Friday, 21 September 2012

A Broken Tale....


I have a bone to pick with the bloody lot of you
you have broken me
I was one of those people who gloriously sails through until late November
and then hits the panic button when I realise
 that Christmas is just around the corner
I hyperventilate for a time, make a cuppa/ pour a glass of wine
make a list of relatives and sundries to buy for
hyperventilate again
have a lie down and meditate about George Clooney to try to calm myself
and then madly shop in a frenzy for a few days before school is out

I usually have a brief time feeling smug that I have nailed it
despite knowing there is usually at least one present that is a head shaker
you know the whole what was I thinking horror
but I figure as long as the same person doesn't get head shakers every year
then I am ahead of the game
I know some of you will be slightly alarmed at this approach
 but I like to think it is part of my charm


So here's the thing
the big I can't believe you have made me do this
I have found myself sketching up Christmas cards
seriously
it is freaking September people
Spring break starts today but I am thinking Christmas

I don't know myself anymore
I could blame the unseasonably warm days
even for us here is Queensland it is Summer like
but deep down I know it is because I would like to send some cards
to blogging buddies and assorted lovelies 
and I will have to send them in enough time to allow for air mail and all that
which does make my brain bleed out my ears just a little bit
so rather than my usual haphazard approach that has served me so well
 I am thinking cards
I haven't sent a one in years 
but I find myself planning and plotting, sketching and considering
it is freaking the bejesus out of me
you have all ruined me with your support and friendship
if you weren't so wonderful then I could be sitting back now
considering my belly button and eating truffles
while watching the dust bunnies play on the lounge room floor

so I am warning you now
your card will have a design like this on it
not too Christmasy you may think
but as revenge for breaking me 
I have every intention of rubbing in the fact that it is gloriously warm
and that we are lying around the pool drinking mango and mint drinks
while you are all shivering and cursing the cold
but that is what you get for being too nice
so suck it up buttercup!!!!

linking up with Paint Party Friday... 
which is full of supportive and wonderful people
but be warned they change you in alarming ways ... xx

Something else that is alarming
is the  oh so punny title of the last post...

and the slightly freaky

70 comments:

anna said...

Oh. Yum! Yes.... rub it in that it's getting colder here in the MidWest.... chilly days ahead! I LOVE this illustration tho... I have spent all summer long drinking out of mason jars with straws. : )

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

Christmas and mango mint and...ah..don't be saddish, have a radish ( as my kids and I always say)!

Tracy said...

I love drinking from a mason jar, especially water. People think I'm swigging the moonshine. Heh, heh, heh. Yeah, yeah, yeah.. I hear you Mrs. Summertime Mango Pants. It's just starting to chill off here and it is my favorite time of year... Fall. I'm eagerly waiting for the first frost which will kill my arch nemesis ragweed. Mwhahahahahahaha!! Lovely illustration as always. I don't think you've ever drawn up something yet that I haven't liked. ;)

Anna said...

You have the greatest sense of humor. I am hoping you do rub off on me a bit. Folks like us do need the encouragement of others. Which reminds me , I still have my twin nieces birthday gift to mail. (their birthday was in April mind you! FAIL!)

Angela Vular said...

This post made me laugh. I love to Christmas shop at the very last minute. That way I don't have time to change my mind or add more because I always think it's not enough. My sister thinks I'm crazy and refuses to go marathon shopping with me 2 days before Christmas Eve. Good luck with your cards. I love your sketches.

Terri Neggers said...

You're welcome. Gotta go drink something out of a mason jar now...

Jennifer McLean said...

WooHoo, another convert!! I win another one of you last minuters over to the dark side! Mwaahahahaha.

I bought my christmas wrapping paper last week and and am mostly planned and somewhat ordered in what everyone in my life is getting. Next is the menu planning. Hehehe. Yes, I need help.

Mom says she's gonna put up the tree next week! ;o)
Much love,
your Christmas-a-holic friend

Jaz Higgins said...

It must be the warmer weather, because yesterday I found myself pondering the same thing about Xmas cards! I've also been eyeing off the ice block freezer at Woolies...

Cottage Remnant said...

O.K......way TOO funny...I mean, sorry that your patterns of chaos have been disrupted....
Great post...lol lol lol

blessings,
Cindy♥

Introverted Art said...

