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Second Saturday in McKinney

13 Apr

Telling stories and laughing with friends: precious moments you’ll never forget.
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Coming to you live from downtown McKinney on the Square…

A lot happening on the Square. The Collin County Adult and Student Art Show was amazing.


I was displaying my hand painted glassware at Sweet Spot for Arts in Bloom.

So, I’d post more, but I’m busy singing along and tappin’ my toes. LATER!!!


Theme Song Thursday: Artists

11 Apr

“All forms of madness, bizarre habits, awkwardness in society, general clumsiness, are justified in the person who creates good art.”
― Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy
Yes, artists are weird. Their world revolves around creating, expressing and sharing. On the most part, artists know that they will never become rich and famous, but that doesn’t stop them. Many artists band together to help one another and their community. And, this is most evident by the Art Club of McKinney volunteers.

This weekend, the Art Club of McKinney will sponsor the 50th Annual Collin County Art Show and Student Art Show at MPAC on the Square. There is soooo much work involved in setting up and hosting this event, and there are always those selfless, hardworking, generous people who do all that work, silently, behind the scenes.

Yesterday and today, I spent a few hours helping out with collecting artwork and setting up the show and the silent auction. But, there are some tireless folks that are spending eight to ten hours each day, for weeks, preparing, working, hanging work, hosting, and taking down. Hats off to you!

McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC), 111 N. Tennessee
McKinney, Texas 75069
Reception and Awards April 11, 2014 Friday, 7pm – 9pm
Show Open to the Public April 11-13, 2014
Friday, Noon – 9pm
Saturday, 10am – 9pm
Sunday, Noon – 2pm

Here’s a cute theme song in honor of all the crazy artists in the world.







Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Community

10 Apr

“Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world where people so often either ignore or fight each other. It is a sign that we don’t need a lot of money to be happy–in fact, the opposite.”
― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth
I am very lucky to live in a very special city. McKinney has a beating heart that welcomes everyone. Yesterday, I spent the entire day with various activities, Zumba at the YMCA, the afternoon crafting and visiting at Sweet Spot Bakery, then our monthly pot luck at Mckinney Creative Community.

McKinney Creative Community is a group of talented artists, writers, musicians, and other creative souls that gather the second Tuesday evening of every month at SPARC, just north of the square. Their purpose is to nourish, share, and support each other and give back to their community. I’ve made some wonderful friends here. Everyone is welcome. (You can find a link on Facebook.)



I am thankful for and treasure all the special people in my community.


Tuesday Tea Time, Tips and Other Stuff

8 Apr

“I like the pace of my world. It’s busy, but for me, the less I do the lazier I get.”
― Hoda Kotb, Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee
Wow! Today was a busy day, and I’m not even halfway done yet. I woke up at the crack of dawn to make a batch of brownies before Zumba.

Too early to be creative and dress up my brownie mix face. Tip-always play with your food.

Then off to Zumba to wiggle, giggle and dance away any troubles or stress. Chatted with Karen a bit, home to shower and pack up supplies for art project at Sweet Spot bakery Tuesday Tea Time.

The gals concentrating on their project. Oh yes, today is Liz’s birthday. Happy, happy birthday, Lizzie.

Tip- celebrate your birthday with goofy friends.

Sherri and Margie always create something beautiful. Tip- always have a wonderful instructor. (That would be me. Ha!)

Heather and Ginger hiding behind their work. Camera shy?

It was a good day, but, now off to McKinney Creative Community with my brownies. Always great to visit with creative souls.


Saturday and So Many S’s…

6 Apr

“Saturday night is perfect for writers because other people have “plans.”
― Mike Birbiglia
Wow, that’s a perfect quote, isn’t it? Writers are writing, while artists are painting. Other people have plans on Saturday night.

My Saturday was busy with a lot of S’s. Started off at Sweet Spot for our writing group at 10 am, then Snug for lunch, Stopped at Art on the Veranda, scurried home for an early evening walk, captured my shadow on my phone, stirred up a scrumptious Black Russian cocktail, now sitting stretched out by the TV, sipping and scripting my blog. Now, that’s a lot of S’s for one Saturday.

My larger than life shadow. When the sun is at your back, your shadow falls before you.

Look at this yummy Black Russian cocktail! This time I made a frozen chocolate almond milk ball to add instead of ice, a little chocolate ice cream, Kahlua and vodka. Voila…the perfect sweet treat/cocktail.


Friday: Friends of a Feather

29 Mar

“Birds of the same feathers flock together, and when they flock together they fly so high.”
― Cecil Thounaojam
I keep finding feathers and pennies where ever I go. The universe, or my guardian angel is telling my that all is well. I know this, but the little reminders are helpful. Thank you universe.

