Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Hoildays My Tea People!



Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus would like to take you on a trip around our Christmas tree this year.....Nearly everything is new...... Just when i've decided to put owls on my tree they become hard to find...or at least ones i like... The berries are new...the first time i've ever put them on a tree and i like them!



This angel was made for me by a sweet little girl a long time ago and i think she looks just perfect on the tree.....Lower left you can see a cardinal........




More of those new balls and  see that little one in the middle...those are the ones i made last year out of cabinet knobs... and you can see the wooden snowflakes...




........Another owl.......



 ................I hope you'll enlarge each picture....... It took me a little while to get my tree together this year.... just feeling a little scroogie for no good reason at all............  I think its the knowledge that we will be packing every thing up soon to move....... the Realtor will be coming around after the first of the year to take pictures... and very soon every thing will be happening way to fast........ I feel like i just unpacked.......

I'm afraid no liquid refreshment in this weeks post.......But i'd still like to join Elizabeth and Bleubeard. If you'd like to see some more Tea related posts hop on over there for a visit! Hugs! deb

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SnowFlakes are Falling.............

 ..............Well not really......and if they are its only in the nearby Sierra Mtns OR inside my home.........lol.......  Please, please click on this snowflake picture to enlarge so you can REALLY see them.  I had a tough time deciding which photograph to put in the header because i wanted you to see them BOTH large. In the end i chose the white sparkly one because i'm just a glitter kinda gal.. :) 

I didn't take any step by step photos of these projects because they were really pretty easy....  The one in the header is a wood snowflake i think i bought at Michael's I painted it white and while i putting a clear coat on top i added the super fine glitter while it was wet.. I had some leftover gems from last year's project....remember this?   It will join the snowflakes i hang on my window every year.  i did not find a beaded snowflake i liked to add to my collection so this one will have to do.....

Michael's has the most spectacular collection of wooden snowflakes to decorate.......I decided to stain a bunch of them. This actually took awhile.....as the wood REALLY soaks up the stain. I thought it would only take one coat as i did not want them too dark but it actually took 3.  Then i put a clear coat on them and then used RubNBuff Gold Leaf on them. When the light hits them they are gorgeous...


Another project that has kept me busy are these angels.....7 to be exact............. I've had them a very long time........at least 15-20 years and little did i know hubby hated them all these years....lol Why he waits til NOW to tell me i have no idea......I thought maybe it had something to do what color they were. Honestly it was an ugly brown cardboard color and i had always planned on painting them SOMEDAY... well someday came this year....lol......I don't know what they are made of something really heavy duty though... with texture....Reminds me of really heavy duty cardboard but its more than that.....  SO first i painted them all a bright shiny gold then i used antique gold around the edges and finally a little warm brown around the edges......... Honestly i like how they turned out. Hubs still doesn't like them. He says its something about the head....I'm not fond of the way the head was made either ....Maybe i could decapitate it and give it a wooden head at some point.......I'll have to look into that maybe next year.... 

Using my current fav coffee cup this morning enjoying my Half Caff Folgers coffee......... I'm so sorry i'm a little late to the party this week........Its so dreary around here lately i had a hard time getting good photos. I tried to wait for the sun to peek out but with the heavy fog and storms expected i don't think thats gonna happen. :) I'm joining Ms. Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T Tuesday...won't you join us?  Hugs! deb

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mother Earth...........

.........received a drink from Father Sky today. If you look close you can see a raindrop on the window.. :) So thats my drink for Tea Tuesday......... I'm sorry i'm late... I almost didn't post. I just could not find an inspiring photo to post....... Its been raining steadily since early early this morning... glorious rain..... 

California is the only place i've lived that it can rain all day and you come away with maybe  half an inch of rain , if your lucky...  Rain was scarce in TX too but.... BUT when it rained it RAINED.. buckets!  Stormy, windy.... several inches of rain in a couple hours... it was an event!   Here it drizzles.......mists........but today i've actually had rain in the gutters... flowing out the downspouts... a good rain......... and its suppose to do it tomorrow......... 

No complaints here.......ever....... 

The dreary light from the rain soaked clouds still managed to set aglow a new Christmas Cactus bloom.  The white one is about finished and the pink has started to pop......... So pretty with the light through the petals........  I hope you have a fabulous T Tuesday. If you'd like to visit with some more T drinkers pop on over to Elizabeth's and Bleubeards. They love to have you for Tea. Big Hugs! deb

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Success and a Failure for Tea........




Click to Enlarge all photos!!

I braved the depths of my coffee cup shelves in an effort to show you a different mug....lol ...... I think its funny how each cup in my cupboard has had a turn at being my favorite mug only to be replaced by the next one that catches my eye.... 



I'am so sorry to bombard you with Halloween pictures but my crafting is kinda like my Christmas cactus that bloomed last week... Its kind of on its own time line...... 


And when i finish something or am very near to finishing something and i LOVE how it turned out i want to show you even if it is almost Thanksgiving........I HAVE told you the story of how all my unpainted ceramics came to be haven't i? Well just in case you are new to blog and have no idea what i'm talking about I'll tell you.... It was a most wonderful moment in my life..... Hubs and i well we don't have a whole lot in common except for the love we share for each other which is endless..... So we struggle to find things to do together... because we do love each others company.... 

One year we found out that the military base where hubby worked had a place where you could pour ceramics. So i took a class, then taught hubby and we spent several glorious months almost every weekend pouring ceramics of anything and everything i thought i might want as a knick knack in the house....... We would usually show up about 10am... pick the molds and clean them, strap them together , pour the slip (liquid clay) then go to lunch at the bowling alley...... Come back an hour later and the molds would almost always be ready to empty out...  

We were always so excited to open the molds. Opening a mold and having a successful piece was almost like Christmas every time. Then they have to dry and you scrape off all the seams and rough edges and then you have them fired. I paint mine with Acrylic paint then put a spray finish on them.....so mine are only fired once.... 


I just went and did a rough count and i got at least 50.... We just always said they would give me something to do in old age... lol .. I love having all these pieces to paint but the time spent with hubby was priceless.......

The tree and pumpkins are all drybrushed...... not that i really know what i'am doing when i dry brush but i try and i do like how it turned out. I used pearlescent paint on the ghost and he really does look like he glimmers and glows .......



And in an effort to keep it 'real' around here. I wanted to show you that not all projects turn out ALL the time....  Remember this project??? Well...............

This is what i ended up with one year later..........My weather proof/ waterproof glue.....well .... not so much......  However i do love this project and plan on giving it another go.... I have found some glue i'am much happier with .  I won't be attempting this again anytime soon as  a move is in my near future....Yes you heard that right.....My man has decided to retire and we are going to put the rat race of California in our rearview mirror.....  I'm sure i'll tell you lots more as time goes on.......But i think i'll give this project another chance in our new home.....Happy Tday my Tea People.... from over there at Elizabeth's and Bleubeards....Hugs! deb

Friday, November 21, 2014

Another Jinx Approved........



...........Sketchbook Friday with Dion Dior! This is what i've been sketching in the evenings while i have one eye on the TV and one eye in the sketch book. 


I want to come up with several different houses then put them all in a line on a long canvas.  Two done.... lots to go. :) 

Here is probably the final shot of the dragonfly. I tilted the paper and if you enlarge it ( click on it) you can see the iridescent medium i added here and there. This little guy was so much fun.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!!! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs! deb