Thursday, March 27, 2014

Quilts and other UFOs

            I have been in the mood to sew lately and have been collecting up projects to FINISH!  Last week I showed the little mug rug.  Today I am showing a table topper.  This was a kit I bought a couple of years ago from Connecting Threads.  I had cut out all the fabric, so finally started sewing and am nearly finished with the top.  Now I have to figure out what to use for the backing.    I will show what I came up with next week.
 And here is my Fellowship of Flowers  project, still just "underway."  I had to order some trim to use since there isn't any available in my immediate area.  When it arrives I can FINALLY Finish this project. (I do still have to add some buttons and beads but I have them now.

I got the pattern and instructions for the March Fellowship of Flowers project and have already started on it.  Because I am waiting until the end of each month I will be able to make the projects in my own color selections AND from my stash.  I collected up everything I needed from things I already had.  That felt GOOD.  I will work on it until the trim I had to order for the other project finally arrives.  Then I can finish that.  Wonder if it will actually be done by the end of the month.  Hope so.
  I am hoping I can finally show the finished project next week along with a couple of other finished projects too.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tea and cookies

 Blue Willow will always be my favorite.  But I like most blue and white china.  I collect it all.  I have some very old, some new and a lot inbetween.  I don't know why but I just love the look of it on the table. And displayed in my cupboards.

It all started when one of my Canadian cousins gave me a couple of very old blue willow plates she had bought at a church sale.  Right then I decided I would add to those plates.  My rule became, if it was blue and white I would get it....  I have English, Dutch, Japanese and American.  Most are the traditional blue willow but many are some of the other transfer ware patterns and some are delft from Holland.  I just love they way they all go together.

   I brought some of my pieces together to set up for a tea party.  I think I will have Earl Grey Vanilla today. 

 I am using my Sadler Teapot.

And a sugar and creamer set that has no mark.  I like it because of its interesting shape and it is really different than most of the other items I have.

For the cup and saucer I am using an old set from occupied Japan.  It looks to be cobalt blue.

Don't you just love the extra design inside the cup.

And here is the mark....
And finally here is a plate of cookies to have with tea today.  I am serving them on that original plate given to me by my Canadian cousin Helen, those many years ago.

 Here is the mark.... you can see it is very old.  I don't often use this plate.  I would be VERY unhappy if something happened to it.

Here is the link to the recipe for the cookies:    Pineapple and Pecan cookies. 
They really are yummy.  You will notice I also added pecans on top of the frosting, something the original recipe doesn't call for.  I just like them that way.

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

Hope you will visit them too.

Be sure to come back next Tuesday for another Tea Party and join me on Thursdays or Fridays for my project updates.+