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Tea, Big Cats, The Grinch, and a Christmas Wreath

It is T-day over at Elizabeth's Blog so here I am sharing a recent drink.  This is my hot tea at the local Japanese Habachi Restaurant where we celebrated my oldest Grandson turning 8.  This was actually his 3rd or 4th get-together for his birthday.  If he wasn't such an wonderful kid, he would be horribly obnoxious with all the spoiling he gets. It was his third or fourth cake too. 

I ordered Oolong as I was kind of feeling a little under the weather and thought it might help.  It did.  We had a wonderful time. 

I ended up coming down with strep throat and a double ear infection so last week was a lot of laying on the couch for me.  I did bnge watched some Harry Potter and all the episodes of 1883.  Elsa may be one of my favorite characters of all time. I hope there really were young women with that open of a heart and that strong a spirit. I could listen to that actress read her thoughful words all day long.  

I did feel a tiny bit better on the weekend so, of course, I did some art.  

This ATC was done for a Swap theme of "inspired by any song."  I sketched the eye and stripes with a Sharpie pen and then colored the remainder with Daniel Smith Watercolors and some Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  A bit of white gel pen, black Micron Pen, and Versamark sprinkled with clear EP finished it off. 

I did the ATC after I made this lion eye card for my middle Grandson who plays for the Prattville Lions and has been struggling in the heat at practice.  The words are from Eye of the Tiger (he will know that as he is a big music fan), but he will like that I twisted it to Lions for him. 

I also cased THIS beautiful Grinch card by Mimi as she is the Featured Stamper over at this week.  I LOVE her talent and style and could watch her videos all day long.  
Lastly, I caught up on the watercolor and inspiration challenges at where the focus was on leaf strokes.  I painted several different colors of the easiest leaves, and then added in some twigs and berries. I didn't like the background I originally painted so I fussy cut the wreath, sponged it around with distress ink, and popped it up on an embossed and sponged panel.  

Happy T-day, hope you have a wonderful week, and thanks for dropping by!




  1. Sorry to hear you have been under the weather — I hope your recovery is complete! Doing Christmas images in August seems odd, but I guess that’s how to get them done.
    best, mae at

  2. 8 already - time does run!
    I just cuddled a baby and she turns 14 and is a teenager to full blast (I heard it all over the phone).
    Yay for Oolong, will keep that in mind!
    You will (maybe) make me watch Hatty Potter!
    The Eye of the Tiger is a whole different story, reminding me of the Klitschko-Brothers. And the real - stupid war - Russia started.
    It frightens me. We might be next and.. It´s not ... which war is fair???
    Henry The Lion may step in :-)
    Christmas is just around the corner!
    I´ll try to not be a Grinch :-)
    Hugz and Happy T-Day! Off to the balcony as it warmed up, yipee!

  3. Sorry you had a strep throat, that's not good.. In Israel we used to give the kids fresh goat milk for strep throat and it really helped. But it must be freshly milked and quickly drunk.Your crafting is beautiful, love the Grinch, and the eye of he tiger! Have a great week and a happy T Day, Valerie

  4. Wow wow wow! Your drawing with your watercolor media is amazing Nancy! I do love the details in your eye...amazing! Your grinch is too cute and your wreath is just gorgeous as well! Wonderful inspiration friend! Glad the Oolong worked to make you feel better! Mine is the Chamomile tea at night! Yum!

  5. I'm sorry you've been sick and hope you are completely well soon. The ATCs are always fun to see. It's one of the few artsy projects I've ever actually done lol

    Happy T Tuesday

  6. Your cards are beautiful and I am glad that you are feeling better. Strep and a Bilateral Ear Infection is the worst! I love the tiger eye the most. My daughter loves tigers.
    Happy Tea Day,

  7. Sorry to hear you were under the weather Nancy. It doesn't sound fun. Feeling under the weather in the summer with the heat always seems to make it worse. I loved 1883 also. The whole show was great, but you are right about Elsa. And your grandson is so lucky! That's a lot of celebrating, but then, everyone should celebrate big time and enjoy their birthday. I hope you feel better and are having a great T day and week ahead too. hugs-Erika

  8. A strep throat is not nice. I hope you hasve fully recovered by now.
    Your grandson is a lucky boy, having so many parties.
    Your AYC and cards are really beautiful. I like the wreath.
    Happy T-Day,

  9. Strep throat sounds bad, Nancy. I hope you are better soon, dear. I know that could not be good. Sorry I am late visiting. I spent time in an ice bath trying to help my back I hurt during the neighborhood clean up. Even though I bent with my knees, I felt something go when I stood up.

    I love your awesome cards, especially the Lion one. I was born in Lyons, KS and of course our mascot was a lion. That Christmas wreath is unbelievable and I love the Grinch, too.

    The first tea I ever remember drinking was Oolong, so I am sure it helped. Thanks for sharing your amazing cards and your tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear Nancy.

  10. Hi Nancy,sorry I’m late visiting, you wasn’t around when I was in my craft room, thanks for your earlier visit. Sorry to hear you’ve been ill, my DH had a sore throat for a week but no other symptoms thankfully , your wreath is gorgeous as is your ATCs, I always struggle making them for some reason.
    HappyBelated T Day. Jan S

  11. I hope you're feeling better. Wonderful eye candy. Eye candy, get it? πŸ˜‰My favorite is the wreath. Happy T Day

  12. Sorry you were not feeling well. I hope you are better now. Wonderful art. Have a nice evening.

  13. Nancy i'm sorry you've been sick but are hopefully a bit better... What lovely art work! Your 'eyes' are spectacular! as is your wreath! Not sure i'm ready for the Grinch... (psst i live with one) but what a great card for you!! Happy Belated T day! Hugs! deb

  14. Dear Nancy,
    belated happy birthday to your grandson! I'm sorry you felt unwell after the party - I wasn't quite up to it last week either. But sometimes resting and watching TV isn't too bad either ;-) I had to google which series "1883" is. Sounds interesting, but doesn't seem to be available in the German-speaking streaming area yet. It's great that you were fit enough to make art again!
    You wrote to me in the last post that you thought your comment didn't go through - oh, it did! Everything ok, it came through, but still had to be moderated by me...
    Happy T-Day - have a good new week!

  15. I like your interpretation of the tigers eye and just everything about visiting you here. God bless you friend. Aloha


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