The paints were out, the tea was poured, and I had a little time to spare for a doodle on a First Class envelope being mailed today. Thanks Irene for your order, may each card be a special encouragement to those who receive one.
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My maternal Grandmother was the most instrumental in my belief in God. Not because of the things she said, but for the things she did. As a child when I stayed at her house for the weekend she made an effort to leave early on Sunday morning to stop at Winchell’s Doughnut Shop before church. The shop was long and narrow with small tables lined up against the wall on the right, and a long counter of donuts on the left. Typically one or two homeless-looking men sat at their own tables.
While I eyed the donuts, Grandma greeted the men sitting quietly at the tables. She would tell them that God loved them, and then ask if she could give them a ride to church. I can still see her in my mind’s eye pointing out the glass windows down the street in the direction she would gladly take them.
At first her actions shocked me. Grandma was an elegant woman. Her home was a dreamy cottage with frilly lampshades, beautifully upholstered furniture, and tailored curtains. She was always dressed well, her hair was always styled, with perfect make-up that brought out the cheerfulness in her face. Even her car, a turquoise Thunderbird, was impeccable.
It was inconceivable at my age that she would let an un-showered stranger in her car with us. But as I grew up I discovered she did this for each of her Grandchildren. While I thought I was about to receive the blessing of a donut, she was blessing me with things eternal. She was showing me how to love others and how to share the good news of God's salvation. That was her true character. Her willingness to yield to Christ pushed past the façade. Jesus through her greeted each stranger and offered them hope in the way of an invitation. As I stood there holding a doughnut wrapped in a napkin in one hand and an orange juice in the other, wearing a pretty dress she made for me, I was seeing Jesus through her.
My Grandmother’s acts have forever encouraged me, knowing the small interactions with others may actually be life changing for them. So I grab every opportunity to reveal God to others. It may be as simple as sharing with a Taco Bell drive thru employee that he is named after the first man God created; his name tag read, “ADAM.” His response, “Wow, I didn’t know that.”
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It's cold outside! How are you staying warm? Today I'm keeping the chill away with a refreshing cup of hot Peppermint tea from Harney & Sons. Looking to send a warm cup of tea to cheer a friend or loved one this winter? You'll find a nice selection of teacup greeting cards in a variety of occasions at KimberlyShawGraphics.com, each with its own Harney tea bag.
Happy Sunday everyone! Here's a little painting inspired while studying Matthew with my Bible Study buddies. May God who created all that's pure and lovely increase your faith in Him, and grant you His abundant blessings this New Year.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and of all the seeds it is the smallest, but when it has grown it is the largest of the garden herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air find shelter in its branches." Matthew 13:31-32
Happy New Years Everyone! May it be filled with many delightful adventures.
This painting was my brother's Christmas gift. He wanted a nautical scene. When I jokingly suggest a picture of his cat flying a kite at the beach, he said "Perfect!" When asked what his cat's favorite color was he playfully replied, "Jellyfish." So on the beach towel I illustrated a peanut butter and jellyfish sandwich, and a cup of coffee. Why coffee? Each morning as my brother grinds his coffee, his cat waits for him to give her a bean which she eats.
This painting was pure fun to create. Do you see the little a crab escaping its bucket as the tide rises? She's a petite kitty, so she's struggling to hang on to her fish kite as a gust of whips it around, catching the attention of three gulls who swoop in on it.
Copyright Kimberly Shaw 2016.
'Tis the season to Give Thanks, especially when there's a Clearance SALE! Find this greeting card and 14 others discounted in the SALE Section on my website. Teacup greeting cards for just $2, tea included! One makes a sweet little gift by itself, set makes a nice hostess gift or a stocking stuffer.
Happy Sunday everyone! I've been studying Matthew 13:1-23, the Parable of the Four Soils. Sketching what I read often helps me see the message more clearly, and I became challenged by Jesus's teaching.
The thorns represent the false security of riches, glamour and fame, as well as the cares of this world. They are actually not a pleasant place to be. It looks green with some lovely purple flowers, but the blossom's only purpose is to reseed more thorny brambles. The things of this world look lovely, at first, but trying to survive in it becomes a struggle, where everything pure and lovely is choked out. Illustrating it made it clear it's a tangled trap. I place I don't want to go.
