Monday, August 17, 2020

T Stands For Another ATC and GIFTS GALORE

Here's how today's T Tuesday post would have started:

Some of you may have seen when I got back online, all my thousands and thousands of blogs and web sites I read or visit are no longer there.  I'm starting over from scratch.  Even the free classes I signed up for are now in the ether.

I planned to start my T Tuesday post with a gift my shopaholic friend Kathy gave me when she recently visited.  I had trouble getting the color right, though.

The lacy doily is copper and will protect my table.  She arranged the flowers in the vase and I didn't have the heart to change them.  But THEN,

I received this latest gift about two hours ago.  As I mentioned, I had another post ready, but wanted to share this wonderful gift instead.

By now, you probably know from the stamps on the package, this incredible bag of goodies is from Mia.  Mia bound the clear stamps and stencils with very heavy tape.  She has the best tape around.  Once again, it took me forever to get it off the package.

As I told Mia when I received the package (I hope she got my message), I was almost embarrassed to show these beautiful gifts she sent along with the adorable ATC.  I swear, I don't deserve any of these, especially after I won CJ's incredible package that I shared last week.

I'd heard of Woodware stamps.  They have a great reputation and I look forward to using these two stamps that are each about 4 inches X 5 inches.

I'm set for stencils, now.  I have no excuse to not use them, and I promise they will start showing up in my art very soon.  They are all so incredibly different and there are very different sizes, too.   I cannot begin to thank Mia enough.  She is one of the most thoughtful and kind people in the world.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mia.

Look at the adorable ATC she sent.  Hand made and hand colored.  Bleubeard is extremely jealous.   I think he now wants glasses!!

What struck me were the letters on the MEOW.  Did you notice they are adorable cats?  And so well colored, too.  Again, thank you beyond belief, Mia.  I'm grateful beyond words.

And of course, after I put everything away, I drank my coffee from my grungy, deformed Wichita State Shockers mug while sitting on my front porch.

I also want to remind every woman who lives in the USA, on Tuesday August 18, 2020, we celebrate our 100th anniversary of our right to vote.

Image from the digital collection of the Library of Congress
I copied this directly from the Women's Vote Centennial web site:
Suffragists began their organized fight for women’s equality in 1848 when they demanded the right to vote during the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. For the next 72 years, women leaders lobbied, marched, picketed, and protested for the right to the ballot. The U.S. House of Representatives finally approved the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, on May 21, 1919. The U.S. Senate followed two weeks later, and the 19th Amendment went to the states, where it had to be ratified by 3/4ths of the-then-48 states to be added to the Constitution. By a vote of 50-47, Tennessee became the last state needed to ratify the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby issued a proclamation declaring the 19th Amendment ratified and part of the US Constitution on August 26, 1920, forever protecting American women’s right to vote. 
Today, more than 68 million women vote in elections because of the courageous suffragists who never gave up the fight for equality.
I don't care what your party affiliation is, what your ethnicity is, what your sexual preference is, as long as you are a woman, get out there and vote this November 3rd or much earlier by mail.  Some say their vote doesn't matter, but I assure you, it will in the end!  If every woman this year said their vote didn't matter, they would essentially be saying those who fought for our chance at equality didn't matter.  Please vote this year.  It's too important not to.

Now it's your turn to share your T entry this week.  The rules are extremely simple.  Your drink related post may be anything from a photo of a glass, cup, or mug, to an actual drink.  You may choose to share a sketch or a digital, hybrid, or traditional page in your scrapbook, art journal, or altered book.  Maybe you'd prefer to share a tag, or wow us with your photography.  You might choose a postcard, decorated card, or magazine image.  You might even draw an image on a used tea bag.  Or perhaps you prefer to review a place you visited, a movie, or book.  It makes no difference as long as it's drink related.  And don't forget that the more unique and outside the box it is, the better we like it.  Please tie it back here, and please link only to your T post, not your entire blog.  When you link, Bleubeard, the T gang, and I will be by to visit.   Bleubeard would also like to remind you that your photos may be taken any time, even months or years ago, if you choose.  Feel free to share any ATCs that were late arriving from the swap, too. We love to see what you got.  Be sure to let Mia know how kind she is, too.

