Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Crime scene tea party...

Call me easily amused
or maybe I just have too much time on my hands 
but I love my novelty tea strainer/ infuser thingies an inordinate amount
I have a bit of a collection starting to form
from a weird apple thing that stabs me in the finger every time I use it
but it floats and bobs in your cup in a fabulous manner so I keep using it
and last week it was all about the ball infuser thing with a garden gnome/ Christmas elf 
 I christened him Freaky Pete
He is a weird little thing and has this evil half smirk
but Freaky Pete has been put away for now because at the moment it is all about these two

It is also important to think about what tea goes with which infusers
I like to have a rooibos blend in the shark one
for no other reason than when I take it out
the tea has a slight red tinge to it
which seems appropriate right
And when asked what tea I am drinking
I get to answer with great made up names like
Blood sausage and beet root, or guts and glory
It causes no end of eye rolling from Phantom
But it makes me happy so that is the main thing

Of course yesterday I found myself in the kitchen putting the kettle on for the millionth time
and realised had left my tea cup with Sharky in the studio
So in a fit of obscene laziness dressed up as wanting to use a different infuser
I decided to go with monk pear tea in Dude...
 Which is an appropriate name for a tea infuser who just hangs on the side of your cup
But once both infusers were out of their respective cups and on a plate
which resides on my desk in the studio for just this purpose
I realised it looked somewhat like a crime scene
which then led to all sorts of fun shenanigans
involving the theme music from Jaws
and Dude begging for his life with a Bill and Ted type accent

Which was a great distraction from the bloody deer heads from a few weeks ago
Which persist in looking like road kill on the page
It just occurred to me that maybe there are deer head infusers out there
Now maybe that is the ingredient I am missing
Might need a little googling on this one

happy painting all...xx


alarmcat said...

these are so cute!! i've just gone online and ordered one of these little Dudes (which is a Perfect name for him, by the way!) I will think of you with every cup of tea I drink. :)

Anonymous said...

I have to say, I had no clue you could buy tea infusers in different shapes and critters. I'm not a tea drinker so I guess it's not so bad that I didn't know. I am wondering if this is an Australian thing or a tea drinker thing.

Either way... your post was very entertaining

Darnell said...

It's so nice to have you being your nutter self, Trace. So you know how (normally) there are dog people and cat people and there are coffee people and tea people? You know I'm a coffee peep so at first I had no clue what the heck you were painting/talking about. I thought perhaps you had become a cartoonist following chemo! As I kept reading, I "got" it and what an education! I had no idea there were all these different types of infusers, and really fun and funny infusers and even murderous, gory infusers!! I just love Blogland! Some day when you get all your strength back, maybe you can visit my nonpainting blog. In the meantime, keep on keepin' on entertaining us with your wit and your art!! Hugs, Darnell

Polly Birchall said...

I've never seen these little characters and love your story around them

Ilona Heimböckel said...

I've never seen other than the traditional tea-strainers/infusers.
Awesome to see, what you can make of your tea, when you combine them with the right tea strainer ;-)
Have you started a book with your stories yet?
Have a wonderful week!
Ilona xx

WrightStuff said...

Reading this feels like I am still in the strange dream I had last night...

Speaking of Strainers... Have you been watching The Strain? It's a vampire thing (but the monster/zombie variety rather than pretty boys). However, I don't watch it for the fangs (just as well, as they don't actually have fangs - more strange tongues like snakes...). Anyway, I watch it for the holes in the plot of which there are many gaping varieties. It's a real 'shout at the TV fest' and I know you would enjoy it. The plot strains through disintegrating before your eyes. It's a very metaphoric blend.

PS: I can't believe we're nearly out of True Blood...

Leonie said...

What a coincidence, I just saw the Dude in Simple Things magazine last night! Love your paintings & your writing - thanks for cracking me up!

Netty said...

LOL, whatever next will you come up with Trace.......love the drawings, Annette x


Snap said...

Dude really goes well with Someone in Buffalo Love me..... !!!!

TwinkleToes2day said...

OMGoodness I gots to get me a Dude!! Lol :D
Ok - question - are you a loose leafer or a bag lady? Do you only use infusers for loose leaf? What is your preferred method?
Enquiring minds need to know? ;)

As you are a 'no-reply blogger' we can't reply by email, so Wee Man says - "Thank you very much. I'm glad you like Winnie the Pooh too."
Big hugs from Wee Man :-D

And me too of course ;) xx

Barbara Dane Lapins said...

Tracey, I love your blog so much. We are big tea drinkers in this family and have quite an assortment of tea cups, tea pots, and other "necessary" tea things. It's always such a treat to decide which cup to use while the tea is brewing. We have a place a little over an hour away in New York that carries a huge selection of loose tea and they allow tastings prior to purchase. Our kitchen looks like a mini-tea outlet with all our tins lined up above our cabinets. Loved your post today and I'm always so happy when I see your name among my e-mails. I'm also a big fan of your paintings. You are a treat!

Rita said...

OMG! the MR. Bill like guy hanging from the side of a cup--that just cracks me up!! Well, so does the shark fin, for that matter. You have the best collection of tea strainers I have ever seen already--just with these two. ;)

Jo Murray said...

I've NEVER seen such tea-infusers...but I'll be looking out.

PaintingWrite said...

I love dude! Makes me want to start drinking tea leaves that require an infuser instead of just fruit tea bags that sink forlornly to the bottom of my cup!

Sandra Busby said...

Haha! Love that your getting some fun out of Sharky and that you're having fun terrifying the poor Dude! Bet he 'infuses' much quicker with a shark in the cup! It is one creative mind you have there! My PG Tips Teabags suddenly feel incredibly dull in comparison! ;0)

Belinda Basson said...

I have to tell you that rooibos tea is indeed "red bush" tea in direct translation from its native Afrikaans as spoken in my country! It is one of my faves too. This did have me in giggles with images of dude watching the shark at his feet! Oh and we have the biggest Great White's here off our coast, we loose at least three peeps a year to their dinner...

Neesie said...

What a revelation this morning...I'm dudeless :(
I can't have that! I'm going to have to recify it this morning.
Love looking at the world through your eyes and humour.
Giggling as I create my own crime scene from my cuppa.
Have a great week
p.s. apologies for being so late but you know me...nothing changes

minnemie said...

Hahaha, just in case I have never mentioned it: you are absolutely craz... i mean absolutely hilarious! Where on earth do you find infusers like that!? So well drawn and painted. You need to write a story about the The Dude and his adventures...or just publish a tea-table version of yr blog:-)

Unknown said...

Loooooooove!!! ♥♥♥

sheila 77 said...

Love all of this post but frankly I wouldn't let that boy anywhere near my tea, and of course immediately after having said that I am off to see where I can get one. You've opened up a whole new world of tea-infusers.
Your paintings are out of this world fabulous too.

Anonymous said...

I just started following your blog (could you believe I did not already) because I don´t want miss out stories of strainer crime scenes and farty dogs doing a good printing job if you only would let him, tsss, tsss, tsss. That needs some more control from my side.
Where can I get these funny strainers???
Hugs and kisses

Anonymous said...

Cutest things ever, even freaky Pete. xox

denthe said...

oh my, where on earth do you get these things!? Love them,especially dude.... Great illustrations too. From just seeing a picture of him I never would've thought he hangs over the side of the cup...