Monday, January 25, 2010

Mamma Mia on Tour

My sister and I are going to St. Louis, MO to see the touring Broadway show of Mamma Mia in Feb (next month) I'm so excited! We discovered the movie last summer and I can't tell you how many times we have watched it.  Well, we only watched it one time together.  That was a fun night.  No boys, lots of wine and lots of bling and feathered boas.  Good times.
Since that movie seemed to strike us both at such a level, it seemed only natural to go and see the Broadway version.  After all, that is where the movie started theater.  The history of this production is quite interesting.  If you don't know already, the entire production is embellished (or perhaps born from music by Abba) with music by Abba.  You young thangs may not even know about Abba, but us 70's and 80's girls will totally know them and appreciate them.  

According to Wikepedia:

Mamma Mia!, promoted as Mamma Mia! The Movie, is a 2008 romantic comedy film adapted from the 1999 West End musical of the same name, based on the songs of successful pop groupABBA, with additional music composed by ABBA member Benny Andersson. Produced by Universal Pictures in partnership with Tom Hanks' and Rita Wilson's Playtone and Littlestar,[2] it became the highest-grossing film musical of all time breaking the 30-year-old record of Grease. The title originates from ABBA's 1975 chart-topper "Mamma Mia". Meryl Streep heads the cast, playing the role of single mother Donna Sheridan. Pierce BrosnanColin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgård play the three possible fathers to Donna's daughter, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried).
On 29 August 2008, Mamma Mia!: The Sing-Along Edition, with lyrics to the songs highlighted on the screen, was released in selected cinemas.[3] Mamma Mia! became the highest-grossing film of all time in the United Kingdom, surpassing Titanic.[4][5]

WHATEVER! Rhea and I both loved the movie.  We talk about it all the time.  So, we know we will enjoy the broadway version.  We both always wanted to go to New York and see a broadway play.  However, we are not against going anywhere to see a touring broadway play.

I bought the tickets tonight.  This week we will complete all the travel plans for a sisters weekend.  I can't wait to spend time with my sister and see a broadway show even if it is not in New York City.  

Meanwhile, let me leave you with this photo of the fabulous Meryl Streep from the Mamma Mia Movie.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I'm in the Mood for Love or Valentines Day

I love love love Valentines Day! I think it must have something to do with all the red, pink, and romance. There are so many wonderful handmade Valentines gifts available on Etsy! If you have not already, you really should take a minute and go and check out all of the possibilities. You might even get some ideas to make some things!

I made several of these little heart magnets and I have some listed in my shop.  I plan to add a few more that I finished today so be on the look out for that.  I would love to know what you doing for Valentines crafts or decorating.  Please Share your thoughts and ideas.  Meanwhile, hugs and kisses! (the chocolate kind)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

More Web Generators

  I have spent a considerable amount of time on the web tonight just searching for cool web generators.  I am so thankful that their are computer smarties out there that are willing to create code and programs that make it easy for the rest of us to do cool stuff on the web.  I suppose I am a bit of a nerd to have actually searched for this stuff, but.....I enjoy being able to use these tools in my creative journey.  I also like to use them to make my blog interesting.  So, I have decided to share some cool tools with you.  You may or may not be interested in one or none.  Just take a look...

Click on the links below to go the generator listed.  Please let me know if any of these links do not work.

    So, this should get you started with a few little fun ways to pimp your blog.  I am looking for other cool generators so if you find something....please share.

    Friday, January 22, 2010

    Come Fly With Me

    fly black with dots
    Originally uploaded by Funky Art Queen
    This morning I had to get something from my completed art work stash and I saw all my little clay heart magnets and was so inspired by them. I pulled them out so I could look at them this evening. Sure enough, during a break from work, I went to MIchaels (craft store) and bought some clay so I could make some more of these fun and funky magnets. I have several of these on my fridge and they always make me smile. PLUS: They inspire me creatively.

    I hand sculpted the clay hearts and painted them in a number of ways. Then after they were completely dry, I added sculpey finish (glossy). When that was dry, I glued the sculpted hearts to some wings I had cut out from old tins that I had in my storage room. Oh, the tins were so happy to finally be used for something.

    I really felt the urge to make more of these and after selling several on etsy tonight, I am really encouraged.

    So, tonight, I hand sculpted several clay hearts in hot pink, bright red and purple. Tomorrow when they have cooled off, I will paint them and begin the process of assemblage. These little heart magnets are just what I needed right now.

