– Beth Been’s 2011 Summer Wardrobe

I’ve been busy busy busy sewing sewing sewing. Check out my 2011 Summer Wardrobe created from old clothes and $60.

Anna Wintour, the high-queen of haute couture

This 60 Minutes interview with Anna Wintour inspired me to be serious about sewing. I didn’t expect to like Anna Wintour, but I do. She makes me think of Barbra Striesand & Janice from the Muppets. Thanks Anna, it takes a lot for me to be super serious about sewing.
I love Vogue and you!

I will be posting more creations very soon on

Traveling Bistro is a winner!


Traveling Bistro has won the Austin Chronicle Best of Award 2009 for Best Catered Sunday Brunch at a Bar!!!! Beau Been left his full time job to live his dream and I am so proud of him! The Daily Texan agrees! Thanks to every single one of you who has come to brunch or a Traveling Bistro event. Sure they give me credit in the article because I serve the waffles, but it is my fantastic husband, Beau, who makes all the Like Water For Chocolate magic happen! He’s only just begun! YIPPPEEEEE! Congratulation Traveling Bistro! You make my tummy happy!!!

Join us each week at the Traveling Bistro Sunday Brunch at NOMAR BAR!
So sorry we will not be having brunch Sept 13.

Austin Chronicle Best of Awards 2009

I would also like to point out my company Groovee Fortune won Best Local Web Designer in 2005 and they haven’t ever had the category again so I consider myself  the reigning Web Design winner each year. I’m just saying! ha!


Beau and I snuck into the NOMAD BAR photo for Best Bar Staff
TIE: Rio Rita and Nomad Bar
Many thanks to Miguel who always includes Beau and I in the fun!!!

Congratulation to all the winners!!!! Cheers! Till we vote again!!!

5 FREE ways to promote your business, band, event…

As owner of Groovee Fortune, I need to know about all the latest  fads on the internet. Currently, I spend too much time taking quizzes and catching up with old friends on Facebook, playing Mobsters on MySpace and playing Word Womp on Pogo. At least it’s fun and I’ve learned a few things I can pass on to you. Take these seemingly time wasting applications and make them useful marketing tools.


What is Facebook?
How can you use Facebook?

My husband owns Traveling Bistro and we serve Sunday Brunch at Nomad. Each week I taunt my friends with the Waffle of the Week by posting it in my STATUS including a link to the page with the menu for the whole month. I have been put on Waffle Probation by some who want to come to brunch and don’t live in Austin, but they know about brunch if they make it here. Periodically, I post links about Groovee Fortune Specials and News. You can use FB to promote your band’s upcoming show, your business’s sale at your shop or online, an exciting event in your life by updating your status where it says “WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?” You can post longer items with who, what, when, where in NOTES or you can set up an EVENT, but you will have to add each person individually. NOTES are posted to everyone  on your  friend list and EVENTS allow you to be selective. If you have a web page with all the info already laid out and you want everyone to know about  it you can post a LINK to the web page.  You can’t customize the look of your FB page at this point. There are all kinds of quizzes and things to send your friends to let them know you care. Just last week I played trivia with someone from high school, a fellow Hell Mary, a friend from elementary school and a guy from college all at the same time!


Yahoo Groups What are Yahoo Groups?
How can you use Yahoo Groups?

Groovee Fortune has set up Yahoo Groups for it’s Groovee Clients,  the Texas Rollergirls, Rank and Revue Magazine, Alejandro Escovedo…. to name a few. If you have a group or organization that needs to share files, links and information this is a great tool. It is not so much a socializing tool as an administrative one. The Texas Rollergirls still use these Groups to share suggestions, events, opportunities, etc. Before the existence of MySpace and Facebook, this was one of the only tools to network music fans together. There is a calendar where they can set reminders for shows, send out press releases, announce upcoming albums to a group who specifically wanted to receive this information. The difference between this and a newsletter or mailing list is all participants can contribute to the conversation if you set it up in that manner. You can also use it like a mailing list or newsletter by changing the settings but it’s really all text based. Rank and Revue Magazine used their Yahoo Group to let writers and photographers know about deadlines and opportunities. It has a spot to organize TASKS for a group. Groovee Fortune has a Yahoo Group for it’s clients, but since the clients don’t all work for GF it’s kind of a one sided conversation, but I do post events, holiday greetings, specials, etc.

What is MySpace?
How can you use MySpace?

