Weddings Made Easy Tuesday, Dec 31 2013 

After 20 years of performing weddings I have developed a lot of good advice for couples beginning to plan on getting married. Over those years I have done over 2,000 weddings give or take 100 more. Most of that advice can be found on a blog I keep at Blogger. It is not organized well but there is the search function to find things. I will try this year to use WordPress in a more organize fashion, beginning with the post on the Wedding Planning Checklist. That needs to be the first step. Along with getting a notebook or binder to keep you information in one place. Remember too it is a couples effort, not a one person activity, but one can be the lead information gatherer as long as the information is shared. Go to my blog and get the list now to print out and use.

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Buy Local Made In USA Art Wednesday, Jan 12 2011 

While Christmas shopping last year I went into several places that sell art, frames, prints, and art supplies. I spoke to several people there who were buying some art. They said the prices were good and they could use the art to decorate their home. I asked if they considered buying from an artist and they all said the prices would be too high?? I informed them about buying American art from American artists. Then about my art, made, painted, done all in America by a local guy, me. My prices went from $10 and up with framed prints at $50 and up. I also have canvas prints from $150 and up. They were surprised. I think the big stores just brain wash people into thinking the art they sell is cheap when most local artists have very reasonable prices. Unique and limited edition art that could increase in value.  I urge each of you reading this to buy local. Buy American art,  buy here in the USA and avoid those cheap prints done in China. We need to support local art. It is reasonably priced, helps the economy and local people.  See my art at the below links and help a local artist in America.
LINKS TO AFFORDABLE AMERICAN ART:



How To Save Money, Frame Your Print Yourself

After years of selling my art I have learned a few tricks to getting good looking frames at a reasonable cost. Too often clients tell me they love the inexpensive prints I sell but having them framed is expensive. I tell them, ” get the frame first.” Many art and craft stores have seasonal frame sales. Frames come in standard sizes, 8×10 and 11×14, some have mats in them too. I have been able to find 11×14 frames with a mat for as low as $15 on sale at many discount, import, and crafts stores. I also find “postcard size” collage frames 4×6 with one, two, or more places to put a 4×6 print in them. Clients can also use the greeting cards I sell 5×7 as small prints framed with a mat.

First shop for a nice frame knowing what size prints are available, 4×6, 5×7, 8×10, 11×14. Be sure to know when the sale goes on and look for a frame with a mat. I also get discounted pre-framed prints and remove the store bought print and put in its place my prints. Above is a photo of an off size painting I did for my daughter, framed in a frame I found at a discount store with an existing food print at half price. The painting fits perfect into an existing frame and was $12.

Framing a print need not be costly when you keep in mind to get prints to fit a standard frame. Look for frames first, on sale, then frame your print yourself.

Water Meter Lid Fleur De Lid Jewelry from New Orleans Wednesday, Jan 12 2011 


Zazzle now has jewelry,beautiful sterling silver necklace.I’ve added a lot of my art. Sterling silver chain is 18″ with 3″ extender and lobster claw clasp. Necklace arrives in a special black felt bag. Finished with UV resistant, waterproof, glossy coating over the art. New Orleans jewelry now sold at my Zazzle shop. Stop in and see all the necklaces at http://www.zazzle.com/figstreetstudio/necklaces

“Where Yat”, Water Meter Lid Fleur De Lid Jewelry from New Orleans http://ht.ly/3CtS7 #Yat #watermeter #neworleans

Web Page Gadgets for Blogs Saturday, Jan 8 2011 

Although I have a limited knowledge of HTML and the web it is still a task to understand the terms and things to get images and art into my blog. I am trying to use the help provided by Zazzle to see if it works here so my Zazzle Shop at http://zazzle.com/figstreetstudio would be imported here so people can go direct to it to see some of my art.  But it seems the easy to follow instructions do not work well as below is supposed to be a little window with links to my art. So here is the page you can go direct to it with out the not working below gadget.

http://www.zazzle.com/figstreetstudio

The above gadget was supposed to create a flash window where art appears but it failed to work. The individual gadget seems to work one print at a time. See below:

The Fleur De Lis and New Orleans Weddings Friday, Jan 7 2011 

The Fleur De Lis is a recurring theme in many New Orleans Weddings.  Both the  City of New Orleans and the beloved New Orleans Saints NFL football team use the fleur de lis as a symbol. I have noticed an increased use of the fleur de lis at many weddings in New Orleans. It shows up on invitations, on napkins, decorations, and even cakes. I am sure there is a wedding dress too with it  embroidered on and a necklace or pin attached. The fleur de lis is also a recurring them in my art and I have created many designs that can be used in invitations, cards, and more. Here is a web page with them, http://www.cafepress.com/figstreetstudio/1925039 and some links to them below.


