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Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

29 May

“When life throws a little talent your way, don’t throw it away.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


My good friend Miss Pat, the Cookie Lady, is always raving about the hand-painted wine glasses that I gave her as a housewarming gift. She loved the bluebonnet glasses and matching vase. But, when she mentioned a couple of weeks ago that she loved her yellow rose wine glasses and would really love a matching vase for yellow spring flowers, I was on a mission. Miss Pat does so much for so many people. Did I mention hundreds of cookies everywhere we go?

My philosophy is “Ask and ye shall receive.” Or something like that. So, a couple of weeks ago, I spent a few days painting not one, but several vases with yellow roses. The yellow glass paint is fairly transparent, so each rose and leaf required two layers of paint, with drying time between. Time consuming, but well worth the effort. They make perfect gifts.

I do most of my painting between the hours of 11 pm and 4 am. I’m a night owl. 🦉 The cookin’ part comes after the paint has dried and cured for a day or two. I bake the glass at 350 for 30 minutes. This helps heat set the paint for durability.

Miss Pat sent me a picture of her new vase sitting on her table, flanked by the matching wine glasses.

So, when I was invited to brunch this Sunday at Mr. Jerry’s house after church, I had a lovely vase. I stopped at the store and picked up some yellow roses. Great gift.

A little talent goes a long way. “Everything’s coming up roses.”

Saturday:) Some Talented Artist You Should Know

4 Aug

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”

Émile Zola


McKinney has a marvelous artist community, and pretty much every artist knows the other. You know why? Because this very supportive, close-knit community rallies together, shares their time and talent, and loves one another like family.

This weekend, there is another great art exhibit at The Cove, an innovative gallery/cooperative located at 402 N. Tennessee, just north of the downtown Square. I visited last night after volunteering at Towne Creek, so I was already in an artistic frame of mind.

My very talented friends Jeni Tomlinson and Cate Robbins are features in an exhibit called H.I.T. Show…Hanging In There. The subject are mainly loose works on paper, very creatively displayed and best of all, very affordable. If you are a collector of local artist’s work, this is a great show to visit. (I picked up a little something of Cate’s that appealed to me.

Jeni Tomlinson’s work is just luscious. She paints in all mediums, watercolor, oils, acrylics, and also she and her husband Charlie work wonders restoring old furniture, making it come to life anew.

Cage Robbins has mastered the art of hand-made paper, and cleverly creates collages of expressive pieces.

And look how clever the hanging of her work is displayed. Artists just have a different way of looking at things, and aren’t we lucky that they do? What a dull milk-toast world we would have without the artists.

The show is going on tonight from 3-9 p.m., so you still have a chance to scoot over there and check it out.

Wednesday: Words of Wisdom

25 Apr


Excellent words to live by. Everyone has special talents and gifts, and they should be used and shared with everyone. Maybe you can’t draw or paint, but perhaps you bake, sew, sing, or write. Your gift might be being able to make someone smile or laugh. There are so many ways to create. You may not believe you are creative, But YOU ARE! Think about it. What are your gifts and how can you share them?