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Monday, October 31, 2011

Tea Cup Tuesday-Halloween Tea

Halloween night! 
Many years ago when I was a child I loved this night.
I think because I really enjoyed dressing up in costume...and being allowed to eat more candy than I would have in an entire year!
Now I am older, I enjoy seeing the little ones dressed up. But also, it is the time of crisp nights, and the  smell of smoke from fireplaces in the neighborhood wafting through the air. I've loved that smell since I was little. We had a large fireplace in our home and nothing felt as comforting as a fire crackling away. I may longer go out trick or treating, but I do find a cup of tea very enjoyable and I have a large fireplace in my home, so add the two together and you have my idea of a perfect evening.


Tonight I am using a new trio I recently added to my collection. It is a lovely set, with a pale mint blue ring around the plate edge. It is hard to see in these photos, being so subtle. It really is lovely. 

This set has an elegant feel to it, the handle is simple, gilded and easy to handle. 

I do not usually find trios, and it is a pleasure to have the extra plate for a treat with my tea.

What attracted me the most to this set is the pale blue ring and the lovely gold trims.
The design is so pretty! I love the scroll leaf work in the outer rim.

The air tonight is fresh and crisp. The fire is burning in the fireplace and soft music plays in the background. It is a perfect setting for a cup of spiced tea and a good book!

Two Tea Cup Tuesdays ago I shared the only cup I owned by this company,  C. M. Hutschenreuther. Now that I have purchased this trio (and one other one I will show soon...) I have three tea cups from this company. My cup from two weeks ago had the same backstamp except below where this ones says "Germany", the other had the pattern name and year. I wish this cup had the pattern and date!

As I shared two weeks ago, Carolus Magnus Hutschenreuther began his fine porcelain company in northern Bavaria in 1814. His sons eventually began another one not that many miles away. So there were two Hutschenreuther companies. I still have not found more info or backstamps for this company.

This photo is from about 1968, I was a gypsy that year, and I think my friend Toni was Phylis Diller. I had not seen this photo for over 30 years and just got it a couple weeks ago. What memories it brings back!

Happy Halloween to all of You and may you experience many treats and no tricks!

Thank you so much for all your comments last T.T. and thank each of you for participating. I was away for 7 days waiting for my newest grandchild, and he decided to wait an extra 9 days to arrive! So I came home to take care of some business. He was born healthy and beautiful on Saturday morning. I am heading back north to see him soon! My son and family live about 20 hours north of me. I skyped (yes, can you believe that!) with him today and was so in awe of his sweetness!
Mother and son are doing very well. Grandma is over the moon!

I will be catching up with your posts this week before I return to visit them.
Hugs to you all,

Martha and I host Tea Cup Tuesday together. Make sure you visit Martha as she has so many beautiful pieces in her many collections. She also has a website, Pretty Vintage Things,  where she sells her beauties!
If you would like to join in Tea Cup Tuesday, then go and create a post with a tea cup in it, tell us about your cup, show us your backstamp...(Martha and I love to see the backstamps!). Lol!
Then come back here and link up below.
We love coming to visit all of you!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Tea Cup Tuesday-Yay!

Hello All,
and Welcome once again to Tea Cup Tuesday!
I am away this week (still) awaiting the arrival of my newest grandchild. 
My tea cup share will be short and sweet with this beauty of a cup.

This cup was sitting pretty on a shelf at one of the local antique stores not far from my home.
It really feels good in the hand, and is light and just the right size for a good cup of tea.

It is a footed cup, with a simple gold trim.
Lovey unadorned handle with split and thumb spur.

 The roses on this cup are really lovely. The photo did not quite capture the detail and texture of them.

Mayfair created this cup. I have looked up this company and did not really find any information. I saw Royal Mayfair, but not just Mayfair. I really must get some good sources for researching china!

I hope you are all having a fabulous week.
Thank you so much for stopping by.

