Sunday, 16 June 2013

The Slightly Shameful Mugs and Friends ...

Carmen @
Maybe calling this mug shameful is a bit harsh
because the mug is actually all sorts of amazing and wonderful
and is the perfect subject for Day 16 of the Cuppa With Friends Project and ICAD
the shameful part is that I feel like I am cheating on my beloved Vegemite just by painting it
you see I love Vegemite... it's black salty disgustingness is one of the great joys of life
I have even painted and written about it here in a previous blog post
and for years have cast aspersions on anyone who eats Marmite, or even worse Promite
they are both lily livered imitations of the main man
but Carmen sent me this mug and I really really wanted to paint it because it was wonderful
and if I am honest I wish Vegemite would make one just like it
but the whole time there was a mild tinge of betrayal wafting around the studio
I'm sorry dear Vegemite... please forgive me this transgression....

Aimee @
I am thinking all this is not helped by my Day 15 subject from Aimee
which qualifies as slightly shameful mug number 2...
because I am a devoted tea lover and here I am celebrating coffee
but it isn't as bad because I do occasionally drink coffee
and Aimee feels about coffee the way I do about tea
and let's be honest a coffee mug bought at a truck stop in Arkansas should be celebrated
even if the colour is a bit dull
which is the only down side of the cards I am using
they seem to absorb the brightness out of my watercolours... not hugely
but enough to sort of annoy me at times....

Giggles @
 Day 14 is a fab mug from Giggles though, and caused no angst at all
It was fresh and bright just like its owner, and a pleasure to paint
because let's be honest we are all Goddesses
even Nigel... who provided Day 13 and challenged me magnificently with this one
Nigel @
Nigel is often the lone male voice out there in blog land
and despite the fact that he usually stands up for Sinus way too much for my liking
he has a car called Vivian and is wonderfully off beat so he is always forgiven
and the mug was fabulous if a bit challenging for half an hour
 and I can't help but think he will be disappointed that I didn't curse him mightily while doing it
 in fact Nigel I loved it, so your evil plan didn't work out quite as you were hoping....

Rita @
Day 12 was the lovely Rita and this amazing teacup
I used the handmade paper as a base again as it gives such a soft look
which I think suits the older cups, and used white acrylic paint which I tinted with watercolur to get the colours... and finished it off with some micron pen and metallic twinks
it was the toughest paint of the week and took way longer than the 30 mins
but was totally worth sacrificing washing the floors to gain the extra time needed

Serena @
Day 11 was from Serena who lives here in my home town
mind you to get to her place I would almost need two packed lunches and tank of gas
but this mug sums up her work and her personality perfectly... it was a joy

So there is the week's cards people
I am loving this project more and more
and every day I am still getting extraordinary cups and mugs
and am loving the support and inspiration I am getting from it
turns out this was one of my better ideas!!!!

My last two post links are here ...


Rita said...

Oh I love mine, Tracey!! Fran would be so tickled to see her footed cup in a painting. Touches my heart. Thanks so much and sorry it took so long.

Love the other cups, too--shameful and delightful! This is such fun to see all the teacups and mugs. What an assortment!! Thanks so much for doing this. :)

Unknown said...

So much fun! A delightful romp through your tea are hilarious!

sharon said...

Love these Tracey, you made me smile with the Marmite muhg. I am a vegemite addict and when I was living in Britain I would make regular trips to London to the NZHouse Bookstore where they stocked it for vegemite starved expats! My friends thought I was crazy, but those poor english people didnt understand that when you are weaned on the stuff a prolonged absense gives you the jitters.

Joni Nickrent said...

Loving being mugged on your blog! LOL...sorry couldn't resist! So many wonderful awesomeness with this collection of cuppas!

aimee said...

You made my day with the shameful mug shot -- once again, I want to drink from the drawing now instead of the real deal. I really need one now that says No Tracey No Workee because I've come to depend on a dose of you to get myself going in the morning!

What the hell is Vegemite??

Michellem said...

Your cuppa collection is growing in amaze-ness!! LOVE the variety!!

Dianne said...

All adorable mugs...still don't really understand what Vegemite is, but if it works for you, or Marmite as the case may be, you go for it without guilt! truly amazing the assortment of mugs and cups out there and we are enjoying them all. Love it when a plan comes together!

Giggles said...

