Friday, April 18, 2014

A Surprise Gift of Art

Are you familiar with Paper Toile [tole]?  I wasn't, until a friend recently gifted me with a beautiful print. Many layers of pictures are cut and glued together to create a dimensional look instead of a flat surface picture.  The more layers that are used, the more realistic and beautiful the picture is. The art work is sometimes referred to as multi-dimensional paper art, and shadow box art.

My picture has 8 layers, and the fact that it's a tea scene, makes it even more special.  To fully appreciate its beauty it must seen in person, but this blog photo will have to suffice.  It is matted in a beautiful 12 1/2 x 14 1/2 cherry shadow-box frame.

The skill and patience required to produce this type of art is amazing, and I'm grateful to be the recipient of such a lovely gift.

This is the written paperwork that came from the artist:  "Paper Toile probably gets the vote for the most diverse, yet most realistic form of art.  An art form for over 200 years, Paper Toile is highly prized for its total uniqueness.  Several prints of the same 80 pound paper picture are painstakingly cut by hand using exacto knives and artful skill.  Artisans know of the costly expense and consumption of time required to master an image.  They must have knowledge of cutting as well as what to cut, what to keep, what to throw away, and how to glue, block, shape, and form.  Through determination, persistence, skill and great cost, we, as a group of artisans, have created an opportunity for you to be a proud owner of one of our handcrafted works of art.  By purchasing our prints, glass, matting, wood and other essentials in magnum quantities, plus doing all the work ourselves, it enables you to enjoy the realism and uniqueness that this fine art has to offer.  In the world of art, Paper Toile in all respects, is art that really stands out."

Thursday, April 17, 2014

An "April Showers Bring May Flowers" Tea

On Saturday, April 12th two friends and I traveled to East Lansing to attend another of Cristy Bennett's tea parties [this was the 13th tea party of Cristy's that I've attended]. It featured flowers, butterflies and parasols.  As always, it was lovely!

 ~ Tablescape Photos ~

The personalized menu card, floral arrangement, and bag of chocolates were our favors to take home.

Now for a little tour around Cristy's home which is decorated to carry out the theme.

This one place setting is where Cristy's husband, David, sits.

The tea began with a glass of  Sparkling Cherry Juice.

We were served Goji Berry Green Tea throughout the meal.  The first course was chilled Raspberry Soup with a Raspberry Pinwheel Scone.

The second course was Springtime Spinach Quiche; Three-Veggie Salad on a Pita Petal; and a refreshing Raspberry Gelatin Fruit Salad.

The third course [dessert course] was a slice of Key Lime Raspberry Cheesecake. 

I've made my reservation for her next tea on June 14th - Royal Garden Promenade - an elegant, formal gardenscape.   I'll be sure to share to blog about it!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tea Time in Bloom

On April 8th I attended a tea at Longacre House in Farmington Hills, MI.  The theme was Tea Time in Bloom with special guest Mikki, owner of The Vines florist in Farmington Hills.

Several ladies wore hats to the tea.

~ Barbara and Suzanne ~

~ Judy and LuAnn ~

~ Linda and her granddaughter Jamison ~

The tables were beautifully set with floral centerpieces.

~ Crisp, white linen napkins ~

The meal was a spinach salad topped with sliced strawberries and sweet red onion.

A grilled, marinated chicken breast with roasted red-skin potatoes.

Dessert was strawberry shortcake with whipped cream.

Tea was "Lady Day"

Mikki was a wonderful presenter, and made floral arranging look so simple.  She began by demonstrating how to make paper cones for May Day baskets to hang on door knobs of neighbors and friends.  

~ Teacups as floral containers ~

Burlap is very popular right now, and Mikki demonstrated using it to decorate chair backs.

~ Simplistic Elegance ~

~ Fresh flowers and raffia in place of napkin rings. ~

What a fun way to think spring!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Brianna's 9 to 5 Musical

My granddaughter, Brianna, was recently in her high school musical, 9 to 5 written by Dolly Parton.  Of course, we went to watch her play the role of Missy Hart [the boss' wife].