This sketch is amazing. Love it.

sandee said...

Well, since you're going to rub in the beautiful weather and those delicious mango and mint drinks then I am going to tell you that my Christmas shopping is done!! All I have to do is wrap, mail out the cards ( also done! ) and decorate for the holidays, my tree will be up Thanksgiving too! So there, neener neener...lol waving hi from the hills of a well prepared Christmas in the hills of North Carolina ;p

Liz said...

::cracks up:: How dare you plan ahead and make all your fellow last minuters look so bad :D You may infect me with your forward thinking, share the breaking.

Love the yellow in this. Nice graduated colour (something I'm a sucker for) and it does speak of sunshine reflect6ed through a window and the glass.

And I was planning to create some Chrissie cards at some point. You may have made it an earlier point!

Thanks for sharing :D

Liz

kimmie said...

Spring break? It would take me a lifetime to get used to your topsy turvy land of Oz :)

I haven't done Christmas cards in ages either - yikes!

Gloria said...

Old Mason jars are awesome. Great work as always. You know, I usually just give gift cards, it's a lot easier for me.:)

Rhonda said...

I didn't do it! Honest! I haven't even thought about Christmas.

Love your dink in a mason jar!

So does Christmas down under happen when it's summer?

Happy PPF! :-)

craftattack said...

So sorry to have disturbed you! I'm not onto Xmas yet either, but I love your painting! Valerie

Jez said...

I've just had my first lovely Christmas present. I wanted a particular book .... And the old feller (aka Dev) bought it for me for Christmas.
But then what always happens with us in the past few years, we always say 'well, we might not be alive by Christmas, so better have it now'.
One of the advantages of being over the hill!

Hwee said...

You've beaten me to this whole Chirstmas card game, but the shops here have Christmas puddings on their shelves already, so the shops win this round in terms of being early for Christmas! :-)

Netty said...

Fun post lol. Loving your sketch. Happy PPF, Annette x

Anne Manda said...

Christmas... now when is that again, anytime soonish?
Great post, lovely painting (that's how I drink my green smoothies)!

Tammy said...

Ha! You're a nut. I can't even draw and yet I've been contemplating making cards of some sort to send out. It's still hot as heck here so I can't even think about the beauty of Fall or the upcoming holiday season. :) wishing you a wonderful weekend. Tammy

Laura Moore said...

Oh sailing through Christmas "considering my belly button and eating truffles" sounds wonderful... if only. :-) Love the post and your sense of humour.

melinda alpha trinidad-shanahan said...

ha!ha!ha! i enjoyed your post. i love the way you write. it's like you are in person talking to me. melinda alpha #27

Carolyn Dube said...

The dark side you've come to- planning ahead for Christmas- can get even darker...I did my Christmas photo card in March this year. One of my earliest yet, but I often start working on the ideas for the card right after Christmas for the next year. I don't buy gifts that early, plan parties that early, but I do my cards that early...

Pointy Pix said...

How funny, I was just thinkin about Christmas cards last night and wondering about setting up my Etsy shop again to try to sell last year's stock! I for one am delighted that we have broken you into creating your Xmas designs early and just hope that I am in line for one of your cards! I have to say though, hand on heart - hot sunshine at Christmas just seems completely wrong to me - it's the one time of year I'm glad of the godawful Irish weather because Christmas should be cold and brrr-inducing!! So while I hope to receive one of your sunny Christmas cocktail illustrations, I will raise my glass of hot spiced cider and toast you back in a traditional cold Christmas stylee!!

Carin said...

I am cracking up here, howling with laughter and hoping I don't wake the toddler. Now I usually start getting pressies and the like in the July sales, but not got a thing sorted yet so reversal of all things Christamssy around here.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Too funny ~ lovely mason jar creation ~ love your style ~ wish I would find mine ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Sandra said...

Drinking from a JAR?? Don't you have glasses in Australia? I have never drunk out of a jar before - Nor have I heard of a Mason Jar! Completely new to me! Oh crikey - I can't believe the 'c' word is being mentioned already! Gaaaaaaaaaaaaagh!! I haven't even given it a thought!! Now it's me who is panicking! As usual I will no doubt be hurtling through my own whirlwind of disorganized chaos much closer to Christmas than anybody else! I LOVE your painting of a jar. But, I still can't get my head around the fact that there is a straw in it and that you would drink out of it, lol! ;0)

Mary C. Nasser said...

