It’s In The Bottle: Mixed Media Mail Art



Couch Talk


I have always loved food, but I find myself thinking of it more and more. I just want to bake all the deliciousness that I see on Social Media. Photography has come a long way, as well as photo staging. After browsing Instagram for a few minutes, I am drooling and wishing I could reach through the screen to grab a taste. But seriously, how have they not invented that yet? Problem is, I can’t eat it all anyway as I frequently get sick from my sensitive digestive system. As I get older, I find my list of safe foods shorter and shorter. My husband is the Jiminy Cricket on my shoulder, urging me to eat properly. I love that he helps me make good choices. Granted, I don’t always listen to him when my cravings take root but I think more and more about my choices as of late. So, you may be seeing a mix of regular and healthy foods as I try out all the recipes that I bookmarked.





I did some baking again this weekend and this time I tried a few vegan recipes. I am not vegan but I am gluten and dairy free so vegan pretty much covers that. These banana breakfast bars are from the Deliciously Ella Every Day: Quick and Easy Recipes for Gluten-Free Snacks, Packed Lunches. My kids weren’t a fan but I think they are delicious. I have been eating them everyday as a supplement to my meals. And it is a great way to use up old bananas.




Next, I made the low calorie Lemon Loaf by (@peanutbutterandjillybeans).I substituted the cream cheese frosting. It was my first time using this gluten free flour and I am thinking I may need some practice. My cake wasn’t cooked all the way through (even though my tester came out clean) so I just cut that part out and ate the rest. It was very tasty and I would love to make it again but fully cooked.


Lastly, I made a regular Sourdough Lemon Cake with Glaze. This cake is SO moist and delicious that my family wolfs it down. If you haven’t tried it, you should. It is a great way to use up sourdough starter.



Mail art



A while ago, I made this series of mail art for PaperArtsy. I can finally share it here on my blog. The theme was masterboards, so I made 3 different ones, one piece of mail art for each.




I used some of the newer Lynne Perrella stamps for these. Aren’t they pretty? I think the bottles are my favorite.





IIf you want to see the full tutorial you can see it HERE.


Tea Day



I am joining the Tea Day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today, Harney and Sons Chai Hara was recently purchased by the pound. I love spicy teas, as many of you know. This chai tea was different than I was expecting as I am used to spicy tea leaning towards cinnamon and cloves. It contains cinnamon but this tea also contains coriander, which accounts for the unusual taste. While I didn’t find this tea unpleasant, I don’t think I can drink it in large quantities.


Happy Tea Day,


11 thoughts on “It’s In The Bottle: Mixed Media Mail Art”

  • Yes, your baked goods look yummy. I have asked my hubby to get me some yeast, (he does the shopping). I want to make this special braided bread for Easter. If turns out nice as it had years ago when I made it, I will photograph it for tea day next week.
    Your art projects are amazing as always. I like those bottles too, and the teal color you used. Happy t day!

  • Fabulous art and your baking looks very good, so delicious! I am looking forward to baking and cooking again when I can eat normally. Have a wonderful week, take care, hugs, Valerie

  • Your baking looks great Kate. I am with you about wishing I could get a taste either on the internet sites or the TV. It is probably just as well because I would weigh 1000 pounds otherwise. There are so many yummy things to try and not enough time nor eaters to do that. I do want to try that lemon loaf cake sometime. Thanks for the frig advice too. I do use that and even have a second frig in the basement (our covid purchase so we could shop less) with space to rise bread more slowly. I love your mail art too. Lynne Perrella is a favorite designer of mine. Hope all is well and happy T day. Hugs-Erika

  • You have done some fine baking Kate- it all looks so good. Thanks for including the links too.
    Your mail art is gorgeous!! I always love to take in all your wonderful layers in your art projects. Did not know that Lynn Perrella still makes stamps;)
    Happy T day!

  • Kate your baking looks so delicious, I find when I decide to cut back I crave things even more, ha,ha I do resist and have now stopped eating chocolate and only baking at the weekend as a treat. I haven’t lost any weight though!
    I love paperartsy stamps although I mainly have the flowers, your artwork is lovely, love all the detail
    Happy T day
    Jan S

  • Fabulous art Kate. I love Lynne Perrella’s Paper Artsy Stamps and you showcase them so well! Your baking looks great I love lemon cake so really should try this recipe! Happy T Day, Chrisx

  • Your recipes and bakes look so yummy! I have to watch my foods too but as I bake and tend to make everything from scratch I find it makes it easier and
    over the years I’ve learned to substitute ingredients too 😁. Loving your new stamp sets and as always your art looks so amazing! I’d happily join you for a cuppa too – wishing you a very Happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x

  • I don’t know what happened to my comment. Your art work is lovely. You have inspired me to bake bread for Easter. The last comment was longer. sorry.
    Happy Easter

  • Sad that you have so many restrictions on your foods, but want so many other things. I’ve heard that gluten free baking is quite a challenge.So you are probably making good progress.

    best… mae at

  • I might have to try the banana recipe as I still have bananas leftover from the too many bananas order. Fun art and I like the Harnety Hot Cinnamon tea. Happy T Day

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