Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fiesta Flower Crowns

I'm so honored to have been asked by a local group to produce props for an upcoming party that will celebrate the halfway point to FIESTA - a local annual party right here in San Antonio.

Take a look at this beauty and leave a comment with your email if you are interested in ordering your own.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Kerrville Triathlon Festival

Scenes from the Kerrville Triathlon Festival, where my team completed the quarter and half Ironman triathlon distance, respectively, while I cheered on the sidelines due to a knee injury.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Create a Date Night That Will Complement Each Other {GIVEAWAY}

*Disclaimer: In exchange for this post, I was invited to attend a painting session.


Say it with my now:

I love my kids dearly, but I need a night off.
I love my kids dearly, but I need a night off.

I love my kids dearly, but I need some alone time with my partner.
I love my kids dearly, but I need some alone time with my partner.

I love my kids dearly, but I want some wine.
I love my kids dearly, but I want some wine.

Who needs some time to themselves? I know I do. Just about on a two week basis, we step in the 'ol time machine and venture back into pre-parenthood land. It's filled with laughter, quick errands, drinks and some serious placement accountability for the objects we set down. Objects such a my beer, my paint brush and water cup - all specific to our last outing at Pinot's Palette in good 'ol Alamo Heights.

Not only was it a great date night spot, it was a fun way to reconnect with my dude. We are both creatives (him film, me photography) but we have never truly explored the world of a sincere attempt at making some real good 'ol fashion paint-to-canvas art. But this isn't just about sitting on a stool and creating matching masterpieces. This is an experience. You walk in and are greeted with smiles by the whole team - the instructor, the assistants and lovely Cristina, the owner. I could not get over how everyone was so HELPFUL and happy to see participants walk through the door. It was more so like being greeted for a party with close friends. After we settled our beer into a cubbie (it's BYOB!) we found our seats. 

Not being a painter at all, I was amazed by the simplicity of how a background on canvas is created. Maybe I'm being a bit too analytical here, but right from the start I felt empowered by art, creativity and a sense of accomplishment in a date night, no less! I was thinking "we are having fun and I'm learning actual painting skills." Yeesh. Nerd overload. It won't be my last confession.

Next we moved into the structure of what our painting would look like when it's finished. Again, the instructor was so supportive and helpful in a) keeping the class moving and b) making you feel like YOU can paint too. Before you know it, you're adding the finishing touches. 

John and I are delightfully similar in thought but also have a bit of our own structure going on - so what did we end up with? Two similar paintings that are simply related. I dare to call them cousins or siblings but, you know, that would be illegal in Texas. 

The PP-AH team was equally amazed that what we created with the same instructor, supplies and example ended up complementing each other, rather than being the same thing. That's just how we roll, I guess. I mean, look at our cute kid.

I want to encourage you to take a night of your own too. Whether it be with girlfriends or a lover, just get out of the house sans children! Experience something beyond dinner and a movie. Here's a $5 giftcard below to Pinot's Palette - Alamo Heights to get you on your way!

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Pistol Turns Twodles!

I thought I would share with y'all that I made a little bit of progress on birthday #2. You know, the birthday that comes after one but isn't such a big deal with all the planning?

Yes, that's a hashtag.