Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tea n Newspapers n Giveaways

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I think that there is far too much work done in the world, that immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous, and that what needs to be preached in modern industrial countries is quite different from what always has been preached. Bertrand Russell, 1932


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Amen I say Mr Russell. There's nothing like putting the work aside and settling down with a nice cuppa tea and a pile of newspapers. Who knows what bright ideas will come to mind...


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left to right: row 1 Newspaper Kindle Sleeve from Sakizome, Foating Tea with Cream Ring from Sou Zou Creations, Granma’s Teacup Lino Brooch from Betty Jo Designs available at Georgie Love, Encaustic Mixed Media from Don’t Orbit Me row 2 Tea Cups on Newspaper Note Cards from Ebba Handmade, Tea Chair from Vintage Renewal, Tea Cup Chandelier from Madeleine Boulesteix, Teatowel Skirt from Grevillea Design row 3 Newspaper Tote from Margarida Godinho, the last three pics from Loani Prior, Queen of the Tea Cosies has a new book being released on 1 April. Visit Loani's website for more details. There’s a gorgeous free pattern on there. It’s on my 'to do' list.


This post was prompted by the Three Muses 'newspaper' challenge. Head over to their place and you'll find links to diverse art works inspired by this week's theme.


Now a giveaway! If you want to be in the draw for this crossword newspaperesque paperweight/art cube, just leave a comment. If you don't leave a comment anyway! I’ll do a random number generation after midnight on Tuesday 16th March. Open to worldwide blog readers. And if you like the odd giveaway come over and join this facebook group that I've just started - Blog Giveaways. List your own giveaways and find out about giveaways others are hosting.


But wait, there's more! This year the BrisStylers are adding a twist to their monthly giveaways. Go to their website where you'll find links to giveaways hosted by members. These are continually updated so visit often.


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The three paintings in frames are of course by Mark Ryden. Some artworks can lose their appeal over time but, for me, not Ryden's work. It's beautiful. It's intriguing. It's timeless.

ps I clicked the publish button on Wednesday morning (we're a day ahead here in Australia) and then checked my sidebar for updates from bloggy friends. There I found the dreaded news about Renee. I wasn't sure whether or not to take this post down; would it be a mark of disrespect to leave it up? But I know what she would say and so I'm leaving it here.
Congrats to Abby. I'll be in touch! I excluded the spam entry from the numbers. And thank you all for entering. Remember to do something nice for yourself today.

55 comments:

indybev said...

Thanks for your kind mention of Three Muses, Chrisy. Everything I see here is intereseting and fun to see. Thanks for participating this week!

Lori Saul said...

Wow - what amazing art - a definate style of whimsy and fun- beautiful work!

Katy said...

How I love Mark Ryden's work.....I just want to be in the painting!

Hopefully this comment allows me to be randomly generated x Hope your well..xxx

Grand Purl Baa said...

Aw shuck thanks Chrissy. You will come to Avid Reader on the 26 March yes?

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hello Chrisy,

I've never seen Mark Ryden's artwork..it's quite unique and thought provoking. :0) I really like it.

Now I'll go over to join the Giveaway page...does it cover USA giveaways as well and do you ship your giveaways to the USA? I know I've seen a few that hold to their own country due to the rising shipping costs.

I looked at your button crochet...you and I have the same love for Free Form designing...I just love your work. I've got a few things started that I'm hopefully going to sell at some point that are along the same lines as yours. We live in a very active artisan community and Thomas and I are planning on attending some of the shows next year. I have much to do! :0)

As always I leave your blog inspired...Thanks for coming over for a visit! We were supposed to go to see Alice In Wonderland today and had an unexpected phone call from someone that was traveling through our area and wanted to come for a visit..so we did that instead. Before the end of the week I'll get to the movie! :0)

♥ Love & Faerie Dust ♥
Stephanie

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Lots of wonderful things to see on your blog...love your art pieces and the framing is fabulous!

CAPow! said...

I love Mark Ryden too!

Jeana Marie said...

oh -thank you for introducing me to Mark Ryden's work, Chrisy. I must see more...off I go!

Judy said...

Love the whimsical work of Mark Ryden, Chrisy, lots of interesting pieces on your blog!

ArtSnark said...

always something interesting going on over here - hope you are well & having a creative week

Joanna Jenkins said...

Wow, this is a giveaway fewast! Thanks a million.
jj

Sandy said...

