Monday, November 3, 2014

November Tea Time

It's been a crazy summer, and October flew by in a flash, just as the birds prepare for the winter along with the squirrels and chipmunks.  But the Talented Chics of the Arty Tea Party Guild are gearing up for a few more events for the holiday season.  The neverending Art Journal Swap/Hop will definitely come to an end with the end of 2014.  Whoever is not finished by Dec. 31, is just not getting their book back!!!  JUST KIDDING!

Now here are some island teas that I will be sharing at our next gathering this week.  Perfect since I just returned from Waikiki to enjoy the gorgeous colors of Autumn with all the beauty and bounty that comes with it.   And the island smells come alive with these teas...only one missing here is
Passionfruit Na Pali...I enjoyed those first.  Yummy!  But you can find them here Hawaiian Tea.
Stay tuned for the final look at the Neverending Art Journal Swap/Hop by the Talented Chics of the Arty Tea Party Guild. 

Sailing on the Connecticut River

Friday, June 27, 2014

Watercolor Batik

Come into the garden...
The lovely gardens of Happy Herbs Soap at Two Crow Cottage provided the perfect back drop
for the gals of the Arty Tea Party to have a Watercolor Batik class on Unryu paper.
 Sweet Rosebud Sandy provided the instruction with the papers all prepped with a flower image.
First layer of watercolor and now the wax.

After your first layer of watercolor, you take the melted soy wax and brush it around on the places where you want your next watercolor layer to resist. 
Add more layers of watercolor...dry...more wax flicks if you want...more watercolor...dry...and the ending step in the process is to iron off the wax between newsprint or other (non-colored) paper. 
The end result is quite lovely.  And each is so unique.
Drying time is the time for brunch and garden walks.
Nina is known for her love of lavender.
Here is a purple trinity garden with 3 different types of lavender.
I like to lay my pillowcases here to dry.
There is so much to see here and we haven't even made it back to the pond yet.
Looks like a great grape year...I'm thinking fall wine making...

Thanks to Nina for hosting such a wonderful event at her garden estate.  And many thanks to Rosebud Sand'ar' for providing all the supplies and instruction.  It was a happy day all around!

Hope you'll pop over to see my Watercolor Batik Project and the Pay It Forward Art Making Project I have just signed on to!  Aloha

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Neverending Book Swap

Kay's Art Journal cover...amazing!
It opens...
Yes, this is just the cover...
So much interaction in this book treasure.
And everyone is to  choose a talisman to
identify themselves in the hop!

Kay's book, an old calligraphy book found at the library book sale, is being transformed into an amazing tale of self identification!  You can view my 2 page spread here... Aloha


Friday, May 9, 2014

Kite Festival

The Annual Kite Festival was a huge success and the wind surely accommodated all the kite enthusiasts.  The sun could have shined down a little more, because it was a little nippy still up on the hill with the winds.
There were so many different types of kites, young and old flyers alike and it was just a great happy time for all the families.  As usual, the Talented Chics of the Arty Tea Party along with Nina of Happy Herbs Soap of Two Crow Cottage put out all the best of that we have to offer from each of our unique crafty endeavors.  Stained glass, crochet, mixed media, jewelry, victorian paintings...and best of all Nina's Handmade Soaps and Incense that kept both tents smelling awesome and attracting customers.

Yes, let's go fly a kite...up to the highest height!!!
You can find Nina up at the Mother's Day Tulip Festival at Honor's Haven on Sunday, May 11...stop by and say hello!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Arty Tea Party Takes Flight

Photo by Rona Proudfoot 
Spring has finally sprung and the awesomely talented chics of the Arty Tea Party under the tents of HAPPY HERBS SOAP are taking flight!  The whole gang will be there;  Nina, of course with all of her fabulous smelling handmade soaps and magickal botanickal incense blends, including some really cute clay kite pins made special for this event.  She will have lots there that is not available online, (including my fave soap blend of hers Lavender/Patchouli).

Also joining us will be Kitty Mitchell from the pages of Art Doll Quarterly with her latest Mixed Media creations; Victoria with her beautifully painted gifts; Sandy "Rosebud" Scarano with her Victorian treasures; Alicia with some jewelry; Judie with her latest sun catching stained glass art;  Andrea has been getting back in the beading groove and has some of her paper beads to share, too.

And I, Vicki, hula~la, will be putting out some of my Altered Book Journals.  Please stop by and take a look. 

Saturday May 3, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
On the campus of SUNY SULLIVAN
First 200 children receive FREE KITES!

See you there!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Watercolor Batik

This weekend, a few of our gal pals from the Arty Tea Party took a watercolor batik class at the Wallkill River School.  Here are Kitty and Nina drying their works of art.

Hello Sandar!!!

