I love everything about the Tea Shoppe set. It brings back wonderful memories – of “tea time” in the afternoon when I was little, delicate china, and Dad’s peony bushes. Mom would give us a snack to get us through from lunch until dinner (or “supper,” as we called it). It was usually a few cookies or a piece of cake or a sandwich (sometimes cut into quarters with the crust trimmed!) and kool-aid, but we called it “tea.” Sometimes we’d even have hot tea, and she let us use “real” cups and saucers, not paper or other non-breakable dishes. Mom had the idea that the “good china” should be used, not just stored away for special occasions. We didn’t always get the “good stuff” for our tea time, but when we did, it made it extra special.
Dad also had planted several rows of peony bushes at our house – as well as roses and lots of annuals and perennials in the garden. We always had fresh flowers in the spring, summer and fall, and that’s something I really miss these days, because I did not inherit my parents’ green thumbs (or patience). My job was to weed them, but planting or serious care was beyond my ability.
We had flowering bushes at the house Mike & I rented when we first got married. The owner had been moved so she could receive 24 hour care after a broken hip. She was sure she was coming home, so she wouldn’t let her daughter sell the house or anything in it, and it had been empty for a year or more. So the yard was a bit neglected when we got there.
Mike also doesn’t possess patience. He likes flowers, but not if he has to mow around them. He likes flower beds with clearly defined borders. So as he was cleaning up the yard after we moved in, anything that wasn’t blooming he called “dead,” and cut it down. (It was November when we got married; not much was blooming here in northwestern Virginia! That kind of gives you an idea of how much he cut down.) Our landlord was quite upset that he had cut down her mother’s “piney bushes.” I had no idea what that was. Finally my parents told me she meant “peony.” So now when I see this set, I think of white “piney” bushes and our first years of marriage.
Stamp set: Tea Shoppe; Ink: Pink Pirouette, Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade stampin’ write markers; Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder classic; Paper: Very Vanilla, Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette card stock; Twitterpated designer series paper; Other: Beautiful Wings embosslit, Oval Accent Bigz Clear die, Big Shot, large oval punch, scallop oval punch, Scallop Envelope die, Wisteria Wonder ruffled ribbon, sponge
The little flowers were inked with markers (I masked the cup when I stamped them), and the “White Peony” was stamped in Basic Gray so I could watercolor it. The border along the left side is the flap from the scallop envelope die. I folded my card stock and positioned it several scallops in on the die so it would be the correct length. If you look very, very closely, you can see the fold, but the stamped flower and ribbon camouflage it fairly well.
Today I’m doing some organizing for the Open House on Saturday, so I need to be sure to take some tea with me! And maybe one of my “fiber one brownies.” Yum!
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