The Countess: Mixed Media Mail Art

The Countess

My daughter’s name means Countess. As her little personality continues to emerge my hubby and I laugh at how appropriately we named her. Recently, my husband told her to eat her food and she went around the table telling everyone (by name) to eat their food. And when she got to herself she said, “Eat your food, ME!” She is always surprising us with her sassy remarks, mothering tones, constant flipping of her hair, funny faces and scrunched up nose. She sings to her babies as she rocks them in her arms and feeds them bottles. She loves pretty dresses paired with stylish shoes and a shiny necklace. If only I could bottle her quirky elements and spunky nature to save and uncork for the future when the teenage mood swings hit.

When I found out I was pregnant with my first child I fervently prayed for a boy, mostly because my experience with little girls up to that point had been anything but pleasant. Thankfully, my prayers were answered and I couldn’t be happier with my little man. When I got pregnant again, I asked for the same thing. Again, my prayers were answered. But the fourth time I got pregnant, after my miscarriage, I didn’t pray for a specific gender. After losing a baby, I was so elated that I actually made it to my gender scan. I was thankful for the nausea, the throwing up and the little human jumping in my belly whether it be boy or girl.

Here is a picture of my daughter and I at the Ripley’s Aquarium on our recent trip. So for all the crazy things that my daughter does, I would never go back and pray her into a boy. She is so unique and the perfect completion to our family.

Creating the Postcard

I have had a bit of crafting block lately. I decided to try for something on a smaller scale so I pulled out one of the postcards that PaperArtsy sends with all their orders and set to altering it. I covered it in gesso and then added some bronze Distress Paint. I used some Dylusions spray and a Christy Tomlinson Unity Stamp in the background.  I used some re-purposed items from previous projects, chipboard and my new white pen with the Math Man Stencil. The main stamped image is from PaperArtsy.

Tea Tuesday

On our vacation last week, I visited a Tea shop in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  I am sharing this yummy white tea that I bought. I also got a few fruit flavored black teas even though I am not a fan of black tea. I am thinking I may have to blend them with white to green tea to make more palatable to my taste. I am playing along with Elizabeth and all the Tea ladies this week.

Sorry I never made it around to all your blogs last week. I was too busy having fun on vacation;) But I am excited about visiting you all this week.

Happy Tea Day,



Items Used:

Challenges Entered:

That’s Crafty: Close to Nature (golden branches)

The Artistic Stamper: Distress It (Distress Paint)

A Inky Mess: Challenge #23

18 thoughts on “The Countess: Mixed Media Mail Art”

  • Ha! Black Tea is my favorite… lol Good to see you and your daughter and glad you could join us for T~ Hugs! deb

  • Your daughters sounds lovely, our GS is 2 and has a sunny personality but likes everyone to do what he tells you to. I love black tea, with milk of course being British, nothing else, can’t drink green tea or fruit teas either, my husband has taken a liking to the tea they serve in Chinese restaurants, trouble is they just keeping topping his teapot up until he’s full to bursting.
    Happy Tuesday

  • This post about your daughter made my heart sing, Kate. I think ahead to how your children might enjoy reading what you wrote about them when they were little. Your “Countess” sounds like a true delight.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  • Good morning, your mother daughter photo is just precious
    loved your art this week too-glad you had a wonderful vacation
    Happy T Day Kathy

  • I am so in love with that Math Man stencil. I am a math wizard and that is right up my alley. Too bad the stencil is about 1/3 my annual craft budget, because I really love it and what you have done with it. Of course, I also love the layers, too.

    Sounds like you had a great time on vacation, and even got to visit a tea shop. I’m sure you will find a good way to use all that tea you purchased, even if you have t o mix it together. Bleubeard and I thank you for joining us for T this Tuesday, too.

  • What a beautiful postcard and I loved hearing about your daughter! She sounds perfect and looks such a little princess, you are very blessed indeed 😁. Your tea sounds delightful with the rose hips and hibiscus – yum 😁. Happy Tea Day! J 😊 x

  • A heartwarming post to read, you are blessed to have your lovely daughter and sons. Store the memories they are precious.
    I loved your post art, it looks fantastic with all the layers.
    Your tea sounds interesting. I prefer plain traditional blends.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  • Sorry to be late, we went out yesterday morning, came back – had lunch and went out again! I love the tale of your daughter – I have three boys, two with children of their own now! I do have a granddaughter and can see the differences quite plainly! I love the photo of you b both!
    Your post card is absolutely brilliant – I confess to drooling over the texture you created! Belated Happy T Day! Chrisx

  • Oh your little peanut is too adorable! Make sure to write down those funny things she says, we forget so many as they (we) get older!
    Happy you had her to share these sweet things with us!
    And to me, your mojo,looks like it is full steam ahead!Super layout!
    JAckie xo

  • Ah-ha! Here it is! I wanted to say congrats on being the winner at Artistic Stamper! WooHoo! Yippee! What a sweet photo of your Countess at Ripleys! I hope she enjoyed it as much as my kids did when they were that age. We visited this very same aquarium ; my brother and sister in law live near Gatlinburg and we frequently visit this area. I hope you had a great vacation!

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of artwork! The amazing background is a yummy backdrop to that lovely texture! Hugs!

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