MySpace is a lot like Facebook, but I feel it is really well suited for bands and the entertainment industry. You can customize the heck out of MySpace with graphics and backgrounds and your own jukebox. Bands can post songs for listening and this is much better than having the music files on your own web server. You can post BULLETINS  that go out to all your friends, set up EVENTS where you select who will see the post. You can change your STATUS in the same manner as discussed with FB to promote a small snippet of what’s happening.  These last three tools allow you to send private messages to individuals. I am addicted to Mobsters and finally starting to know what in the heck to do to win! You can add images and links to Myspace, especially if you know a little HTML. Matthew Ballard uses it to promote his latest album, host music clips and promote shows, the Texas Rollergirls post their bouts and the Jackalope uses it to promote current specials and directions.


TwitterWhat is Twitter?
How can you use Twitter?

I will be honest and say I am new to Twitter but it seems to just be the STATUS tool on MySpace and Facebook. You can only post a few lines (140 characters including spaces). I feel compelled to tell you about this tool because Austin was all a Tweet during SXSW and I’ve seen a lot of news anchors speaking of Twittering. I also love the lingo that is developing around it with words like “Twitterific.” Please feel free to post any comments about it’s strongest usages. It is a big hit and I expect it will develop more marketing applications for me in the future. I need to add more friends so I am not tormenting 5 friends about waffles.


What is WordPress?
How can you use WordPress?

I got a blog on WordPress because so many clients were asking if they needed a blog. I wasn’t too thrilled with the idea but now I LOVE my Groovee Fortune Countrystarr Blog. I spend a lot of time posting YouTube videos and dumb pictures of me from the past, but I do use it to promote events like Plutopia, Traveling Bistro Sunday Brunch, Groovee Fortune Specials and News, information about clients, friends and points of interest, etc. There are many templates to choose from for your blog and you can customize what information shows up – other blogs, categories, a calendar of your posts, etc. I will note that you need to know CSS to really customize the look of your blog. Blogs get amazing results on search engines and you don’t have to know HTML to add images and links. Artists can post new works, bands can tell about recording their latest album or link to a new video and business owners can post info about sales, events, etc. You are reading WordPress right now and I’ve already told you about Sunday Brunch and Groovee Fortune. Be sure to add tags a.k.a. keywords to your posts so the search engines will head your way and create categories so readers can break all the info down into groups of interest. The stats on WordPress are awesome and break down lot’s of info so you know what is getting read.


So there you have it. 5 tools you can use to promote what’s going on in your world.  Groovee Fortune is not resposible for the wasted time you spend on these sites Twitting, pretending to be a Mobster or finding out what character you most resemble from LOST.  If you use it to promote your business, band, art or event, maybe you can relieve the guilt of playing trivia games with old friends or posting photos for your class reunion. Feel free to comment about how you use the tools.  Thanks for reading. Nerd out.  – Beth Been

Countrystarr Art by Beth Been for Plutopia

nitrogen cycle by beth been

The Nitrogen Cycle hand sewn by Beth Been

robot arm by beth been

Robot Arm by Beth Been

dragonfly pin

Daisy for your hair and Dragonfly Pin by Beth Been

plutopia art by beth been

Countrystarr, Beth Been Art at Plutopia 2009: Living Systems

This is a cool snake bike participants peddled around the Palmer Events Center


WATCH A VIDEO of this cool bike in action



Plutopia 2009 Smidget

I, Beth Been, am participating in Plutopia 2009: Living Systems. In an attempt to be as interactive as possible, I am sharing a little piece of the art and info related to this project.

Roller Derby in the Living Systems Theory according to the Scarlot Harlot is based on the digram below. Sorry for the long title. For some reason it had to be that way. In the end I am not sure how closely my final product will stick to the explanation, but the whole artwork started from this diagram and reading. Something being broken off from society in their own living system and needing certain things to keep it going. Currently, this work contains paint, paper, and glitter. Soon there will be a red plaid skirt and flowers. I’m NOT showing an example of the work below. That is just the inspirational diagram. You’ll have to come back to see if I show you any of it!!!

the Living Systems Theory

The Nitrogen Cycle is almost finished in felt, cross stitch, sewing, etc. I give you a small sample of the labels and a duck. There’s also a deer and some other happy faces. There are rumors of a duck tiara. Hell maybe a deer one, too.

The Nitrogen Cycle text and duck sample

Comments???? Thanks for reading!!!!

Banner Art by Beth Been

Sorry you haven’t heard from me in so long! I’ve been busy with all kinds of stuff. Will try to catch you up on all the crazy twists and turns of October and on into November. I put up art in a building in downtown Austin, Texas. It’s not open to the public so i wanted you to see it! The banners are the newest creations. The were a lot of fun to make! See more creations by Beth Been at Countrystarr.

Beth Been Art Display Austin Texas

Beth Been Art ~ Austin, Texas
Thanks Jonari!!!!

Madre del Senor Banner by Beth Been

Madre del Señor Banner by Beth Been

Wrestler Banner by Beth Been

Wrestler Banner by Beth Been

Senorita Scarlot Banner by Beth Been

Señorita Scarlot Banner by Beth Been

Ready for the Dance, Rockstar!!!!

