Thursday, September 29, 2011


"my goodness my guinness"

happy tea

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


This is a little illustration of my grandmother.
She will be 88 next month.


Sunday, September 25, 2011


This is another little drawing that I made on a tea bag wrapper, this time with pen and watercolor crayons.  It is my "yunomi" that I use at my grandmother's house.  Yunomi is the word for this Japanese style teacup.  It could be that I've been using this cup for 15-20 years...  It's hard to pinpoint exactly when, because stepping into my grandmother's house is like going into another dimension.  Time, like my grandmother's stories of days past, isn't linear there.


Van Gogh Blue and Yellow Mug

This is my favorite everyday tea drinking mug.
 I painted it about 12 years ago when my friend Susan and I went to one of those "paint your own" pottery studios.  My favorite glaze at the time, and still remains to be one of my favorite colors, was a rich navy blue that also had a tendency to look ultramarine or cobalt depending on the evenness (or lack of it) in the application of the glaze.  The glaze was called Van Gogh Blue.  Can't you just see "Starry Night over the Rhone" in that glaze?

My favorite mug sits on top of my felt hedgehog coaster.  In the foreground of the photo is my favorite patchwork coaster that my grandmother made years ago.

Here is my doodle on a teabag:

Happy Tea Doodle

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Here is a photo of a little drawing I made of a teapot.  The image was taken and edited with my beloved photo toy that I told you about over breakfast the other day.  I've been doing a tea themed documentation project with the photo application, but for my blog I'll be posting illustrations of those featured tea related items.

happy tea doodles


Alphabetical letters...

I started this project 3 years ago when I went to stay with my grandmother for a couple months...
 This is where I picked up during my last visit just after that nasty typhoon:

I got through H-I before I got too sleepy.  I'll be visiting her again on Monday, so more photos to come later in the week!


Thursday, September 15, 2011


Some of my friends have been playing with a photo application on their magical phones, and I recently joined in on the fun.

This is a photo I took and edited with the aforementioned application:

This morning for breakfast I was inspired to make homemade hash browns and eggs over easy.  No toast this morning, because potatoes are starchy enough.

Here is what you need for the hash browns:
a potato
oil or butter to coat your skillet
a lid for the skillet
salt and pepper to taste

This is what you do:
Heat your skillet - medium
Grate a potato
Drop your butter in the skillet and roll it around to coat the entire surface.
Once the skillet is hot put all of your potato bits in it.
After about a minute cover it with a lid and keep cooking it for about 3 minutes.  Covering and cooking will ensure that all the potato bits get cooked through.
Remove lid and when the bottom looks golden and crispy, flip it over and cook the other side until the second side is crispy and golden!

Bon app├ętit.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Angry Pony Flies

Angry Ponly flies on a big big air boat.
look how his curly mane flows.