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Saturday:) Celebrating 60 With Blynda Christian

19 May

Wow! It took me sixty years to look this good!

Anonymous

(But, it applies to Miss Blynda)

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Today is Blynda Christian’s birthday, and she had a HUGE TINY birthday celebration at her house. I’ll explain. Blynda, a very talented artist, invited her friends and family to celebrate her Big Fat 60th birthday and Tiny Art Show by creating a tiny 4×4 piece of artwork to display at her party. Seeing as she has a zillion friends, there were a zillion fabulous tiny works of art displayed throughout her house.

The theme was “tiny”, so there were tiny desserts and food, like tiny tacos, tiny tostadas, tiny cakes, etc.

Each tiny canvas or artwork was a masterpiece. Blynda has a talented family, and so many talented friends.

Everyone had a great time, drank tiny glasses of wine, ate tiny food, and also created more tiny artwork at the kitchen table.

Oh, and there were the tiny 12 Aposticle Sticks by Amanda Wallace.

It was a HUGE TINY celebration, and I’ll have to say, 60 never looked so good. Happy birthday Blynda, and here’s to another 60. 🍷

Thursday:) The Most Creative and Fun Event of the Year: McKinney Empty Bowls 2019

17 May

“If you can help the less fortunate and have a blast at the same time, that’s a win-win.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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McKinney Empty Bowls 2019 has been an entire year in the making. Artists, potters, artisans, volunteers and endless hours of effort went into this amazing event. I was overwhelmed by the community support and participation. There were hundreds of hand-crafted donated bowls that visitors had the opportunity to chose from. Their entry ticket allowed them to pick out any event bowl, and they could purchase additional bowls for $15 each. I saw people walking around with their arms laden with purchases.

the silent auction and celebrity bowls were a big hit, and a big money maker. I was honored that a couple of my bowls were featured.

I’m not sure what the final bid was on my bowl, but I did bid on it myself early on. Hopefully it went to a good home and made a little money for Community Lifeline.

Visitors were able to sample so many wonderful soups and desserts, pick out a bowl, and meet artists as they strolled along outside and inside MPAC.

It seems like every year the event gets bigger and better. I can’t wait to see how much they raised this year. I’m honored to be just a little teeny-tiny part of this wonderful endeavor to feed the hungry in our community.

Here’s the bowl I picked out… the brown one in front. I placed it on my piano with some of the others I’ve chosen over the years.

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.~

Amy Carmichael

Saturday on the Square:) A Fiesta of Culture and Folklore

5 May

“I hold that a strongly marked personality can influence descendants for generations.”

― Beatrix Potter

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My friend, Theresa Johnston had her art show at The Cove this weekend. Theresa is not only a talented artist, but a beautiful human being, with a loving caring heart. Her artwork depicts her colorful and flamboyant Hispanic heritage. So many of the paintings were very familiar to my own Hispanic background,

All of the paintings had an interesting family background story from Theresa’s childhood and life. There are so many traditions, customs, and superstitions in every family, and the Hispanic heritage is one of the most interesting and colorful.

Here I am with my blind date. Get it? Blind date? (No face or eyes)

I asked Theresa if she had a painting of the very famous or infamous CHANCLA. She did not, but that’s a very popular Mexican joke. Mamasitas everywhere would always take off their chancla and threaten their children with bodily harm. You’d either get smacked with it or thrown at you. It didn’t hurt, but made the point that mamma was really mad.

It was a lovely art show and so good to see friends and wonderful artwork. It made me think of my own mother, and how she would have loved seeing the artwork.

Saturday:) A Soggy Saturday With Sabrina at The Bluebird Cottage & Cafe

14 Apr

“I don’t want to be famous. I like to be able to sit in a cafe and watch the world go by and observe people.”

~Sophia Myles

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The torrential rains began about 4 am according to my blasted weather app advisory that bings and dings to tell me it’s going to rain. Thanks a lot. I’ve gone into settings many times to turn the darn alerts off. It has a mind of its own-really. It rained all morning, but Helene and I decided to venture out for a late breakfast/early lunch. She’d never been the the Bluebird Cottage & Cafe, just up the road, so we donned our raincoats and off we went.

We zigged and zagged down the scenic rural road, past farms and fields. The parking lot was already pretty full as we dodged gravelly puddles.

(A previous photo. It was too wet for an outside photo op) It was nice to see the quaint restaurant busy on such a dreary rainy day. Maybe everyone else had the same idea.

Breakfast was yummy and the service was excellent. Our server, Krystal with a “K” was cute as a button. Sabrina, the owner and “Jill of all trades” was busy clearing tables, serving coffee, ringing up checks, but still took time to come over and chat with us a few times. Krystal asked if this was our first time there and Sabrina chimed in, “Oh no, Toni is an old dear friend.” Gosh, how did she even remember my name? So many people in and out, and I hadn’t been by in a couple of months.

