Friday, December 19, 2014

How to make a Baker's Twine pom-pom garland!

I fell in love with baker's twine years ago when I got a little fruit tart at the new bakery in town and the box was wrapped in red & white twine.  Back then you had to be a bakery to get your hands on it!.Now it's all the rage and you can find it at your craft store!
 I love pulling red and white decor together for the Holidays and even into Valentine's Day too.
So when I was wrapping a present last week I started eye balling the twine and my mini Christmas tree. Let me show you how easy it is to make this cute little pom-pom garland!

Gather your baker's twine, ruler, scissors and a fork to get you started.
Here we go!
1.   Wrap the twine around your fork ten times.
2.  Cut a 4 inch piece of twine and slide it through the opening of the middle fork tine, right under the wrapped twine and tie a knot around the wrapped twine. Now you can slide it off the fork.
3.  Cut the loops on each side of your knotted pom-pom.
4.  Fluff up the pom-pom. I like to get the ends of the baker's twine all untwisted and fluffy.
5. Now use the longer ends to tie it to your garland. A regular knot will do, not too tight so you can move it around if needed.
Repeat these steps to make as many pom-poms as desired.  I used 7 for my 2 yard garland.

 Here's a close up of the twine around the fork. Notice that I am using the center of the fork tines so that I can easily slip that 4 inch piece of twine under the twine through the fork opening.

I like to make garlands 2 yards at a time. And I also put a little loop at each end. This makes them easy and quick to make and a piece of cake to hang or drape as needed.
When you tie the pom-poms to your garland, start in the center and then tie another on at your desired distance. Remember, they can slide a bit to be adjusted as you finish up the garland.
Have fun and make pom-poms to your heart's content! I know I did:)

Here's the first garland on my little tree.

Please feel free to share you pom-pom garland photos and let me know what color baker's twine you decided on!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!

Please join me in celebrating the life and work of Jane Austen -- born 239 years ago today! And her profile is still the most recognized in the world! 

She was born in Steventon Rectory, Hampshire, England, on this day in 1775. With siblings and parents previlant in her writings she conveys the stories of family life like no other author I know. 
I love reading her novels and finding short descriptions of daily activities, the characters taking tea, the servants behind the scenes providing the stage for the main players, just as they did in real life.
I will admit that I enjoy the novels' adaptations also. Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma, Sally Hawkins as Ann Elliot, Keira and Jennifer as Lizzy, Kate Winslet as Marianne. I'm entranced by these productions with their lovely costumes, gorgeous settings and amazing details!

And you know that I am always watching for those ever present tea time moments! The silver tea sets entering the room as Lady Catherine commands attention! The wedgewood breakfast set passed around the table as the Bennet women jabber at their father. Yes, Jane Austen does provide plenty of tea time moments in her books! At the center of almost every social situation in her novels one finds tea! Of course, tea was a staple in daily life then, it served as a occasion as well as a soothing drink.
I'm honoring Jane today, with a lovely pot of tea! Won't you join me? I'm sure that Jane wouldn't mind if we took her chore for the day, and made tea. Yes, she was indeed in charge of the tea. She was the keeper of the key, as the tea was locked away due to its cost. She drank Chinese green and black teas, there were no other teas imported at that time. So let's steep a rich pot of Chinese black tea, with milk and sugar in her honor!
Tea with Jane Tea Cozy Collection

I had the pleasure of celebrating the author's birthday with two dozen other admirers. The Jane Austen Society has a branch here in PA. and I could finally squeeze time out of my schedule to attend one of their functions! We sang happy birthday, enjoyed a slice of cake and played a lively game of "Jingo" in her honor. A good time was had by all!

If you would like to hold your own Jane Austen party, might I suggest these two blogs to you. These are two of the best party themes and ideas I have come across in the past several years! Lots of decor and favor ideas, I just love it!
Jane Austen Party by "Dear Lillie"
Jane Austen Party by "Be Book Bound"
And if you would like your own Jane Austen Bingo to play, please click here! It goes well with tea, Of course!                  
Are you a Jane Austen fan? Have you set a tea table in Jane's honor? My fans and I would just love to see a photo!  Please feel free to share and pin! Click here to join the pinterest board

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Holiday Tea Bar! 'Tis the Season!

Happy December! Won't you join me for a cup of tea? My Holiday Tea bar is set and ready for a gathering!

I have one spot in the dining room that is always set for tea. Now it is set for a Winter Wonderland Tea. I drew the inspiration from this adorable garland (from Lowes Home Center) and ran with it! 
(The cute sign and snowflake wreath are from Micheal's craft store.)
It's so festive and gave me the ability to set a tea time space that will shine til New Years. You have to love that!
Here's a full shot of the display. I've done a treasure hunt (something I love to do!) around the house and pulled things that coordinate with the theme, color and sparkle that I envisioned.
I set all my treasures on the dining room table and then put groupings together. 
If you look closely, you will see several triangles of red. This is a trick I learned in design school. Setting up any kind of display, you need to create height and groupings of three-hence the triangles -to please the eye. 

This little cabinet is a dream! It helps me stay organized and I can dress her up easily! (She is from Staples, the 12 cube ones are hard to find!) Today she is dressed and organized for tea time and a cookie swap, hence the empty red baskets, waiting for the dozens of cookies to be gifted! I also have silver edged water goblets and pewter bowls, ready to be filled with some ice and sparkling drinks. 
Mr & Mrs Cardinal (from Michael's) pull the pops of red together. A few of my red transferware pieces can be found also, they add a bit of charm, don't you think?

The cute cottage ornaments(also from Lowes) add a bit of Christmas charm too! They capture the spirit of the vignette, their glittering roof tops sparkle with the mercury glass pillars.

The top of the Tea Bar is prepared for the gathering. Scones, tea and hot chocolate are served buffet style so that the hostess can mingle too! I'm not one to hold court in the kitchen, I like to be with all the guests, enjoying the company and warmth of the season!

I hope that my tea bar will inspire you to get your pretty things out, call a few friends and enjoy each other over a cup of tea!
I would love to see how you are arranging your teaware for the holidays! Please do share!

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