Apr 10, 2016

Special Events

I attended two very special events this weekend.  First
event, the Annual Girl Talk, God Talk TEA PARTY, at the Methodist Church, here in Durand, IL.  


It was so much fun


Of course I dressed up in a
tea party ensemble

I throw together complete with


vintage hat, vintage sweater, vintage gloves, 
with vintage necklace I restrung with the same beads I added buttons, and a tea pot charm.











About 100 ladies gathered, 10 women at each table, each table has 1 hostess, the hostess brings in their own tea ware and decorate their tables in a unique style.


This year, like last, the tables were done up in style.  Our hostess decorated with blues and aqua's, and sea shells with coral.  She gave each guest at her table this beautiful picture holder or recipe card holder made with coral and added chocolates.

The TEA PARTY begins, of course with a prayer, and right away the finger sandwiches are past around each table.  Some of the ladies bring in their husbands who volunteer to serve the ladies tea and to keep the sandwich trays full.  They served Raspberry black tea, and Peach black tea, both excellent blends.

The finger sandwiches were puff pastry's with tuna, egg salad on white, ham spread on wheat, cucumber with cream cheese, pinwheels with ham, and veggie pizza.  There was a cheese and cracker plate.  Also on the table were nuts and homemade candies.

I know..... a lot, I was pretty full just from the sandwiches.  Then they bring out the trays of sweeties and cookies, so many different kinds.  Very nice selection.  With treats abound and the tea still flowing, an hour into it, they have a guest speaker come out with a presentation, this year the subject was "TEA'S" the beginning, to now with TEA PARTY EDICATE from the beginning, to now. The info was  detailed and interesting; at the end of her speech, she pulled out a tea party book from 1905 that had games people would play back in the Victorian days when garden tea parties were very, very fashionable.
We played 3 of the games, they were fun, each table competed against the others, our table did not win any of the games, but we had a ball.
After that... the party broke up. 



Me and (my girls) that's My Mother, and My Aunt Junie (with my My Sister meeting us there with her granddaughter),

head north to my youngest granddaughter 

Eden's 2nd birthday party.




We ate first, needless to say, Me, Mother and Aunt Junie, were not very hungry, actually all three of us wanted coffee.


Eden is 2 so of course, she had no interest in opening her gifts, though she got plenty.  







After that 
more sweets, 
they had the birthday cake and gluten free brownies. 








Happy Birthday, Princess Eden.








Cheers to a sweet day! 




Apr 4, 2016

Pattern Tracing

When I buy patterns for the kiddos, they usually come in size 1-4, of 6-12, whatever.... 
Simplicity 9968
once you cut size 3 out, you can no longer use the pattern for any size larger.  So, I trace my patterns.   Like this adorable pair of summer jammies for Miss Eden whose birthday is coming up....

I cut around the piece I need, iron it smooth....
. 
Then I take white tissue paper, iron that smooth and place it over the pattern, and trace it....

I made sure that the fabric was super light cotton.  The summer in Wisconsin can be unbearably hot.



This pair of jammies, reminds me of the clothes I wore in the 60's, in WI, in the the summer!

I did some detailing, 
the stamp on back of shorts,

the rose on the front,
and the back loop.

I'm excited about my youngest grandchild, turning 2 on April 9. 
It's only going to happen once in a life time......

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EDEN!
lOVE, GRAMMY BEAR

SO DARN CUTE!
Thanks for stopping by,
Happy Sewing!

Mar 24, 2016

Something Special for Eden

Spring is in the Air..... It's my

 youngest
granddaughter's

second birthday
  coming up and I wanted to make something special. 
How about a twirl-y dress for tea parties with Grammy Bear......

I bought this pattern to make this dress for Ella, but with all my travels, I never got to it. It's called the addison.





Here's the back of the dress.



I can't wait to see it on her. Happy Birthday Eden!



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Talking about spring in the air...... this little bird has been hanging on our deck here the past two days.  He looks totally roughed up, but he let me get with in 5 feet of him, he keeps coming back.
Cheers to Spring!

Mar 15, 2016

Preserves Filled Cream Cheese Pound Cake

My favorite food is CAKE.  My Mom and I both like cake with our afternoon tea.  Since I've been here with her, I've made 6 different cakes, 5 bunts from scratch.  2 Coffee, 1 chocolate, and this one, apricot filled, rather I changed it to a Strawberry Rhubarb-filled cream cheese pound Cake.

It's a recipe out of the Kraft Food and Family magazine, it's also on-line at 

I followed the recipe except it calls for 1 cup sugar, I used 3/4 cup, and used Strawberry Rhubarb preserves.

DELICIOUS!

Especially with Lady Grey

tea
.  I like milk and honey

in my tea.  Mother drinks it

straight.


Look we had 
visitors...... 
Mother and I came to the

same conclusion that this
yummy pound cake, it

could easy stand

 alone.  The preserves 

make it sweeter, but


with
fresh berries and

whip cream
...... that would also be very good.


I made a recipe card for my version

of this wonderful cake.  You can find

free recipe cards all over the web.

Here's where I got this one.... 




Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Cooking!
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