Monday, December 24, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
Today is supposed to be the end of the world. What better way to start that day than with chocolate?
I'm hoping that this is just the last day of the old calendar. And tomorrow, we open up the shiny new calendar with blank days waiting to be filled with adventures and good memories.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
OK, it was really on a Saturday.
On the way to pick up a package at the post office, we were distracted by an "Estate Sale" sign. Hmmm, an estate sale in the country. That must mean lots of barn things and tools. The Jeep had to take the detour.
Well, no cool barn things but the drive was nice. We stopped to say "hi" to these guys. The dogs weren't quite sure about them. The were funny looking deer to them...
Thursday, December 13, 2012
This week, it finally felt a bit like winter, if only for a few days.
With the first freeze, I had to say goodbye to the tomatoes and the peppers. Looks like Rajas de Chile Poblano this weekend. Poblano strips, onions, garlic, salt and cream on a tortilla. The cream tames the heat of the peppers a bit. Yum!
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Mr. Tabby has been taking a welding course at the Inspire Community Fine Art Center. We decided to collaborate on a piece that will eventually go in the yet-to-be-created sculpture garden by the yet-to-be-created studio. She will eventually have some kiln worked glass incorporated. We named her Heather because she is over six feet tall!
He was asked to include her in their student art show this past Friday so we stopped by to see the amazing artwork the students have been creating. His first art piece and already he is in a show!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
This past Saturday was an example of a wonderful Texas fall day. Mr. Tabby and I spent the day getting garden ready for the winter. We decided to be proactive and get the plastic sheeting out before it was actually freezing. So much easier when the wind isn't whipping the plastic!
The greenhouse is now all set up and the citrus trees have been moved in. We had a bumper crop of lemons this year so we'll be drinking some homemade lemonade for a while.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Thanks to all our veterans who have and continue to fight for our freedom! A special shout out to my husband, father and brother who continue to serve our veterans even though they have ended their active duty.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Thanks to all who came to see us at Art281. The show was a success and we had a great time! We will be participating in Uptown Art Stroll this year November 4 - 5. More information to come...
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
The day job has still been crazy busy. But, when Gail asked me to hang out with her in Santa Fe for the weekend while she took a class at Bullseye, I couldn't pass it up. The mini-vacation started out questionably when we flew all the way to Houston, couldn't land due to storms, so we flew back and landed in San Antonio to wait them out. Huh? I finally made it in time for a late dinner.
I spent a wonderful day wandering down Canyon Road looking and fabulous art. Tomorrow, more of the same along with Georgia O'Keeffe. Ahh!
Monday, August 27, 2012
School starts for us tomorrow. Which means that fall and cooler temperatures are around the corner. It also means that Art281 is almost here. I spent the day working on some new editions to my Halloween plate collection. I also had a guest designer in the studio to make a plate for the show. His plate turned out great! They are off to the kiln for the first firing.
I also sold my first painting at the Bulverde Area Art Center today. It was my first painting to sell - ever! Woo hoo! It was inspired by my trip west this summer. I may have to go back...
Sunday, August 19, 2012
August in the Hill Country is brutal. Many days are 100 degrees and this year we've had high humidity. The heat saps your energy when you venture out of the house. As a result, my garden looks pretty sad. Most things have shriveled and I haven't had the time or energy to pull them up. And, although many gardeners have planted their fall crops, I can't bring myself to plant anything else in this weather. It seems cruel.
On the bright side, I've got some tomatoes that keep producing in spite of it all. A few pastes are hanging on. But, the orange grape tomatoes are still making sweet little tomatoes. I think next year, I'm going to give up on the big tomatoes and only plant these little guys.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The day job has been crazy busy the last few weeks and doesn't look like it will be letting up anytime soon. Even Mr. Tabby has been traveling for work. Not much time for the studio, or anything else for that matter. Maybe in the fall things will start to settle down a bit...
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Meet Dash. He showed up at our house last Sunday afternoon. He was scratched up, limping and hungry. I was able to feed him a few meals but I wasn't able to catch him. He went on his way.
