Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Vadai and Moroccan on Tuesday!

Feast your eyes on Vadai  , a traditional South Indian snack


Made from Dhal beans..and totally vegetarian vadai is one of my favourite snacks!

And I wouldn't want to miss this for anything...

Sitting on a comfortable sofa at the Sentosa Resort and
sipping a hot cup of Moroccan Mint tea

with Vadai overlooking a lush garden with my book 
ahh...this is luxury.....

so, hop over to Kimmie's for more tea stories 


Happy tea Tuesday!!
Steph

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mail Art

10 individuals will be receiving these postcards..
through iHanna's postcard swap..

Here's the process of my mixed media postcards...


....laying the background


the collage process



and the postcards..almost ready to go...

stay happy

steph

from my sketchbook...



"Mindful and creative, a child who has neither a past, nor examples to follow,
nor value judgments, simply lives, speaks and plays in freedom"

Arnaud Desjardin

Happy weekend!!

steph

Thursday, March 24, 2011

ATCs

Happy Thursday!!


some ATCs I made a while back
and a quote to share:

"Peace of mind is rooted in affection and compassion"

The 14th Dalai Lama

stay happy..

steph






Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Eat a bowl of tea....

It's Tuesday!!
where I join Kimmie and my Tea Tuesday friends
for a nice cuppa, where  ever we may be....

Today,

we shall eat a bowl of tea....


Concocted with various herbs and spices...
mint, basil, amongst some of them...

this tea mixture is added into a bowl of

freshly chopped vegetables on brown rice...


and peanuts, sesame seeds and fried anchovies..

when I was a child, my aunt would gather the family during the Chinese New Year
and hold such "tea parties"..

we used to look forward to this and each time I ate "Lei Cha" it  reminded me of the excitement,
the gathering and the special bonding between families and close friends..

This is comfort food to me....

Happy Tea Tuesday my dear friends!!

Truly
Steph

Friday, March 18, 2011

to stay connected with your heart...

Hi everyone!
I was just leafing though my "book of quotes" and I found this:


"In a society that almost demands life a double time,
speed and addictions numb us to our experience. In such a society
it is almost impossible to settle into our bodies or stay connected with our hearts,
let alone connect with one another or the earth where we live"

Jack Kornfield

 The past few weeks had been crazy work-wise, so much
that I felt pretty much "disconnected" in some ways...



Nevertheless, sketching and playing with water color
was a form of "escape" and although it felt a little "sluggish" in some instances..
( like when I painted this bird)
the projects were completed....

I'm really enjoying this medium of using water colors.. and I've been lugging
my:
sketchbook
water brushes
traveling water color pack

everywhere I go..

This of course had to do with a friend whom I recently met :))
(she doesn't have a blog yet)
who has such a great talent in sketching and watercolor.

well, my dear friends..
how do you stay connected?
have you stopped to "smell the roses"?


Kindest....
steph

PS: I'll be back for my usual blog hopping pretty soon....

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Out of my comfort zone...

and so I did...

both sketching and water color are out of my comfort zone..

but I've decided to stretch myself a little today.....

Pomegranates

I'm loving this process...

though it took a longer time..

Happy Sunday everyone!!!

always..

~steph~




Friday, March 4, 2011

a note on freedom....





"True freedom means freeing oneself
from the dictates of the ego
and its accompanying emotions"

Matthieu Ricard


Happy weekend!!
steph

Thursday, March 3, 2011

the present moment....



"When the mind is full of precious memories and preoccupied by the future,
it misses the freshness of the present moment.
In this way, we fail to recognize the luminous simplicity
of mind that is always present behind the veils of thought."

Mathieu Ricard


~steph~

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tuesday Tea and collage

How quickly time flies.....

I've just brewed me a cup of Baizhen white tea
to accompany my evening internet time.



Browsing through blogs and sipping my cup of tea is something I would 
really LOVE to do each night...

Tonight is special as I share this time with my

so come along and visit us for art and tea....





Happy Tea Tuesday!!
steph

PS  do hop over to Pat  from artfully Ooglebloops for a lovely giveaway..