Saturday, July 5, 2014

I "Really" need another project.

After reorganizing my wool and felt fabrics to do the projects I mentioned in my last "crafting" post, I decided I needed to get my floss stash organized  I have an embarrassingly large amount but they were here and there.  They are now in order.  I have a large box with little baggies for each of the DMC numbers... and they are in order.  The other types of floss are now in larger baggies by type.  I don't have so many of any one type to make it hard to find what I need....
My favorites are really the "over dyes" created by The Gentle Arts, Weeks Dye Works,   and Valdani.  I also have some Needle Necessities Over Dyes left from the past though they are no longer made.  There is another company called Thread Worx  that sells similar thread.  I don't have any at the moment since I don't seem to need any but if I do I "may" try them out. Lots of types and colors and so I should be ready for anything.

SO...... while doing all that  I got caught up in an on line group that does what is called "prim stitchery."  Most of the projects are small and relatively simple so I now have a few kitted up ready to go. After my reorganization I realize I am not going to have to buy any supplies.  My "stash" has more than enough!

One of the projects is called Sweet Land of Liberty.   It is from Heartstring Samplery.
       If you go to her blog   The Twist Family Blog  you can learn about  it.   It will be a pin keep when I finish it. I am actually about half done with it which makes me happy.  You can purchase the chart from her etsy site....

And by belonging to the Prim Stitchery group you often get the chance to get freebie patterns... so I have taken advantage.  I now have charts to work on for no doubt the next year.  But it has become relaxing for me.  I don't do much quilting in the summer but would rather sit outside, at least, and it is nice to stitch a bit while I enjoy the outdoors.
I don't think I should show you the charts I have at the moment but will post the projects as I finish them.... if  I ever do.... LOL

As we travel a bit in the summer I will be taking the projects  with me.  I am happy that I can work on them as we are driving along.

So that is what I am doing at the moment.  I have been putting together my tea party for next Tuesday.  Be sure to check back.  And maybe I will post some of hopefully soon to finished projects.

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Simple Summer Tea

This week I thought it would be nice to have a simple tea out on the deck.
 I found a few interesting things in my collection to share with you.

The cup and saucer are a pretty little one from Royal Albert.  It doesn't have a name on the bottom. I may have shown it to you before.

I found this sweet little Shelley Creamer recently so I will use it.  I don't have the sugar unfortunately.
According to the mark the name of the flower is Campanula. 
 I have had them in my garden in the past but none this year
And to use for serving I chose a "CELERY SET" that I put to an entirely different use.   You can find these sets that were often made in Japan.  The "set" is comprised of a plate for the celery and little "salts" for use in "dipping" the celery into.  I decided the set would be perfect to hold my sweet little flower brownies (from my local bakery) and the "salts" can be used to hold the used tea bags.

I picked several different teas. One is called raspberry thriller.  I bought a box of it when I was last in Canada.  The other two (Earl Grey and Rosebud) were gifts.

Finally, today,  here is a picture of my "Wave pansies."  Even though the temperatures are heating up here they are still doing great.  They are in a shaded area and I give them lots of water.

Thanks for joining me  today and I hope you will visit the other Tea Time blogs as well.

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

Hope you will visit them too.