Friday, 4 January 2008

Nice cup of tea and a sit down

I love tea. I didn't used to; as a child I thought it was nasty and couldn't understand why my mum drank so much of it. Then as a teenager tea was deeply untrendy - black coffee was the beverage of choice in our sixth form common room. When we lived in the US it became a highly desirable commodity - at that time Twinings was very hard to come by and if you did find some it cost a fortune, so we would ask visitors to bring us boxes of teabags, and would stuff our suitcases on the way home from (infrequent) trips home.


And now we're home again, and I drink gallons of the stuff; there's usually a pot brewing, or half drunk, or just waiting on the counter. And there's my problem - I get distracted and wander away and the pot goes cold. So, a tea cosy was what I needed! There's a simple pattern in Amy Karol's Bend the Rules Sewing but to be honest you don't need a pattern - I made a template out of paper and used some leftover wadding to pad between the outer and inner shells and now my teapot is very happy and very hot!


I made some coasters too - I started with the basic geometric quilted ones from Last Minute Patchwork Gifts, which were easy and fun:



and then I started getting silly with the free motion foot and spotty material; I like these a lot.



And now I have my hot cuppa, I can sit down and enjoy the goodies sent to me just before Christmas by Lea:
and Tess:


A good read and and a very Dottycookie apron, and a beautiful beaded brooch respectively - yummy! Time for a quick break I think ...

31 comments:

  1. You read my mind! The kettle has just boiled and I'm just about to do the same. If I ever get off this computer that is!

    Lovely teacosy and coasters by the way. I should be making some of those instead of sitting here ;)

    Lesley xx

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  2. Tea and blogging... think we must all be doing the same! I'm inspired to make a tea cosy now.

    Brought back memories of when we were in the US trying to track down decent tea (and Weetabix & Marmite of all things!)

    Gina x

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  3. Love the spotty teacosy. Most of the time my poor old teapot sits on the shelf as I'm too lazy and make my tea straight in the cup. I think you've inspired me to make a new years resolution to get it down and have a more sophisticated tea time!

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  4. I love the coasters - they're just what I need too, although my cup of choice is coffee, with the occassional peppermint tea thrown in...
    Thank you for your lovely comments too...

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  5. I love the dotty tea cosy and coasters - fabulous! I like the geometrically (is that a word?) stitched one too. You are such a fount of inspiration! x

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  6. love those dots! there's nothing like a nice cup of tea, we used to smuggle tea to the US too!

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  7. Love the tea cosies and coasters. I need a mug cosy as I always have half a mug of cold tea somewhere around the house, but I don't make pots just for myself usually. Cloudstreet is one of my favourite books, and I have a signed copy somewhere that I should dig out and read again - it has been a while. Hope you enjoy.
    Cathy XX

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  8. Love the dotty teacosy! I never use the teapot which is a shame really - I should grow up and stop doing tea-bag-in-a-mug type tea! I agree with Cathy about needing a mug cosy as I never get around to drinking mine straight away! Love your coasters too! Lucy x

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  9. I've become a recent convert to tea too (although coffee will always be my first love) and I really like the idea of your cosy and mats.

    Thanks for sharing

    :)

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  10. As a big tea fan (I got a few new teas for Christmas:-) I think drinking tea whilst blogging is essential...well unless its been a rough day and a glass of wine is needed...only then I might give up on my cuppa. Love the tea related goodness.

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  11. Happy new Year !

    Oooh I hate tea, even though I used to always be given a cup with milk and plenty of sugar by my nanny as a child. I'm definatley a coffe girl, black or with milk anyway it comes, but don't forget to put one sugar in there for me ! ~ love julia x

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  12. I'm a coffee girl too, unless I'm sick then prefer tea! But I love making a pot for guests and think your cosies and coasters are sooo gorgeous ~ especially love the brown/orange coaster - what beautiful fabric!! That is a great read and your brooch is so sweet!

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  13. I'm a tea drinker too. Thankfully I can buy Tetleys here. None of that fruity rubbish for me! Pretty coasters and gorgeous button/brooch from Tess!

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  14. My son Will is off making me a cup of tea as I write this.

    Cloudstreet - one of the best books ever.

    Ever!! Good choice h&b

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  15. Glad I'm not to late to stop by for tea with you! :o) LOVE your tea cosies...Especially loving that chocolate brown and pink dotty fabric! Great coasters too. I have always been a tea drinker, and enjoy making and/or hunting for all manner of tea related things. Happy weekend to you all ((HUGS))

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  16. Having my cuppa as I read my favorite blogs is the best way to start the weekend! I'm a Teatley's British blend girl myself...anywhoo...is a free motion foot specific to a type of sewing machine? or is it an accessory you can purchase for machine? and does the foot move while the fabric is stationary? I'm just about to jump in the quilting pool; going to start with a baby quilt to easy into it...

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  17. As always I'm very impressed by how neat your work looks. You seem to have had a very productive Christmas. Reward yourself with a nice cup of tea! Especially love the sweet dotty coasters!

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  18. I love your spotty and gingham tea cosy! I too am a huge tea drinker, but as the only one in our house very rarely make a pot.

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  19. I’m addicted to tea, so please put the kettle on, I would like a cup of tea with the teacosy and polka dots coasters.
    I made somecoasters from the same book! Fun to do!

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  20. That is so true about the tea! I never drank it when I was younger. Now, at 21, I drink it daily.

    Nice blog, by the way :) I love the coasters!

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  21. Tea is great, isn't it? I only use a teapot at the weekends, for some reason, and go the whole hog, with tea tray etc. but don't quite get around to it on week days...the coasters are gorgeous!

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  22. I'm not that fussed about tea - but love the paraphernalia like proper tea sets, and a tea pot and I'm still on the hunt for the right milk jug...! Your coasters are inspiring me to try free motion quilting again, I love them.

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  23. I love the idea of you sitting there with your teapot all nice and cosied as you whizz around the internet leaving your lovely comments here, there and everywhere. Because you are the Queen of Commenters.

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  24. I can't get through the day without tea! My aunt lives in USA and we're always sending her over teabags. A pot of tea in the morning with a cosy on keeps me going. Love your cosy and coasters
    Kimx

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  25. how gorgeous!

    great sewing... that spotty fabric is really nice. I'm having another spotty phase. It's all I seem to buy these days.

    and that's reminds me... it's time for tea!!

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  26. I am a big tea drinker too! Peppermint is my favorite. I love your cozy. I don't have one and should make one. You sure make it sound easy too. The coasters are so fun with the various stitches you have done so well. I am impressed by how much you get done!

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  27. Love those wacky coasters! And your tea cozies are so pretty :)

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  28. I remember drinking black coffee in the 6th form too!
    cd&m
    http://catondarlingandmoore.typepad.com

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  29. First time leaving a comment on my own blog, but I can't track down everyone's addresses and/or blogs ...

    Heidi: the free motion foot is sometimes called a darning foot - to do free motion work you need to be able to drop the feed dog on your machine, and then this foot makes it easy to see what you're up to. I couldn't do this on my old one, but on my new one it is easy - maybe check your manual or see if the local shop can help you? Or email me but I am far from being an expert!

    Amber Rose: thank you so much for your kind comment! I think your blog is rather lovely too.

    Monica: I love spots too - but then what can you expect from someone who calls herself Dotty ? ;-)

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  30. cute coasters! I just made some as well...they are a fun little project.

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  31. oooh - I hope you're liking the book ?!

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