Which would you pick?

These are three teacup and saucer sets done in the three colorways of RJR‘s A is for Anabelle fabric collection.  Which would you pick?  I am not normally a green person, but the green colorway is causing my heart to flutter…


Teacups and saucers have popped up at sundry times at Ivory Spring… because we are somewhat serious about teacups and such over here.

[Spode Delamere in a blue/brown autumn setting]

[Spode antique gilded unknown pattern amidst Benartex’s Silk Road fabrics]

[ Lomonosov Guipure among Russian-y things]

[Spode Sheffield in an English bookish setting]

[Mottahedeh Mandarin Blue in a traditional setting]

[Johnson Brothers Heritage White in a spring afternoon Chinese tea setting]

[Spode Blue Italian and Blue Geranium peeking from the china hutch]

[Royal Albert Lady Carlyle in a cottage setting]

Which would you pick out of this lot?

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Snippets from a birthday party

I like to use heirloom keepsakes whenever I can in decorating a table, especially for memorable occasions. For Baby’s birthday table, I decided to keep a traditional theme, sprinkled with the keepsakes that belong to her…

I am keeping a theme – so, you can see that the set up is a lot similar to the setup here

The silver punch bowl set was decorated with Baby’s heirloom wooden blocks Baby has played with (no, Baby doesn’t own the silver punch bowl set – that’s mine!):

Baby’s “important” papers during her first year of life – birth announcement, invitation to her little birthday party, and cards she received from dear friends:

Of course, plates commemorating Baby’s birth were used! :)

Baby’s feeding spoon with the porringer as added accents. Those are the things she had used regularly :

I displayed a couple of Baby’s heirloom dresses propped on a doll bed borrowed from friends. The grey bunny was Baby’s faithful companion in the earlier days:

THE CAKE! The design on the cake was inspired by the smocking on Baby’s birthday dress. I will post about the dress tomorrow:

I thought it would be nice to use candleholders that I didn’t have to throw away after the party. These are the Bunnykins candleholders that will be keepsake for Baby as well:

I used my Royal Albert Lady Carlyle dishes to match the cake:

Goodies for Baby’s buddies (you have seen that quilt before, haven’t you?! :) ):

Zooming in – my Baby Steps Quilt will be featured in Quilter’s World’s April 2010 issue. I already have this Birth Memory Quilt, now all I need is a cross-stitched birth sampler! And yes, I have that in the works too – stay tuned!

Thank you for visiting me. I hope you have enjoyed my Tablescape post. Come back tomorrow if you want to see the birthday dress! Meanwhile, have a lovely lovely day!

Confession of a dishaholic (part 4)

If you let a dish-aholic start collecting a set of blue and white dishes,

Confession #1: She will have to have other blue and white dishes to go with those she started out, and sink her love deeper and deeper and yet even deeper in the blue and white pile of dishes there are out there…

Confession #2: Then, she will think she needs to start collections of other dishes to balance out the blue/white monopoly in her cupboards…

Confession #3: Then, she will want to collect pieces for her silverware chest, piece by piece…

Confession #4: Then, she will have to have serving pieces to go with her silver ware…

platters (what a surprise, she would have blue/white transferware platters!)

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passover platter

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gravy boats

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— pitchers and other tea-related thingamagigs!

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— chargers

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— bowls (big bowls, small bowls, shaped bowls, leaf bowls!)

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— and of course, pyrex and pie-PALS!

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— and this!

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If you are inflicted with the same weakness as I am, I would love to know what serving pieces in your stash you use the most!

Thank you for stopping by and humoring me while I confess. I hope you have a fun-filled day!

Confession of a dishaholic (part 2)

If you let a dish-aholic start collecting a set of blue and white dishes,

Confession #1: She will have to have other blue and white dishes to go with those she started out, and sink her love deeper and deeper and yet even deeper in the blue and white pile of dishes there are out there…

Confession #2: Then, she will think she needs to start collections of  other dishes to balance out the blue/white monopoly in her cupboards…

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(to suit the different seasons, don’t you know?) :)

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Thank you for visiting.  I would love to hear from you if you are suffering from the aforementioned symptoms! :)  Have a great Friday, everyone.  I will see you next week!

Setting a tea table when I am half asleep…

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I always have a little celebration when I fulfill a harsh quilt deadline before I jump right into the next deadline looming in the horizon, just to break the monotony of things. This time, I would like to celebrate the completion of one of my magazine quilts with my kind bloggy friends with a simple tea. But you must forgive me, as I am walking around half-asleep after several almost all-nighters. I did manage to get some wild roses to put in my Westerwald crock for a table centerpiece. The blossoms smell simply heavenly:

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Oh, thanks for reminding me… some of you don’t drink tea and would prefer coffee. Let me get that coffeepot out just for you, and coffee mugs too:

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Now, won’t you make yourself at home while I retrieve the napkins from the cabinet? I am sorry I didn’t get everything ready ahead of time…

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I am glad to see that you are chatting with each other trading stories how you stumbled upon Ivory Spring. I am going back to the cabinet one more time to get some plates for our cookies.

Here is to bloggy friendships!

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Thank you for popping by to visit. I am glad you spent some time with me as I relax for a little before tackling my next big challenge.

