Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

A Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my readers.
Not much today since I seem to be very busy out in my shop and here are home.

I thought I would share a few of the tea time items I found that were quite "of the season" when we went to visit a  group shop called Black Diamond Antique Mall south of us, in Frackville, PA. We were there just a couple of weeks ago.

I will begin with the Santa Display in one booth.
 You can buy "new" Santas and other Christmas items but the vintage ones just have so much more character.
 Here was a pretty little sugar and creamer set.
 And a basket to be filled with candy or treats.
 A miniature pitcher and bowl set maybe just for display.
And finally a plate and some mugs.  Just look around at the antique shops next time you happen by and see what you can find.
  
Next time I have an entry for Tea Time it will be the New Year.  No telling what I will find.
 

Thanks for stopping by.
 
Be sure to visit the other tea parties after you end your visit here.
  


                                                          

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Third Tea Cup Tuesday in December


 Christmas is approaching!  Hope you are all getting ready.  I seem to be perpetually behind.

But I did find a pretty tea cup and saucer to feature today.
It is by Royal Stafford, one I don't see too often.
 This one has a pretty flower inside.  Interestingly enough there isn't really any decoration on the outside of the tea cup.

I am showing it on my dining room table with the Christmas centerpiece.
Also you can see a pin cushion I recently made (from a pattern in the latest Create and Decorate magazine.)  I enjoy making things like this out of felt and using embroidery.
I also made the napkin. (actually I made 8 of them but am only showing the one.
 Here is the mark.  Evidently this company has been around a long time.

And to end this blog note today I am showing a picture of some of my primitive snowmen.  They do add to the festivities I think.  I have more too in other areas of the house.

Thanks for visiting today. And be sure to come back next week.  I know it is Christmas but I will try to put together a Christmas tea scene.  I have been taking pictures here and there of things I own.
Hope you will stop by.
And after you finish up your visit here be sure to check out the other tea parties in which I am taking part. 

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Second Teacup Tuesday in December

Welcome to my Tea Cup Tuesday entry for the second Tuesday in December.

Just a quick visit today to show you the other cup and saucer I got when I was at the Regional Market in Syracuse.  (over the Thanksgiving weekend.)
It is also loaded with gold on the edges.
 I like the way the gold goes around the floral edging so that it makes it stand out but doesn't seem to over power it.
And I always like it when they put the flower inside the cup as well!

 Here is the mark.  As you can see it doesn't give the pattern a name.  It is from Tuscan Bone China.
But I like the idea of calling it something like "FloraGold."


Things will be busy here for awhile but I hope to be able to continue to show tea cups each week. 

Thanks for stopping by.
 
Be sure to visit the other tea parties after you end your visit here.
  

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December tea time

December is here.  What a quick year this has been.

To begin the month I really must show off the December Royal Albert Tea Cup and saucer!

I have this cup and saucer set because it is one of the birthday months at our house!  It shows the Christmas Rose, which is a very pretty white rose.

 And here is the mark.  It shows it is part of the flower of the month series.


After you visit my post today be sure to check out  these other tea posts.


                                                          
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Sunday, December 2, 2012

An art Journal from FULL TILT BOOGIE

Here is the other art journal I made as a part of Mary Ann Moss's Full Tilt Boogie Class.
This was a bit different from the one I showed you last Sunday but not too different.  Just using up more "precious" supplies!  It is easy, I have found,  to hoard those supplies for the perfect project.  Thankfully Mary Ann Moss keeps coming up with more ways to entice me to use them.


This is an old ledger book I found at a flea market.  I covered the front and back cover, but left showing the upper and lower corners because I liked the look.


In this view you see the signatures. They are sew together as I did in the other journal.


For the many signatures I used up scrapbook paper and also some of the pages from this old ledger.  It makes it more interesting I think to have a mixture of papers to look at as you page through.





