"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, June 30, 2009

Today we have sunshine and I get to enjoy it with my tea :)

This is a lovely tea given to me by my dear friend Diane aka Cameldiva. It has a pleasant, light, flavour. Very nice, wish you were here Diane to share a cuppa :)

Here is my pincushion, but the 'doily' part is not sewn onto the pink satin. I am not pleased with the way the crocheted part is up off the table. So, I'm going to make another cushion or maybe I can just remove some stuffing. I want the tips of the doily to rest on the table.

I tried lilac and pink satin and chose pink because it just seemed to look better for this one. There are little pearls all around on three of the rows, I hope you can see them.

You can find other tea drinkers at Kimmies place, http://wordsonpaperscraps.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tea on Tuesday

Oh my, I'm the one who is late today! Such a busy day for me. Mostly family stuff that was good to do, but I almost didn't get to my tea :)
It was a little gloomy here, late today, even a little sprinkle. However, I did get to go outside to drink my tea. This is a Holiday Chai, black tea, so I just had to put it into my Christmas mug! AND I am having a coconut bar--that is fast becoming my favourite :)
I have started a new project, not normal unless I have ten things on the go at once :)
Can you guess what this is? I made some of these a few years back and seeing that I'm trying to use up some of my many balls of crochet thread, thought I'd do a couple more. It's a top for a pincushion. I've also been inspired by seeing some very interesting pincushions on Ooglebloops' blog and some other blogs lately. This one is almost done, then I have to sew a satin, or some other fabric to make the pillow for it.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Treasure of Friendship by Hallmark

A dear friend picked up this little book for me at a garage sale :)

She, who never goes to garage sales, was on holidays and 'just happened' to stop.

"As soon as I saw this" she said, "I thought of you". Isn't that just like a true friend :)

I had to show you the inside and how it is written.

All the little write-ups are by separate authors.

All the pages are framed just like this.

A precious gift that I treasure from my friend.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tea on Tuesday

I'm out on the deck for my tea, but it is kind of cloudy now and we could get a shower soon.

That's my Christmas mug, it just is one of the nice ones to hang onto :)

with my favourite tea.

The stone is one collected from the river for painting. The scene is of the Matthew River leaving Ghost Lake. It's a lovely trip through Wells Grey Park. If you look on my website, there are some more photos of the area.

It is almost half done :) The photo below is what I'm using.

Join us for tea, on Kims blog, www.artinredwagons.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Altered Puzzle Pieces

I thought I'd share some puzzle pieces I'm working on.
All of the pieces were sponged with ink or sprayed with glimmer mist, or both.
The one with the clock is covered with a piece of printed vellum and kind of distressed on the edges.
On the pink one with the shell bits and pearls, I used the faux silk technique. Then added a vintage sticker that comes right from Hawaii.
The green piece has been stamped with versamark and clear ep used before sponging. I used very narrow tape and micro beads on the straight edges, then added gems around the mask. The Mona Lisa eyes were set in where the mask eye was. I added the words from the Guess Who Song 'These Eyes'.
The burgundy and blue piece has vintage cowgirls. I used a piece of packing tape over a picture from a magazine, then rubbed the paper off (using water) leaving a transparent image. Then I added, with modge podge, a dried iris petal from my garden. The reddish stone was added just because I like stones :)
The top orange coloured piece was sponged, then I used a piece of lace like a stamp , dipped in versamark, pressed onto the puzzle and clear embossed.
I added some woven strips of stamped paper and some fibers. The button is from my Mothers' button box of many years gone by :) Then I added some cut out birds from Paper~Ya, an asian stamp, a rock, and bit of gold ep, at the bottom, that I impressed an asian coin.
I'll be adding some more in a few days--when they are finished :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tea on Tuesday and Plants to Plant

I'm having a lovely cup of my favourite licorice spice tea, out on my new front deck on a little bench by the new flowers :)

Below is a picture of the work that I'm going to do after my tea. I have some pots for the back deck that all these things are going into. Two will hang on hangers over the back of one pond. A couple small ones around the ponds and the tomatoes and some flowers in the big pots on the main deck part. Oh, and that would be Cassie, one of my helpers. Don't look too close, I shaved her and it's not perfect!

Below this, is me at the local Nursery/Golf Course having tea with a friend, who kindly took my picture--thanks Susan :) yes, I know, now I need to go change my profile pic!

Susan's blog is on my list to the left, Nice, Not Nice. I hope she joins us for Tuesday Tea.

If you are reading this, check out Tea on Tuesday at Kims http://artinredwagons.blogspot.com/

Sunday, June 7, 2009

New Deck

Well, we have a new front porch/deck. Turned out bigger than first planned, but is a little more serviceable.

This is the view from the road.

This is how it looks as I'm standing in our driveway, looking the length of the house.

We tore the original railing off the back deck a couple of years ago and quite like it without.

I still have to get more flowers placed around the pond and a couple of big planters on the deck. Maybe we'll put some tomatoes in the big pots along with a couple of herbs and flowers.

The arbor needs replacing, but that'll have to wait a bit.

I actually used the small rototiller on two of the flower gardens. I am in the process of moving some of the flowers around and turning two flower beds into lawn.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tea on Tuesday

Well, it is early evening and I'm just having my tea now. Such a busy day in the garden. This lovely cup of tea is compliments of a dear friend, Diane. Twinings Russian Caravan Tea--'a fragrant blend of Keemun and other fine China teas producing a light liquor with a delicate flavour'--the words on the package. Very tasty!

Last weekend I went to a garage sale and found these items for six dollars they had a lot of vintage things, some very reasonable and some more expensive. I love the Royal Albert cup/mug and the little dishes I bought to put my tea bag on because I don't always use the pot :)

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