Sunday, 17 June 2012

The Ice Cream Spoon....


It has been quite the week
it started with an unexpected bit of wonderful
when I opened week 1 hook up for the Summer of Colour
hosted by Kristin at Twinkle Twinkle
and saw that I had won the week 1 giveaway
I tell you I was so shocked
I checked it on my phone
then made Phantom check it on her computer
then her phone
then Sinus on his phone
before I started to dare believe it
and I can't send out a big enough thank you to Kristin
it is soooo appreciated....


because the truth was I had been coveting that spoon like no body's business
I have had a bit of a cutlery drawing obsession happening
and so all I could think about all week was that spoon
and now it is on its way
so obviously I just need to obsess on something hard enough and it happens
watch out George Clooney you are going to be heading my way baby....
anyway
 I now see huge bowls of ice cream in my future
and the added bonus of a wonderful vintage spoon to draw and paint
although I couldn't resist giving it a quick sketch in preparation
because I love having a sketch for Sunday Sketches ready
and in a stroke of genius I used this week's colour prompt
of mint choc chip colours so it can do double duty....


Which is just as well
because my planned drawing for the week has not gone smoothly
I had a comment on a recent blog post about chocolate biscuits
in which I discussed my obsession with Mint Slice
and Tammy from T's Daily Treasures said that she satisfies her mint choc cravings
with a cup of peppermint tea and a piece of dark chocolate
which has to be healthier right
and I do love tea
so I figured I would pop out and buy some peppermint tea and some dark chocolate
and try the rather unfamiliar healthy after dinner route
and then I could paint it up for the challenge this week


Now I have to say I thought I loved all tea
but I now must amend this to almost all teas
turns out as lovely as the tea smelled it is not for me
all I could think with every sip was toothpaste 
being washed down with a hint of shaving cream
I should have listened to Sandra who warned me about this
but I thought if I tried a peppermint tea by the company that made my favourite
green tea with jasmine and pear then I would be safe
turns out I was wrong
and I ended up eating a half a block of the chocolate to chase the taste out of my mouth
so not quite the virtuous option I was hoping for


and maybe this infected my drawing
because I just couldn't get it to work
and I didn't paint the peppermint tea in the cup
because quite honestly couldn't revisit that horror
so the sketch is not what thought it would be
but they don't always work out
and at the end of the day
I am still coasting on the whole
I won the spoon thing
so I can live with a slightly dodgy mint drawing

This week you may have missed....



77 comments:

Giggles said...

Congratulations on the much deserved win!! That spoon is precious and because you adore it so much I am very happy you won it!! I love the colors on your cup of tea....I don't agree that it's dodgy! I am a die hard coffee drinker but have been into night time tea the last few years!! Some teas taste like dirt...but I love your description... I am into orange tea, and tranquility lately!! So yummy!!

Have a nice week!
Hugs Giggles

Rita said...

Congratulations, Tracey!! You'll be waiting for that exciting post to arrive with your new awesome spoon. Whoohoo!!

Funny, I don't like teas that are flavored with fruit (except for an occasional bit of lemon) but prefer plain teas or some herbal teas like chamomile or peppermint! I actually like mint teas--LOL! But--any excuse to eat extra chocolate isn't all bad, I guess. ;)

I'm so glad you won!!! :):)

Fallingladies said...

So sorry to hear of your unhappy peppermint tea experience! I love peppermint tea and heard it helps cut down on sugar cravings so i have been drinking it at night. Don't think it actually works for that purpose, but i like it! Congrats on the spoon, really great sketch of it!

laurie said...

you have such passion for your cutlery paintings right now, its quite inspirational, and beautiful to look at!
I love ice cream, a lot, too much!! ha ha,

bonnielfowler said...

Love this!!!
I hear you on the mint tea aversion, but dark chocolate and other teas is quite lovely!

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

Yeah, not a big fan of mint tea either... At least you'll always have ice cream!!!

Kristin Dudish said...

That is one seriously beautiful drawing of your ice cream spoon (and the color combo worked out perfectly).

I am totally with you on the peppermint tea, and am very impressed that you stopped at half a bar of chocolate.

I think your "Ghosts of Breakfast Past" painting (and post) is a riot I wish I had known about Berocca way back when... Not that I would have ever needed it, because I was "such a good girl" too - everything I learned about hangovers I learned from the movies (*wink*wink*).

You are so much fun!

xo
Kristin

sandee said...