Next Tea Cup Tuesday, I am sharing one of the new cups I have found on this trip as well as what I have done to the tea tray I picked up at Goodwill. 

If you would like to join in Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha and I, just create a post with a tea cup or two you would like to share with us and come back here to link that post with Linky Tools below. 
Martha and I would love to come and visit you too! 
We are so thrilled to have you included.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Art of Ana Fernandes-Fairy School and Dolls!

Hello Everyone!
I am away awaiting the arrival of my newest grandchild. Mama to be is doing well and having some signs of what is to come soon! Yay! She is over due by two days and ready to hold her baby.....I am ready too!
In the mean time, I thought I would do another artist share with you all. 

I am delighted today, to share about a fellow artist Ana Fernandez!
She followed my Fairy School Tutorial series (which is located with the other free videos on my right side bar) and created this amazing school!
I am always thrilled to see the schools that are made, and Ana's is really fanciful and fun to look at.

I love her teacher and students as well as all the interesting objects they collected in their school room.

I recognize this little Paperwhimsy girl! Doesn't she make a perfect little Fairy student?

Looks like a very important lesson!

 A thimble for a waste basket! How cool is that!

I also love this natural shelf, and the fabulous wall decorations!

 Here is another interesting object...a shell as a scroll holder! I am so impressed!

Ana also makes incredible dolls! 
Here is one....in  a  fabulous autumn dress!

And this sailor...isn't he something!

 Oh and look at this couple! They are just adorable!

 Ana does not have a blog yet, but you can find her on Facebook  (Ana Dias). 
We hope she does get a blog one day so we can all come and visit her!
Thank you Ana for sharing your gorgeous creations with us!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday!

Here is a happy Autumn birdie.....

She rests on this pretty cup I am sharing today.

This is the back side. I don't know what flowers these are here...do you?

This is the simplest yet most elegant simple loop handle I have seen yet!

 It was the little bird that caught my eye in the shop, and why I brought this cup home!

 There are two florals on the plate, this red one....

 And this pink one.

I am thinking it is almost time to buy a big pumpkin for the front porch, as these tiny ones are all I have at the moment. Just right for a tea cup.

This is the only cup I have from this company, C. M. Hutschenreuther. Carolus Magnus Hutschenreuther began his fine porcelain company in northern Bavaria in 1814. His sons eventually began another one not that many miles away. So there were two Hutschenreuther companies. I did not find an example of this exact backstamp online, I saw some similar. I have to guess that "Olivia" would be the pattern name and "63" would be the year manufactured. I could be so wrong : ).  If you know this company I would love to hear more about it. I know there was a merger and eventually a buy out. But as with most china companies, the history is convoluted.

This year has passed so quickly! I want to savor every moment of it!
I am heading off to my son's home this week to greet my newest grandchild! When I return, it will be time for Halloween already. I do enjoy handing out candy to the little ones that come dressed up. They are the cutest little kiddies! Emma and Betsy, our two Yorkies, think the kids are coming to visit them!

I hope that each and everyone of you are well and enJoying this fall season.
If you would like to play along and share a tea cup of yours, just create your post with your tea cup in it, tell us about it, and then come back here and sign up with Linkytools below. 
Martha and I love to visit you and we love to see your tea cups. 
Martha sells some tea cups on her website Pretty Vintage Things, a great place to look for gifts!

I found this tea tray at Goodwill for about $5. I am having fun fixing it up, and next week I will show it off! Yay! It will look much different. I wanted to paint it soft pink, but am changing my mind.
At this point I am not sure....we'll see : )

Thank you so very much for stopping by.
Hugs to you All!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

It is that Spooky Time of Year!

Get out your orange and black,
leave the spider web on your front door,
encourage the mushrooms on your lawn...
It is time for Halloween once more!

I am not a huge fan of Halloween, like some of my bloggy friends (you know who you are!)
But I do feel a thrill when creating Halloween inspired art!
I loved going out to Trick or Treat as a child, even as a teenager. It was so much fun to see everyone walking up and down the street dressed as their favorite character.

