Sissy’s on Henderson

A few weeks ago I was driving down Henderson Avenue as I do every Monday through Friday (and most Saturdays and Sundays) and noticed that where the sign at Hector’s on Henderson used to be was just a blank white space. I wondered what was going on. A new sign for Hectors, or a new restaurant in its place?

Only a few days later, I received an email from the Advocate (One of my favorite magazines! Love seeing it on my door handle. I know it anxiously waits for me to take it inside and devour it cover to cover. ) giving me my weekly update.

The post on The Advocated site said, “And Chef Lisa Garza is planning to open her new restaurant, Sissy’s Fried Chicken, in the former Hector’s on Henderson space at 2929 N. Henderson.”

Now, I’m going to admit, I didn’t recognize the name Lisa Garza when I first saw it in print. And, after I clicked over to D’s Side Dish, I…well… still didn’t know. So, I just Googled it – Lisa Garza. Oh, yes! Now I totally recognize her as a former contestant on Food Network’s The Next Food Network Star. I remember watching this season and rooting for Lisa. Why?

First of all she LOOKS amazing. I know, I know, I mentioned how she looks first, but well, first impression is everything, and since I didn’t get my first impression via phone call, I’ll have to go on what I see, and I see someone who meticulously cares about her appearance. Am I meticulous about my appearance, no, but can I appreciate it? Oh yes. Secondly, she is a tough cookie and runs a tight ship – bottom line – I like that. Thirdly, she’s from Dallas and has a restaurant here – how can she not be my top pick?

I look forward to checking out the food and the atmosphere at Sissy’s and sinking my teeth into one of those delicious juicy breasts. Or, maybe a thigh.

I never made it in to Hector’s. Gasp! Yep, it’s true. Although Hector’s was often the first stop in many girls’ night adventures, I always preferred to meet up someplace after and not have to mess with the valet, after all I live close and valet can be such a pain.

Sissy’s is expected to open Monday, February 27th. The website was recently launched and is still in “coming soon” mode, there is a link to check out the menu, but as of now it isn’t working. The site did give me the option to make a reservation, so I’ll be looking at my schedule and doing that soon. I “liked” the Sissy’s Facebook page (the one I could find), but as of now there hasn’t been any activity.

From what I’ve seen so far, I love the look and feel of the branding.

Pin-up girl, haute.

Font with a nostalgic Pabst Blue Ribbon feel, excellent choice.

Bottle of liquor next the pin-up girl, nice touch.

I could go on about the watering can filling up the glass, but I’ll save a few things for you to notice on your own.

DIY Jellyfish Art : Accompany the Octopus

Have I mentioned how much I love my Octopussy in the Bedroom piece I created awhile back? As soon as he was complete, I had a vision of exactly what I wanted on the other wall. I wanted two pieces, both of jellyfish.

I love working with recycled goods and working with as much as I have on hand whenever possible. My husband likes this too, because my projects always end up being cheaper this way. =)

I pretty much worked the same method as my Octopus, just a few differences. Found my images, super-sized and edited using Photoshop, had them printed super-sized at Kinko’s (I think to have my jelly fish printed it was around $10 bucks). Glued them to their “canvas”, painted them (I used food color and water to give them their water colored look), textured them, let them dry and then cut them to size.

For my octopus’s canvas, I used some scrap wood we had at home (there always plenty of scrap wood around 1992 House). For my jellyfish canvas, I used two big pieces of card board from the box our new TV came in (yay for our new TV!). Yep – I used a card board box as my canvas.

I wanted my jellyfish to have a textured look and feel over them, so I used a mixture of whole wheat flour (you know 1922 House is green like that) and water over the print.

Ta-dah! I’m super pleased with my sweet jellyfish!

Next to do – FRAME THEM!

>Bedroom Octopus – It’s finished and I love it!

Yay! No more big blank wall and I love how it turned out. I “sat” on my graphic a few days before I printed it, which is pretty indicative of how I do projects. I really like to think about some things. I’ve always got a zillion going on in my head, but this Saturday was the perfect day to complete the Bedroom Octopus.

As as I said earlier, I had already created my image in Illustrator, so I just went up to Kinkos and had them printed. Measured the sizes for my panels and had them cut to size at Home Depot. I planned on using MDF, but my little cheap angle said, “No, get the underlayment, it will work fine and it’s even cheaper!” Next time, I’ll spend the FEW extra dollars (we are literally talking about like $6 dollars) and get the mdf. I had to trim one of the panels later during the process and it really splintered – part of the reason it is a more distressed version of my inspiration picture.

I wanted my octopus art to have the look as if it’s been painted and had texture, so I mixed food coloring and water to get my blue and orange colors and then just painted my printed graphic. Once the graphics were dry, I glued them to my panels and went over them with a clear coat sealant.

>Octopussy in the Bedroom

>I’ve been dying for some bedroom wall art that was different and chic, but also had to fit my criteria. This is a big blank wall, and I wanted something big, made a statement, but I didn’t know what I wanted it to “say.”I wanted it to be bold, androgynous, and sexy in a subtle way, but in a less formal “framed way.”

While watching Bill and Giuliana that they had this hung in their dining room: Lord Bodner’s Octopus Study – Natural Curiosities.

It could easily be mine for about $4000.00.

But there was another thing I needed my piece of art to be: cheap. So, I knew I could somehow recreate this using my mad crafty skills for much cheaper.

Off to the internet I went to find images of octopuses I could turn into vector art, edit, print big style at Kinko’s, and then hang…I got even luckier.

I know you may think that I was the second person, after Bill and Giuliana’s designer, Thom Filicia, to have this idea but – I wasn’t (shocker)! I found other lovers of this print. =)

The Lennoxx

Mine will be a little different though, I’m going to create my panels using mdf and Mod Podge ans closer to what Saved By Love Creations did.