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hi hi, i’m dena. i started this blog 2+ years ago with my best friend makenzie. we love houston. we’re both from here and have lived here our whole lives. (i probably should branch out and live somewhere else in the world someday, but not any time soon. please don’t make me). this little baby has since become “my” little baby, which might account for the confusion of “where did her best friend go?” let me just tell you that makenzie is still around and we’re still best friends – but my passion for posting ran a little deeper and i am now the sole creator//editor of panchoandleftey. more about me: i’m a pre-school teacher at the best nature centered//child directed//play based school i’ve ever been to. it’s called blossom heights child development center and it’s literally my dream job. (sometimes it’s the weekend and i wish it was monday so i could be back at school with my favorite people doing my favorite thing). i love dancing and am currently part of a polish dance troupe (you can also find me at beetle or barbarella pretty much every weekend) i went to hspva for visual arts and still spend a lot of time on my bedroom floor watching netflix and crafting (i sell my houston inspired felt crafts at pop shop houston. come to my booth and buy something during our thanksgiving weekend holiday sale) i’ve also recently been learning to solder jewelry at houston makerspace. so thats pretty fun. i’m intrigued by local social + environmental justice  and riding my 1980s steel frame bike around town. and traveling, i love traveling (but more than that, i love coming home). did you hear my little interview on kpft//npr//88.7? if not, jump on the band wagon and listen HERE.

if you have any ideas // connections //  suggestions // or like think we should be friends, don’t be scared, just email me:


17 Responses leave one →
  1. June 2, 2012

    You guys are awesome!!

  2. June 27, 2012

    Sigh…I wish I could whistle. I get teased about it a lot.

  3. gloria atkins permalink
    October 22, 2012

    WOW! Ya’ll sound busy, i got tired just reading about it, lol! Hope you don’t mind this Grandma of 10 following your blog. I came for the Tx. flag tutorial & stayed after i read your blog. Ya’ll remind me of me & my bff. We’re still best buds, we just don’t get 2 see each other as much as we’d like but THANK U JESUS for FB. Thanks, ya’ll have a BLESSED DAY!

  4. March 26, 2013

    Yes! Another Houstonian! I was born in Houston and grew up there but moved to the East Coast some years ago! I miss Houston and I am glad I found you two! Now I can see what is going on in my hometown!

    • Dena and Makenzie permalink*
      March 28, 2013

      thanks erin!!! if there’s anything specific you want an update on – let us know.

  5. March 29, 2013

    hey ladies – can we give you passes to our 2 documentary film screenings next week at “14 Pews”?? Wednesday we have “Journey to the Flames: 13 years of Burning Man” with DJ, fire spinning after AND thursday we have “Faire: An American Renaissance” with beer/wine afterparty. Please hit me back if you can attend, we’d love to have ya at either or both!

    • Dena and Makenzie permalink*
      April 3, 2013

      WOW COOL !!! if the offer still stands i’m interested in one/two for tomorrow night.
      thanks for thinking of us and let me know. there would of course be a blog post to follow …

  6. ahahah permalink
    June 3, 2013

    ~~working in london, vacationing in paris france~~

  7. ahahah permalink
    June 3, 2013

    holy shit this blog is a trainwreck in photos i fucking love it.

  8. February 16, 2014

    Hey! I didn’t get a chance to meet you today at black hole but am a friend of Andrea’s and she told me about your blog. I had one way way back and was terrible about keeping up with it, so it sort of died. But I’m still a major blog reader and am really excited about adding this to my bloglovin feed! I absolutely love living in Houston and finding free/ fun things to do so I”m looking forward to your updates!

    – Gaby

    • Dena and Makenzie permalink*
      February 16, 2014

      hi gaby! so glad my blog fits your niche. i know what it’s like to run out of steam and slow the posting production down to a stop – if you ever have ideas or recommendations for this here blog (or events calendar) email me please! and until we get to meet in real life, enjoy our city!

  9. Brooke permalink
    May 16, 2014

    Hi! My name is Brooke and I met you at the Pop Shop Houston event a few weekends back. I bought a couple of your ornaments for a gift basket to be auctioned at the Great Taste of the Heights. You should TOTALLY come check it out!

    • Dena and Makenzie permalink*
      May 16, 2014

      Hey Brooke – yes I remember you and your friend. I’m always looking for new catholic friends and activities! I’ll hopefully be seeing you there!

  10. Stephanie Macnair permalink
    November 11, 2014

    Hi Dena..not sure if Im too old for your blog (53) but I’m an English expat living here for a year already! Not inside the loop, but just outside on Memorial… and I’m always looking for things to do!!

    Usually listen to KPFT but caught you today on NPR, and thought you sounded great!

    • Dena and Makenzie permalink*
      November 12, 2014

      haha. i really hadn’t thought about my target audience age range until that question came up in the interview and i just made something up – of course you’re welcome to to follow and please share with friends! hope to see you around town!

  11. Catherine permalink
    November 11, 2014

    Just heard your segment on 88.7. I’m a twenty-something who just moved to Houston, and I’m thrilled to now know about this blog! Will definitely be reading regularly!

    • Dena and Makenzie permalink*
      November 12, 2014

      YAY! thanks for listening to 88.7 and finding my blog! hope to meet you around town someday.

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