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Wednesday:) What’s Cookin Miss Toni?

13 Mar

“Inner creativity doesn’t have a shut off valve. Sometimes you get a burst, an urge, or an inspiration. Ya gotta go for it.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have this inner voice that says, stop sitting around watching tv or blabbering on Facebook, just wasting your time. “Do something creative with those God given talents that you’ve been blessed with.” It might be midnight or maybe noon, but I go upstairs to my studio, otherwise known as my “crap room,” and rummage through supplies to decide what I’m called to do.

The other day, I was inspired by some friends who were admiring my hand-painted wine glasses, and they were oohing and ahhing at the variety and detail of each set of glasses. Maybe I should paint more. So, a few days later, I grabbed a box of mixed and matched clear wine glasses, set up my glass paint, brushes, etc. and began to paint bluebonnets.

This is the first installment of “What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni.” That’s because after the paint dries and cures, I bake them in a 350 degree oven for half an hour to heat set them.

While the paint was still fresh on my palette (otherwise known as a styrofoam plate), I also painted a large glass bowl. I love to paint Texas bluebonnets, especially now that they’re coming into season.

The best part is, I often take a thrift store find, a discarded object, like this glass bowl, and I turn it into a treasure. Friends save me their clear vases or glassware, knowing that I’ll transform them into something beautiful. Trash to treasure.

So, that’s what’s been cookin’ at my house. More show and tell later.

Have a good one…oh, and go do something creative or fun. That’s an order.

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’?

1 Aug

“When everything looks unusual around you, your eyes and your mind mostly need anything usual! Unfamiliar disturbs us; familiar comforts us! But for the wise man, unusual is more precious than the usual because it offers us a new way, a new vision, a new idea, a new world!”

Mehmet Murat ildan

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If it isn’t a couple of pans of marshmallow brownies, or 144 mini cupcakes taking turns in and out of the oven, well it must be something unusual. Unusual for the average person, but not for the weird artist type person.

Yep, another dozen wine glasses just finished baking at 350 for 30 minutes. Doesn’t everyone bake hand-painted wine glasses every now and then? No? Funny, it’s a very common event in my kitchen. You can’t eat them, but you can drink from them, and their so darn pretty.

Creating, painting, baking, and just doing unusual things makes me smile.

I’ll be painting more and posting more. Stay tuned…

Thursday:) Do What You Love

18 May

“The ultimate dream in life is to be able to do what you love and learn something from it.”

~Jennifer Love Hewitt

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My two great passions are my artwork and my writing. So, what better way to spend a day than writing about my art. Lately, I haven’t been too inspired to doing anything artsy-craftsy. I usually need a bunson burner under my butt to get me motivated. So, when my friend, Linda Grossman, (World’s Greatest Realtor) asked me if I’d paint some glass vases as gifts for a special luncheon, I was excited.

I got out my glass paints and started painting my signature bluebonnets. It took a few days. Then, I got a brainstorm and decided to buy some fancy white bags to paint on those, an even more special presentation for the gifts.

I really do love creating hand-painted gifts for special people. Nothing says love like home-made.

It’s also fun to make a mess and be able to leave it upstairs on the table. After I painted a dozen bags, I had some paint left on my palette. I thought hmm… I’m running low on hand-painted note cards. Yep, I painted a dozen cards with matching envelopes to add to my depleted stash of cards.

It’s always so rewarding to do what you love, and sharing that talent with others.

Friday:) Friends Don’t Let Friends Paint Alone

12 May

“Friends can create our most cherished memories.”

― Fennel Hudson

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The Texas heat and warm weather has finally arrived, so getting up early for a walk is a good idea. There was a nice breeze and a few morning clouds, so I got a good four miles in before it got too warm. I planned on getting to Market Street before 11 so I could get some bottles of wine engraved by Ken Brown. You just buy the wine at Market Street and Ken engraves them with a personal message and date for free. They make fabulous gifts.

May 10

11 am – 6 pm

Coppell

Market Street – 700 N Denton Tap Rd.

May 11

11 am – 6 pm

McKinney

Market Street – 6100 W Eldorado Pkwy.

