Monday, December 16, 2013

High Tea


This year the customer Christmas celebration at Sew This and That was a High Tea, held on Sunday afternoon a week ago.  We were to take our own cup, saucer and plate.  I knew straight away that I wanted to use this beautiful set which had belonged to my mother, and which I had always admired.  But it had no saucer - so what was a stitchy girl to do but make one.

 
I photocopied the plate and then reduced the size to 80%, traced that onto a piece of cream fabric (which I had to use bleach to lighten to get a closer colour).  I then embroidered the flowers, stitched the gold trim and it was ready to use.  It served its purpose very well.  

One of the competitions on the day was taken from our November Sewing Club project, which was a gift bag with an angel or Santa appliqued on - and with dangly legs.  We could use those or our own applique, and embellish as we would like.  I made the small size bag as given to us and then - thanks to Fiona giving me an idea (she made some of these last Christmas and I had seen them on her blog - you can check them out here) I used the pattern of the gingerbread man, enlarged it and embellished it, then appliqued it onto the bag.

 I was very surprised that mine was voted the winner as there were some beautifully embellished Santas on some of the bags.
(The pattern and tutorial for the gingerbread man ornaments is here).

Other competitions voted on by all of us, was for the messiest sewing room and the best sewing room.  We had to take in a photo beforehand.  Now mine would have done well for the messiest, but I needed to clear off my cutting table and also my sewing desk so as to make some curtains.  So I actually took a photo of a clean sewing room.

And again I won the prize for the best sewing room.  My half garage comes up rather well when tidied up. Mind you if they could have seen what was behind the camera it may have reverted to messiest.  

 I was very chuffed with my wins - 2 class vouchers.  It made up for the fact that my shoe parted company with its sole part way through the afternoon and I spent the rest of the time barefooted - not a good look when frocked up, but a good laugh just the same. 

It is a fantastic store and Danielle and the Girls run excellent classes, give good customer service, and have amazing fabrics.

Our December sewing club project was a Christmas wall hanging.
 He is a jolly little fellow and is hanging beside the door to the bathroom.  He has a pompom on his hat but it is lost in the background in the photo.


20 comments:

Susan said...

Marilyn - what a coup!! fantastic effort - you should have got a prize for the most creative plate too! What a smart idea.
Bare footed is so much more comfortable and you had such a good excuse too.

Sandra :) said...

I can't believe you made a saucer - that's totally amazing - and gorgeous! Your gingerbread bag is sweet too - what a cute idea:)

Even when it's clean my sewing room wouldn't win any prizes - I'm in the basement with unfinished walls/floor/ceiling, but I have LOTS of space so I'm happy! Not very happy about sharing the room with the furnace though - it's noisy :D

Narelle said...

Your matching saucer is gorgeous and so clever of you :)
Congrats on 2 wins and your reindeer wall hanging is just adorable!

Maria said...

You'd idea fabulous job of stitching the saucer, looks great.
Love the gingerbread man sack , no wonder you won.
What a beautiful sewing space too. Congrats on your wins...
Love the mini wall hanging too.

Bev C said...

Hello Marilyn,

What a fantastic idea to make your own saucer, just remember not to put it in with the cup to wash up! Congratulations on your sewing and sewing room prizes. Sounds like a lovely day.

Happy days.
Bev.

Helen said...

How very clever the saucer is marvelous . Congrats on your prizes !!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Clever girl!!! Congrats on your wins...love all the space you have in your sewing space.

Chrissie said...

What a brilliant idea well done. Congrats on your prizes, well deserved too

Fiona said...

oh my goodness.... how adorable is that plate clever you... what a great idea....
well done on the prizes... wonderful fun and I know you will enjoy the classes...
Hugz

shez said...

congrats on both your wins Marilyn and you did an awesome job of the saucer and love your reindeer wall hanging.xx

retdairyqueen said...

Photos are not showing up for me so I will have to revisit

Jindi's Cottage said...

Loving the saucer, what a fantastic idea and the embroidery so so pretty…well done on your wins, the gingerbread man is a great alternative to the Santas is looks great and (if no-one can see what is behind the camera in the photo it doesn't count! Enjoy whichever classes you take with your voucher prizes...

Anneliese said...

Marilyn, I am without words ---- you made a wonderful saucer. What a splendid idea, you stitchy girl! I will have to copy this for my paper cup. Or for future ones. This is BEAUTIFUL! And the gingerman, a lovely guy. Good idea, too. congrats for the prize. Don't excuse yourself for the tidy room, haha. It is your PLUS - order and prize.
Lovely post.

Lyn said...

How talented you are..a fantastic stitched saucer and the tidiest sewing room..fabulous wins..and the Rudolph wall hanging is very cute..

Sisbabestitches said...

Gosh your saucer is inspired and so beautifully executed! Well done on your wins and having an excuse to be barefoot :) Love the reindeer hanging :)

Anthea said...

What an amazing make - a saucer! Very inventive of you Marilyn!
Well done on your wins too, enjoy those classes x

Dianne said...

Well done on the wins, Marilyn. Love that little chewed gingerbread man.

debbie said...

Congrats on your wins, dear Marilyn. I love your sewing room too. xx debbie

Maureen Clare said...

Marilyn your embroidered plate is gorgeous. You are a very creative lady. Beautiful work. Have a super Christmas. I should check your block more often. I have been entralled trolling through all your entries. Beautiful.

Janine C said...

I'm so impressed by that saucer, well done.