Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Stephanie's Tea Cup and Mug Exchange Reveal

Another tea cup/mug swap has concluded and today is the day of the big reveal!  Be sure to visit Stephanie's blog the Enchanting Rose HERE  to see all the treasures that have been exchanged during this most recent swap.

I must thank Stephanie once again for her dedication of time and effort in putting this wonderful swap together. After participating quite a few times in past swaps, it has become an event that I truly look forward to each and every time. It is such a joyful event! Thank you very much Stephanie!

My package arrived one late afternoon/early evening and I didn't even know it! It was well into the evening when my husband happened to go out onto the front porch to lock the doors for the night. He happened to notice the package sitting on the porch floor! So I was very surprised when he announced that my package had arrived!

My lovely package was sent by Laura who blogs at Decor to Adore.  I read her little hand stamped note card before I tore into my box of treasures. I always enjoy the notes that accompany each package. It's a nice way to learn a little about your exchange partner.

Inside was this pretty tea cup! Isn't she lovely? Lots of pretty pink flowers, dainty and delicate! It is a beautiful addition to my collection!

Look at all the goodies that came with it! There are marcaroons, lemon tea, some pretty floral napkins, flower seeds, washi tape, painted wooden clips and some glitter.....sweet!

I have had lemon herbal tea before but never this lemon tea. It is delicious! It is not at all tangy as I expected it would be. It is lightly lemon, very soothing and oh so good! I had two cups the first night....

and maybe even just one macaroon.....YUM!

Thank you very much Laura for this beautiful package! It was a delightful surprise when it arrived and it was a perfect way to end the day! (A very high note indeed!)


The recipient of my package is Janice who blogs at Curtains in my Tree. She collects lots of blue and white so I went on a hunt for a blue and white teacup. I see them often in my you think I could find a blue and white teacup just because I happened to be looking for one? You know the answer! 

Finally, the next day I visited an antique shop just a few miles out of town. There was one blue and white teacup with a matching dessert plate.  I really liked it too!  

I packaged it all up and sent it on its way........

Here's what I included in Janice's package.... this tea cup, saucer and dessert plate. I found the embroidered set of 4 napkins at another antique shop in my hometown. They coordinated so well.

I included some decaf tea, clover honey spoons, some vintage lace....

.......a salted caramel chocolate bar and some Godiva chocolate covered biscuits. You can read more about Janice's package here.

Thank you Laura for your lovely package. My new tea cup looked so pretty on my Easter dinner table. I used all mismatched cups!

Thank you also to Janice for your kinds words on your blog and for being such a gracious recipient!!!

Thank you again Stephanie. This swap puts a big smile on my face every time I participate and this swap was no exception. In fact, I've already got a big smile on my face just thinking about the next one in the fall! I imagine there were nearly a couple hundred other smiling faces too! New friends and new tea can never have too many of either!!! 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Three Little Angels

Good morning friends! We are once again in the midst of a snowstorm....just got the piles from the last nor'easter to finally melt away and lo and behold.....another snowstorm....though when I woke up this morning, we were on the lesser end of the expected snowfall amounts. For that I am grateful!  I kept myself busy yesterday afternoon and evening completing a trio of angels using some new laces I purchased recently.  Each angel is unique. All are embellished differently but all are in neutral tones and shabby sweet.

It's been a while since I crafted any angels and sometimes I get such an urge to create them.... so I decided that as long as I was going to be stuck inside, I was going to do something fun. I had a great time working on my triplet angels and coming up with ways to make them unique in their own way.

The angel (shown above) was the first one of the batch....she has horizontal stripes (which I would never wear btw, lol!) and two layers of doilies for her wings.

Angel number two wears her stripes vertically,  has wings made from a double layer of ivory twill zig-zag stitched together with a doily on top. The flower in her hair is stained with coffee.

It's very hard to see in this photo but she has a layer of vintage eyelet in addition to the narrow lace on her hemline.

This is angel number three. Her wings are made from two layers of the brown ticking with a doily on top. Her halo flower is lightly stained. She has a stained ivory, wide eyelet collar. I love her collar!!

Nestled in a basket....

Taking turns on their best sides....

Lace edge tag with "moms are angels" has been added....

