Saturday, August 1, 2015

Tea for two

Almost from the time my niece Abigail was born, we've been having tea.  My favorite pictures of her are when she was 2 and wearing Nana's hat, pouring tea from my tea pot (Aunt Bobbie staged alot of photos with the kidlets when they were small.)  Each year I try to have a tea party for her birthday,  sometimes with just the two of us, sometimes with family and other times we've sent out invitations to friends.
Last year she asked if she could have a tea party with one friend.... For some reason it never happened,  schedules conflicted and the such like.  So today we made it happen (only one year and a half later). 

     Abby's brothers and parents are in Iowa for Jr Bible Camp, so Abby spent the week at Nana Camp (the boys had Nana Camp in July while Abby was at Teen Camp)  part of Nana Camp includes a day with Aunt Bobbie.  We  had to split our day up, yesterday we painted pillows with Emma Bean and went to the playground.  This morning we had tea with  Christa. 
I took my coffee table (which is an old trunk) into the backyard and decorated the tree and clothesline  with fabric flowers and tulle.  I wrapped some pillows in fabric for the girls to sit on and brought a vintage suitcase &  books out.  I used bridesmaid's bouquets and loose flowers as well as fresh flowers from my garden. Hats and scarves were provided. 

Menu : Strawberry Cheese  Tarts with whipped cream,  Nutella Shortbread (Girl Scout cookies with Nutella) and Cinnamon Earl Grey  tea (*somebody* put the box of  the tea I had planned to serve- Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride - away empty and I only had Earl Grey and Cinnamon Stick left... The girls drank two pots full so they must have liked it)

I left the girls to themselves until after the second pot of tea,  it's rare that they see each other without crowds of siblings.  Christa brought a set of American Girl books and they played the game that was attached.  Then we read some poetry and Emma joined us. After Christa left Abby and Emma played dress up with the scarves. 
The weather today is perfect for being outdoors, it's hot but there's a beautiful breeze and the tree had fantastic shade until about 2pm.
Now it's time for Aunt Bobbie to go play in the sewing room!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Louis Wain Cats

Over in Instagram I am part of a vintage lovers swap.  One of the great things about an IG swap is the mosaics you put together to get an idea of what your partner likes.  My partner is an artist and likes Peter Pan, Louis Wain cats, and Elvis among other things.  The picture she posted of the cats was very fun - cats with umbrellas- but I didn't think I could do anything with it unless I embroidered and that's not gonna happen :)  I thought about Peter Pan and looked up the book she mentioned (it's a very rare one, found it for about $1200.00!)  and thought maybe I'd do one of the illustrations-way too detailed - amazing pictures but nope. I used up all my Elvis fabric on Helen's purse so that wouldn't work.   I kept coming back to Louis' cats and found a couple that I thought I could do.  It took me 3 days to decide. Look up his paintings, there are some *wild* cats, most of them would make for a very bold quilt! Finally I settled on this one.  It makes me smile! 
I started with a rough sketch to make sure I could do it free hand since I wasn't going to be near a printer.  Not too difficult.  Then I went thru my scraps to find the right fabrics.  I found marbly (that's a word, right?) squares in my Stonehenge charm pack that worked perfect.  Then I cut all those petals (10 for each eye)  while sitting in the sunshine. 
I really like my phone for this kind of project because I can see where changes need to be made better in a picture. And with my photo app can actually put them side by side.   I hope to get the cat finished today and  possibly make him into something useful! 
Have a crafty sort of day