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Monday, December 8, 2014

Tea Cup Tuesday-Tea and the Creative spirit

Hello All!
Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday!
I apologize for my very long absence.
Back in June I had no idea I would be away from 
my computer and Bloglandia for so long. 
I truly did miss you all!

Thank you for the many kind messages, cards
and words of support!
I appreciated each one!

I have missed visiting you all for Tea Cup Tuesday!
Martha  has been a perfect host all by herself,
Thank You Dear Martha!

Tea has remained a part of my daily life,
my favorite chamomile, or a fresh cup of ginger tea 
often accompany me to my art room.  
I find tea encourages my creative spirit,
and definitely soothes the soul.

Drinking warm aromatic tea while musing over a design is heaven to me.
My cup this time was a lovely thistle pattern...
looks very festive with holly shaped leaves and 
brilliant flowers.
(she does not have a pink background, it was
late at night when I took this image)

She was a lucky find along with a dessert plate!
And, a very low price, always nice....

(drying, late at night)

In between other life events that have taken precedence, 
I have managed to do a bit of creating to keep me going : )
Some sewing, some painting,
crocheting, knitting, a little collage fun and
finally my first glitter house....
Recently my husband and I began the "little charmer" together,
he did all the difficult cuts! Thanks sweetie!
I painted it up a bit, 
(above before glitter)
and put on a tentative layer of glitter...

I am sure I sipped a little glitter in my tea at some point....

It took a couple cups of tea and a day or two to finish this little home...

 Here she is all glittered up,
4 1/2 inches tall and
the same wide. 
She puts me in the Christmas mood!
(gosh, I forgot to put her lights on!)

How Cheery!
She makes me smile. 

I would not mind coming home to her frosty front door.
The first thing I would do is put the kettle on,
then light the fire in the fireplace
.. Lol!

I would definitely have a thistle pattern tea cup in
the cozy little cottage : )
This festive cup would do nicely.

I can thank Royal Albert for creating this beautiful pattern,
Highland Thistle.
Between 1964-1969 this tea cup was manufactured.

My little charmer was made from thick cardstock,
and left over bits of paper from card making. 
I think you could even make it from an empty
cereal box, or shoebox. 

Tea and creating are a blessing.
Tea and creating Christmas art is even better : )


How are you doing?
What has your creative attention lately? 

I will come and see you all,
but forgive me if I do not comment just yet.

Thank you for stopping by!



kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Terri, it's so good to have you back! Martha has been such a great hostess and kept us informed and praying for you and your son.
Your thistle teacup is a beauty and your darling glitter cottage is just adorable! Oh, how I'd love to make on of those. It is too cute for words.
Hugs sent your way and blessings, too.

KathyB. said...

I haven't finished my Tea-Time Tuesday post but was so excited to see you're back I just wanted to check in and say "hi !" I love the little glitter house especially, but even more that you're back.

Martha's Favorites said...

YEAH! Hugs, Martha


Welcome back sweet lady with your party and such a beautiful post with your lovely RA teacup.
Thank you for having us back at Tea Cup Tuesday again.
Happy holiday season,

Marjanne said...

oh I was so happy to see a part of yours on my blog, I clicked on your name. .. and Yesssss Terri is back with a nice cup of tea and a gorgeous little cottage! Welcome back in Bloglandia! I wish you a beautiful Christmas season!

johala said...

Hello Terri
I'm very pleased to read you again! Hope you're fine!
I love too this teacup, it's marvellous!
Happy comming back!

Sylvia said...

Pretty teacup and I love the little house so festive!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

That little house you made is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!!

Victoria said...

Yay, hooray, welcome back kindred, I have missed you and your creative world very much and all of the inspiration you share!Love that sweet house, the color is magical! I also am smitten with the thistle cup, I love thistles, so pretty, beautiful pictures!
HUgs and Happy Tea

K J D said...

Dear Terri

So lovely to see a post from you.

All so lovely and warming... that house is the sweetest.

I saw Kitty's comment above and hadn't realised that your absence from your blog wasn't just a 'blog holiday' - sending you much love

Karen xxx

Snap said...