These were so much fun to make!! I have not decided on their hangers yet...trying to decide if I should use curled wire hangers with a shabby bow, (as I often do) or a simple lace hanger, or some ivory silk sari ribbon that I have in my stash...totally undecided at the moment....but the most time consuming work has been done. (and it does take quite a bit of time to make one of these little darlings)

Hoping I get some spring inspiration soon. I think I need to order some pretty new fabrics in some cheerful spring colors.....right now my world is pretty white.....and the white stuff it is still coming down out there!!! I am going to have to do some blog hopping over the weekend to get some springtime inspiration from my friends in warmer parts of the country.

Gotta run! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Bye friends!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Here a Stitch, There a Stitch

Do you have unfinished projects laying around the house? I sure do! I started this bag a couple of weeks ago....I was feeling a bit under the weather, so I thought I would curl up on the couch nice and cozy, under a warm quilt and embroider some stitching on this bag front that I had already cut out. It turned out to be the perfect project for me on that particular night.

I loved the design of this fabric and purposely cut the bag out with a center motif. I thought some stitching would accent the medallion nicely. It had been a while since I tackled embroidery on a bag....if you follow me regularly you may remember this bag from some time ago that I made for a friend:

Link to the blog post is: Handmade with Love

This was the first time that I did some embroidery work on one of my bags. Though it is hard to really appreciate in the photo, it added a nice touch to the bag, a quilted effect that I really loved. So I thought I would give it another try on this new bag.

I tried a few different colored doilies for the center in beiges and browns but the pale aqua doily looked the best. I think it really brings out the aqua in the fabric.

At first I was only going to embroider the aqua lines. Then when I was done, I wondered what it would look like if I also embroidered the gold lines. Then of course, I was curious how some dark brown stitching would look in the mix. So it became a much more time consuming project than I had originally planned but I really was happy with the end results. It's amazing how a few french knots and some outline stitching can add so much to an existing design on fabric.

So this bag has been sitting on my dining room table for about two weeks waiting to be top stitched and the inside opening (for turning right-side out) to be stitched closed. It's been such a busy couple of weeks that I did not even have time to get to it. Last night I made up my mind to complete it once and for all. It took so little time and now it is finally done. (Please forgive the color in some of these photos, it's been dark and gloomy for days on end so the lighting if way off!)

I rewarded myself with a nice hot cup of tea! Yes, my tea cup package arrived yesterday afternoon and I now have a lovely new tea cup, a new tea that I tried and loved and other goodies that will be revealed when Stephanie (The Enchanting Rose) puts up her reveal post for the latest Tea Cup and Mug Swap! Coming soon sometime in stay tuned!

Enjoy the rest of your week friends!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Scones and Forgiveness

I've been bad. There I said it....I had a King Arthur Flour Vanilla Scone Mix package sitting in my cupboard since Christmas and I made scones yesterday and gobbled up two of them. I gobbled up the first scone as soon as I had taken them out of the oven and glazed them. It was hot, and the glaze was still warm and still oozy and well, it was YUMMEEEE!

We love to visit the King Arthur Flour bakery and store in Norwich, VT.  Check out their website here. The store is a bit overwhelming to me because I want one of everything....scone mixes, muffin mixes, cake and cookie mixes, gluten free mixes, lots of spices and many kinds of extracts, cocoas and chocolate, kitchen utensils and gadgets.....and so on.....There's a wonderful bakery and deli too  I love their brie apple sandwich with a cup of homemade soup. (No I was not compensated for promoting them--I truly love this place!)

There's also a large classroom to take baking classes. My husband and I are hoping to take a class together..... now back to the scones....

When my husband got home later in the morning, he smelled them the minute he walked through the door. I mentioned (the night before) that I might make scones and he said, "did you make them?" I smiled and said, "you want one?"  Of course he wanted one and then he twisted my arm to join him so I had to eat another.

This time I enjoyed it with a hot cup of tea.....and I used a plate. There was no time for a plate when I scoffed down the first one.

It tasted every bit as good as the first. Adding the raspberries was a good idea. I had both fresh and frozen on hand but I opted to add frozen berries to the batter so they wouldn't get all smushed up.

