Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year.

                       HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


For all my followers.... I will have to apologize.  I have not been here for ages.  Things change,  and life happens.   In the past year, since I was last here I have had surgery on my left hand to make the PAIN GO AWAY.  That took awhile but things seem back to normal now.

After that was resolved I seemed to get into quilting in an even bigger way, also more paper arts and just generally keeping busy, busy, busy.    We did a good bit of traveling this past year going to two Nascar Races and three Bluegrass Festivals.  Also a big trip to Maine and Canada and a few side trips to visit my daughter.  But for the next few months we are HOME and I plan to do a lot of sewing.

So...... back to quilting.
I did actually get one finished this past fall to give to my daughter for her birthday.  She, like me, loves Coffee so that was the theme of the quilt.  I used a pattern from a Fons and Porter Love of Quilting magazine and then made it my way.  So it is similar but different.  Instead of coffee cups in each square like the original pattern indicated I appliqued coffee "sayings" that I had created with my   embroidery machine.  If you click on the whole quilt picture you can see it better I think.



My next goal is to finish the TWO  block of the month quilts I have been working on during the past year.  Just a few more squares and I should be able to put them together.  Then I can send them off to my finish quilter.  I was going to try and do my own machine quilting BUT I know if I want to get them done in this life time I will have to break down and do that step.  I love the sewing the top part way more than the final stage!  And my quilting lady does a great job!!!   So this way I should have several finished quilts by the end of  next year.
    I made a master picture of where the finished quilt pieces will go and then added in pictures as I went... until July when we started traveling in earnest and I just never had time to take pics. I did add a few more but still not complete.

This first picture shows how I am working on the Block of the month project from Country Threads.  I still have a couple of squares to make and a LOT of strips to put in other places, but haven't put the rest of the completed squares into this picture yet.  It gives you an idea though.

And the next picture shows the quilt I am working on from Craftsy.  (I take a lot of classes from Craftsy.)  I am also nearly done with this one, just haven't taken a picture is a while. 
Both of these Block of the Month quilts helped me reduce "some" of my stash!.  Lots more still available though.

Meanwhile I have started a new Block of the Month quilt with a group I belong to on line. That is coming along fine.  We started in Nov. and I have finished those blocks and the Dec. blocks as well.

I always say I will make some resolutions and then never keep them.  This year I have made some "suggestions" to myself and hope I can go beyond the Suggestion level.  I found several little projects that have been sitting, patiently, waiting for me to work on them.  No promises but if I actually finish them I will post as I go along.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Happy St. Patricks Day... almost a week early

                           Happy St. Patrick's Day.

     And Happy Tea Cup Tuesday.  This week  I am showing you a Chocolate Set I inherited from my grandmother.  It is obviously not a "tea set" but I thought it was appropriate since it features little shamrocks as the main trim.  And I suppose  it could be used for tea.  And since the cups are smaller than regular tea cups they could even be used for demi-tasse for coffee.  But what ever I use them for I truly enjoy them!

 

Back in my grandmother's day they often served chocolate when entertaining their friends.  This particular set is Limoges and was sold by a store in Scranton, PA which was near where my great grandmother lived before her sussequent move to Virgina.  I think therefore it might have been my great grandmothers before my grandmother's.  Or maybe a family member sent it to her.  Unfortunately I don't have anyone to ask.
   

Here is the mark where I learned about the store where it was sold............
  The green platter I am using under the set is a part of my own set of dishes (Riviera by Home Laughlin)  I have acquired a complete set of Riviera over the years.  They were made at about the same time that Fiesta was produced and by the same manufacturer.  As was typical of that time they often made different patterns to be sold at different stores such as Woolworth's, Grants or McCrory's.

Here is a close-up of the lid.


  Although  the chocolate set and the Riviera Platter are from my own collection, the cards and hankies are from my shop.  They are going to be used in a holiday display in my antique shop.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my chocolate set.  And that you will visit the other tea parties I am joining today and tomorrow. 

 

 http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com

http://www.marthasfavorites.com/

                                             Rose Chintz Cottage                                                
http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com/

  http://antiquesandteacups.blogspot.com/

 http://bernideensteatimeblog.blogspot.com/


Monday, March 4, 2013

More and More and More Mini Teasets

After a couple of weeks of showing mini tea cups and tea sets from my own collection I decided to go out into my shop to see what mini tea sets I had for sale.  WOW, I didn't realize I had so many.

Funny thing happened while I was checking to see what I had.  A customer came in and ended up buying THREE of the little sets.  I managed to take pictures of two of those sets before I wrapped them up AND I am adding a picture of one other I found.
And to tell the truth I have several others that I will feature in another blog post.

This first set is the traditional Blue Willow pattern, my personal favorite.  We use Blue Willow here at my house everyday.   This set was probably made in China though it doesn't say.  And I am pretty sure it is fairly new, maybe 10 years or so.  

 This second little set also didn't say who made it but also probably made in China.  I turned the cup on its side so you could more easily see the pattern.  But I also wanted you to be able to see tops of cups and saucers.