New Orleans Weddings

Dr. Jerry Kenneth Schwehm served as as Justice of the Peace in 1990 to 1994 in  Slidell, Louisiana and was ordained in 1989 as a Lay Minister after serving as Elder and Deacon in his church for many years. He has a BA and JD from Louisiana State University (1972) . He has performed numerous wedding ceremonies both as a Justice of the Peace and Clergyman. He is available in the Greater New Orleans area to perform your personalized marriage ceremony. He will go to your location or at his office in Fig Studio. He may be contacted at the below web page.

www.figstreet.com/guesthouse/weddings.html

For more information on getting married in New Orleans see my weddings web page- http://www.figstreet.com/weddings.

Simply Elope To New Orleans Wednesday, Dec 29 2010 

Fig Street Wedding by Christy May Photography

Couples are wisely budgeting   the money they spend on their weddings. Using money saving ideas like  eloping to a public park, using Google to find and save on services like rentals and flowers, or simply getting married by a local officiant at their home.

Deciding to elope and combine the Honeymoon and marriage all in one trip is a money saving tip. Some cities will offer visitors week day discounts on hotel rooms, food, and other services needed to get married. New Orleans, La. is a place that during the week hotels offer discounts and getting married in one day is easy.  A local retired minister specializes in going to couples at their home or hotel for a quick wedding with no frills.

Meeting a wedding officiant in the historic French Quarter hotel and conducting a simple ceremony or at an old walkway, alley, park, or building has become the way to have a romantic elopement yet save the big costs of a more fancy wedding. People come from all over the USA and some as far as the United Kingdom to get married simply and fast in a beautiful spot in New Orleans then spend the Honeymoon enjoying the savings.

Plan on getting the facts before hand, Using the web to find a discounted hotel room, contacting the marriage license office to be sure you have the right documentation, and making an appointment with the Fig Street wedding minister is easy via  e-mail. The best way to save money is to take advantage of all the discounts offered.  Ask about them or search the web before you arrive and save money.

You can ask a friend to do the photos, and purchase flowers from a food store based florist saving money on those items. No need for a fancy wedding gown, a nice light colored dress and comfortable shoes with flowers in hand looks great. Saving money and having a memorable wedding is easy with help of the world wide web.

To help you plan an elopement in New Orleans more information can be found at http://www.figstreet.com/weddings

New Orleans Wedding Officiant

Dr. Jerry Kenneth Schwehm served as as Justice of the Peace in 1990 to 1994 in  Slidell, Louisiana and was ordained in 1989 as a Lay Minister after serving as Elder and Deacon in his church for many years. He has a BA and JD from Louisiana State University (1972) and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from a  local Bible Church in 1990. He has performed numerous wedding ceremonies and is available in the Greater New Orleans area to perform your personalized marriage ceremony. He will go to your location or at his office in Fig Studio. He may be contacted at
www.figstreet.com/weddings

Handmade Replica Spanish Tile Murals Wednesday, Mar 10 2010 

People ask about my replica tile murals found in the New Orleans French Quarter and how they are made. It is a long process. The originals are Spanish tiles given to the city of New Orleans in 1962. Some are falling apart. As the designs are public many artists take pictures of them and frame them for sale. I felt making a replica in ceramic tile was a neat idea. First I began by taking many pictures of several of the murals and bringing them to my studio where I could clean them up taking out pealed spots and blemishes. Using a photo software I fixed the colors and added my studio name at the bottom. The end result is a nice image I copyright as it took a lot of work to make those images and are not the originals but replicas. From there I have to properly size the image and cut it into small squares to fit on tiles. This is difficult and takes a lot of time to get the detail so it fits properly together. The smaller individual images are then fitted to special tiles that are made with a special risen and the images heat set at high temperature to make an individual tile. The several tiles then are fitted together to make a mural. On occasion I am also asked to personalize the design with a name or street address which follows the same process above. If you have a request e-mail it to info@figstreet.com and I may be able to make it for you.
Currently I have available Rue Chartres, Rue Borbon, Rue Orleans, and Place D”Arms. I can do the other street names using the same process but first would need to go fetch photographs of them to start the process.
Here is the link to the web page with the various ones available in several sizes- http://www.cafepress.com/figstreetstudio/4855160

All images sold and designed by Fig Street Studio are copyright and cannot be used, downloaded, or reproduced without permission. I mention this here as in the past someone took my fridge magnet images and re-made and sold them in violation of copyright laws.

If you need a special tile mural made for your kitchen or bath e-mail me for a price quote. I have some already made and can easily set them up for you to purchase on the web.

See link for murals on other gifts and shirts: http://www.zazzle.com/figstreetstudio/mural+gifts

Murals applied to many shirts and gifts

Qui Que, Cajun French for Who Dat! Who Owns “Who Dat”? Friday, Feb 12 2010 

With all the big fuss  in January 2010 with the NFL over who can use “Who Dat” and a fleur de lis on shirts I made a design using Cajun French, “Qui Que” on shirts with a fleur de lis.  Initially the NFL stopped me selling them until the Senator wrote them a long letter and the Governor asked the AG to research the issue. Then the NFL backed off. I was floored as clearly a phrase I made up in bad French could not be a NFL trademark, but initially they claimed any black shirt with a fleur de lis until they were stopped by all the stuff the Sate was about to do, including passing a law over the issue.

