Monday, August 24, 2015

T Stands For Tuesday

Hi Everyone! Life has been pretty busy around here, and I missed visiting with my Tea friends last week.  So what have I been up to? First  a custom order for a bride-to-be who wanted some roses to make a brooch bouquet.
They look a little plain, but she is going to add her brooches in the center of each flower.

I've been dreaming about a has been several years since we have been away and I am ready! When my art starts looking like my dreams, it is time for action! Unfortunately, I cannot share my travel plans publicly just yet, but I can share my art....
I just completed this mermaid suncatcher. I always start with an original drawing that I use as a guide for the frame, and then start filling it in with beads. In some fashion, our vacations always take us over, on, or near water.

My latest Tea page may have you thinking we are going on a cruise, but that is incorrect. We are, however, going to be around a lot of water (and land) which has the old Frankie Ford song, "Sea Cruise", playing in my head and influencing my page.
In fact, the ladies in the tea cup towed by the teapot "ship" are swinging to the music!
Here are some ladies looking out the portholes, waiting for their turn in the tea cup.
Singing stars belting out those famous lyrics that get stuck in your head. And finally,
Some lace that made some nice waves.

Here is a link to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog where you will find the latest post from the T Stands For Tuesday gang! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 10, 2015

T Stands For Tuesday

Hi Everyone! Well, I am here again, finally! Where does the time go?  I have not had much time for crafting, but I have had some time to whittle down some supplies that are no longer going to be used.  I have a lot of well-meaning friends and neighbors who over the years have given me tons of supplies that their relatives have owned or they have moved on from themselves.  I took it all gladly at the time; however, as time marches on and I see what I have not used, I have begun to take the attitude that if I have not used it by now, it is time for it to go!  But on to my T Tuesday post:

I am able now to share the ATC that I received from Julia, all the way from England!
The ATC came tucking inside this awesome pear card! The teacup is a piece of chipboard (I think) and is dimensional in case you cannot tell!
She even decorated the back and commemorated T Tuesday's 2nd Anniversary in her awesome handwriting! Thank you so much, Julia, I love it!

My glass is way less than full right now, but not my attitude, I've just been drinking a lot of water. Speaking of water....
Look at my avocado growing! Thanks to Patty who gave me a tip to put it in a bigger jar, the roots are growing as well as the top!  I can't bring myself to chop off the top as some directions suggest because it is doing so well.  I wonder if that seed case will ever break away completely?
And since you got a little peak...these are the cacti that I am growing from seeds--they are doing really well, too.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm linking up with Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

T Stands For Tuesday

Hi Everyone! Today had a really slow start. After dropping off DD at the train station, I returned home to try to treat a mysterious problem with my feet.  Yesterday I was out all day taking my 89-year-old Dad to an appointment and food shopping and sneaked in a little bead shopping in for me. By the time I was to pick up DD, my feet started getting really itchy and almost painful.  Even today, they look (I will spare you the photos) and feel like they are burnt! There is a sock line and everything below it that was actually in my sneakers is red, itchy, and hurts. I was wearing the same sneakers and clean socks that I had worn before so I am completely baffled.  But on to today's tea post....
Here is my afternoon tea--I'm sharing the water with the plants.  The plant to the right of the Christmas Cactus is a Coleus that I grew from seeds. Behind the tea cup is an avocado pit that I am trying to grow.  This progress is after about 2 months--boy they grow slow.  I tried once before but gave up too soon, I guess. This one is almost ready to plant.  The celery did not survive; after planting it rotted, so maybe I will try again.

On one of our early morning walks, we saw the lifeguard at the beach...
who appeared to be leading a yoga class or something. Sun salutation everybody now!
Hope you are all having a great day! Thank you for visiting and stop by and see the rest of the T Tuesday posts here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

T Stands For Tuesday-2nd Anniversary!

Hi Everyone! On this particular Tuesday, we are celebrating the 2nd anniversary of T Stands For Tuesday. It is the perfect time to thank our hostess, Elizabeth, for the work and hours it takes putting together and keeping together this group. She visits everyone, every week and always leaves such generous and supportive comments. So, thanks Elizabeth, you really keep the fun going!

Today my Tea art is all about the teapot! I found the quote on Pinterest with no idea of who the author is. 
The background was done with gelatos before I had any idea what I was going to do on the page.  I've been wanting to try texture paste and found some wall patch paste we had in the house, so I gave it a go.  Smooshed it through punchinella and am happy to say it dried nicely, and does not rub off! Yes, you will see more of this!
I was not sure if I would be able to write over the gelatos--they always feel a little waxy to me even after they are dry.  I need more practice with them, that's for sure. I decided it was more interesting to write on the teapots anyway, but was pleasantly surprised to find I could write on the background, so I added some steamy swirls.
"Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comfort of solitude and the pleasure of company" I even managed to find a couple of postage stamps that had teapot images so I'm also linking up to Art Journal Journey!

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, July 17, 2015

SOC 2015 Week 6

Hi Everyone! It is hard to believe that we are already on the last week of SOC! I really enjoyed the twist this year of using two shades of one color and one of another.  This week, it was orange+orange+blue. I made another ATC....
Instead of using paint for the background, I looked through all my craft storage and found a remnant of paper twist. It was perfect for adding a little texture. The other elements came from a die cut booklet of flowers and bugs, and since the orange flower had a yellow center, I replaced it with a blue rose. I think the quote by Edna St. Vincent Millay sums up my feeling about creating art in general!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a happy creative weekend!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

T Stands For Trying to Survive Humidity

Hi Everyone! Well, I was almost back to normal after my sinus troubles last week, and now the weather is set to change once again!  Changes in humidity really seem to take a toll on my energy level, too, so not much art has been going on here. With my daughter back home again, my day starts at 6:30 am (not used to that) when I drive her to the train station for her commute to NYC for work. Back home and time for breakfast:

There will be milk in my tea as soon as it brews!  I do have one on-going fun project that I found on Pinterest....
Growing celery has been all over Pinterest for some time now.  I like to see things growing so thought I would try it. It was pretty simple....Cut the bottom from a whole celery  and put it in some water for 4 or 5 days, plant and water. The new plant grows from the center. Mine is shown after about two weeks, so it grows pretty fast once it is planted. It will be fun to see if I actually get an edible celery stalk. I'll keep you updated.

The only art I've done recently besides my pieces for SOC is this Allium arrangement:
Hope you all have a great day! It's Tuesday, and I am linking up with Altered Book Lover for T Stands For Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

SOC 2015 Week 5

This week at Twinkle Twinkle SOC we are playing with 2 greens + 1 pink.  All I was able to accomplish this week is an ATC background since the weather has really been bothering my sinuses. Anyway, I will turn it into something more arty at a later date.
I echoed the technique Hannah and Rachel (Krisha's Keepsakes GDs) used in week 4, using no brushes or palette knives.  So I used my finger to rub the background pink and green, and then used a paper tube to make the circles with another green.  I liked doing it and really planned to do a journal page, but just don't have the energy right now.

I hope you have a chance to stop by and see the awesome entries this week. Thanks for stopping by.