Indeed you have made me an extremely proud coffee drinking goddess who cheats with tea every evening!!! Fabulous, wonderful, marvelous is my mug and all the others!! This is such a happy series....I LOVE IT!! I love my mug and all the others too!!

Thank you so much for doing's rather thrilling if I do say so myself!!


Hugs Giggles

Giggles said...

Oh and Happy Fathers day to Sinus too!! Thanks for being such a good sport when we chuckle at your antics!! You're the best!!

Hugs Giggles

jaki said...

I think I love your little stories that go with the pictures as much as the pictures themselves (and thats a lot!!) :)

Netty said...

Amazing mugs and teacups Trace, oooh would love a Marmite mug. Annette x

Weird Amy said...

I love reading what you write! You make me laugh so hard...seriously, at the beginning when you were talking about Vegemite vs. the two not-anywhere-near-as-good-as-Vegemite products, I was laughing so hard my husband came in the room to see what was wrong with me! I think it was when you called them 'lily livered'...I could see Yosemite Sam from the Looney Toones getting all heated up and throwing down his cowboy hat in disgust about Vegemite knock-offs! Hehehe...

I REALLY love your work, and I can't wait to see and read more!

hawkes said...

I love your post - your art is wonderful and the stories are hilarious. But vegemite! You say marmite doesn't compare - I don't know - I dislike them both. I divorced husband number one, I think, largely because of his love of marmite/vegemite. Others think I had really valid reasons but I remember the truth - and that awful smell coming off his bread!

Colleayn said...

I love all of these. This is the best art collection.

Paper rainbow said...

I am on the side of Marmite! Its great, and so is your little cup, my favourite is the fabulous 'green man' mug from Nigel!

Anonymous said...

I am totally in love with all of your mugs! I wish that I could purchase physical copies of them!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Tracey, I'm a BIG coffee drinker, so I'm really glad you included at least one coffee mug. Love it. Of course, all those tea cups and mugs are out of this world, too. Still loving them all. Keep it up, dear.

Anonymous said...

beautiful collection of mugs and paintings, I have never tried Marmite, I like savory so I might like it, I know we can buy it here but so many say its beastly stuff, ha ha,

Šolanje na domu-Waldorf said...

Fabulous mugs! Th quirkier the mug the more I like it. :)

Sandra Busby said...

Sorry Tracey, but I LOVE Marmite!!!!! I hope we can still be friends, despite this admission! But then again, I have nothing to compare it to because I have never tasted Vegemite. I always assumed they were the same thing, but that Vegemite was just an Aussie version of it. I think I might have seen Vegemite in one of the larger super stores over here... So, when I see it next, I will just have to buy some and see what I think! What a great selection of mugs you have here! Lovely paintings!! So - what will you do with all of your mug paintings when you have done them all?? :0)

Ilona Heimböckel said...

Oh, such nice cups and mugs, do you need more? I have a wonderful favorite handmade mug, which I would gladly photograph for you :-))

Nice to be back and find out what you have been doing since the last visit!

Ilona xx

Salla said...

Hello Tracey and thanks for visiting and commenting my blog!

I'd heard of your mug project but only now remembered to check your blog in person and really love them all. The citron green & turquoise bag is superb as well!

Carmen said...

A "friend" made me eat a spoonful of Vegemite once. I nearly threw up - how can you compare to the deliciousness that is Marmite! Thank you so much for making my morning - I am the worst at replying to emails and had forgotten to reply to yours (I actually have a little stack building up that I have to reply to) I adore your Marmite cup - thank you for doing it justice (even if you did squeeze Vegemite into the background *g*)

I adore all your cups again this week but especially the Green Man and that beautiful, beautiful teacup and saucer. And most of all my Marmite one - with your permission I'll link to it when I finally do my Marmite post.

WrightStuff said...

No, I'm sorry, only Marmite will do :)

When I worked for the brewery there was always much excitement when the Marmite tanker used to come to take the yeast extract away...

Simple pleasures....

Unknown said...

I am loving all your mugs and cups - makes me wish I had sent some in myself. The green man is my favourite here - although I have a sneaky fondness for the marmite one despite hating the stuff myself. My son loves it and at one point it was one of the very few things he would eat.

poppylocke said...

Aw, these are all amazing!! I love how you're incorporating different elements into the background. Also the motto No Coffee No Workee has given me the giggles xD
Keep 'em coming!