I think this must be the most beautiful time of year, isn't it? Just about everything that can bloom here is doing so: the apple and cherry trees are frothy with blossoms and buzzing with bees, and the lilacs are showing off like I have never seen them do before. I guess they are all grateful our extra cold winter is behind us too!
Last weekend was Mother's Day, and I thought it might be fun to have tea outside as the weather could not have been better. I got out my pretty dishes and Murchies Earl Grey; Mr. Crafty World bought some lovely sweet cakes from the Italian bakery.
Every time I pull out my silver tea pot I keep thinking, "I really need a tea cozy for this one". So promptly after tea was finished I set to work making one. I used the 'Gather Lilacs' tea cozy pattern from Issue 51 of Bustle and Sew magazine. I have to tell you it was quite the sensory delight to stitch lilacs outside while being able to smell the lilacs all around me! That afternoon I got the embroidery finished and on Friday night I constructed the cozy.
It was a lot of fun choosing the fabric for the patchwork. It's a good thing I don't have a huge selection of purple fabrics or I probably would have been paralyzed by indecision!
The lilac fabric was perfect for the backing. I have been waiting for a chance to use it.
The inside is another piece of thrifted fabric. I thought it had a nice, vintage look to it with its green background and purple roses.
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