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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tea Cup Tuesday

 Hello All!
Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday!

Spring has been full of surprises,
weather wise, here lately.
How is spring in your area? 
Are you getting out doors for tea?

Recently a very kind friend named Gale
gave me a handmade gift...

It is a tea wallet!

I truly have never seen one before.
Have you?

How easy to take tea along in your purse,
and in such a beautiful way!
Thank you Gale!
You are so talented, thoughtful and kind!


To close I leave you with an interesting quote about sharing tea...

“In Ireland, you go to someone's house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you're really just fine. She asks if you're sure. You say of course you're sure, really, you don't need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don't need a ting. Well, she says then, I was going to get myself some anyway, so it would be no trouble. Ah, you say, well, if you were going to get yourself some, I wouldn't mind a spot of tea, at that, so long as it's no trouble and I can give you a hand in the kitchen. Then you go through the whole thing all over again until you both end up in the kitchen drinking tea and chatting." -C.E Murphy

May you have a lovely day,
and some quiet time to sit
and enjoy teatime. 

You can visit my co host, the wonderful Martha
at Martha's Favorites

I am joining these ladies for tea this week too : )

 Sandi, Bernideen, Ruth
(their names are links to their lovely blogs).
I look forward to visiting you all today and tomorrow for tea...

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tea Cup Tuesday-Unexpected Guests

Hello All!
Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday!
We has surprise visitors for Easter...
Rain, Wind and Cold Front!

Hence, no Easter picnic tea.

But we did have a very nice day anyways.
And I am ready for the first nice day for my picnic.

Instead of sharing my picnic today...
I am sharing a very romantic cup!

I bought this cup soon after returning home from France,
and had seen a cup that looked like it at Versailles.

So I was quite excited to bring her home. 
I think she is old. 
She is certainly thin and delicate.
Her coloring is just right for Easter.

Inside the rim we are treated to several different posies.

This sweet violet posy has a tiny insect by it on the right side...
can you see?
At first I thought it was a flaw, but no,
when I enlarged it to work on the image,
I could see it has little tiny wings!

This could be forget me not?

and maybe another posey of forget me nots?

(please excuse the blue tint...have no idea where it came from!)

The cup has this mark on it.
I think it looks interesting,
but I have no idea the manufacturer.

Here is an image of the stamped marks on the plate
...something 79 and a 1...plus two tick marks by the artist?
Wish I knew!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Soon, it will warm up and the earth will not be so damp.
Then I will get out my new picnic basket and go to the gardens.
: )

Martha and I are thrilled to visit all of you each week!

I do hope you all had a good weekend,
May Springtime's restorative energy renew your hearts.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dorthe's Kindness

I am thrilled to share with you some gifts that Dorthe
has so kindly sent me last month for my birthday.
We met online quite a while ago 
and began getting to know each other. 

Her and I share a love of nature.
She knows how I love birds and 
bits and pieces gathered on walks.

She created this lovely birdie vignette in a box!
Isn't it just lovely!

The coloring and textures are so dear,
The picture does not convey it the best.
Mossy bark and old script together,
and that sweet little nest!

I just love her handmade birdie gift! 

As if that wasn't enough,
She made this beautiful blue angel for me!
Isn't she just adorable???

I love her sweet face and vintage lace skirt,
as well as her blue sequined wings and top!

I am cherishing her handmade gifts as well as 
many extra goodies and cards!
Thank you so much Dorthe!
You really have touched my heart!
Visit her beautiful blog
Den Lille Ladde,
where you can see Dorthe's lovely creations.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Suzy's Kindness

A gift from Suzy's heart!

delightfully opening into so many possibilities! 

There is some lovely paper I could watercolor on to the left,
A beautiful saying by Rumi in the middle,
and a lovely heart collage on the right.
Can you see the pen in it's own holder?

Here is the inside back, such lovely colors and textures!

Suzy's color and texture choices are so perfect!
I adore the back, just look...
A feast for the artists eye!!!

Here is the corsage pin altered art that Suzy made for me too...
I was speechless after unwrapping these two items!

Again, such colors and textures...
and such a loving theme!

She also sent along lovely pieces of lace and fabric,
and many lovely little ephemera things!

Thank you again dear Suzy.
Your handmade gifts are treasures to me,
I am so honored!

Suzy is an incredible textile artist.
Many of you already know and appreciate her and her
lovely blog, Suziquesthreadworks.
Every time I visit her blog I am inspired!
It is autumn for her down under,
and she has recently posted her new
fall decor...beautiful!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
I am a little behind in posting but will catch up soon : )
I hope each and everyone of you are having a creative week.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tea Cup Tuesday-Easter Picnic Project

 Happy Tea Cup Tuesday!

Gosh I love tea cups.....
They are so useful and so lovely. 

Today, I am in the middle of a project,
using two of my favorite tea cups
as an inspiration for a picnic basket.

I am hoping for a Easter Picnic next Sunday.

A GW basket for a couple dollars
and some left over Annie Sloan white chalk paint...
(I actually love the basket as is, but really wanted color)

and some Cobalt Turquoise for tinting to match the tea cups.

I mixed a lighter and darker shade of the same color.
and then went to work with a brush and sponge.

Here you can see the coloring...
It is actually a deeper coloring than I could show in the photo here.
(I distressed the basket lightly when I was done,
and did spray with a  matte sealer)

I have chosen checked fabric to create some kind
of padded bags to pack the tea cups in.
The printed fabric will be used to create a picnic blanket
to eat on, like a tablecloth on the ground.
This is the next step of the project I hope to do today.

 My two cups today are Paragon and E.B. Foley.
I love both these companies for their gorgeous designs,
and high quality bone china.

I have been searching for a tea thermos like the one above for ages.
So far, many of them seem to have issues,
leaking, breaking, fogging...

I would love to be able to take tea with me of course!
Do any of you know a good thermos for tea?
I am partial to more glass and less plastic.
I would love to hear your thoughts. 


Thank you so much for stopping by today : )
Thank you Martha for getting us going when I was late!

Off to the sewing machine!


I am also joining in the other tea parties today...

You can visit my co host, the wonderful Martha
at Martha's Favorites

I am joining these ladies for tea this week too : )

 Sandi, Bernideen, Ruth and Kathy
(their names are links to their lovely blogs).

Monday, April 7, 2014

Tea Cup Tuesday-Cozy Spring Tea

Hello Everyone!
Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday with Dear Martha and me!

Spring time brings extra joys.
One is that for a few days each April,
we get a glorious view of this
blooming Japanese cherry tree.

Seems a precious place to enjoy tea today.

Isn't this a sweet springy cup?
It was a gift in a 2011 swap with dear
Tracie (of Fishtale Cottage).
Thank you again Tracie!

This cup is a Colclough. 
I recently found a stack of Colclough dessert plates,
and Tracie's cup matches the pink ones perfectly.

 made fresh from local rhubarb, very tasty.

It is especially good with fresh whipped cream
sweetened with honey and vanilla.
The honey adds a unique flavor.

I am also using one of the matching new plates.
 see the pink dessert plate in background?
I will post them soon.

It has turned cold again this past week.
We thought we had spring,
but it was just a sneak peek.


You can visit my co host, the wonderful Martha
at Martha's Favorites

I am joining these ladies for tea this week too : )

 Sandi, Bernideen, Ruth and Kathy
(their names are links to their lovely blogs).
Thank you for hosting ladies!

I hope you are all well : )
Thank you so much for stopping by!

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