Friday, 14 December 2012

The Sanity Saving Tea Robot....

How cute is this little guy
he is saving my sanity this Summer break
 and the crowds of people at the shops
most of whom seem to be suffering from grumpy bugger syndrome
not to mention the mountains of wrapping, baking and cleaning that awaits me

I was considering just strewing bits of ribbon and wrapping paper
and a couple of empty wine glasses and destroyed Christmas crackers around
and pleading the house is in a state of post seasonal get together mess
in an attempt to avoid the cleaning
but I figure that would not really fly as most people coming to visit
know me well and so would see right through that one
which means I will be having to pick up the slack
for the lazy ass cleaning fairies who have gone on a good long vacation
I swear I need to find new fairies and if they think they are getting a Christmas bonus
then they are delusional!!!


Luckily this little tea robot is picking up slack left, right and centre
he has been making me lovely mango infused tea
and making me smile amongst the madness
it has been quite mild compared to the last holidays but it has had its moments

moments like Phantom deciding to make a hat from duct tape
she got her glass head and all the supplies and attacked it with maniacal enthusiasm
but lost interest after constructing the top part
which means it looks like a cross between a wonky fez and a talllish kufi
or maybe it could be a weird silver fruit bowl
and on the plus side it is very strong
and she checked that it was waterproof
which is obviously important for a duct tape hat
and I have been assured that a brim will be constructed at some stage
not the average project for a 16 year old girl
but hey, she is a magnificent weirdo

we also had this awesome idea to fill the ceiling of the dining room with fairy lights
but boy did that turn out to be life crazy stressful and life threatening
not to mention time consuming in the extreme
but it looks amazing and we lived through it... just
but after it was done Phantom pointed out that we are mainly having people in for lunches
wish we had thought of that before we started!!!!


So this Friday finds me making lists and madly trying to plan
and starting to feel that mild panic that comes with this time of the year
I think this poor robot is not going to look as nice and shiny
by the time Christmas finally gets here

Happy Paint Party Friday all...xx

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59 comments:

Carolyn Dube said...

My cleaning fairies left years ago and I tried to get my kids to take their place. As every parent knows, that didn't go well at all! Your lights have to be amazing and you get to enjoy them in peace and quiet after everyone goes home!

Bev said...

wow great sketch and so cool love it

hugz bev

Rita said...

OMG! I have never seen anything so cute and funny as the tea robot!! How do we survive the holidays with family--tea robots, of course. Tell Phantom she should brim the hat so you can take a picture and sketch it. Will be waterproof so she can wear it in the pool! ;) Happy weekend!!

Rita said...

Love that tea robot, he might be the coolest tea accessory I have ever seen. Have fun entertaining under your lights...sounds pretty! You will have to turn them on even in the daylight...

Maria Ontiveros said...

So cute! And I love how you created the perfect color for the tea.
Rinda

Jennifer McLean said...

damn, that's one cute tea robot, my dear! I'll cross my fingers that he helps you survive the holidays.

I'll send you some of my cleaning fairies, they're done her, small apartment, less need for fairies. :o)
Love,
Jenn

craftattack said...

Love your little tea robot, Hugs, Valerie

Anne Manda said...

Tea robot is very cute! Duct tape hat sounds cool, but doesn't it stick to one's hair? :)
Hope you find time to enjoy those awesome sounding fairy lights!

Sharon Evans said...

Thats what I need a tea robot, re3ally cute love your drawing. Hope you survive the madness of the buildup to Xmas.

Hwee said...

Wow, the robot is too cool! I've never seen anything like this. That'll make a great Christmas gift for tea lovers like my husband. Hope you survive the summer holidays. I try to avoid the shops when it's summer and everywhere is overcrowded with shoppers. :-)

WrightStuff said...

Sounds like you need something stronger than a cup of mango tea!

Carin said...

Wow! Thatäs the cutest- coolest darn robot Iäve ever seen. Maybe you should employ hin instead of the fairies. Mine have taken leave as well without permission. Have to have a word.

