Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Chickory Coffee

When The Daughter and The Son-In-Law went to New Orleans, they knew the kind of souvenir I'd like brought back for me. This is good coffee! I'm sharing my cuppa with the weekly T Stands for Tuesday blogger gathering. A warm welcome waits for you to share a link to your post. Just include a beverage.

note regarding Jo's Let's Art Journal blog: I've been unable to comment on her blog posts for a while now. I may be caught in a spam filter, or I may be making an error when commenting. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

I've been continuing my fun times with ATCs. I had Valentine's Day in mind for this one:

The background is red tissue paper. The peach was cut from a magazine ad (where'd I get magazines? Maybe these pictures came from catalogs instead, who knows at this point.). I cut the hearts from a piece of a pink index card, then I put that pretty trim at the bottom.

I made this one just for fun:

It opens, and I've pictured the outside (left, and yes, the outside of the card says, "inside") and the inside (right) above. This is a simple design drawn and colored with Prismacolor colored pencils. I wrote the words with a regular ball point pen. I use blank index cards to make my ATCs, and they are not the smooth surface you might think they are.

This one started out with -you guessed it- a picture from a catalog as the background. I water-colored orange and yellow across the top for a sunny feel.

I glued a piece of an old wash cloth long since relegated to the rag bin to serve as a beach towel, and that colorful bit of paper at the top of the towel is meant to be a sun hat. The shell is from a Florida beach trip from my childhood.

In this one I wanted to try for some white space inspired by the Three Muses Challenge and to make a background without using the catalog photos:

I cut a card from an index card, wet it down, and water-colored a design. Once it was dry, I glued a piece of ribbon across the bottom and sewed on a vintage button from Mother's old button tin. I had trouble with the sewing: if I pulled the thread taut the knot tore through the paper, so the thread is loose where you see it on the button. I think I need more backing than index card if I'm going to do much sewing with these. I edged it on the side with black sharpie marker, but that doesn't show up.

I made this base with papier-mΓ’chΓ©, which was fun. I mixed white glue and water together and then let bits from the shredded paper bin sit in the mixture. I spread them thinly over a plain base card.

I added three little bits cut from a cork and sewed the vintage button on through the lace so I wouldn't have to glue the lace. I'm pleased with the background, though it did take some time to dry.

This month's Pick-a-Stick ATC challenge required blending, sand, geometric shapes, and the color Fuchsia. I didn't have any fuchsia at all so looked online for a recipe and blended colors together. I was happy with the color I ended up with, but what's pictured below isn't accurate. I also didn't have sand and used sandpaper instead:

Again to be clear, I realize my ATCs don't qualify under the rules of some/many of the challenges I find online, but since I don't actually link up or enter any of them I feel comfortable claiming them as inspiration. That said, I found inspiration online for the following ATCs:

The Country View February challenge (Black and White Plus One) and Valentine's Day were the inspirations for this:

Everybody Art Challenge has a jeans theme, and I used a jeans photo from a catalog for this:

as I was thinking of the creative artists in the TSFT group who got me interested in ATCs.

Click on the ATC tag for more cards I've shared here.


  1. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I do love your sunny coffee cup. Your ATCs are wonderful. My favorite is your white and blue, white space inspired. A thought about sewing buttons on paper that is either fragile or doesn't cooperate with sewing, could you "sew" your button and knot the thread on the back. Then glue the button to your substrate. That way it will look like it was sewed on and needle and thread won't damage the background. Happy T Day

    1. It's a vintage button and a bit fragile, and I didn't want to damage it. I might could affix glue just on the thread without getting any on the button itself. Thx!