I found this beautiful feather on one of my walk/runs yesterday. When the pent up anger and energy builds up, I am gifted with a feather or a penny to remind me that I am blessed, and that I am loved. Then a real bird comes to laugh with me and make me smile.



I went shopping this morning, had lunch with my friend Zumba Karen, (not her real name), my friend Lynne with the baby called, (the baby is in school already), I went to Towne creek and shared the afternoon with my senior artist friends, went for a run, talked to my sister Jo, and sat to collapse.
Then, to make my evening complete, my son Joe called and we talked for almost an hour about his vacation and other such pleasantries. Life is good!

Towne creek artists hard at work.



Tuesday: Tea, Tips and Time With Oscar

26 Mar

“The day is an empty canvas, the shapes and colors are yours to choose.” ~Alex Noble
We had our Tuesday Tea Time at Sweet Spot today. It was a leisurely laid-back day, enjoying visiting with friends and great food and sweet treats.

Miss Ann created a cool cross card.(notice the alliteration.)


Miss Ginger created a hip heart card.

So, for my tip for today. I like to find interesting ideas on Pinterest. I saw this neat little mini birthday cake made from a brownie. Now, you know I need more ideas to be creative with my brownies. NOT!!! I’ll have to try this.



After Sweet Spot teat time, my friend Zelda and I had dinner at Mellow Mushroom on the Square. We had pizza and salad. Very yummy. Our server, Maura, said, “Miss Toni, it’s me Maura, from Spoons.” I bump into old friends everywhere.

Then, we walked around the Square a while to walk off a little pizza. We popped into The Grand Hotel to visit with Oscar, who mans the front desk. He is such a sweetie pie. I’ve known him for years. He asked if we’d like a tour of one of the hotel rooms, as we were looking around and checking out all the neat paintings, sculptures and decor. It’s a lovely old hotel with a rich history.

There’s always something interesting to do in McKinney.


Montage Monday: A Week in a Peek

25 Mar

“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.”
― Napoleon
It was a good week to keep on keepin’ on. A busy week filled with activities, friends, road trips and a lot of exercise really helped fill the days. It’s getting a little warmer and HOPE springs eternal…or something like that.




Saturday Safety Net:Keep On Keeping On

23 Mar

“One of the best protections against disappointment is to have a lot going on.”
― Alain de Botton
The twenty-four hours that make up each and every day are difficult to fill. At least five or six hours can be successfully occupied with sleep, but what about the rest?

Normally my writing group meets Saturday morning, but we didn’t today. So, I went to Zumba instead. That’s only an hour, and it went by too fast. I came home, put on my gym shoes and went for a fast walk, twice around. Then, straighten up the house, shower, change and head off to the Square.

A leisurely lunch at Snug while checking emails on my ipad. The yogurt parfait with all that yummy fruit and granola is divine. Plus, I got my usual “Hey, Miss Toni, ” and a big bear hugs from Daniel and Austin.


Off to Art On The Veranda to visit with Dana and Judy. Their shop is filled with fabulous artwork and handcrafted items made by local,artisans. There was a jewelry making class going on, so I stopped to check it out. Tammy Gilchrest was teaching a riveted stamped pendant class.


Afterwards, I spent several hours chatting with Elizabeth and Kathy at Sweet Spot Bakery. I had some paints, brushes and notecards in my car, so I decided to sit there and paint a while, just trying to fill up a few more hours.





It was a pretty chilly day. By the time I got home, but it was only 6pm and still light. Well, not to waste more day light or hours, I strapped on those gym shoes again and went for another brisk walk. Only a single this time.

Now, I’m just writing this blog, thinking about what to make for dinner and how to fill the rest of the night before those few hours of restless sleep.

Having a lot going on still isn’t a protection against disappointment, it just fills up the time.



Tuesday: Tea Time and Tunes

19 Mar

“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?”
― Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Our Tuesday tea time and tunes at Sweet Spot Bakery has become quite the ritual. Different friends pop in and out. We chat, sing, sip tea and enjoy a lovely afternoon. Today, a young mom and her ten month old son joined us. The little guy enjoyed the music and running up and down the entire length of the shop.

It was a gorgeous afternoon on the Square in downtown McKinney. The sun was shining and the air was filled with laughter.

Kay, the famous ukulele player.

Andromeda and Elijah.


What better way to spend the day! Karen T. and Carolyn stopped by for a visit, and spent time chatting. Nice day.