Monday, November 17, 2014

Tea, Thank You, and Tuesday!

  This last week or so I have truly been on a winning streak - with many thanks to the artists, companies and blogging artists who have generously had giveaways! I mentioned  several of them in my last post. Here is the steeping teacup set I won along with a pkg of art in a recent giveaway by the incredibly talented sketch artist Tracey Fletcher King. It was sponsored by

                                                      this is a generous size mug-16oz.!

   The company sent me a packet of their Bolder Breakfast (black tea, Pu'erh and chocolate blend) Loose leaf tea was put in the steeper in the cup. Boiling water was added in.

                                                        The lid is on to steep the tea.

  Once steeped, the steeping cup is lifted out, the lid is reversed and holds it while I drink this tea-which BTW is absolutely DIVINE!!!

  And today the other part of this particular win came when this pkg arrived from Australia:

  Tracey was commissioned by the Tea Spot to illustrate this particular mug and she put  a sticker of her drawing on the pkg:) And inside this is what I found:

  A teacup/teabag poster, a postcard, and a set of note cards- ALL illustrations done by Tracey!! The details in her sketches are stunning and I already plan on framing some of these-so very impressive! Do check all the links I have in my last blog post- I think my T day peeps would be especially interested in Tracey's special project:) Linking to dear Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands for Tuesday.

  We got our first taste of snow this past week too one night:

  Pics aren't the best-the snow came very suddenly and quickly, blowing and coming down like crazy! Thankfully it didn't last( we got no more than the dusting you see here) , and even today my summer hanging baskets of flowers are still intact. Even if I lose them to the very cold expected tomorrow I am grateful for the extended duration of my blooms.

 There has to be an art part and this is it:

   The theme this week at the Simon Wed. Challenge Blog is "seeing stars/ Studio Calico" and this is my entry. The Simon Mon. Challenge Blog theme this week is "to the moon/celestial theme" and stars are celestial are they not? Hence this is my link there also.
  Products: kraft note card (Canvas Corp); patterned background card stock (Studio Calico Take Note Paper Pack); Red Star, Navy card stock- Mat Stacks DCWV); tag (K and Company); rubber stamp (Hero Arts); Memories Midnight Blue ink (Stewart Superior Inc.);  Tea Dye Distress Ink ( Ranger); small star punch; Stickles Starry Night glitter glue ( Ranger).

 Oh, one more thing-I am going to see Celtic Thunder and my guy Keith this Sunday in town!! We have met most of these guys (some more than once in person) and cannot wait to see them again (even though we've seen them at least 4-5 x since their first concert)!! ( I know Patty understands my enthusiasm:)

 Thank YOU for taking the time to stop in and say hello-so appreciated!

" Tea is quiet and our thirst for tea is never far from our craving for beauty. "    James Norwood Pratt


  1. Tracey makes lovely art, and I have followed along on her blog for years. She is wonderful and so thoughtful and considerate. That is one impressive tea pot/teacup. My engineering history jumped into high alert mode when I saw it. It was very well designed, carefully thought out, and self contained. What more could you ask for? Well, the color blue would be nice, I guess (grin).

    I got your snow before it could get to you. It was more than a dusting here, although last Thursday night the dusting came along, then the real snow came late Friday night, early Saturday morning. Now there's lots and lots of snow. It's even too cold to take photos. Glad your plants survived.

    Your birthday card is adorable. And it definitely fits the challenge.

    Thanks for sharing your gorgeous new mug, your lovely card, and photos of your snow for T this week.

  2. Lucky Linda-- wow a fantastic win from Tracey and the mug is just AWESOME!
    Your card is beautiful and oh gosh .snow... we have so much rain and fog since over a week.. I think snow will also come soon this year...
    Have fun at Celtic Thunder Holiday Smphony! Amazing!
    Happy T-Day!


  3. I had forgotten I had one of those style cups. I am reminded to get it out! Lucky you and I love your card!

  4. Hi, Linda! Love your red cup (how appropro for you) and the art you won from Tracey! Your card is so nice, too. We had about four inches of snow fall yesterday; I am thankful it was not more than that. These old bones don't like shoveling anymore! :-)

  5. wow Linda, I am jealous of your new tea cup and gorgeous art from Tracey! congrats and enjoy! happy T day!

  6. Congrats on winning the mug. It looks like it would be handy as we almost always use loose leaf tea. I like your card a lot too.


  7. I find that steeping cup very attractive. The color and design. I wouldn't be able to say "no" to it in a shop :)

    Like you, we've had dustings of snow but no more than that. The low last night was in the teens, and I'm cold! lol

  8. Happy T Day to you dear Linda.
    and YES indeed I can sure understand seeing favorite artists again and again...there is nothing like live performance is there...a perfectly lovely way to help kickstart your holidays ♥
    Your pretty red tea cup is not only pretty but so functional too
    and lucky you having some of Tracey's fabulous art creations...
    she is such a talent!
    White stuff already...we've been hit with the 'polar plunge' as they are calling it after a day of rain rain rain ...tis the season brrrr.

  9. How lovely for you to win those gorgeous tea things! The seeper mug set is divine and the artwork from Tracy would be fabulous framed for a kitchen wall.

  10. Hello and Happy T Day Linda! Congrats on your new prizes, it's so nice when others are generous like that. I've won 5 classes this year, so thankful because I couldn't afford them otherwise. LOVE your new tea cup, so pretty! Tracey's art is gorgeous, I have seen her blog and adore what she does. I would frame them too, so glad you won!
    Your birthday card is pretty and well done!
    YAY for seeing your favorite band again, I would go all the time if possible too. It never gets old, have fun!
    We got the snow last week and now we have the cold temps, darn those winds. No school for kids today, YUCK!
    Take care and stay warm and safe.

  11. What a neat tea set...lucky girl! Love the bright red!!
    Happy T Day!!

  12. Tracey's sketches are gorgeous!and you are so lucky my friend to receive these. The cup is also lovely.
    Your birthday card looks great. Love the soft colors you have used.
    Have a great week

  13. Oh, I am so green about you getting some of Tracy's art. I think she is just fabulous!!!
    Congrats on your other wins too......grin

    Starting to see a lot of "first" snow pics in Blog-land, it has gotten chilly here in California, but still no rain or snow in the mountains :(

  14. This is a Tea-riffic post! :) I see that you even used Tea Dye distress ink on the birthday card.

    Congratulations on your win! That is a fabulous mug, and the packet of sketches/paper goodies is gorgeous. Happy T Day!

  15. Congrats and lovely work as always ~ Have 'a cup of tea' for me ~

    happy week to you!
    artmusedog and carol

  16. I would love a tea cup that size! I can certainly identify with seeing a favorite artist multiple times as I have also! Lucky you to receive that gorgeous art, too!

    It's cold here but no real snow. We had a dusting last week that was pretty much gone the next afternoon.

    Thank you for your kind comments on my image transfers--glad I am not the only one who has trouble with them!

  17. I would so be there to see that concert. Congrats on all your winnings! Wow! Visit my blog Tea Post and maybe some of your good luck will rub off on me!! Hugs!deb

  18. Fabulous card! Love the design and pretty papers you used!!

    Congrats on your fabulous win! :)

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


  19. Tracey is just an amazing artist--and person! Just getting her artwork is a wonderful gift--and then that tea cup! I have seen those on Amazon and wondered about them. Well, it's red, too--OMG! Congrats to you and happy T-Day! :)

  20. Wonderful win. Love! that tea cup with the strainer and lid- Brilliant!
    thanks for visiting- enjoy the thunder- love their harmonies!

  21. This is stunning! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)


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