This book was used on a trip I took a couple of summers ago.  I broke it up into sections and included pictures, souvenirs, and commentary on the trip.  The ledger papers made good spaces for writing while the decorative papers were good backgrounds for the pictures.  One thing that I have learned about my self while doing this is that the more variety of pages the better I like it.

I am not going to show any of the layouts because most show friends who might not like to have themselves shown here.  But you can probably get an idea.  Or  better still, take one of Mary Ann Mosses classes.  They are inspiring and will encourage you to come up with your own style.

I probably won't have anything to show for this new class until sometime in January.

If you find yourself interested in these classes visit Mary Ann's blog to learn more and how to sign up.        http://dispatchfromla.typepad.com/dispatch_from_la/    There are links on her pages to each of her various classes.  And no she is not paying me to do this.  I just love her classes so much and want to share the info.




Monday, November 26, 2012

Final tea time in November 2012

November is coming to a close.  Because we were in the Syracuse area for Thanksgiving we were able to go to the Syracuse Regional Market.  It is one of my favorite flea markets. It was a snowy day but it didn't stop the dealers and it didn't slow down the customers.
        I was a little surprised to find some veggies still available and still looking good.  Even some mushrooms this time.



And of course I had to visit the local coffee bar for a great cuppa.

  And this week I was very happy and lucky to be able to find not ONE but TWO nice cup and saucer sets.  I am going to show one this week and save the other for next week.

This particular cup and saucer didn't have a design name or number.  But it was from Regency Bone China Company.  The thing that impressed me the most was how it resembled Old Country Roses.  It would look fine at a tea party using  that china I imagine.

 And the pretty gold edges really dresses it up I think.

Before I discovered the Royal Chelsea of a few weeks ago I hadn't really thought about all the cup and saucers that were rimmed with beautiful gold.  But lately I seem to be finding them everywhere.
And this is a beautiful example!
Here is the mark, fairly plain with not much information included.

I hope you enjoyed the quick trip to the flea market and this weeks cup and saucer choice.

After you visit my post today be sure to check out  these other tea posts.


                                                          
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Getting Ready for A Ticket to Venice

Last Sunday I told you about the upcoming class I will be taking called A Ticket to Venice.  It is still a couple of weeks away but wanted to keep my promise of showing you work I did on another Mary Ann Moss class called Full Tilt Boogie.
This was making a journal learning to sew signatures together to create the book.

Here are a few pictures of the first journal I created in the FTB class.

 I used an old journal cover.  Added some floral scrapbooking paper and used some vintage fabric and buttons to make the binding.











I then created 8 signatures out of paper from scrapbooking supplies, old pages from empty journals, water color paper and what ever else I had on hand at the time.

 I decided I wanted to create a photo album out of this journal, using pictures of my home, my gardens, my cats and some pictures I had taken on some of my travels.
Here are a couple of layouts I created from shots from my garden.  In the first one I added some cute little cards with butterflies and flowers.  Inside the cards I wrote commentary on the pictures.  Sort of makes it interactive.
The second spread shows some pictures of my garden taken one spring.
Come back next Sunday for a look at another Full Tilt Boogie journal I created.

Hope seeing these will make you curious about Mary Ann Moss and her classes and maybe make you want to sign up for one.




Monday, November 19, 2012

Thankful for TeaCup Tuesday



As we get close to our Thanksgiving I want to say a huge thank you to the ladies who serve as hostesses for the various Tea Cup Tuesday events on line.  I know I wouldn't be here without them.
And for my followers who join me each week to see what I have found to show, Thanks to you all! Your kind comments make it even better!  And to the participants of the other tea parties.  What inspiration and fun are to be found!  Love it all!

I went out into my antique shop and started looking for things to display that would look like Thanksgiving.  No turkeys to be found but here are a few things that will look nice on the table I think.  The book I have shown " Autumn Accents" is one my own.  It is by Thimbleberries, designer of many great quilting fabrics.