Leaving the thorns for the open road seems like a way better place to be, but is has its drawbacks as well. Being exposed leaves one vulnerable. It's here Jesus explains how the birds, the enemy, Satan actually, steals whatever truths were given. The open road is where we are robbed of our joy.
Positioning oneself on the rocks looks like a better option. It's not in the thorns and it’s off the open path, but here whatever truths are taught can't take root in our hearts. Why, because it's on the sideline, not in the actual field. It represents half-heartedness, not going all the way, approaching truth but not taking hold of it. When difficulties arise, a hard heart soon looses hope and is filled with despair, easily giving up all it had believed at first.
Ultimately the only fruitful place to be is in the rich soil of God's love, where the seeds of His truths can take root deep within our hearts and lives. It's here where our feet get muddy as the Holy Spirit waters us with His peace. As we abide in Christ's care He surrounds us in His ever-loving protection, fills us with His hope, and causes us to live fruitful lives.
I'm not going to lie to you: it's not always going to be rosy in the fruitful field. The enemy of our souls will plant his weeds among us, the birds will hover overhead, and haters will cast their stones when they don't understand us. But Jesus understands us, and He loves us beyond all measure. There is no better place to be than in His care. When we fully trust and yield to His guidance, He causes His fruit to abound in and though us. Then when the fruit that He planted in our hearts takes root, it reseeds in the lives of others.
May this illustration help you decide where you want to be. Me, I'm choosing to cling to Jesus, the one who paid the ultimate price for my redemption. It's not unreasonable to anticipate thorns, birds, or stones in my journey. But God is bigger than my enemy, for greater is He who lives in me the he who lives in the world.
All glory and honor be to God the Father and to Jesus His Son, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, who made a way for us to be free.
There is one very interesting translation of the "12 Days of Christmas" dating back to England between 1558 and 1829 when Catholics were prohibited by law to practice their faith, in public or in private. In other words, it was illegal to be Catholic until 1829 when Parliament emancipated them. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" song was a coded message written as a memory aid to help young Catholics learn the basics of their faith. Since the song sounded like a nursery rhyme, authorities didn't suspect it and young Catholics could sing it without fear. The song, in a sense, is an allegory with each of the gifts in the song representing something significant to the Bible.
The song begins, "On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me..." The True Love repeated in the song doesn't refer to an earthly suitor, but to God himself. The Me receiving each gift is the believing Christian.
The Partridge in a pear tree represents Jesus on the Cross. A mother partridge will fake an injury to decoy a predator away from her nestlings. She is even willing to die for them. The tree symbolizes the fall of the human race through the sin of Adam and Eve. It also represents the cross from which Christ was sacrificed for our salvation.
The two turtle doves refers to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.
The three French hens stand for faith, hope and love -- the three gifts of the Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13.
Four calling birds refer to the four Apostles who wrote the Gospels -- Matthew, Mark, Luke and John -- which sing the song of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Five golden rings represents the first five books of the Bible, also called the Torah: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
Six geese a-laying is the six days of creation.
Seven swans a-swimming refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit; wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
Eight maids a-milking reminded children of the eight beatitudes listed in the Sermon on the Mount.
Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23: love joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Ten lords a-leaping represents the Ten Commandments.
Eleven pipers piping refers to the eleven faithful Apostles.
Twelve drummers drumming were the twelve points of belief expressed in the Apostle's Creed: belief in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, made man, crucified, died and arose on the third day, that he sits at the right hand of the father and will come again, the resurrection of the dead and life everlasting.
May this bit of trivia bless you, as it demonstrates the creativity of those clinging to their faith even when doing so meant personal harm. It inspired me to create a Christmas cad which I made available for you to share and encourage others. If you are interested in passing on the meaning of this song, please feel free to copy and paste the text into your own word file and make a cute flier to share. Sorry the artwork is copyrighted so no permission is given to copy and share, but the good news is, I have the actual greeting cards in stock ready to send which contains all the artwork of each gift illustrated throughout. I would be thrilled if you would graciously pass one along.
At only $3.50, which includes a festive Holiday Tea infused with citrus, almonds, clove and cinnamon, it becomes a gift on its own.
Merry Christmas everyone! Abundant Blessing for a joyous New Year!
Everyone loves the moment Christmas cards begin arriving in the mailbox, especially when they contain a little surprise and a hand written note. My Christmas Wishes teacup greeting card includes the warmth of a delicious Holiday Tea with the sentiment, "Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."
