Monday, April 7, 2008

Stiches-for-Tea

April 6 - April 12
Stitches-for-Tea

This week the "Gracious Hospitality" TEA BLOG-A-THON is focusing on "Sharing any kind of stitching that is somehow related to "Tea." May it be...."sewing, embroidery, knitting, crochet, tatting, quilting, etc." Just as long as it is "hand done" rather than factory made.

I along with many women all over the world have a nice, little "horde of antique and semi-antique linens" of all types.

Especially in the realm of doilies, dresser runners, potholders, crocheted table covers, pillowcases, etc...

Things my GreatGrandmother, My Grandmother's, my Mother, had made.....some items my Great, Great Aunt Rosa from Louisiana Mo. made before she died.

She had donated them to be sold at the church Bazaar at her Baptist church and my Great Aunt on my other side went to the same church. Once she saw the few things "Aunt Rosa" had made there, she "snatched" them up at the and sent themm to me with a typewritten note that said....."She does great work to be almost 90 years old."
That was when I was first married.

Things like that are PRICELESS to me now.

But most of those things I own don't have "Tea pots or Tea Cups" of any sort on them......

However I do have this one special thing.

My Step Mother who lives in Illinois, had her friend "Judy" who does beautiful "Needlepoint" work.....make me this cute piece of needlepoint last year for Christmas.

Once Judy was finished, they traveled across the river to my hometown of Hannibal Missouri, where there is this wonderful quilt/craft store called the "Hickory Stick".

They do custom framing as well and she had it framed to size.

The really neat thing about this Needlepoint piece is that it has "Tea Charms" added to it in between the letters.....there are 7 of them.

Two different Teapots, a Clock, a Spoon, a Teabag, a Teacup and Saucer, and a Sugar bowl.

I was THRILLED when I opened it for Christmas. It is SO cute and unique and it is now another "special handmade memory."

I have it in my office where it serves as a constant reminder to me that it is always......
"TEA TIME!"

25 comments:

Carrie said...

Wonderful! This is such a precious gift. Thank you for sharing.

Linda said...

What a thoughtful and special gift!

Wanita said...

What a wonderful gift. I love the little charms.

La Tea Dah said...

Ooohhhhh. . .I just LOVE your TEA TIME needlework. Those charms make it extra special! Your display is very lovely!

I enjoyed your posts below as well. What a special surprise in the mail!

LaTeaDah

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

That is a wonderful gift. Thank you for showing the close-ups of the little charms. I am glad that your aunt redeemed the items from the church bazaar so that you could have them to treasure.

Me said...

What a sweet needlepoint piece! The charms hanging in the open spaces is adorable. :)

Revee

ellen b. said...

Very sweet needlepoint gift! I think the charms are great. I have lots of linens like you that do not have a specific tea theme on them. I'm glad your aunt thought to snatch that stuff up for you!!

Susie Harris said...

Just wanted to pop in and say HI, hugs, Susie

Sandra said...

What a sweet picture and such a wonderful gift to receive. I love all the little charms, too.

Arleen said...

I love that tea charms are incorporated into this needlepoint piece! And I couldn't agree with you more: those hand-stitched treasures from our mothers, grandmothers, and aunts really are priceless.

Cori G. said...

I love your blog! It's so darling! I'm curious...did you make the cake in your side bar? It looks delicious!

Denise said...

Priceless treasures...... I love hand stitched items..... I am not a hand stitcher...... but you have some wonderful items........

Hugs

Wanita said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I cannot imagine going through a hurricane! You asked if I got the cranberry pork roast at Sam's. I didn't. I got the recipe from the internet, but I can't remember where. The recipe is on my blog if you'd like to check it out. It's very easy to do in the crockpot. Here's the link. http://athomeinthecity.blogspot.com/2008/03/sharing-recipes.html. Thanks again for stopping by and chatting.

KJ said...

I think the only thing that I ever had with teacups done with needle arts was something I made for someone and gave away. I did it in silk ribbon embroidery. I will have to look through my things. This looks like great fun!

I LOVE YOUR GOODIES!

HUGE HUGS, KJ

iwka said...

Guess what... I like cross stitching. In my childless past I did it a lot. I would pray and think. It is good for meditation.

Susie Harris said...

just checking in on you. I know our humidity is bad right now. My hair is on end and a bit frizzy. I know that you feel eckkkk when that happens. Im praying for ya, hugs, Susie

Rosemary said...

What a very fun blog you have! I love your tea time stitchery with the charms - how unique! Nancy

Steph said...

Oh, how cool! I love the tea charms!

Julie said...

I have exactly two pillowcases with my grandma's embroidery. My aunt threw away the rest. I bought a lot of tea towels and other embroidered linens over the years and then sold most of them at a rummage sale some years ago. In a way, I regret selling them. I had such fun collecting them. But I had to do some winnowing out, and I needed the money desperately. But I did cherish them "for the time I had them"

Grace Yaskovic said...

oh, what a lovely suprise!

Shari said...

That's neat. The charms make it really unique. Thanks for stopping by on Sunday, but I didn't get up on my soapbox that night. I'm finding it too hard to post everyday.

Sweet Necessi-Teas said...

What a great gift! I love the little charms!

Storybook Woods said...

Oh I love how the little charms are added. Clarice

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a unique needlework design! I really like the added tea time charms!

Katherine

Miss Sandy said...

Your tea time sign is wonderful! I love the added charm of the charms and what a special story to go along with it!