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Monday, May 5, 2014

Tea Cup Tuesday-Picnic Ready!

Hello All!

Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha and me!
We have been having a blast
visiting all of you each week!
We have seen some gorgeous china,
serene tea settings
and mouthwatering desserts...
enjoyed tea poetry.
But best of all we have
enjoyed visiting you friends!
Thank you all!
A couple weeks ago I shared a post about the basket 
I was painting to use for a picnic.

The idea of sitting by a lake, 
watching geese swim by while 
sipping tea and reading a good book,
seems like heaven to me. 

So I have been collecting the china to use,
picking out the linens,
choosing fabric and crafting containers. 
I just finished sewing
some padded sleeves of various designs
to protect the china and cutlery.

A larger sleeve for the Bavarian luncheon plates.
(simple cream and gold...)

The fabric is a sateen cotton,
so it has a bit of a sheen.

...and I needed to figure out
some kind of design to
hold the tea cups safely.

I am not much for patterns,
so I just visualize what I am wanting
and go from there.

I chose two of my inspiration cups from my first post
to use for this basket set.

here is the beginning of the tea cup protector

They ended up being a draw string pouch....
which seems to work well. 
There are two layers of padding between. 
The tea cup image is from the Grapics Fairy.
Thank you Karen!

The tea cups sits snugly in their pocket,
the top half tucked inside the cup for extra protection.

The saucer sleeves have some pretty ribbon
and "Time For Tea" on the front.

I somehow missed taking a full pic 
of the silverware holder.
It is a simple roll and wrap thing. 

Here is the inside,
I used an old cotton/linen textile.
I found it and some other older fabric
at a local estate sale. 
I left the gold printing 
that indicates the fabric.

I love the feel of old linens
They are so soft yet strong. 

The pocket placements called for a little math.
And a a little fancy stitching.

I have some lovely silverware I found at a local
antique shop a few years ago.
They were used as a reference as to how 
wide all the pockets should be.

 All but the silverware roll is visible in the basket.

Oh here you can see the silverware roll
bottom right hand side.

How will I make tea out doors? 
What a coincidence and surprise when  Sashee Chandran 
e-mailed me and asked if I would be willing to try her
new tea product called Teadrops.

She has created a way to have tea without a tea bag.
Very portable!
This is the box of tea she sent me to try out.
It smells heavenly!

I am so impressed with this young woman's venture.
My first tea picnic I will be using Sashee's tea for the first time.

You can read more about Teadrops at myteadrop.com 

I have decided just to take boiling water in my stainless steel thermos.

And as to where to have a tea picnic...
I have chosen a beautiful park with roses 
and a peaceful pond.
We have been having some good weather,
so this week looks really good for it.

Next week I will share how my picnic 
and the new tea goes.

Wish me good weather : )

I hope you are all well,
and that your week is full of 

If you would like to join in just add your tea cup post below.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
I appreciate your visit and I love reading your comments.

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).


Dorthe said...

Oh dear Terri,
you created so many beautiful picnic sleeves and pouches, and the fabric you choosed is so sweet and lovely.How wonderful an idea and what a lovely picnic you will get, bringing this with you .I dearly hope the weather will be with you , to have the most adorable tour ,with this sweetest set of protective sleeves and pouches. Love you used a little lace and white ribbons ,and your new tea looks fantastic ,I will have a look at her blog !
I wish you a happy week my dear. Warm hugs from Dorthe

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

How lovely, Terri. Wishing you sunny skies for your picnic.
hugs and JOY,

Sylvia said...

Oh how pretty! I love the color and all is done so beautifully. I pray you have good weather and enjoy the picnic. Can't wait to hear and see all about it.

Beth in NEPA said...

What an amazing post today! I am ready for a picnic myself but not sure I would have the patience to make all those goodies. But it is lovely and I KNOW you will enjoy using your wonderful outfitted basket.
Back in a simpler time women often carried picnic baskets outfitted to carry their things. But not so pretty as yours.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Terri,
You got my attention right away with your colours. What a scrumptious way to pack your tea ware for a picnic! Your tea pouches and sleeves are adorable. You possess a very creative spirit, my friend. Love the teacup too. Have a beautiful day.


Linda Kunsman said...

Gorgeous pouches for your finery Terri! I especially love how you went w/o a pattern and made it all work for you-great job!! This is such a beautiful way to preserve the art of a beautiful picnic and tea. How nice to have been sent that wonderful box of teas -perfect timing for your special outing. Best of luck with the weather. Looking forward to hearing all about it!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh Terri, you are so creative! Your china protectors are so beautiful and useful. The fabrics you chose are wonderful with your pretty basket. What method do you use for putting the graphics onto the fabric? Thank you for hosting and inspiring.

Bernideen said...

