"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly. "One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."

-Hans Christian Andersen

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Spot of Tea for Krista

Hubby came down with a cold and of course he graciously shared it with me.  I have so many things I wanted to get done this week but they'll have to wait until I'm over the sniffles and lack of energy.  Today is my daughter's 21st birthday and I had planned to do some baking and prepare a nice birthday tea for her.  I am so lucky that she is such a girly girl who still enjoys whimsy, beautiful things, and spending time enjoying a cup of tea.  I didn't have the energy to do everything I'd planned but we were able to share a spot of birthday tea with her before she left for her dinner date with her boyfriend.  Like me, she loves all things pink.

We settled on an ice cream cake and it was very good.  My son questioned the tea with the ice cream cake but quickly realized that it was very delicious and the flavour complimented the cake quite nicely.

Krista is out enjoying the rest of her day at a (new to her) authentic Mexican  restaurant.  She just called to tell me how delicious it is and that she's ordered a Margarita with her meal and assures me that she's having only one...She's 21 today, my son turned 18 last week, where has the time gone?

I think I'll go put the kettle on and curl up with a good book.

When twilight drops her curtain down
And pins it with a star,
Remember that you have a friend
Though she may wander far.

--Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables

I'm linking with Pink Saturday , Pretty Things Friday , and  The Charm of Home.  Please visit these beautiful blogs.

Thanks for visiting.  Have a great weekend.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Happy Fabric on the Table

I wasn't sure of what I wanted the title of this post to be so I just called it as I see it...Happy fabric on the table...

When fabrics come in the mail I waste no time going right up to  my sewing room, open the box to oooh and ahhh over the contents and start imagining the projects that are yet to be.  Then I put them in a stack for the next laundry day.  This time, when the box arrived, I decided to change things up a bit.  Instead of  passing by the living room I decided to go in, sit in my favorite chair, and open the box in there.  The sun was streaming through the windows and I just couldn't resist the urge to sit and enjoy it.  The only thing missing was a cup of tea.

As I removed the fabric from the box, I began stacking them up on the tea table and noticed how they seemed right at home there.  Seeing all the fabric there made me enjoy them even more and I was glad I broke from my routine.  I don't think I'll make a habit of doing this with every fabric purchase but on this day, the cheeriness of the colours lifted my spirits and brightened my mood...Reminds me that it's the simple things that can sometimes make the biggest impact.

Now just in case you want to add to your own fabric stash :-) Here's a list of what's on my table:

Jelly roll - Westminster French Hatbox
Jelly roll - Blackbird Designs Wild Rose (Moda)
Layer cake - Minick & Simpson Charlevoix (Moda)

Yardage -
Tasha Tudor - A is for Annabelle (RJR)
Lecien - Flower Sugar
RJR - Sweet Pea
Carrie Nelson - Fresh Pallete (Henry Glass)

Thanks for visiting with me and take a moment to break from a routine it just might be the spark to get those creative juices flowing.

Have a fantastic weekend everybody.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tea-time Table

I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine's day celebrations.  I have never been one to plan anything ahead to celebrate Valentine's day but this year I decided to prepare an afternoon tea for my husband (it actually ended up being an evening tea).  Would you like to see the table setting?  Take a look.

When I initially set the table we had a bit of sunshine (so welcomed after so many grey, snowy days) I really liked the crystal candle holders on the table for the way the light reflected off of them.  Around 3:30 p.m. the clouds began to take over and so I replaced the crystal with the antique bronze and rose candlesticks.  I love the colour of the bronze against the ecru lace.  Last year I made pink votives and I'd stored them away until I had just the right setting (almost forgot where I hid put them) they made their debut here.  It took a little searching but I'm glad I found them, they're such a nice soft shade of pink.  I have four more that I'm now planning to use when I host my springtime tea.  I made sure that I stored them in an obvious location this time.

My husband enjoyed his special tea so much that we're going to try our best to do this more often; a mini version of this, a chance to take a break from schedules and the normal day to day "to do" lists.  The only thing I'll have to adjust is making sure there's a tea mug for him...He was ok with the pretty china teacups for this time but I think I'll need some alternatives for him in the future :-)

Have a great day today and an even better tomorrow.

Friday, February 11, 2011

An Early Valentines Greeting

Wishing you a sweet and happy Valentines day.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Spring Table Mat Update

It's done, it's done, curvy border and all...
This was so much fun to create. I'm tempted to use it now but I think I'll wait until springtime and maybe make a matching tea cozy--how cute would that be?

I may not use the table mat in here but I did add something new to my "tea room", take a look at this tray...

I can certainly serve a lot of tea and treats on that one...It's perfect for hiding my quilt books when not in use :-)

Thanks for stopping by. I wish for you plenty of time this weekend to work blissfully on your projects.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tea Room and Quilting

My youngest is turning 18 in two weeks, he has his drivers license, I have a tad more "me" time.  So, without further explanation for my absence from bloggerville, how about some pics of my latest activities/projects...

It's been a loooong coooold winter and I'm longing for sunshine and springtime.  I decorated my sun room yesterday, which I will hence-forth refer to as my "tea room", got it done early this year, wanna see?

This little tea tray is such a great find, so portable and cute!

I couldn't resist putting those little teddybears in the milk glass cups...Just a lil' whimsy :-) (looks like I held my camera a little tilted, I do apologize for that)

Hobnail milk glass lamps, one of my favorite things...

and a pink hobnail milk glass vase...
Spring may still be a little ways off but I'm determined to be ready when it gets here.

Before I go, I'd like to share with you my current quilting project.  It's a small table mat created from charm squares.  I'm using this project to learn how to make a wavy edge border.  I have a couple of table runners on my to-do list and I'd like to do something a little different with the borders so what better way to practice than by using a small project.  Here's the mat in its pre-border shaping stage.  I plan to finish this up this weekend (hopefully).

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed the little peek into my tea room and do visit again soon to see how my table mat turns out and an update on those April Cornell quilt blocks (remember those from way back when?)

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