Thursday, December 30, 2010

an easy calendar

... to make that is ...
(I'm sorry if you followed my post title thinking I had the answer to EVERYTHING)

I received a cool desk calendar easel thingy last year and it was filled with photos for each month.

I'm simply recycling the holder by using these cool postcards with a little monthly calendar glued on each postcard. 

A regular 4X6 frame could work as a holder too. 
The tear off monthly calendars are give-aways at hardware stores and drugstores this time of year. 

I almost didn't post this because it just seemed too easy and craft simple - like - hey - everyone's thought of this already. 

But as my Dad said, "All I see is teacups on your blog lately." 

So I give you an easy arty idea :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tea anyone?

Are you up for a tea cup exchange?

Pat at Artfully Ooglebloops is organizing it.
It's a one on one exchange and today is the last day to join the fun.
My teacup from the last exchange is one of my most treasured.
Drop in on her today and put your name in the hat ....


I'm still in recovery mode from the Christmas holiday.
It hits me like a truck every year.
And every year I come up with a new coping strategy for next year.
I hope to have it all done earlier next time.
In my imagination I see a no shopping zone in the month of December.
No stores with the gaudy decorations and nauseating music.
I did say imagination ... didn't I?


It's almost 2011,
can you believe it?
I thought it would be fun to share some beautiful blog discoveries I've made in 2010:

daisy yellow for colorful fun

every life has a story for beautiful journaling and stitching

iHannah's blog colorful and oh so creative

loppisliv scandinavian tranquility

lovely world colorful and simple design

michelle palmer beautiful illustrations

n2theblue rare but beautiful posts

river garden studio another world

soeurs du jour amazing photography

spirit cloth meaningful quilting

still alive photo processing techniques

talk at the table insight and compassion

the odd inkwell unique poetry

thxthxthx a thank you note a day

vita verandan more scandinavian tranquility

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I hope you have a beautiful week and a very Happy New Year if I don't see you before then ....
... thanks for stopping in for tea!
Oh - and be sure to visit the other tea blogs listed in my sidebar!

Monday, December 27, 2010

most unique gift

I wanted to show you this cool olive can that my sister gave me for Christmas

It's huge

(here's my hand in front of it so you can get an idea of the scale)

The wheels of imagination are turning in my head big time ....
... I guess you could say that she "Knows Me" to give me a gift like this

(contented smile)

Do you have a most unique gift with your name just written all over it?

I'd love to hear about it!

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It's been a hectic few days ... and we're off to the city today.
I won't be able to check back in until this evening,
but my big plan is to visit EVERYONE!
I miss you!!!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

shortest day

happy shortest day
a good day for a hot cuppa joe
a neighbor's sweet son was door to door with coffee
(school fundraising)
who could resist his dimples and towhead?
I'm not really a coffee drinker any more
but it sure is good today!

* * *

here's my joe on a table with a few of my favorite things:

my girls many years ago playing "beach" in the winter
and the Sweet Husband on Santa's lap as a kid

 a Christmas angel with my great grandad's lamp in the background
he was a newspaper man and I love to imagine his inkstained fingers under this lamp

my grandmother's candy dish

a plant I found by the side of the road on a summer walk

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and outdoors under the sheltering maple tree in the weathering chair
is the quilt


Merry Christmas!
(please check out the tea on tuesday blog list in my sidebar)

Sunday, December 19, 2010


after more than 20 days of rain
 today was a sun saturated day with
snow in the mountains

sun on our backs

water in the streams

and a camera in my pocket

Thursday, December 16, 2010

santa baby

A few days ago I showed you my workspace and Teri asked about the cut up coke can on my desk:

What do you plan on doing with the cut-up soda can? Will we see a photo of that soon?? Hope so!

So I transformed that kitschy can into kitschy art.

my soapbox speech:
Sometimes I think christmas (commercial and what I consider lower case christmas) is just so "in your face" with hideous color combinations, shiny plastic, unnatural sparkle and glitter ..... blah blah blah .... it only feels good for about 5 minutes.

What is kitsch?

Urban Dictionary says it this way:
kitsch - As an art movement, lifestyle, or literature and film genre, kitsch is pleasingly distasteful. It's melodramatic, overdone, gaudy and tacky or sentimental and folksy. It's so bad that it's cool. Your cat might attack it, but it's hot. 

Sentimentally charming, tacky and fun all rolled up in one. One catch with kitsch is that you're never quite sure if it's supposed to be serious or not. It's that uncertainty that is amusing.

Kitsch is a type of art based on love for the human expression and must have some form of talent and technical skill. It’s critics often use it as a scapegoat calling it "bad art."

Maybe kitsch is a little more naughty than nice

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

tea and company

my kitchen table has been taken over by a puzzle
(Not really ... It's on a plywood board and can be moved.)
but it's like the elephant in the room
it's the last thing on my list of things to do
... so I won't.
Oh look, there's a sweet doggie ......

he says, "please come outside with me"

"o.k., sweet doggie, let's go outside, even though it's soggy soggy wet out there."

