One of my sister day trips this summer was to visit some of the painted churches in Texas. 
We went to the ones in Fayette County, which happens to be real close to my home town, Yoakum. These Churches were built by Czech and German immigrants in the late 1800's. 
They wanted to replicate the churches from their homeland.
 My grandparents were Czech immigrants who settled here around 1906. I guess that is why they hold a special place in my heart. I love anything that has to do with the Czech culture. Yoakum is not far and the whole time I lived at home I only visited one...The Praha Church. 
 Located in small farming communities near Schulenburg and La Grange, we visited four.

The one below located in Dubina, has been designed the first Czech settlement in Texas in 1856.
St. Cyril & Methodious Catholic Church In Dubina

St. Cyril & Methodious

St.Cyril & Methodious

St. John The Baptist Catholic Church located in Ammansville 

St. John The Baptist

St. John The Baptist

Navitity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church High Hill Texas

Nativity Of Blessed Virgin Mary 

Nativity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Nativity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary
St Mary's Catholic Church Praha

St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha

St. Mary's Catholic Church In Praha

(Prague which is pronounced praha is the capitol city of the Czech Republic.)

Shiner has a very pretty Catholic church as well but I'm not sure it is designed  a Painted Church. And of course Shiner is home to the Shiner Brewery which was started by Czech immigrants.. So if one so desires to visit some of these churches, the brewery would not be far and if one so desires a cold beer one could take a tour of the brewery on the same trip.
Just had to throw that in.
Oh and Warrenton and Round Top are on the other side of La Grange and everybody knows about that place.


Bunting Banners For Halloween, Christmas, Weddings Or Children's Rooms

The sewing bug attacked me again and as a result I made these banners.  They are made out of remnants that have been hanging out in storage.  I love it when I can use up leftovers or repurpose things. They are all for sale in my Etsy shop. Just click the link under each photo to find out more information or to buy. Or go to my Etsy shop by clicking the Etsy Mini on sidebar.
I think mine are unique because I added appliqué flowers on each flag. Except for the Halloween and Christmas ones, they only have flowers on the middle flag.
It's my prerogative how many flowers I put on each banner. Hee.
This is all I've made so far. I want to make a smaller version with more flags.  I'll get to that later 'cause now the painting bug has infected me so it's back to my easel. I always flip flog like that. One day I feel like painting, next day it's something else. I'm so fortunate that I have the luxury to do what I want when I feel like it. 
I made a Halloween paper banner last year for myself. It's really cute and have wanted to make these fabrics ones for awhile.  So glad I finally did these. Can't wait to make more.

Code Blue

I know I've been away too long.  It's summer and I'm having way too much fun. My husband has been retired since March, so my free time is limited. He is always dragging me somewhere. lol. I still get a chance here and there to work on art. This one is not my latest but the last one I feel good enough to list in my Etsy shop. Here is the link to Code Blue.  That's the thing,,, I've done a lot of art but not a lot that I like. Just a lot of practice pieces. I've done a couple of free workshops and I bought Tracy Verdugo's book Paint Mojo!

I've only done a few exercise from it, but really enjoying them. This next painting is just one example of what I've done from the book.

It's on paper so I mounted it on black card stock. The exercise is to use leftover paint from pallet. Take a piece of paper and smooch it on top of the paint. Add other things to it, then look for little creatures or animals in the mess. Great way to use up the paint on the pallet that you don't need but don't want to waste.

Let me think what else have I been doing. Hmmmmmm.
We've gone to the coast three times....whaaaa whooo.
I've taken a cooking class. That was fun!
Gone on a few excursions with my sisters for sister day. I'll post pictures of that next time.
Gone to a couple of concerts at John T Floore Country Store.
Sightseeing the back roads of Texas, and visiting some of the great winery's we have close by.
Started reading Game of Thrones, even though I've seen every episode on HBO. Go Figure. Hee.
My summer is not over.... we will be going on our big vacations in a few. Going to Napa Valley! Cant' wait!
Hopefully I'll get better at this blogging thing come fall.
Enjoy the rest of the is too short.


Remember this background painting from last year? It's from a repurposed canvas I found in a thrift store. Really!
Painted over whatever, and this pretty background emerged. But then I got stuck. I felt more was needed but did not know what.
Well inspiration at last!
I'm really happy with the results. It's different for me at least, little more realistic and painterly. I still love using paper in my art but I'm trying to paint more, explore more options like painting outside, and going big. Now that's scary!

Little by little, step by step, brush stoke by brush stroke, art happens.

The Wedding

As promised some pictures of my sons wedding! It was so beautiful! The weather was perfect even though there was crazy weather up near Dallas. The same storm with all the tornadoes! Thank you Lord for not letting the crazy weather make it down near us. It was a little overcast with slight chance of rain, so it never got too hot. Great day for an out door wedding.
It was held at a lovely vineyard.
Next photo obviously me dancing with my baby boy! We danced to "I hope you dance". Luckily I got my crying out at the ceremony.
Then the beautiful bride and groom dancing.
Can't wait to see the photos taken by the professional.
Just so very happy for my son. Feeling so blessed.

Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Toppers

Here are my sweet wedding cake toppers that I collected just for the shower I gave for my now daughter in law.
I listed them for sale in my Etsy shop. I love them and hate to sell them but they will just get packed up and put away for a long time.
Here is a link to the  Lefton Wedding Couple .

Wine Cork Place Card Holders

The wedding is almost upon us. I'm so excited and nervous I could jump out of my skin. Since we are the parents of the groom, we will be hosting the rehearsal dinner Friday night. Hubby and I decided to do a seating arrangement so we need place card holders. The wedding will be held at a winery and we wanted to keep with the theme. Luckily we have been saving our wine corks since who knows when. I love this idea.
Glue three corks together to make triangle, (so it will stand up properly). But first slice/cut top of one cork before it is glued down. This is where my hubby came in. He used his jigsaw to cut the top slice to hold the card.
I like to make everything so I just cut out cards from card stock and stamped a cute butterfly on the side. Names are handwritten. Does not look like it came from a professional printer which is exactly what I wanted.
Just wanted to share this little project. The count down has begun and I've got many a things to do.
I probably won't be able to take pictures with my camera but I will try to sneak in a few with my cell so I can post some here asap, after all is over.
Hugs and toodles,

Girl With Red Curly Hair

Here is my latest work...of Art.
I've been playing around in our new joint art room/office.
My husband retired so we moved his humongous desk in my art room.
Which is a good thing...... because the bed moved into his old office & so now I won't get paint all over my mom's bed.
I also have a lot more room.
It's a good thing.....sometimes.
Sometimes he won't leave.
What is a girl to do?