Artist Rolly G. Series, Part One

Rolly G. art makes my heart sing…

I’ve been very very excited about featuring the works of Rolly G.

I came across Rolly’s art not too long ago and fell completely in love with his style, his use of colors, his subject matter, just everything totally drew me in and made me smile.

When you think you’re totally impressed with a Rolly G. painting, just wait till you see the next one, then the next one, and so on!  And they are also very surprising.  He shows you something new all the time, but yet still Rolly G.  Just wait… You’ll see!

First, I’d like to introduce you to Rolly G.  Rolly has been very generous in sharing his fabulous artwork and his personal story.  Rolly is also going to tell us about his creations in his own words.  I hope you enjoy!

“My name is Rolly Garcia.”

“Originally, I am from the Philippines. Zamboanga City (Philippines) is my hometown while Davao City (Philippines) is where I get settled and got a career. I also consider it as my second home. I am married with 1 daughter and 1 baby coming soon (approximately by October 2017). In 2015, we moved to United States to fulfill our so-called “American Dream.”

We currently live in Macon, Georgia (Just one and a half hour away from the famous City – Atlanta). The place is peaceful and the people are amazing here. They are courteous and pleasant to deal with.

When I was young, I am into arts. I really love to draw anything. I am a left-handed person, so I think I gave justice to the description that “left handed persons are creative.”

Back in the Philippines, I never had the chance to paint. Basically it’s because I don’t have the time. I was a Medical Representative and most of the time I am busy (working almost 7 days a week with lots of paper works and other extra activities). Also, the painting materials in the Philippines are quite expensive and honestly I cannot afford to buy them, they would range from Php.500.00 – Php.1,000.00 (in Philippine currency).

When we move here in the United States, I decided to try one of the things in my bucket list – To paint! Started checking out the painting materials, from canvas to acrylic paints and paint brushes.  I was a bit surprised that the materials are quit affordable. So last July 2016, I started buying small canvases and some acrylic paints and I did my first experiment on doing acrylic painting.”

“This was my first successful acrylic paint.”

 Title: The Sunset with 3 hearts

“I started painting on smaller canvas first with simple designs and fewer colors. Currently, I started painting bigger ones and adding more mediums like buttons, beads, glitters and sisal rope to create textures and to make a different approach in doing acrylic paintings. This will make my creations unique too. I consider myself as novice in this field. I never attended any formal lessons or trainings about painting. I am still learning, exploring, experimenting and at the same time enjoying this new passion. I read articles and blogs related to paintings to enhance my knowledge and to gain new ideas to master my craft.”

 “Coins and hardware parts paintings – I created this to create some sort of tree/flower design.  Materials are Philippine coins and mostly hardware parts. This was made on 24″x 36″ canvas, painted with black background and sprayed some metallic silver spray paint.”

“3 piece acrylic painting with sisal rope (twine) – Mixed media arts.  Ideal for a bedroom or office to create some calming effect because it gives you “Nature Feels.”

“Meow – a painting of cat with buttons.”

“When I started posting some of my works on Facebook and Instagram, I get a positive response from my friends and that inspires me to do more. Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. In Art, imagination is your limit.”

“Lady in Red – She is in Paris, searching for Love.”

“A Walk in the Rain – showing a girl in red with umbrella walking through the city.”

“One of my goals is to have my own exhibit in the future to raise funds and to make a charity event. Back in the Philippines, I was able to organize two charity events, and I lead my team to raise funds (by selling stuff) and the amount raised was used for the charity event. We visited the “House of Hope” – wherein the patients here are kids with cancer. We brought some gifts (like toys), food and gave some fun (thru games). At least in this way, we want to bring smile on their faces and let them forget of their condition. I love doing charity, as this is our way of giving back for all the blessings that God gave us through the years.”

“Hot Air Balloon – Made with buttons, beads and some craft materials. Love lift us up where we belong.”

“The Love Birds – 2 birds having a great view of the moon.”

“Abstract Painting – In black, red, and white. This painting is showing a red color in the center of the 4 piece acrylic painting with some black and white background.”

That one just blows me away!  Hey, it’s Jfay again.

I hope you enjoyed previewing Rolly’s captivating artworks.  There is so much that I want to show here on Yum Factor 10 of his paintings, that I am doing a Three Part Series, this being the first installment.

There are more fabulous artworks, plus Rolly has documented a step by step of one of his paintings that has very special meaning to him and his family.  Cannot wait to show you all more!

And speaking of more….  I do have one more to show you that has special meaning to me.