Available in the Christmas Section at
"Behold, I bring you good tidings of Great Joy which will be to all people." Luke 2:10
It wouldn't be Christmas without Jesus, so here's a Christmas card depicting the Angel's glorious appearance to the shepherds, proclaiming the birth of Christ.
Now in the SALE Section on my website for just $2, my Nativity Christmas card comes with a delicious teabag tucked in the rim of the watercolored teacup.
Wishing all of you "Happy Holidays" (plural) as in all the Holidays from Thanksgiving to New Years. A delightful greeting for ushering in the festive Holiday Season with a spicy Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea bag included. The inside sentiment reads, "Wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday Season."
Holly Berries teacup greeting card available at kimberlyshawgraphics.com
Inspired by my favorite Aqua Royal Grafton teacup and saucer, comes a recreated watercolor greeting card, "Birthday Tea". It comes with a Peppermint tea bag to add to your gift giving.
Available at kimberlyshawgraphics.com for just $3.50 (tea bag included!)
From the photos below, notice how the beautiful design inside the actual teacup was partially redesigned on the outside of the teacup with a larger plate behind.
This isn't a pretty post, but one to help other web businesses identify fraud from this user. Notice the non-deliverable street address and phone number with New Mexico area code. Plus, who would have a name like Super Tono? May be explained by where the order originated from (a kid's fun zone? see below). The email address is also fraudulent, as it bounced back. There were three unsuccessful attempts to charge a credit card.
super tono, street avenue 89, new york city, New York, United States 10001
IP Address 220.127.116.11 is from Gubengairlangga, Jawa Timur, Indonesia
(latitude -7.2729001045227, longitude 112.75730133057)
A click on the name revealed a kid's zone?:
This type of post has been helpful in the past, but I found it acquired some nasty responses, therefore I'm not opening this post up for comments.
If you are one who is thankful for the information, "You're very welcome."
If you aren't thankful, "Quite frankly Scarlet ... " well, you know
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Each Teacup card is made to order with fresh delicious teas from Harney & Sons, in a Teacup Greeting cards which was printed in the USA, all in an effort to keep it local.
This GIVE AWAY has ended and a Winner was selected. My next Give Away will be this Spring and be held on my Kimberly Shaw Facebook Page if you'd like to stay connected there.
A Give Away drawing for 14 Christmas Teacup Greeting cards is happening this week on my Kimberly Shaw Graphics Facebook page.
Give Away winner will be randomly selected and announced Sunday December 6, 2015. Cards can be mailed the following day Monday Dec 7, 2015 or as soon as winner responds with mailing info. Good luck!
A sneak peak at what I'm working on in the Studio today. I'm painting a Shelley teacup which was on loan from a friend. I love its curviness and blue accents on the rim and handle.
This is my second attempt at this design. My first painting was OK, but not exactly what I had in mind, so I choose to do it over. Glad I did, I'm much happier with this one.
Here's my personal critique of my original artwork:
I wasn't thrilled with the bright background color or design, nor the color of the ribbon, or the flowers in the foreground. The overall color of the shadows on the teacup were too warm making it look muddy. I also thought a tighter weave on the lace over a richer blue would look better.
Is milk added to the teacup first, before the tea is poured, or is milk added after the tea is poured?
If you're like me, Breakfast teas are my favorite, and they are delicious with milk.
The practice of adding milk to the cup before scalding tea is added was to ensure the fragile teacup wouldn't crack from the heat. Completely understandable, a cracked teacup is heartbreaking.
Modern, even vintage, china can withstand heat better than antique pieces, so the practice has died down some. I would guess for traditions sake, or as a familiar childhood memory, milk is still added to the cup before the tea.
Once when I was about ten and my brother nine, we went to a friend's house after school. His British parents offered to bring us a snack of tea and cookies. First the tray of teacups arrived with the cookies. In each cup was a splash of milk, and to me this was new. In fact, I thought the teacups were dirty and the milk was left from previous use. When the tea arrived my confusion was explained and we enjoyed a wonderful treat.
Adding milk after the tea is poured to to ensure just the right amount is added without overpowering the tea.
So now the big question, and I think you know what I'm going to ask. Yep, you guessed it.
When do you add milk to your tea?
