Friday, August 30, 2013

August 2013 MMM Challenge ... Let It Go

This post has been a while in the making ... I did the art work weeks ago, but forgot about sharing it all!  

This was made for the Mixed Media Monday group run by Tracy Weinzapfel.  The requirements are that it contain a favourite quote, and the 'letting it go' part is that it was to take 90 minutes or less.  No over-thinking!  It was a lot of fun, including the interruptions from my munchkins who wanted to paint with me.  

I chose a quote from Mother Theresa that says, "Do small things with great love.".  It's something I try to live by, and think that if it took hold, it could change the world.  

This month's challenge is being sponsored by Viewtainer.  I have three of these containers and I love them!  It is so sweet and generous of them to offer a prize!

~  Esther 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Book Of Tea - July Challenge

I was thrilled by this month's challenge.  The journal page that Tracy created with the teapot and cup has been one of my favourite's and this was just the impetus I needed to haul out the art supplies.  (I keep some of my stuff out of reach or my daughter would use it all up ... she's a prolific artist at 7 years old and keeps my refrigerator looking quite splendid indeed!)  

Because I knew that this month would be crazy busy with two weeks of Vacation Bible School, a trip to New Brunswick and other summer activities, I decided to get creative right away.  Unfortunately, I procrastinated about doing the actual blog post and my laptop decided that it needed a visit to the repair shop and took my camera card along with it.  LOL  So, here I am using my hubby's laptop, my son's SD card has been formatted for my camera and I'm good to go.  I guess I just need the incentive of an 11th hour deadline to get my butt in gear!

This is the photo of the journal page that made me so happy.

In a world of coffee drinkers, I am a lover of tea.  Hot, iced, chai, sweet, black, green ... you get the idea.  I love waking up in the morning knowing that my husband has a freshly steeped pot of tea waiting for me!  I cut a teapot and teacup from my "Once Upon a Princess" cricut cartridge to use as a stencil and went from there.

I used a butterfly stencil cut from the "Paper Lace 2" cartridge for the background and played with polka dots for the dishware.  

The quote by Kakuzo Okakura is one that I found on the internet and I loved it!  Did you know that someone wrote "The Book Of Tea"?  I'm totally intrigued, and will be looking for a copy!

There is a sponsor for this challenge, and I don't want to forget to thank them.  It's May Arts ... a ribbon company that has beautiful products.  

Thanks for looking at my pictures.  I'll try to be a better blogger!