I created a pair of *SpooKy* earrings for my friend and I thought I would share how easy it was.
I found this pack of skeletons at Archivers, sprayed them with walnut ink by Tsukinek, drilled a tiny hole in his head (he said he didn't mind...) and inserted a bronze jump ring.

On a bronze headpin I made a eyelet at one end, then slipped on a bead cap, orange crystal bead, a vintage rhinestone and then a Swarovsky green bicone crystal. I closed the end of the wire with another eyelet and then hooked the skeleton to the beads then the entire thingy to the earrings!
Presto Chango, Halloween Fun!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Tea Cup Tuesday-Black and Gold

Hello All! I can hardly believe it is Monday night already! The days seem to be flying by. It is just as they say "Time flies when you are having fun". I must be having an enormous amount of fun then! 

Today I am sharing a cup that I have shared before, but it is so unique it needs repeating. I had never seen one like this before, and I haven't seen one since. I think it suits the Autumn season perfectly!

When I first spotted it in the antique shop I was drawn by the dramatic black and gold and the fleur de lis.
Each one is hand painted, so they are all just a tad different. I like that about his cup!

This handle is so classy! That is a good size thumb rest on it!

I also appreciate the interesting bottom, I haven't seen a footed cup like this before either.


This is the plate with it's lovely floral bouquet.


As you can see it is a Royal Stafford China cup. Since it says "Made in England"
I know it was created after 1920.

I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the fall. The trees are turning little by little each day and looking so gorgeous! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog for a visit. I am excited to come see your tea cups!
If you want to play along just create a post about your tea cup and then come back here and sign up with Linky tools below. Martha and I delight in coming to visit you and your tea cups!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Memory Book of Grandmother

Hello All!
 The opening of my new mixed media class on Altered Domino Books starts tomorrow!!!
O.k. can you tell I am excited about this???
You should see the grin on my face! 

I wanted to share with you a domino book I made as a memory holder to my grandmother. 
I only have a few blurry photos of my grandmother, so I chose an old vintage one that I thought resembled her the most and I crafted this little book that holds many happy memories of her for me.

I used each panel to depict something that I thought was particular special about her and our childhood.
One of my favorite memories is of her teaching us how to feed the birds in the backyard. We would save the crusts of our toast and put it out for them to have for breakfast. So I used the last panel to remind me of this.

And on the back of the pages I wrote out a thank you to her for all the happy experiences I had at her home when I was a child. 

I do miss my grandparents. I have very good memories of staying overnight at their home. 
I am very thankful for those memories!
You may have noticed that I changed the bead color from the first photo, I was happier with the gold pearl. I also stitched a little lace bag from vintage lace and silk to keep it in.

I also want to thank Gail at Creative Workshops for giving me an opportunity to teach what I love online!
Thank you Gail!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Gothic Arches and Domino Kit Winner

Hello All!
I have had a chance to finish up my other arches for a swap at Paperwhimsy. 

These arches are for the Poetry group, and the poem is one of my favorites of Emily Dickinson...

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm. 

I've heard it in the chilliest land
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me. 

Each one is a little different, as I used many vintage materials and they are all aged uniquely. The feathers too are not perfect matches, but I think that is fine.

I decided to wrap them in tulle and tie with string. I think I will sneak a little Halloween candy into the package as well!

Now last but no least is the winner of my Domino Book Kit giveaway to celebrate my new class that opens tomorrow over at Creative Workshops! The winner, chosen by Random.org number generator.....IS...... 


Congratulations to Bobbi! 
Thank you to everyone who entered, I am sorry I do  not have 111 of these kits so each and every one of you could get one too. I will be having many more giveaways in the future!

This little domino book was created while I shot the classes for my Altered Domino Book class. It is my Tea book! Such fun! Tomorrow is the opening of the class and I am super excited about it. Maybe I will see you there! 

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