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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).


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Terri,
I LOVE, love, love your teacups! I adore that colour and your basket is so very pretty! I hope you do get to enjoy a tea picnic on Sunday. What fun!
I haven't painted in a while but I've got two projects to do once the warm weather arrives and I can paint out on the deck. Thank you for sharing and coming to tea with me. Happy Easter, my friend!


Beth in NEPA said...

Terri, what a lovely project. I think the idea of an Easter picnic is wonderful. And you are doing a beautiful job of creating the basket and contents. Love it!

Bernideen said...

Dear Terri:
Hey - you and me both! Sometimes I just can't "make it happen" as fast as I would like. I love your ideas here with the basket. What a great posting!

Snap said...

I love the color of your Easter basket. It looks great with your gorgeous teacups ... some of my favorite aqua and green colors. Spring! Happy Easter and Happy Tea Day. Thanks for hosting!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

A pleasing colour you painted the basket, perfect to hold the two coordinating teacups.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Hi Terri,
I love the color of your teacups...sigh!! The project looks like a fun one and such pretty colors. Thanks for hosting and Happy Easter.

Marjanne said...

this is so lovely! I love the teacups and the basket, they go so well together! I hope you will find a solution for your tea and I wish you a sunny easter picknick!!

Tea in the Library said...

Brilliant idea. Love the idea of a picnic with those pretty cups. Have fun!

Linda Kunsman said...

that soft aqua-like color is so pretty! I love how you colored up the basket for the beautiful teacups and fabrics. I hope you have a perfectly warm, sunny day for your picnic!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Hi Terri. Great project! Love the teacups. I just love robins egg blue colored sets. I only have a small individual tea thermos...really a travel bottle I use that I got from Murchie's Tea in Victoria, although I have seen others selling the same thing. Can't wait to see how your project turns out. Have a wonderful Easter!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Terri: I love those tea cups. I don't think you have every shared them before. They are a beautiful color, as is your basket. Take care of yourself my dear, dear friend. Hugs, Martha

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Hello Terri,

Happy Tuesday. I am in love with those gorgeous tea cups. Such soft colors. Your Easter basket is going to be stunning.

Happy Easter.


tattrldy said...

Your basket turned out lovely, looks like it works with your teacups and material. I hope you have wonderful weather for your Easter picnic!

Tea in Texas said...

I love the idea of having a picnic tea for Easter. The basket is so much better with the new aqua hue. The beautiful teacups and saucers color is just gorgeous with the fabric you have chosen, Have a wonderful Easter!


sharon said...

The colors of your teacups, paints, fabrics, and baskets are so pretty and dreamy I am swooning! I am overjoyed with your newfound energy and joy and hopeful for your Sunday tea! Love you friend!

suziqu's thread works said...

Oh your basket is sweet in your favorite colors Terri to match those glorious cups and saucers.

You know Jeff has been taking the same stainless steel thermos to work for about the past 30 years. It is an Aladdin Stanley made in Nashville, Tennesse - would you believe! It still keeps the water perfectly hot just as it did when he first bought it. It must be the most robust thermos in the whole workd -hehehe!

I really hope you have a beautiful sunny day for that picnic on Sunday when I will be thinking of you!

Sending you many loving Easter hugs,

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Terry
I felt in love with your Tea Cups...I love that colour
Happy Easter

Karen said...

Oh Terri,
I just love that turquoise colour. I also have discovered chalk paint and have been so many projects planned. It is very easy paint to work with and I recently did my bathroom cabinets. Your teacups are just gorgeous and my favourite colours. You are so talented. Thank you for hosting with Martha. Sorry I am late to link up. Life got in the way! Happy Easter! Karen

Cache-Mire said...

I have that top teacup! What a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing!

Jackie PN said...

As always a beautiful post- both written and photographed! Love what you did with the basket and cloths! Beautiful Terri! I found the exact tea thermos at a thrift store- brand new in box for .99- score! If I ever come across another- it's yours! xo

Carrie said...

Beautiful teacups--I love that color! That is such a clever idea to paint a basket to match the loveliness :). Happy Easter!

P.S. Thanks for your nice comment on my blog!

Ana Cristina Caldatto said...

lindo! lindo!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Terri,
thats a lovely idea to paint the basket and make pads for the china inside. This will turn out wonderful. The right picnic basket to use it with Bertha. I am so curious how it will look when ready. I am sure it will be the pure delight. Just the color is a delight for me. I have no idea for a nice thermos jug, alas. I wish you a blessed Easter. Thank you for sharing this and for hosting this sweet event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Victoria said...

Hi Terri....Beautiful and magical...how delightful..love your photos and imagery..inspiring..and yay..one of my fave color palettes..I can never get enough of the turquoises-aquamarine hues..
Thanks for sharing your gorgeous project..stunning!!

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