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Friday:) Fun Art Friends At Towne Creek and My Firemen

30 Jul

“I love my fabulous frantic frenzied FridayS with my fabulous art friends at Towne Creek Apartments. Sharing is caring.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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My house is usually a chaotic mess for a couple of days preparing for my art group at Towne Creek. I’ve been volunteering there for over 15 years. The funny part is, I never run out of ideas to share with the group. Granted, some projects we’ve done a few times before, but we are all seniors, so we probably forgot what we did five or six years ago…thank goodness.

My biggest dilemma is what food to prepare for our feast. Instead of hot dogs, I decided to make sandwiches and homemade potato salad. Of course, more triple lemon pudding cheesecake cupcakes and some watermelon. I wasn’t going to make my popcorn/pretzel/cereal snack mix, but I decided last minute that they really look forward to the snack for watching tv later in the evening. A busy couple of days in the kitchen. Then, a few hours preparing art projects and packing up supplies.

My potato salad was awesome. I sautéed the onions and celery, used little baby potatoes and hard boiled eggs. So good. Always sauté your onions/celery. It gives us a sweet caramelized flavor.

This is my refrigerator on Art day. 🤦‍♀️

Then, pack up the car and off to the east side for a day of arts, painting, crafts, feasting, laughing, singing and friendship.

Everyone hard at work, painting their wine bottles. NO… we didn’t drink the wine first, if you were wondering. 🤦‍♀️🍷
Instead of baking them in an oven, we set them outside in the 100° outdoor oven for a while to dry before adding the next layers.
I brought red roses so each artist could have a rose for their awesome new wine bottle vase. 🌹 They were all amazing, but Miss Kathy’s red roses on her pink bottle was just perfect.
I painted a couple of examples for them to get some ideas.

It was another “amazing” art day at Towne Creek. And, everyone will agree, and I’ve been told, because…. Miss Toni is….. wait for it…. “AMAZING.”

And, I can’t forget my firemen. We made a couple of stops with treats on Wednesday for our awesome firefighters.

We stopped at Station 5 with my cupcakes and a huge tray of sandwiches that Dave Manders donated after the Celebration of Life funeral Mass.
My buddies at Station 9.
A busy week, a busy Friday.

Happy Friday my friends! 🤗

Friday:)Fabulous Artist Friends At Towne Creek Senior Apartments

28 May

“The only thing better than a day creating art, is a day creating art with old friends.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Today was our Towne Creek Craft and Art Day with our senior friends. There’s always a lot of preparation, anticipation and great expectation… (you See my literary play on words there? I was going to say constipation🤦‍♀️)

I decided we would work on the torn tissue paper project from my Tuesday video. I really wasn’t sure if it would go over well or if it would be too difficult. Boy, was I surprised. They all turned out fabulous.

I started out this morning making my famous popcorn/pretzel/cereal mixture. I make individual bags for each person to take home after the class. They said that they like to watch tv and have their popcorn snack. I gathered up all the supplies, and cut up individual brown bag trees, little squares of 4 colors of green for the trees, and squares of tissue paper colors for the background. A lot of prep.
I also chocolate dipped some strawberries, made a few more lemon cheesecake cookies and cut up a watermelon. Helene was making her famous pasta salad and I was bringing hot dogs, nacho cheese dip, tortilla chips, drinks, and ice cream. Can you say Friday Feast!

Helene and I arrived about the same time and got a couple of carts to haul in all our supplies and goodies. We organized tables, put plastic table cloths and passed out the art supplies needed. I did a brief demo of how to tear the tissue paper, add the dimensional tree, and make all the dimensional leaves. Then, everyone got to work. I couldn’t believe how awesome each background looked.

The background layers were pretty wet from the watery glue, so we set them outside to dry. They were dry in 10 minutes in the sun.
We also had a lovely teenage girl, Michele, who volunteers at Towne Creek, join us. (Miss Kathy-top left, Michelle-top right, Nadia-bottom left, David-bottom right.
Helene’s and Bonnie’s trees turned out so cute. Helene even experimented with two or three colors in one leaf. I love when people experiment and create something spectacular. While the trees were drying, we had a dessert break, then worked on some holographic scratch boards. Those were cool, too.
Then time for our Friday Feast. We hold hands, say a prayer of thanks for our meal and our friendship. Then, we eat like little piggies u til we are about to explode.

Happy Friday, my friends. I hope your day was a fun and fabulous as ours. ❤️

Friday: Fabulous Artist Friends at Towne Creek

30 Apr

“The family that paints and eats together, faints together. Sugar overload.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Another fun afternoon drawing, painting, laughing and sharing good food with the folks obverse at Towne Creek Apartments. We always have a good time.

A lot of baking and prep and getting ideas for projects.

Everyone worked on something different today.
Then, time for our Friday feast.

It was a good day. Happy Friday.

Friday:) Young At Heart Friends At Towne Creek

26 Mar

“Friendship knows no boundaries, no age, no worries, just friendship.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Another fun Friday with our senior artist friends over at Towne Creek. Today we worked on Easter projects.

It wasn’t too crowded, so Helene and I got to do a little crafting.
We take a break around 5 for our feast.
Today, we had all kinds of goodies for their homemade bunny bags. The Peep cupcakes are always a big hit. This year I made lemon this time. Helene made sandwiches and deviled eggs. Yum!

It was a fun Friday.