  2. Thanks so much for highlighting the problem regarding comments on my blog, I have just had a thorough look through my Comments Admin and was so suprised to find all of your comments in my Admin Spam Folder, I'm so sorry ... I'm not sure why they were automatically put in there! I've updated them so they are "not spam" and they are now showing on my blog posts - yay! Hopefully this will rectify the problem and I will also ensure that I check my spam box regularly from now on too 😁. Many apologies and thanks again! Hugs, Jo x

    1. Thx! The spam filters are tricky sometimes.

    2. Woo hoo, I just got your comment so pleased that it's all working again! J 😊 x

    3. I appreciate you checking it out. :)

  3. Good morning-your atc's are all so awesome and unique-thanks for sharing them with us-I really enjoy seeing your creations.
    that is a really good coffee blend for sure--now since I can have caffeine I make a pot of just chicory coffee-I found a brand that does a really good job roasting it
    Happy T hugs Kathy

  4. What a lovely present! Your chickory coffee reminds me of a coffee that I used to enjoy when I was younger called Camp Coffee 😁. I'm loving your ATCs too, they are beautifully detailed with the wonderful texture from the fabric pieces and all the pretty embellishments that you created - perfect! Happy T Tuesday! J 😊 x
    p.s. hope you got my separate message about comments and all is sorted now. Hugs, Jo x

  5. it is so nice to see how addicted you became to ATCs! a fun thing really. you can use up so much on such a small space! happy t-day:)

  6. Thank you for your earlier visit and lovely comments. I only drink coffee during our morning walk, never at home, just tea. The coffee with Chickory takes me back to my childhood, we only had liquid coffee that had chickory in, like syrup, we had it in what we called milky coffees, all milk boiled in the saucepan. Have a great week
    Jan x. #17

  7. I like that cool looking coffee cup. I don't think I ever had coffee with chicory, but I'd probably like it.Loving the variety of ATCs you have been creating! I think the blue and white one with the button is my fave here today. Happy T day!

  8. Your ATCs are fantastic! Your chicory coffe sounds super -I can imagine that it tastes a bit like my "Linde Coffee" made from barley malt,chicory and rye. That tastes and smells wonderful as well!
    Happy T-Day

  9. It looks a great coffee blend, I'm not a coffee drinker, but I'm sure it must taste good and your cup looked lovely.
    Your ATC's are looking fantastic, the last one made me smile.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  10. Great present - your daughter clearly knows how to please you!! I love all of your ATCs - you are making me want to create some too! Especially love the last one! Happy T Day! Chrisx

  11. So many wonderful textures in the background of your atc's.
    And your coffee sounds like the perfect gift. How nice of your children to remember you during their travels.
    Happy Tea Day,

  12. Very clever use of the old washcloth for a beach towel. :)
    Happy T day!

  13. Enjoy your coffee, looks great. You have made some beautiful art, glad you are having fun! Happy T Day, Valerie

  14. That looks an interesting type of coffee. I have chicory coffee, but yours seems to be a mixture of real coffee with chicory. I bet it astes real good.
    Your ATCs are great. I like the denim one.
    Happy belated T-Day,

  15. I'm glad you got the comments issue sorted out with Jo. It's a good thing you asked. That reminds me, I haven't checked my spam folders for a week or so!

    I can see you had fun making this week's ATCs, D. They're all so playful. I love "Turn the Tide." Very clever. You did great with white space too - wow - white space is tough for most of us! Your choices of materials are really creative - like papier mache from shredded paper strips.

    I think you're hooked (grin)!

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

  16. The coffee does look like it would be good. I love trying out new GOOD coffees ♥♥♥♥
    Love all of your ATC's this week.

    Thanks for stopping by for a visit!!!
    Happy Very Late T Day!!!

  17. You are so very creative & I like how you think outside the box to get to the heart of the theme.

  18. Your ATCs are amazing !! Love all of them, the colours and designs are gorgeous !! Great Art !
    I want to thank you very much for your visit by my blog and your so kind comment, very appreciated.
    I wish you a very nice weekend,
    Big hugs, Caty

  19. Lovely artwork. And I like that single cup of coffee maker.

  20. The first time I had French Roast coffee was in New Orleans. I'm not a fan of chicory, but I like the looks of the bright can.

    I'm loving your ATCs. You are doing a great job, The ones with the hearts are my favorites, but all are great like inside/outside. So glad you shared these with us for T last week. I'm really TRYING to get caught up.