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!



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.

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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!


Howdy Y’all!

Welcome to Totally Texas Gifts!  I am so happy you popped in!

The purpose of this blog is to support and promote Central Texas Artists & Artisans in the global marketplace, to offer ‘Texan Made” gift & souvenir solutions to an increasingly consciences and informed customer base and bring added value to the customer experience by profiling the artists, artisans & crafters as well as local galleries, shops & events where their works are on display.

My focus will be on the Central Texas area as the aim is to help drive some of the growing international tourist traffic in Austin out to the surrounding communities to see the ‘real Texas’.

Each month I will feature a local Texas artist, their work, their communities and their stories (Texans are full of stories).  I also maintain a calendar of  some of the lesser known arts & crafts events where you can find some of Texas’ most unique and creative folks.   Events are listed by date and currently include events October through December, including Christmas Light shows.  I’ll update the 2013 events as they become available.

All listed artists & events are within 100 miles of Austin, maps and directions are available for each event.

The Totally Texas Designs featured on this blog are my own works and are available on gifts and souvenirs through my Cafe Press & Zazzle shops.  Anyone interested in using these designs or interested in a custom design for other uses, please contact me through this site.  Purchases will help support continuation of this blog.

Please take a couple minutes to explore.  Pop into the Design Gallery to view my design collection and be sure to browse the Events listings or nominate an Artist to be featured on Totally Texas Gifts in the coming months.

Stay tuned for our first Featured Texas Artisan which should post October 1 (good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise).

Thanks for vis’tin’.  Y’all come back now!