Trust me - that's tea in the mug!  

No flash photography was allowed during the performance, so I got a couple of pictures during the curtain call, and on stage afterwards.

It's hard to believe Brianna's a senior this year, and almost done with her high school education.  The musical was bittersweet for her.

[L-R:  Granddaughter Brooke, Daughter-in-law Sharon, Me, Jerry, and Brianna]

~ A selfie of Steve and Brianna / Father & Daughter ~

Great job, Brianna!  We loved you as Missy Hart, but we love you even more as YOU!

Monday, April 14, 2014

An Extra Special Issue of Tea Time Magazine

Tea Time magazine is my all-time favorite publication.  I have every issue published, and look forward to each new issue.  It contains photos of beautiful china and tablescapes, tea equipage, tea information and history, tea recipes, and tea rooms, and when you know someone who owns one of those tea rooms, the magazine becomes even more special.

The May/June 2014 issue features Nancy Reppert, and her lovely tea room, Sweet Remembrances, located in Mechanicsburg, PA.

I first met Nancy in 2005 when the Mid-Atlantic Tea Business Association held their first annual seminar at Sweet Remembrances.  We met again in 2007 on a London, England Tea Tour, and our most recent meet-up was last month in Berea, Kentucky.

Congratulations, Nancy on being featured in the #1 national tea publication! You are very deserving of the honor!

~ Sweet Remembrances - photo courtesy of the website ~

~ Nancy with magazine article - photo courtesy of her blog ~

~ The magazine article ~

It's rare that I own china featured in the magazine, but I happen to have a trio of the Wedgwood china pictured on the cover - Wild Strawberry pattern.

Also included in the tea events calendar of this issue [page 11] is the Afternoon Tea with Miss America, which I'm a committee member.  We're very grateful to Betty Terry for giving us publicity in Tea Time, and I'll definitely be blogging about the event after it takes place. For more information about the upcoming tea please click, here.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Reflection...

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord... Hosanna in the highest!"
Mark 11:9-10

Palm Sunday celebrates the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.  It is the beginning of Holy Week, culminating with Easter Sunday, the glorious celebration of Christ's resurrection.

The Gospel of Mark states that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted Him by waving palm branches with shouts of "Hosanna."

"Hosanna" was a shout of praise, jubilation, and adoration in recognition of the Messiahship of Jesus.  They were declaring, "We are saved!"   

May God bless your week!

Friday, April 11, 2014

"Anything Goes" Tablescape Conclusion

Table #39 "Lucky Leprechan"

Table #40 "Aunt Lillian's Supper"

I loved the sentiment of this table.  The china was hand-painted by the hostess' aunt, and each place setting had a different floral painting.  What a beautiful family treasure.  I loved the vintage photograph of "Aunt Lillian" too.

Table #41 "Jackson's China"

Table #42 "Cherry Blossom"

Table #43 "A Gift from Grandma"

Table #44 "Ringing In Spring"

This was another favorite table since I was in the Bell Choir at church and rang bells identical to these.

Table #45 "Feathered Friends"

Table #46 "Bridesmaids Brunch"

Table #47 "Tea Time in the Garden"

Table #49 "Vintage ABC Plates"

Table #50 "Love and Roses"

Table #51 "Picnic"

Table #52 "Blossom Time"

Table #53 "Tiptoe Through the Tulips"

Table #54 "Barb's Surprise"

Table #55 "Blackberry Picking"

Table #56 "Mad Hatter's Tea Party"

Table #58 "My Mother's Limoges"

Table #59 was "Clowning Around Part II" and very similar to Table #29 [which was the 10th runner up], so I didn't photograph it.   

In my rush to view all 59 tables I missed photographing Table #11 "Simply Lovely,"  but it's the only one I missed.  I hope you've enjoyed seeing all the varied and creative tablescapes.