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Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

20 Jun

“Nothin says lovin’ like somethin’ from the oven, especially if its hand-painted glassware.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Being an artist has its upsides and its challenges. I have trouble going out and buying gifts for friends because I always want to make them something special. Oh, don’t get me started on Christmas gift exchanges with my artist friends. Those are the best because you know all the time and love and thought that has gone into each personalized gift.

With that in mind, I was trying to think of something special to make for Mr. Jerry’s big 75th birthday bash yesterday. I’ve painted a couple of martini glasses in the past because he has a martini glass collection. Then, one year I painted a couple of wine glasses to match, with those vibrant African colors and silhouetted trees and a giraffe thrown in for good measure. I wanted to make a bold statement for his collection, so I painted a large glass vase in the same motif. He buys fresh flowers for his table every Friday, and I know he really appreciates my homemade and unique gifts. A one-of-a-kind vase would be perfect.

I started out with a large clear glass vase and Folk Art Enamel glass paints. I turned it upside down and started dabbing wine red with a makeup sponge to get a soft application. Then, while still wet, dab in orange, blending ever so gently to avoid lines. The last color was yellow. I flipped it right side up for the last color, blending and softening lines and edges. Usually, when I take on a new project, I paint several smaller prototypes first to get all the kinks out before I risk messing up the larger project. Also, I like to keep a few references for the future because once I paint something and give it away, “I’ll never have that recipe again.”

After the background is painted and dry, I use black for the trees and giraffe. I have to laugh because no two giraffes I paint ever look the same. Some have short necks, some way too long legs, or a big butt that goes around the corner, Ha!

I was happy with my smaller prototypes, so I proceeded with the large vase.

I bake the glassware in a regular oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and leave unopened to cool. This helps to heat set the glass paint. (Nothin’ says lovin’ like somethin’ from the oven.”

Voila! Mr. Jerry’s special birthday present. I think it will look cool with flowers or even one of those battery operated candles that flicker inside.

Here are the other prototypes. The small one was a gift for Brandi, Jerry’s lovely daughter who hosted the party. The other two will remain in my personal collection for a while. I hope you liked the step by step painting process of …Toni takes old glass and turns it into a new treasure.

I hope you liked your gift Mr. Jerry. Happy birthday.

Tuesday:) Tipsy Times And A Special Friend

12 Jun

“I have an intoxication of life that goes beyond any drink.”

― Anthony T. Hincks

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What a wonderful lazy day. Sue texted last night that she didn’t feel up to going to Zumba this morning, (Thank goodness!) so I didn’t set my alarm for 7 am. We went yesterday and Lorelei was subbing for the 10:30 class, oh my, I thought I was going to need a medivac unit. I didn’t roll out of bed till 10am this morning, Wonderful!

I fed and walked the dog through the park and around the pond, then went for my solo long walk. I put in 5.5 miles total today. Not bad. My new friend and neighbor, Allison, had invited me over for dinner today, so I stayed close to home, trying to get some chores done. Needless to say, that didn’t happen. I walked the dog a few more times, watched some Jeopardy and wasted away the entire day.

Allison had shown me this very talk clear glass cylinder a few weeks ago, that she was going to make into a bird bath, and I told her that I’d love to paint some flowers on it. So I did. She gave me a plate with an example of what she might like for the flowers. I love a challenge.

This is what the blank slate looked like, about 36 inches tall. I was a little nervous, but once I got going, mixing colors and adding vines and such, it was fun.

So, when I called Allison today and told her it was finished, she invited me over for dinner and wine and sitting out in her gorgeous backyard. I drove the large vase over. She laughed when I told her that I was going to drive back home, park my car, then walk over for dinner. I DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE! Never, not even the three blocks to her house.

She set the glass bowl fixture that would be the bird bath on top, with the plate to see how it would look in the yard. She was over the moon happy with how it turned out. We sat outside beneath the huge canopied tree, ate salad and quiche and drank white wine. The conversation was funny and stimulating. We both admired her magnificent yard and my beautiful painting of the glass vase. It will make a lovely addition to her eclectic landscape.

As the sun slowly descended, dinner devoured, and the entire bottle of wine diminished, we sat and talked and solved the problems of the world. Not really. But, wouldn’t that be nice. We laughed about if the police were patrolling the neighborhood, and I was walking home a little tipsy, if I could get pulled over for “drunk walking.” In my semi-inebriated state, I concluded that unless I was staggering home with an open container of alcohol, which I was not, that I was probably pretty safe from any illegal activity or impending incarceration.

I must admit, I have the nicest friends. What would life be like without great friends? I certainly never want to find out.

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

29 May

“When life throws a little talent your way, don’t throw it away.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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My good friend Miss Pat, the Cookie Lady, is always raving about the hand-painted wine glasses that I gave her as a housewarming gift. She loved the bluebonnet glasses and matching vase. But, when she mentioned a couple of weeks ago that she loved her yellow rose wine glasses and would really love a matching vase for yellow spring flowers, I was on a mission. Miss Pat does so much for so many people. Did I mention hundreds of cookies everywhere we go?

My philosophy is “Ask and ye shall receive.” Or something like that. So, a couple of weeks ago, I spent a few days painting not one, but several vases with yellow roses. The yellow glass paint is fairly transparent, so each rose and leaf required two layers of paint, with drying time between. Time consuming, but well worth the effort. They make perfect gifts.

I do most of my painting between the hours of 11 pm and 4 am. I’m a night owl. 🦉 The cookin’ part comes after the paint has dried and cured for a day or two. I bake the glass at 350 for 30 minutes. This helps heat set the paint for durability.

Miss Pat sent me a picture of her new vase sitting on her table, flanked by the matching wine glasses.

So, when I was invited to brunch this Sunday at Mr. Jerry’s house after church, I had a lovely vase. I stopped at the store and picked up some yellow roses. Great gift.

A little talent goes a long way. “Everything’s coming up roses.”

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’, Miss Toni

9 May

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”

~Neil Gaiman

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Well, usually I’m baking up a storm or cooking massive quantities of something or other. Last night, I decided to do a little painting. I didn’t go up to my studio/”crap” room until 11 pm or so. By the time I finished playing around with my projects, it was close to 1:30am. That’s just me. I’m a night 🦉 owl.

My friend and neighbor, Allison, had shown me a huge tall clear glass cylinder that she was going to turn into a bird bath or some such yard decoration the other day. I said, “Wow! That would be so cool painted with flowers.” I can’t look at clear glass without envisioning it painted. I love glass. She was just going to fill it with pebbles and things, so I offered to paint it if she liked.

She sent me a photo of a blue flowered dinner plate that she thought made a nice design, so I played around with the colors and flowers on a much smaller glass vase that I had, just to see how it might look. This is my prototype. I think it turned out pretty well. I haven’t shown her yet. Hope it works.

When I was finished, and as not to waste perfectly good glass paint, I painted a couple of 4×4 projects that I needed to work on.

So, that’s what I do in the wee hours of the night/morning.

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.