Before I can show you these ridiculous photos, could you please play this RATT video. Just start playing it now &  hear what was insanity might be playing on a loop in my head while I was making these dress and hair decisions. These images will go from most decent to most ridiculous.

I got to go backstage at a RATT concert when I was a senior thanks to the Valedictorian of our school. It was pretty disappointing experience which has prevented me from caring about going backstage. Usually, I want to drink the free beer and watch the musicians rather than talk to them. Meeting people backstage is often just weird or boring, but I’d be lying is I didn’t admit there is some fun to be had. You think you’re tough!

If you’ve run out of music, listen to this song. Unless you already know you hate Winger. Hee hee! You can listen to AC/DC instead. I was surrounded by cowboys and two stepping but there was always some Back in Black! God bless Rock! He provided the rock I so needed, despite the Bible Belt trying to sqeeze it out! Amen and Hallelujah! Thanks to these guys who took me to banquets and bought me corsages!

8th grade banquet red scarlot harlot dress

#6 – Scarlet O’Hara Dress, Rhett included
All images considered. This is full length red dress is SWEET. I will gladly take any donations of any dress vaguely resembling this. Seriously. This was my first banquet. I had a crush on my date for quite a while. We were great friends for many years.

Dimmitt Best Beau - demin prarie dress

#5 Banquet unknown – Denim Prairie Dress
I love this style of dress. Drop waist, shoulder pads. I had a turquoise and white lace version of this same dress. Sorry I don’t have a long view.  Who would have thought to take a photo of the back of my head where I attached a GIANT lace bow. Fer sure fer sure, I musta found out about the valley girls! Dressed like an extra on Little House on the Prairie. Huck Finn always made me laugh.

dimmitt, tx best beau 88 - demin hoochie dress

#4 Best Beau 88 (Sadie Hawkins Banquets) – Denim Hoochie Dress
Here you see one of the more shocking of the ensembles. Apparently inspired by Shenna Easton and Chaka Khan (Ain’t Nobody), this date was doomed from the start. This dress makes me laugh out loud. It seems sculpted to my body. My sausage body! ha! Someone did my hair and I hated it. Went home in a rage and redid it into some crazy side job. This guy was one year younger than me and I’m sure I was a horrible date because I was so pissed about my hair. He was a sweet guy. I don’t miss being a teenage girl. Sorry fella.

junior prom 88 - pink metallic strapless

#3 Junior Prom 88 – Pink Metallic Strapless
The hair is getting bigger, the pink metallic bow is smaller and I am actually wearing something strapless.  Too bad I didn’t get a tan! Getting a little crazy with the metallic pink, but you can see from the girl photo that was all the rage. This guy made me laugh endlessly so I am sure it was a fun date.

best beau 89 puffy - lacy white dress

#2 Best Beau 89 – Puffy Lacy White Dress
Didn’t I want to save this monstrosity for my wedding dress? No doubt, I had 80s hair fever. Maybe this was my hilarious homage to Madonna rolling around in a wedding dress. This was an awesome date. My friend and I got our dates to fill out questionnaires. That sounds like my hair brain idea. We planned the whole date. This guys was from Dallas or Ft. Worth and really interesting. I’m sure I felt very Sixteen Candles.

prom 89 - pink and black quincinera

#1 Prom 89 – Pink Lace and Faux Leather Quinceañera Dress
By the time I was a senior, I had been to many interesting places. Austin, Tx, Oahu Hawaii, Washington DC. I thought I was thinking outside whatever the box was. In a place full of racial tension (White vs. Mexican) I show up to my senior prom with a Mexican date wearing a modified Quinceañera Dress. Just take a minute or 2 to laugh at the HAIR.

I had this dress made specifically choosing the pink lace and fake leather with no knowledge of who my date would be.  And wouldn’t you know, in a town where the white folks didn’t like the whites dating the Mexicans, I strolled in as if returning from a dress fitting in Mexico and won prom queen. The prom king was the same guy with me wearing the Scarlet O’Hara dress from my first date. I didn’t think much about any of that when it happened, but I think know a lot of other people did!

I had the dress made and did my hair myself. The hair would make a great nest for a family of birds.

This post is dedicated to the folks at AmaChron Dances in Amarillo, Tx. Thanks for reading!

Mama! Thanks for buying me all these dresses!

In search of dimmitt, tx


the scarlot harlot searched for dimmitt, tx where she grew up in the google images and discovered herself sandwiched between 2 tornados.

now my photo is missing!!! what has the grain elevator done to me? i guess the tornados were protecting me from the evil grain elevators. i also noticed that dimmitt has 19 churches for 4,375 people and i think devil horns are funny.