Sunday, April 19, 2015

Fashion Fusion!!!!

Whoa!! Last night was the big Fashion Fusion event put on by Debbie's School of Dance to support the Childrens Coalition of NELA. We had a blast!! Every year I attend this runway dance show, I am more and more impressed. Walking into the lobby of the West Monroe Convention, I was blown away of the Mannequins that Clint Downing had transformed into these amazing pieces of art.

Think something that the Bellagio in Las Vegas would have!! So cool to see how he used coffee filters
, butterflies and decks of cards
to make these "women" carry out the Fairy tale theme of the night. Good job Clint! I ran into the ultra cool Caden and Beau
dressed in our tees, converse and fedoras-LOVE!!
Here is a pic of Julie and Margie who both work for the Childrens Coalition.

   This year, we splurged and got two tables as a THANK YOU for our friends and family who have been supporting us and helping us with their time, volunteering, energy, good vibes, etc. Thank you
to Jordan (in the new American Flag tank) and Amy( in the White deer tank),

To Allison and Jill, 

Cousins Lisa and Megan, 

My sister Holly (who delivers and makes tons of trips to Ruston to help us) and my mom Anne (who helps us two times a week)

And Staci, Melanie, Leigh and Meg. 

   The show started off with some local celebrity models-  like Gene Ponti, Julianne Tippen, Jennifer Plummer and even 3 of the Robertsons (Rebecca with her dog, Missy and Sadie).
I was sitting their watching all the different Boutiques parts and the dancers and just so impressed with Kelsey Tanner and Mackenzie Salter who choreographed the entire show-wow!! They were able to make each store's segment unique and special and entertaining. Loved the Beach balls that Herringstones had
, the Lips that Moody Blues had
the All White with Red Accents for Ksera's "Heart" part.
And seeing Tommy Perkins at the YOUNG age of 38 flipping around like high school cheerleader!!- Here he is lifting a dancer in the J & H Boots and Jeans part.
 Here was WMHS Student Taylor Antley (who I've known since she was little and is a cousin) modeling for Salt and Pepper
And that is just a few!! 
  I started getting a little nervous for our section-you see, Brent had a very special part in it. He opened the number playing his drums. Yes- the drums!! Back in the Day, Brent played the drums in a band...I know...good looking and talented and in a band-ROCK STAR!! ;) I hit the jackpot!! hehehe When they were in the planning stages of our segment, the thought was for us to have a tribal/hip hop feel with the drums, dancing, etc. So, Brent got his Djembe out of storage and started practicing getting his hands back in shape.
Thru all the practices, I gotta tell ya'll, he really got attached to the kids and teens in our section. Big thank you to this very special group of dancers who we were really proud to represent us...Bella, Darbi, Lizzy, Sarah, John Michael, Jordon, Tuddie, Emma, Jacey, Julie, Madie, Serenity, Kelsey and her little girl "P"!
  I snuck back stage and snapped a few pics
(Serenity in purple Pelican tee getting ready)
(Madie getting her last minute hair fix)
(I sure hoped I hadn't forgotten anything)
(John Michael in red Oak tree tee, Julie in White Deer Tank, and Jordan in War Buffalo tee)

and then rushed back to get ready to watch. Brent and the Boys nailed it!

Im going to attempt to upload a quick video of some of it....

And then the girls started all their dancing and hitting of the drum sticks-so cool!
Check out Tuddie in the front getting down!!

(Lizzy is in the purple magnolia tank, Darbi in the teal Excavator tee, Sarah in the light blue Sea Turtle Tank)

Performance Art for sure. Our group had on a variety of tees and tanks with leggings, little denim skirts, camo capris, cropped jogging pants, skinny jeans and each one had on a pair of Chuck Taylors. Here was Bella in the Monarch Butterfly tank and cropped rust colored pants
You guys should of seen Jordan's solo with his fedora- So entertaining!! Young Hip Hop Patrick Swayze
Here was the final walk thru with the models and dancers (girls had gotten comfy and barefoot!)
Jacey in the blue cow tee and Emma in the Tree tee with camo pants

We tried to take a big group pic at the end-hated that Megan was not in it. 
But got a few cute pics of her by herself---it always amazes me to see how she styles our tops...

Butterfly tank looks cool!!
Full length of Amy in her outfit!
Me and Mel
and Me and Allison! I had on our Charcoal Oak Tree Racerback Tank with a long black skirt.
And precious little Paisley with her Daddy in the hot pink butterfly tee. 
Love these three drummers!!! Time to relax, the show is over.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015


A few months ago, we had a family out-ing (what I like to tease Brent and call "Family Fun Day") and went to the Ag Expo. It was going on right down the road at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center. It's funny how much your life changes once you have little kids!! HA! So-the Ag Expo was our big event for the weekend and we actually had a really good time.
Tons of animals to pet and see, as well as big heavy equipment like tractors. P was in heaven and Phoebe was too. :)  At the end of our visit, we headed over to the covered outdoor arena where the livestock judging was going on. We saw a ton of cows
, but really fell in love with this young girl and her cow named Jack.
I wish I would of gotten her name. She was so sweet and her young cow had the nicest disposition. Does anyone that is reading this blog know who this young lady is? Would love to mail her a shirt....
P wasn't entirely to sure about getting to close to him..

.. After meeting Jack, We had lunch at The Creamery in West Monroe by Hobby Lobby. Love that place! While munching on our curly q's, we talked and knew we wanted to do a cow shirt. A Cow tee would be fun!!  I get to look at a pasture full of cows every week since August out in the Luna area when I go teach art out at Pinecrest School. Hey Cows!!
 While I was in Natchitoches drawing back in Feb., I worked on the infamous cow design. Brent really wanted him to be a Hereford Cow and we both knew he needed a "P" brand on him.  
 What is so great about a Hereford cow?? Well, they are very popular beef cows that exist in over 50 countries and there are more than 5 million pedigree Hereford cattle that exist. They are a very hardy animal that have thrive well in harsh climates. and breed easily.  I found where  called the Hereford the "icon of the cattle industry." They are known for their reddish color and white faces.  I will I had one!!
   When I first started drawing him, I tried to put in a feather on him like an indian...I have no idea why, this is just what came to me....Some ideas are better left up in your head!!
After looking at him, we realized the brand needed to be moved back some.
And then I finally got him drawn out right..
The literal interpretation for this brand is Circle P.
When we first got the color added, we realized he needed to be darker and the "P" needed to be in white. So, I colored on him some more to darken him up and redrew the brand out so it would be in white. 
Voila-- This looked good, but for a split second, we debated about him being a blue/purple color....
So glad we went with the natural look. We put the youth design on a bright blue tee..
And we just printed him on the most flattering v-neck striped tee.
It really is striped...look at this closeup below..
My sweet friend Kathryn (who I run and work out with) wore her v-neck tee the other day with her family Farm's logo hat. So cool!!!!
Also got this gorgeous pic of Megan and Sydney. Sydney had on the distressed green cow tee with some flannel. So Cute on her!!

And then we saw this beautiful pic of Brooke Womack in the newest blue Cow Tank...looks good with her blonde hair. 
The tank is actually called a Shirt Tail Tank. It is the usual racerback style but the tail of it is made longer in the back-AWESOME!! Perfect with leggings to help hide the booty. :)

All of these are available online at or at select local retailers. 
Thanks as always for reading. Hope you like reading a tiny bit of history and the process behind our designs.