Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Hearts, Peas and Cream of Earl Grey...

Tuesday has started with all sorts of wonderful
I am drinking Cream of Earl Grey 
which has heaps of bergamot and a hint of vanilla and is just delicious
I sometimes wonder if I convinced myself to like Earl and Lady Grey
just because of the gorgeous blue ozmanthus petals
it is just a pretty tea to look at
but this one is simply delicious
and it really does have a bit of a creamy taste
even though I drink tea black... that vanilla makes it very smooth... delicious

I think it is extra special because it came with love
and a whole package of wonderful 
from my treasured friend Jenn over at Justaddwatersilly
there were so many wonderful things in the package 
that it would simply be embarrassing to show them all off at once
but you can see the crazy great watercolour painting
which is about to go off to the framers
and there were bookmarks, perfect earrings, tea
and for a brief moment there was chocolate
but by the time you read this that will be pretty much demolished
which is actually a necessity
because Phantom and Sinus have caught on to me hiding the good stuff 
in the vegetable crisper in the fridge
so nothing is safe any more....

Phantom was also showered with all sorts of candy 
and bookmarks and earrings
and as her candy container was simply huge
she declared she was favourite
and retired to her study nook to read something suitably obscure
while doing her best to rot her teeth 
and give herself one of the great sugar highs of all time
in short she was in heaven!!!

So I now sit at my desk
drinking this gorgeous tea from my latest favourite tea cup that was a gift
and feeling very special as I start to do some little sketches
of teapots and generally trying to finish off some things

like the teapot teabag sketches I started the other week
and playing with some idea for some bamboo paintings
because I sit and look out on a wall of the stuff from my studio window
and it seems wrong not to try to paint it
 all play... fuelled by chocolate, tea and wonderful friends
it simply doesn't get better than that...

The last few posts are here in case you have been busy...


Anna said...

Oooooh you are very lucky to have such generous Irene's. I love the heart shaped tea cup- Blue, my favorite color. I myself prefer lady gray. Beautiful work!

Unknown said...

What a lovely gift, and I do love that cup shaped like a heart. Have a great day!


Anonymous said...

Those look and sound like fantastic gifts! I'm loving your teapots and the sounds really good too.:)

Giggles said...

Tracey that's your excellent Karma for the little treasure I received in the mail today!! Thank you so much for the beautiful blank card and post card!! I was thrilled to bits!!

Also Jens link isn't working properly and goes to some wonky website!!

Awesome fun post as always!!

Big hugs Giggles

Dion Dior said...

You are so deserving of such beautiful friends and gifts.

Well done. xx

SandeeNC said...

I love Earl Grey, never even heard of Lady grey tea before, but it sounds delisious!So where will your next hidey hole be, perhaps the cleaning closet, I never would have looked there at Phantom's age! lol At least not voluntarily anyway! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

stefanie stark said...

Beside of your lovely sketches I love your diary notes and the stories about phantom and sinus. It makes me feel like beeing your neighbour sharing everyday life with you.

Jennibellie said...

Gorgeous, I love your sketches, and now I've seen such a fabulous photo, I'm thinking why don't we have more funky shape tea cups?? Hmmmmmmm

~*~Patty S said...

Earl Grey is a fav of mine...how special yours looks Tracey!

and that heart cup...oh my
too too precious!

your tea pot sketches are wonderful too

so much to enjoy when I come to visit
Happy T to you

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have some Earl Gray, but had no idea what the little flowers were in mine. Glad to know! And of course, I think it's awesome both Tracey and Jenn made it into your tea post. Happy Tea Tuesday.

Terrie said...

What a charming little tea cup! I've never seen anything quite like it - the shape is so unusual. You're certainly lucky to have such a fabulous packet from Jenn...such a talented lady! And it all looks totally delightful! And, bamboo paintings? I'd LOVE to see that since it's one of my favorite subjects.

I just finished Cloudstreet so will be writing about that soon. Thanks for the recommendation.

Unknown said...

your tea post today has a very peaceful and serene feel to it today .... and gifts seem to be a running theme as well :)

I'm late for tea today - very late - it's already Wednesday where you are!!!

Sandra Busby said...

Well aside from your wonderful sketches, I just LOVE that heart shaped cup! I also love the way you photograph your art work - so much more imaginative! :0)

Carmen said...

I am in love with your tea cup. What beautiful gifts from what sounds like fabulous friends.

You know what you have to do now? Get one of those mini fridges and hide it in a cupboard somewhere for all your goodies!

*jean* said...

lovely gifties, and i am a lady grey fan as well...loving your little tea bag pieces...i never think to keep mine...i pitch them into the garden compost and never look back...i do, however, love the idea of printing images from the photo storage onto them...that seems a reason enough to save a few...that and your little paintings...xo happy tuesday, dear

Kristin said...

And a heart shaped tea mug?! HOW absolutely wonderful! I loved seeing your work step-by-step below too (and your stories of the 16 year-old always crack me up ;)
AND I just got back from a little vacation to receive your beautiful card! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I LOVE your ice cream spoon rendition and the postcards made my day, thank you! xoxo

Terri Corona said...

What a spoiled girl you are! But deservedly so, no doubt. I love your goodies - that tea looks wonderful, Earl Grey is one of my favorites...