Terri: You are a master seamstress - I can see that for sure! This is so clever and really lovely. The details shine through.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Still too cool here to even think about having tea outdoors. Your tea set is absolutely adorable!

Marjanne said...

Oh I just LOVE this... I would like to go on a picknick with you...

The Charm of Home said...

Terri your tea picnic set is lovely! What a great idea to travel with it! Thanks for hosting!

Lady Jane said...

What a special idea!!! I love all the things you have made and so wish I were coming to your Tea. Anxious to see the post.


How beautiful Terri, I love them!
Have a wonderful picnic, I'm sure your weather will be perfect! I love picnics too!
Thanks for the tea party!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Hello Terri. This is such a wonderful idea. I love it. So pretty and practical. Great, great post. Have a lovely week.


Cynthia said...

What an awesome idea to make the sleeves for your delicate china! I just love this, and having a picnic with such lovely accouterments would be a dream. Best hopes for a sunny outing. Be sure to take plenty of photographs to share with us.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

O My!! The basket and all the pouches you made for the dishes are simple stunning!! Love all of them and the tea cup is beautiful!!

Thanks so much for hosting!!


Johanna Gehrlein said...

Dear Terri,
you did a fabulous job with those sachets. I love the aqua color ad the differnet patterns. Such a sweet set for picnic. Thank you for sharing this cute idea and for hosting this sweet event. I am curious what you will bring next week.
Best greetings, Johanna

The Victorian Girl said...

Your tea basket is just beautiful and makes me want to go on a picnic too!

Createology said...

Now this is absolutely the most beautiful and coordinated picnic ensemble ever!!! You are brilliant to use your signature color and elegant style to create your picnic in a basket with real china. I am swooning! Interesting tea idea with no bag. Lovely Tea Picnic Bliss Dear...

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Hi Terri,
I just love the tea protectors you made! You are so talented! Your teacup is so beautiful and the color of your basket so pretty! I am looking forward to seeing your tea time picnic! Thank you for hosting and have a great week!
Hugs, Nancy

Anonymous said...

What a great post, Terri! I can't wait to see how it turns out in use - and the teadrops look fascinating!! Loved all your creative innovations to keep the tea things safe and sound in transit. Great color selection and clever designs. Bravo! Best of weather to you for a successful venture with great pics for the post!

Deborah Montgomery said...

I just LOVE this! So so pretty, and what a lovely way to have tea, with real china out enjoying nature. How special your tea will be! Your little bags are simply adorable!

Aida said...

Wishing you some beautiful sunny weather Teri. Hope you enjoy some relaxing time reading, sipping tea and watching the nature go by. You've created an amazing paraphernalia. You are very creative and imaginative. I wish I could sew. But that is on my bucket list.

Have fun and enjoy the week.


Frieda Oxenham said...

This is going to be the most aazing tea picknick ever! How I wish I coukd be there but I ill have to do with the pictures. Love all the outfits you've made for the cups, saucers, plates and cutlery!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Terry,
it all looks absolutely beautiful.
Wishing you a perfect day for your picnic. Enjoy.

Kathy said...

Oh my! These are absolutely marvelous - I'll have to save this to do for my daughters - and ME! I appreciate you hosting and sharing,

K J D said...

How pretty..... perfectly matched to your china and cutlery.

Hope the weather stays fine - have fun :)

The tea looks very interesting!

Karen x

Lucinda said...


What an ingenious little afternoon tea picnic kit. I love it! I hope you had a lovely day for it. I'd like to see pictures of the picnic, too.


Lucinda said...

What an ingenious little afternoon tea picnic kit. I love it! I hope you had a lovely day for it. I'd like to see pictures of the picnic, too.


Cindy said...

So sweet, you are a talented lady. I love the colour you chose for your tea pouches. These would be a lovely item in my tea room. Your tea cup is sweet as well. I wish I could take more time to sew rather than just turn on the machine to fix items, lol.

suziqu's thread works said...

Terri this tea picnic set looks absolutely gorgeous now I see it all finished - the Graphics Fairy image is so sweet and I loved seeing your beautiful china poking out of it as well as the wonderful silver cutlery wrap - how ingenious the whole kit is.
I think you could market these!!!!

Sending wishes that I could share this picnic in the park of roses with you sweet friend,
Suzy xox

johala said...

Hello Terri!
Wonderful picnic basket! I don't know if I would share to use so pretty dishes and teacups for a picnic, but with this basket?????
Have a nice picnic
Hugs and kisses

Kathy said...

Absolutely beautiful, Terri! LOVE the fabric you used! I am delighted that you shared with A Return to Loveliness,

Maminka Girl - Loribeth Robare said...

I love all your creative picnic pouches for your lovely china. I just made something similar but not nearly as pretty to pack up china for glamping. You are all ready to go!

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