30 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Enjoy your presents, you have plenty to keep you busy. I will link to TSFT tomorrow morning. Happy T Day, Valerie

Mae Travels said...

Lovely presents. I hope the post office isn't completely destroyed by the current administration, so that your interchanges with your fellow artists can continue. Collateral damage from the President's effort to rig the election might be significant!

Great that your internet came back. I thought it was just a "normal" internet interruption, but there must have been more to it if you lost your links and contacts. Good luck with your return to normal!

be well... mae at

DVArtist said...

Glad you are back with gifts, drinks and a bit of history. The sad part of this is that black women would wait another 5 decades to vote due to states that prohibited them by means that now seem ridiculous.

Lisca said...

Wow! Mia certainly is kind and has sent you a lot of very beautiful stuff. Yes, I'm looking for ward to see you play with stencils.
It was interesting to read about the 19th amendment. I totally agree and i always tell my (female) friends that if they don't vote, all that lobbying and picketing and suffering by these women in the 19th century (and early 20th) would have been for nothing. My mother taught me this.
Of course we won't be voting here in Spain, but I will be following the results in the US. I hope the candidates are a bit more sensible. (I'm sorry but I don't rate your president very much)
Happy T-Day,

Mia said...

Welcome back to internet and blogland, Elizabeth.
I love the gift of Kathy!
And I am soooo happy to see that you received my gifts to you. Enjoy, my dear friend. I hope that you will have a lot of fun with the stamps and stencils. And certainly you deserve everything. You are such a great lady!
Happy 100th anniversary to the US women of the right to vote!!!
Kisses, sweetie. I will link to TSFT in a few hours.

Sharon Madson said...

Woman, you are loved! What a fabulous gift from Mia! I can’t wait to see how you use it all! I am also intrigued with the copper doily. Is it cloth or a piece of copper? Also, why did you loose everything when you got back online? I don’t understand that, and I guess you probably don’t either. So sorry for all the trouble you are having with your online service. Oh, and I am glad you mentioned the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote! That would have gone right by me, so thank you for mentioning it! Happy t Day, Elizabeth!

Jeanie said...

Good grief, Elizabeth. That's just grim. NO words for losing it all. So sorry.

I love your gifts -- you are so loved! Welcome back!

kathyinozarks said...

Hi Elizabeth enjoy all of those amazing gifts!! You deserve them all-hugs
so glad you are back online but I don't understand how you lost everything-that's very frustrating for sure-glad you are back online.
I have voted in every election since I was of age-and I do try to research what's on the ballet first before going to the polls. I always vote in honor of the women before me
Happy T Kathy

Linda Kunsman said...

I can't even begin to imagine your frustrations with the internet and losing so much of your blogland info to boot:(!
Oh but look at that amazing and generous packet of arty goodies you received- wow! The flowers from Kathy are so pretty- but I just cannot wrap myself around a fall theme/colors yet...
Let's all keep everything crossed your internet stays in place and working- for a long time! Happy T day!

My name is Erika. said...

Although your internet situation sound horrible, these are fantastic gifts! Very pretty table piece from Kathy and Mia's package is amazing. Wow! I do love the cat ATC with glasses. It really made me smile. I don't know many cats who would keep glasses on, but they sure do look good in them. Glad you are back online. Hope it isn't too much work getting back up to speed (but somehow I think it will be) and have a great T day. hugs-Erika

Kate Yetter said...

That is awful and must be so discouraging that you lost all your blogs and such. Starting from scratch is never easy.

Your package from Mia is lovely and oh so generous! All those stamps will be sure to keep you busy.

Happy Tea Day,

Birgit said...

That is a very thoughtful gift you received and i know you will do something creative with these goodies. The women of yesteryear suffered beatings and jail all for wanting the right to vote so this day needs to be recognized

Cindy McMath said...