So, how does one fix a diet faux pas such as this? Yes, I am still on a Weight Watcher's Diet....well, I skipped lunch, I power walked in the grocery store and I ate a new favorite salad for dinner.

This is kale and romaine with quinoah, beets, roasted butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, cranberries and parmesan. The parmesan was supposed to be goat cheese but I forgot to get the goat cheese when I went grocery shopping earlier in the day. I was bummed because the goat cheese really is a wonderful addition to this salad....

My daughter introduced me to this tasty salad when she was home from school for a few days. She made this for my lunch a couple of times and I loved it!!!

Beets and butternut squash are favorites of mine but it never dawned on me to put them both in a salad. It's delicious and very filling. I didn't even give the remaining scones a second thought.....until breakfast today! So I had a sandwich for lunch with no bread :(

Yes, I'm having a hard time sticking to my lifestyle changes (aka diet) since we have returned to snowstorms and cold weather. I was fine right through the holidays and even through the month of January and part of February. But if this cold lasts much longer I'm going to have to dive into the Planet Aid box to retrieve my "chubby" clothes.....

Coincidentally, while power walking in the grocery store yesterday, I turned a corner quickly and nearly collided with a woman who was standing in the middle of an aisle in the magazine section. We both laughed, I said excuse me....she apologized for standing in the middle of the aisle and joked about how fast I came around that corner and I apologized and explained that I baked scones earlier and I was trying to undo the damage of eating one. She told me to just forgive myself. Eating a scone wasn't the worst thing in the world to do....then I confessed that I actually may have eaten two. She laughed, we talked about how hard we are on ourselves sometimes and by the time we were done talking, she had introduced me to her husband, given me the names of two books to read and most importantly she had convinced me to forgive myself! I took her advice! I think I am going to practice this more often.....


........these are in my cupboard.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tea Cups Are On My Mind

It must be that time again (Stephanie's Tea Cup Swap--Read all about it here!) because I have been thinking a lot about tea cups. About a week ago, while my middle daughter was visiting for a few days, we stopped by one of my favorite antique shops. We didn't have much time as she had an appointment but it only took me a couple of minutes to snatch up these two sweet little cups. They were only $2.00 each! I have many tea cups with roses on them so I knew both would look nice in my collection.

You may have noticed that pretty little rose tray underneath the cups. One of my friends surprised me with it for Christmas. It's so pretty!

You might be wondering why all of these cups are sitting on my dining room table. Well, I took them out of my hutch to wash, But mostly, I took them all out just to look at them!

The cup in the front (right) has no markings on it so it's a no name tea cup yet it is one of my favorites.

Here's a better photo of it. Isn't it pretty?

Some of these cups are from prior tea cup swaps. 

.......which brings me to Stephanie's Tea Cup and Mug Swap! It's her 10th one!!! I am all signed up and really looking forward to receiving the name and address of the next lovely lady that I will be sending a tea cup package to. Let the swap begin.....and many thanks to my friend Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose. She is so kind and generous to arrange all of this for us. I am very grateful! Thank you Stephanie!

The Enchanting Rose

Monday, March 6, 2017

Some Bloggin' Love

I received the loveliest card from one of my blogging friends, Connie, who blogs over at Connie's Crafty Creations.  I admire her beautiful handcrafted cards that she shares on her blog and I wish that I had more time to develop my own skills in card making. Connie makes it all look so easy and I do love playing with paper just as much as I love playing with fabric! So perhaps someday!!!! Anyways, is't this the prettiest card? It looks just like a quilt square, carefully pieced using paper instead of cloth.

Here is a close up of some of the detail! Note the pieced paper quilt, the sweet ribbon bows, the lacy horizontal strip and the little tag that says be happy.....the colors  are so tranquil...I love the color combination.

I love the little button with the tied thread! I love all the fine, little details! Love, love, love....

When you stand it up, there's even more detail on the very bottom of the card and some sweet little flowers! To think that she created this little gem just for me-- well, let's just say it does my heart good! There is nothing more special than receiving a handcrafted gift from a friend. I am so touched and grateful! Thank you Connie for your friendship and your constant flow of encouraging words! If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times, BLOGGING FRIENDS ARE THE BEST!

If you haven't visited Connie's blog you must stop by and check out some of her beautiful cards. The link to her blog is at the beginning of this post!