Sunday, February 08, 2015

Sunday Sketches: Little moments with little cups


As Mr. Toast and I venture our way in and out of the local shops, I'm always keeping my eye out for new cups to inspire me in the studio as I sip away on the perfect hot cuppa. These are only a handful of the mugs that fill an entire side of our kitchen cabinet.  In fact, Mr. Toast says I cannot purchase any new ones until I recycle a few old ones!  That's how many we have.  Oh dear me! :)

The last few I've purchased have been a bit more colorful and adorned with birds of some sort.  In fact, the red tea cup above has quite an exotic looking bird on the opposite side! After pondering why I'm drawn to birds, I've come to the conclusion that each one (subconsciously or not) make me feel free within my work.  If you've take my e-course, "Hello, Courage", you'll know that I'm all about allowing the creative soul to soar.  Meaning, forget any and all ideas of being perfect and just be within your work.  I've found over the past few years that putting myself inside a box of perfecting what I do, cramps my creative soul, leaving me feeling empty and often losing my mojo.

With that said, I contribute a lot of who I am and what has unfolded in my life both personally and artistically to two very important people.  My hubby (aka Mr. Toast) and my incredibly talented and beautiful friend, Susan. Both have impacted my life in different ways during different times.  (Sometimes, some of the most incredibly challenging and painful ones!)  Now, they both minister, support and build up my creative heart together - and that makes me an incredibly lucky girl! Uh huh.

(P.S.  Have I ever mentioned that Mr. Toast has a serious peanut butter and toast addiction? He's always leaving crumbs everywhere - especially the front of his sweaters...)

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23 comments

  1. Cute mugs, I once collected mugs and had to do the same, recycle them as they do take up a lot of space. I'm not sure about having crumbs everywhere but they sound cute on Michael! Lol. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Hee Thanks, Christine. One of these days, I'll capture a snapshot of all the crumbs on the front of his sweater and the table surrounding him. lol :)

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  2. I love your cups!!!! Happy Sunday!

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    1. Thank you very much! Same to you. :)

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  3. Yes you are very lucky, especially with everything you've gone through, and that wonderful hubby of yours. He has an amazing gift for lifting spirits with his art and very kind comments.

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    1. Awww....thank you, Karen. What a sweet comment. I read this to him and he said awww, too! :)

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  4. Love how you painting birds frees your creative soul!

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    1. Awww.....thanks, Michelle. It totally does! :)
      xx

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  5. something wonderful about mugs
    each cuppa tea i have to consider what the right mug to use is....
    your painting is lovely

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    1. Awww....thanks so much, Tammie! :)
      xx

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  6. Your mugs and cups are wonderful. Love the look of all of them.

    Kate

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    1. Thanks so much, Kate. Glad you popped by! :)

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  7. What wonderful cups and I love what you have written in the corner! So sweet!

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  8. Please tell Mr Toasty that your penchant for cups is the same as mine for art supplies. One simply just can't have too many! And they are the tools of our trade! I hope he sees the error of his ways or I will have to point out his crum filled sweater fronts!

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    1. Lynn, I read your comment to him. He smiled ear to ear and said, "Duly noted!" :)

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  9. Dear Alexandra, I also take Joanne Sharpes class, but the "Artful Wordsmith" was part of Life book 2015 with Tam. Both are so amazing classes!!!! Happy Monday! Sabine

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  10. love the cups- esp the robin one :) just gorgeous x

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  11. This is a lovely page! I'm a mug hoarder too - when we ran out of space in the cupboard I just bought a mug tree! I also collect vintage tea cups and my husband just cannot see the point in owning a cup you don't even drink out of :)

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  12. This is so sweet! Love the variety. I also like to collect mugs. If it truly inspires you, you can never have too many :)

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  13. Love these !!!
    I collect English bone china cups.

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