Thursday, December 6, 2012

Married & Moving...

Hi guys!
Long time, no post, but I swear that's going to change....
Please check out my new blog Happily Hitched to see all that's been going on lately.
I recently got MARRIED this last weekend, moved into our very first home together, had a record breaking year for Rowdy Maui, and about to make some major changes to the shop, so we will have lots to talk about!
Hope to see you on Happily Hitched


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Behind the Boots: A VH1 Spectacular Special

Everyday we receive inquiries and questions regarding the painted boots. I know you've all heard my spill of "NO STENCILS, NO PAINT PENS, NO CRAFT STORE ACRYLICS." but the real question is "Do they last?" I can preach to you all day about YES! They do last! but as they say the proof is in the puddin'

I wish I was a better blogger. That way, I would have all these pictures of my boot girls coming in the shop to show me how great their boots have lasted. During the summer, we have this mother and daughter that visit every year and are as sweet as can be. I painted a pair of boots and some jeans for her years ago (we weren't even Rowdy Maui at that time!) and she comes in each summer and lets us know her daughter is still rockin' those boots. Her daughter does alot of rodeo events, so you know those boots have been through alot! I swear this summer I will finally ask her to send me a picture. Pinky promise!!!

Anyways, even though I don't have pictures of this girl's testimony, nor of the famed Jodi who wore her boots into the ocean chasing her grandbaby, but I do have pictures of my very own pair of painted boots.
Now, these boots have been through hell and back and I ain't joking.
I had several painted pairs prior to these (several I sold right off my own feet) but these became my go-to pair for everything. Dressing up? Birdy boots. Dressing down? Birdy boots. Junkin in the fields through the rain and mud? Birdy boots. Lifting my foot up onto a stool during a photoshoot? Birdy boots.
These were painted in 2006. It is now 2012, right? So that's 6 years. Although that may not sound THAT long, if you're rough on your shoes and go through them like tissues during a bad cold, you know 6 years is like flippin' forever. 

These boots have also been through many hair color changes with me ;)
Then one day I decided I wanted those birds to be a lighter blue, so I painted them a lighter blue. Now normally, I strip the boots again and start completely over, but this lazy son of a gun just painted right on top of that blue, and figured "hey if they last a couple more months, then I can get a new pair"
This was about spring break 2008. Although the boots right now are not in wearable condition, that paint still looks about the same way it did when they were first painted. 

I'll be 100% honest with you on these, I really did not expect them to last long after my half-assed paint change, but figured oh well they would be a good learning experience for me, and I could use them for testing once they went bad. Well, they didn't. The photo above was taken today February 7, 2012. I have not altered the photo, nor have I altered the boots since the blue change in 2008. 
BAM. The paint outlasted the soles.

Did I really just type "BAM" up there? Anywho, I have nothing to hide here folks. I stand behind my work, and I want you to be confident with my work as well.

  Here I've folded the boot in half pretty much, I just want to show ya'll these do stay great. Although I admit to half-assing mine a bit, I do pour my heart and soul into every pair I paint. I want to work with you and make your boots as unique and original as you. This all started because I couldn't afford a pair of fancy custom boots, and wasn't happy with a pair of plain brown ones. After having others take notice and inquire of where I got them, if they could get some too etc, I started tinkering with it. Of course, my very very first pairs sucked. They totally bombed and did not last, and did not make it onto the shelves. You wouldn't believe the amount of paints, chemicals, and processes I tried in the beginning, and even to this day I am still testing out different finishes, textures, just trying to give more options for ya'll. 

Above is another pair of boots of mine. They started out simple, I left them brown and added in some flowers, some zebra, nothing too crazy.
As you know I can leave well enough alone, and two years later decided they needed a facelift :)
And a year later, decided they needed yet another one. See? This is the problem. I like everything, but don't own enough pairs of boots to paint everything I want on them. So this is my experimental pair that will continue to change until they completely give out. These were even used in our Fall/Winter 2011 photoshoot!

