Friday, November 23, 2012

Catching up... State Fair of Texas

I am Thankful that I have a fabulous new blog... I'm sad that I have neglected it.. so I'm determined to build a blog following and post regularly. So rather than wait until the New Year and make a resolution to post regularly.. I am going to begin my resolution today! I will do my very best to post regularly and post some helpful tips and advise for other Artists, Imaginative Souls, Fashionistas and anyone who is willing to read my daily happenings.
So here goes.....
                                                 State Fair of Texas~ October 2012.
 I entered quite a few Art entries into the Fair this year. I placed with 10 ribbons!! I got my first BLUE ribbon... I was over the top excited. I always wonder how the sweet ladies choose their winners. My Blue Ribbon.. 1st place was not the project I would have choosen for 1st place but I'll take a Blue Ribbon anyway I can get it.... I always love going to the fair but since I had Art showing this year.. I had to go. Fall was very busy for us with shows and life... so we went on the very last day of the fair and to top it off the week before Big Tex had burned down :( So we did not get to tell him "Howdy!" We did get a picture in front of his spot and took a few pictures of his memorial.. never seen a corn dog memorial but hey.. It is the State Fair of TExas! The pictures of my projects turned out kinda blurry.. but I'll post a few...
                                                       xoxo, Jennifer
Mimi & Grandad love to go with Lexi and I to the Fair each year. Grandad also does the pick up of my stuff for me....
Where is Big TEx??
Lexi and I ... Our usual Big Tex picture spot....Big Tex is missing..

Big Tex' memorial site.... The Corn Dog bouquet.. makes me laugh.

Mimi and our Texas Nachos.. one of our favorite fair food.. You have to have Texas Nachos, Fletcher's Corn Dog, Fried Bacon & Cotton Candy.
My Blue Ribbon project.. An altered Christmas Tree.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Day at Gig's... Family dinner!

Thanksgiving Day 2012.....
I love family get togethers. Our family is quite small with me being an only child and only grandchild. Many years its just Gig, Mom, Grandad, Lexi, David , Tommy, Stephanie, BJ & me. Our extended family is large but we don't usually see them at Thanksgiving and not so much at Christmas these days.. everybody has such busy schedules and crazy lives and a few are just crazy :)
This year we had a few additional family members join us so we had a full table .. Jaffee, Jarod & Ron joined us. Jaffee went shopping this morning and arrived with an armload of Thanksgiving decor for us to decorate with and create a festive holiday table!
I'm thankful for our family... (Yes.. my hubby is here.. he is the photographer!)

 We had food coming out of every nook & cranny of Gig's house. The table was full, the side tables were full and the kitchen was overflowing. We are very blessed to have more than enough food.

The dessert table had to become two tables.. Lexi is working on a school project and baked 3 goodies to include in her project.. a chocolate chip, orea, brownie mixture that was fabulous, a salted toffee mix pie and a butterfinger pie so yummy! Stephanie brought her famous Fruit Pizza and candy cane brownies. Mom made cherry dump and coconut pie. Gig made lots... Strawberry shortcake, pecan, pumpkin pie and more. Jaffee brought Key Lime Pie.. one of my favorites.. Wow.. the desserts were incredible.
It was a fabulous day of family, friends, food and lots of good fellowship! So glad everyone could be a part of this special day.
A few pictures of our special Thanksgiving Day~~ 2012... Thanks for sharing in our memories.
                                                               xoxo, Jennifer

Mommy & Lexi.. ..Thanksgiving 2012
The Girls... Mimi, Lexi, Me, Gig, Jaffee & Stephanie

New York! New York!

My little girl turns "Sweet 16"........
I can't believe my baby just turned 16. It feels like she was just "driving" her little pink Barbie jeep around Bop & Gig's driveway and her Barbie Harley motorcycle! I thought that was stressful but that was a piece of cake compared to her driving a real car!!! I can't believe she is already 16 and a Sophomore in High School.
Lexi got a pink car from Mimi & Grandad... she's trying really hard to act sweet and not disappointed!
She was beyond excited to walk outside and find her "real" new car! It's not pink.. but it matches her outfit so she's happy!!! David & Grandad are at the top of her list!!
I had decided that a girl's trip to NYC would be much better than a car (David overruled the no car :)) But the trip was beyond fabulous!!! We had so much fun. We shopped till we dropped.. Tiffany's on 5th Avenue on her Birthday, Forever 21 that was open until 2:00AM.. and it's 4 stories~ amazing!, Eating at the most unusual and fantastic restaurants that the city has to offer, Little Italy on her birthay, China Town and bubble tea, more shopping, Hell's Kitchen, SoHo, Tribecca, FIT~ a tour of the Fashion Institute, in the audience at Kelly & Michael show, more shopping, Central Park, Broadway on her birthday night to see Mary Poppins, Serendipity for Frozen Hot Chocolate & Chocolate Cake for her actual birthday dessert, more shopping, Statue of Liberty, the Pier, the list goes on.. we packed a lot into 4 days!
(Just a few pics of our Girl's Weekend of Fun)
Mimi & Lexi enjoying shopping in the city.
The cutie Italian waiter singing Happy Birthday to my girl on her Sweet 16 lunch in Little Italy... They brought her out Chocolate Covered Strawberries to celebrate!
Serendipity after Mary Poppins on Broadway.. Frozen Hot Chocoalate & Chocolate Cake! Yum..
Lexi at her favorite store... Headed in for a Birthday treat! Nothing beats a blue box!
Our last day in the city.. we are trying to get a few last hours of fun ~ shopping and a bit of sight seeing before we head back to Texas!
We had a fabulous weekend. Lots of great memories were made and I think mom & I made it back to the top in Lexi's eyes... what more could you get for your Sweet 16.. a car & a trip to New York City!!
Thanks for sharing in our Birthday memories!

Happy Thanksgiving 2012

Happy Thanksgiving 2012
I am thankful that Lexi and I have the week of together to celebrate the holiday. We pack lots into the week that we are on vacation. Yesterday we enjoyed a "spa" day with Gig... getting our nails done. I was also able to get my bonus closet cleaned out, my laundry room redone and Lexi's bathroom redecorated.. I felt like we accomplished tons yesterday. Today was our "Dallas day!" Mommy daughter day at our favorite mall~ Northpark! Lots of Christmas shopping done.. for one special person :) Lunch at our favorite salad stop and a Bubble Tea to top it off! Tomorrow will be errands, hoping to purge and reorganize my Art Studio, baking and lunch with Gig. Thanksgiving Day will be filled with the Thanksgiving day parade watching, family time at Gigs and lots of eating! Black Friday... more shopping and putting out the Christmas decorations. A free weekend to fill with fun and hopefully lots of Creative time!
I hope everyone has a fabulous Thanksgiving week!
xoxo, Jennifer
Had a fabulous time on Sunday... I taught a private Art lesson on Collage to an aspiring Artist. One of the local Art teachers had given her my name & number. It was great fun creating a collage for her Art Portfolio.. it turned out fabulous.. but my picture didn't :( Hopefully she will post one soon.) She had asked me to think of a nature theme.. we ended up going with a Bohemian/Nature theme. The colors are great, we incorporated a fairy image, a bird nest and great bird that matched the colors perfectly. I also taught her how to incorporate Beezwax into her work... she loved the new technique. Added some flowers to finish it off and ta da... a fabulous piece for her portfolio. I can't wait to do some other lessons.. what a fun new avenue to explore.
Happy Creating!
If you need some one-on-one lessons.. send me an email!