    Wednesday, January 20, 2010

    My Wish...

    I was surfing blogs and I found this really fabulous blog....and I discovered "Jamie's Wishcasting Wednesdays".  Today is Wednesday! Wow, I actually arrived on time to something......Today's Wishcast is .....
    What Do you Wish For Your Family? 
    I will answer this challenge in a list format.
    1. Peace in their hearts
    2. Safety and Security
    3. A Passion for Life
    4. Someone to love
    5. Someone to love them
    6. Something to be passionate about-a hobby
    7. The knowledge that I, Lesley Chandler loved them more than they will ever know. 
    What do you wish for your family?

    Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    Deb Needs Us

    We get so caught up in our lives and then suddenly it hits us, we have not heard from so and so for some time.  That happened to me this weekend.  I suddenly wondered what in the world had happened to my blog friend Deb from "Deb Did It".  She is ever so faithful in responding to my blogs and Facebook notes.....something was obviously not right as I had not heard from her for some time.   So, I went to her blog and discovered the dismal news.

    Apparently, while they were traveling away ( I believe Florida-correct me if I'm wrong) the pipes in their beautiful, historical home (I believe it was originally built in 1915) decided that since they were frozen, they would take this time to bust and flood the entire house.  Deb and her husband came home to a flood and a house that was almost destroyed.  It looks as though all they have left is a skeleton of a house.

    So, now they are dealing with the fact that their home and their livelihood has been all but destroyed. Yes, it looks as though they had insurance as she mentions that the "insurance adjusters" have been there.  They are in the process of reconstruction and trying desperately  to keep their spirits up.  Deb is not one to give up that easily.  

    I got this FB note tonight from a common friend of Deb.....

    Brenda Seaholm-Wampler January 19 at 8:08pm Reply
    I am sending a call out to my mutual friends of Deb Taylor. As many of you know, her 1915 home, bed and breakfast, and soul has been flooded, and is in near ruin. Not to mention, she has a birthday coming in a few days! Deb has done so much for me and my soul, and I want to try and help lift hers a bit. To remind her that no matter what, her friends still surround her with love. Not that she needs reminding, but some days are not as good as others.
    So, what I was thinking was a Card Shower. Just send a belated birthday wish, a well wish, or a just thinking of you wish to her. Deb helped me once do this for my daughter, and she enjoyed doing it, not to mention, it does makes the receiver feel loved. So, if you can, and if you know others that know Deb, please spread the word.
    Thank you all!!
    Deb Taylor
    P.O. Box 284
    Carmine, TX 78932

    Please consider sending Deb words of encouragement or donations to hep get their place back to "Bed and Breakfast" status.  I know if it was me, she would be right there trying to help.  

    If you have a moment, please stop by to give her some words of encouragement.....If you are inspired to do anything more, please email me at and will help you with that.  I have her address! xoxo

    Sunday, January 17, 2010

    Sisters and Friends

      Tonight I find myself thinking about my relationship with my sisters; "Ronetta" and "Rhea".  I suppose these thoughts are brought about by the combination of my stage in life (kinda mid-life....not telling you my age) and the recent death of our father due to emphysema. 

    Truly, if I could write decently, I would have the best material for a tragic comedy.  The movie that comes to mind for comparison is "Hanging Up" with Diane Keaton.  Did you see it?  Here is a link to the trailer....if you have not watched this movie, I highly recommend it:

     Three sisters who were once very close as children have grown up and moved on in their lives.  Though they maintain an attempt at maintaining a sense of "family", it is their elderly and terminally ill father who unwittingly forces them to realize and appreciate their need for each other. 

    Anyway, I'm the "oldest", Ronetta is the "middle child" and Rhea is the "youngest".  We have so many stories both good and bad, old and new, funny and not so many dynamics....but we love each other so much.  

    Just feelin' it for sisters tonight. Would love to hear about your sisters.  Oh and you might enjoy looking at my flickr photo group called "Sisters and Friends".  Love you Rhea and Ronetta.....just remember, I'm the oldest.  XOXO

    Friday, January 15, 2010

    Sweet Potato Queen Parade or Bust

     OK, I have something exciting to share!  Raise your hand if you have ever heard of the "Sweet Potato Queen" herself, Jill Conner Browne? Did you ever read any of her eight books?...the first one being, "The Book of Love"? Just nod yes or no. .... 