May 12

11 am – 6 pm

Frisco

Market Street – 11999 Dallas Pkwy.

May 26

11 am – 6 pm

Wichita Falls

Market Street – 4590 Kell Blvd.

I got home just in time to prepare a little lunch before the girls arrived. We had an impromptu painting gathering at my house. Lynne wondered if maybe we could get together to paint some wine glasses that she was wanting to try. I wanted to paint some vases, Sherry thought it would be fun to paint some rocks, and Karen, well, Karen wanted to sit and visit and chat.

It was a very creative fun afternoon, because friends don’t let friends paint alone.

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

5 Oct

“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.” ― Pope John Paul II

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There always seems to be somethin’ Cookin’ in the oven. No, I haven’t made any cookies or brownies, but I have been working on painting some glassware. The Folkart glass paint I use suggests baking in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. The smell is not quite as aromatic as brownies, but the results are just as amazing. I always have a feeling of accomplishment when the oven has cooled and I remove each item.

“I am AMAZING!” That’s a little joke I have with my mom. When I call her every morning, I tell her things that I do and she tells me I’m wonderful. Then, I correct her and tell her, “No, I’m amazing!” She giggles and I say, “What am I?” She complies and says, “You are AMAZING!” I have her trained well. 

Here is what I’ve been working on the last few days. I take out my paints and some clear glass vases or wine glasses, then I paint until the wee hours of the night.



Then, I bake them in the oven and let cool overnight.



“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.” 

― Pope John Paul II

I’m Catholic, therefore it is my obligation not to waste my talent. The Pope said so! God made me AMAZING and gave me AMAZING talent. I’m just following orders. Plus, it’s a lot of fun. 

Hope you’re having a great day and using your amazing talents.

Saturday:) Somethin’s Cookin’

18 Sep

Pursue your passion and live your best life.” ― Lailah Gifty Akit

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I’ve mentioned before that I have a Master’s Degree in Procrastination. It took me over six decades to achieve such a goal, but needless to say, I put it off many times. All kidding aside, I’ve been wanting to paint some wine glasses for a couple of months, but always had an excuse not to start. I need a five or six hour window to sit and paint focused and undisturbed.

Painting on glass is one of my passions. It is immediate gratification. Everyone loves the final product. What’s not to like? Wine glasses and vases are beautiful and utilitarian, making perfect gifts and decorative displays.

Once I decided to start, I set up all my supplies, turned on the tv upstairs, half-watched-listened to five or six episodes of “Murder She Wrote,” and painted until I finished painting a dozen long stemmed wine glasses.


I let them dry/cure at least twenty-four hours, then bake in a cold oven at 350 for 30 minutes, leaving undisturbed for at least four hours.


They turned out great, if I don’t say so myself…and I do.

I also gave a second coat to one of my favorite winter vases.


I am very blessed to be able to do what I love. I love making beautiful things, teaching others to make beautiful things, and I’ve made a beautiful life for myself. I also like to think that I’ll leave the world a little bit more beautiful than I found it.

Friday:) Friends Who Paint Together

13 Aug

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” ― Pablo Picasso

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I go to Towne Creek the first Friday of the month, but because I was at Crescent Moon Lodge last week, I went over there today. This morning,m I walked two miles, went to the store to pick up snacks, cake, ice cream, and root beer, made a dozen little sandwiches, packed up painting supplies for our class, then raced off to volunteer for my painting class. 


I brought all the supplies to paint vases today. I did a quick demo on varagating color from blue to pale blue to white. When I looked at the color, I thought…hmmm…it looks like the sky and the sea, so I decided to make a landscape. I painted in a few clouds and trees, and voila!


We had a young high school student visiting us today. Alex has been visiting and volunteering all summer, painting cute scenes in the laundry room, and a big logo at the entrance. I later found out that she helped clean up and organize the crazy crammed art closet after a leak and flood burst through the closet ceiling. It was very clean. Wow!


Miss Nelma and Alex.

Miss Kathy. Her vase kinda looked like her blouse.
While our vases were drying, we had our feast of ham sandwiches, Fritos, root beer floats, then chocolate cake and ice cream.


It’s a tough life…the artist life. But we manage.