Monday, February 17, 2020

T Stands For Two Hearts Beat As One (and a ton of gifts)

I'm back sharing Hearts with you at my dining room table, as well as Art Journal Journey.   

This is my T entry today, and it's also my entry at Art Journal Journey.  

In case you are asking if this meets AJJ's size requirement, I measured and it is just slightly larger than 4.25 X 8 inches (10,795 X 20,32 centimeters).

I colored the beans using my dark brown water soluble crayon and the coffee using the lighter brown water soluble crayon.  I added five real French roast coffee beans to the page and

added the computer generated text, which reads:
Two hearts beat as one!
However, that's not all I want to share this week.

I have received gifts and cards from two friends, too.  I bet you can tell from the dock return address that the card is from Kathy from Hummingbird Woodland Studio.  Wow, look at that Janis Joplin stamp!

I like the Snoopy Valentine on the back of the card, too.  The Valentine she chose for me was wonderful.  The Eiffel Tower, hearts, and a key.  All huge favorites of mine.  She couldn't have picked a sweeter or nicer card if she tried.  The thoughtful message she wrote inside was heartfelt, too.  Thank you so much, Kathy.  I hope someone made your Valentine's Day as happy as you made mine.

The huge box of goodies is from my internet friend Jeanie whose blog is The Marmalade Gypsy.  Many of you know her because of her varied and eclectic posts.  If you've never been to her blog, you should visit.  She decorates her home for every season and holiday, and she throws both elaborate and casual dinner parties.  She and her love interest are in a group called the Cork Poppers and once a month they evaluate different wines and have a feast afterword.  She writes about her love affair with books, photography, trips to the ditch, the lake in summer, and Rick's (her love interest's) grandchildren.  She further writes about her travels, and takes photos that you drool over or make you feel you were there with her.  Her cat Lizzie is her constant companion.

Since I have a small heater in my craft room, I decided to share the contents there.  I had opened the box at my dining room table and knew I would freeze before I got to the bottom if I stayed there.  It is simply too cold in other parts of my home, with the exception of my office.  Opening the box's contents in my craft room served another purpose.  I was able to put stuff away as I unwrapped it.  I swear this was like Christmas had come late, or my bEARTHday had come early.  Right off the bat, I spied tiny letters and ephemera.  On top of the card was beautiful gold thread and some gold stars.

Wood mounted rubber stamps, sheets of enameled birds and flowers, large rick rack, and bunches of tags were unwrapped first. 

7-Gypsies letters, a book about cats, tiny wooden dice, and cabinet cards were next.

Have I not mentioned I'm easily distracted?  I took time to read the Zen Cat book.  LOVED this spread!  It reads "The CAT does not negotiate with the mouse."  The quote is by Robert K. Massie.  This book definitely went in my living room to be proudly displayed.

There were paper doily hearts, other hearts, sticker hearts.  There were more tags I can alter, as well as cat stickers and rub-ons.  BUT, the kicker was all those postage stamps can be used when I send mail, even though they are older than both Jeanie and yours truly put together (OK, slight exaggeration, but I've never seen any of these before).

The final package I unwrapped was all about paper.  A postcard, Workbasket (I think it's a book that shares crochet and knitting patterns), a Santa cook book, sheet music, one of which is about Australia, which will go in my 7 Continents book, children's pages, and large sheet music.  I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but to say I was blown away was definitely an understatement. 

Last, but certainly not least, is this note card, a watercolor painted by Jeanie of Lizzie Cosette, her precious companion cat.  BTW, Jeanie sells these note cards and they are well worth whatever she charges.

Now that I have shared my drink and bounty, it's your turn.  By now you probably know the "rules," but in case you don't, please show something drink related. It can be photos, a place you visited, movies, tea cups, coffee mugs, a tea or coffee service, postcards, books, magazines, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, ATCs, scrapbooking, or other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink.  Please share below and Bleubeard and I, along with the rest of the T gang will be by to visit.   Please link only your T post and not your blog in general.  Old photos are acceptable because they may be taken any time, not just on Tuesday, and not just this year.


23 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Love your little journal page, and you got some fabulous gifts. Enjoy playing with - and reading - them. Happy T Day. Its bed time here and I'm tired, so I wish you a good night! Valerie

Sharon Madson said...

I am baaaaaack! Elizabeth, I absolutely love your Two Hearts Beat as One artwork! Great gifts and cards, too. That watercolor notecard is amazing. What a wonderful Zen. At Book! Fabulous photo and quote in it. I can see you will be very proud of that book. Happy T Day!

kathyinozarks said...

