Monday, January 1, 2018

T Stands For Happy New Year

Before we begin, today's HIGH  is 4 F and a low of  -14 F is predicted.   I hope you are warmer where you live.   

Happy New Year.  Every year I look back at the best T posts from the previous year.  Here are the ones I've chosen from 2017.

In mid-January, the news people were warning to prepare and stock up on food that didn't need to be heated because from every indication, there was to be an ice storm that could cripple the city for days.

I had candles in every room of my home, although I would never leave any burning if I'm not in the same room.   I had my lighter to light said candles, and I made THREE pots of coffee that were ready and waiting.  I don't care if the coffee is cold, but I can't live without my coffee caffeine.  I used my insulated mug which doesn't insulate well, but it's better than a cup and saucer when I was hiding huddled under a blanket.  I also have this very useful portable OTT light, which uses three AAA batteries.  Far safer using it instead of a candle when I needed to run to the "loo."  But thankfully, Bleubeard, Squiggles, and I didn't have to huddle in the cold or the candlelight.  Although we had lots of ice, I never lost power.

This was definitely a red-letter day!

I used a Lipton tea bag to dye some lace, then used the deconstructed bag to stamp and sew the tea bag onto this tag.

As many of you know, I recycle something every day from April 1 through April 22, which is my bEARTHday.  Yes, I'm an EARTHday baby.  For April, I sewed scraps of felt together and turned them into a coaster that would protect my real wood furniture.

In May, my foodie friend Sally and I went to WAM, the Wichita Art Museum where they were having a craft show and book sale.  I spent lots of money on books I've not even looked at, but hope to use in crafts in the next few months.  

In June, my foodie friend Sally and I went back to WAM to eat lunch in their cafe.

Every July is party time at T Stands For Tuesday.  This invitation is to celebrate our 4th annual anniversary.  Several of us exchanged ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), too.

Many people, mostly North Americans, including those of us who joined T, had tales to tell about the eclipse that happened on that day.

I grabbed this photo from that reminded me of the solar eclipse.  It may have been the first time I visited Pexels.

I nearly forgot 9/11 this last year, but redeemed myself when I brought out my abstract painting of the twin towers right before the attack.  Orange mint from my herb garden was added to the not-very-good sweet tea I chose for that day.

Many of you probably remember when I went to Bionic Burger and ordered a three patty burger.  That solved my meat craving for the next few years!

I had to share this gorgeous card my friend Chris and her husband sent from France.  I still keep it on my work table in the craft room.

I think my favorite of all the T posts in December was this one created in my Challenges altered book I dubbed "Celebrate the Ordinary."

In case you are a first time visitor, I suspect you can see how diverse and versatile our T posts can be each week.  I hope you enjoyed this look back at T Stands For Tuesday in 2017.  I am so very glad many of you have joined Bleubeard and me in making this another great T year.

But wait!  That's not all.

I'm sharing a New Year's toast with all of you, along with Erika at Bio Art Gal,

a T Tuesday participant

and this month's host at Art Journal Journey.  Her theme is New Year, New Adventures, and this is a fun beginning of a great year at T Stands For Tuesday, too.   I'm also joining Moo Mania & More with their theme Somebody / Something / The New Year.

Now it's your turn.  You may share a place you visited, an empty cup, a full cup, teapot, or mug, movies, postcards, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, songs, tags, teabag art, stamping, scrapbooking, or other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink.  Regardless, please share below (direct links only, please), then Bleubeard and I, along with the rest of the T gang will be by to visit.  Bleubeard would like to remind you that your photos may be taken any time, not just on Tuesday.  

If your T Stands For Tuesday post and your Second on the 2nd post are the same, please add it to BOTH links.

Looking for Second on the 2nd? It will be the next post.

24 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

A great review of your T day posts from last year. Here's wishing you lots of happy T days - and other days - in this year. Hope you're keeping warm! Hugs, Valerie

pearshapedcrafting said...

I loved your T Day review! Such a great range as you say! I love your journal page and I am working on one at the moment! I'm getting worried now as I will be linking the same post if I'm allowed? Happy New Year! Chrisx

Cindy McMath said...

Oh sorry it’s so cold your way - it is a lovely winter day here at aroun 39 F and sunny. It may dip below freezing tonight but luckily the roads have cleared up after snow followed by rain or it would be treacherous. Loved your ‘celebrate the ordinary’ page too - and not JUST because it has a bingo card featured prominently. I also think that coffee looks like it’s a real cup sitting on the page. Your New Years toast looks good too - make mine club soda please (all wine gives me a headache these days - and not the next morning, but as I’m drinking it). Happy New Year dear friend - I look forward to seeing your creations again this year. Xo

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

A lovely look back, Elizabeth. I enjoyed re-reading the whole concept leading up to your birthday and seeing the bEARTHday coasters again as well as seeing Chris' teapots card. Two of my favorite T-parties. I hope you can snuggle up with Squiggles and Bleubeard and keep yourselves safe and warm. All the best for 2018!

