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T stands for The Aquarium, a Tag, and Two Cards

Happy T-day friends.  Since it is Tuesday, we are celebrating T-day at Elizabeth's Blog - The Altered Book Lover.  Celebrants just need something to do with a drink of any kind and everyone is welcome.  I will start off with my drink at the Aquarium Restaurant in Nashville. The drink was wonderful, and we got to keep the glass. You can see my daughter's drink in the background. 

We were lucky my daughter made reservations because the wait was over 2 hours (someone said 4 hours when we were walking up).  My Grandson loved this place.  They had a giant aquarium that took up most of the restaurant - it was like one you see in Atlanta with sharks and stingrays and all kinds of beautiful and interesting fish. The food was ok, but this place is about the fish and the atmosphere really - that is what you are paying for.  Here is a look inside - I barely remembered to take a picture because my Grandson was up and down and so excited.  He could name almost all the fish - he is a smarty. 

We are almost ready for Christmas around here - I am waiting on 3 more deliveries and have to get some cash for my bah humbug family member who will remain nameless.... Today, my Sister and I are sharing our annual Christmas lunch where we also celebrate her December birthday.  That is if the rain lets up - it is raining pretty heavy right now. 

I have a little art to share too. 

The first is a tag (I can't remember if I posted it previously - things have been a bit hectic and I post on several websites....). The gnome and the sentiment are from DRS Designs.  I die cut the bottle and sketched out the labels and cork - I tried to make it look like a Christmas wine. 

Next is my husband's birthday card - poor thing has a birthday around Christmas just like my Sister and Son-in-law.  I painted the hat and added some confetti and snow with different paints. His birthday was yesterday.  We had the family over for chili and cornbread (family request) plus cake and pie. 
This was my last Christmas card for this year.  It was made using watercolor splatter over a hand-cut stencil and then adding brush strokes to smooth out the splatter.  The ornaments are made using white acrylic paint so when you add watercolors to them, they sort of have a glow effect.  It worked on some of them. 
Wishing you all a wonderful and magical Christmas and a happy T-day. 




  1. Your restaurant photos are really fun to see. I understand why the food is nearly unimportant! Have a great Christmas.

    best... mae at

  2. That restaurant looks like a blast. I bet your grandson did love it. I remember visiting some theme restaurant in NYC when my daughter was young and she had such a good time. And your cards are lovely. Wow, you really captured the fur on Santa's hat. I am quite impressed. I hope your rain isn't too bad. It is heading our way for the end of the week. So much for our snow and a white Christmas. Smile. Have a lovely holiday Nancy, and enjoy your birthday celebrations. hugs-Erika

  3. What a fun restaurant. I can see why your grandson would be so excited. Your cards are amazing. Like Erika, I hope the rain isn't too bad as that what's coming our way at the end of the week. I'm glad it's rain and not snow. Happy T Day and Merry Christmas

  4. Wow, that place looks amazing. What fun for kids and adults. I love that you and your sister had lunch together. A great tradition for the two of you. Your art is so lovely and a joy to view. Have a wonderful day today.

  5. Good morning, Missouri has a very large aquarium too in Springfield built by Johnny Morris owner of Bass Pro shops and he just bought another large sporting chain. He does give back allot to the community. His aquarium is very amazing too. Loved the glasses you got to keep too.
    Loved seeing the Christmas cards you made my favorite was the gnome. Hoping the rain lets up for you Hugs Happy T and Merry Christmas

  6. Wow! I'd love to eat in a place like that.

    It's fun that you and your sister have a tradition like that. Sweet :) I hope the rain let up for you.

    Happy T Tuesday!

  7. Oh the restaurant looks like fun, I was in one like that in the Bahamas once and it was underwater. I didn't want to eat fish though with them all looking at us lol. I love how you did the santa hat on your husband's birthday card (happy birthday to him) the white fur looks amazing. Happy T Day! Elle/EOTC xx

  8. Lovely photos. A hotel in Berlin had a huge aquarium inside and for some reason it burst a few days back, and a million liters of water poured onto the street. Luckily it was early morfning and not many people were injured.. Glad you were able to enjoy your visit. Love the cards and tag. Happy T Day, happy holidays, hugs, Valerie

  9. Sounds like great fun and yay to your Christmas lunch with your Sister!
    I miss my Brother for sure. He never has/takes time for me.

    Love your tag! :-) And B-Day cards. Yikes, must be so not fun to have a Birthday around Christmas!
    Have a merry time and a great T-Day! Hugz

  10. What a cool restaurant! I probably would be more pre-occupied with watching the fish and with the food - which might be a good thing. Your cards and tag are fabulous, all three of them. I wish a you a peaceful Christmas, Nancy.

  11. That restaurant is amazing! I know i myself would love it and i know a few kiddos that would too.. lol Your cards are amazing Nancy! Merry Christmas and Happy T day! Hugs! deb

  12. Beautiful art and photos. - Anne (Cornucopia)

  13. What a fun place to visit and I love the shark swimming on your glass 😊. All the cards look amazing, I'd like them for my birthday your hubby is so lucky - happy birthday wishes! Happy T Day and Happy Holidays! Hugs Jo x

  14. I was delighted to see you at T this week, Nancy. Sounds like you have been having a ball while getting a lot accomplished, too. I'm a kid at heart, so would LOVE that restaurant. However, I checked out the menu and I have had scampi any time it is on the menu, but I have never had it in a tomato and caper sauce. I am glad your grandson had a good time. I'm sure that is what is important.

    I hope you got to have lunch with your sister. Too bad there are so many December birthdays. That Santa hat you designed and colored for your husband is beyond gorgeous. You are SO creative. I love it. Your tag and other card are great, too.

    Thanks for sharing your cards, tag, and drinks with us for T this Tuesday, dear Nancy.

  15. That is such a cool restaurant! I can see why kids love it, my daughter certainly would. But that wait...
    Your cards are fantastic, I especially like the santa hat. Did you use watercolor? It's wonderful!
    Happy Belated Tea Day and A Merry Christmas,

  16. Oh, Nancy, that restaurant sounds fabulous. I love the glass you got to keep, too. You always find the best places to go eat. I wish I could go with you to some of these fabulous places. :) Your husband's card and last Christmas card of the year are both so fun and creative. I like your gnome tag, too. I hope it quit raining so you could go to lunch with your sister. Happy T Day, and Merry Christmas!

  17. That restaurant looks like lots of fun! Your projects are all amazing Nancy and I have to say that your Santa hat is really cool! All of your projects are brilliantly done in your true style my friend! Merry Christmas!!

  18. Wonderful selection of cards and tag. Your husband's card is amazing I love how you drew the hat ♥


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