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Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Madeover Lampshade

I found a great tutorial on how to do a lampshade makeover at A Gathering Place.  Rebecca did such a nice tutorial that even I could do it.    Mine doesn't look as good as hers but I think it sure is pretty!

Following her directions, I cut out my pieces then started gluing them on.  I have never used spray adhesive before.   I used Elmer's Craft Bond Spray Adhesive as I couldn't find the same brand that she used.

Next it was time for the trim.  I went to my favorite "candy" store, Mill Outlet in Colorado Springs.  They have three good size rows of nothing but ribbons and lace and all kinds of other trim.  I found this pink french gimp, it matched perfect with the fabric I had at home. 
On the top I used some vintage pink boxed pleats that I found at an estate sale.  It was still in the packaging unopened. 

I hot glued beaded ribbon to the inside and finished my edges with more pink ribbon.   If I wasn't so impatient I would have sewn the two together, then hot glued it in.   It would have given it a neater finish. 

TaDa!  Here it is!   

Thanks Rebecca  for a wonderful tutorial. 

I am linking up with My Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday.   A post I love to look at but don't usually have the time to link too.   There are some wonderfully creative bloggers that link to this blog party. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

You've got me singing the blues

I'm not sad, I just realized how many "blue" teacups I have.   
  These are put away for now. 

These are on display in the dining room.

And these, blue glass teacups, were just used for an afternoon tea that I posted about here:  Saturday Tea in the Garden 

The only thing is - I don't have a blue tea pot. 

Except this little cutie.   It's too small for a real tea!

This beautiful cup was a gift from a good friend.
I just love the blue roses on this one.  It's not sitting on its matching saucer but it is in the stack! 

Can you believe that I have purchased most of these at  the Goodwill?  At different times of course.
Here is one of my latest finds.   There were two of them, I love when that happens. 

This is Christina Porcelain, Bavarian Blue, from Bavaria, W. Germany.   

Isn't she pretty!  

In my devotionals today I read this scripture and God has spoken to me through it.  I hope that this will also touch someone else today.  
"It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.  Long before we heard of Christ and got our hopes up, He had His eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone."  Ephesians 1:11-12 The Message

Just like our teacups, the color, design, the placement of the artwork, God has designed us on purpose.    

I leave you with this poem, but I do not know the author.

There's not a tint that paints the rose
Or decks the lily fair,
Or marks the humblest flower that grows,
But God has placed it there...
There's not a place on earth's vast round, in ocean's deep or air,
Where love and beauty are not found,
For God is everywhere.

I am having tea with these friends today:

Teacup Tuesday
Teacup Tuesday
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Tuesday Tea
Tea Party Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Blue Monday

Actually it's Saturday Tea in the Garden hosted by Bernideen (but by the time I get this posted it might be Monday!)  My girls and I were out all day Friday "back to school" shopping.   We stopped in to TJ Maxx/ Homegoods and while they were looking for the latest trends in fashion I was in the gourmet aisle and look what I found.   I have to tell you I felt a little like Angela  at Tea with Friends.   She is always finding neat tea things at Homegoods and other places.    

I was excited, I now had a plan for my Saturday Tea.   I would use the beautiful blue cups and saucers that I found at the Goodwill earlier in the week.    The were made in Brazil and I couldn't believe people just passed them by.   Each piece was already under .50 and they were marked down further because apparently they been hanging around for a couple of weeks.   What a steal!

I've never made scones from a mix and I have to tell you these turned out soooooo good!   I went with a lemon theme.   I think the blues and yellows go so well together.   We have lemon and ginger scones,  served with devonshire cream and blackberry jam,  lemon tea, lemon pudding with blueberries and ham & cheese sandwiches. 

 Oh look there's one of my daughters - she is wearing a minion shirt.   And yes, she was one of my minions as I prepared for this tea.   She really does like to learn about tea etiquette.   So today we talked about scones.   I've always thought it was pronounced scones, with a long O.   Once I heard someone pronounce it "skahn".  I think that person was horribly mistaken, I didn't correct her because she was teaching and I didn't want to appear rude.  I just thought "yikes"  It's scooooone.  Perhaps I am mistaken?

Did you know the proper way to eat scones is to break off a bite sized piece, then spread the cream and jam on before you pop it in your mouth.   I've heard that it was done this way because if you didn't finish all of it the rest could be saved without getting spoiled and the "help" would then take the leftovers home.    Personally, I think it's because a good scone is a little crumbly and it would make a mess and not be very lady like to slather it with cream and take a big bite!      

We are enjoying our afternoon tea in the Sunroom today because my yard is muddy - we've been blessed with lots of rain!   I love it - everything is very green and lush.   And, also my dh is outside mowing and trimming bushes and I don't want to get in his way!      So here it is, my Saturday Tea in the Garden  taking place in the sunroom.    Thank you Bernideen for hosting this and inspiring the tea lover in us.    

(After publishing the post I realized - where's the tea?   It's still in the pot on the counter!  I guess I'll go down now and enjoy another scone with a cup of tea this time! LOL!) 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Tea Cup Tuesday

Hello tea cup loving friends!  

I found this teacup at the Goodwill without a saucer,  I thought it was much too pretty to leave there so I brought it home.  

 Then I went yard saling (sailing?) and I found the saucer.  

 When I picked it up, I thought it was a perfect match to the cup I had purchased previously.

They are made by the same company and are very similar, but different.  
 The flowers on the cup are different from the roses on the plate.  

The plate is called Apricot Rose. The cup doesn't have a name. I think they are beautiful together. Don't you love to have mismatched pieces that "match". 

My calendar today says " I asked God for all things so that I might enjoy life.  He gave me life so that I might enjoy all things."    And the scripture is Psalm 103:2  I will bless the Lord and not forget the glorious things he does for me.     As I reflect on these words I realize that He has done so much for me and I admit, in times of despair, I forget the things he has already done.   The promises he has made are still mine, and one at time, with my focus on Him, these promises will come to pass.   Sounds like I am encouraging myself here, and I am, but it's for you also.   God's word is for all of us, if we'll have it.    "Delight yourself also in Me, your LORD, and I will give you the desires of your heart"   Psalm 37:4.  He gives us friends, even in blogland, that are like this teacup and saucer.    We come from different places and have different patterns  but our maker is the same.   Isn't He wonderful!  

I am having tea with following today:   

Teacup Tuesday

Teacup Tuesday

Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday

Tuesday Tea

Tea Party Tuesday

Teatime Tuesday

Teacup Thursday

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