Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

for my sanity

I've been doing quite a lot of this:

so I took some time to do this:

see you tomorrow when I announce the giveaway winner

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

teatime giveaway

H a p p y   B i r t h d a y 

to Art in Red Wagons!

(it's been 3 years of blogging and many many friends!)

Today's tea is a giveaway

I carved a new rubber stamp 

... a wobbly little teacup ...

and made some cozy little kitsch:


teacup  coasters

leave a comment and I will enter your name to win!

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we'll still have tea (or whatever) as usual
you know the drill
and if you don't, 
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meet Mister Linky:

No Tea 
here at Art in Red Wagons 
next week
I am anticipating a lost week due to NO SCHOOL
(why do they have to do that to me?)
don't let that stop you from having your tea (or whatever)!!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

simple math

 one store bought pie tin


great stash of bottlecaps


homemade rust


elbow grease


art by kim

(click HERE for this piece)

Friday, March 25, 2011

as seen in WA

cranes folded out of tea bag paper
as another person on Etsy said so well:

"I don't have much, but I still have my hands"

Thursday, March 24, 2011

as seen in L.A.

yup, they're teabags

pretty cool

thanks Elizabeth for the picture

makes me want to go make myself a cup of tea
(and save the tea bag of course!)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

groovy tea tuesday

I received this serendipitous gift of a fun "tea towel"
and a beautiful tea mug
from a far away (in distance only) friend

it actually came in the mail last tuesday
but I had already posted my gig
so I can vouch for the absolute fun of this mug
I've been using it all week!

I wonder if I've been developing scurvy 
what with all my cravings for oranges and citrus
peeling an orange
drinking the tea
and look who just flew in

The Middle Child has been home today
she saw me folding cranes
folded me this orange one

she is reading
in class

there are no coincidences in life


welcome to Tea on Tuesday!
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You can leave your "calling card" here with Mister Linky
He's our butler today for tea ;)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

a good day for a guinness

also a good day for
The Pike
yup, that's the one

magnets ...
... jewelry for the fridge
(on etsy)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

happiness? (t on 2sday)

I found this tea tag really irritating

the idea of being happy as much as I breathe seems so ludicrous to me

who can do that?

any thoughts?

if I made a tea tag about happiness and breath it would say something like:

"happiness is over rated ...
... breathing is not"

and now, let me take you on a garden tour



korean lilac "miss kim"


mock plum


Thanks for dropping by for Tea on Tuesday!
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and don't forget to breathe (all the time)
and smile (when you feel like it)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

a world of grief and pain
even when cherry blossoms
have bloomed

Thursday, March 10, 2011

the land of counterpane

quilt landscapes:

I'm nearly done with the piecing together of this scrap quilt for my oldest child
it is completely hand sewn
and no I am not crazy
it's very very pleasant to

I call it
"the slow sew"

a haiku:

why do the slow sew?
same reason to do the slow dance:
touch and breath and love

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

tea and lighting

I had the idea of showing you some signs of spring from my garden
and I got quite distracted when I got down to business with my camera

so I'm having a change of subject here

crocuses (with back lighting)

I noticed a couple of years ago
while shooting pictures for this blog
that backlight is what I love

crocuses (with front lighting)

when I get between the sun and my subject
the colors and shapes go all flat
and remind me of old magazine layouts 
or jigsaw puzzles 
or those awkward family photos 
(with everyone squinting because the sun is in their eyes)

morning tea (with back lighting)

to me, backlight is more like real life
I like to sit with MY face to the sun
and what I see around me is bathed in light

morning tea (with front lighting)

.... not flooded in light ....
... just a thought while in the garden today ...

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... oh yeah, and my tea this morning is Red Clover Tea ..... with the LAST Girl Scout cookie
what are you having?

I'm still trying out Mister Linky
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just click on my "What is Tea on Tuesday?" tab at the top of the page

Sunday, March 6, 2011

spring banner

using my hand carved rubber stamps in the previous post
I made this banner

and it's on Etsy

see you on Tuesday!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

carved stamps

I made my own stamps 
using rubber gasket material from the hardware store 
and a speedball linoleum cutter


there's a great tutorial on this over at Genine's Art Blog

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

bloom & grow

a couple of you noticed these in the background of my pictures yesterday

I finished them a week or so ago and forgot to show you

I used pie tins

(they're in my etsy shop too)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

a cup of sunshine

my tea today is a new one I picked up at my local tea shop

I'm in there about once a month to pick up my
Montana Gold Tea
(which you can order online at

the Montana Gold is really for my daughter
(it's a delicious rooibos tea with orange and cinnamon .... she drinks it in the car on the way to school)

but every time I'm in there
I find something tempting for me

I don't succumb to the chotchkas
(although I would like to get an owl someday)

but I do love to bring home a new tea to try

and on rainy days such as these I need something full of sunshine

what are you having today?

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I usually have a blog list and may go back to doing it that way,
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