Connecting Our Community

As I have said before, I grew up in the small Quaker community of Friendswood, TX. We moved there in 1955 when I was 1-year-old. My parents bought 25 acres and sold off pieces to build our house. This was the first subdivision in the town of 911. My dad was busy building a business, a family and also a community. He was on the school board for 25 years and the city council for 2 years.

In 1960, a nearby city decided to annex our small community. The men of Friendswood worked hard to stop this. On November 1, 1960, Friendswood became an incorporated city. This week I was at the library where I saw a poster about a contest for the 50 year celebration of this date.

I began to think about what kind of picture I could paint. The first thing I thought about was a picture we had of the Fourth of July Parade in about 1960. Friendswood has been having a Fourth of July Parade for over 100 years. It is a really big deal. When I was little, the parade would end up at the old city park. Some of the men of the community had been cooking BBQ all night. The ladies brought their best pies. There was a rodeo. It was great fun. Now the parade ends at the new Stevenson Park and everything is catered, but it’s still great fun.  Well, back to the contest.

Several years ago Joyciana Baker, the docent of the museum called to say she had a poster of our family in the parade that she would like to give to us. I went and picked up the poster.

 

I am in the wagon with my mother. My dad is the one with the donkey ears. I think that my 2 brothers were in the back carrying shovels. The next year my mother pulled the wagon with a sign that extolled equal rights for women. Judging by my size in the picture, it was about 1960. I wanted to incorporate this into my painting.

There are several other important things in Friendswood that I thought would represent “Connecting Our Community”.

City Hall:

Stevenson Park:

The Liberty Tree :

So this is what I turned in today:

 

They will announce the winner October 31st.

Wish me luck!

Are You Ready For Some Football?

If you’re not, then you must not be from Texas. In Texas, this time of year is all about sports and team activities. There is football which includes the players, the band, the drill team, the cheerleaders, the flag corps, the crazy kids in the stands. Then you have the little kids running around. There are the proud (and not so proud) parents of all of these kids. The big activity is Friday night, but it really goes an all week. My mother says that she had only gone to 1 football game before she got married. During her 63 years of marriage, she probably went to a million. The year that nearly killed her was when Larry played JV on Thursday night. Randy played varsity on Friday night. They drove to Austin on Saturday to see the Longhorns and returned to Houston on Sunday to watch the Oilers.

And football in not the only team activity. There is  soccer, volleyball, basketball, dance, karate. The list goes on and on. My children are grown and my grandson in too young, but my nephews (and their mother) are sports crazy. The boys have always been moving from one sport to another. Now Blake plays football for the University of Houston and Brandon plays football for Friendswood Junior High. Lisa went to her first football game when she was 6 weeks old and she has not missed a game since.

Several years ago, I started making gift items for students to give to each other during football season. Now I have become more specialized. If someone can give me a picture, I can make a stained glass window, a quillow, a necklace, or a painting. That is what I have done so far, but you know I am always open for new ideas.

In the blog today, I am going to just post lots of pictures of things that I have made.

Quillow: a quilt folded into a pillow.

Bib Necklaces:  hand-beaded on fabric base.

“Stained Glass”: Painted on vintage window or framed glass

Paintings: watercolor on paper and acrylic on canvas.

I hope that you have enjoyed looking at my creations for team spirit. If you are interested, check out MMB Creations on etsy and The Antiques and Crafts Mall of Pasadena. I would love for you to become a follower of my blog and a friend on Facebook MMB Creations on Facebook.

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