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Monday, July 1, 2013

Tea Cup Tuesday-Friend's Gift Brightens Stormy Day

(tea message for you: "There is a beauty in your presence")
 Hello All!
Martha and I welcome to to yet another Tea Cup Tuesday!
Due to torrential rains her in NC, my garden teas have been postponed.
Boo hoo!
But that is o.k.  There is plenty to do indoors to bring joy!

In the picture above, I am sitting down with a cup of peppermint tea...
and a project....doesn't tea just go well with any project?
I was spurred on by a gift from a kind friend and mentor Suzy.

These little bundles were so delicious looking, I could hardly unwrapped them!

Suzy created this beautiful fabric collage hanging for me!
I remember ooohing and ahhhhing when I saw her post about it on her blog....
not knowing it was coming to me! Wow!
I love all the layers of fabric, doilies, lace, ribbon and paper...
and the lovely sentiment too. I love it!

Suzy lives in Australia so we do have "thoughts far away"
when we think of each other...
She is lovely!
(Suzy and the girl in the collage! lol!)

She sent me these wonderful pieces of fabric and other goodies..
Thank you so much Suzy for your heartfelt gifts!
Suzy creates the most gorgeous of fiber art...
I adore her lace books too!

It is always inspiring to visit her

So it was Suzy who got my muse going...(and my room messy!) lol!...
next thing I knew I was pulling out all my bits and pieces of natural and dyed lace,
cotton, linen, ribbon.... all kinds of fab vintage pieces I save in little piles...
all kinds of ideas coming to light as I put this and that together.
Finally I was going to give fabric collage a real good try.

 I needed more blue bits, so I pulled out the trusty Rit dye and vinegar and got to work.

 I love how everything comes out almost the same, but they are all different, some more blue,
and some more to the green. I love them all!

By my second cup of tea...
(Do you like my sweet tea cup?)
I had turned this white linen to this lovely aqua linen above!

and these fab bluesy greens....

Yummy to me, and no calories!

Now I have all I need to get going on my new creations.
First one is just about finished.
Suzy has been kind to give me help via e-mail...
The news says more rain, so I am thrilled to be happily stitching indoors.
Thank you Suzy for your inspiration.

Last Week was my first Garden Tea...and it was very enjoyable.
Soon, I will hold another tea in "Bertha".

Thank you so much for coming over for a visit!

if you would like to join in and share tea with us,
just go and create your post with the tea cup or tea you would like to share,
and link that post below. That way we can always find your tea post.
Martha and I truly enjoy visiting you all each week!
Wasn't last week a blast???

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earthen-magic said...


Antiques And Teacups said...

Hi Terri. What pretty teacups and what a special gift! You must have had such fun creating! Love the pretty blue your things turned out. Gorgeous! Happy 4th of July!

johala said...

Hi Terri!
I love Suzy's work too, it's so fine, romantic...
I'm sure you'll make something very nice with all these laces in soft blue!
Hugs and kisses

Rosemary and Thyme said...

How romantic and feminine. Thanks for the tutorial. Happy Tuesday. I am off to work..



Sugar Lump Studios said...

What gorgeous treasures from sweet Suzy! Her work is just lovely!
Your project with the lace/fabrics is amazing! such a gorgeous color. I can't wait to see it all.
Hope the rain backs off. We have had rain here too - but I love the cool temps...I feel like I am up north! :)
Have a great week!!

Clara said...

Hi Terri!
Your aqua post looks so pretty with your blog. Love your altered art gift and the note paper with the butterfly. I have another blog that I'm working on for all of my fiber art projects. Thank you for hosting a lovely tea.

Victoria said...

Wow..I am soooo in love with the aqua dyed linens..they came out so beautifully Terri...totally fabulous ad charming..one of my fave color palettes...stunning!How exciting a transformation!
Beautiful tea cup..and gorgeous pictures..and love all of the treasures you have shared! and again..I so enjoyed your Garden Tea party..so fun..and it was great to play!
Wishing you a beautiful summery day!

Clara said...

Hi Terri!
Your aqua post looks so pretty with your blog and I love your altered art gift with the pretty music paper and butterfly. I have another blog that I'm working on for all of my fiber art projects. Some day I hope to make a fabric book. Thank you for hosting a lovely tea.

