Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Snowy Stormy Days and February Fellowship of Flowers

 As our winter continues I keep getting opportunities to take interesting snow scene pictures.  This is a shot across the road from my house.  The "smoke" you see is what some call "sea smoke" along the Susquehanna River. The "smoke" is just beyond the line of trees.   It is caused, I think, when air temps are different from water temps.. Or something like that.....  One definition I found said  "Steam fog forms when cool air moves over and mixes with the relatively warm and moist air near the surface of the water. The moist air then cools and becomes saturated, causing fog to form."    What ever the cause,  it is pretty.                

This next picture was taken yesterday morning when the sun was coming up.  Quite a "Christmas Card" scene I thought.

         I have completed two of the flowers of the six we have been told will be part of this month's project.  AND the third one is cut out....  I should start embellishing this evening.  I felt like I was getting behind a bit while working on the bell pull, but by working diligently I think I am presently caught up.  If you haven't seen the bell pull I made you can check back a couple of posts.  And check out Michelle's blog from a week ago to see what she did.  We did very different projects.

Here are the two flowers I have finished do far.....

 I am continuing to use ONLY things from my stash of fabrics, felts and such.  I even found those cute little buttons in my button box.  I think they must have been from when I was making doll clothes.  They are tiny.  I don't have any more so they will only show up on these two flowers.

Keep checking back.  I should continue to have a post of some kind about the Fellowship of Flowers every week... sometime between Wed. and Fri.  AND of course be sure to check here on Tuesdays for   Tea Cup Tuesday posts.  (although I admit they sometimes show up on Mondays.)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Tea Cup Tuesday in February

This week for my tea party I found this tea cozy in my shop and set about to use that as the starting point for gathering items to use.

Someone must have made this a long time ago.

 I began finding things to go with it.  Houses often have Ivy (although this one doesn't) but since I had a nice ivy decorated platter I thought it would be a good addition.  Then I found the little cup and saucer with ivy and pretty little yellow flowers and then it just moved from there. I found the green checked towel that was originally a feed sack. And the pretty little towel on which someone had embroidered  some yellow flowers.   I had some dried hydrangea from last fall so put them in the little clear vase to tie the whole thing together.

The cup and saucer I chose are from Queen Anne Bone China, a favorite of mine.

And here is the platter.  It was made by Homer Laughlin.  From what I can gather Debutante must be the plate style.  Or even more confusing, I read that it is the Julilee plate pattern with decals which makes it Debutante.  But there are many different decals designs that have Debutante as the mark.  The  company must have had reasons for doing this but I don't know.  It makes it hard sometimes.

 Here is the mark for the platter.  I am sorry it is blurry but that is the way it is on the plate.  It does show it is Homer Laughlin, Debutante pattern and I think it is from 1952.  Can't be absolutely sure.  But everything I can find says this is a 50s pattern. 

So it all comes together for this weeks tea party.

I hope you are enjoying this weeks Tea Cup Tuesday.   Here are links to some of the other sites.


Rose Chintz Cottage





I hope you will come back here next week for another tea party.  And check with me on Thursday or Friday when I hope to show some progress on my latest Fellowship of Flowers projects.