The cute chicken casserole from Japan could be used to hold gravy, or a small serving of some vegetables.
For dessert, pie would look great on these dishes.  I am going to show the mark but have no real idea what it says.  If you know please let me know in the comments.  It is obviously some sort of gold.  And the set is made in the USA.


Also made in the USA is the large gold creamer.  I didn't get a close up picture of it but if you look closely in the overall picture you can see it.


And finally, we must have a cup and saucer so I selected this one from Royal Vale pottery.  It has a lovely yellow flower and nice fall colors.



I want to wish all my USA tea cup followers a Happy Thanksgiving.  And to those from other countries that don't celebrate the day please know I am thankful for all of you.


                I have joined with the following Tea Cup Tuesday Tea Parties.

                 These may not be available every week so check to be sure.

Hope you will visit them too.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Ticket to Venice

Wow, you say, "A Ticket to Venice."   I wonder if she is going there.  Well only via the web.  I have just joined another one of Mary Ann Moss' fabulous journal classes.
This time she is taking us all with her on a trip to Venice and we will be making a journal as she goes along.  Click on the link to find out about the class.

     
The class won't begin until the middle of December so in the mean time I will show you some of the projects I have completed from some of her other classes.   Today I will show you the first one.  On Sunday of next week, I will show you the second class and what I did with that one.
 The first class I took was called Remains of the Day.  In that journal you used papers you find such as mailing envelopes, fliers and or what ever.  And I used a lot of scrapbooking paper that was sitting around unused.  It was also done using the sewing machine instead of glue.  For someone who likes to sew that was fun although sewing on paper instead of fabric was an interesting change.  The journal I made is full to overflowing since I made a lot of signatures and also participated in a swap with class mates where I got a lot more!
Here are a couple of pictures.  I am pretty sure somewhere on my blog there are more detailed pictures.  Click on the search for travel journals maybe.


a close up of some of the signatures


  


The overflowing finished project
I will admit if you like journals that are neat, clean plain pages, this might not be for you.  But if like things overstuffed, filled to the gills then this is perfect.  AND fun!!!


AND because I was so inspired by making my own journals/books I even made a travel journal for my self for my trip to Maine and Canada this past summer. Click on the link below to see what I made.

                                               MY TRAVEL JOURNAL


If you decide you are even a bit interested you should check this out.  Google Remains of the Day and Full Tilt Boogie and you will find a lot of other folks love the classes too.
The great thing about these classes is that she supplies all sorts of videos, ideas, inspirations, and graphics to use.  You will be able to join a yahoo to group to be able to ask questions, see others work and just enjoy the class and students.  And you will finally use up some of those art supplies, papers and even fibers that are just sitting around awaiting the perfect project.

Hope to see you in class.

Monday, November 12, 2012

A November TeaCup for November!


I realized I should show my Royal Albert NOVEMBER cup and saucer while we are in November.
The flower for November is the Chrysanthemum and I thought they would use fall colors on their November tea cup but instead they chose the pink.   It is very pretty so I guess I can understand why they chose it.   It is not your normal fall themed cup and saucer.

I am showing it here on a pretty pink table cloth and accompanied by one of my favorite Fenton vases.

Of course, since it is the special cup for November it says so inside the rim.



I love the beautiful spray of Chrysanthemums on the side of the saucer and the bold picture on the front side of the cup.

 Here is the mark indicating it is from the flower of the month series.  I do have a few others of the months, mostly just the significant ones for our household.  November is my daughter's birthday month so it is important!




 One last picture before I sign off this week.  Continuing with the sage of Hurricane Sandy and all the trees that came down, here is an updated picture of the amount of wood my husband has cut up so far.  He is not even a third of the way done.  He will be no doubt cutting until Spring or Summer!  And then the splitting must be done for stove wood.  But it is underway.


 


Hope you enjoyed seeing this week's cup and saucer.
        
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