wall there. Oh, look at this cute reindeer towel holder.

The St. Gabriel’s Women’s Club puts in so much time and effort in making this annual event such a huge success.

After the Boutique, Helene and I had a quick lunch and then stopped by the home studios of a couple of artist friends who were on the MAST TOUR (McKinney Artist Studio Tour)

Leslie Ortega (middle) is a fabulous artist. It was so interesting to see her studio and learn about her inspirations. She has been working with several natural and organic painting mediums, including coffee, beets, and other plant based sources. Every artist has so many creative tips and techniques.

Our next stop was the home studio of Alex and Sandy Forbes. Their home is like a walk in museum with paintings everywhere on every wall and every space, there were dozens of paintings from trips and travels and several collaborations of paintings.

I got home in time to take a nice long walk and enjoy the rest of my evening before it got dark.

Tomorrow is another artsy day. After church, there are so many more artists to visit on the MAST TOUR.

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Friday:) Cooking Frenzy, St. Gabriel’s, Towne Creek Artist Friends, and My Firemen

9 Nov

“I recommend you take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.” – Earl of Chesterfield

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I hit the ground running this morning, a busy day planned. I walked the dog around the pond and enjoyed the morning sun shimmering on the water and all the American flags displayed for Veteran’s Day.

As soon as I got home, I started baking the brownies, boiling the mostaccioli noodles, and working on the Italian sausage pasta sauce. I also put together some snack bags and candy mason jars for my senior artist friends. I sure can make a mess.

I spent a couple of days gathering the right art supplies, finding paints, glassware, glitter, brushes, jewels, glues, and other Christmas crafts for our projects. I decided to bring a variety for them to choose from. Everything got packed up in the car. My first stop was Fire Station 9. I hadn’t been there in three weeks. I wonder if they missed me,

The other brownies were for the St. Gabriel bake sale. Tomorrow is their annual Holiday Boutique and Bake Sale. That was my next stop. Then, a quick stop at The Sanctuary for a prayer.

The ladies from the Women’s Club were busy all day decorating, packaging and pricing baked goods, and setting up for tomorrow. Wow! So many wonderful yummy things.

Off to Towne Creek for our monthly art group. It took four trips from the car, with all the bins and bags.

Everyone did such a great job making beautiful holiday gifts for friends and family.

While all the paint and glue dried, we had our feast. Pasta, salad, drinks, and Helene’s amazing Snicker pie. Oh my!

It was a fine Friday with friends, cooking, baking, sharing, caring, and creating.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Theme Song Thursday:) With a Little Help From My Friends

8 Nov

“Strong people don’t put others down… They lift them up.”

― Michael P. Watson

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It’s great to be home and back to my routine. It seems like the Chicago weather followed me back to Texas. It’s pretty darn cold out there right now. I miss my family and friends back in Chicago, but I also missed my friends here.

Today, we had a chance to celebrate Sherry’s birthday, a few days late, but when friends are together, it’s never too late, it’s perfect.

These are the girls who have been by my side, have held my hand when I was down and lifted me up, and wiped away my tears. How fun to celebrate birthdays and good times! Happy birthday Sherry.

I get by with a little help from my friends…

This evening was back to karaoke at Delaney’s. More fun friends, sharing good times, laughter, music, dancing and food. I missed these good friends, too. Even Elvis made an appearance.

I had a great time dancing and singing, doing the things I love to do with the people who I love to be with. Great times, great friends.

This is my Thursday. Feeling blessed.

Wednesday:) When Artsy is in Your Blood

7 Nov

“When you’re an artist, there’s no such thing as free time. If you’re not creating something, you’re busy thinking about the next creation.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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My last day back home visiting with my sister, I asked her if there was anything I could paint or make for her before I left. She loves my hand painted notecards, and loves giving them to her friends. So, I went down in her basement, where she has been kind enough to store all kinds of art supplies, paints, and brushes for me. I have several designated shelves with my art supplies.

She had some blank notecards and envelopes that were just perfect for painting. I took over half of her dining room and started my assembly line painting. There are several steps, and I always paint the envelopes too. A couple of hours later, a dozen notecards were painted and ready for distribution.

I think handmade or hand painted things are the best. Don’t you?