Wednesday, August 16, 2006

August 16, 2006; 8:42pm

Hi Everyone!

I've been busy! I've been working on zines mostly, so I don't have a lot to show you, but I did manage to squeeze some time in for a deco!

This deco spread was for Melinda, her deco theme is "mama always said." Since I was never really close to my mother, or my step-mother, I decided to do this spread as a tribute to my beloved Gramma who died in November 2000. I still miss her so much. Here is the spread I did for her:

the right page includes a poem that I wrote called my Gramma. Here it is:

my Gramma

my Gramma always believed in me
even when nobody else did

even when the rest of my family
thought I was a waste

because I didn’t have ambitious
career goals

because I’d find fellowship with a tree
rather than with ‘my own kind’

because I’d rather paint by myself
than be with the family

my Gramma understood this
she understood me
my Gramma loved me
even when I didn’t love myself

a downen


that's all for now!


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Sunday, August 13, 2006

August 13, 2006: 3:53pm

Hi Everyone! It's been a couple weeks since I've added to my journal, I've been kind of busy with things, and haven't had the time to update as I'd like to.

Tea Updates: First, my LiberTEAS Breakfast Blend (I've been having several requests for it!) will be ready to go by the end of August. Watch the website and this blog for more details as they become available.

My Chocolate Rose Romance will be ready right about the same time.

August Tea of the Month is: Summer's Harvest, and it's almost sold out! Hurry and get yours at this exceptional price now!

September Tea of the Month isn't really a tea at all! It's a Yerba Mate! A very special Yerba Mate! My Almond Mocha Mate will be up on the website when it becomes available at the beginning of September.

I debated with myself for quite some time about carrying Mate because it's not actually a tea (but then, neither are rooibos, honeybush or fruit/herbal tisanes!), but once I concocted this blend I knew I had to! CAUTION: This flavor is highly addicting!

The inspiration behind my Almond Mocha Mate was my favorite Mocha drink that I used to indulge in. Unfortunately, coffee doesn't agree with my system, and I always end up jittery and even nauseous! So I had to stop drinking my favorite mocha... a delightfully delicious coffee drink with a delicate flavoring of Almond Roca, my favorite candy! So good!

When I first tried roasted Mate, I was intrigued. While the flavor of plain Mate leaves a bit to be desired (at least by me!) I recognized a certain roasty flavor to it that was somewhat reminiscent of the roasted coffee drinks I used to enjoy! So I started playing, first adding chocolate (Hey... if all else fails, add chocolate!), and then a little touch of toffee flavoring. I was pleasantly surprised with this flavor combination but felt that it could be enhanced just a little bit with the addition of a vanilla cream and almond flavoring... and what resulted was this unique flavor combination! A rebirth of my favorite Almond Mocha, but without the jitters, and without the nausea!


Now... on to some art updates!

I've been busy at my art table... here are some Cabinet cards I altered recently... The top one is the cabinet card before I altered it, and the bottom one is after... of course, you probably could have figured that out for yourself, huh?

I call this one "Ain't Life Grand." This little boy looked so irritated about having to have his picture taken, and in that fancy frilly dress, no less! My mind started thinking... a trans-diva in the making, for sure!

Here's the next set...

I call this one "A Long Time Ago"

I've been having a lot of fun altering the cab cards! If only I had enough time in one day to do all these things I love to do! :)

Thanks for reading along!

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