Happy New Year and Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

Carol said...

A great re-visit of your post from the last year. Looking forward to another great year of Tuesdays!!!!!
Happy New Year!

CJ Kennedy said...

Fun retrospective of your posts. And what will the New Year bring. Actually, right now, I'm hoping for warmer weather. Seems like we're in a mini-ice age as the cold is predicted through next weekend. And a potential snowstorm on the horizon for Thurs. )-: Is it July, yet?

My name is Erika. said...

What a fantastic look back at T last year. (boy does it sound weird saying that) I hope you are feeling better too and don't have anything more nasty than a cold. We are brutally cold too-our temperatures sound like yours. I hate it. I am sitting her with my bathrobe on over my clothes and a little cap on, in the house. Even though we have the woodstove going it is hard to keep parts of the house warm enough for me. But enough about the cold. I think my favorite photo is your pretty coaster and that cool mug! I think we are once again on the same train of thought as you will see in my T post as soon as I post. Have a fabulous first T day for 2018. And take care of yourself too. And finally, stay warm! hugs-Erika

Birgit said...

Ahh yes, it is cold out for sure. I think it hit -17C here today but it might have been -22..I’m not sure except that it is cold. I don’t mind it though and am looking forward to a walk with my new walking poles I got from my hubby. I’m loving your work here and felt humbled seeing your work on the twin towers. My friends are going to NYC this Wednesday and plan to go up the new tower which I would never do due to my fear of heights. The teapot card is neat and the bottom white and blue teapot from Japan looks almost identical to one I have. Looking forward to your creativity for this coming year.

Halle said...

A great look back at 2017! Stay safe and hopefully warm!!!!

Sami said...

A lovely look back at 2017. Hope your weather warms up a bit. In our side of the world it's been hot!!

RO said...

You already know I would have rejoiced in that cold weather for a chance to rev up the metabolism, but then I would have run back in I do remember the hamburger trip which made my day of course, and like you I adore looking at old teapots and tea sets. Something about them is so lovely. I like the portrait in red. Very festive. It's good to know you're ready with plenty of candles just in case. Thanks for the wonderful memories! Hugs...RO

My name is Erika. said...

I forgot to mention how your newest January page looks great too. The background looks just like tie-dye! Love it.

Rita said...

Nice year in review! What a smart thing to make uo three pots of coffee just in case. I'll have to remember that one. ;)

johanna said...

a beautiful Review - and i remember most of These Posts! a toast to the new year - may it bring a wonderful time!
(i fell asleep last evening to link earlier...;) probably the aftermath of new year´s eve...)
stay safe and healthy ♥♥♥

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I am sorry that it is so cold in your area - oh boy that's really cold and I can imagine how much more cold it feels for you after it were relatively warm the whole time. We have "warm" 5 degrees Celsius(41 Fahrenheit) today, but stormy weather - that feels much colder when the wind strikes you) I really loved your T- Day review! Such a great range ! And an amazing journal page for the Happy New Year! I hope we enjoy this month with Erika as much as we enjoyed december. But I am sure we do, it's another fabulous theme. It's so good to let our hostesses choose the themes, they come up with the best ideas!
Happy T-Day dear Elizabeth!
I hope you got the emails with the newest updates as well.
Big hugs to you and the boys!

Meggymay said...

It's a a super review of you T day posts. I love today's page with your toast to the New Year.
I do hope you are feeling better Elizabeth and that Bleubeard and Squiggles are both okay as you mentioned they were both poorly as well.
Stay safe and warm, it seems very cold in your part pf the world.
Yvonne xx

Let's Art Journal said...

It was fun to look back with you at the T Day posts 😁. Stay warm and I hope you are all feeling much better too! All the best for 2018 and wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊

kathyinozarks said...

Good morning, I really enjoyed this 2017 review very much-a very nice collection. I love your idea for recycling in April. Happy 2018 and thank you for hosting this wonderful T for Tuesday hugs Kathy

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Forgot to say! Thank you for joining Moo Mania & Art Journal Journey my friend!

Linda Kunsman said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your review of 2017 T days!! Many of us will be having warm mugs to sip as it has become so very cold in many places-including where I live :(. Come on summer! Love your new year journal page-a great way to begin 2018. Happy T day, and a happy new year too!

Kate said...

I just love your year review of Tea Day. So many wonderful posts! Looking forward to another year.
Happy Tea Day!

Divers and Sundry said...

What a fond remembrance of the year in T :) I look forward to the year to come. Thank you!

jinxxxygirl said...

Elizabeth i have enjoyed a look back of your T party... So many bloggers are doing that on their blog for the New Year. I must remember to do something like that myself next year... Here's to a wonderful new year (glasses clinking) Hugs! deb

Jeanie said...

A wonderful recap, Elizabeth! Here's to more T in 2018!