Tuesday, March 29

A Right Muppet!

GM1a I have done some stoopid things in my time ... but this one takes the biscuit ... literally!

We accommodate foreign language students  from time to time ... and a few weeks ago we had a lovely Japanese lady staying. Quite often when they arrive they bring gifts ... which she did! The gifts are usually a small insight into Japanese culture ... which is lovely! Anyways ... she handed me a green box ... about the size of a box of tea bags and said "Green Tea". I placed the box by the Tea Bags and told her to help herself! Well ... the two weeks went by and she appeared to prefer English Tea so the box remained unopened and then she went home!

On Sunday ... just gone ... I had a new Japanese student arrive ... this time a young man ... only 17 ... he bought a letter with him from his parents. They stated that things were difficult in Japan and they had considered not sending him ... but thought Cambridge would be a rest away from the troubles and would I take good care of him! Well ... at that point ... every maternal instinct in my being took over ... and when he got up for breakfast the next day ... I thought I would make him feel right at home! He sGM1its down at the table and I ask him what he would like to accompany his breakfast by way of liquid refreshment! The moment I asked ... I got all excited because I was in a position to offer him Japanese Green Tea! He looked delighted ... so I showed him the box and asked him how I make it ... he is very shy ... so he shrugged his shoulders!

I then opened said box ... thinking ... it can't be that difficult ... and instead of finding Tea Bags ... there was flat papery looking wafer jobbies ... green ... and I thought ... oh ... you must just add hot water. So that is what I did! To be honest ... it did n't look very appetising ... so I made him a cup of English tea as well... the cup of Japanese Green Tea remained untouched!!

After breakfast ... I showed him the box and said ... perhaps you could translate the words and next time I will make it properly! HeGM1b turned to me and said ... "This is not a drink ... this is a snack!" Oh My Giddy Aunt ... I had only gone and given the poor boy a cup of hot water with the equivalent of a potato chip floating in it! Whatever will his mother say!

As for the tag ... well this is my entry for the new Studio L3 challenge ... Grungy Mondays! I did use all the techniques that Lord Tim of Holtz used ... you just can't see the masking very well! You know Tim ... the man that can read every packet in every language while on life saving missions to rescue small kitty's from precarious positions in trees and the like with just a star charm and a stamped letter "T". LOVE my new Dyan Reaveley wing stamp by the way!

Hopefully you have now stopped laughing ... erm ... at me ... I might add ... tell me the daftest thing you have dome all week ... go on ... you know you want too!

Laters!

53 comments:

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

LOL LOL so funny, that is the kind of mistake I would make. Don't know how you manage to fit everything in and look after foreign guests too. Great tag, love the image and background. Tracy x

Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire said...

What a funny story! Thanks so much for sharing it with us! I do ALOT of silly things, too many to mention here, lol...I do also LOVE your tag. Those colors are amazing together and I LOVE those rosettes!

Helen said...

I am afraid I did laugh!! I would probably have thought the same thing though, I mean, - you drink green tea, right!!
Have you eaten any since?
Oh, and I LOVE your tag!!

Debs said...

Beautiful tag and the story made me smile. My daughter room mate and friend at school was Japanese and when she came to stay the confusion over food etc had us all in fits of laughter, so your story brought back happy memories. Bee

newfiecrafter said...

Beautiful take love the image and the vibrant colors.
Marilyn

Marjie K said...

So funny! Love your tag, especially how you used the new "stuff to say" stamp to make your paper strip.

Linda64 said...

What a lovely story :-) put a smile to my face. And the tag is so beautiful!!

Maggie said...

ROFL, tears running down my face what can I say except now I remember why I only did foreign exchange once with DS. I love the tag and Lord Tim appearing on the screen in your blog -I want one!!

Yours Artfully said...

Me thinks that this little incident deserves the gold medal in muppetry awards....also very funny!! Love the tag too.

Lin

Laura said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA this made me laugh so much :) fab tag too xxxxx

JoZart said...

I can balance the score in your favour...One of my Japanese students had scrambled eggs for brekky and when I returned to the table after making more toast, she had generously buttered and MARMALADED her toast and was just proceeding to plop the scrambled eggs on top! I did not want to embarrass her by pointing out her error but she ate it and enjoyed it! Probably serves it up to all her friends and family as a typical English Breakfast!
JoZarty x

Linda Ledbetter said...

I just love you, Linda E! This post made me smile before I even had my morning coffee, which happens only slightly more often than Halley's Comet appears.

Your Grungy Monday tag is exquisite. Those colors! That layout! The brilliance of it all-- I want to hang it on a wall in my studio. For real. It's gorgeous.

The King Tim "pop out" on your blog is ingenious, btw...

Oh, and I've done so many daft things already this week, I can't begin to narrow it down to just one!

Julia Dunnit said...

Laugh! Bless him for being so polite as not to laugh at you! I cannot share - I have never done anything embarrassing in my life.

saskalon said...

ROFL...sorry but that was a great laugh to start the day with, and was much needed. So glad I'm not the only one who has those type of days!
Good for you for taking the exchange students in! Love your tag it was worth reading the story for.

Dorothy said...

Priceless!!
Love your tag!!

Emma said...

What a lovely story...that made me laugh and smile!!

As for your tag...it's wonderful, as is all your work!! Beautiful colours, simply stunning!
Hope you're having a fabulous week...
Love Emma xx

donna said...

