Friday, July 24, 2015

Strawberry Tea

Nothing like having an outdoor Tea Party with some lady friends and using all the fun things you've collected from garage sales, thrift stores and ebay. Todays theme is STRAWBERRIES!

I set up 4 tables - one rectangle for food and one square  for tea, 2 round for seating:
The large rectangle table was quite wide so I was able to really have some fun with my strawberry collection :
 A picture painted on slate, canisters,a white basket filled with books and vintage fabric,and a strawberry toothpick holder - leaning up against a picnic basket
A vintage makeup case, a strawberry teapot (missing the lid) filled with flowers, strawberry salt and pepper shakers, red doilies, a strawberry serving dish and a yellow bee hive
A pillow, a  welcome sign, a tin sign,  more canisters and a potted plant and another picnic basket

I layered a red checked sheet with a vintage table cloth I bought off ebay

I used 2 round outdoor tables and pushed them together so we were close, more red checked table cloths with squares of vintage fabric in the center, white plates, white napkins with red holders, vintage avon strawberry dessert plates and green water glasses( though they look blue in the picture)
I found 8 red petunias, still fairly nice, at the garden center for only 50 cents and put them in white cups from the dollar store with red checked ribbon and a strawberry tag - they made a nice favor for everyone. The tags read "You're So Berry Sweet!" You can get the picture from the Graphics Fairy

 I used some other strawberry finds to decorate the tables - like these potted plants and candle rings and a large red strawberry cookie jar

and of course my strawberry tea cup - I wish I had a set of these but everyone always brings their own tea cup so it was fine
oh - and of course- Strawberry tea:

I wore my newly made apron and put red checked bows on my red shoes - and we're ready...

Tea,good food,  the outdoors and fellowship with friends - God is good.
Tablescape Thursday 
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Strawberry Apron

Well, after seeing all the cute aprons I could find on pinterest, I decided to make my own. I will be hosting a tea soon and  I've been collecting all kinds of  strawberry dishes and such so I thought I would have my party be strawberry themed - so why not make an apron to go with..

Everytime I go to the thrift store or yard sales I look for pretty fabric, I've especially have been loving red lately, and anything checked.  And doilies are always a must

I picked up some vintage strawberry dish towels on e-bay. They will be perfect to use for the apron - right size and edges are already hemmed.
I didn't use a pattern. Just laid out some red checked fabric I had left over from the table cloth I made for the tea. The bottom edge was already hemmed. I also had a dark red sheet I cut and folded for the waist band. A sheet is always nice because you get such a large amount of fabric.
I cut a square of the red and checked for a pocket. The doily was just folded over the top. Hand sew on a couple of buttons - heaven knows I have plenty of buttons to choose from.

After sewing the skirt to the waistband I sewed on the pocket to the dishcloth and then sewed the dishcloth to the band, gathering and leaving a checked border
I added some red ric-rac and done
Love, love, love it! I'll take a pic of me wearing it at the tea and then share it with you.
What do you think?

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Stairway wall

Just something I've been playing with.....

  Pick a few colors , depending on your decor, I went with green, black, white and yellow.

Find some of your favorite family photos and copy them in black and white -
find old frames and paint them either black or white.

Gather some thrift store finds -

an old dish...
a picture that I couldn't think of where to hang...
an iron wall hanging...
fill a sconce with flowers....
use some scrapbook paper and make a sign....
frame your last initial...

a tin star, a wire cross, an old mirror, and what ever else you can come up with
and artfully fill the wall
stand back and take it all in
fall in love

everytime I go to the basement ....
Now it's your turn :)


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