How could they own the Fleur De Lis? So I went ahead and copyrighted my Cajun French Who Dat, Qui Que, made a bunch of designs and yes they sell all over the world.
See the newest design here- http://www.zazzle.com/cajun_qui_que_tshirt-235290796494586910

Who owns ‘WHO DAT!”  ????
To continue this “Who Dat” who owns the rights to what dat, a law firm in San Antonio TX now sends out letters claiming another group owns “Who Dat” and has tried to stop the use of any shirt that in any way has anything to do with the phrase.  Seems they think when a common use phrase is registered it is removed fully from the public lexicon. I copyrighted “Que Qui” not to stop others but to stop law firms from sending out nasty letters. I assume as the NFL backed off saying they own the Fleur De Lis this law firm will eventually stop sending those letters out too.
PS- Well seems the Texas Law  firm is sending out a bunch of letters, read this blog too-http://blog.wearyourstory.com/new-orleans/san-antonio-brothers-threaten-to-sue-storyville-claim-to-own-who-dat/ They too received a nasty letter about use of “Who Dat”. And started a campaign to defend ‘Who Dat”
PSS- All over New Orleans again people are up in arms over the two guys in Texas having a law firm send out letters to locals using the phrase “Who Dat”. The local news has carried stories about it and local shops are mounting a ribbon protest to wear to the Monday Night football game. So far all I can do is offer my designs with just a Fleur De Lis but Zazzle allows you to customize on the web so you can add whatever phrase you want, any number, any name to the shirts. I had to remove some because of the claims by others to own the fleu de lis and  the phrases we cheer with. So follow this link, add in whatever you like and Zazzle with print it and ship it direct to you.
Fig Street Studio designs logos. Zazzle custom apparel is created using the latest and most advanced technologies to give you the most complete custom apparel offering on the web! Choose from three different apparel processes, digital printing for small orders with unlimited colors, screen printing for the group t-shirts as low as $2.99/shirt, or custom embroidery for a professional garment with your logo artwork. Zazzle has over 400 styles and colors (including American Apparel), and shirts up to 6XL. If you need  a logo or shirt design e-mail jerry@figstreet.com.
HOW  TO CUSTOMIZE AT ZAZZLE:
Simple click on the yellow customize button and follow the edit text link, type in your changes to add text. Get familiar with it a minute and then you can add most anything to the fleur de lis. Here is a helpful link-http://zazzle.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/120

This link is to the lawsuit being held in Baton Rouge, LA over use of “Who Dat”- http://ht.ly/2G8bc

Seems the Texas group was sued locally for sending out the letters and now are defending what they are doing. A resolution to the issue may be on its way from Federal Court in Baton Rouge.

Replica French Quarter Street Name Murals Are Hand Made Friday, Nov 20 2009 

People ask about my replica tile murals found in the New Orleans French Quarter and how they are made. It is a long process. The originals are Spanish tiles given to the city of New Orleans in 1962. Some are falling apart. As the designs are public many artists take pictures of them and frame them for sale. I felt making a replica in ceramic tile was a neat idea. First I began by taking many pictures of several of the murals and bringing them to my studio where I could clean them up taking out pealed spots and blemishes. Using a photo software I fixed the colors and added my studio name at the bottom. The end result is a nice image I copyright as it took a lot of work to make those images and are not the originals but replicas. From there I have to properly size the image and cut it into small squares to fit on tiles. This is difficult and takes a lot of time to get the detail so it fits properly together. The smaller individual images are then fitted to special tiles that are made with a special risen and the images heat set at high temperature to make an individual tile. The several tiles then are fitted together to make a mural. On occasion I am also asked to personalize the design with a name or street address which follows the same process above. If you have a request e-mail it to info@figstreet.com and I may be able to make it for you.
Currently I have available Rue Chartres, Rue Borbon, Rue Orleans, and Place D”Arms. I can do the other street names using the same process but first would need to go fetch photographs of them to start the process.
Here is the link to the web page with the various ones available in several sizes- http://www.cafepress.com/figstreetstudio/4855160

All images sold and designed by Fig Street Studio are copyright and cannot be used, downloaded, or reproduced without permission. I mention this here as in the past someone took my fridge magnet images and re-made and sold them in violation of copyright laws.

Kitchen or Bath Tile Back Splash Ideas Thursday, Oct 29 2009 


Kitchen back splashes can be created from a variety of Fig Street Art Studio ceramic tiles. The favorite being the Spanish Tile Street Name Murals in the French Quarter. Using the many art tiles found at Fig Street Studio possibilities are endless. Find the designs you like for your Kitchen Back splash at the Cafe Press web page. From large back splash murals to budget friendly single tile designs you can put together yourself, using supplies of glue and grout found at home stores like Lowes. If you need to light up your back splash, home supply stores have those small tube lights for under the cabinet.
Follow this link for the pictures of the tile http://www.cafepress.com/figstreetstudio/397643

Can work well in bath too as tile mural back splash or in shower.

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