Monthly Archives: March 2015

Fabulous Tea Party

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This table was called Fairy Garden. You probably can’t see it but there are little fairies going into the treehouse.

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This table was decorated for the state of South Carolina. A yellow Carolina Jessimine plant was the centerpiece of the table. The table was decorated in blue and white like the state flag with the palmetto tree.

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This table was called the Fruits of the Spirit and was decorated with a fruit theme as both the centerpiece and the dishes.

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This table was decorated with a garden theme. I loved the green placemats, the green and white dishes and the rabbit motifs.

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A close-up of the cute rabbit figure as the centerpiece of the garden table.

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The table where I was sitting was decorated in an ocean theme. It was adorned with lots of seashells, netting, a blue tablecloth and gold rimmed white china. My nametag was placed on a pier post fashioned out of dowel pieces tied with string.

A dear friend took me to a tea party today at a local church.  It was the best display of tea settings I have ever seen.  There were the usual tea tables with beautiful china and  flower arrangements as their centerpiece.  However, there were also some very unusual tables that were beautifully decorated as well.  I decided to take pictures of the most unique tea table decorations. This is the fifth year that the church has held the ladies’ tea. It is a wonderful ministry to women in the community each year. It is a special day to make women feel pampered.  It was wonderful to get such royal treatment.  Having owned a tea room years ago and having served at a women’s tea for my own church,  I know how much work goes into such an event.  Well done ladies!

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Quilt Show

100_3122100_3118100_3132100_3124100_3116I had the pleasure of attending a quilt show at the Metrolina Fairgrounds in Charlotte, North Carolina this past weekend. There were dozens of quilts on display. There were some from the 1800’s, some from the early 1930’s, and some that were modern. I have a collection of old quilts from my family so I mostly enjoyed looking at vintage or antique quilts to compare the colors and patterns to those that I own.  However, it was also interesting to see what patterns and ideas more modern quilt makers have come up with.

My mother came along. She has always had an interest in history. She was intrigued by the stories that went along with the quilts.  She found several crazy quilts like one her mother made from velvet and silk scraps.  We were amazed at the embroidery on top of the quilting. The stitching was very intricate. It took an even greater level of skill  than the work done on the quilt itself.

There were several appliqued quilt patterns. We had to look very closely for the fine stitching on these quilts that at first appeared invisible. The stitching was very tiny and the colors of the threads matched the fabrics perfectly.

At one juncture of the exhibit, a lady was taking pictures. She began talking to us.  We learned that she stored pictures of nature on her camera that she reproduced as altered images suitable for quilt designs

There were vendors at the show. Most were selling fabrics or supplies for quilt making.  One sold interesting buttons that she made and fired herself in the haiku fashion.  The buttons had an iridescent quality from the metallic component in the firing process.  Her wares were very unique and beautiful.  I made my one purchase from her.  I bought a scarf pin that was fashioned from a button and pin.

It was obvious that we were at an exhibit of fine craftsmanship that could be compared to any museum pieces prized for their art and history.

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The Gardening Bug Has Bitten

OK, it’s official. The gardening bug has bitten me.  It always happens to me in the early spring as soon as the weather gets warm.  My housework starts to get neglected. I want to be outdoors. I start moving plant pots around and make plans for new ways to create outdoor rooms off the back of our house.

I find myself making frequent visits to the local home store’s gardening department to search for new plants for my yard. So far I have planted three new Knockout Rose bushes and four forsythia bushes.

I love getting my hands in the dirt!

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First Signs of Spring

After a long,cold, and dreary winter, a welcome sign of spring appeared in my yard today.  Here are some cheery crocuses, the first flowers that have bloomed in an otherwise gray landscape over the past few months. 100_3099100_3100

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