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Saturday:) A Special Day on the Square~ McKinney Día de Los Muertos

17 Oct

“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.”

– George Eliot


Today, McKinney celebrated the first Día de los Muertos Festival on the Square. I wasn’t sure how well the turnout would be, as it was the first year of the event. It was fantastic. I was honored to be one of the judges of the costume contest, and I was excited to participate in making and decorating some of the crowns and prizes. So, I’ll just show you some of the cool pictures.

Winners of the Family and Catrin and Catrina prizes
Los Bebes winners and other contestants.
There were vendors, artists, food trucks, entertainment, and music. Lots of music.

There were a lot of people dressed in colorful costumes.
A fun day with friends, music, dancing, and celebrating those who have gone on before us. “Never forget.”

Remember my friends, life is short, so enjoy every minute and celebrate.

Friday:) Finally Ready for Día de Los Muertos

15 Oct

“I’m not really a procrastinator. I just do my best work at the last minute.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Well, to or row is the big day. Mc Kinney’s first Dia de Los Muertos Festival on the Square. I’ve been busy designing and creating some crowns and headbands for the awards. Also, Blynda asked me to write the date and info on the cool statues she purchased for the first place winners, El Catrin, La Catrina, and Los Bebes,

I stayed up till almost 2 am last night, and got almost everything finished. Today, I worked on a few simple headbands and putting together the postage stamps and cards that my sister, Jo Ann kindly donated in honor of my mother.

A photo of Mom’s favorite painting, “Just Like You.”
Last minute taping and writing.
And a little time to decorate my front door.

If you’re in McKinney, stop by Saturday on the Square. October 16, 12-9pm.

Happy Friday, my friends!

Tuesday:) Toni’s Dia de Los Muertos Little Workshop

13 Oct

“Creative geniuses redefine the desired solution. They don’t just push the envelope; they create a whole new courier system.”
― Puneet Bhatnagar


When my good friends Theresa Johnston and Blynda Christian asked me if I’d be interested in helping out with the first ever McKinney Dia de Los Muertos Celebration, I was ecstatic. The Latino tradition of celebrating and honoring our ancestors who have passed away is a wonderful age old tradition in most Latin American countries.

If you are in the McKinney area on Saturday, you should come check it out. I have the honor of being one of the judges of the costume contest that begins a 4pm-6pm and winners announced at 6:30.

I volunteered to work on decorating some crowns for the winners. Blynda found some amazing metal crowns for the Catrin (male) winners that I could jazz up, and I found some headbands to decorate for the Catrina (female) winner.

This is how creative people work… they take out ever possible object known to mankind, grab a glue gun, scissors, wire cutters, and various strange tools and just start playing. I had a great time playing and inventing ideas to make these crowns.

This is just the table. You would see the floor. 🤦‍♀️

The Catrin Crowns.
The Catrina Crowns. (I made some extra because I want one too.)

I’m looking forward to a fun day and celebration. You know there will be photos Saturday. ❤️

Friday Friends and Food and Fun Art at Towne Creek

25 Sep

“Friday friends are the best.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I know the days go by fast and the weeks slip away, but the entire month sort of flashed before my eyes. Today was our Towne Creek Young At Heart Art Group.

Helene and I prepared a lot of fun food and beverages and snacks, and I prepared some artsy projects to work on. Seeing as it is Hispanic Heritage month, I decided we could work on the Dia de Los Muertos coloring page. McKinney is going to have their first annual event on the Square this year. I’m very excited because I’m going to be one of The judges for the costume contest. Cool!

Food preparation at my house. Sandwiches, hot dogs, pudding, popcorn snack medley, and ice cream sandwiches in the freezer. Helene brought bags of chips, fresh strawberries and cheese dip and crackers. (We get carried away,)
Miss Kathy’s page turned out so awesome. The dried rose hanger and black ribbon added to the theme.
Miss Bonnie had fun with bright colors. She was so sweet, she gave me her finished project.
We even got Miss Helene to make a funny face.
Miss Linda chose to paint a little trinket box instead of the skull. It kinda made her nervous.
A nice prayer of thanks and time for our feast.Ha

Pay Friday, my friends. I hope you had a fun and fine day too.