Why I was blue....

I posted a while ago, about having a crazy craft day and my hands turning blue. My nose a bit, too. I did manage to get that off.  Can you imagine going out in public like that, lol.  I'm trying to think when did I go out in public with a rainbow effect?   The mail lady has seen me at my worst, mailing challenges to Stampington.  I think I had glitter in my hair, last time I went, which this time of year, actually looks fine.   Anyway, this is why....
I dyed tea filters with food coloring and then made a garland.  It was a gift for a sick friend; then I liked it so much I made one to submit, for an art challenge.  Now, I want to make more, but I don't want to turn blue.  I tried paint, but didn't like the effect, as much.   I enclosed tiny little sentiments to brighten her day. Tea of course, some quotes, poetry and some seeds. She wanted some from my Money plant.   I don't have the plant, my Mom does. She mailed me some seeds, this Fall.   I decided to share.  I do think a gift like this might be a bit of sunshine, for someone who is blue.

I have several ideas on how to filter some sunshine into one's world. One of my favorite is  to go to the bookstore or library.  You can come, too,  if you love n' respect the quiet mood, of sifting through time worn books.  I love the escape and allure of the written word, the feel of vintage pages. My family doesn't like to linger, as long as me. Words n' pictures are a spring board of ideas for other projects.  They plant small ideas and wonder into my world.  I leave good fortune cookie sayings in books. I also will mark a page,  I think will inspire someone else.  What about you? What brightens your mood? 

 I recently tucked these fortune cookie sayings in books:

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
Chinese Proverb
Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come.
-- Chinese proverb


Anonymous said…
this to me is true art, amazingly beautiful.
Those tea bags are really nice! Your creativity amazes me. Maybe you should do some red ones so that if it gets on your nose, you can claim to be Rudolph.
Kerry O'Connor said…
Such a delightful idea - your colourful teabags remind me of miniature Tibetan prayer flags.
Sherry Blue Sky said…
Like Kerry, the first thing I thought of was Tibetan prayer flags - so beautiful, Ellie - you have an amazing gift!!!!! I actually would like to buy a garland like this from you - are you selling? I love your idea of leaving little sayings in books to brighten a reader's day. I adore the Chinese saying about keeping a green tree in one's heart. Totally lovely.

Loved my visit this morning. Shine on, kiddo!
Ella said…
Thank you Laurie!

Alex, I almost spit tea all over my keyboard...lol You are so funny!
Yes, this would be a great idea~ ;D
Red at least would look festive...

Kerry-You are good, that was the idea! :D

Sherry-I am going to make some more. I will let you know when and you can email me if you are looking for a certain color! Alex likes red, lol Thank you!!!
Scarlett Clay said…
What an incredibly thoughtful and artful gift idea...love your filtered sunshine!! :)
What a wonderfully creative garland. I love it and I am sure your friend loved it. I love bookstores. I could linger for hours. I find that it is full of inspiration!
Dorthe said…
Ellie- they looks gorgeous -a wonderful gift for someone blue- AND for someone happy ,too :)
chrissy said…
beautiful friend...ive missed you. over the moon happy that you are submitting to stampington....yay!
Georgie Horn said…
Aren't you a clever lady leaving fortune cookie sayings in books. I hope someday to run across one and remember this blog posting!

I love, love, love to just wander around the library. I love the smell, the bindings, the different fonts. oh my!

sunny said…
beautiful post Ella.
Arlee Bird said…
I like the idea of the fortune cookie sayings left in books. I don't think I've ever found anything someone's left in a book, but then again I haven't gotten that many books from the library in my life since there always has been so many at home both at my parents' house when I was young and in my houses after I went on my own.

I should go to the library more often if for no other reason than just to be out of the house and somewhere else.

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Beautiful art Ella.

Have a good day.
very creative, Ella, and I guess they smell nice too if you use some nice tea flavours :)
Jules said…
Ever heard of rubber gloves my friend? :) Your projects are always amazing to me and yes your heart is too. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow
Cindy Adkins said…
Oh WOW, Ella, this is true art at its finest!! I LOVE what you created and I use fortune cookie inserts in my art all the time--I save them! lol
Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!
Wanda said…
Now that's beautifully creative my friend. And of course I love browsing around a bookstore or library.
Ella said…
Wanda-Thank you! I know me, too and Cherry coke ;D What fun we could have! Your fortune:
You are very expressive and positive in words, actions and feelings~

Cindy-Great minds think alike ;D
Merry Christmas to you n' yours!
Your fortune:
Your happiness is intertwined with your outlook on life~

Jules-Nah, not my style! I am such a klutz, I would just spill the dye on my jeans or feet. lol, no I like getting my hands dirty ;D
Your fortune:
He who laughs at himself never runs out of things to laugh at~(this is mine, too)

Dezzy-Yes, they smell great, too!
Thinking of all the possibliteas ;D
your fortune: You are talented in many ways~

Yvonne-Thank you...wish you could stop by for a cup! :D
Your fortune:
Trust your intuition. The universe is guiding your life~

Lee-YOU should go, it is fun! You always find books you wouldn't at the bookstore. Here is your fortune: You are magnetic in your bearing :D

Sunny-Thank you!
Your fortune:
You find beauty in ordinary things, do not lose this ability~

Georgie-Thank you; I enjoyed visiting you~ I love it, just like you described!
Your fortune:
Excitement and intrigue follow you closely wherever you go!

Chrissy-I have missed you; I will be by to see what you have been up to! :D Thank you~
Your fortune:
Your flair for the creative takes an important place in your life~
Ella said…
Dorthe-Thank you; I like your view!
Your fortune:
Your artistic talents win the approval and applause of others~

Jen-Thank you; she did! I need to make some more :D I think a lot of us feel this way!
Your fortune:
Ideas are like children; there are none so wonderful as your own~

Scarlett-Thank you; yes, filtered sunshine is always fun to share :D
Your fortune:
Your heart is a place to draw true happiness~(your drawings/art do this)

Sherry-Thank you! ;D
Your fortune:
Your flair for the creative takes an important place in your life~

Kerry-Thank you! :D
Your fortune:
Look for new outlets for your own creative abilities~

Alex-Thank you, lol
Your fortune:
Your greatest fortune is the large number of friends you have~ Tis true Captain :D

Laurie-Thank you :D
Your fortune:
If you want the rainbow, you must to put up with the rain~

Happy Fortune to all, not sure how I can share tea! Unless I send wishes for everyone to enjoy your creativitea, serendiptea and ingenuitea ;D