 So the above two patterns have gone to another home now. 


This third little set is one of the Resin sets that are being sold in lots of places.  Here is the picture of the set as it is placed on its tray.  And I found this cute little girl out in the shop to oversea the tea party.  She is an older one from Japan.

 And this second picture shows all the pieces set about with the tray in the back.  I thought it was neat that the tray is a Gazebo.  What a great place that would be for a tea party in real life.  The little girl looks quite pleased with it all.

Before I sign off today I want to apologize for putting up the word verification on the comments.  I don't like to do that but I was really having trouble with spamming and it was definitely wasting my time.  So for awhile you will have to do that.  I hope it won't stop you from commenting as I love to read them all!!

I hope you will also visit the other tea parties that are going on around the web today and tomorrow.  Here is the list of tea parties I will be joining.


 http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com

http://www.marthasfavorites.com/

Rose Chintz Cottage  
http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com/

  http://antiquesandteacups.blogspot.com/

 http://bernideensteatimeblog.blogspot.com/

 


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A nifty bookstore in Philly

   We had to take our son to Philadelphia on Tuesday for an eye appointment and it allowed us some time to walk around and enjoy the city. Philadelphia is a very big city naturally and takes a bit of getting used to when you are coming in from a small town like we were.  Thankfully the weather cooperated on this winter day.  It is a very good "walking city" and the folks there were very friendly as they should be in "the city of Brotherly Love."  On a side street we discovered a great little bookstore and had a very nice chat with the owner.  Bill enjoyed himself in the history and war section and found himself two good books.  I just enjoyed being in a bookstore. Especially a really friendly feeling one like this.   I miss having them around where we live!  If I lived nearby I would probably go there a LOT.

The name of the shop is MOSTLY BOOKS which pretty much sums it up! If you are ever in Philadelphia be sure to visit.   This shop is at 259 S. 10th Street and his other one is at 529 Bainbridge St.  (both in the city!)  He has a Facebook page where you can learn a bit more.  Click here to go there.  He puts up interesting questions about past folks and events. You can "earn a gold star" if you are the first to answer correctly.  FUN!!!



Here are a couple more pictures of the shop.  And my hubby visiting with the bookseller.  In addition to this shop he also has another, larger shop a few blocks away.  We will have to check that out next visit.

I love the fact that there are tables and chairs to sit down and read.  In his other shop he has even more comfortable seating I have learned.
   The books were nicely organized by category so if you were looking for something special you can find it pretty easily.
After our pleasant interlude at the bookstore  we headed up closer to the main part of town. We arrived on  Market street which has lots of large stores AND.... The Gallery Mall.

The Gallery Mall, Philadelphia is a fun mall as a lot of it is underground and the train even runs through the edge of it.  We stopped in there to see what it was all about.

And when we entered the Food Court  we found the  TWO STREET CAFE

    Bill wanted a Philly Cheese Steak and what better place than the middle of Philly.  I had a great spicy chicken salad sandwich.  I forget what they called it, but it was not like any chicken salad sandwich you might have ever had.  It was yum.  And if we are ever in that area we will eat there again I am sure.

It was very "tired" out when we finally got home.  But with those two highlights it wasn't a bad day.
And we beat the storm weather home.

Monday, February 25, 2013

The final tea cup Tuesday for February.

As I promised last week I am showing you a couple of my "mini" tea sets.   And in addition here is an Avon Figurine of little Teddy Bears having a tea party!

 I love all the detail they can get in these things made with Resin, although it will never be in the same class as the porcelain figurines made in England!


And here are two little Resin tea sets.

The first one is a Pansy tea set.  Since Pansies are no doubt my favorite flower I had to have this little set!





And here is my final set for this week.  It is a Woodland Setting.



Lots of fun even if they don't hold much tea.............

Come back next week to see a few more. 

I am sending well wished to Sandy, the hostess of the Tea Cup Tuesday event at Rose Chintz Cottage.  She won't be doing an event this week but you still should visit if you haven't recently.  She always has such lovely things.

                                              Rose Chintz Cottage                                                 
http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com/
And meanwhile be sure to check out the other tea parties this week......................

                                

http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com

http://www.marthasfavorites.com/

                             

  http://antiquesandteacups.blogspot.com/

 http://bernideensteatimeblog.blogspot.com/

Friday, February 22, 2013

Pin Cushion, Thread and Scrap Catcher.

 Awhile ago, while looking around on the web I came across something that is a very necessary item for my sewing room.  A Pin Cushion Thread and Scrap Catcher.   I found the directions at the website I list below and finally went about making my own.


Here is mine.

 The fabric consisted of two different fat quarters.  The one with hearts is from Connecting Threads (an on line and catalog shop) and the brown polka dot fabric was from Wal-Mart.    I am pleased with the way it turned out.  I may still do one final step, putting some cord around the top to make it more stable but not at the moment.  I will see if I feel I need it.

