Totally Texas Holiday Gifts from Texas State Historical Association

Texas State Historical Association

Howdy again y’all!

Hope I’m not wearin’ out my welcome, but I had to let you know about these cool gifts available from TSHA.  Click on their banner to check out their Holiday Gift Guide for some great specials on books & limited edition fine art prints.  Or how about a Gift Membership for the history lover in your life?  A great gift supporting a great effort to preserve and promote Texas History.  They are sayin’, “Order by December 17 for delivery by Christmas”, so I wanted to let you know in plenty of time to take advantage.

I also wanted to introduce my new and improved Zazzle store at  I updated the layout as well as added some new gift items.   Let me know what you think of it.

Thanks for all of your support!  So far, is off to a great start and I have big plans for the future.  Thanks to all y’all for sharing my efforts with your friends and social networks.  It really works! Now I ask you all for some feedback.  Let me know how you like the site, if it is easy for you to navigate or if I could make some improvements that would make it easier to find your way around.

Don’t forget to nominate your favorite Texas Artisan!  Let me know your favorites from the Holiday Events you attend and share your photos with us on Facebook.

Jingle on!



Shop Totally Texas for the Holidays – UPDATE

Texas SnowflakesSince it’s 80 degrees outside, I thought I’d offer a Totally Texas virtual White Christmas for my readers.  Turn the A/C down real low and imagine the snowflakes landing on your eyelashes;)Snowflakes

I am so excited to share this Totally Texas Featured Artisan, Cindi Hendrickson of  Cindi is an extremely talented Jewelry Artisan of the highest caliber.  I have been following Creative Habits on Facebook for a couple of months now as she has been upgrading her garage studio and creating new pieces.  I was so impressed by her skills and dedication to her craft, it almost superseded my awe of her creative talent.  See some of Cindi’s works on her website or better yet, see her in person at the Cherrywood Art Fair this weekend.

Cherrywood Art Fair 2012

Cherrywood Art Fair
December 8 & 9
E. 38 1/2 St. & Maplewood Ave.
Austin, TX

The Cherrywood Art Fair is an East Austin tradition in its 11th year hosted by the Chula League.  Along with Cindi and her Creative Habits Artisan Jewelry collection, the Cherrywood Art fair will feature a wide variety of Texas art and artisans from woodworking to ‘iPhonography’, they all look very intriguing.  There will also be food trailers, music and fun stuff for the kiddos while you shop. The event is held at Maplewood Elementary in Austin (map).  Click on their poster to find a schedule of activities and link to a booth map.

From my own collection this week I’m introducing the Yellow Rose Series of designs available on gifts and souvenirs from TotallyTexasGifts on Zazzle.  There are coordinating fleece jackets, messenger bags, IPad Mini Cases, IPad portfolios, phone cases and more, all with the Yellow Rose theme.

‘Til next time, enjoy this Totally Texas Holiday season, 80 degree weather and all.


Digital painting by Cami Perriraz 
Click here to see more Totally Texas Gifts by Cami Perriraz
Digital painting by Cami Perriraz

Click image to see Totally Texas Gifts & Souvenirs with this design.

Totally Texas Gifts for the holidays!

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The Legend of the Yellow Rose of Texas

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Texana collectibles at Texana Lane

A corral of treasures to be found at Texana Lane, Lockhart, Texas

Happy Yule Y’all!

Hope y’all are enjoying a great kickoff to your holidays this weekend with one of the many events we have going on around Central Texas.  Just check my Event Calendar to find one going on right now.I plan on popping over to the Dickens Christmas in Lockhart this evening and trying out my new Canon Power Shot SX500 IS digital camera on the Christmas lights.

Texana Lane sent their thanks for the mention in last week’s post.  I must say the pleasure was all mine.  Thanks to all y’all for passing on the word and supporting Lane and her lovely gallery/shop.  A great cure for the “Big Box Blues”.

My painting subject this week was the Yellow Rose of Texas and I felt compelled to dig around a bit  on the Texas State Historical Association website and learn both the facts and fiction behind this Texas icon.  I’m not sure if we did, but Texans sure could have invented the Tall Tale and the legend surrounding the “Yellow Rose of Texas” may be one of the tallest.  However I found both myth and history have a lot to teach us about our Texan identity.  Click the TSHA link above to read the full story, at least as it is told today.

Totally Texas Gifts for the holidays!

Totally Texas Gifts for the holidays!

Y’all stay tuned for more Totally Texas Artisans in the coming weeks, as the events heat up, I’ll point out some ‘must sees’ for you along the way.

Enjoy a Totally Texas Holiday season!


Shop Totally Texas for the Holidays!

Ready or not, here come the holidays!  I found some real treats to help get you and the family in the proper festive spirit.

While I know everyone is chomping at the bit about Black Friday, I am actually looking more forward to Shop Small Saturday, November 24.  It is a great time to ditch the big box crowds and head out to the ‘hoods & ‘burbs for some local flavor.  Almost all the merchants will have special goodies and great prices for the occasion and they will be in a good mood as will you when you actually enjoy a leisurely shopping experience rather than running a foot race through it.