Sandra Busby said...

Where do you find all these CRAZY gadgets?? I'd be scared witless if someone handed me a cuppa with a robot in it - scared that the person serving it to me was in fact a total fruit and nut! lol!
And as for Phantasy Jet Propelled Powder Puff - well, she has some imagination! If I had Duct Tape in the house, I'm more likely to tape over Charlie's mouth than give it to him to play with, lol! :0)

Stephanie Corder said...

My cleaning fairies gave up on me YEARS ago and I have resigned myself to the fact that cleaning is just not one of my talents. In fact, I think the only fairies around my house are the UNcleaning ones!
I LOVE your robot- he is amazing! You have me racking my brain trying to think of tea drinkers that I should get one for! My Dad's girlfriend would prolly like one, but every time I get her a present, my Dad thinks I'm getting too attached and breaks up with her. Seriously- he's done this 3 times!
Thanks for always writing the most amazingly funny posts and always having great art to go with! Thanks also for my Christmas card- it made my week!
xx
Stephanie

*jean* said...

sounds like much fun at your house....except for the getting up early to let said pooch out...which is what i'm doing also at 5:44 a.m....i hope we get a photo of the duct tape hat someday...she could be on to something big! (love your robot...how awesome is that?)

carlarey said...

Your robot is fabulous! And Ill bet the lights are too, like Carolyn said, you get to turn them on and enjoy them after the guests leave, with a nice cup of tea made by your robot.

We started taking a vacation this time of year and skipping the holiday, you can't believe the difference it makes in the quality of life.

La Abela said...

Very funny this paper tea Robot. Saludos

NatashaMay said...

For real? That is so awesome! And I love your illustration. :)

Vicki Holdwick said...

Hi Tracey,

I just love the tea robot and think the world's cleaning fairies must be having a big party somewhere or are on strike. Mine have been gone for a long time and won't even come back to help me while this drafted arm fracture is healing.

xoxo

Melisa said...

I am in love with your little tea bot! I have a thing for cute retro looking robots. DH walked in the room and saw your fantastic sketch and said, "Hmm, someone just like you." I think the word "weird" might have been in there too, but we can ignore that. If you have any idea where I could get my own tea robot, please leave a comment on my blog or send me an email. I'll love you forever!

PS: I don't know where your cleaning fairies went, but they sure didn't come here.

Kat Sloma said...

First off, that tea robot is just cool! I want one! Second, the stories of your craziness are so much fun. A duct tape hat! Sounds like something my crazy son would cook up. I hope it gets finished. I love your painting this week - that robot is a great subject and perfect in a glass mug to show him off! I wonder how he would do with some Hot Cinnamon Spice tea? Happy PPF!

Molly said...

That little robot infuser is hysterical! Where did you find him?!?

I can't wait to see the painting of the duct tape hat!

Gloria said...

Hi Tracey. Love your colors and work. Awesome. Just popped in to say Happy Holidays and will see you in 2013. Thanks for popping in to my ppf's.

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

I need new cleaning fairies too! Maybe it's a worldwide strike this time of year just to add additional drama to the season! Love your robot. The duct tape hat is a precursor to the duct tape prom dress you know :). Happy PPF

Jez said...

Took me a while to work out the function of the tea robot (other than as a cute model for drawing) -slow brain syndrome. Clearly he's an infuser. Great picture and post.
I think you should sketch the duct tape hat, perhaps without and with real head in it.
Have a great Christmas, good wishes to you and yours.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Tracey,
Your tea-robot is the cutest!
Love it!!!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Netty said...

Great reading Tracey and loving your robot.....methinks I need one of these.... Happy PPF, Annette x

Diana Evans said...

oh my goodness Tracey!!! that is the coolest gadget ever!!! wow!!! and your sketches are amazing as always!! you are on a roll girl!!!

kristin maynes said...