Featured in today's post:
my grandmother's tea cup (Lennox "The Orchard")
Cobalt Blue English Teapot
Constant Comment Tea (delicious)
daughter's jigsaw puzzle in progress
Bouvier des Flanders (Theodore)
The Quilt (quite quite soaked)

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for more very special tea,
please visit the tea on tuesday blogs listed in my sidebar

Monday, December 13, 2010

it's the little things

I've made
mini cards made from
mini stamps
carved out of white erasers
(click HERE for the how-to post)

and mini gifts
of decorated matchboxes
(click HERE for the post about these)

* * *
I'll see you tomorrow for tea and catching up on things ....
until then,
 I hope you're warm and dry today
I know there's lots of snow for some of you guys
and if you're in LA you're trying to keep cool
Our town's river is expected to crest above flood stage tomorrow ...
we live on a hill, so we'll stay dry, but it's so hard on the folks who don't.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

on workspaces and white elephants

a martha stewart, I am not
and my desk 
(which is NOT a lovely shade of bottle glass green)
is in a constant state of array

- verb (used with object)
to place in proper or desired order
to marshal: Napoleon arrayed his troops for battle

but my mind, of late, is in a constant state of disarray
it hits me hardest when I walk into ANY store
even the grocery store
it's the the christmas music and the displays 
they propel me into an instant state of wandering aimlessly and losing any focus
it's intentional I'm sure
a conspiracy to help boost the economy, right?

which brings me to the white elephant:

this is the white elephant gift I won last night
it was the last gift on the table
I had already lost the John Deere tractor clock
 (which makes real tractor noises)
this last gift was the messiest wrapping job in the bunch
so it was the last one picked
when I opened it I could hear a collective groan
and the guy who brought it apologized.
he said,
"it's really good for falling asleep."
I said,
"I love it."
but I don't think anyone heard me say that.
and I do love it.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

bloggie tea

I've had an iPad for a little over a month now.
I love using it to visiting my favorite blogs,
but I'm waiting for an app from Google Blogger to make posting a lot easier.
(I've done it, but you have to use the "edit html" tab instead of "compose")
There's an app for Wordpress Blogs ... so it's just a matter of time I'm sure.

There are apps for everything.

Even for tea.

Tea Remedy for iPad ($0.99)
 "select your mood on the teapot, and look to the cup to find your perfect cup of tea"


The Little Tea Book HD ($1.99)
"A fascinating little book about the drink of drinks, tea."


The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakur ($1.99)
"a guide to the history of tea .... and more"

But I see no free tea apps.
I'm all about what's free right now.


like the weathering quilt:

 and a weathering recipe box:

How are things weathering where you are?

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for more tea and wintry weather,
please visit the tea blogs listed in my sidebar
"Tea on Tuesday Blogs"

Sunday, December 5, 2010


The Sweet Husband's sweet sister made these ornament hooks and


 aren't they beautiful?

they add some elegance to our very eclectic tree
our most loved ornaments are the handmade ones.
I'll bet it's true for you too!
a very happy and joyous 
second sunday of advent
fifth night
to all my friends

Thursday, December 2, 2010


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I've been keeping up my journal pretty consistently
... which is unusual for me.
I have loads of started journals
and not one single completed one.
I think I'm on a roll with a method that works for me.

Basically it goes like this
(and this technique I learned from Willowing and Friends "Art, Heart and Healing"):

  1. write a two page spread in pencil - thoughts that need to get out
  2. on a separate piece of paper record the gist of what you wrote
  3. gesso over the pencil, lightly or heavily, depending on how revealing you want to be
  4. collage, doodle, paint, etc. over the gessoed part
  5. write in the bit you wrote that was a summation of those original thoughts
Because of the personal thoughts included in my journal 
(which is as it should be)
I'm only showing you bits and pieces of it.
I hope to inspire you to have a place you can write down your hopes and dreams and fears and worries.
There is something good about putting those thoughts to paper
finding the beauty in them
and then keeping them secret.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

tea on tuesday


we're having a typical "low light day" today
(in western washington)
but that is easily fixed in iPhoto


see how good lighting can make anything look better?
and actually, once you get outside the diffused light is almost magic

(the quilt)

it wraps around and between and underneath things
... just like the misty rain ...

(looking up)

the weathering quilt is very wet today
I'm staying warm and cozy indoors
today's tea is Good Earth Original
spicy and delicious
(sorry about the santa mug .... the onslaught is just beginning)

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for more tea on tuesday,
please visit the blogs listed in my sidebar (under the tea mug)

Monday, November 29, 2010

sewing again

I've been having fun making these cards

and it turns out they are very similar to

something Patty's been working on

and Terri, too

Terri's got a video for the paper bag version

but mine are simply pinned to a blank card (for giving/greeting)
and I did the slow sew (just didn't want to get out the machine I guess)
... oh, and they're in my etsy shop too ...