Remember the Moments

That’s exactly what this fabulous lady, Beth Byrd, of Pretty Byrd Designs helps you do through her hand crafted paper genius.

I met Beth several years ago, and have been a huge fan of her work ever since.  I really love her sense of style, the romance and sentiment that she captures in everything she does.  She handcrafts special cards for every occasion imaginable, makes gorgeous keepsake boxes, gift tags, and unique journals.

When I asked Beth about her inspirations, she said, “I tend to focus on flowers, botanical images and nature. Vintage style items have always caught my eye and I’m in love with the “shabby chic” style. I use lots of lace, burlap, and distressed-looking embellishments in my creations.  There are so many sources for inspiration – nature, magazines, books, a scrap of paper or a piece of fabric. Walking through the craft shops is always exciting … but can be expensive!!”

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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.

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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!

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Studio3B – Featured Shop!

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

 

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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.

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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.    Continue reading “Nostalgia and Home Style Food”

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.

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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.

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Craft Beer and Great Atmosphere

Whether you’re a Hop Head, craft beer aficionado, or just like trying something new, you’re going to appreciate The Hop Stop, right here in Humble.

My first impression was that it’s like a Baskin Robbins for craft beer lovers!

At The Hop Stop it’s all about craft beer.  All craft, all the time.  And many amazing choices.

The Hop Stop, Humble, TX

You’ll know this is a friendly place as soon as you walk in the door.

We were greeted very warmly by owners Rick and Dawn Tyler, and made to feel like we were among friends, even on our first visit.

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