Love this weeks watercolors and post!
And yes, ugh, I've just started thinking about working on my collaged Christmas cards, too!!
Need to get on it!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

denthe said...

It seems like there's no escaping Christmas this year. It's everywhere in the shops already, and now it starts on the blogs too! I'm going to put my head in the sand until December I think ....

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

Yes, this time of year does stand us at the top of the slippery slope and the wild slide into the new year. I think the idea of sipping out of a polka dot straw in a jar filled with a sweet mango drink with a mint sprig sounds like a devine way to spend Christmas! Your post does get my head spinning in regard to making Christmas cards... although, maybe I can watch the dust bunnies a little longer :)

Kristin Van Valkenburgh said...

STILL laughing! You always crack me up - but still! The nerve of those creative, productive, think ahead types - they give the rest of us who panic in December a bad name ;)
Beautiful illustration as usual - love the mint and straw, xoxo

Tammie Lee said...

a wonderful image to behold in the depths of winter and now too....
oh dear you might be inspiring me too.

Colleayn said...

I should start making some summery Christmas cards. It might make me feel better when it is below zero. I am already wearing long johns and sleeping with my electric blankets here in Minnesota, USA.

Diana Evans said...

Holy smokes Tracey!!!!!! I love your latest pieces....wow....and I have an acrylic straw just like that!!!! what a wonderful visit....thank you for the eye candy....and love your beets!!!! too!!!!

Jessica Sporn said...

I am laughing out loud -- really! As an illustrator, I am always working 6 months ahead of the season, and I know how strange that feels. At least you are in the groove. And just think how much more free time you'll have in December! Of course, your work is gorgeous. Happy PPF!

Tam Hess said...

You crack me up! Loving this blog post. I love it when peeps are able to write witty and amusing posts like this. BEAUTIFUL mason jar of goodness!!

Christine said...

lovely composition, the straw's just great too!

Molly said...

i love non-traditional holiday cards and this is just perfect. it's put me in the mood for a tropical christmas (and a tropical drink!)
xoxo

Rita said...

Don't you do Christmas in July? Or is that only in New Zealand where I once froze to death in July pretending it was Christmas. Not even remotely thinking if Christmas here! Lovely refreshing tea...love the hipster mason jar and paper straw. Have a lovely weekend!

La Abela said...

But I still do not want to hear Christmas, here we are still wearing shorts and swimwear. hehehe. saludos

Faye said...

Tracey, I do so love your style of painting. If I could do any kind of artwork possible, I'd choose what you do. I simply love your jar of drink (being from the southern USA I immediately thought sweet ice tea). I have made a few Christmas cards for a church bazaar, but my dh loves to pick out bought cards to send to our friends.

Bev said...

Funny i dont send them either remember when i did though and the stamps were so cheap lol had a good laugh and i tend to focus on Johnny Depp ahhhhhhhhhh oh and could u send me your addy i found a page in a 1994 art diary from the salvo's for a course coming up, cause i cant bind lol anyhoo its a funny one about the Phantom , soon as i saw it i thought ahhhh Tracey lol

Bev said...

omg reading this back is just a jumble when did i stop using punctuation marks lol

Jenn said...

I say this all just gives you more reason to "meditate on George Cloony"....heheheh. Loved your post and watercolors as always!!!

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

You had the Power all along my dear. :D

Carola Bartz said...

You're not alone - I've already made several Christmas card sets. Call me crazy, you're probably right...

Evelyn Howard said...

They will be wonderful cards. Tracy, you write well too. :). Happy weekend, Ev

lessandragr said...

/what a great treat coming to your friends and relatives! Love your artwork :)

NatashaMay said...

Hahaha. Well, think of it from the bright side, you'll have more time for Clooney meditation when Christmas comes. What's that plant in the jar? I first thought it was a mojito. :))

Linda Brightwingsofsummer said...

Hilarious. Christmas. Cards... oh and Christmas puddings to make too! Ditto to all of the above :-)

Kathy Van Osdale said...

What do you sketch with? Pencils only...watercolours? Just curious :)

carlarey said...

Peer pressure! It's what our parents warned us about! Little did they know it would take the form of sending Christmas cards. Can't wait to see your sub-tropical take on the holiday.