I've painted boots for rodeo girls, up & coming superstars, 4 year old divas, high school seniors, college graduates, newly engaged couples, brides, and even a pair for my dad the fishing guide, and some incrdibly wild women. I do guarantee my work, if you have problems with your boots I am more than happy to fix 'em right up. When I say I stay behind my work, I truly mean it. I've had maybe 4 girls bring their boots in for touchups, and although they were minor cosmetic issues, they had all been wearing those painted boots for ATLEAST  a year.  Most of these cosmetic issues were caused with having a bad dancing partner (also known as scuffed toes) 
So if you treat your painted boots like a nice pair of shoes, of course they will stay in perfect condition for years to come, but there's no need to worry about getting a little dirt on them. They'll be okay, I promise!

 Any questions? Holler at me anytime :) 
Thanks for reading, wishing you all a fantastic wonderful awesome ROWDY week! xoxo

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Yummy in the Tummy!

Hey ya'll!
This is my first official blog of 2012, and for once it is not about RowdyMaui. 
Well, sorta. Mostly. It's about my other passion........FOOD!
I love food. I love eating food, I love smelling food, I love talking about food. 
I mainly love food that is terribly, terribly unhealthy for you. 
Well, 2012 is bringing alot of changes. And the main one? My food addiction.
Yes, that's right. I, Kacie Leah, am a foodaholic. I eat it because it tastes good, and even though I was not raised by wolves I still act like it at the dinner table. 

So due to a few health reasons and not being able to fit into any of the cute clothes packed in my closet, I've gone healthy. AH! Say it ain't so! No more fried food?! 
No. Atleast, not right now. I know, it goes against everything I've been taught and raised as a Texan, but even the butter queen Paula Deen isn't as invincible as we all thought as it's coming out she has Type 2 diabetes. 
So I like to think Paula and I are in this together! Yea! :) 

Anyways, I'm actually having alot of fun with this as I love cooking anyways and trying new things, so if you have any awesome recipes I should try, by all means please send them to me! I would love to try them out! 
In fact, I've been testing out lots of pinterest recipes, and trying to "copycat" restaurant recipes as well. 
Tonight we tried out cauliflower pizza......yes, that's right.
I first found the recipe on Pinterest with a link from here, it's actually really easy, although does take a little bit of time if you don't have a food processor, but SO worth it. 
For those of you who don't know me that well, I am a Pizza Hut junkie. Stuffed crust super supreme with light sauce, hold the mushrooms, add pineapple specifically. So for me to truly fall in love with another kind of pizza crust is a pretty big deal. It's THAT amazing. 
I had seconds (and maybe a third...) and definitely plan to make this again.
My only change was that I put the pizza on parchment paper in hopes of it not sticking to the pan or foil, and it worked....but parchment paper burns really, really quick under the broiler. Oopsie! No fires, just crispy paper, and it didn't affect the pizza in any way! For cheese, I just used mozzarella for the crust, and then a mix of mozzarella and cheddar for the topping with hamburger meat and a teensy tiny little bit of pizza sauce. 
 See the crispy paper? 
Yum yum yum!!

We've had alot of other yummyness going on around here, I even made a copycat of mine and Jonathan's faaavorite dish from Logan's Roadhouse--Santa Fe Tilapia.
Now, it didn't have those delicious rolls or mac n cheese, or french fries, 
but it was soo good it didn't need it!
I just coated the tilapia filets with Taco Bells' Chipotle Taco Seasoning and grilled them, 
made some chipotle ranch dressing to drizzle on top and served with warm corn & black bean salsa, and little colorful corn tortilla strips on top! 

And then there was this---let's call it chicken and pasta. That sounds fancy and complex right? ;)

The pasta is actually from Coastal Bend Health Foods here in Rockport, it's handmade and it is soooooo good. Kimmi had a ton of different flavors, and it was hard for me to pick (Not only a pizza junkie, but also a noodle junkie) this one I believe was red bell pepper.