It's so nice to see you. Martha has been the hostess with the "mostest", but you have been missed. Love your thistle teacup, but have to say your Christmas house takes the cake today! Happy Happy and a Merry Ho Ho HO to you!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Welcome back sweet Terri! We have all missed you and your gentle spirit. I adore your little charmer in robin egg blue, one of my all-time favourite colours! She's looking so cozy. Your thistle teacup is gorgeous. RA always makes such pretty teacups. Thank you for sharing and take care, my friend.

Hugs & Blessings,

Linda Kunsman said...

So glad to see you back again Terri! Your teacup is very elegant and delicate looking. And your cottage-SO very charming!!! Growing up my parents used to put up a large putz/ Christmas village complete with a running train and buildings that had to be put together such as this one. Thanks for taking me back to it!

Debbie said...

So nice to see you blogging again Terri. I love your cottage, just beautiful!

Thanks for Tea Cup Tuesday.

Dorthe said...

Oh dear Terri, here you are, how wonderful, my friend.
And then with such a most beautiful post, with that gorgeous little house. It looks wonderful, must have been a big work, to both draw, cut and put it together, not to speak of painting and glittering, which you did to my hearts content. It is stunning dear terri.
And your lovely cup, is surely a beautiful choice to drink your afternoon tea,from!!
I`m so happy you are back here, my friend, and welcome you with a hug.
Dorthe xx

Deborah Montgomery said...

Welcome back Terri! Your cottage is so beautiful and fun! And I love the thistle teacup. I have two, they remind me of our Scottish heritage.

Antiques And Teacups said...

How wonderful to hear from you....welcome back! You've been missed! Your cottage is so cute! I have a few putz cottages from my childhood. Love the pretty teacup as well. So glad you are better! Come and link to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Poussière du Sud said...

Je suis ravie de vous retrouver sur le Net.
Voir de très belles tasses à thé tous les mardis me manquait beaucoup.
Cette tasse est vraiment ravissante et la petite maison sous la neige toute mignonne.
Cordialement. Babette

Cinderella Moments said...

:D You're back! I'm so glad! I just came by a couple days ago and I was hoping you'd come back to us very soon. And here you are!♥
I love your little house. It's full of Christmas spirit. The colors are marvelous. I also love your cup. The design is so perfect on that crisp white background. Welcome back!

The Charm of Home said...

Hi Terri! So glad to see you back!! Your little house is fab! I love that teacup too. I have one just like it and I love it! Hope you are having a lovely time here before Christmas!

Rose L said...

Cute little tea house! I always love teacups which have design on inside as well!

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

Welcome back dear Terri! You have been missed.
Your sweet house is perfect for Christmas, and i laughed when I read that you drank a bit of glitter, because that sounds so much like me:0)
hugs and JOY,

Frieda Oxenham said...

So wonderful to be able to share a cup of tea with you again, i have missed our weekly tea drinking ceremony.
The cup is extra special considering it's hint of Scotland,
Woukd love to enter your sparkling fairy tale residence. Such a dainty and gorgeous beauty. Love having you back.

Elaine said...

Lovely to see you back Terri. What a beautiful cup and a sweet little house. I can imagine that was real fun to make. Elaine x

Jackie PN said...

welcome back dear Terri!! xoxo

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Terry
Im very happy hearing from you again
I love your post
Thank you very much

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Welcome back! Just wanted to comment on your sweet little house. Reminds me of one that my grandmother had when I was little.

Createology said...

Welcome back dear. It is so nice to see you are continuing to be creative and sipping tea from lovely china cups. Sharing Blessings and Bliss...

Karen said...

Hi Terri,
I am so pleased that you are back! I have missed you and pray that your life continues to improve. Your wee house is so lovely and a perfect way to get into the Christmas mood. What a gorgeous Royal Albert thistle cup too! Take care,

A Magical Whimsy said...

You are one of the first blogs I had ever visited back in 2010, me thinks? So, I have been following you a long time, especially when your fairy house tutorial caught my eye.
Lovely to have you back to the land of blogging. I have managed to make at least two posts a month this year on my blog which is not a lot, but it has kept me connected with kindred spirits.
The tea cup is so very charming. Royal Albert has made some of the most beautiful tea cups.
Thank you for the reminder about chamomile tea and also ginger tea. I have a hard time drinking the black tea as the caffeine affects me worse than coffee does.
Have a very lovely Holiday Season!

many thoughts and hugs,
Teresa in California


Jill said...

