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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday

Welcome to another Tea Time Tuesday!  Sandi, our lovely hostess at Rose Chintz Cottage has a charming Tea Time Tuesday post this week.

This week I am sharing a very informal afternoon tea.  I have noticed that since my son has started back to school that I am making tea to correspond to the time when he and my husband will be home, which is about 3:30 to 4:00.  Since I make our dinner around 6:00, tea time is very informal and light.  Once winter sets in I will most likely serve dinner closer to 5:00 with tea.  It seems silly to need a "schedule"  for tea time, but it really is such a joy for our family and missing it would seem out of place.

On to tea then!

Since tea is informal, I have used several mis-matched pieces, but they seem to work well together.

I am using my Victorian Bird teapot, Federalist dessert plates, and Gracie China teacups and saucers along with my great-great aunt's white damask napkins that have a subtle bird pattern and my refurbished silver.

I made a very quick and easy peach dessert which I came up with using bits of 3 different recipes.

I made Peach Ginger Twist tea from Harney & Sons to complement the dessert. 

It is lovely to enjoy afternoon tea in the afternoon sun.

Thanks for dropping in!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thinking of You

I have another card to share today with a mini tutorial.  I wanted something bright and primary, so I chose to use Cosmo Cricket Odds And Ends paper collection.  I picked out a few patterns that I liked and that followed with the 3 basic colors I wanted to use.

I started by making a rough layout of my card.  I used a Papertrey Ink die to cut out the scalloped edge and the green frame was cut from the Cosmo Cricket paper.

Next, I rummaged through my embellies to find a few things that I would like to add.  I originally had planned on using wrinkle ribbon, but I couldn't find a color that worked well with the color scheme I wanted, so I decided to make my own.

I used an 18" long piece of crochet trim from Melissa Frances and using embroidery floss, I threaded it through one edge of the trim.

Once threaded, I held both ends of the embroidery floss while scrunching up the trim towards the center.

Once I had the shape I wanted, I tied the embroidery floss in a tight knot and cut the long ends.

I used a pretty red mulberry flower as the center of my crochet rosette and found some vintage green lace that I thought would look nice.  I opted to leave out the blue ticking stripe pattern paper from my final design because I wanted to showcase the floral patterned paper a bit more.  For the sentiment, I used Printer's Type letters from Hero Arts and cut out each word, then attached them with foam tape.

Friday, August 19, 2011

I need to move to Canada

I  found a tea service online that I am in love with, but, it is only sold through Bombay Company stores which are only located in Canada.  And of course, no online store or shipping to the US.  I am so sad.

This is the tea set that I found, isn't it darling?

Friday, August 5, 2011

It's Been Awhile

I finally got a card made.  Thank goodness for small miracles.  After several months of using my office as a catch-all room, I finally spent the last week getting all the clutter put away and my workdesk cleared off so that I could get caught up on projects.

My wonderful Grandmother had major surgery last week and is finally home now to begin healing, so it was a priority for me to get a card made for her.  I put a lot of work into it because I wanted it to be extra special and something she could keep as a memento.

I used a lot of fabric on this tag and card, which was all leftover from a quilt I made many years back.  I really love all the lavenders and purples in it.

The card itself is nestled inside a glassine bag.

I used a card I made earlier this year as my template to copy from.  You can click here to see it.  I just used different paper and changed to card size.

I added a little stamped image and sentiment inside of the card to match.  Isn't the tea-bag image too cute?


Paper:  Papertrey Ink White cardstock, Cosmo Cricket "Mitten Weather"
Inks:  Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink), Versamark and Zing embossing powder
Stamps:  Tea For Two, Tea For Two Additions and Fillable Frames #5 all from Papertrey Ink
Dies:  Tea For Two, Teacup and Fillable Frames #5 all from Papertrey Ink
Embellishments:  Spring Iris wrinkle ribbon from my Etsy shop, Melissa Frances white crochet trim, brads were made using fabric and the imaginisce brad maker, green carnival tickets
Odds & Ends:  Large white tag cut with Cricut, purple parcel tag, large glassine bag, fabric scraps

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