Tea Cake At the Tea Parlor: Daily Art Practice



Couch Talk


I recently received this beautiful Willow Tree figurine from my sweet friend. She sent it in remembrance of our daughter, who has been with Jesus 8 years.  Last week, we had her heavenly- birthday party. I decorated for a party, made cinnamon rolls, and of course we sang Happy Birthday! I can’t wait to meet her and see who she looks like. One day!

I didn’t get around to posting last week due to continued busyness. I am SO longing for our regular routine to return. With spring here, I am reminded that I need to start planning my garden. We have had some beautiful sunny day as of late, but the chilly air is still hanging out. It’s hard to believe that gardening-time is just a month away. First, I need to get in and clean out the beds. I was lazy at the end of last season, and I didn’t clear out the dead plants. How about you? Do you clean out your beds in fall or spring?


Daily Art Practice


My watercolor building today is Nom Wah Tea Parlor in Chinatown, New York City. You can see the reference photo HERE. I enjoyed the various materials on the exterior of the building, along with the bright yellow and the string of lanterns. If I ever visit New York City again, I would love to stop in for a meal.




Tea Day


I am joining the Tea Day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is this Pu-erh tea cake. It is a fermented tea that I forgot I had. Today sounds like a good day to have a cuppa.

Happy Tea Day,


16 thoughts on “Tea Cake At the Tea Parlor: Daily Art Practice”

  • I have a willow tree book woman. They are lovely, aren’t they? And I always love seeing your building drawings. They are definitely your forte Kate.. I have never heard of fermented tea, although I think curtains teas are fermented in their making. Maybe it’s green tea I am not really certain though. I hope you have a Happy T day, week ahead and Easter also. hugs-Erika

  • Your storefront watercolor is very pretty! I like your series of paintings of shops.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  • First let me say I love your angel. I’m sending hugs just in case you need one.

    I looked at the reference photo and to tell the truth I like your painting much better. The colors are so much clearer,

    I haven’t come across the tea you mention. I looks like it comes in interesting packaging.

  • Your artwork is so good, you could illustrate books for sure. so special to remember your baby’s birthday.
    Happy T and week Kathy

  • Your watercolor painting of this building is wonderful! It is neat and nicely drawn. Well done! I like to try this tea too.
    Happy T Day!

  • Nice figurine. You must be a very strong woman.
    Love your art (what else!!!)
    I tried fruit with watercolor. Nothing fancy, not good enough to share but at least another try 🙂
    Happy T-Day

  • Beautiful figurine – what a thoughtful friend. So sorry for your loss – such a hard thing to go through.

    Lovely art, Kate. Your buildings are always so lovely. I tried a few and need so much more practice!

    We don’t do good at preplaning our garden but it is super small so not a lot of work.

    The tea looks fabulous as always.

    Happy T-day, Happy Easter, and hugz

  • What a sweet figurine for your daughter in heaven. Nice that you honor her, too.

    That’s a beautiful interpretation of the Tea Parlor in Manhattan (NYC). I’ve been to NYC’s Chinatown and you drawing is really well done.

    I brought my herbs inside to overwinter and some have not made it, which means I will have MY clean up when I take them outside in late April or early May.

    I’ve never had fermented tea cake, but I like how you paired with an orange and pears. Thanks for sharing your art and your tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear Kate.

  • The figurine is lovely. Your tradition sounds like one that would help bring peace.

    I clean out my beds in late spring to give the critters some peace during my off-season. Happy T Tuesday!

  • I’am a Spring flower bed clean up person.. I leave things as is over the Winter. And i always adore your art! Happy happy T day! HUGS! deb

  • I have one of those willow angels. I am looking at her right now. Thanks for sharing about your dear daughter’s birthday. One day… Praise God.
    I don’t know why you call it daily art practice. It doesn’t look like you need practice to me. Happy t Day. Have a blessed Easter.

  • Willow angels are such a beautiful gift. I got given one when I was diagnosed with cancer all those years ago. I’m sorry you lost your daughter, but she is with Jesus and you will see her again, that’s for sure.
    That’s a really ,lovely watercolor of the tea shop in China town.
    Isn’t it great when you find something you forgot you had!
    Belated Happy T-Day,

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