I am very very fortunate to now possess a Rolly G. of my own – It’s hanging on my dining room wall – Aaaaaa!!!  Haha!!  I’m like a giddy fan – which I am!

This one is titled Prima Ballerina:

This was painted in acrylics and has sparkly beads that look to me like she’s dancing among the stars.  It’s just so stunning!  The black background is very shiny.

I want to show you a closeup of the texture he’s put on her skirt/tutu.  This is what he told me about how he created this effect.

“One interesting thing about the Prima Ballerina painting:  I used cotton buds (instead of regular paint brush) to create the texture on her skirts.  I dip the tip of the cotton buds on the acrylic paint and dab it on the canvas to create a unique texture.  I’m quite sure nobody else have used this technique.  That make this painting a one of its kind.”

Well, I am certainly thrilled — honored — just completely ecstatic to have this original Rolly G.  I shall cherish it always.  I told Rolly that she fits right in and seems so much at home here as I decorate my living room in the cosmos.   She’s dancing in the stars surrounded by the universe.   Which, her skirt reminds me of a galaxy all its own.  All the planets dancing in their own beautiful harmony.

And that’s just what Rolly G. sets out to do, as he said himself – “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. In Art, imagination is your limit.”

Please feel free to contact Rolly G. regarding purchasing a painting of your own.  You owe it to yourself!

Here are Rolly’s online connections:
Website: rollygblog.wordpress.com
Facebook Page: Paintings by Rolly G.
Instagram: @paintingsbyrollyg

Till next time, stay wonderful!

Jfay

Wonderful Wonderland of Hats and Bows

Meet Amy Ryan of Amy Wonderland

Amy is a crazy talented lady that I’ve had the privilege of knowing now for over 3 years, and have had the great fortune to have worked with her on several collaborative themed projects.  Her deep love of art has manifested itself in many different forms through the years.  She named several things she’s enjoyed, get a load of all these skills: writing, drawing, painting, sculpting, styling makeup and hair, photography, stitching, knitting, crocheting, singing, trumpeting, and body modification.  She says that for as long as she can remember she’s always adored making things with love and giving to others.  And that she does…

I wanted to show you a small demonstration of one of our collaborative efforts several years ago.  We did an Alice in Wonderland themed collection together.  At the time I was working with perfumery.  Here is a promotional banner which shows the fabulous hat Amy made and she wrote this awesome poem about our collection:

How cool is that?  And look at that hat!  Hey, I can rhyme too!

And speaking of hats, here are a couple that she’s designed recently.  These are Fascinator Hats from her CMTA Collection:

There’s something else you should know about Amy.  Amy is an amazing and giving person, and it goes way beyond her artistic abilities.

Amy bravely lives with a disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth.  She says, “It’s the most common disease you’ve never heard of.  CMT is a hereditary motor and sensory neuromuscular disease which causes pain, loss of sensation, and death to muscles in the body.  It can effect hands, arms, feet, legs, diaphragm (breathing), skeletal structure (scoliosis), memory, brain function and other parts of the body.”

And you know what?  Instead of giving in, Amy works hard.  Not only having the will to continue with her hat and bow making, but also donating at least 10% of her monthly gross income to the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association’s STAR Research Fund.  She says, “This fund works tirelessly; researching treatments and, hopefully one day, a cure.  I smile knowing that every item I make for my Etsy shop is durable, beautiful, enjoyable, and supportive of a worthy cause. I currently sell hair accessories, and will be adding different items to my shop whenever I can. I sell a collection of blue and orange items, which are the official colors of the CMTA.  50% of the proceeds of those items go directly to the CMTA charity.”

Amy works towards raising awareness and money for the CMTA (cmtausa.org), and continues to be a super courageous person who, despite wearing leg braces every day, using a wheelchair to get around, and can only use her hands for short periods of time – does all she does!  Such an inspiration…  She is a loving wife, a superhero aunt, and a very loyal friend who has a giant heart (to be sure) and loves to  smile and laugh.

It’s people like Amy that make this world go around much more beautifully, with her kind and warm spirit and gorgeous items that we can all wear and enjoy.  I myself own beautiful designs made by Amy.  Here is a collage of some of her recent hats and bows:

I truly hope you’ll stop by and see Amy.  She is the most friendly person you’ll ever get a chance to meet.  She also does custom orders, so drop her a line and tell her what you’d like to wear to brighten up your style and day.

