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 . . .

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Genesis 1:1

“God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Genesis 1:27

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:

“And God said, ‘See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.’ “
Genesis 1:29

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 puddingWARM 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!

Health-Spin Rice Pudding
3 cups brown rice – cooked
2 Tbsp. organic ground golden flaxseed
1 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup organic honey
2 eggs (substitute egg beaters for cholesterol watchers)
1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. organic almond extract
1/2 cup organic raisins
Mix all ingredients together and pour into a covered casserole dish.  Bake at 330 degrees for 45 minutes.  Dollop with honey if you can do a little more sugar than not.  Serves 4 to 8.

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:

Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Trisha’s Tea Party Tuesday at Sweetology
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Teacups and Tea Things at Antiques and Teacups
Bernideen’s Tea Time
Trish’s Simply Sweet at Lily-Rose Cottage

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at and blogs at


  1. Your rice pudding recipe (one of my faves) has me salivating. I must try this!

    By the way, we seem to be on the same page (pun intended). My post today was about being creative as well. If you have time, I would love if you would pop in for a visit.

  2. Hello dear Kathy,
    Your violet tea things are so sweet; love that teapot! I love rice pudding too and your recipe sounds like a good one. Sounds like you have a wonderful year ahead of you. I look forward to all your creativi-tea! Thank you for joining me for tea and have a lovely week.


  3. Kathy, your journal is gorgeous. I love it. Great job!!!

    And, tea and rice pudding sound delicious. I love rice pudding, and I will try your recipe.

  4. A lovely tea and a wonderful creative project! How fun! The rice pudding sounds wonderful as well! I am keeping the recipe as my allergies are kicjing up at the moment….sigh…Lovely post!

  5. Lovely journal … sweet violets and yummy in the tummy rice pudding recipe …I remember my mother making it on those cold wintry days when we came in from skating at the outdoor skating rink.. Thanks for the memories…Hugs

  6. Hi Kathy! Oh, what a beautiful job you’ve done. Novice? You could have fooled me. I’ll be joining with you in this Circle Journal too. I’ve just started and it seems I just can’t finish because so many things keep popping up I have to take care of! 🙂
    I’ll be following you,
    Shelia 😉

  7. Kathy, we love rice pudding too – but hubby would never go for brown rice lol!
    Perhaps he wouldn’t notice it in your delicious recipe 🙂
    What a great day you had there..sipping tea from your lovely violets cup while creating that beautiful journal!
    It looks very pretty indeed.
    Thanks for linking to Simply Sweet.
    Have a very blessed week, dear lady!

  8. Love your post, and the pudding looks scrumptious and healthy too!! Lifting you in prayer as you embark on your “journey to the stars.” I’m so behind in blog reading after being away for three weeks visiting family. Your circle journal is beautiful and I pray it blesses many and that God’s Word accomplishes the purpose for which it was sent (and we know that it will, because He has promised and He is faithful!) Hugs!!

  9. Kathy,your journal looks very interesting. It certainly is very pretty. Thank you, I would love some of your yummy rice pudding. Haven’t had that for ages.

    xx jeanetteann

  10. Hello Kathy,
    My favourite flower is the Violet…So I LOVE your tea setting. Your Journal is beautiful and I’m writing out your rice pudding recipe. Awonderful post..
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  11. I am so in love with your book already. I am the first addition and so inspired I hope you will like it. I was not understanding what you wanted and now the lightbulb hit and I am so ready! I have to sit down and finish my portion of the circle journal hopefully by this weekend. Thank you for the wonderful rice pudding recipe enjoy your tea! Grace xoox

  12. Your journal is amazing. I can’t wait to take my turn with it. And rice pudding! Oh my! I must try your recipe. Have a great day, Kathy.

  13. Hello Kathryn,
    your day sounds perfect – a lovely combination of relaxation and creativity! Gorgeous teapot, teacup etc… to boot! Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    God Bless,

  14. Oh what fun! Your creativity and your tea talent continue to amaze me! This was a pleasure – a lovely time to stop and smell *your* roses!!


  15. Oh, I’m so glad to be able to comment today. When I tried before I was instructed to go away or I may have computer trouble. Well, I guess you already know that.

    What a beautiful accomplishment your journal is… sounds like a lot of fun! And my husband thanks you for the rice pudding recipe. At least he will when he tastes the pudding I’m going to make for him!

    Blessings, Debbie

  16. Hi Kathryn

    I love that you were crafting while watching Lucy! Thanks for sharing the rice pudding recipe it looks wonderful. I’ve not made anything gluten free, just basically avoiding gluten in things. I have to start making things.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  17. Oh yummy rice pudding…one of my favorites. Will have to give this a try. My mouth is watering. Lovely tea goodies too. Your journal is great. You sound happy dear friend. Stay warm and creative.
    Lady Linda

  18. This was such a delightful post to read, Kathy!! Loved it – your creative talent, writing, and a little bit about you! I have never made rice pudding and now I want to try. With my husband being from the South, he loves rice! Is this gluten-free? Now, you’ll have to start sharing gluten-free recipes with us!
    Blessings to you, Kathy!
    PS You are beautiful!

  19. Rice pudding, yum!!! Beautify post my friend., You know I love my tea and your tea set is beautiful. Smooches and hugs and wishes for a beautiful weekend xo

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