Looks like they all did a wonderful job!
And now, they can show the rest of us how to do it, who couldn't make it to the class!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Meet Kitty's New Creation

Meet Miss Marrissa Rose and pet bird, Little Blue off to the village for fresh worms.
Funny how our Kitty, one of the gals from the Arty Tea Party creates a cat for her latest ADQ challenge.  Kitty has many talents and we are grateful to have her as part of our guild, and to have her share her techniques and talents with us!  You can find her among many pages of ADQ. 

She's a beauty...and just in time for Spring...(um, are we actually going to have Spring here?  It sure doesn't feel like it with the mountains of snow still all around very slow to melt in these teen temps still.)  And Miss Marrissa Rose is dressed to the nines...right up Miss Rosebud Sandar's alley!  ha ha 

Keep up the good work Kitty! 

Stay tuned for more from the Arty Tea Party Guild as we break out for the Spring and Summer Fairs/Festivals. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Art Journal Hop/Swap

 Another sneak peak at Andrea's paper bag book for the Art Journal Hop/Swap.

I especially love the unique way everyone jazzed up their business cards to show who participated in sharing their art styles with Andrea.  There are 10 of us who started our own altered books and they have been traveling from one to the other as everyone gets a chance to add to each other's books.
Deadline is approaching for all books and all pages to be done...May 1st!
So get on it ladies, and GIT 'R DONE!


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Keep the kettle on...

1.  Seems crazy to think that we were under this very gazebo not too long ago painting in the sunshine with the floral scents Two Crow Cottage gardens surrounding us!

2.  With all the snow we have here in New York, it may be awhile before we can venture out for another Arty Tea Party.  But the kettle is always on, and we are gearing up for the busy spring and summer events when we take our Arty Tea Party on the road.

3.  During these snowstorms, Nina is busy shifting around her soap room and re-vamping the clay studio in the loft.  I am currently burning her  "Winterspell" incense as I write this for the group of talented chics.  

4.  Andrea is nursing a fall from snow skiing out with her little darlings.  No doubt, she is crocheting something gorgeous with her leg up, sipping a nice apricot brandy, I hope!  Cheers My Friend!

5.  We had a lovely time at the Valentine's Day Boutique sponsored by the local library where Nina always finds books to read, and I always find books to alter.  We have such a great time when we all go out together and put up our wares!  Yes, what fun, indeed with Victoria, Kitty, Judie, Nina and moi, hula~la Vicki.

I'm linking up for Random 5 Friday...on Saturday.  Hope you will stop by to visit Nancy and the gang at A Rural Journal.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog Party

We are happy to be joining Vicki at 2 Bags Full for this terrific event!  Thank you, Vicki!

We are the talented chics of the Arty Tea Party Guild. The parties are hosted at different locations depending on who is teaching or sharing a project or technique. We also love to take our show on the road for fairs and festivals.  I'd like to introduce you to a few of our members...
Painting under the gazebo at Two Crow Cottage Gardens
Starting with Nina, the Proprietor of Happy Herbs Soap at Two Crow Cottage.

At Two Crow Cottage, when Nina is not tending to her many gardens, she can be found in the soap room whipping up some of her fabulous herbal soaps and all natural incense.
The wonderful smells when Nina opens the door to her humble abode will ground you and let you know that you belong.
Here is a glimpse of just a few of her drying racks and her wonderful incense crows preparing for flight.

Next up we have Judie, gourd lady turned stained glass lady...
Some of Judie's stained glass creations...including my little pineapple and 
ukulele with tiny copper strings!

From miniature glass boxes and ornaments, to mirrors and many other gorgeous glass creations...this flower pot is AB FAB...Absolutely Fabulous!  Nicely done, Judie!

Sandy Rosebud Scarano really needs no introduction, because her name precedes her.  She is a Victorian Goddess and she will paint on anything.  Even one of my ukuleles...
Can I get an Aloha here or what???  Nicely done, Sister.  You deserve a lei and a pineapple!

Her home is Victorian through and through, beginning at her front porch.
Come, sit a spell...
There is no end to Sandy's creative touch.

Next up we have Kitty who can be found regularly on the pages of Art Doll Quarterly.  Her dolls come with such incredible detail and personality. The best part is you get to name them yourself.
You can see some of Kitty's work, Santos Doll on page 75 of Art Doll Quarterly Aug/Sept. issue, and her very cool Captain Hook in the current November issue of Art Doll Quarterly.  WAY TO GO, KITTY!

Dear Andrea's gardens belong in a magazine, but she makes time for us to share her intricate crochet flowers that match the beauty of her gardens.

There are many other members of our Arty Tea Party Guild.  Pour a cup of tea and take a look around the blog for other party members and their works.  Thanks for stopping by!
Aloha, I am Vicki, aka hula~la and you can find me here...OUTOFHAND