We ended up contacting his people who came out to the house to search for him (he had gotten out of the fenced yard when the fireworks scared him). He was no where to be found. It turns out that after he left our house, some people were able to catch him and turned him over to the Italian Greyhound Rescue who cared for him until his people found him. They were reunited yesterday and I'm sure that he is getting all kinds of spoiled today! He was a lucky one!
Saturday, July 21, 2012
We are offically in the dog days of summer...
It is too hot to do much of anything outside. And, since the kiln and much of my equipment is in the garage, nothing is getting done. I've been doing a lot of reading and dreaming and sketching so I am full of ideas. I just need to find the motivation to get out there in the heat. Even the dogs want nothing more than to stay in the air conditioning...
Saturday, July 14, 2012
I am always looking for creative (and inexpensive) ways to furnish my studio - you know, the one not built yet...
I found an auction of old science tables that a local school district is replacing. They are solid wood with a good hard top that will withstand banging, painting and glass. They are designed to be used with acids and bunsen burners. They'd be perfect for work surfaces and counters. The catch is you had to bid on the entire lot - 9 pallets of 10. Yes, 90 tables! Mr. Tabby and I have spent two days moving around very heavy tables in uncomfortable heat and humidity. We are exhausted.
Between the new studio and the garage, we will use about 30. So, we have a few left over. Mr. Tabby is firing up Craig's List tonight. Is anyone interested in a few tables?
Sunday, July 8, 2012
I was able to get some painting time in this weekend. This is what happened to my Bloom True painting class painting. Not very Flora Bowley-ish. Not sure what happened. But, I really like it. I think it is more influenced by my vacation in Arizona.
I even got a few things in the kiln this week. It was a good week! Now, off to Dallas for the day job. Got a studio to save for...
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Our vacation was a fantastic success. We managed to do something on everyone's list - ATVs for Mr. Tabby, ballooning for Grandma, rafting and caving for C, and galleries and inspiration for me. The dogs even got to do some hiking in a place that wasn't screaming hot. Not an easy feat to plan a vacation that pleased parents, a grandma, a teenager and two dogs!
Even so, it is wonderful to be home! All that travel sure makes me grateful for the home that we have created. I am even grateful that I had to sleep in a convoluted manner just so all of my kitties could tell me how much they missed me. Yes, grateful for the home filled with love...
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Friday was a busy day in Taos. After dropping Mr. Tabby and C off at the Rio Grande Gorge for some white water rafting, Grandma Tabby and I set off to explore Taos.
Our first stop was the New Mexico Furniture Company where we saw some beautiful horse paintings by John Farnsworth. Grandma Tabby coveted a large original painting but bought two prints. Thea was kind enough to give us the scoop on Taos and where we should go. She did not disappoint!
We wandered down Ledoux Street and found the Inger Jirby Gallery where everything was full of color! After lunch, we hit a few more galleries. My favorites were Copper Moon Gallery and Lenny Foster's Photography - such soul in his photos! He even gave my mom a notecard with her favorite image.
We came home to a house with no air conditioning. It's a good thing that some people work on Sundays. Otherwise, we'd be moving back into the trailer!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
The new upgraded RV is just about packed for our family vacation. We will be loading up C, the pups and even Grandma Tabby for our trip out west. No artwork from me in the coming weeks. But, look for some fabulous photographs from our journey.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
by Lisa Stamper Meyer
"Blooming Yucca" is one of my submissions to the Bulverde Area Art Center for the June/July exhibit. Tomorrow evening is our New Exhibit Reception.
Mr. Tabby was understanding enough to stop on the side of Interstate 10 outside Junction, TX in order for me to get a blooming yucca picture for inspiration. I finished it up in the Tangerine Tabby Alfresco Studio (aka backyard).
Monday, May 28, 2012
Mr. Tabby and C
Are we going to make it?
Waiting for a stuck friend
There is no better way to spend Memorial Day than with family and friends doing something that we love. We spent the weekend in the Hill Country camping, riding and grilling with friends and families who have all made it through multiple deployments.
Weekends like this are why they are willing to fight for our freedom. Please take a moment to honor those who were not able to come home to their families.