Oh, the weather outside is frightful – but, in here, it’s so delightful – spending a weekend of “creativi-tea” as I embark on a year long creative journey with nine other women here in Blogland.
I’m making a “circle journal” that will wing its way hither and yon into the creative hands of collage art crafters who will add to my journal from their talents, reflecting the theme I have chosen for the piece: Of Seeds and Stars.
With this long weekend, what better way to spend a freezing few days off than to break out my art supply boxes, scissors, ink, and chipboard canvas, and set up my workshop in the living room – the only place at the moment for spreading out a job like this.
Husband keeps me company in the recliner while we enjoy some vintage Lucy episodes – marathon style – and, I cut and glue to my heart’s content.
My heart is content – being creative as in the image of my Creative Father God . . .
We know that the Lord is the giver of good gifts to His creation – that we might better fulfill His purposes as creative beings in the earth. Ergo:
Ah! In the midst of creative endeavors . . .
Partaking of God’s best in herbs and tree leaves, the glories of a splendid tea can only be heaven sent! So, this afternoon, as I put a few finishing touches on my project, I suspend my Lucy marathon for a little Bach instead – and engage in a little elegance forthwith!
My purple violets will do well today . . .
A hopeful wish for some springtime temperatures, perhaps. Teapot, creamer and sugar for the full effect – though decidedly window dressing as I have brewed my Vintage Rose Almond Cookies leaf tea in a tea ball today.
The pieces are not from a complete set – they each have their genesis from different companies: The teapot is Crown Dorset, Staffordshire, England . . .
The creamer and sugar are Adderley, Lawley, England . . .
And, the teacup and saucer is Japanese.
Each, however, displays a sweet violet pattern with purple and green.
Speaking of green – not having a custard dish in violets, I do have this unmarked gem I found from a thrift shop that is a lovely blend with a number of china plates in my pantry.
Why a custard dish, you may ask?
Because – today I am making rice pudding – WARM rice pudding – a favorite treat!
But, be ye warned – with my diet, and the new dietary regimen Ed is on – since his recent wake-up call when bouts with high blood pressure, cholesterol, and questionable sugar levels crept into his life this past month – YES! Be ye warned – I am committed to baking more gluten free, low salt, low sugar, healthful, and organic foods. Rice pudding notwithstanding!
So, here’s my spin on an old favorite to keep those creative juices flowing healthy and hearty!
I love this mix, pour, and cook thing because most rice pudding recipes will require a good deal of “stirring constantly” which I am just not good at – being distracted by a new creative thing demanding attention – like my “circle journal” . . .
So, tea is steeped – pudding is warm . . .
Victoria Bear and the ladies are so fascinated by my creative endeavors today that they just had to remove themselves from the comfort of their vintage carriage to sit on the edge of the love seat and then get right over the table to take in all the ta-do!
Others will add their display to my prepared original and leave a photo tag to sign their work.
I’ve had a great time planning and working on my journal – Of Seeds and Stars – celebrating the seed genesis of an idea that, through faith, hope, and trusting God for His provision – creativity grown in His image rises up to the sky in fruitfulness, goodness, and beauty – and in so doing – touches the stars!
Welcome to my world of hope and adventure for 2012. All that “re-arranging of furniture” in 2011 (click HERE to read about that) has brought me to some fresh horizons (click HERE to read about that). I’m believing the Lord for some BIG things – the sky’s the limit!
Oops! I mean – the STARS are the limit!!!
Sharing this Creativi-Tea with:
Bernideen’s Tea Time
Trish’s Simply Sweet at Lily-Rose Cottage