Toni’s Time-lapse Painting Video:) Flower Squirt

27 Jan

“Creating is just playing with ideas in your head until they become real.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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It’s always such fun to come up with an idea for my Tuesday Time-lapse video. NOT! It takes me all day to think of a project. I watch videos, go through my ideas file, and rummage through my art supplies until I think of something. Then, I just give up and settle for the last idea in my brain. That’s call PROCRASTINATION IMAGINATION.

https://youtu.be/F_AlXDOcwwE

Well, this DUMB site is not allowing me to post photos again…🤦‍♀️ So, hopefully you can watch the video. Sorry.

Very frustrating!

Toni’s Time-lapse Painting Video:) Flower Squirt

27 Jan

“Creating is just playing with ideas in your head until they become real.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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It’s always such fun to come up with an idea for my Tuesday Time-lapse video. NOT! It takes me all day to think of a project. I watch videos, go through my ideas file, and rummage through my art supplies until I think of something. Then, I just give up and settle for the last idea in my brain. That’s call PROCRASTINATION IMAGINATION.

https://youtu.be/F_AlXDOcwwE

Well, this DUMB site is not allowing me to post photos again…🤦‍♀️ So, hopefully you can watch the video. Sorry.

Very frustrating!

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

26 Jan

“The rain has stopped, and the sun came out. And that my friends, is what it’s all about. PATIENCE.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Finally, the rain has stopped. I was going to sing “Rainy days and Mondays,” today, but no need. Maybe I should sing, “Here comes the Sun.” It’s a good day to sing.

Happy Monday, my friends. A week in a peek…

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

25 Jan

“Into each life some rain must fall.” (But, Henry… enough is enough,)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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I’m usually pretty patient, but I’ve had about enough rain to last me till…. well, until summer, when it’s 100° and dry as a tumbleweed in Texas.

I’d start building the ARK, but it’s too rainy to go out to Home Depot to get all the lumber, not to mention looking for the animals two-by-two. So, I just stayed in the house most of the day, except for a few short walks with the dog in the park across the street.

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This morning I watched Mass on TV, it was dry and warm. Life is good.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus preaching in Galilee and finding a few of his apostles…

14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.” 16And passing along by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zeb’edee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20And immediately he called them; and they left their father Zeb’edee in the boat with the hired servants, and followed him.

My take on it…When you get the call, you get the call! Drop what you’re doing and follow.

The highlight of my evening… a FaceTime call with my little grand-babies.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Another Sunless Saturday:) Sights and Sounds to Lift Your Spirits

24 Jan

“On this dark dreary Saturday, I discovered there is NO beautiful sunset without a sun. But, there’s still beauty all around.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Yuk! Another drab and dreary day here in North Texas. I hadn’t poked my nose out of the house since Thursday, not even to get the mail. So, today, I mustered up all my mustard… (play on words) and dragged my sorry butt out for a walk.

It was dark and misty at 5pm, usually my amazing sunset photo time. But, I didn’t let it get me down. I decided to see what other beautiful and glorious sights and sounds might lift my spirits. I was not disappointed.

Across the street from the pond, two beautiful horses were out grazing in the pasture. Maybe it’s a pasture, or maybe it’s just the front yard of the old farmhouse where a recently constructed road skims across the once open field. I remember seeing these horses when they were just newly born, romping around, then flopping down in the tall grass next to their mommas.

After making around 5 or 6 loops around the pond, I stopped at a bench to just breathe in the misty air and appreciate the birds flying by. Then, up again for a few more loops.

This bare tree was an inspiration for a few lines of a poem that rattled around in my brain. (TBA)

I even reveled in the artistic beauty of this rusty storm sewer cover that I cross paths with hundreds of times on my walks. There is beauty every where if you only open your eyes.

Happy Saturday, my friends.

Friday:) Familiar Family Friends -Holy Family School

22 Jan

“Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.”

David Ogden Stiers

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A couple of days ago, Helene and I stopped at Holy Family School to drop off our donations for the children. Just about every week, we find great bargains and sales at the grocery store that we think the little ones at the school would enjoy. Then, about once a month, we drive over to the east side to share our treasures. We are always greeted with grateful smiles.

This beautiful non-profit Christian School has been serving the McKinney community for 70 years. Such a blessing.
Here’s a pre-Covid photo of the adorable youngsters.

Family is not a certain group or house or thing. Family is everyone in your heart.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Cheers!

Quarantined Karaoke Thursday:) “Up on the Roof”

22 Jan

Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof.James Russell Lowell

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“Sometimes the view is better from the roof, but I need my feet planted firmly on the ground.”

-Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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https://youtu.be/SDlK2NzsV-s

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni? WordPress Frustration a la mode!!!

21 Jan

“And I got out of there without punching anyone, kicking anyone, or breaking down in tears. Some days the small victories are all you achieve.”

Molly Ringle, Relatively Honest

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I thought yesterday was frustrating! Today, I am unable to download any photos here on WordPress. I can’t share my latest “What’s Cookin” photos. I Googled and troubleshooted and came up empty. 🤦‍♀️

Therefore, I bid you a frustrated farewell and goodnight. I may have to hang up my blogging hat.

Toni’s Tuesday Time-Lapse Easy Printmaking Video

20 Jan

“ I just love creating easy art and craft projects with repurposed materials. Trash to treasure art projects are the best.”

– Toni Armenta Andrukaitis 

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I’ve been wanting to share this simple printing technique for a while. It’s simple and fun and something the kids can do.

Being an artist and self-proclaimed hoarder, I save pretty much everything. So, when I get those styrofoam to-go containers with my leftover food from a restaurant, I always save the styrofoam, wash carefully, and either use to share some homemade goodies with friends, but also I use the styrofoam for art projects. My favorite is easy printmaking.

The supplies aren’t that expensive. And if you get fabric ink, you can print on t-shirts, jackets, scarves, etc. and make hundreds of prints. Or just make cards, posters, gifts. Grandparents would live it. Oh, just remember if you want to use words, everything prints backwards. FYI.

Happy printing!🙃

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

19 Jan

“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.”

~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Never give up your dream, my friends. Today is a good day to be reminded with Dr. King’s words.

Here’s my week in a peek… livin’ the dream…