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Houston, Texas, United States
Welcome to my Blog Site :) I am so happy you stopped in. I am a part time worker, wife, mom and artist/crafter. I became a grandmother for the first time about a year ago. My passions are Stained Glass and Mixed Media Art. I am a Texas girl living in a house that my father and grandfather built in 1945. I have a loving husband and two teenage boys. My boys are talented musicians who make my life complete. I hope you enjoy reading my posts about music, my boys and grandson and just about life in general. So grab your favorite choice of drink, sit back, relax and happy blogging.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Stepping Stones/Yard Art

Spring is my favorite time of year.  That is when things come to life.  Birds sing, flowers bloom.  Well some flowers, not mine.  This is the time I like to go outside and work on art projects like these stepping stones.  I purchased the cement stepping stones from my local hardware store.  There are several sizes, I chose the 12 x 12 because any bigger they get heavier and harder to pick up.  The hardest part of making these stepping stones is choosing the color stain glass.  I  have already told my sons they will go with me to unload from my car.  I sure hope I don't have to load them in my car after the show.  They do get heavy. 

Yard Art

While doing yard work, the boys came across these scalloped broken cement bricks used for landscaping.  Instead of throwing them out I decided to make some yard art.  I hope to sell them at my next show at St. Ambrose on April 17.  I have more blank cement bricks to create art.  I just do not have enough time to finish them all by next month.  We also found some rocks that I have washed and cleaned.  I have something in mind for those rocks too.  I have now asked my neighbors for broken cement or rocks they don't want. 



A student gave me this perfume for my birthday in January.  The name is Red Apple.  It comes in this really cute bottle and smells good - not what you would expect.  It does not smell like apples. LOL  :) It looks cute on my desk.  Can you find me in this picture?  Look closely in the leaf and in the top of the  bottle.

Fish Fry

Two years ago I started inviting my brother's family and my godmother's family for a fish fry every Friday during Lent.  As good neighbors often do, each family called asking what could they bring to the dinner.  Since I provided the fish, shrimp and fries, I ask one family to bring a dessert and the other family to bring a covered dish.  After doing this for a couple of weeks, we decided that each family would take turns hosting the Fish Fry in their own home.    It would be up to the Host Family to decide what they would provide as the main dish and the invited families to bring a covered dish or dessert.  Some Friday's would be cheese enchilidas or bean tostadas or any other dish as long as it was not meat.  It is up to the Host Family if they wanted to invite others to our Friday Fish Fry gatherings.  Last year another family was added as a Host Family.   As life goes on, and certain situations happen, sometimes a family can not Host the dinner.  No worries - there's always someone willing to take on the challenge as Host.
This Friday was my turn to Host the Fish Fry.  As Host, I invited my brother Ruben and my brother Jesse and his wife Janie who celebrated a birthday this week.  The challenge was sitting 15 people to eat at the same time.  But my biggest worry was having enough fish for all my hungry guest.  Since I am off on Friday's I had plenty of time to batter the fish and shrimp.  Thanks to my husband who came home early from work to do the frying outside.  It turned out to be a nice evening with no television, plenty of laughs and interesting conversations and most important plenty of good food.

Friday, March 18, 2011

St. Patricks Day

Multi-colored green stain glass pieces
I want to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day.  My day started out with me fishing through green pieces of scrap glass to finish a garden stone that I am working on.  The stone is a broken piece of cement from my garden.  I placed a butterfly made with stained glass in the center of the stone.  The green glass was used as the background to represent grass. I keep most of my scrap glass to use for mosaics.  I have several plastic shoe boxes to hold different colors of glass but I keep all the same color in one box regardless of texture or shade.  It's alot of fun to see what one can create with broken pieces of glass and broken cement.  Plus I like the idea of recycling and saving money.  Tomorrow I will start grouting as I have about ten pieces that are ready for this next process.  I will post pictures of the finished stones when they are finished.  Hope you all had a Happy Saint Patrick's Day.

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