 I also got some Vegan queso for my dairy-free diet, and it's surprisingly really good. (I don't have a picture of that...the reason I have pictures of some of my dinners is because I've taken pictures to send to Jonathan while he's gone to remind him how awesome of a girlfriend he has! haha!) 
Anyways, If you're in Rockport, go by and see what all Kimmi has to offer. She's really sweet and helpful, and has a ton of neat stuff. Here's a link to her facebook page so you can keep up with all her new products, and contact info too :) Coastal Bend Health Foods

I haven't gotten around to my usual baking of cupcakes and sweets, that's my next obstacle. 
I'm excited to expirement with alot of new things as the boyfriend got me what I wanted most for Christmas:
Ohhhhhh how I love it! (and him!)
My very own Viking stand mixer! 
That purple mess in the bowl is blackberry cupcake batter....forgot about those! 
They were super yummy too :)

Well, that's all I got right now.
I could go on and on about all the changes in the store, the upcoming release of the spring/summer line, all the new massive amounts of inventory, and all that jazz but I'm gonna save that for another day. 
I hope you all have a wonderful week, and thanks so much for reading! xoxo 

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Adios 2011! Bring on 2012!

Hellooooo blog land! I have not sat down at the computer long enough since my last blog to type up anything worth reading. New Year's Resolution: Blog Better. Can you blog on your phone? Well, until I figure that one out....if you're not getting your RowdyMaui/Pistols&Cupcakes/KacieLeah fix, check out our Facebook or Twitter :)

Anyways, I have about one hour left of 2011 to get this "Year in Review" type post thingy out. So heeerrreee we go:

2011 had an awesome start as Texas Monthly Magazine had an article over Rockport, and we were one of the businesses featured: 

February....I don't remember much other than working and Valentine's Day with my hunny buns in Port A:

 Spring photoshoot with Casey and Hailey: 

Double date night/Dinner & Bowling with Heather and Kyle: 

April brought a change of hair color:

and a new tractor for Jonathan:

and Sandfest in Port Aransas:

Glitzen was born in May and flew the coop in June: 

PDA in June: 

and Shrimporee with my sister from another mister (and sharer of the same name) Casey Leigh:

And in my June folders I found this gem that Heather's little girl Kylee took of herself:
And these uhh...."modelling" shots:

Which ultimately got us in the mood for fishin! 

Jonathan even lost his head over it: 

July brought out the crazy in us and for the 4th of July....we went alllllllll out: 

Party animals:

 The hunny had lots of training in the summer as well...

 But I did squeeze in some time to make cupcakes :) 

In August Miss Ali Dee wore our "Rhinestones" tee during a performance in Nashville:

and bingo night with my parents in which we decided to form a bingo "team" and wear matching shirts (we did not win at all):

Our Fall photoshoot took place in California by the fabulous Face On by Tamara:

 September sunset & kisses:

 Jonathan got in some modelling shots too this year: 

Casey joined Mom & I for a weekend of shopping during Antiques fair in Warrenton/Roundtop:

 This is what your feet look like after 8+ hours of junkin'

October brought us another WIN at the Town Halloween Party:
 This year it was just us girls as Jonathan was in Romania and poor Kyle was tortured enough last year...but that was fine by us! Things got a little crazy, but it was most definitely one of the funnest nights ever:

In November I did a custom pair of boots for Rachel Federoff of Millionaire Matchmaker on Bravo:

And the girls of American Hoggers wore our tees in their finale episode:

 I won tickets to see Eli Young Band & Rich O'Toole:

December started off with a nice shout out in the Horses & Heels feature in The Fast Horse Resource Magazine:

Junk Gypsy's December Junk Prom was a night to remember:

Love these ladies!!!!!

We got into the Christmas spirit by baking some cookies:

Our family Christmas photo:

and my brother reading to a deer...

 Daddy & Jonathan got some boxers from Santa:

Jonathan continued to be insanely handsome and make me melt despite the sorta-not-really cold weather:
(He's so dreamy!)
 Christmas Day was spent with both our families in Rockport and in Roundtop: 

and the day after my sweetie took me on a dinner & movie date :)

WHEW! Now that we're up to date, I hope ya'll had a wonderful year as well, and I wish you an even better one in 2012! See ya soon :)