    Well, I have to admit, I heard of her (way back) and I never read any of her books.  I was much to serious and intellectual for that.....REALLY! How could I have overlooked her and her queenly insights about life as a woman?  Because of Jill, I am truly (no tongue in cheek here) a better and happier woman!

    I rediscovered Ms. Sweet Potato Queen (Jill Conner Browne) at the Junior League Luncheon at the Merry Market in Odessa, Texas 2009.  She was the speaker for this event and boy did she speak?!  She spoke to my heart.  Before she completed her queenly speech, she had me... crown, feather boa, and bling to boot! For whatever reason, I wanted to attend the Queens' Parade in March of 2010, in Jackson, Mississippi with all my heart and I said it out loud.....

    Admittedly, I drank a glass of wine (or 2)  that night and decided I should email my friends and tell them we needed to participate in the Sweet Potato Queen Parade in Jackson MS in March. I really thought they would all think I was crazy and they would ignore yet another crazy email from their friend the "Funky Art Queen" and that would end another Funky Art Queen idea.  

    But Before I knew it, I had a small group of friends that wanted to join in and really, really be Queens at the Sweet Potato Queen Parade!  Initially, I was going to be the "Funky Art Queen" by myself at the parade....then, my group of friends decided we should be the "Blingin' Bitches of Texas".  I love that!  

    Now, there are 5 of us "Blingin' Bitches of Texas" preparing to attend the March 2010 Parade. We are plotting and preparing......and so obsessed with this.  Why? Why are we participating in this crazy and silly event?  Well, I asked my fellow Blingin' Bitches of Texas friends this question last night at a meeting. 

    We decided that this is a gift to ourselves.  As women, we take care of everyone else constantly to the point that we are exhausted.....and  after many years of doing this......we have collectively decided that it is our turn!  Life is very short......and though we love our families and friends and would do anything for them....we must take a moment in time for ourselves......a break, a time of healing and that we can continue to take care of our loved ones.  

    I want to offer up this very funny lady author to you.  Please say you will at least consider buying some of her books.  Start with the first one like I did.  Then check out her calendar and go to one of her speaking engagements and you will totally understand what I am trying to tell you.

    Anyway, I'm so in.  I have ordered my parade dress and my majorette boots and I can't tell you how giddy I was when the boots arrived.  I was never a majorette or drill team member....Now I am dang it.  So, keep in touch and I will keep you posted on all of the festivities and lessons for life.  Hugs! XOXO

    And Please let me brag for a moment about that banner made for the Blingin' Bitches by Wings Dove Design at Etsy.  She works very hard to get exactly what you want.  So if you need a fine looking new banner for your blog go see her and tell her I sent ya!

    Tuesday, January 12, 2010

    Today, I have nothing but the message above.  I was reminded of this old message while reading "The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love by Jill Conner Browne.  LoVe It!!!

    Sunday, January 10, 2010

    How to Make Mud Pies |

    How to Make Mud Pies |

    Beautiful Mud Pies

    When I was young, I was fortunate enough to have a mother that allowed me to participate in the making of mud pies.  Or, perhaps she did not know I was creating gritty gourmet pastries.  I'm sure she was enlightened the moment I walked in the house though.  At any rate, I  have wonderful memories of mixing just the right amount of water with dirt in order to create the right consistency to create my pies.  I loved the feeling of the mud squishing through my fingers.  I added dirt until the mud was ready for patting into my lovely pies.  I think this might have been the beginning of my adoration for pottery artists.

    I'm always looking at the pottery and ceramics on Etsy.  I bought my sister a wonderful piece from JM Pottery.  (See Above) for Christmas.  This is not the actual piece but it is much like the one I bought her.  It reminded me of our photo of her striped socks in the black shoes that you see on my sidebar!  She liked it.

    Here on some links to some fabulously funky pottery artists on etsy: Ok, I noticed this artist some time ago on etsy.  Gee, I wonder why?  Take a look at her use of bright colors and oh how I love a black and white stripe.  You gotta love MaryJudy and her funky pottery pieces.  One of these days, I am going to get one of those fun bowls with the funky legs! LOVE HER!!!

    Take a look at these funky and whimsical cups!  Everyone should have these for their morning coffee.  How could you possibly be in a bad mood? You can find Natalyasots on etsy as well.  I also thought this was a particularly interesting and fun piece:

    I just wanted to share these artists with you.  How do you feel about pottery and ceramics? Do they get your motor going?