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Monday, January 27, 2014

Tea Cup Tuesday-Shelley

 Hello All!
Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday!
Tomorrow we are expecting a snow storm.
So I am getting out my only two Shelley tea cups for a cheery tea!

Does that sight not just bring some cheer to your heart?
Pink and lavender are so soothing.

What bold designs! I love these flowers too on the blue cup.
What do you think of their choice of blue handle?

The soft pastel flowers of the pink cup remind me of spring...
such a nice thought on the eve of  3-5" of snow!

I think one of my favorite design styles of Shelley tea cups
is the lovely wavy edge and the relief detail around the cup lip and plate edges.

The back of the pink Shelley....so sweet!

Choose a cup for your tea...
I will use the other lovely one
and we can sit and sip together...

Blue cup...

Pink cup....
Can you see the little crack across her base?
Sad but true, we shall use her anyways.

I am not feeling up to snuff tonight, 
so I am keeping this very short.

Thank you for coming to visit for tea today!
I am so glad you could!

If you would like to join in and share a cup with us, 
just link your tea cup post up below.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Art Class

(first layers)

I am busy in my art room finishing up the last touches on my
2014 Mandala for Misty Mawn's class Full Circle.

I took her class last year online and in person...
She is a wonderful teacher and I love this class!

I thought I might share the progression as I worked....

adding collage elements...

It is bold of me to use all these colors!
and to just put stuff down, where ever I felt like it...

looking pretty messy!
but I am liking it here and there...

Different elements of my life began to show up on the paper...

A little bit more here...and there....

and a bit more....lol!

My daughter came in the room and said "Wow, that is happy!"
I'll take happy!
Thank you Sarah!

Here I am getting worried, too white...too busy....no..... too ???
(let it go.....let it go...it is what it is...just keep on keeping on.....)

Working over a few days, 
these doodles and what nots did open my eyes
and give me a few Aha moments about my life!

Lots of stuff in here...

It is hard to know when enough is enough....

 o.k. maybe a little more...

and a little more...and I think she might be done : )

I feel like I learned so much!
"Just keep going and trust" was my biggest lesson.
 It was a Truly enjoyable experience!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
I hope you are having a great Saturday!


Monday, January 20, 2014

Tea Cup Tuesday-Blue and White

Hello All!
Welcome once again to Tea Cup Tuesday!

Today I am sharing a cup I found while away last fall.

Many of you have inspired me with your beautiful blue and white china.
As I did not own any blue and white transferware at all,
I paid my $1.50 and I brought this one home.

I believe pattern is called Blue Willow Pagoda...

The deep blue really is quite lovely to look at.
I adore this stylish handle.

As I was giving this cup a good cleaning,
I was taken with the artwork.

 The plate is very busy with it's intricate border.
The floor of the dish tells a story.

Here you see the landscape around the home and gardens,
and a large manor home surrounded by walls and trees. 
Can you see the woman in the doorway?

(See the many pits in the glaze?)

There is a bridge over a little brook, 
and two people are crossing it.

I wonder if the woman has just bit them good by,
or if she is waiting for their return?

 I am intrigued by the artists creative ways to paint trees.
Here we see circles with dark centers. 
I was wondering if these were blossoms?

 At the top of the plate you can see the houses on the next hill.

There is a tree with just circles, one with long arms of leaves,
and the one bottom center has a muted look to it.

This lovely cup too...
a grand home, surrounded by a fine fence.
The trees here too are fanciful, large balls of foliage.
Are they manicured to look that way? 
Some wealthy estate owners would have gardeners
to create a look like this.

The waves are beautiful,
the tree behind looks stenciled...
and the little house is sweet.

If I turn the cup a bit more.....

we see this scene...

Are they returning home after a good day fishing?

Now we can see the men crossing the bridge more clearly,
 and we can see that the poles are in front of them,

We might use this info to decide that the two 
fishermen on the plate are returning home.

Such a fanciful tree!
And magical birds!

 Above the fishermen on the bridge
A little boat still floats in the sea.

There is one more house gracing the bottom of the cup.
Here you can see some of the stray blue marks and the mysterious bronze ones.
They will not come out, 
They are either in the glaze or below.

A little house with the birds singing above.
You can really see the pit marks here as well as the bronze ones.

My only interest in these marks is in dating the cup.
I will happily use this cup for tea regardless.
Is it really old? 
Or was it poorly made? Lol!

Here is the backstamp:
It has the "bird" trademark, that was registered in 1880, along with
the words "Stoke On Trent". Prior to 1880, they did not mention 
the town it was manufactured in.
This cup is missing the town name.

The  blue window with "Semi China"in it was used beginning 1927 +
but had the pattern name too, which this cup does not.

So I am somewhat confused at to the date of this cup.
I did not find any exact example. 
Does anyone of you have a book on transferware backstamps?

I hope you enjoyed this cup's tale.
Or at least what I thought it was saying!
I finished my post and then thought to look up
the history behind the pattern.
I found out that it may be based on old Chinese legend,
about a rich man who's beautiful daughter falls in love
with a man he does not approve of.
They do run off together and live for a while.
But eventually it all goes wrong! 
Not a happy story. 
(it is she that waits in the doorway, it is the lover in the boat coming
to sneak her away,the men on the bridge are not fishermen...
but men coming to "take care" of the situation.)
 Art can be so dramatic!


Thank you so very much for visiting today : )
I apologize for the super long post!
I truly appreciate each visit,
and if you read it all, I am impressed!

Last post you all blessed me with so 
many heart touching and encouraging comments!
Thank you!

If you would like to join Martha and me in 
sharing tea cups, just go and prepare a post with your tea cup in it
then come back here and link that post up below.
Then Martha and I can come by and visit you too!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

"Renewal" Fabric/Paper Book

Hello All!
Happy Saturday Night!

 Ages ago I began a little book, and posted about it Here...

Now my collection Vintage lace and fabric/paper pages is complete!


It is a very simple design, inspired entirely by Traci Lyn Huskamp
and her book which I talk about in the post linked above.

I let sentences from vintage books speak for me...

(This old stained piece of hook and eye tape finally found it's purpose 
in holding the two worlds above and below together....)

...rows of vintage lace and scraps of  blue cotton...
show the layers beneath the soil where she lay...
and the layers of her subconscious as well.
(whoa, heavy!) lol!

(she is an image transfer onto muslin,
and I pulled it off while still hot so that some of
the transfer would  not stick)

Key elements for me.... rest and  refresh  : )

Layers of elements, images on muslin.
Divine help for healing,
and the joyful power of flowers. 

The last two pages....
Being still...
listening to the birds...

More layers and bits.
A vintage calling card I altered....

A rusty ring found in the road,
A brass butterfly saved for twenty years.
Some binding from an old book that was falling apart. 

The culmination of resting and rejuvenating....

Being out in nature has always been refreshing for me.

As I contemplated what this book would be about,
A theme around the healing powers of nature felt good.

The winter can be long, 
and this one has been quite dark and dreary at times...

Sometimes the winter can be within us
and not about the season at all...

Being outdoors,

being still,


 enjoying the beauty,
appreciating all around,
I found will help me during both types of winter,

I enjoyed using this new medium to express!
Thank you Traci for inspiring me : )


Thank you all for stopping by for a visit!
I appreciate you taking the time to come by!
I may be posting Tea Cup Tuesday later than usual,
on Tuesday morning....


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