Thursday, January 26, 2012

Decluttering. and Art Journals.


Another week, another decluttering list.

This week I worked in one of our upstairs bedrooms where we "store" stuff.  Sort of an "attic" in waiting.
I managed to get rid of a bedspread with two shams, a set of sheets, two lamps, a computer monitor  a CPU for the computer and a box of computer "junk.:  So that means 7 items added to the list.  It doesn't sound like much after last week but it was a LOT of volume!   The computer stuff is going to be recycled. The rest is going to the Salvation Army.  I am beginning to feel better and better about all this.

Up to last week my total was up to 48 items and I am adding 7 things this week.  So I am now at 55.  Which leaves 311 remaining.  I feel good about the fact that 55 items are gone for this month. I hope I can do as well in February.

As you know, if you follow my blog, I participate in a lot of swaps.  The current one is from the Blog called Speckled Eggs.  In the past we have done swaps using large match boxes filled with things for a specific theme.  This is a bit different this time as we are making journals for our swap partners.  They are supposed to be vintage  in Style and use the "composition books" as a base.  I have started mine and moving along.

The covers are done with some great upholstery fabric. 
 This inside cover is some handmade paper.
 And this is some scrapbook paper.
 Be sure to click on each picture to see them larger and more detail.

Now I have to work on the embellishments for the front covers. And some prompts and such for the inside  I have been playing with a few ideas but haven't decided anything for sure.  I hope to work on it this weekend.  I will show more as I move along.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tea Cup Tuesday, Fourth Tuesday in January

Welcome again to my Offering on Tea Cup Tuesday.

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It is a good thing there are 5 Tuesdays this month because even though I have a lot of Tea Books to show you this week I still have MORE!!!

Be sure to click on each picture to see it larger for more detail.

These first two books are small in size and the kind you would find in a tea shop or gift shop.
The Little Tea Book is in blue and white print.  It is loaded with history and some recipes.
The English Book of Teas has a lot of tea dessert recipes AND is beautifully illustrated.

This next batch includes two pamphlets and a folder.  The first one... Invitation to Tea is from 1963.  There is a letter inside from Saga Food Services in California.  They must have made tea.  The book contains recipes and inside the back cover is a chart listing tea supplies you would need for an event of 50 people!!!!

The next booklet was put out by Lipton Tea Company in 1991.It calls itself a guide from Lipton to the Pleasures of Tea. No recipes but ideas on types of tea.

The third item in this picture is a little folder called Herb Tea  It includes instruction on how to grow, harvest and blend herbs for tea plus a bag of herb tea to try.  Haven't done it and probably won't.  I  want to keep it all intact.
 The next two are very nice books.  The first one was produced by the Republic of Tea,  It talks about all the types of  fine tea and herbs.  I received it as a gift one year from my son along with some packages of tea from The Republic of Tea.  It was sold by a friend who had a lovely gift shop.

The second book here was co-written by a friend of mine, Barbara Kincaid along with a friend of hers.
Barbara used to do vintage fashion shows in California and held Victorian Teas.

I saved one of my favorite tea books until the last one today. 
This book, by Maryjo Koch is beautifully illustrated including some very whimsical tea pots down by her, I assume.  Lot of history.  She talks about the various kinds of teapots, illustrates them and talks about their different qualities.  This little book is just filled with all the information you would need. It does not include a lot of recipes like other books do but if you were limiting your self to just a few books, this would be one I highly recommend.   In the back of the book she has pages for you to add your favorite recipes for each season, your favorite places for tea.
That is it for this week.  Be sure to visit all the other tea time Tuesday blogs today and come back again next week when I may finish off the listings of all the tea books I own.  (Or not!)