You can find her online shop at: www.amywonderland.etsy.com

And her Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/AmyWonderland

It’s been a pleasure sharing Amy’s art with all of you, and I appreciate her sharing her personal story with us all.

To find out more about CMT, visit cmtausa.org 

Till next time, Stay Wonderful!

Jfay

Studio3B – Featured Shop!

Very honored to be the one being featured today! Yum Factor 10 and Studio 3B are featured on Tea Time Shopping.

Studio3B is filled with unique, beautiful purses and lip balm holders.  Every item is hand-crafted by Johanna (also known as Jfay), the owner of the shop. Studio3B is located in Houston, Texas.

In the years that I have known Jfay, I’ve found her to be sweet, giving, smart, fun-loving, wildly talented, and funny.  She has such a great way with words and a very unique story to tell.  When I approached her about making this feature, she was ecstatic.  I asked her to tell us about herself, her background, and her hobbies, here’s what she had to say:

“Hello, my name is Johanna Bustamento and I am a nut 😉 Haha! Nope, nope, let’s start over 🙂

I enjoy sewing and crafting of all kinds. I’m always looking forward to new and inspiring projects. I find inspiration everywhere, and have a long family history of artistic creatives, so it seems I may have inherited quite a few loves of different types of creative output. I like to keep it fresh, keep it new and always have fun.

At the present, I’ve been enjoying making lip balm holders. I came across this idea when looking for a project to incorporate using left over fabrics from my purse projects. I found only one “how to” on the subject, and it did not really work for me, so I set about to create my own design. After several experiments I finally got the look down that I wanted and also added a few extra features to make them really cute as well as functional.

So now I set about to find specific fabric just for these little cuties instead of them being the afterthought project. They’ve found their way to my heart, and have now taken center stage. I’m enjoying making cute and fun themed designs with these. My favorite right now is the Wonder Woman themed holders.

The fabulous thing about these holders is that I make them using key rings, and you can clip and carry them anywhere. Even if you’re not carrying a bag. Some have large enough clasps to clip them to your belt loops and you can also clip them to any zipper pull. My new motto now is, “Stay kissable on the go!”

My other new passion is blogging. I began blogging a while back and had an idea of where I wanted it to go, but then kind of let it lag. I’m now back with a clearer vision and much eagerness. My blog is named Yum Factor 10, American Crafted. The main focus of Yum Factor 10 is to celebrate the fabulousness of American artists, artisans and crafters. My family and I appreciate the hard work and dedication that these very talented people put into what they do.

I’ll be blogging about all kinds of fun stuffs. From mouth watering goodness – and probably a shared family recipe or two in the mix, to celebrating those who provide us with beautiful things, and make things that make us look gorgeous, to stylish art, very crafty things, and who knows what all I’ll find! And definitely we’ll be trying some craft beers and IPA’s. That’s one of my (and my family’s) newest hobbies.

There is also a showcase on Yum Factor 10 for local stars in our area, and I plan to be adding an International Friends category soon. So all kinds of fun stuffs going on. I hope you’ll stop by and visit. I’m always on the lookout for fresh talent to showcase, so drop me a line if you know of anyone that I should check out. yumfactor10.com

Also, please stop by and visit my Etsy Shop for some fun fashion accessories. http://www.etsy.com/shop/studio3b

You can also find Jfay, Studio3B, and YumFactor10 at:
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+WickdJfay
Instagram: http://instagram.com/johannabustamento
Studio3B Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/studio3bcreations/
YumFactor10 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yumfactor10/

Studio3B is always adding wonderful new items to their shop, so be sure to check back often!  Jfay welcomes custom orders, so feel free to message her.  There are also new and exciting things being added to the Yum Factor 10 blog all the time!

Written by: Amy Wonderland

Tea Time Shopping Guide

Our new featured shop is Studio3B!

IMG_6516Studio3B is filled with unique, beautiful purses and lip balm holders.  Every item is hand-crafted by Johanna (also known as Jfay), the owner of the shop. Studio3B is located in Houston, Texas.

In the years that I have known Jfay, I’ve found her to be sweet, giving, smart, fun-loving, wildly talented, and funny.  She has such a great way with words and a very unique story to tell.  When I approached her about making this feature, she was ecstatic.  I asked her to tell us about herself, her background, and her hobbies, here’s what she had to say:

“Hello, my name is Johanna Bustamento and I am a nut 😉 Haha! Nope, nope, let’s start over 🙂

I enjoy sewing and crafting of all kinds. I’m always looking forward to new and inspiring projects. I find inspiration everywhere, and have a long family…

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Sexy Veggie Tortilla Wraps Served Tex Mex Style

They look sexy, they taste sexy, and hey, they may even help keep you looking sexy with all the bright beautiful veggies in this recipe!