Anonymous said...

Terri - this is just what I needed to see this morning to get myself in gear! I LOVE this sort of collage work - all my favorite things serendipitously tossed together that is simply transporting! I have my own small collection - piles here and there - and am working on re-organizing all my stuff to return to my own art - and open on Etsy - which is awaiting a basement re-fit. I have been dragging my feet in that direction - it is a daunting task. But your images today have lit a fire under me - I can't get to THAT place until I purge and re-purpose space. Basement today - with tea (sweet cup, BTW) and since we're under cloud cover and rain - not missing much outside.
Blessings to you - always an inspiration!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello dear Terri,
What a pretty teacup and oh my, those aqua laces are scrumptious! Be still my heart! I do adore that colour! Suzyq is a thoughtful friend. You will have so much fun creating with all those laces and ribbons. Thanks for sharing today and Happy 4th of July, my friend!


Michele M./ Finch Rest said...


I love the hue of sea green aqua your lovelies have turned into! Pretty! I love you took nasty weather and used the time for your artistic creativity. Your gifts were quite thoughtful (and inspirational, too, she must have been flattered!)

Your teacup is gorgeous, too.

It too is rainy today - so no tea outdoors - well at least photographing them, I DO tend to run into my little "Zen Room" for teatime to get some fresh air if it isn't too hot or TOO hard raining.

as always, thank you for hosting.

sophie said...

une très belle tasse avec ses roses!
je viens de tester la teinture sur des chemises en lin! la machine tourne : je suis impatiente de voir le résultat!
bonne tasse de thé

Acorn to Oak said...

The fabric collage is so pretty. And, so are your blue linens and lace. I love that color of blue. So pretty!

Holly M said...

Those dyed pieces of lace and cloth are beautiful. I can't wait to see what you create with them.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Dear Terri,
what a gorgeous idea to dye all these fabrics. They tuned out beautiful with a soft turquoise, which I love very much. I know thats your favored color. The picture with the tea cup and the aqua lace is so pretty. You will make wonderful things with the lace. Thank you for sharing this great idea and for hosting this sweet event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Tea in Texas said...

I love your ideas on vintage linens. The aqua dye really changed the linens into different hues. Your tea really sustaned you! VERY CREATIVE!


Karen said...

Hi Terri,
Thank you for hosting. Your teacup is a lovely pattern. I think that I have something similar. You did an amazing job dying your doilies. They are an absolutely gorgeous colour! Thanks so much for sharing!
Take care,

Linda Kunsman said...

I agree-Suzy's fabric projects are breathtaking! What a beautiful pkg of goodness you have received! Your dyed fabrics and bits look so gorgeous. Can't wait to see what you do with them Terri.

Dorthe said...

My dear Terri,
what a beautiful gift you recieved from sweet Suzy!!
Suzy is one of my dearest friends, and a gorgeous artist in making her most amazing journals and collages, and whatever else she puts her hand on.....just like you!!!
The dyes you made are all so gorgeous, what lovely colour tones, they are my favorites too, Terri- I love to use the great turquise stamppad you gifted me !!!
Now I can`t wait to see what you are going to create with those materials. I have also today dyed some pieces, but with plant colour ,made from plants in the field outside my dor- so fun to see how it turns out!!
I think I have to go downstairs to my kitchen to make a nice cup of tea, you have smitten me ,seing the beautiful cup of yours, filled with tasty tea :-)
Hugs and love,Dorthe


Beautiful lace from Suzy! Can't wait to see what you will do with these beauties. Have a wonderful Fourth weekend ahead. Thanks for the party.

Createology said...

Terri Dear your gifts from Suzy are divine. Her work is stunning. Now I can look forward to seeing your lace collage work. The pieces you dyed are very peaceful and gorgeous. A spot of tea...chilled for me as it is 100 plus degrees here. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

Veronica Roth said...

Terri, those linens and laces turned out dreamy; like sea foam froth. I have a friend in England, Joanne,
she's ever so clever. She makes unusual jewellery but also dyes things with natural plant based dyes. She planted indigo this year and I'm hoping she'll have a crop to do something with. Oh, she writes a blog called Joy Pure and Simple. I've only really dyed Easter eggs with onion skins and stuff like that but wouldn't it be wonderful to dye your own fabric with your own grown indigo and make a lovely shirt or something. Hmm, maybe when I don't have seventeen million things lined up. :)

Kathy said...