After years of having to produce holiday themed merchandise and ads, I gave up all observance myself. I skate through November to January in a blissful cloud of non-compliance. It's like going to a wedding or a funeral, so much more fun when you aren't a participant.

minnemie said...

uuhhmmm... I was just fine (until a few minutes ago) with NO anxiety about The Event that is a whole 6 months away... did you say 3 months? Still, I was calm. Now I have this gnawing sense on my stomach that something is coming... something (else) that needs attention:-/. But your mint-mango tea does have a temporarily calming effect:-)

Kristin said...

Awe, thank you!!! xoxo

Melisa said...

Having Christmas in the summer seems pretty freaky to me but I guess if that is when it falls for you then a nice summery looking Christmas card should fit the bill!

missy k said...

That is just plain mean rubbing it in about the weather (especially when we've never had a summer)..... it's b freezing here...... my toes and nose are really cold. I'm just about to put some woolly socks on ... on my feet not my nose!

So just for that .... only 13 weeks and one day till Christmas!

Great sketch though :)

Karenx

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Lol! Christmas coming freaks me out a bit too so I will have to try the meditating on George Clooney. :) I think that might so the trick!! :)

pauline said...

A few things always happen when i visit here...
1) i laugh
2) i drool (at your paintings...)
3) i laugh again
4) i drool (at the thought of George Clooney)
5) i get the urge to get myself a drink.

Funny how you do that just with words.
Love ya, girl! xox
ps: your cards will be FABULOUS! how could they not?

HollyM said...

Oh, my goodness, your post was so entertaining! You are gifted with words and the paintbrush!
I'm afraid I'm one of those organized types.
I know what you mean about overseas mail though. I have to get a Christmas out in the mail from Canada in October, so my daughter in Korea will get it in time.

Ritu Dua said...

Your post does have the sweetness of the mango and the freshness of the mint...love it as always :)

Nora Clemens said...

I love your painting, it looks so good to drink. NICE!
Christmas is almost here!... Oh no!!! :S

Have a great day!

Gloria said...

Just to make you feel really like you are not "that" crazy, ...I used to get cards from people starting at the beginning of the holidays(right after Thanksgiving) and I would make lists in the computer of who the card was from, when it arrived, what type of card it was(Santa,Religious,Merry Christmas,From a Jewish friend) and then I would make sure I sent out the exact same type of card to that person, and would also put in my computer file the date I mailed it! Talk about anal!!! I was a total control freak. I love this post and your paintings are sublime as usual! Now go have some tea and chocolates!

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

I feel slightly better knowing that I'm not the only one contemplating Christmas cards this week. Sadly it is the turn to cold nights that got me...thanks for rubbing that in btw. Your card is getting extra snow on it!!

Ayala Art said...

Send me one of those... there's no shivering aroud here, still close to the 100's (35 to 38C) and it looks awesome! I can drink 2 of those ♥
My list of Christmas is so little.... I can be done in half an afternoon. Not necessarily good :o.

Elisa Choi said...

tracey this is so lovely! Love the work you've been doing which is very personal. I really wish to have a piece of your card. I bet it's grand! I enjoyed your story.. I too am thinking about Christmas already! So fast!

Denice (inkstitch) said...

Hahaha! This post made me laugh... Actually, I am catching up a bit, reading several posts and wanting to comment on every one. So I will simply say, thank you, as always, for all the yummy goodness and beauty. You are an inspiration. xo

Catharina Engberg said...

You are soooo soooo FUNNY! You are making me laught with this story when I think about myself and my own panic around christmas. Me running around shopping just a few days before christmas, thinking that I have done it before and I will do it again! I am not much into planning my private life I can asure you! But I usually make it, but it is with my heart up my throat (as we say here in Sweden).
Thank you for the good laugh!
Take care!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Ha rub it in about summer being there. Maybe we need to follow the sun year round. hmm not a bad idea. :)) Love your drawings and Fun. Belated Happy PPF.

Rita said...

OMG!! You had me giggling all the way with this one. Ho! Ho! Ho!
Honestly, now that I finally got things organized around here I am thinking about Christmas cards, too. (You know how friggin' slow I am!) But I'll be rubbing it in that we have snow (we better!) while we sing White Christmas up here. ;)