Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The Giant Mug To The Rescue...

One of my pet peeves is being in the drawing groove
and then you reach out to take a sip of tea
and the mug is empty
I swear I have mysteriously self emptying cups
I have no memory of drinking them
but every time I turn around they are empty
and then you get up to make another
and you notice that the floors need washing
the clothes need folding
the dog looks like he needs a cuddle
the kitchen is still buried under breakfast rubble
and before you know it
the domestic guilt tips over the edge and you find yourself
cleaning and fluffing, and doing all those mundane but necessary jobs
and the drawing and painting is put to one side
lost in the fog of bleach and fabric softener...

But now the solution is at hand
I found what is possibly the biggest mug
in the history of mugs
and wonder of all wonders it is still quite fine 
I hate those thick edge mugs
and inevitably humongous mugs have unpleasant edges

Tea2 has again saved the day 
not only with the world's biggest pure white mug
but they even wrapped and packaged it in this gorgeous paper
and I can now happily draw and paint
for twice as long as before 
and while that may mean that the house
slowly disintegrates to a point where
it may in fact be easier to move out rather than get in and clean the sucker
at least I will have plenty of tea to keep me going 
which is all that matters isn't it...xx


Rita said...

Lovely! I hate fat edged mugs or cups, too. Anything that helps you create for longer periods of time is kudos in my book. ;)

VonnyK said...

Great idea for a big cup but what about a huge vat that has a warming tray and is connected to a tube that works like the water trays and as you drink from a cup it realeases more tea to keep it topped up all the time. You would never go out and notice the housework then!

My big miss just bought me a cup and saucer with a little teapot on the top, I will have to send you a photo and you can paint it.

AM Zafaran said...

I love the cup! Oh! your painting is so cheerful, guaranteed to bring happiness. :-) Cleaning can wait. These paintings are worth waiting for!

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely mug, enjoy your tea!Hugs, Valerie

Creatively yours Fi said...

Gorgeous painting Tracey....Mundane housework the bane of my life...and nobody would even know by looking at the state of my place that I DO do domestic duties..think you've convinced me to go buy a super big mug too & not to bother about the place looking nice ;)

Neesie said...

It's uncanny Tracey because in my house my cuppa mysteriously disappears too or worse still I'm oblivious to the time and it goes cold, then I take a big gulp! I hate cold tea :(
I normally drink every cup piping hot but surprisingly when I'm busy drawing or painting they all go cold!
Love the idea of that cup so I'll be heading to Tea2 soon.
Have a great week ;D

~*~Patty S said...

May your cup runneth over...
ok not onto your beautiful artwork...
but you know what I mean

First things first
tea and if there's time
house cleaning ;)

Happy T day to you Tracey...always a pleasure to visit you

Carin said...

Ha ha! I have the mysterious self-emptying cups too. I'm looking at one right now. And don't you just hate how housework interferes with tea-drinking?! So glad the giant mug has come to the rescue.

Lovely painting too :)

Karen Isaacson said...

clean houses are overrated!

Unknown said...

Beautiful painting- I LOVE the way you used the paper in the background- gorgeous-ness!
P.S. Yep, my house is falling apart around me too......and the only question is should I paint and play or clean? Hmmm......

Kristin Dudish said...

I absolutely love how beautifully you illustrate your life!

This mug might just be the thing I need - something big and distinct (and if it keeps me from having to do any chores that is a definite bonus)!

I currently keep my drink away from my work area so that I have to consciously get up to get it. (I keep mixed colors in squirt-lidded water bottles and on more than one occasion, I absent-mindedly took a swig of paint.)


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You drink tea like I drink coffee. Yours is awesome. And of course, after receiving T2 from Gail, I know how awesome their tea is. Not their cup OR their wrapping, but what else can I say, right?

Love this darling drawing. So fitting for Tea Tuesday, too!

Yvonne said...

Yes, it would be nice to just wiggle your nose and all the housework be done for you. Love your cup! Happy tea day.

Lynn Cohen said...

Wonderful perspective of this cup looking down on it...and how the tab hangs down even lower. Well done! I love your drawing style.

Unknown said...

I know what you mean about the last sip and oh no it's empty! It's even worse than a stone cold sip! And about the housework ... Use you kettle as a guide ... The whistle blows and it's time to stop!

Your tea portraits are so lovely! I love he cobalt blue tag. It really pops :)

*jean* said...

the perfect answer! but then, all my morning cups are big...girl, what kind of paints do you use??? love love love that pink and all your gorgeous blues...happy tea day

Jaz Higgins said...

I can relate to EVERYTHING in this post! 1) Taking a quick break only to realise your house is starting to resemble something out of "Hoarders".
2) I also love fine bone china cups! Nothing worse than a thick edge.
3) That paper is beautiful!!

Thanks for brightening my morning Trace. x

Hwee said...

I like the different colours in the tea! Really gives it depth.

Serena Lewis said...

I could fully identify with this post, Tracey. I'm a non-stop tea drinker...all day long. I used to be the same with coffee but, nowadays, it's tea. Like you, many times I have gone to take a sip from my tea mug and it's empty. SO frustrating! And I use large mugs as it is...the horror of it all! I guess I don't mind thick-edged mugs as long as they hold heaps. lol

Btw, I adore you sense of humour!

Lori said...

Tracey - You inspire me. You paint the prettiest every day items.

Jez said...

I just love your work. You take the ordinary and turn it into something spectacular. And I too always wonder what paints you use for the vibrant colours ...... Perhaps it's just the way you use them. XXX

Terrie said...

I haven't been able to visit all week, so it was a treat to sit down and catch up on the goings on at your house. Needless to say, the art you managed to produce this week is amazing - both in quantity and quality. Love that agapanthus and florals and tea stuff - all that line work looks like it will be a FAB zine. Can't wait to see how that progresses.

Of course I also loved my dose of humor - brave little dog, manly sprays, spilled tea, etc. While I'm sure they were traumatic (!), you were able to make me smile while I was commiserating with you. :) see, a smile!

Thanks for sharing your view on your world so charmingly and entertainingly - I look forward to every post!

Sadee Schilling said...

I TOTALLY and completely GET this post!!! I always feel a special connection with other people who place priority on the need to have a giant mug from which to drink their tea. :)

Fallingladies said...

I don't own Self emptying mugs but rather i seem to buy self eatting candy bars! Or rather i have "borrowers" in my house, who love choolate!