Friday, October 26, 2012

Fabric Flower Friday

First I couldn't resist taking this picture.  The leaves are beautiful now.  But if you look on the ground you know we will soon "pay" for that beauty by raking... well leaf blowing actually.

A while ago I found this book on making Kanzashi flowers. To tell you the truth I don't even remember where I got it.  But I just love the look of the flowers and so...obviously had to have it.

I found this Kanzashi  flower maker somewhere.  No stickers on the package so not sure.  I have had them for a while and only just now decided to use.  You don't need the little makers if you have the book.  They show you how to do it without it.  But I always seem to need the "gadget."

Below you see the fabric, the maker and the package.  Also the first two petals.

I did finally get the petals all done and joined together.  This is the back side, I glued them to this plain button.  I plan on attaching a pin back to the flat surface of the button.

 And here is the front.  I used a fancy button for the center.  I simply used my glue gun because I didn't have anyother heavy duty available when I decided to finish these.

So I did make one and I probably will eventually make more.  But I have to tell you, with my very arthritic thumbs it was very show going.  I hope the way without the little maker will be easier.  We shall have to wait and see about that.

And below here are some of the other little "kits" Clover makes... they may be available at JoAnn's I think. Or google them.  Clover also has yo-yo makers.  Lots of fun

Don't know if I will be back next week or not.  Have some family plans that may preclude that.  But check just in case.  Do however join me for Tea Cup Tuesday.  It is always fun.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Fourth Tea Cup Tuesday of October

For this week, since it is Breast Cancer Awareness month I thought I would show something with pink as a dominant color.  As a Breast Cancer Survivor for 10 years now I think this is a VERY important month!  However, don't forget all the other cancer's that folks suffer with have "causes" that may not be well "supported."    Remember them and support them as well.... (Enough said... I will get off my little soapbox.)

This past week we were able to go to our favorite farmers market and while there my husband found and later surprised me with this beautiful cup, saucer and plate set.  It is from a company I have not heard much about.... Royal Chelsea. 


Royal Chelsea was produced by New Chelsea China Co Ltd Longton. Staffordshire Potteries from about 1943 to 1961. 

    I think they make stunningly beautiful china so I will certainly be on the lookout for MORE!!!

 When I checked out the marks on these pieces I learned that the cup and saucer were probably made prior to 1951.... and this is the mark on them.

The plate's mark was newer.  It was made sometime after 1951 however they still could have been bought together if the store still has come of the older stock, or perhaps they ordered the plate later on.
 I really liked this set and even though Royal Chelsea is a bit new to me I shall be on the lookout for MORE!

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

                                                            ALSO: Rose Chintz Cottage

AND, check back on Friday.  I am working on about fabric flowers.  I found an interesting way to make them using a special tool. I am hoping to have enough finished petals... yes that is a small hint, to have something to show you!