I love your tag. The colors are so eye catching. Your story was too funny.Thanks for sharing!

Daniele said...

only that could happen to you Linda, I struggled woth the masking bit as well it kinda disappeared, love the colours of yours
hugs

Karen said...

Thanks for the laugh - I needed that!
And gorgeous tag!

kimmie_35 said...

Had to laugh at your story... you make very pretty tags though...
Hugs
Kim
x

Terry said...

Was so not laughing at you, but certainly with you! Loved the "tea" story! Love your GM tag! The colors are fabulous and I can see the masking just fine! Love that dressfrom stamp, which I have to take out of the package! The wings are a brilliant touch!

Shelly Hickox said...

LOL! I'm still laughing - sounds like something I would do!

Your tag is totally gorgeous and those stamps are too awesome. That's the next set on my list!

Julie Forest said...

Hi, Linda. LOVE your super vibrant and grungy tag!! Gorgeous! And I really enjoyed reading your tale of the green tea. ;)

Linda Cain said...

What a hoot! Love the story.
I just used 3 flowers on a dress form, too! I guess they just look like they belong there!

~Linda

Alison said...

Lol at the floating snacks! Lovely tag Linda, the colours are yummy! xx

Hels Sheridan said...

omg that is... hilarious... am not saying out loud what my stoopidest thing was... but it wasn't nearly as daft as that ,... love the tag btw xx

Sid said...

Just stopped laughing Linda......gorgeous soft glutinous cupful I imagine :-)

Andrea said...

love that story Linda you make me laugh and the tags wonderful xx

I have a story, I bought a whole lamb once from the butchers and when it came to put it in the freezer I was mad as I had all the chops, 2 legs and 2 shoulders, thank the lord I phoned my SIL and not the butcher as I wondered why I never had 4 legs and my SIL was in stitches as I never realised but the 2 shoulders count as the other legs, I felt a right nut xx

Caroline Hallett said...

Fabulous tag and the colours really sing - however your blog just had me rolling with laughter - and I am sure he will dine out on it for many years to come!

Evelyn S. said...

Oh so funny! As for your tag...those vibrant colors are beautiful! It's a wonderful tag.

Jenny said...

ROFL!!! I have been in a proper grouchy mood all day. Thank you for cheering me up :D

craftimamma said...

You've just had me in stitches reading this Linda. I knew you'd make me at least smile and cheer me up a bit after a bit of a grotty day.

Love the tag and the wings are great. Gonna make you jealous now 'cos I was in the lovely Dyan's shop last Friday and bought some of her Dylusions sprays and two sets of her stamps amongst a few other bits and bobs, lol!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

misteejay said...

Not laughing **snigger** honest I'm not **giggle**

Toni :o)

Wanda H said...

Gorgeous tag!!! Too too funny about the green tea!!

MarleneMAZ said...

FAbulous tag! love the bright colours you used and of course the stamps:)

Jenny Potter said...

The vibrance of the colours in your GM tag matched your "Green Tea" story. It made me smile - thanks so much for sharing :)
Smiles
Jen

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Too funny! And your tag is gorgeous.

Glen said...

Another beautiful creation from you Linda ...and another tale to tell? LOL...Only you know how to tell 'em! *Ü*
See you at Ally Pally? TFS. ~Glen~

Dragon said...

That ia just SO hilarious, but how were you to know.... Great tag btw....
Frankie
xx

nessy said...

gorgeous tag!! beautifully made!!
you made me laugh with your story ~made me think of the time my parents sometimes had students ~one morning a young german student came in to eat and spread a very thick layer of marmite (thinking it was choc spread) on some bread..... my mother had a large glass of water on hand very quickly!!
vanessa xx

shimelle said...

Oh how I am laughing!!! I love it! Bless him for being so shy about it too!

And your tag is lush!! :)

Minxy said...

You just crack me up Linda.. It could only happen to you!
Love your tag x

Lisa said...

Love your tag, Linda, and the story was great. I have to say, I probably would've done the same thing. =) And I have to mention--I love that "Tim Holtz" keeps coming onto the page in his crown. Wherever did you get that?!

Dylan said...

frikkin unbelievable...!!

Candy C said...

Hey Linda! Love your tag...the vibrant colors, the dress form, the flowers...all of it! Just beautiful! You are quite the story teller, too! Where did you get the Lord of Tim Holtz that keeps popping onto your screen?! That is hilarious! <3 Candy

papillon said...

rofl! lucky your tags are made properly and look awesome, imagine working with your inks like you do with green tea cookies, lol! i've been very good this week, but it's the kind of accident that might happen to me too... unfortunately!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Beautiful tag, love the colors.

Gillian said...

OMG Linda, rofl @ this post ... Fab colour palette to this tag, love all the details too:)

CuddlyBunny said...

Your story is TOO awesome! And so is your tag!

Comedy is inspiring ... and, you know, our dear Tim. :)

Von said...

What a lovely tag and your tale has started my day with a smile have a nice day
Von x

Shelann said...

The colors in your tag are beautiful and I love the dress form with the flowers too. What a great jump off from the 12 days tag.

StampDancer said...

You blog is a delight to read! Had me grinning all through the story of the Japanese students, tea, etc. Love your tag!

Ohhh Snap said...

Love this story :D. I do believe it's exactly what I would have done lol.

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