These Sexy Veggie Tortilla Wraps are very easy to assemble and everyone can build their own.

Ingredients:

Large Burrito Size Tortilla Shells

Swiss Cheese

Fresh Spinach

Tomato

Red Onion

Black Olives

Sour Cream

Tortilla Chips and Salsa or Guacamole

First begin by prepping your veggies.

Thoroughly rinse and spin dry the spinach, and be sure to drain all the liquid from the olives.

Slice the onions and tomatoes thinly so they can be easily folded within the tortilla.

This recipe is very versatile.  You can use any vegetables that you prefer.  Great additions to this combo are fresh white button mushrooms thinly sliced, avocado or guacamole, cilantro and turkey.  I like to serve this wrap Tex-Mex style with chips and salsa.

Let’s get your shells and cheese ready to go into the oven.

Cover a large pizza pan with aluminum foil. This closes up the air hole vents so that your shells will not dry out.

Place the tortilla shells on the pan, overlapping each other.

Place the Swiss cheese on the outer edges of the shells so that the cheese will not melt your shells together.

Place the pan in a 350 degree oven just until the cheese melts.  This step only takes a few minutes.

Once you remove the shells from the oven let them sit for a minute to cool just a bit before removing.

And now to put it all together!

Once you remove the shells from the oven and let them cool just a minute, remove them from the pan using a spatula onto your work prep area.

I improvise by lining my counter with aluminum foil and use that as my work space.  I usually build 2-3 wraps at a time.

begin by spreading a generous amount of sour cream all over the shell.  Yum…..

Then layer your veggies, using as much as you want of each.

Salt and pepper if you like, then get ready to roll!

Roll towards the cheese, so that it can act like a glue to hold your wrap together.

Once rolled up, slice on an angle.

Serve with chips and salsa or guacamole and an ice cold beer.

Sexy veggie YUM!!

I hope you enjoy.  Let me know if you try this recipe and what ingredients you used.

Till next time, stay wonderful!

Jfay

Nostalgia and Home Style Food

Humble City Cafe, in Humble, TX.

 This Restaurant has long memories for me and my family.  It’s always been the place for fun family celebrations or when we’re wanting some good home style cooking.

Humble City Cafe is housed in the historic Pangburn Building which was built in 1914.

Mr. Tom Ott is the owner of Humble City Cafe which opened in 1995.  I know we’ve probably been visiting since it’s opening.

Humble City Cafe prides itself in the freshest Southern home cooking and friendly service.

I always indulge in my favorite Vegetable Plate combo when I visit.  It’s a favorite that I cannot wait to eat and this is always the best place when I’ve got to have my fix!

They have the best fried green tomatoes, and they’re served with delicious ranch dressing for dipping.  YUUUUMMM!  Their fried okra always comes out piping hot and they have homestyle mac and cheese and mashed potatoes.  Gravy is served on the side when requested.

You always receive freshly baked rolls and cornbread upon arrival too.  The cornbread comes in a small cast iron skillet and is served with cinnamon butter.  Oh yeah!

Couldn’t wait to dig in!

The interior is an experience in itself.  The walls are covered in numerous tin signs and all types of antique items fill the entire restaurant. There’s so much to see and take in.

There is plenty of seating room at Humble City Cafe.  They’ve hosted us for many family parties in the past including my 50th Funny Hat Party, which is such a great memory for me.  Mr. Ott made an appearance and sang Happy Birthday.  He is well known for serenading patrons of the restaurant, especially in years past, so his song was really the icing on top of the cake for my celebration.  I’ll always remember it.

I hope you’ll stop in and visit the good folks at Humble City Cafe next time you’re in the Humble area.  They really do make an effort to make you feel welcomed and well cared for during your visit.  It’s a fun stop down memory lane as well as delicious food.  They have an extensive menu with all your Southern favorites like Chicken Fried Steak, Ribeye, Chicken Fried Chicken, Pork Chops, Burgers, and of course those yummy sides.  One thing that is a must try here is their Zucchini.  I don’t know how they get it so delicious but it tastes like it’s grilled and it’s sliced really thin. So good!  They also have Salads, Fish, Sandwiches, Pasta, the list just goes on and on.  Some of their specialties include Peach tea, their cornbread in a skillet, hand-made potato chips and fruit cobblers.  They also have their own bottled sodas.  Are you hungry yet?

