Archive | April 2010

T on Thursday: time for a coffee break!

coffee breakWell I am late this week for “T” and to top it off I am having coffee this morning…..

Been busy with a project for work, and hopefully it will be something that I can write about in the future… in the meantime I am still busy preparing the handouts for my upcoming classes at

Please, join Kimmie and the rest of the “T” time group (who probably already posted by now)!

Enjoy! Christen

“T” is for Treasures

tea is for treasures

“T” is for treasures, and wonderful “T” Buddies! Sorry that I have been awhol for a bit, busy with life, work and unfortunately not much play (unless you count my job which some would call play!).

Tea today is China Green tea, a gift that came in the package below with all of those other delicious teas…..

tea treasuresI received this lovely group of goodies from Kimmie last week, as a hostess thank you. All of the treasures were wrapped nicely in this cool napkin. I now am the proud owner of a really cool button, an inchie, a wonderful little tea holder with a twinchie on top, a really cool old postcard, and some wonderful twine.

When I told my DH that I received goodies in the mail, he asked what was in the package, and I said that he needed to be here to see, cause he didn’t know what inchies and twinchies are, and my description over the phone was insufficient!

creative beginnings

When I opened the package the colors in the postcard and on the tea holder captured my imagination. So I started to pull out some vintage lace and ribbons, metal “tea themed” buttons, the hand made button from the package, vintage milliner flowers and vintage threads. I am not sure what the finished product will be, I will keep you all posted!

robin's blue eggIn parting I wanted to share this partial egg-shell that I found on my walk. This matches the eggs illustrated in the napkin, how coincidental is that?

Thank you again dear Kimmie! Please join her over at Art in Red Wagons for a cup of tea, and the list of the rest of the T-time group.

enjoy- Christen

“T” on Tuesday: Hummingbirds and Lace

tea cup“T” today is Celestial Seasonings “Peach Passion”; a lovely blend of orange peel, rosehips (my friend Tom said that his roses never had hips so I guess he won’t be making any tea!), hawthorn, chamomile, and natural peach flavor, yum! The charming little cup has a matching candy dish which I must admit to have filled with chocolate eggs! The background fabric is a vintage bark cloth table runner that is sitting on the dining room table.

Last week my guy had the week off, so we took a short trip up to visit our friends in Morongo Valley; a bit of rain; some rather cold (for us) weather; and Easter lunch with my mom. I guess the bonus to the week was an earth quake coming home from our visit! No damages and thank you again to those who wrote me with concerned emails. Luckily even old houses like ours have been earthquake retro-fitted, so no damage, just a few shaken up “kitty” nerves and minor topples and spills.

crochet purse and glovesI wanted to share an ensemble that I have gathered for a lecture that I give, called “Vintage Redressed“. I wrote an article for PieceWork Magazine on vintage embroidered purses (the photo on the cover shows a few of the bags in my collection), a few years back.  As I was researching information for the article, one thing lead to another and I collected a series of vintage garments and accessories, dating from 1900-1960, to accompany the handbags.

This pair of gloves (early 1900’s) are just exquisite and with much finer details than the reticule. The purse (1930) is not as finely stitched, but I just love the crochet balls dangling from it! The vintage powder holder has a lovely silk ribbon worked flower on the top, with fuchsia tails, it is not really part of the ensemble, it just sits in my workroom and looks pretty.

celluloid jewelryThe jewelry that I collected for this particular group is all celluloid. The necklace is composed of carved beads, with a self clasp. The clip-on earrings have a really lovely spiderweb design emanating from the center, with green sparkles decorating the spokes. The bangles have a lovely worn patina, the middle one has a lily of the valley design. I made the pin will a celluloid buckle as the base, adding in other discarded and broken celluloid and wire worked pieces.

I used to lament that I was born in the wrong era, I do so love all of these items and wish that I had been alive to wear them on a daily basis. Recently though I have come to believe that I was born in this era to admire and revitalize those pieces that have been discarded or forgotten, to give them new life, and continue to appreciate these splendors of days gone by.

Happy Tea to you all, thank you as always for stopping by. Please join Kimmie and the rest of the group for a cuppa!

enjoy- Christen