"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." Anais Nin





Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tea on Tuesdsay, Canada Day

Late for tea!  I've just got back from visiting a friend.  Really nice out today--25 degrees :) lots of people out at the park for the Canada Day celebrations!  I don't do sun very well, so staying home where the breeze is cool.

Even in the heat, I'm making a hot, mint tea (in the Keurig), and taking it out to sip in the shade, by my flower garden.
 


 
Said the spider to the....bee?  Darn, I was too late to save him! Never seen this before!  

 
Then we had 17 ducks land on the road in the trailer park--silly things :)  I don't live too far from a lake and a pond--they fly back and forth. 

 
My herb pot growing quite nicely--I cant wait for the tomatoes.

 
And another pot for table on the bottom deck.   

 
Some wild flowers, we call them Indian Moccasin.  We have a shorter version called Lady Slippers that are a pretty purple colour.   

 
That's it for me today, join us for a beverage :) we start at Elizabeth's:
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tea on Tuesday and Chainsaw Carvings 2014, Chetwynd B.C.

Relaxing with tea, Double Cream Earl Grey and lunch, Shepard's pie :)

 
I was away for another trip and finally getting around to posting the photos for you to see--had to catch up on lots of yard and house chores :)   
We were one of the vendors at the annual Chainsaw Carving in Chetwynd, B.C.  My Daughter-in-Law is starting a new venture and for this event we set up a tent but in the near future she will have a mobile 'barn'.  She makes things and she takes other hand made items on consignment---currently from people in Quesnel and Chetwynd.

Delena and My Kinda Country---my ladder with goodies is in the back, there's horseshoe 'tulips' in the barrel in front.
    
 
 
Delena's gorgeous hobby horses, below. 


Furniture made by a lady in Chetwynd. Wine racks made by Delena and another lady from Chetwynd.  Mushrooms and bowls from a man in Quesnel.  Some of my things on the coffee table. 

 
One of my blankets in front and more on the rocking chair in back, handmade soaps, salves, lotions, and bug spray, picture frames, wooden bowls and that's a wee bit of me that you see :)     

 
And while we sat at our tent.....there were chainsaw carvings going on.
 











 
Hope you enjoyed your visit  :)  be sure to visit Elizabeth and the tea group here:  
   

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tea Tuesday

Didn't really get any paper projects done this past week, but I did get my picture frame glued and ready for some photos :) or at least I think I going to add photos, I kind of like the look as is.

I used a piece of 12" x 12" cardstock, SU Sage Shadow, for the backing and swiped it with some Distress paint, Picket Fence as well as the SU Cool Caribbean ink pad.  
 

 
and another blanket done :)
 
 
Sitting here resting after yard work and sipping a lovely cup of double bergamot, earl grey, black tea--lovely aroma.  I'm going to slice up that orange in a minute and enjoy that too :)
 
 
Also picked a couple of flowers for the table outside.  Not much blooming, I love the darker lilac (lost the name), it has a very pleasant scent, not like the regular lilacs.  I filled the jar half full of rocks so it doesn't blow over :)
 
 
That's it for me on this lovely Tuesday :)
Join the others for tea, etc. you'll find the list over at Elizabeth's blog:
 
Have a great day and thanks for popping by :) 
 


 
 
 
  
 
 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Happy Tea Tuesday

I'm back from a short trip up to Chetwynd, BC :) visiting family.

Travelling usually means that you stop to pick up a beverage and I don't always take my own thermos cup along. I find that the take-out cups are darn hot and I usually need two sleeves on my cup!  So when I got home, I thought I'd make my own--because I can just toss it in my purse--just in case :)

I chose this really cute cotton fabric, fused some insulating fabric inside and sewed up all edges, added two strips of Velcro to the ends and voila--my wrap :)  
I didn't have the measurements of all the cup sizes you can get, but this one fits my Splitcoast mug from top to bottom, so it should work!  This one is the same width as the cardboard ones, but IF I made another one, I think I'd make it slightly wider.      


Today, I'm drinking a really tasty tea from Epicure and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a citrus flavor--hot or cold :)


Ingredients.
 
 
And if you would like to spruce it up a bit, here's a recipe for you to try! 
 