Cream Soup for One Tablescape

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I set a cream soup tray for one since I was dining by myself:

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I absolutely loved the shape of the cream soup bowl.  The handles make me want to sit up a little straighter and mind my table manners a little better.  Here, the cream soup bowl is sitting on a cream soup stand, which in turn sits on a salad plate, which in turn sits on a silverplate filigree tea tray for a layered effect:

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Of course, with a pattern like Lady Carlyle that exudes the beauty of an English garden, we have to have some kind of rose accent!  I am sorry I only have blossoms from my one and only Jude rose bush to impress myself and you.  It would have been nice to have a St. Cecelia, or Queen of Sweded to match that cupped rose in the center of the soup bowl.  But for now, my Jude would have to do:

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Some accessories to go with the tablescape – a Florentine glass goblet, Lady Carlyle salt and pepper shakers, and Lady Carlyle napkin.  I had bought the Lady Carlyle fabric in my pre-quilting days.  Now, I wish I had bought more of the fabric to make a quilt:

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Of course, when I eat alone, I have to have something to read… in this rosy setting, what can be more apt than the David Austin rose catalog?

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Just to set the record straight, I rarely set the table when I eat alone (or Vicki would surely prohibit me from ever joining her Craft Week, hehe.  I am just giving Vicki a hard time).  But once in a blue moon when the mood strikes…. I do indulge and make myself feel extra-special by setting the table just for ME!

Thank you for stopping by.  I wish you a wonderful day!

Cozy Patch

A wonderful Wednesday to you! This is now safely returned to me:

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I have initially named this quilt “Spring Cozy”, but the editorial staff at “The Quilter” renamed the project “Cozy Patch” for their May Issue magazine. I think “Cozy Patch” is a much cozier name (that’s why I am not an editor!):

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I am pleased with the sweet and soft look of the quilt – perfect to go with all things feminine:

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Who could resist these scrumptious floral prints? And the baby sky blue paisleys?!

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Gotta run – I will catch up with you later!

My vacuum “ate” my… , and other updates!

Would you ever have guessed….. the answer is “embroidery floss”! My vacuum ate my embroidery floss, causing a major delay in the progress of my French rouge cross-stitch. When that happened, I had a better understanding of the phrase “in the twinkling of an eye!”. I was running the vacuum around my stitching corner, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw my skein of embroidery floss – the next thing I knew, the floss was in the belly of the vacuum cleaner. It took me days to get another skein of floss at the store. Here is the progress over the weekend:

Meanwhile, I have started my new quilt projects that are to be featured in “The Quilter” early 2009. I am switching over to the “assembly line” method instead of rotary-cutting as I go. I hope this would speed things up:

Working on the spring fabrics reminded me that I need to wish my Aussie bloggy friends — a very HAPPY and BEAUTIFUL spring! For the rest of my bloggy friends, I hope you have a BEAUTIFUL day nonetheless! :)

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I also received all of these from wonderful bloggy friends. What an honor – a heartfelt THANK YOU to these dear ladies!!!

1. From Cathi in Canada:

2. From Barbara H:

3. From Charlotte:

Pieceful Garden Scrap Project: Part 2: My not so “scrappy” pillow

I underestimated the time I would need to complete my scrappy projects from the Pieceful Garden kit scraps. But I did get one of the scrap projects done last night. It turned to be a not-so-scrappy looking 24″ pillow:

The pride and joy of my pillow is the fabric yoyo! I have never made a yoyo before. But I was really inspired by what Arlette has done with her yoyo’s. So, I decided to give it a try. I thought it turned out pretty good and added a little something to the overall look:

Many of my whimsical friends wanted to get in the photo shoot for the pillow. They also wanted me to drag out some of the fineries in life as props. I think some of them just wanted to play with my breakables — you think French Loppie there got a bit carried away as he practically immersed himself in the teacup??!!!:

Click here for tutorial on how to make the center block with the Pieceful Garden kit scraps.

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Thank you for coming to my show-and-tell today. I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed weekend. I will be back on Monday! See you then!!

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Disclaimer – you will ONLY have the scraps left from Double-Nine-Patch blocks trimming the blocks for the scrap project. Anything extras you see in my scrap projects require extra fabric(s). You may choose to purchase more fabrics, or mix-and-match with other fabrics. The reason I used coordinating fabrics is because I had extra fabrics left from making the sample quilt for “The Quilter”.

Five Things I Love & Napkin Folding

I was tagged by Marye of http://www.simplyhomeremedies.com/ to share about five things I love. Among the many things I love, these are five that I really love:

1. China and anything related to tablesetting – that is only natural for a dish-aholic, right?

2. Christmas – my all-time favorite holiday even if I had grown up celebrating it in a tropical country. It is the meaning of Christmas that always tugs at my heart – the remedy for evil, and the possibility of having peace with God:

3. Things related to heirloom millinery – traditional counterpane, wholecloth, smocking, embroidery, cross-stitch are what capture my fancy.

4. Books – they keep my mind and my horizon expanding. They are just something I’ve got to have in my life.

5. My Bible – for “The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.” Psalm 19:8a.

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Suzan had asked about what kind of fold I had used for my napkin in the Christmas tablesetting I had shown a couple of days ago. It is called “Rose”, and I have included the directions below: