Texas Road Trip Travel Gift Bag

We were thrilled to have the pleasure of spending the day with our lovely friends from Italy ( Rome, not Texas:) Franco and Patrizia.  They have enjoyed meeting so many friendly Texans who have visited their beautiful city over the years. They wanted to see for themselves what Texas is all about.  To get them ready for their planned “Road Trip” I presented a take along bag.

The Texas Road Trip Bag

Though my sewing skills are limited, I was still able to create a bag big enough to hold all the necessary items.

Snacks for the road tucked into a Boot Stocking

Snacks included apples and oranges tucked into a Boot Christmas stocking along with some Chocolate Chip Clif Bars.

Water to quench their thirst and It's a Mary Cake Texas themed cookies

Texas themed cookies from “It’s a Mary Cake” provide a little “sweetness” while water bottles lettered with Texas sayings will help quench their thirst.

Willie and George for Easy Listening on the ride

For those times when the radio signal turns weak, we threw in some classic CD’s.  You can’t go wrong with Willie and George:)

A frame for a favorite pic

And because Franco is an avid photographer, I included a Texas themed frame to hold a pic that best captures the fond memories they’ll be making.

Their week-long itinerary will take them through many towns, large and small.   To help them remember all of them, I lettered their itinerary on the back of a metal ornament that best describes their stay: “Eat, Sleep, Ride”

Front of Keepsake Ornament

Keepsake Itinerary

Fort Worth seemed the perfect place to get started.    So after a great breakfast of Dutch Babies and Apple Pancakes at  The Original Pancake House in Uptown we headed West.

The Daily Cattle Drive in the Ft. Worth Stockyards

The Quiet Pool at the Ft. Worth Water Gardens

They LOVED everything!  From the Water Gardens, to doing a little 3 stepping at Billy Bob’s to fajitas at Joe T. Garcia’s.  Stopping at the White Elephant Saloon was a must.  Texas hospitality became more than a saying when the talented Brett Watts, who was performing, gave them a signed CD as a gift for their travels.  How sweet is that!

We ended the long day with some espresso at their hotel, the always classic Fairmont .

Our lovely friends Patrizia and Franco

To our surprise they brought gifts of their own.

Delicious Italian Wines

Two bottles of very special Italian wines from two wonderful wine enthusiasts.

Harmonium Nero D’Avola by the Firriato winery : Harmonium was born out of an act of love towards Sicily and her most important, native red grape variety. The name Harmonium means Harmony, Balance and Perfection.

Arquata Sagrantino Di Montefalco: Grown around the town of Montefalco is the native black grape Sagrantino which produces wines of distinctive splendor, in both sweet and dry styles. Granted DOCG status in 1992, the Montefalco Sagrantino is a powerful wine with great depth.

Lovely Gifts from our Guests

Other thoughtful gifts included an Armani bag in this delicious Fuchsia, Vespi inspired ceramic coffee cups with spoons and a metal postcard “Vespizzatevi” which loosely translated means Seize the Day!

The Postcard and my fond memories of a day spent with lovely people will remain above my work table. Happy Trails Franco and Patrizia!


On another note:  There are still some seats open for my December 3 workshop at Paper Source, “the Artful Envelope”.

Here’s the info:

“The Artful Envelope Workshop ” with Debi Sementelli of Lettering Art Studio

Saturday, December 3 from 1 – 4 pm at Paper Source in North Park Center

$55.00 includes all supplies

To reserve your seat please call the store at 214-696-4400 and speak with any one of the lovely people there or register in person.

And as always my calligraphy font, Belluccia is available at : myfonts.com and fontbros.com.


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