Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tea Time with the Bunny Family!

It was easy to decide what I would make for tea today! I recalled those wonderful cupcakes that my mother would make when we were little (1950's) and could hardly wait to taste them!

I am sure many of you have made cupcakes and topped them with icing, then coconut and jelly beans so I don't need to take you through the steps for that recipe. Just in case, though, here are the steps to delicious Easter cupcakes. Start with your favorite cupcakes. I baked up a batch from Pillsbury's German Chocolate Cake mix (my mother, of course, did not use a mix and I will offer up her chocolate cake recipe for a post later this year) and then frosted them with Pillsbury's Chocolate Fudge frosting. I added green food coloring to Baker's coconut and mixed it up really well, then dipped the frosted cupcakes in the coconut mix (same way I did for my white Snowball cupcakes in January). Then I added old-fashioned jelly beans. Didn't want any fancy flavors or colors. I was going for great taste with a dash of 1950's memories tossed in!! I was not dissappointed!! Oh, they were yummy!! Just so you know, I did not eat the entire plate full of cupcakes. They are a treat for the Easter weekend. :-)

The tea I chose for today was a sample packet I had in the cupboard and I thought I would give it a try. It's Lipton's White Tea with Island Mango & Peach Flavors. Oh, did it smell delicious. But oh, it did not taste delicious. Sorry but it was a dissapointment. To my tastebuds, it seemed a bit tart and I like my tea more sweet. I think I am very happy with my Irish Breakfast tea or Earl Grey blends and will probably not stray again.

There are a few items in my tea setting that I will tell you about. This little miniature setting is one that I did in the 1980's. It was first a candy jar and then it took on new life when I placed the floor in the jar, then added the table and decorations.
The cake is a plastic bunny that I covered in glue and then rolled in glitter to make it look like a coconut bunny. The little eggs are made from Fimo clay and if you click and enlarge the photos, you can see that I painted Happy Easter on the egg that is sitting on the table. The tiny basket is made from needlepoint canvas and the bunny is just made from pink pom-poms.

The bunny family that watched me eat my cupcake were made in the early 1980's. It's a little pattern I drew in 1970 and made the larger size for my daughter Collette when she was a baby. She would suck on the ears of the thing as if it were a pacifier. I made a number of them for baby shower gifts and little ones all did the same thing. They loved those ears!!
I decided to make up a set in pink and a set in blue sometime in the 1980's and there would be one that could go to my daughter and one to my son someday. There were four of each. During our move a couple of years ago, the tiniest pink bunny became seperated from her family but I am sure she will one day pop up in a box of craft and holiday items. On my "drawing board", there is a quilt design that incorporates these bunnies. Maybe I'll get to it by next Spring!!
Hope you all enjoyed today's Tea and Stitches. Have a wonderful spring weekend and a Happy Easter, too!

Hopping down the Bunny Trail looking for an Easter Basket....

.......and here it is! This month's Tea Time project is just a little Easter basket sketch that can be done many ways, just like those in past months.

You can trace the design and stitch it in Redwork or trace it to muslin, then color it with crayons or colored pencils (I like this method but does not withstand washing too well) and embroider outlines. You could even trace the design onto wood and woodburn the design to a decorative piece of wood or trace it onto wood and use acrylic paints for the sketch.

Or, you can do as I am in the photo above and cut out the basket, bunny and egg pieces and trace to cotton fabrics backed with fusible web and press to backing fabric. I am going to use some of the new threads that I received from TheGentleArt. I love the names of the threads. The brown thread that I will use for the chocolate bunny is appropriately titled "Dark Chocolate"! The lighter brown that I'll outline the basket with is called "Maple Syrup". Makes me think that since we live on Maple Ridge that perhaps there are some trees we should be tapping for syrup! The colors that I will use for the eggs are Butternut Squash, Blue Jay, Rhubarb, Grape Leaf and Punchberry. Most of them sound good enough to eat except that Blue Jay. I would think that pretty soon there will be a few Blue Jays in our backyard. This morning I could hear the Cardinals singing some spring love songs so little birdies are coming soon. :-) Even the black has a cool name - Black crow. There are always a lot of them around as there is a marsh area across the street and they love sit in the tall grasses out there. Instead of cotton fabrics, you could also do this piece in wool or woolfelt. Just get creative!! And if all you want to do is color the picture, that's all right to!! Print it out for the kids and keep them busy while you are cooking for the Easter weekend.

Here's a little update on previous projects..............the snowman couple are still in progress although the Tea Time heart stitchery is finished. I am almost finished stitching the Irish Blessing and now here I am starting this one!! I will probably finish both of them this weekend but the Snowman couple will continue to be a "work in progress". All of these designs could be placed in an 8 x 10 frame so I am on the look-out for a really cool frame where I could change out the design each month. I'll bet I'll find something at spring garage sales or the next thrift shop stop I make. LOL!!

Now it's time to post tea and goodies...........Yum!!!

A little stitching poem.........

This little poem was written for one of my beginning quilting students - only 8 years old but her stitches were those of a natural seamstress!

For Bailey Anne . . . .
When this you see, think of me.
Sit down and have a cup of tea.
Then place your quilt upon your lap,
begin to stitch . . . no time to nap!
Stitch patiently and you will see . . .

how fine a quilter you can be!

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