I'll be the first to answer my own question. I love adding milk last. It's the simple pleasure of watching the white milk swirl in the dark tea making what often looks like weather patterns in my cup.
I began reading the gospels again in a Daily Chronological Bible which was a recent gift. Instead of waiting for January to begin reading Genesis, I dove right in. Reading the accounts of Jesus will always be my favorite text in the Bible.
For Mark 4:30 I illustrated a mustard field which I delightfully discovered while driving through the Oregon countryside last Spring. By dipping the tips of the watercolor pencils in water first, I learned I can achieve a more vibrant color.
For Luke 13:34 I chose to illustrate a hen with her seven chicks in the wide margin of my Amplified Bible, rather than chicks under their mother's wings as the verse reads, though that is an endearing image depicting Jesus' sincere love and protection for His people. The artwork was created with a pencil sketch, watercolor pencil for the grass and sign, and Japanese watercolor for the chicks and hen.
If you haven't noticed already I adore birds. They are one of God's most delightful creatures, and I love how Jesus often uses them in His messages.
It's probably early for some to be finding Christmas images in October, but the truth is, I'm already filling Christmas card orders.
This card was created for those that send cards before or at Thanksgiving, thus the warm Autumn colors mixed with holly, and a tag that says, "Happy Holidays" plural, meaning all the season's holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years.
My Holly Berries Teacup greeting card comes with a delicious Cinnamon tea. The inside greeting reads, "Wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday Season."
"A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!" Proverbs 15:23
Here's a sneak peak at a new card I'm almost finished with in a delightful chintzy pattern of small cottage flowers in pink, yellow, and blue.
I painted the blue flowers closer to periwinkle to match the Harney & Sons Paris tea bag which will be inserted in the rim of the card.
The inspiration came from a teacup saucer in my collection. As I don't have the teacup, I created one, than added the flowers from the rim and center of the saucer. I especially love the wonderful contrast between the pastel flowers and the dark burgundy at the rim.
Available early 2016 at kimberlyshawgraphics.com
The pattern reads, "Charmaine, Royal Stafford Bone China, Made in England."
The lace in a watercolor painting isn't actually painted. Painting the space around it allows the unpainted paper be the white of the lace. I start with a sketch from a photograph I've taken of the lace I want to illustrate. My final sketch is then transferred in pencil to the watercolor paper with the help of a light table. OK, so now that the prep is finished, here's the fun part!
2nd - Paint the shadows on the lace, keeping in mind the direction of light. Doing this now keeps the color in the open spaces from smearing later. Perfection isn't needed, have fun letting the paint flow. I used a mixture of cobalt blue and burnt sienna.
3rd - With a tiny paint brush, carefully drop paint into the open spaces of the lace, creating some variation in the darkness of the paint, allowing the paint to remain darker at one edge where a shadow may occur.
This is from a new card I'm creating. Painting the lace, or rather the negative space around the lace, is my favorite part of the painting. I hope this example has encouraged you to give it a try. And remember, this type of watercolor painting can't be rushed. If the surface still feels cool, it's not dry yet, painting over it will cause it to be muddy. Instead, put the kettle on for a fresh cup of tea, fold the laundry, feed the cat, whatever needs attention (this is the time I force myself to get chores done because I'd rather keep painting).
If you have any questions, let me know, I'll be happy to help.
Kindest regards, Kimberly
This is the cutest little teacup, emphasis on little. The set sit just over 2" tall.
I enjoy using my tiny vintage teacups. They are perfect for serving punch at little girl's tea parties, or as an elegant desk accessory to hold paper clips. My favorite use for demitasse cups is to hang them as ornaments on my pink Christmas tree.
Though it looks as if it's never been used, my search has lead me to believe this vintage cup is from the Art Deco era. If this little set is your cup of tea and you've thought of another charming use for it, it's available in my vintage Etsy shop, LivingOldSchool.
When it's time to encourage someone through illness or loss, Kimberly Shaw Graphics has a Teacup Greeting card that's appropriate for the occasion.
The Sympathy Teacup greeting card is reminiscent of the meal that follows a memorial service. When fully opened, the card reveals an aerial view of a luncheon plate with a full cup of tea to illustrate the inside message, "May your cup always be full with the memories you cherish". It comes with Decaffeinated tea, a rich black tea without the caffeine from Harney & Sons.