You can visit Humble City Cafe online and read all about them and see their menu. They also have a banquet hall upstairs and cater as well.  A special treat is to visit during the holidays. It’s always so magical with all of the decorations.  A great place for a family holiday party.  I always like to visit at Christmas time.

Wishing you all good food and good fun.  Be sure to visit Humble City Cafe for Southern home cooking Yum!

Till next time, stay wonderful!

Jfay

Shine Bright Like a Diamond

For the whole world to see!

On a recent visit to my favorite hair stylist Vd, I asked her if she had anything that would make my hair shine.  I’ve been letting my natural highlights grow in and I like my new silvers, but sometimes I feel that I’d like for them to shine a bit more.  Vd recommended the Chi Miss Universe Style Illuminate Spray.

I was amazed at how fast this works and how my hair went from boring to bling!  It really shined and looked polished.  Vd says that you can put this on before or after your hairspray and she’s right.  The hairspray does not take away from the shine.  When you spray on the Illuminate spray, hold the can away from your hair so that it’s not direct, close up contact.  You know, like you’re spraying on your hairspray.  Go lightly, it does not take very much at all.  Just a quick, fine mist, and you are shining!  I’ve not been this impressed with a product in a long time.

This spray also helps to eliminate frizz and flyaways.  I’ve used it to control this type of issue when my hair was flying everywhere.  I styled my hair the best I could and then sprayed on some of the Illuminate.  I then tried again, and it was more controllable. I was able to style as wanted and then followed with a light mist of hairspray, and my hair was still shiny!

When reading about this product from online sources, they say it’s made using moringa and macadamia nut oils and that it is made in America. How to use: Hold 10-12″ away from dry hair and spray evenly.

I now love how my silvers shine and look so polished.  It really does make a big difference.

So I would say that Chi Miss Universe Style Illuminate Spotlight Shine Spray is definitely bringing the YUM for shining like a diamond!

You can stop by and see Vd, at Hair by Vd to snag some of this wonderful shining spray for yourself!  If you’re not in the Houston/Humble area, you can find it in beauty supply stores and online.

I hope you’ll give it a try and let me know what you think!

Till next time, stay wonderful!

Jfay

Hold on to Your Hats!

You’re going to love this!

The Havisham Head'N Home Handmade Hats

The Havisham

I came across Head’N Home recently and fell in love with their product.  Complete brilliance in hat making! Everything is handmade with exceptional care, and each hat is like a work of art.

 Just as amazing as their product, is the story of how their founder, Mr. Gary Watrous began his hat making journey.

I’ll summarize from Mr. Watrous’ story, which can be found in its entirety on their site:

Gary Watrous began Head’N Home in the early 1970’s with an investment of $20.00 in leather and $20.00 in leather working tools.  He began with making belts, wallets and purses and selling them from his 1960 Chevy station wagon.  After creating a hat for himself and loving it, he never looked back.  Hats became his sole artistic focus and calling.  Since then he’s had the good fortune to have tremendous support and advice from talented hat professionals and knowledgeable individuals over the years and also the good fortune to have a creative and supportive family who have chosen to join him as the demand for his handmade hats has grown.

Today his son, brother, sister, daughter and wife all contribute their artistic attributes to their family business.  They are all genius at what they do.

 They have a variety of hat lines, including Double G western hats with a rock star edge, American Outback, Ashbury, and Sol Air, but my two favorites are their Voodoo Hatter and Steampunk Hatter lines.

Here are some hats from their Steampunk Hatter Line.  It was tough deciding which to feature here, as every single one of their designs is just unbelievable.  There is definitely something for everyone, and for every taste.

Absinthe and Pistol.

Head'N Home Hats

Trinket and Draco

The designs, the details, all the extra special effects.  Everything is just so stunning.

Now get ready for Voodoo Hatter.

The Caliber from Head'N Home Hats

Caliber

Head’N Home describes this line as Badass Leather Top Hats.  The meek need not apply.  Gotta love it!

Claw and The El Dorado Fleur de Lis

Pale Rider – Skull Band and Rio Topper

 

Head’N Home has hats for men and women and for just about every occasion.

You can definitely see and feel the love that this family pours into their work.  It was an honor to feature Head’N Home here on Yum Factor 10.  A huge thank you to them for bringing these creative and ingenious hats to life.

Head’N Home Handmade Hats

Watsonville, CA

Till next time, stay wonderful!

Jfay

(Pictures courtesy of Head’N Home)