NObody deserves to win the spoon more than you, such an appropiate gift for you! I see many future sketches of it!! Congrats!! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Elisa Choi said...

What a wonderful colors for your drawings!I love the ice cream spoon and the cups and green color! Congrats on winning the giveaway!

Serena Lewis said...

Wonderful sketches!! Thanks for the heads up on that tea....one to avoid.

Congratulations on winning the giveaway!

WrightStuff said...

Ha! We are so similar. I hate that stuff too. Yueeuuk is what I say to mint tea. I can't even stand the smell.

I'll tell you what's nice. Dried strawberries popped in the mouth with a square of dark chocolate. Makes a delicious sweet treat while being half healthy. I bought some 90% cocoa chocolate. It's a touch on the bitter side so does need a little accompaniment!

Well, you might not like the sketches but I rather love them. Enjoy your ice cream with the special spoon. What flavour will you try first? I'm thinking that you may need to sample several to give the spoon a proper test run - don't you think?

Jaz Higgins said...

Ah! Mint and Chocolate - my favourite combination. I've been drinking the Twinings Peppermint Tea lately with a tiny bit of sugar added and it's quite refreshing. I did make the rookie mistake of getting "SPEARmint choc chip" ice-cream once - and it tasted exactly like you said - toothpaste & shaving cream! Gross. I've been wanting to try the Madame Flavour Rose one...

Congrats on winning that awesome spoon!!

craftattack said...

Glad you won the spoon, hope you enjoy every lick and swallow from it! You will have to try all the ice cream sorts we are painting, too! Love your new choc-mint painting! Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

Erica Borodina said...

That's so light and simple -- and full of watercolor feelings. I want to notice the small details of the world around and depict it -- you inspire me

Lynn Holland said...

Hi Tracey
I don't care how much you knock your drawings they will all be awesome to me. What a talent you have.
Here's a nice quick ice cream recipe for you to make.
1 tin of Condensed milk
1 tub single or double cream
1 tub of fromage frais or creme fraiche
Teaspoon of vanilla extract or paste (use the good stuff)
Mix it in a bowl.
Freeze for 3 hours give it a stir then freeze again for 2 hours and it will be ready.
Of course if you want loads double up like I do.
Add any flavouring you like as wel but try this vanilla first it's gorgeous.

lazy_turtle said...

i love this!

Pointy Pix said...

I was so delighted to hear you won the spoon-its gorgeous and I don't eat ice cream so couldn't have done itjustice (it would seem somehow against trade descriptions to use it for soya yogurt instead!)I am with you on the mint tea-i tried it for stomach calming purposes and wasn't impressed. Mind you years ago i tried menthol cigarettes and also thought it was like smoking toothpaste. Anyway, your illustrations are both fabulous in my humble opinion!

Heather said...

Congratulations on your win!
Love the ice cream spoon, too - we eat a lot of ice cream around these parts!
have a grea day!

Neesie said...

Congratulations Trace,
It's lovely to know something wonderful is due to arrive in the post.
Teacups and spoons...how can you paint them so well? I dread to think what mine would be like...they're so difficult. Well to me they are.
I think I'll give the peppermint tea a miss ;D
Have a wonderful week ~ enjoy!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Congratulations on winning your 'coveted spoon' ~ and all of your creations are wonderful ~ I love how you create 'beauty' with everyday things ~thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

Carolyn Dube said...

Congrats! Didn't know about your cutelry enthusiasm- it certain inspired a great sketch! Do you you like all forms of cutelry or just metal? I users disposable wood fork at a picnic recently- didn't even know they made disposable wood cutelry.

Tammie Lee said...

how fun that you won the spoon! each bit of art is wonderful. these colors really pop and make me want to look and look. amazing that you did not like peppermint tea, i am not sure if i have ever met someone who did not... but thoughts of other mints, as in toothpaste, well i can understand that!

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

Woot! Congrats on your win! I just love your art...

Christine said...

congrats on your win, and lovely take on mint chocolate chip too!

Lynn said...

Your stories are always so much fun! A good way to start Sunday Sketchers Day! I like your cups just fine! Spoon too. I'd fear I'd eat way too much ice cream with that however, dear God could I actaully eat MORE than I already do? Glad you won it and not me just incase! Be careful, but do enjoy your new spoon. Obviously that was a meant for you giveaway win!!! congrats!!! And happy SS!

krisatlarge said...