This is so lovely! We're having a gully washer right now - for the next few days - I am looking for indoor projects!
Love the blue shades - you're inspiring me! I appreciate you hosting and sharing,

Martha's Favorites said...

Terri: Thank for saving me today! You are such a blessing to me. I love the gift you received, it is amazing how talented she is. I can't wait to see what you are going to do with the new dyed treasures. Sending lots of hugs and wishing you a wonderful 4th! Blessings, Martha

sharon said...

My mind is already wandering with the thoughts of all the blues and greens and fabrics and laces! I am so excited at seeing your post, and so happy that Suzy inspired you so! Her gifts are divine, and I cannot wait to see what you create, it sure is starting out lovely!

The Junque Seeker said...

Suzy's work is amazing, and how sweet of her to send you something so lovely! Your aqua fabrics are making me happy, and I can hardly wait to see what you create with them.

K J D said...

Terri this is is such a gorgeous post! I love everything in it. Those blues and greens are just SO pretty!

I love the hanging collage... its beautiful

Hope you have some better weather soon...

Karen x

Micupoftea said...

Hello Terri~ What a nice surprise from your friend! Looks like she inspired you and you had lots of fun despite the rain. Your teacup is sweet. Have a wonderful week!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I have grown an appreciation for hues of aqua myself lately and the first step was a can of turquoise spray paint.
I like the colours of the teacup and the way the lace and linens turned out. A number of bloggers are covering books and boxes with lace bits and they sure look pretty.

karen hess jewelry said...

If anyone can part the clouds on a gloomy day it's you, Terri! What a beautiful gift from Suzi, and your muse lead you to create some yummy pieces. The color is so "you" and I'll be anxious to see what you create! Thank you so much for sharing your Tea Cup Tuesday, sweet friend!

Christine LeFever said...

Dearest Terri,

Suziqu is an amazing artist. I'm delighted to say I too have of late been creating some textile collages. The one you have from Susiqu is exquisitely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.

I love the way you use the Rit to color your linens and laces so perfectly.

Yes, that teacup is very sweet. You are always an inspiration!

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello Dear Terri
Well I can see you drinking many a cup of herbal tea as you enjoy creating your new collaged banner. Terri it is coming together so beautifully and you should be so proud of your work.
The dyed laces and doilies you began with are the softest shades. I love them and, of course, they are your colors too.
I've never used the RIT dyes but may give them a go. I often use the silk dyes.
It was such a pleasure to create this collage for you and do hope it inspires you to make many more beautiful pieces.
Enjoy it all dear friend. You are a joy and blessing yourself,
Warm hugs from a frosty but sunny morning here in Australia,

Schotzy said...

Such romantic and gorgeous compositions,...every one!
Love the blue ... one of my favorite hues!
Love your garden tea..... the lace shelter is awesome!

Beedeebabee said...

What a lovely gift, Terri, and all those bluesy-greenish-aqua colors you managed to create, are just so beautiful! I can't wait to see what you do with them. xo

Maggie said...

beautiful, beautiful, beautiful aqua-dyed linens and lace!!!! I LOVE IT ALL and now want to run to the store and buy a bunch of Rit dye!! Just scrumptious. Can't wait to see what you create with it!

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Hi Terri,
What a beautiful collection of lace you have and I love how you dyed the lace to the beautiful aqua color! I never would of thought of that! I have the same teacup as yours, so pretty! Thank you for hosting your party and have a great holiday tomorrow!

http://tintacirera.blogspot.com/ said...

Very beautiful!

Lady Linda said...

Oh Terri, you have the most wonderful blog friends. Such a lovely gift. I enjoyed your blog and your dyed lace. I am a bit timid about such things! I guess I need to just jump in and try some of these fun things.
Hope your rain has eased.


Lovely and special gift, Terri! Tea cups are my fav part of a set of dishes and this one is gorgeous. Hope you had a lovely patriotic weekend. Big hugs,

Linda Vincent said...

I LOVE the photo of your 'messy room' -I just want to dive in there and have a good look at everything! And your dyed pieces are so beautiful....very inspiring. xx

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