Friday:) Friends and Towne Creek and My Firemen

26 Feb

“Life is short, so eat dessert first, but with friends, and all the time.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Today was our Towne Creek Young At Heart Art Group. We were working on painting bowls for Empty Bowls. It takes a lot of prep, not only to gather all the art supplies, bowls and paints, it also to prepare all the food for the feast. Helene and I always provide a fun feast.

Preparing the feast. We always make plenty to eat for our feast. We also had homemade soup and sandwiches.

I stopped at Fire Station 9 on my way.

I asked if they had any of my precious containers. Yep. 4. 🤦‍♀️

Everyone had a good time painting bowls.

Everyone hard at work.
Time for the feast.

Happy Friday my friends. Time to put my feet up. I’m exhausted, but in a good happy creative fun way.

Friday:) Friends At Towne Creek and My Firemen

29 Jan

“Today is Friday, I’m exhausted and life is good.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Another fun day with my senior artist friends at Towne Creek. We had a blast.

A lot of Valentines Day projects.

After all that hard work painting, we look for warped to our feast.

Lots of snacks and desserts, it we also had homemade potato-corn chowder and Helene made egg salad sandwiches.

A wonderful busy day with my lovely senior artist friends at Towne Creek.

Then of course, a visit to my firefighters at Station 9.

Friday Friends at Towne Creek

20 Nov

“Old friends are the best friends. And yes, we are all pretty old.”

Me

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Today was our Young At Heart group over at Towne Creek. As usual, Helene and I prepared all kinds of goodies for our monthly meeting. I recounted how I’ve been volunteering there around 15 years now. And every time I go. It’s a fun new adventure.

Today’s menu was turkey sandwiches, tomato shell soup, snacks, mini cheesecakes, ice cream sandwiches, and more.
Fun crafts and projects and Christmas and holiday gifts.
Hard at work, creating fun crafts and gifts to share with friends and family.
A lot of cool projects.
Our Friday feast is always the highlight of the evening.
That’s all from the Elf as herself. (Yes, Helene and I wore our goofy elf hats all day.)

Happy Friday, my friends!

Friday:) Fun With Towne Creek Artist Friends

30 Oct

“Whatever you do together with friends is always a fun day.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Another fun Friday with our friends over at Towne Creek Senior Apartments. Helene and I made all kinds of food and snacks for our feast, and I was up late last night, coming up with some Fall projects.

A few snacks and gifts. Helene made BLT sandwiches and brought pudding and other snacks and drinks.
A fun fine day at Towne Creek. Thank you Helene!

Friday:) Fun Art, Food and Friends at Towne Creek

28 Aug

“Be willing to share your blessings. The only riches that last are the ones that are given away.”

-David Khalil

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Tada! Today was our Towne Creek Senior Art Group. Such a nice group of ladies who love to learn new painting techniques and draw and just have fun with arts and crafts. Helene and I bring food and drinks and snacks and we just party all afternoon, 2-6 pm.

I did a quick watercolor demo, and I like to make them laugh when I paint with my eyes closed, looking the other way. It’s just to show them to relax and not be so worried about details. Just have fun.
Everyone had fun and learned a few tips and tricks along the way.

Around 5 pm, Helene and I prepare our feast. But, while they are working, we have snacks and cookies.Today, the feast was pizza 🤦‍♀️, lemonade, unicorn pudding (rainbow cupcake flavor), and root beer floats for dessert.

Now, I’ll tell you the hilarious story about baking the pizzas in the oven.

I set the oven for 380, and popped in the pizzas around 5pm. About ten minutes went by, and the smoke detector above the oven started to sound with a piecing chirp. Oh no! There was no smoke, so we opened the door and started fanning the ceiling with large plastic trays. Chirp! It continued. Helene and I took turns fanning at the annoying detector. We were afraid it would set off the alarm and then the cute firemen would have to come and all 50 residents would have to evacuate. We kept fanning. I turned off the oven when the pizzas were almost done. Miss Fay went up to her apartment and got a big fan and we placed it on the floor facing up and the annoying chirping alarm. What gives?

Well, you probably guessed. We finally figured out that it was the low battery chirp because it never did stop. 🤦‍♀️ what are the chances it would happen when we started baking pizzas. Maintenance is gone until Monday, so it will keep chirping until then.

It was a good day. A little strange, but good. I was so tired when I got home, I threw myself on my bed for an hour, just to get off my feet. Did I mention that I also entertain the ladies with dancing the “Cupid Shuffle” and singing “Proud Mary?” I brought my karaoke microphone. I told them that I would keep singing until they paid me to stop. I got a few offers. That’s my new idea. I think I could make good money by singing, and people would pay to stop. My new career.

Happy Friday, my friends. CHEERS!

Friday:) Artist Friends, Fun, Food and Frolicking at Towne Creek

31 Jul

“Anyone who says that they can’t draw or paint or do any kind of art has never come to our art class at Towne Creek.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I’ve been volunteering sharing art and having fun with the seniors over at Towne Creek Senior Apartments for about 15 years now. We have the most fun, and we laugh and eat and play. That’s what art is… just playing with life. I find the toughest part for me is coming up with new and interesting projects to demonstrate and share.

One of our favorite activities is snack time.
Busy and having fun.
I showed Miss Kathy how to make a cute feather with markers.
The mark of a good art teacher is when the students are even better and more talented.

It was a long day. Helene was kind enough to meet me at the Honda dealer at 2, so I could get my car inspected, oil change, etc. We had to transfer all my bins and bags into her car and then drop me back after class at 6. Much better than sitting a few hours at the dealer just down the road from Towne Creek.

It was a fabulous Friday with friends. Cheers…..

Black Russian Friday!