OMG OMG OMG !!!!
These are absolutely outstanding. Standing ovation for your incredible work from me.

Yvonne said...

Beautiful work! Fab give away!

FromJapanWithLove said...

Thanks so much for including my tea ring! You have a wonderful blog! Can't wait to read more!

Rosie said...

I can understand your fascination with Dryden's art - I couldn't stop looking at the paintings... more to be found every timne you look deeper! Wow! And IU'd love to be entered into the draw please!

Femmy said...

what a beautiful things to see here!!!

LiveArt said...

So many wonderful and inspireing things to look at here :) No wonderful you love Ryden's art :)

Linda

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sakizome said...

Thank you so much for featuring my Newspapers Kindle Sleeve.

I love the amazing artwork featured in your blog and the spectacular tea cosies too!

Cheers!

Margarida Godinho said...

Thanks for the mention of my Newspaper Tote Bag.
You have a very good blog, I´d like to know it!

Astrid Maclean said...

Love your quirky pieces!

Nicecrane Designs said...

Gorgeus I have never seen your art before,,,, so fun, so unique , so different,,,,,, i love it , really I love it congratulations

Hermine said...

Absolutely gorgeous

SoCalWendie said...

You are so right, nothing better than a cuppa tea and a newspaper, or a good book, especially when its nice and rainy outside and you can sit and watch with your warm tea from your window :)

Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous collage and giveaway!

xoxox,
CC

vintagesusie said...

Great post & I love the artwork...it's quirky & fabulous!!! Thanks for entering me in your give-away...I hope I win!
Smiles,
Susie

Marci said...

Great giveaway and I love the post. Thanks for the chance to win!
june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

vintage wil said...

Great giveaway !!!

studioJudith said...

I'll second that Amen to
Mr. Russell.
Work is truly an overrated Hoax!

So says Jjj -
(who really should have been
an heiress)

mindy said...

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Emily said...

Great giveaway! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!
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Hey Harriet said...

Oooh please enter me in this fabbo giveaway! I hope you'll do a re-draw if that Anonymous Spammer gets picked. Spam comments are just crazy at the moment...

I love Mark Ryden's work!

Re your comment about participating in markets - I feel exactly the same way! I do love browsing and buying though :)

susan said...

I love the blog, and the art pieces, you are talented!

Mia J. said...

Great blog! I would like to be entered in your draw.

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

I always love everything you have to share. I'm a fan of Mark Ryden's work too. Ooh, another cool giveaway! Please add my name to your drawing! Have a great Friday sweetie! :)

elaine said...

I like this unique looking paper weight-would love to win it!

Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

The Stapelia Company said...

I am in love with Mark Ryden's work. So beautiful and haunting and his execution is impeccable. Love it!

kp said...

makes me think so much of my mum sitting at the table every morning doing her sudoku or crosswords...(on a falling apart reuseable board).

Deedles said...

Beautiful artwork!

José said...

First time on your blog. Thank you for showing me Mark Ryden. It's wonderful!! And so is your blog.

Taluula said...

Oh I love this and thank you so much for a mention for the Muses.

sinnlighet said...

Yes yes yes, your blog is just soooo wonderful and gives me a lot of energy!

A footprint from Sweden by Agneta

phrannie said...

that's some very fascinating art there, whoa nellie! great giveaway, thanks for having it 8) crossword junkie here!
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Vicki said...

I have never seen Mark Ryden's work before so thanks for introducing him to me :) I Love these pieces. Well lovely lady you never fail to inspire, one of my favourite blogs by far.

Abby said...

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Selene said...

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Sam said...

Gosh - these are so charming! Love your Bertrand Russell quote too - I read a book of his called "In Praise of Idleness" it was very enlightening!

GattaSiamese said...

great giveaway!!
enter me!

International Giveaways said...

Ooo very nice item! It would look awesome in my living room.. very artsy and classy, plus an intriguing conversation starter. Please enter me into this giveaway. :)

Btw, I listed this giveaway on my blog! Here's the link:
http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/03/crossword-paperweightart-block-from-art.html

Thanks!

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Sarade said...

These paintings are absolutely spectacular!

Snowbrush said...

Oh, heck, sure Renee would want you to leave it up. I loved the Ryden paintings.

Falon said...

What beautiful art! I hope I win!

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Splendid Little Stars said...

Ryden's paintings are quite intriguing!

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