Here is the website where I found the directions. 
 http://www.merrimentdesign.com/pincushion-thread-catcher.php

Try it, it isn't too hard and I think it is well worth the effort.  I hope it makes the area around my sewing machine neater looking.




Monday, February 11, 2013

A Tea Set for Valentine's Day

A Valentine's Day Tea Party


Since Valentine's Day is this week I thought I should include something pink and valentine like for the Tea Cup Tuesday event.

Here is a tea set I bought recently featured with a heart wall hanging I made back in 2010 in an "on line craft class".   Click here to see see the post I did about it originally.   

 This tea set is made by Hall (USA).  As you can see it included a copper "cozy" for each item but in the next picture you can see what it looks like without.

And finally here is a picture of a few other things I have that would add to the festive table.
The cross stitch is something I did a number of years ago.  It needs a better frame but I just haven't done anything about it yet.

Happy Valentines Day to you all..............



Hope you enjoyed your visit here and will come back next week.  
Be sure to visit the other tea parties I am joining this week.  They are listed below.  I imagine they will be featuring Valentine's Items as well.


                                                          
                                                              Rose Chintz Cottage





Monday, January 28, 2013

A Blue Teaparty

Invitation to a Blue Tea party


I was wandering around my antique shop the other day trying to find something special for this week's Tea Cup Tuesday when I came across this lovely tea cup and saucer by Standard China Company.  I especially liked it because of pretty little blue flowers handpainted on it.
                            From what I can learn while traveling around the internet ...........
 "Standard China" was one of the trademarks used on English china made by a pottery company called Chapmans Longton Ltd. This company was among the famous Staffordshire pottery companies, and based at Albert Works, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. Longton was a center of pottery making from the mid-1700s.

 




I looked further and found this little book that just seems to need to be with it in a little teaparty setting.


And   looking further I found this very vintage postcard.




I imagined the whole setting, on a tray, just waiting for the tea to arrive so the owner could sit down, read the card, no doubt best wishes from a friend, and enjoy reading the little book while sipping the tea.



What do you think?

So join me for a cup of tea today and then visit the other tea parties that are taking place today.
 Here is the list of other tea parties in which I am taking part. 
 

                                                          
                                                              Rose Chintz Cottage





 

Folk Magazine Blog Challenge #4

If it is Monday it is time to do the Folk Magazine Blogging Challenge.....

FOLK Magazine

According to their website this week's challenge is

IN THE NEAR FUTURE, WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST?

This is a bit hard to narrow down to just one thing.  At this time of year , when winter is heavily upon us I could easily say I am looking forward to spring.  However, I don't want my life passing by too quickly so I shouldn't say that.  And I don't really mind winter weather that much.  Good excuse to stay inside and do my quilting or reading or other indoor activities.
We have several trips planned and I look forward to them.  But since I am not really ready for them I can't say that. I can still just savor plans we are making.
I will say I am probably looking forward to the weather being a bit better so we can head out to some flea markets.  They are one of my husband's and my favorite activity together.  We managed to get to an indoor one this past weekend but have to say they are NOT the same thing!  A day out tramping through fields, searching out bargains, and generally enjoying each others company is definitely something to I can look forward to....  (even if means leaving a preposition at the end of sentence!)
Oh look, I didn't leave it at the end since I added the parenthetical statement...  LOL.

This is majorly off the topic but  I have always wondered about the statement that you should not leave a preposition at the end of a sentence.  Sometimes, when you try not to do that it sounds so stilted I think.  So I decided to see what I could find on the web about this  and here is a great little treatise on the subject.
Ending a sentence with a preposition.
Do they even teach this stuff in school anymore? I am sure if you are sending out tweets and text messages you don't worry about it.  But what if you are in ordinary conversation, do you have to rephrase a sentence to make it work properly.  Or just go with it....


So.... what do you think????

Monday, January 21, 2013

A special Rose Anniversary Tea

Roses in January!  This is a wild rose from my garden last summer. Pretty to look at the picture when there is nothing but snow to see in my gardens at the moment.



This week one of the tea parties that I attend each week is celebrating her third anniversary. 
 So in honor of that event I will be featuring some Rose cups and saucers this week.

I am beginning with my ultimate favorite  Royal Albert's Old Country Roses.  We have the full set and use it often.  Here are a couple of items from the set.




The next one is Old English Roses, also by Royal Albert.  It is older.  A very dear cousin often used this set so in Memory of Helen here is a picture of that cup and saucer.


And finally here are a few of the various Rose cup and saucer sets I have had out in my shop and have featured here from time to time.
 This is from Regency China Company.


Royal Vale


 Royal Albert


This is a stunning Royal Chelsea Cup and Saucer. 

Hope you enjoyed all the Rose cup and saucer sets!  I enjoyed finding them for you.


So join me for a cup of tea today and then visit the other tea parties that are taking place today.
 Here is the list of other tea parties in which I am taking part. 
 

                                                          
                                                              Rose Chintz Cottage

                                              http://antiquesandteacups.blogspot.com/