Helene and I just sat and chatted as the rain pelted harder and louder against the windows. We planned on staying till it slowed down. Sabrina came over and asked, “Do you like tiramisu? We’re trying out a new recipe, and I need an honest opinion.” Well, she brought over this humongous piece of tiramisu. I was hesitant because I don’t drink coffee, and I can’t stand the smell or taste of strong coffee. Every tiramisu I’ve ever tasted was so overwhelming that I’d take a bite and spit it into a napkin.

OMG!!! This was soooo delicious. I didn’t even notice a coffee taste. It was creamy and not too sweet, with almost a cheesecake consistency. When she asked us how it was, I was perfectly honest and said, “FANTASTIC, and I’m not a big fan of coffee.” She said the secret (don’t tell anyone) was a whole lot of mascarpone cheese. Most bakers don’t use a lot because it’s pretty expensive.

Both of us managed to eat less than half of the tiramisu, so a little to go box was in order. Before we left, we asked Sabrina if we could get a photo op. Thank you, Sabrina.

Such an adorable little cafe, and the friendliest folks. Make sure to stop by and say Toni sent you. (But, save me some tiramisu. OK?)

Tuesday:) A Talented Creative Community

13 Mar

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”

~Leo Burnett

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McKinney Creative Community meets the second Monday of the month at The Cove in downtown McKinney for a pot-luck gathering. It’s a wonderful group of like-minded, talented and appropriately named creative people. We are artists, writers, photographers, dancers, musicians, and the list goes on. We get together for camaraderie, sharing our “New and good news,” meeting new people, and chatting with old friends. Then, we always have an inspirational guest speaker.

Yesterday, our guest speaker was Carolyn Selby, owner and baker/designer of Cookies In Bloom. Carolyn talked about leaving the chaotic corporate world to follow her passion, starting her own business and being her own boss.

When asked what keeps her going and motivated, she explained how delighted she is when people rave about the special personalized gifts they give or receive. Making people happy and loving what you do is motivation enough.

The cookies are delicious and beautiful. We all found out first hand when we were treated to some yummy samples, and saw a few tasty examples.

If you’re feeling creative, they also sell kits to make or share your own yummy creations. You can special order, pick up and/or ship your delicious edible gifts at their location. They are also a full service U.S. Post Office, at 2001 Central Circle, #107, McKinney.

Stop by or check out the website.

http://www.cookiesinbloom.com/M/index.aspx

We have such a great time at our McKinney Creative Community meetings. We have great food, talented guest speakers and members, and most of all, we share our love of community.

Wednesday:) Where Angels Wing

20 Feb

“We all have a Guardian Angel who is loving, kind and caring, who’ll be there when we need someone to share the load we’re bearing.”

― Anonymous

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The gloomy grey skies from yesterday burst into glorious sunshine today. You know why? This morning was the ribbon cutting ceremony for the brand new Catholic Church in McKinney. The Angels would not allow a gloomy rainy day. Parishioners, staff, friends, family, neighbors and local dignitaries gathered on this beautiful Wednesday morning for the ribbon cutting ceremony at St. Gabriel the Archangel. Dedications and Masses will begin this weekend.

A beautiful new church for a beautiful caring community.

Angels guide and guard the way.

Stunning stained glass windows surround the sanctuary to brighten even the gloomiest day. But today, the sun illuminated the interior.

May your Guardian Angels guide and protect you always. I know mine do. I have a few, but my angel mother is and has always been my champion.

Saturday:) Some Seriously Amazing Artwork By Brad Donaldson

10 Feb

“A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.”

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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This evening, I had the opportunity to see the wonderful artwork created by my friend, Brad Donaldson, at his artist reception at The Martin Place in McKinney. Brad is a self-taught, curious, experimental, and talented artist who works mostly with resin art , but has also recently expanded his creative horizons with whimsical sculptures.

This evening was a very cold and rainy night, so the reception was not that well attended. But, the good news is, it looks like there will be another chance to meet and talk with the artist at an additional reception February 23rd. Brad is always happy to discuss his techniques, inspirations, and insights. That’s what I love about my artist friends. They are always happy to share, and even offer to teach you their methods. Brad has mentored and shared his techniques with many artists,

Another cool thing about Brad’s work is that he also researched, investigated, and taught himself how to build his own huge canvases, molds, table bases, etc. So, his amazing original work is pretty much all a personal labor of love from start to finish.

This black pecan wood and resin table below is my personal favorite. Just stunning.

Now, for the whimsical side …

If you’d like to check out this really cool artwork this month, feel free to stop by or call The Martin Place.