Frilly and Funkie “The Year of…” Challenge: A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio
Hello, Friends! Have you chosen an inspirational word or phrase for 2018 yet? My word is “kindness.” The latest challenge at Frilly and Funkie is called, “The Year of…” and it’s all about creating a project that represents your word of the year. I created A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio for the project. But before I share that with you, let’s take a look at what Suzz, our lovely hostess this go round, has to say about this challenge:
Challenge Theme: 2018 – The Year of
Welcome to a brand new year! I am not very good at New Year Resolutions but I do like to think about what I want to focus on in the New Year. To help me do this, I pick a word that is my word for the year and try to use that word to keep me focused on what is important. The challenge to you is to pick a word that will be your inspiration for 2018. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes your word of 2018. The word can be part of a sentiment, phrase or stand alone on your project as long as it is featured somewhere in your art.
A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio
Suzz comes up with challenge themes that really make me think! There are so many good inspirational words to choose from. After mulling this over for several days, I decided that 2018 would be the year of KINDNESS for me. There are many obvious reasons why our world could benefit from a little more kindness in 2018, and I’m sure you are thinking about them right now.
But I chose the word kindness for personal reasons. My dear husband Dale and I are coming up on 42 years of wedded bliss next month. That’s 4 decades plus a tip! We meet a lot of young couples (and not so young couples) who are floored when we tell them how long we’ve been married. The first question they always ask is, “How have you managed to stay married for so long?” Dale and I have talked a lot about this in the past several months, and we both agreed that making the decision to do and say kind things for and about one another is probably one of the top reasons why we are still happily married today.
Daily Acts of Kindness
Kindness does not have to be a big sacrificial act. Although sometimes, it is a personal sacrifice to be kind. But I find its true power lies in the little daily acts of kindness that we do for one another. For instance, Dale fixes me a cup of my favorite tea each morning. It’s a simple act of kindness, but it smooths the pathway of our walk together. So now you can see why I chose to make this tea themed Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio. There was method to my madness!
This little silver spoon was a find on one of my many junkin’ expeditions. Make it shabby chic by painting it with a light coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint. Then fill the bowl with glitter glass shards. The Eiffel Tower Cabochon is the perfect finishing touch!
A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio: The details
The folio base measures 5″ x 7″ with a 1/2″ spine at the top fold. It’s layered up with Graphic 45’s Botanical Tea papers. The stacked teacups are die cut with Tim’s Tea Time Bigz Die. I’ve tucked a little tag inside the top cup, just for fun.
The real “meat” of this project can be found on the inside. In addition to a tea wallet and honey stick in the large bottom pocket, I’ve prepared a 5″ x 5.5″ gatefold folio.
The folio is held shut with a ribbon closure.
Open it, and you’ll find lots of lovely little pockets, tags, fold outs and flip pages.
These G45 Ivory ATC tags are more than just pretty faces. I’ve added a quote about kindness to the back of each tag.
And the fold out pages have quotes in them too. I wrote the quotes in my own hand for two reasons. One, I like to write. The other reason is that I cherish handwritten notes from friends and family. My handwriting may not be perfect, but it’s an expression of who I am. The older I get, the more I value a hand written message.
Because this folio is hard to photograph, I decided to do a short video walk through.
A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio Video on YouTube
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Now it’s YOUR Turn!
What word will you choose to represent 2018? You are cordially invited to join in on this fun challenge. Simply create a vintage or shabby chic project that represents your word for 2018. Then link it up over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before midnight on Tuesday, January 30th.
The Frilly and Funkie team will choose our top four picks. We’ll invite the creator of our favorite project to join us as a Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie. The next three favorites will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
I can’t wait to see what you make!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this Botanical Tea Folio in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by!
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