Tea for Two

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Above is the picture of my friend’s birthday present, I struggle a bit for ideas for her so I figured who wouldn’t want a tea set?

I picked up the china in a charity shop for £4 and it consisted of three cups, saucers, and various plates. It wasn’t complete hence the bargain price, so I decided to make three of the plates into a cake stand and turn it into a set for two. The bits to make the cake stand were cheap and popular on eBay. I was really worried about the plates breaking when I drilled them but actually, even though I used a tile drill bit, it took an absolute age to get the holes in them – they were really tough!

The little felt cakes (she is allergic to so much stuff I was worried about baking real ones for her) I picked up a kit for in the Boots 75% off sale in January – I think that was about £4 as well. They just took an evening to put together, everything was included in the kit and actually I really enjoyed it. Love it when the results are good for so little effort – yes, I am a bit lazy I guess 🙂

I filled one of the tea cups with soy wax and a wick (another kit from the Boots 75% off sale at around £4 but there was enough for two and I’m planning a similar present for another friend later in the year, so I’ll use the rest up for that). You can just wash up the cup and use it after the wax has been used up so I guess technically it is tea for three…

The little suitcase was what the cake kit came in, and the napkins I had kicking around from a vintage themed party I had a couple of years ago.

So all in all, it came to about £11 I reckon, I used some bits and pieces and I think it looks really cute.

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Wine Bottle Gift Bag Instructions

Well my shiny new silk turned up today and it is just the most gorgeous colours, which matched in perfectly with the peacock feathers.  The photos don’t really capture the colour all that accurately as it is a particularly dim and dingy day but I’m sure you are well aware of what a peacock feather looks like so just imagine that!

Anyway, I was using a different colour for the inside than the outside but obviously it would work just as well with just using two squares/circles of the same fabric…

Cut two circles (one of each colour in my case) 10cm in diameter (this followed a  lot of frantic measuring in my kitchen to find something that was the right size, ramekin to the rescue!).  Cut two squares (again one in each colour for me) 33cm wide and 34cm tall.   See picture 1.

Pin the base to the shortest edge of the rectangle, being careful not to ‘pinch’ the rectangle. Picture 2.

Stitch round where you’ve pinned and turn right side out. Picture 3.

With right sides together, stitch the two remaining short edges of the fabric together. Picture 4.

Fold so the long edges are together, stitch along the length leaving a couple of edges open on the part of the fabric that will be on the inside so you can turn it through. Stitch the opening closed.  Picture 5.

In my case, I wanted to add the peacock feather embellishment  which I did by just using tiny stitches along the stem and then just drawing the fabric over the bottom of the feather to hold it firm and hide the edge.

Add a bottle and a ribbon and there you go! I was so pleased with the results that I used up most of my silk in making four bags – that way I will always have one handy and it is so much easier to make in batches than start from scratch.  Lots of other ideas for variations on a theme going on in my  head – no doubt more experiments are to follow!

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