Your illustrations are wonderful! Even the dodgy mint tea didn't seem to adversely affect your drawing - just wonderful! I will be following your blog - lots of fun nd I love your style! Kristin (no, a Different one- there are like three of us in Summer of Color!)

joanna said...

Congrats on winning the giveaway! your work is gorgeous!!

Elisabeth R said...

Wow! And WOW again!! I just love what you do! It is amazing! :)

Linda R said...

Oh my goodness. You are one talented gal.. Love your Art work..

Hugs~

Simona Cordara said...

Those colors are really beautiful!! And congrats for the win!! :)

Catherine... said...

Congrats...Trace, great work... unfortunately George will not be knocking on your door...because he'll be with me... :D

Debbie said...

great job on your sketches this week!(funny story to go with them!) Congrats on the win too!

Alexandra said...

Wooweee! Congrats big sis!! :D And hey..can I please have an ice cream spoon?!?! :) tee hee xx

Alicia C said...

awesome you won :D how nice to get the one thing you want----- "turns out as lovely as the tea smelled it is not for me
all I could think with every sip was toothpaste
being washed down with a hint of shaving cream" LMAO!! I know people who feel this way about many a tea...

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

congrats on the spoon! great post both written & painted!
cheers, dana

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I saw you won the spoon at Kristin's. What an honor for you and what a great way to show your appreciation. A nearly entire post dedicated to the spoon and the ice cream colors for this week. Way to go!

Fishcake_random said...

Lovely artwork, and congrats on winning the spoon :)
I can only drink peppermint tea when I'm pregnant as it helps my morning sickness something wonderful.
x x x

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

Lovely sketch as I mentioned in FB page...the mint tea sketch is awesome too... Great colours there :)

Sandra said...

Hee-hee! (or should I say 'Tea'-hee)
So it's not just me then! It is horrible isn't it?
I have yet to try that Pear and Jasmine tea - my experience of the herbal stuff has been tarnished by the very first try!
I will give you my verdict when I am brave enough!
I am loving the spoon! It is just lovely! I have to say that I am a lover of ice-cream! Yum!! I could eat litres of the stuff! :0)

Shahrul Niza said...

Congrats Tracey for your wining!. gorgeous illustrations :). Hugs.

Mandy said...

YOUR WORK ALWAYS IS SUCH A PLEASURE TO GAZE UPON...IT'S JUST WONDERFUL...THANKYOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS WORK EACH WEEK...XXX

Diana Taylor said...

Congratulations on winning the spoon - it's going to be well loved in it's new home! I just love your paintings - I love your style and they are so expressive. I can't stand eating any thing that tastes of toothpaste (including mint choc chip ice cream so I know where you are coming from - but you did a fab job anyway!)

Diane said...

I would say that this spoon was always meant for you--funny how the right things always happen.
Love your whole take on this week's theme--great art and LOVE the description!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

congratulations on your win! it's such a delightful feeling, wanting to win something so much and then winning it!

Peace said...

I am gobsmacked by your talent and whimsey!! What a fabulous concept for the color challenge AND a good read as well!! :OD

Ana said...

Congratulations on the win, you deserved it. :)
I love your intricate detail tea pots and related love for anything tea. Your passion is evident and I send you much praise in all that you are doing as you are truly inspirational.
I hope you have a wonderful week and I look forward in seeing your future work. xx

Danni said...

Hehehe, I love the story that goes along with this week's sketches. Mint tea is definitely not for everyone! I've found that different brands have varying levels of minty flavor - ranging from refreshing to chalky toothpaste. The stuff I get is from my local tea bar, just plain crushed up mint leaves with some white tea leaves for body and mild flavor. It's tasty and really helps with tummy aches.

Congratulations on the win! I love your spoon sketches and the one of your tea misadventures as well.

Ritu Dua said...

Your work is a true delight....love your little cup!

Tori Beveridge said...

Congratulations! I love your illustration of the spoon.

Even if your tasting of peppermint tea was a "wash", your drawing is perfect and uses the Week 2 colors beautifully.

Carmen said...

I can't stand any form of mint tea - it makes me gag. Which is odd because I love mint in most other forms. My OH drinks it by the bucket loads. Blech.

Gorgeous sketch, and this is it turning out not to well? Pfft - you can go off people ;)

So, you recommend obsessing like mad eh? OK, you can have Geaorge Clooney if I can have Johnny Depp *g* concentraaaaaating!

Joyce said...

Beautiful work.

Nordljus said...

