Summer Tea Tray Ensemble

Create a lovely summer tea tray for your front porch. You can easily switch the designer series paper and stamped images in the tray for a fresh look for any season, and the coasters are so simple to make, you’ll want a set for every occasion. Complete the ensemble with a darling Simply Pressed clay box for candy, sugar or flowers.

Craft Project Central, Stampin' Up!, Tea PartyThis project was designed for Craft Project Central by me!  And since I designed it, I can give you the “back story.”

Years ago, Mike & I added on to our house.  We added a larger family room, a bigger deck and front porch, and more storage (because we’re pack rats.).  We had chairs on the front porch, and while it was functional, it wasn’t really that pretty.

Funny store about the story.  Jon was about 8, I guess, when we remodeled.  The contractor came to the door one day and asked if Mike had some tool or other that he could borrow.  I called Jon and asked him.  “Sure.  I’ll get it,” he said.  A few days later, the guy came to the door and asked about something else.  I called Jon, and he said, “Sure, I’ll get it.”  The next time the contractor came to the door (and it makes me wonder what kind of contractor he was that he had to borrow so many of Mike’s tools), he said, “Is Jonathan here?”  He finally figured out that my son knew every tool in Mike’s “arsenal” – and how to use it.

So – back to my front porch.  One of the rentals Mike & I have was furnished when we got it.  A lot of the furniture in the loft area was wicker, and since it was in a rental, you can imagine the condition.  Mike was going to throw it out or try to sell it cheap.  I bought about $20 of white spray paint, some blue cushions and – hey, presto!!  Porch furniture.

Since the furniture was (now) white and blue, and the house is gray, I decided to use red, white and blue for my project.  Nautical and Americana – all in one.

As Paul Harvey said, “And now you know the rest of the story.”  To get the directions for my project – and, of course, you’ll want directions – especially for the clay box and coasters! – simply subscribe to Craft Project Central for July.  Leave a comment on my project on Craft Project Central, and you’ll have a chance to win a free subscription.  (Remember to leave the comment on CPC.  I welcome comments here!! – but only comments on CPC will get you into the drawing.)

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy.  Have a fabulous day!


About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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