The Get Well Wish Teacup card has a hankie embroidered with, "Bless you," a common acknowledgement when someone with a cold or flu sneezes. The inside reads, "I am sorry to hear you're not well, because I really care about you a lot". It comes with Decaffeinated Black tea to warm the inside without hindering rest, from Harney & Sons.
A Bible Art Illustration of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. It reminds me that there is a time for everything. There is nothing new under the sun (Eccl. 1:9).
I used watercolor pencils and chose to illustrate a vintage Time Clock with a long Time Card representing the events listed. I like how the page curled after adding water to blend the pencil, giving the long time card more depth.
Ecclesiastes is full of wisdom and guidance, and ends with,
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil." 12:13-14.
This week I did a personal word study in the Bible on all the verses that speak of "WAY." Webster defines "way" as: a road or path, a method of doing something.
The Psalms contain prayers asking God to lead in the way of everlasting, and teach the way of truth. Twice Proverbs instructs, "There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end is the way of death." Isaiah speaks of the way of the just. Jeremiah tells of one way. Jesus proclaimed, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."
To a multitude Jesus taught, "Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it. But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straightened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it." - Matthew 7:13-14 Amplified Bible
My illustration was created with watercolor pencils, from a previous doodle I did in another study Bible. May it bless and encourage you to walk in the Way.
While illustrating the miraculous feeding of the 5000 and the feeding of the 4000 recorded in Matthew 14:15-15:36, I discovered a treasure of references "to chew on" between the feedings regarding eating and bread.
Jesus miraculously feeds 5000 men, not including the women and children, with just two fish and five loaves of bread. In the middle of the night Jesus walks out on the water to His disciples struggling in the wave-tossed boat, eventually causing the wind to cease. When they reached the other side, immediately the people brought their sick begging Jesus to touch just the tassel of his rob, and all who did were healed.
According to my "Harmony of the Gospels" it's this crowd who Jesus teaches, "I AM the Bread of Life" (John 6:22-71). They want a sign from Jesus in order to believe Him, like the miracle of manna, bread from heaven, which they received from Moses. Jesus assures them that Moses didn't give them the bread from heaven, but His Father; saying, "For the bread of God is the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I give for the life of the world is My flesh."
Scribes and Pharisees from Jerusalem observing some of Jesus' disciples eating their bread with unwashed hands, question Jesus, accusing them of transgressing and violating the rules handed down by the elders of the past, that of not washing their hands before they eat. Jesus reprimands the Scribes and Pharisees for transgressing and violating the commandment of God. Did you catch that? The Pharisees argue about the commandments of men. Jesus brings up their violations of breaking the commandment of God, that of not honoring your father and mother for the sake of the rules handed down by men, calling the Scribes and Pharisees hypocrites and blind guides.
Jesus explains to His disciples the obvious: that which is eaten goes into the stomach is then eliminated. But, "from out of the heart come evil thoughts, sexual immoralities, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, evil actions, deceit, lewdness, stinginess, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. These are the things that defiled a man; but eating with unwashed hands does not defiled a man."
Next, Jesus is approached by a Canaanite woman begging Him to heal of her demon possessed daughter. They have a conversation where Jesus asks her, "Is it right to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs?" Her answer causes Jesus to commend her great faith and He heals her daughter.
Are you seeing this picture? Jesus reprimands the Jewish religious leaders calling them hypocrites, yet commends a non-Jewish woman as having great faith and blesses her.
The Pharisees accuse Jesus. The woman believes Jesus.
Jesus has pity on the 4000 who remain. Repeating the last miraculous feeding them with just seven loaves and a few fish, the scripture says, "And they all ate and were satisfied."
I believe Jesus is saying: it's not about when or how you wash your hands (man's traditions handed down), or the bread that was multiplied (the actual miracles that filled their stomachs), it’s about Jesus Himself.
It's all about Him. He is whom we seek. He gives life.
The struggle is exactly the same today.
Do we ignore God’s commandments for the sake of man's rules?
Or do we believe God and receive His Life-giving Bread, Jesus, and live?
This is just a paraphrase of the story, where the Holy Spirit caused me to notice the various mentions of bread while illustrating in my Bible, along with the challenge to live a life pleasing to Jesus. I do not negate the vast teachings these passages have to offer, and I encourage you to read the text in its entirety found in Matthew 14:15-15:36, Mark 6:30-7:30 to discover what the Holy Spirit can teach you personally.