Wednesday, March 21, 2007

tea party day continuation

Hi there,

Here I am all alone having my little tea party, I might be here in person by myself but throughout the morning I've been making some new friends in cyber space. Thanks ARTSYMAMA for a wonderful idea and initiative.

What a morning ...drawling over some wonderful blogs and websites, seeing such wonderful china and linen......well this was just too much, I decided to get out all my old china that I carefully wrapped up and put away, so that the kids wouldn't ruin them. I've decided that they are no longer to be hidden away and need to go back on display.....wasn't that the whole idea in the first place to be seen and used. So linens will be washed and old china washed , I've decided that I will display them in my old antique English display cabinet.........only one problem will now have to find a new place for my collection of dolls !!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
Looking forward to continuing the day dropping in on other peoples tea parties.

International Tea Party Time

There's an International tea party going on which has been hosted by the hostess with the mostess

Here in Italy today it is miserable, damp and cold....greyt start to spring !!!!! Up until today the weather has been up in the 18- 19 degrees sunny and hot, short sleeve weather, everything has already flowered , seened so strange to see the end of February and beginning of March blooming with colour . Also first thing this morning I had the boiler man in to give the boiler its annual check-up, I suppose you could say it's been SPRING CLEANED !!! LOL.

I'm a tea drinking addict, I drink about 10 mugs, yes mugs not cups, of tea a day , whatever the weather may be. I drink my tea the traditional English way with milk and sugar and believe it or not I prefer to drink a nice hot cuppa at meal times .!!!!!!!!!!! horror of all hubby after nearly 30 years still can't come to terms with it. I call my cup of tea by different names...............a cuppa, a brew, a cup of char. In the Uk they have teabags in all different shapes, traditional sqare ones, round ones, pyramid shape ones, ones that you pull two strings so as to squeeze the life out of it !!!!!!!!!! I don't care as long as my tea bags come from the UK, as I don't care much for the weak tea they have here in Italy which is more adapted to drink with lemon and fruits. I have my tea bags sent out to me and now that my kids like a cuppa too it's costing me a fortune !!!!!!!!!!.
I like to make my tea by putting milk and sugar in the mug first and then adding the boiling hot water.....I know a lot of people say this isn't the correct way and that the milk should be added after the boiling water.........this is a debate that has been going on for years.......something like the egg and the chicken question...How to you make your cuppa? would love to know. Onw thing I do know is that the Italians really give me strange looks and give strange comments about drinking tea with milk !!!!!!!!!!! I'm English ( sorry British !!! ) what do they expect !!!! LOL.

Last night I made 3 charm bracelets ready for spring, they are made with lucite flowers and glass beads , they are so light to wear, have to say I'm pleased with them.

Hoping you all have a wonderful tea party ,

crafty joan in Italy

Thursday, March 15, 2007

BLOGS WANTED for dolls and stitcheries

Isn't she just wonderful this doll with her lovely big head, she's a pattern by Missy Ballance of I made her about 2 years ago and have never wanted to give her away, I'm a hoarder by nature so most of my handmade gifts never get given to the would be receiver...........they get put on a shelf in my house !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm going thru a 'I wanna make more raggedy, primitive, grungy dolls and stitcheries ' phase. So do any of you crafters / artists out there know of some good doll and stichery blogs I can look at, if so pls let me know


have a greyt day

crafty joan

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Raggedy fairy

This is a raggedy fairy that I finished off today, poor thing has been a UFO ( unfinished object) for more than a year or two, no wonder she has that expression of surprise on her face !!!!! LOL.
Can't remember off the top of my head, but she's a variation of a plumtickled pattern I got some years back.
ciao ciao
crafty Joan


I'm taking part in a FUNKY JOURNAL swap based on the COLLAGE UNLEASHED book techniques by TRACI BAUTISTA. I'm having a greyt time doing it and am just trying to go with the flow. I hope the person who receives my journal will enjoy looking at it as much as I've enjoyed doing it.
I'm having some problems trying to find some materials here in Italy, either because I really can't fine them or don't know what the equivalent is in Italian. I've been fortunate that some artist friends have come to my help and sent me what I need. I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of them, it's very much appreciated.