 
Hope everyone is having a wonderful day :) 
 
Join the tea tour that starts at Elizabeth's blog here: 
 
 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Shabby Chic Photo Book

I just love making these shabby chic books and things using fabric and lace!  I use my glue gun and sometimes a little stitch or two.  This particular book is approximately 6" by 6" (closed).  I've used a combination of old and new materials.

 
The front: you can't really see but there is a piece of lace with velvet, moss coloured, ribbon down the spine; there's an elastic/organza closure that comes from the back forward, over the button; the crochet flowers on the front are made by me.     
 

 
Below:  The lace on top and bottom form pockets and can be used to hold your photos in place. 
The pages of this book are made from lovely, old, table napkins that I picked up at the Lions' garage sale the other weekend :)    

 
Below:  I cut a doily in half and glued it over these center pages, thus creating a pocket on each side. I glued some pearls and 'leaf' ribbon onto the doily.

 
In the photo below, the wide lace can hold more photos :)
This gorgeous lace was on a long table runner and I bought it specifically to cut the lace off for my projects. It was $15 and I have almost 12 yards of 4" awesomeness! 

 
The back has the same button as the front.  The elastic/organza ribbon is glued on to this side.  The pretty lace that is at the top and bottom is from Walmart and I think I may have to buy some more.  

 
Thanks for coming to visit, be sure to check out my facebook page :)
the link is on the side bar to the right.
 
 
   
 
 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

More Cards on Tuesday

Happy Tea Tuesday Everyone :)  Today I'm giving you a birds eye view of my works in progress.  My plan is to get these cards put together to go into the shop for this weekend.

I've got three on my counter that are partially done and three on the table that I've picked out the paper for.  That means I'm going to be a bit busy on this beautiful day!  As for my drink, it's coffee for this morning but I have a feeling I'll be relaxing with tea by this afternoon  :)


 
Thanks for stopping by, please check the previous post if you'd like to see the 'dress' album I was working on last week.  
 
Join the tea group here at Elizabeth's blog to see what we are all up to.
 
Have a great week :)
 
 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Little Girls Album


I believe my 'Dress'  album is finished.   This is a shaped book from Bo Bunny, 10" long,  called Sweet Tooth and comes with the pages already covered.  I inked all the edges, and added chipboard stickers that went with the set.  I added ribbons, buttons, lace, sparkles, pearls and hardware. 


Front
 
 
Back






 
One more project done and looking for another one in my cupboard of  'stuff' :)
 
Thanks for coming to visit  :)
 
  Have a great, crafty, day :)
:)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Lace and Doilies and Tea on Tuesday

I've been away on a holiday to Vancouver and Nanaimo :)  Wonderful holiday with family.  I LOVE it down there and the weather cooperated for the most part!  Things are so green and every thing is blossoming! 

Today, I'm enjoying a lovely cup of Double Cream Earl Grey tea by Teaja.  It is a delicious mellow tea that has a yummy flavor!  AND, I finally found a Buddha cup/bowl ($17)!!   So today, it's holding my tea  :)  There's not a lot of colour to my tea because I don't like it strong.




I looked in 2nd hand places for old lace and doilies too, but only found a couple and they wanted an arm and a leg.  But when I went to the Lions garage sale here at home this Saturday, I bought a grocery bag, stuffed, for $11. Just what I was looking for :)

 
 
And this is the beginning of what I'm doing with this one.


These circles are about 2.5 inches across and there 15 of them per doily.  The edges will be great for cards, lace books or my pincushions, etc.  There are two beige and one white of this style. 

 
I was also looking for bits of jewelry on the trip and did manage to find this gorgeous bracelet for $3 at a second hand boutique---the large stone had come loose and they glued it back on, but it was a bit foggy--great for what I wanted it for.  I did try wearing it and found it a bit 'scratchy' on my arm, so it didn't bother me to take it apart.  
 
    
  A couple of snips of the wire and I now have some gorgeous pieces to use on a book or whatever :) 
 I absolutely LOVE the colour of this bracelet!  
 
 
Thanks so much for coming to visit  :)  Have a great week!
Please check what the other Ladies are up to today, the list is at Elizabeth's blog here:  http://alteredbooklover.blogspot.ca/2014/04/tea-stands-for-more-bearthday-fun.html