Archive | January, 2021

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…

Sunday Sermon, Sunset and Other Stuff

18 Jan

“I will do today that which is of today and pay no heed to the tomorrow; nor waste regrets on that which was yesterday.”

~Walter Russell

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Today’s Gospel was the story of how Simon Peter received his name from Jesus, the Rock. Peter would later become the Rock which Christianity was founded upon.

“The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother and say to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ — which means the Christ- and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas’ — which means Rock.”

My take on it… Peter was chosen to lead the church and was given a new name and challenge, Sometimes you are chosen to step up. From the slightest calling to the most important ministry, heed the call.

The rest of my Sunday was calm and quiet. But, there’s always room for an evening walk and a beautiful sunset.

Another awesome painting in the sky… “This is the day the Lord has made..”
I am gonna keep practicing, too.

Saturday:) Serious Procrastinators Unite! But, Maybe Tomorrow.

17 Jan

“Procrastination always gives you something to look forward to.”

― Joan Konner

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Well, I finally put away my Christmas tree and decorations. Being a procrastinator, I used the excuse that I needed to wait till after January 6th, Feast of Epiphany, when the Three Wise Men (Wise Guys) brought gifts to the Baby Jesus. Then, I used the excuse that I love the lights and decorations, so I’d wait till after my birthday. That came and went.

I just hate to put away the happiness of Christmas.

Then, the last few days have been cold and really windy, and as I store the bins and bags in the garage, it was too cold to drag them out.

Today, there was no excuse. I’d procrastinated long enough. It was a beautiful sunny day.

Now, I’m feeling sad. The lights and the glitz and the Christmas cheer will be tucked away until next year.

Doesn’t it look sad and lonely?

I Even put away a few of my beautiful birthday gifts. The flowers remain to cheer me, and the wine will soon be consumed. No sense putting everything away. Maybe tomorrow?

Even though the beautiful reminders of Christmas and birthdays are gone, the warmth will remain in my heart until next time.

Frosty Friday:) Sunsets and Die Hard Dandelions

16 Jan

“Spectacular sunsets and amazing friends warm the heart and nourish the soul.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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The cold wind has been howling for days. I didn’t even venture out for a walk yesterday. It’s Texas, for goodness sake. what’s 5he deal? But today, I swore “hell or high water,” I was going out for my evening walk. Well, I didn’t have the high water, but it was colder than… (You know), and windy. I was all layered up with my fighting Illini hat and my Notre Dame winter coat and warm gloves. I literally had to hold on to my hat. But, I put in 2.4 miles and was rewarded with a series of beautiful sunset skies each time I made a loop around the pond.

Welcome to sunny Texas.
The sun slowly setting in the west.

The grass has gone dormant, the bare trees have lost all their leaves, but the die hard dandelions remain an inspiration of resilience and fortitude. I strive to be as beautiful and resilient as a dandelion in winter.

Happy Friday, my friends. CHEERS!!!!!

Quarantined Karaoke Thursday:) “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You.”

15 Jan

“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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It is absolutely wonderful to feel loved and appreciated and admired and complimented. I’m very lucky because Christmas and my birthday are just a few weeks apart. I receive SO many calls, texts, gifts, cards and well wishes that it’s hard not to feel extra special and truly loved.

On this Quarantined Karaoke Thursday, I can’t help but feel… “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You.” (You know who you are.) ❤️

https://youtu.be/uPZNRctHBu0

Keep singing, keep dancing, and keep loving, my friends.

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

14 Jan

“Art, music, and dance are good for a happy soul, it sometimes you need something for a happy tummy.“

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Do yo ever start a project for one reason and end up getting carried away? Well, the other day, I bought some milk. I usually don’t buy real milk, just almond milk. But, it was on sale for 77cents a half gallon. Gotta buy it, right? So, I figured that I would make some pudding. Pudding is kinda boring, so I decided to make some Black Forest cupcakes with chocolate pudding and cherry pie filling in the middle.

With the extra pudding, I made chocolate frosting, using cream cheese, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and butter. I ate one of the finished products and it was pretty darn good. The problem was, I made a dozen and had 11 left over, so how do I package the rest to give them away?

When I removed the paper, the bottoms were kinda moist from all the pudding and cherries, and how would I get the frosting on top and not smoosh it? That would be messy. Put on my thinking cap.

Light bulb 💡 moment. I decided to make upside-down Black Forrest cupcakes. I put 3 heaping tablespoons of frosting on the bottom of a plastic cup, and put the cupcake on top. Now, just eat with a spoon. (I hope it worked. I didn’t save any for myself.)

Now, how to package them. I used those fold over plastic sandwich bags, cut the little fold over flap, and pulled up the sides. A twist tie, and a little curling ribbon, Voila!

Sometimes I improvise, get creative, and just AMAZE myself because I am so…. AMAZING.

I kinda like that… upside down cupcakes. Less messy, more fun.

Toni’s Tuesday Time-lapse Painting Video: Easy Elvis

13 Jan

“Elvis has not left the building. He lives on forever in our hearts through his songs.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

This needs to dry and add another coat of paint, but I wanted to share this quick video and demo now.

I just found an Elvis silhouette on the internet, printed it out, put in under the glass of a Dollar Store frame and painted with gloss black acrylic paint. I also printed out the song “Blue Christmas” to put under the glass. You really can’t really see the title or many of the notes, but I know it’s there.

In honor of Elvis’ birthday last week.