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!

Cami

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 TotallyTexasGifts.com 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
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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.