Great that you’re back Elizabeth - I love that cat ATC!

Iris Flavia said...

Same here, all bookmarks are gone...
Beautiful gifts you got!!! Lovely!
I looked it up: November 1918 women in Germany got the right to vote. Crazy "we" needed to fight for this, huh. Even more crazy how many women and men, too, do not vote these days!
A shame!
And yay for being back online!

Helen said...

glad you got back online and were able to share your fabulous gifts.

Iris Flavia said...

OH! P.S. Mielebaer said thank you for your goodies here - and me, also!

CJ Kennedy said...

Such fun goodies and the Kitty ATC is the cat's meow especially those letters. Enjoy your day and Happy T Day and Happy Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote

Karen said...

What a wonderful package of creative surprises! ~ Enjoy ~ I'm glad your back online again too. YES, we all need to vote and exercise our right :) Enjoy your week

Jackie McGuinness said...

In Canada we got the vote in January 1916.
Yes, please all get out and vote!!!

Divers and Sundry said...

You may need to build an addition to hold all your new art supplies ;) What wonderful gifts :)

Your porch is a lovely spot. I'd enjoy sitting out there with you and charting the growth of those pretty Rose of Sharons.

Happy T Tuesday!

sheila 77 said...

What a relief that you are back on the Internet. We had some issues here after the heavy rain and floods but it was back after a good few hours which was bad enough.
These are all marvellous presents and Mia's art is indeed magnificent.
Looks like you have got all your list of blogs back? - or are some things still missing? How strange that they disappeared for a time.
Happy T-day although I won't come fot tea today. Hopefully one day.
Love from Sheila

Halle said...

Lovely gifts. That card is too cool! Thanks for the reminder of the women's right to vote date. I knew this year was the 100th anniversary but wasn't aware of the exact date! Mini-me is very bummed that she won't turn 18 soon enough to vote this election year. It would have been a very cool thing for her to vote the first time on the 100th anniversary year.
Happy T day!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

You received a lovely assortment of goodies again. Great write up about how women got the right to vote in this country. Not to nit pick, but because it is an Amendment, it can be repealed. (See prohibition amendment.) The Patriot Act negates the Fourth Amendment, and most Americans seem to be okay with that. We have Secret Courts (like we heard evil Communist Soviet Russia had), extrajudicial killings of Americans on foreign soil, and most Americans seem to be okay with that, too. In 2016, Dallas police used a robot with a bomb on it to kill a cornered suspect.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

Elizabeth; what a super nice NICE gift from your friend Mia; the tabbies said the MEOW card iz de catz meow for sure !!! I do hope you an find a way to recover your lost data; maybe someone in the tech industry could
point you in the right direction; the data is out there; somewhere :) ♥♥

Let's Art Journal said...

So beautiful, sunflowers are such happy flowers! Wow, the gifts from Mia and the Meow ATC are amazing 😁. She is always so kind and thoughtful! Such an important message about voting too 😀. Glad you are back online and sending you very Happy T Day wishes! Hugs, Jo x

Cloudia said...

Excellent Words!

Tom said...

...yep this is the centennial of the 19th Amendment and #45 wanted to restrict voting!!!

pearshapedcrafting said...

So pleased that you are back on line again! I hope you get everything back! You certainly did get some super gifts - the MEOW cats made me smile! looking forward to seeing what you make now! Hugs, Chrisx

Sandra Cox said...

What wonderful gifts. And so well deserved. I love the floral center piece. Beautiful.
I'm glad you pointed out the MEOW. I didn't notice it at first. Love it!
Welcome back. We missed you.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

I agree with your comment that voting is an important choice to make for women, since it was hard for us to get it in the first place. Unfortunately the US is so polarized now that one can't have an opinion that differs from others without being vilified and ostracized. Which is unfortunate. And I also appreciated your comment about this was the year that I decided to reclaim my flower gardens, and even expanded further, only to have the trees topple during the storm. I'm tempted to make a blog post about I picked the wrong year to do that effort, with the drought and storm pretty much negating all of my work. :-(