That has to be one of the best items ever invented!! I need one bad! I LOVE your illustrations of Mr. Robot...just wonderful!! Happy PPF!

Carol L McKenna said...

Your post is too funny and your robot is something! Great illustrations of the dynamic robot ~

(A Creative Harbor) aka artmusedog and Carol ^_^

Cris, Oregon Artist said...

LOVE your Tea Robot. Where on earth did you ever find that? We all need a tea Robot!! :) Everything is wonderful here as usual. :))

Linda said...

oh how funny and how true this post is!!Love your illustrations and 'specially your robot! Happy PPF!

Za faran said...

Would love to see the dining room lights! And phantoms hat! :-) Hey, The tea robot's a cutie!

Alicia C said...

I appreciate the tea robot drawings, as I am looking for like minded receptacles since I've started replacing coffee fiendishness with tea. I would love to see a drawing of the duct tape hat! that sounds so special (oh, and those damned cleaning fairies have left me in the lurch as well. Ah well...)

Betty said...

Like the tea robot - fairy lights sound wonderful - worth drawing the curtains and dining in fairy lights for even it is lunchtime!

Manon said...

Haha what a great post but he you have me in a panick now. I have not started to even put a plan on paper yet never mind wrapping or decorating so I better stop chatting and get to work. Manonxx

helloitssandra.blogspot.com said...

Your little tea robot is so cute. I would love to see phantoms duct tape hat, sounds amazing! Good luck with the Christmas shopping, I am right there with you!! lol

Gina Sismilich said...

I thought that you made the robot up! He is so cute. Glad you have him to keep you supplied with iced tea. Happy PPF

Serena Lewis said...

Where did you get that cute tea robot? He's so darned cute! I can see why he'd bring a smile to your face amongst the chaos of the season. The fairy light ceiling sounds lovely.

I desperately try to avoid shopping centres at this time of year. CRAZY!!! I'm relieved I do my grocery shopping online now.

I hope you manage to find some time to kick back and just relax over the next week. xx

Gloria said...

Where did you get that Krazy tea toting robot!? So cute. I wish you luck with your chores!

I spent 3 hours trying to find out why one section of my lights on the tree won't light. I used all the testing methods except pulling out every bulb and testing them. I spent another 2 hours running around to Home Depot, JoAnn Fabrics, Wal-Mart, Target and Radio Shack to find an old fashioned bulb tester because those new fancy "gun" testers have an area to test bulbs, but the pre-lit tree bulbs have a much wider base, so they don't fit the bulb tester on the "gun".
That is why I just left the burnt out area at the bottom of the tree, burned out! I also had to put another electric cord outside because I had already replaced three fuses. It would light for about an hour then blow out. So I found the area with a burned out bulb and replaced it. The minute I replaced it, it blew out a 2-foot section. I changed the fuses on that plug and tried another new bulb in that socket and it blew it again! So I also have an unlighted area along my fence. I'm disgusted!
Then it took me another 45 minutes to get the tree put together. I am just starting to put ornaments on now!
I hope to finish tonight.
Tomorrow morning I have to get this house cleaned up! I have dishes to do, laundry to fold, vacuuming!!! Present wrapping, and card writing before my artist friends get here at 2PM!

Elisa said...

What does the robot do in your tea? Makes me curious and smile too! Love your painting! Don't forget to rest and relax!

Laura Moore said...

lol a tea robot is definitely wacky but I like it. Enjoy Christmas and New Year. :-)

Ritu Dua said...

Your cute looking robot is truly an angel...Why does every lady,in whichever part of the world she may be,has always some problem with the cleaning fairies ??
Well I hope you manage well ...wish you a beautiful and creative 2013 :)

denthe said...

omg I lovelovelove your tea robot. Where on earth did you get that thing? And the story about your new alarmclock is hysterical. That dog is so cute (although I'd like to throttle hm as well I think, if I were in your position ☺) Love your drawing of the duck!

Jessica Sporn said...

