We've been having a pot of tea with our breakfast this last week. James and Bella both enjoy having a cup with us in the morning so it made sense to dust off the tea pot and start putting it to good use.
The teapot is part of a beautiful handmade set that my first boss gave Richard and myself for a wedding present. She bought the set for us on a trip to South Africa and carried it back in her luggage hoping that it would make the journey safely (which it did). I've always been really fond of it and often wish I had somewhere to display it properly rather than having it hidden away in the cupboard.
Anyhow last night I took a mad fit and decided it needed a tea cozy to keep it warm while the tea is brewing. After several attempts to draw out a pattern that would fit (on paper) I finally got one that appeared to sit in place nicely. The embroidered teacup design was from one of my Japanese craft books (Design Collection for kids) and the fabric was some that I had stashed away (http://www.joeldewberry.com/).
There were a few little hiccups - one being that it took me a while to figure out how I was going to sew it all together (liner, wadding & cover) and the main problem was once I sewed it all up the liner was a bit big inside. But hey, you can't see that anyhow once it's on the teapot.
In blogging news, the lovely Jill from Nature Girl (http://lifewithnaturegirl.blogspot.com/) nominated me for the Arte Y Pico award (http://arteypico.blogspot.com/). Thankyou Jill! The Arte Y Pico is awarded to blogs that you consider deserving due to their creativity, design, interesting material and for their contributions to the blogging community. If you receive the Arte Y Pico you in turn bestow it on five blogs. Normally I don't play along and I give the awards out to everyone, lol...but today I thought it might be fun to join in. So, here we go:
http://scrapblogmebaby.typepad.com/blog_me_baby/ Ngai is a cool little blogger and creates gorgeous art. Her blog is always so pretty to look at too :)
http://www.gingerbread.typepad.com/ I love all the baking and cards that gingerbread creates. Gina also does lots of cool things with her two gorgeous girls and as you know I'm a big sucker for kids crafting activities...there's nothing nicer!
http://www.shereeforcier.blogspot.com/ I'm always really taken with Sheree's beautiful scrapbooking layouts - they're bright, funky and well, I just love her style.
http://oneredrobin.com/ Jhoanna is super talented. She sews the most beautiful things. Go on, sneak over to her blog, you'll love it.
http://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/ My newest most favourite blog to visit. Rhonda Jean talks about baking, preserving, soap making (yay!), gardening, green cleaning, slowing down and living a simple life.
Oh and since I like breaking the rules for the awards, here is one more of my very favourite blogs:
http://franknotes.wordpress.com/ Frank is a super crafting dadda. He sews so beautifully, knits and makes the most awesome and impressive cakes.
Gosh I could make this list a mile long...there are so many super creative and inspiring people out there.
By the way, if you have more storage ideas then don't forget to add them to yesterday's post. Here's a link that Laura left for her storage solutions from her blog:
Thanks Laura. I love the simple idea to store bits and pieces from magazines - I have a whole pile of magazines that I don't like to part with...but now I think I'll tear out the pages of interest, store them in a binder (like Laura does) and pop the rest of the magazine in my recycle bin. That's going to save me so much space.
See you tomorrow, thanks for stopping by.