Congratulations for winning that spoon, it looks fabulous! Love your painting, the green colours are just wonderful. Mint and chocolate is about the most perfect combination ever (and unfortunately one that is pretty much inexistent over here apart from After Eight). I definitely must try the mint tea and chocolate thing. Still better than nothing :)

sugar Creek said...

Well now I know what tea not to try! ;) Congrats on the spoon and I love your artwork!

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

Congrats on the spoon! And such a lovely portrait of it. I do like peppermint tea. I'm sorry your experience wasn't pleasant. At least the chocolate helped! But, really... doesn't it always!

peggy gatto said...

Hooooooooray for you!!!
This is 1 lucky spoon , it will be loved!!!
your drawings are just awesome!!!

Joanna said...

Wonderful drawings!! That spoon was MEANT to be with you ;D

Anita said...

I never liked mint teas until I tried Tazo's "refreshing" tea, which is a blend containing spearmint (which I REALLY never thought I would like!)... I love your artwork, I think it's beautiful just as is :)
Congrats on winning the spoon!

Molly said...

i've never understood why peppermint tea is considered soothing or why it's so popular. i'm with you... not pleasant at all. now, is there such a thing as chocolate tea???

and look at you having already drawn your prize even though it hasn't even arrived yet. you are too good! congrats on winning!

Terrie Purkey said...

I'm sure that spoon will get lots of use! And I still like your 'dodgy' tea drawing - what's not to like?! :)

Kristin said...

xo! ;)

Piarom said...

Congrats to your win!!! I won the second week YYYAAAAYYY !! I soooo love your illustrations...when I look at the green cup I can´t get my eyes off of it...It looks so cool!!

Linda said...

Anything that ends with eating a half a block of the chocolate can't be all bad, can it? ;)

Congrats on the win and the lovely paintings too.

Terri Neggers said...

I don't know which I enjoyed more - your lovely drawings - I can't believe how perfect your drawing of the spoon came out - or laughing as I followed the saga of the peppermint tea (just thinking about it makes me want to scrape my tongue...)

Frances Traina said...

oooh woo, loving that spoon!! You are a lucky gal:)) Thanks for stopping by! your comments are so nice, my friend!

Jenny said...

BIG congrats Tracy... the spoon is fabulous... LOVE your gorgeous drawings... and yes must admit... I do love mint slice biscuits too...

Hugs
Jenny x

Caz said...

I absolutely love your drawings!

Sandi said...

Congratulations on the spoon! It is a lovely one. sigh I also coveted it. I completely agree re mint tea!!! I have been ROFL through your entire post. Your drawings are completely charming..I think I covet them also! Happy to be a new follower - looking forward to a lot of smiles and charm!

Lesley said...

congrats on winning the spoon.
Not sure how I missed you last week but your artwork is so inspiring to say the least. Love the sketches. Do you watercolour them?
Will be back next week to see me.
Lesley♥

Diana Evans said...

oh you did such an amazing job on that spoon Tracey!!!! love all of your work!!!! Congrats on winning!!!! you deserve it!!!!

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Congrats on winning! That's a fun way to start off the challenge! :) Lovely paintings as usual. :)

Kristin Aquariann said...

Congratulations on winning the giveaway! Your drawing of the spoon is charming.

*sigh* I wish I liked tea. It always sounds so lovely, but my taste buds refuse to be convinced.

-:¦:- Art Update: Mint Chocolate Chip -:¦:-

missy k said...

So glad you won the spoon:)
waw
You sketched in beautifully.

I'm a peppermint tea lover, but my real faves are Earl Grey and Lady Grey.

When I was in Amsterdam I had a peppermint tea.... and it was just fresh mint in hot water, served with a sachet of honey in a tall glass. Really refreshing.

I love your peppermint tea sketch... never tried it with a square of chocolate after..... now you've started something!!!!

Have a great week

Karenx

Denise Gilgannon said...

Wonderful sketches, crisp clean colors...and such entertaining writing!Thank you for sharing ti all with us!

Virginia said...

Oh your drawings and artwork are fabulous! I struggle with the flavoured teas - they always smell gorgeous but never quite live up to the expected taste!

Nora CG said...

congratulations on winning, that's very exiting I bet!!
Beautiful illustration!!!

JansArtyJunk said...

Congrats on winning!!
Adore everything about your mint choccy pieces!! Love your sketches!!

Daniele Valois said...

love the sketch/painting of your spoon! I so wanted that spoon! :P