There is no shortage of Arts & Crafts shopping opportunities this time of year (just check my Event Calendar), but one of the first communities to light the Yule Log will be Lockhart, Texas with their annual Dickens Christmas on Saturday, December 1.  The festivities begin Friday night, November 30, with a Lighted Christmas Parade.  The downtown businesses will stay open late both Friday and Saturday nights and I discovered a couple of local shops you will not want to miss.  Click on the Happy Yuletide image to learn more about a Dickens Christmas in Lockhart and these unique Texan originals.

And don’t forget to check out Totally Texas Gifts on Zazzle & Cafe Press.  You can purchase something with a Totally Texas Holiday design or design your own personalized gift.  Be sure to look for their promo codes to save $$ on products and shipping.  Click the holiday image to see some of the Totally Texas holiday designs.
Happy Yule Y’all!

Totally Texas Gifts for the holidays!

The Eyes of Texas are upon us

The Eyes of Texas Are Upon Us
The Eyes of Texas Are Upon Us digital collage by Cami Perriraz. Poster available at TotallyTexasGifts
Browse more Texas history Posters
Clockwise from top~ Sabina Poloma, Caddo Indian, Ann Richards, Maria Sally Salazar, Juanita Craft, Lady Bird Johnson, Marsha Gomez, Minnie Fischer Cunningham, Molly Ivins, Bessie Coleman, Barbara Jordan.
Be inspired too!  Visit the Women in Texas History website and learn more about the remarkable women of Texas history and the Ruthe Winegarten Memorial Foundation for Texas Women’s History.

I dreamed of a Purple Texas

Clockwise from top~ Sabina Poloma, Caddo Indian, Ann Richards, Maria Sally Salazar, Juanita Craft, Lady Bird Johnson, Marsha Gomez, Minnie Fischer Cunningham, Molly Ivins, Bessie Coleman, Barbara Jordan.

Current events and these incredible women of Texas history inspired this post.

Recently, in doing research for this blog, I stumbled across the Women in Texas History website and was captivated by the story of Texas women beginning with the Caddo Indians, through the  Revolutions, Civil War & Reconstruction and into modern politics.  It occurred to me as I was reading this amazing story, that while Texas may have always had a “Red” heart, our “Blue” veins run very deep.

And so I send this new image of a Purple Texas out into the ether in hopes it will inspire more Texans to work toward our “Common Interests” rather than our “Self Interests” and let the rest of the world know we are not “Red” or “Blue”, black, brown or white…

We are Texans!

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Moonrise on the Ranch No. 1
Created by Cami Perriraz

NOVEMBER!  Can you believe it?  The holidays are just around the corner and fall is in the air.  My evening walks with the dogs are much more pleasant now that the ground isn’t radiating that 100 degree daytime heat.  These digital paintings are a result of one such walk.

Moonrise on the Ranch No. 2
Created by Cami Perriraz

I snapped these shots with my LG Intuition ‘Phablet’ and used it for reference when recreating the image in digital paint using Art Rage Studio Pro 3.5.4.  These two images are available as prints from my Zazzle & Cafe Press shops.  Just follow the links or click on the images to have a look.

Texas Turkey Trot

What’s November without turkeys!  These gobblers were parading down my driveway one afternoon so I grabbed my little HP R507 Photosmart camera and snapped a couple pics.  I then took on the rather labor intensive project of recreating the image as an oil painting using Art Rage Studio Pro 3.5.4.  The result is a very realistic Impressionist style painting.  It is available on 32×32 Gallery Wrapped Canvas through my Zazzle shop.

The holiday Arts & Craft events are in full swing.  The event calendar is full with shopping & family fun available literally every weekend between now and Christmas.  Check out the Event Calendar and get your festive on.

Official Store Greeter for Turquoise Trading Post
6103 Burnet Road @ Koenig Lane Austin, Texas

Speaking of holidays, I want to encourage my readers to take a break from the malls and the big boxes and look around for the local shops and galleries that feature quality art, jewelry and collectibles.  One of my all time favorites is the Turquoise Trading Post in Austin.  The most gorgeous collection of Native American Jewelry I have found.  They have a wide selection of price points, there is truely something for everyone on your list.  They also carry a selection of Southwest style furnishings and accessories, Minnetonka moccasins, clothing, bags, music…I could go on, but I’ll curb my enthusiasm.

To me though, opening the big wooden door at the Turquoise Trading Post is like opening a giant “walk in treasure chest”.

Click the map to get directions to the Turquoise Trading Post

I am still looking for my next Featured Texas Artisan, if you know someone or would like to be featured yourself, drop me a line or complete the Featured Artist Nomination Form.  I’d love to meet you.

Well, that about covers it for now.  Remember “Buy Local and Think Global” and…

Let the HOLLY-DAZE begin!