So happy you liked the card, and a big box of fun mail is just the best-enjoy it all-Loved everything. I also like your latest journal page for your Hearts theme. Happy T hugs

My name is Erika. said...

What a fabulous T day art piece. The vantage point of the cups made me think you had somehow glued actual cups there. It surprised me to discovered they aren't 3D cups. And what a beautiful card from Kathy and a super gift box from Jeanie. She is very generous and what a nice eclectic collection of new toys. I'd say it was a good week. Hope your T day is as good. Hugs-Erika

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love the cups Elizabeth! What lovely gifts and cards you received! I have seen a similar book to the Zen cat one! Something to give you a smile on a dark day! I will get around to visiting soon! I Hope!!! Hugs, Chrisx

Halle said...

Lovely heart theme page. Fun gifts you received as well!! <3
Happy T Day!

Linda Kunsman said...

Love your two hearts journal page-and I can just about smell those real beans:) What wonderful gifts you have received Elizabeth! You must know I absolutely adore the Paris themed card from Kathy, and what a generous gift box of goodies from Jeanie. Her watercolor cat painting is just beautiful.
Thanks for sharing the Valentine joys. Happy T day!

Rita said...

I've never seen heart shaped cups before--so cute!

What wonderful presents!! You will have fun with them all. :)

aussie aNNie said...

oooh and ahhh, lovely post.xx

Helen said...

what a beautifully thought out gift.

Iris Flavia said...

I usually try to go chronological through a post, as it´s a story, kinda, right? But I have to do it different, I´m so with you and had to laugh - which makes me warm, as I´m freezing with that darn cellar underneath!

Oh, that´s truly a nice and huge gift from Jeanie, LOL, good you took care to stay warm (doesn´t unwrapping that, too, though? ;-)...)

And! I once found a heart-mug, too, show you next time. A truly cute card you got, too!
So, I´m not on my own with the presenting books! Actually, I present them to myself only, no one else seems to notice! Guess they all have apps, haha...
And the last one!!! Beautiful!

I feel very happy for you!

Meggymay said...

Oh my, I love reading your posts. the page with the heart shaped mugs looks awesome. If I owned mugs that shape they would have to be kept special occasion safe and not put into general use.
Your gifts looked fabulous , it was good you were in a warm comfortable place as you opened them I think you would have neatly saved the wrapping as well.
The note card with the cat painting looks fantastic, she is a talented artist.
Have a lovely T day
Yvonne xx

Lisca said...

What a beautiful page you have created with those heart shaped mugs. It looks 3D, but it probably isn't.
And then to receive so many gifts! You have been spoilt. That cat book is gorgeous. It is one of those books to look at often.
I also am impressed by the painting by Jeanie.
I love all the little gifts you received. Lucky girl.
I also read your other post about the plastic hearts. That was very interesting. I knew about plastic type 6, but I hadn't realized you could shrink it. So I have learnt something there.
Well dear Elizabeth, have a great T-Day,

J said...

I love your artwork Elizabeth, those heart shaped mugs are brilliant .
You’ve certainly had some great gifts, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the cat book, I’m not a cat lover but You certainly are!
Have a Happy T day
Jan x

CJ Kennedy said...

The two hearts card you made is adorable, and I love the addition of the real coffee beans. Wow, on the Valentines and goodies you received! Looks like so much fun awaits you. Happy T Day.

Let's Art Journal said...

Such a lovely page, I love those heart shape mugs and how they connect together 😀. Wow, what super happy mail! The card Kathy sent you is gorgeous, I love the sweet heart bunting and Eiffel tower design, so inspirational and I may just have to create something with this design in mind - so beautiful! What a fantastic parcel full of crafting goodies too, so kind 😁. Happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x

Divers and Sundry said...

So many hearts for February! And coffee is the perfect heart companion :) Happy T Tuesday!

Karen said...

So glad I found your blog, so many friendly creative and funny posts to read when I don't feel like cleaning my house :)

Krisha said...

WOW! I love the heart shaped cups in your journal page, and what a haul of goodies you received!
I adore the card Kathy made for you.
So many pretty things to play with, I wouldn't know what to use first.
Happy T-day

Jeanie said...

I love these sweet, foamy heart mugs filled to the brim! Thanks for all the nice words. I'm glad the package arrived and I hope you can make good use of its contents -- I know you have so much to work with already, it was hard to know what to include!

froebelsternchen said...

Fantastic gifts Elizabeth! Enjoy!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wow, you received some great goodies in the mail! I apologize for being late to the T-party.

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