T is for Tea

I love coffee and I love tea. I guess one starts my day and the other one comforts me.  Tea is more ceremonial and reflective for me.  I dyed my fingers blue making a prayer tea flag a bit ago. I am published in Somerset Studio, May issue.  I am so pleased, with how they photographed it. Banners are tricky. I used tea filters in food coloring to create the look. When dried, I used rubber stamps to create a focal image on each filter. So many ways you could do this. I made mine thinking of the sunshine baskets, my Mom and neighbors use to make when I was little.  Little mementos in a basket or box gathered to brighten one's day.  I made mine in flag form. I included tea, seeds and poetry in my flags.

I want to thank Mindy Lacefield for brightening my world with her art class. She is a fun teacher, a wonderful creative spirit.   I found these cookies this weekend on Crescendoh and wanted to share. How sweet would these be with a box of tea to cheer a friend or neighbor.  If you make them, let me know!

I hope to soon, but I'm busy cleaning  out the attic. The tangle of memories is beautiful and sad. I'm swimming in an emotional soup, but I have to make a spot for myself, so I can move forward.
I have to give my daughter credit for the emotional soup idea. When she was little she couldn't say swimming suit. (I wrote this before I added Kristin's art and mine). She called it her swimming soup, lol.   Wish I could make you a cup of tea, but maybe I gave you time to think about your own soup.

My art is beside the talented Kristin Van Valkenburgh. She is the founder of the
blog challenge, "Summer of Color".  I took part in this challenge, last year. This is Kristin's photo...I have not received my complimentary issue, yet.   My art is called, "Spreading Sunshine Banner".  Congrats Kristen, I feel honored to be beside you~

 Kristin was kind enough to send me another photo!  Thank you Kristin! <3


Wanda said…
Congrats Ellie on being published. You captured some very vivid colors with your tea banner.
Kay L. Davies said…
Congratulations, Ella. Wonderful to be published.
I haven't had coffee or cookies for two weeks, or tea for one week, due to chronic health problems. Living on yogurt and toast and water, but seeing the doctor today.
I love your "emotional soup". I might borrow it some day, but I also haven't been writing much.
So your blog post really made my day. I love your talent and enthusiasm.
Kristin said…
Awe, your work is absolutely beautiful! And I am so happy we are tied together! Thank you for this sweet post and I do hope that you are feeling well - I love your (or your daughter's) "emotional soup" concept- been there! ;) xoxo
(PS I just emailed you too)
Lynne Moncrieff said…
I am positively thrilled for you - congratulations.
I am sure your daughter and her friends were equally excited - I am referring to your lovely letter that was published in The Stampers' Sampler :)
I hope I manage to get my hands on a copy of Somerset so I can view your art in detail.
And congratulations to YOU, Ella!
Swimming soup. That's what it feels like I'm doing outside here in the summer - swimming in soup.
Anonymous said…
Very happy you were published Ella!! Hope you enjoy continued success..Wonderful!!
Jo Murray said…
Congratulations Ella... lovely work.... and thanks for the links.
Congrats Ella I am so pleased for you.

Wonderful T post.

Wooot! Congratulations!

A to Z co-host
Monica said…
Heartfelt congrats, Ella! I'm so happy for you!
M Pax said…
Congrats, Ella! The flags/banners sound neat.

Spent the last week sick, so I've been drinking a lot of tea. Herbal teas can be wonderful that way.
Sherry Blue Sky said…
Lovely tea banner, kiddo. I so love the "swimming soup". SOOOOoooooooo, is the attic going to be your Replacement Frog??????? Great plan!
Ella said…
Sherry-No, the attic turns into the hinges of hell by May. It is where I am storing my supplies, till he finishes redoing the FROG. Hubby want to put up bead board. I need all my stuff moved out. Swimming soup has sharks in it. I'd be okay, if I didn't have to fold myself in 1/2 to crawl through a tiny door to get in and out. I wish...

MPax-Sorry to hear that! I hope you are on the mend~ Being sick this time of year takes a lot out of you~ Sending you some sunshine :D and get well wishes!

Monica-Thank you so much! So nice of you to drop by :D

Elizabeth-lol, Thank you... ;D

Yvonne-Thank you! I'll be by to see what magic you have captured today :D

Jo-Nice to see you! I'll be by to see what artistic endeavors you have been up to! Thank you~

John-Thank you! That really means a lot to me :D

Alex-Yes, that is the exact feeling of the southern humidity!
I would see neighbors being saunas thinking why bother, just go outside, lol. ;D Thank you~

Lynne-Thank you! Yes, it really happened, that way ;D I look forward to seeing you grace their pages! :D

Kristin-Thank you so much for sharing the joy and the photo with me! Your art is gorgeous and how well our colors suit each other! I love being featured by my Summer of Color buddy :D Congrats to you!

Kay-I do hope you are feeling better! (((hugs))) I'm sending you well wishes,sunshine and tea...they won't undo all your efforts! Take Care and thank you~

Wanda-Thank you! Yes, I was blue after I made my banner. I even posted my blue fingers~ Didn't bother me till I had to go grocery shopping! lol ;D I was trying out for a Smurf movie~
Unknown said…
Congratulations on your wonderful art and on being published.
Ella said…
Hi Janelle! I hope you are well~
Thank you for stopping by and your kind words :D
Amanda Trought said…
Ella, Congratulations, this is great news. Its always good to see what you have been up to creatively. I'll have to get me a copy. Thanks for continuing to be an inspiration! I'm sipping on some cardamon tea - lovely spicy taste! Amanda
Ella said…
Thank you Amanda! I so want you to submit some of your art! It is Amazing and full of Zest! I dare you ;D
I love tea and the memories of my Mom and neighbors making sunshine baskets. I thought why not...
I need to get busy and make some to sell. I was kind of surprised the magazine came out so early. It is the May edition.... I'm still stuck in the swimming soup, for a couple more days. I am breaking down all the cardboard and using plastic bins. Yes, think holidays too. I have lived Christmas, Halloween and Easter this week! lol
Haddock said…
Aha.... that is my cup of Tea (I mean I love tea and always preferred it to Coffee)
Hope your attic is spotless now.
Came here from A D Duling's blog as I noticed that you were one among the five :-)
Hi Ella .. congratulations on being published and I loved the look of your colourful banners - fun.

Tea - I've just started drinking Rooibus Citrus and love it .. deliciously refreshing ..

Cheers Hilary