A very pleasnt surprise indeed to see Artful Affirmations active in blogland once again. So nice to hear you have been creating while away. A lovely and inviting welcome back post.

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Dearest Terri,

Oh it is so so so so nice to see you are back! You have been sorely missed, my sweet lady!

Your teacup and sweet glitter houses are beautiful - such pretty inspiring photos!

I wish you the absolutely BEST the season has to offer. God be with you and your family, and prayers for good health and peace for you.

You made my day, being back in blogdom. Don't overdo it, but it
SURE is nice to know you are ok.

And yes, Martha has done a great job, such a good lady, too!

Big hugs. ♥♥♥

Beth in NEPA said...

Terri, I was so happy to see your comment on my blog today. We have all missed you so much. I love your little house.... and You know I love Royal Albert so how could I not love that thistle tea cup. Again, so happy to see you back.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Hi Terri, so glad you are back sharing your lovely crafts and sharing tea time with us. Glad you are feeling better! I love your Christmas house, you are so talented! It is so beautiful! Love your teacup, too!

Beth said...

Hi Terri, Your glitter house is adorable! Love your teacup too. Glad you are back. Be happy, be healthy, and God bless!
Hugs, Beth

creativelenna said...

Thanks so much for your visit Terri, it was so sweet to hear from you again. What a lovely Tea cup and cozy little holiday house you made with your husband!!

All The Pretty Dishes said...

What a warm, cozy little cottage you've created! Don't you wish you could miniaturize that pretty teacup to fit inside?

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Hello Terri. Welcome back. We have missed you very much sweet friend. What a gorgeous little house. I do not anything tea related to post today. I just wanted to say hello and to wish you a wonderful holiday season.



Gaby Bee said...

I'm glad to see you back again!

The tiny house is adorable, Terri. I love all your little touches and addition of sparkle here and there.
Beautifully done!

Your thistle teacup is enchanting!

holiday hugs,

Vickie Lynn said...

That is a perfectly precious little house you made. You have a wonderful talent and such creativity.

Enjoy your Christmas

vickie @ Tea Cups & Toadstools

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Welcome back, dear Terri. Hope all is well. Just adore your little house.

xinex said...

What a cute little glittery house and a pretty teacup!...Christine

suziqu's thread works said...

Oh sweet Terri
What a lovely surprise to see you back here where we have all missed you for so long! I am thrilled that you have been creating, cutting painting, glittering, stamping whilst working on your superb glitter house. Maybe we could meet in there for a cuppa one of these stary nights?
Your Royal Albert Thistle cup and saucer and just perfect for this time of year. I have just created a 39th Wedding anniversary card with a thistle on it.

Did you get my message sweetie via skype?

Sending many snuggly hugs for a lovely Festive week.

Maminka Girl - Loribeth Robare said...

Hi Terri,

So Glad to see you back in bloglandia. Your Little Charmer is delightful! It makes me want to move right in. I hope you have a very happy holiday. xxoo Loribeth

Gaby Bee said...

Dear Terri,
Merry Christmas and a very Happy Healthy New Year to you and all your loved ones.

Gaby xo

Miss Kathy said...

Hi Terri - So delighted to see you back among us and posting such a lovely little home made with your dear hubby. Just delightful! Your thistle teacup is beautiful - Scotland the Brave!!

I have been away from teatime, too, with many new and exciting things happening, but I'll be posting Christmas week. Martha has the linky open. I am sorry that you've been dealing with some difficulties and pray the Lord has smoothed the path in whatever you are walking in this season. Be ye blessed - you are always such a blessing!

sharon said...

This little house is the most gorgeous thing I have ever seen! And your cup is divine! Merry Christmas to you and your family sweet friend! Big hugs!

Tea in the Library said...

So happy to see a post from you. Your little charmer is darling! Angels to you Terri, and heartfelt good wishes for the coming year.

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