Loving this post and your art. I didn't realize that your tea fairy robot was real until the end. Where did she come from?? sadly, we have dust bunny fairies who have taken over my house. I try to look at them kindly...Happy Belated PPF!

Sherrie Roberts said...

Well, If your Robot needs a Christmas Cleaning! You can send him to me in Lynn, MA and I will Return Him in time to set up Christmas, 2013. He will be shining like He had never seen Mango Tea. I promise. I have the secret. I will show you. We have two Presses, ONE is for Coffee Only, The other for Tea only!
Both the inexpensive ones from Starbucks.

As for the cieling lights: Pull the shades down and light them up for lunch. Maybe with some candles on the table - the do come in the battery style - no life fire.
Hugs Enjoy!

Nigel Roberts said...

Another wonderful drawing.

Glad to hear that the robot is helping your sanity *resists urge to comment.......

As for the ceiling lights, I had the wonderful idea of putting lights around the patio doors,
I couldn't quite reach,
which meant standing on chair,
inside the door frame,
after banging my head several times I stopped trying to stand up straight. D'Oh!

missy k said...

Ha Ha!!!

I can relate to the mild panic that seems to be inevitable this time of year!

Your fairy lights sound cool!!!!

Good luck keeping (?) sane!!!!

Karenx

Michellem said...

LOVE that tea robot!! So cool!

JKW said...

I love love love the tea robot. How great is that! The fairy lights reminded me, I use to have stars and moons that glowed in the dark above the bed. That was so much fun, but they do manage to drop down on you when you least expect it. I had forgotten about that. Blessings, Janet PPF

Colleayn said...

Hi, This is great! You are so funny- my cleaning faery is on vacation too. I think you need this tea sub for Christmas. http://www.amazon.com/Tea-Sub-Yellow-Submarine-Infuser/dp/B003TP0QJ8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355759361&sr=8-1&keywords=tea+sub
Happy Holidays.

Terrie Purkey said...

Funny little robot - not being a tea drinker, I've never seen such a thing. Nice of him to help out though. Luckily all my holiday stuff is done - cleaning, check; cooking for party, check; gifts wrapped, check; gifts to post office, check. So now I can sit back and gloat as you other less organized, less fortunate ones fuss about! :) Your twinkle lights sound like an amazing amount of work, but I bet the result is fab - I'd have them on all the time regardless of whether people were coming over or not.

I keep forgetting it's summer for you and you're having bright sunny days - here it's gray, gray and dim, dim, so twinkle lights would definitely be welcome!

krisatlarge said...

Just stopped by because I love your art and needed a little pick me up - and your tea robot is darling! Have good holidays!!! Kristin (the OTHER one)

Christina Minasian said...

Your post is too funny, your illustrations are amazing and I can't believe the tea robot is real! I want one!! Happy PPF!

Karen Smithey said...

I'm not so sure that I ever had cleaning fairies... I certainly don't have any now, sigh...

Love the robot! We've been drinking lots of tea here with the really cold (for us) weather settling in. Chai and Constant Comment and Earl Grey--yum...

I put up some lights in the studio, but I'm not out there much at night, so I don't get to use them much :)

JansArtyJunk said...

Mmmmmm never heard of a tea robot before...LOVE it!! If those cleaning fairies make an appearance...pop them on a plane to the UK please...(might just be a long way for their little wings to fly!!) because I could do with them too!! ;)
...and thank you for your lovely card Tracey, I just adore your art and your creative style!..Have a fab Christmas & creative New Year!! Jan x

stefanie stark said...



The tea robot is sooooo cuuuute!!!!! I think he would save me as well ;)
Enjoy your summer break!

What Remains Now said...

I have never seen anything like this. Adorable.

photographerpainterprintmaker.com said...

Hi Tracey,
I followed a link on Dion Dior's blog, and am I ever glad I did! I love this lil guy. I'm a bit of a science fiction nut, so he's just the cutest thing ever! You have a wonderful wit, and have brightened this gray Canadian day for me.

Cheers!