Friday, July 20, 2012

A Rainy Day Project

Yesterday, a day of warmth, sunshine and a little crocheting outside.

 Today,  cool, pouring rain, and tea! 

I've been making things with tea bags again.  

The texture,  color and strength of these little papers make them so fun to work with.





For this project, I cut pieces of the tea bag paper to the size of a tea bag before use.

Then using little muslin scraps I had, I secured a piece to the back of one side with my sewing machine, so that it would be easier to add hand embroidery.

Using free hand or a stamp, add what ever design you'd like to the front, add the back tea bag paper and sew around again with your machine.  

I left the top part open to add some dried lavender, then sewed up the opening.

Easy peasy! 



This is my new little tea pot I bought at a tea and spice store near my home.

They have so many interesting mixes of loose leaf tea, it's hard to decide what to get! 




Here, you will notice I am using bagged tea.

With the weather being rainy this morning I was in the mood for the 

Organic Spicy Ginger by Tazo.  Have you tried it? 








The hydrangea is one that I cut from a "container" hydrangea I have.

I've been wanting to dry some, but I'll need to wait, as it's still a little early to cut them. 




Something about the light, or lack of it this morning had me grabbing my camera to capture the moment.



 Color...texture...



...tea...rain.



That's what has me inspired today. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 



Becca 

25 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful and soothing. the idea of cool rain... :)

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Becca, your little embroidered teabags are so, so, so very pretty. Gosh! I can't believe a used teabag can be turned into something so sweet. Beautiful work! I love ginger tea; or lemon and ginger; or cinnamon and ginger. Yum! Ginger in anything always tastes good. Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

Manon said...

Wow now I am wondering about teabags, are the used?

Gillian Olson said...

Wow, these are really lovely, what a great little sachet for lavender.

Dianne said...

Love the sachets! Love the teapot too! It's so cute! Hydrangeas are one of my all time favorite flowers and I think they dry fairly easily... Rainy days and tea... a favorite inspiration of mine!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

They are just precious. I need to do some needlework and these would get me started!

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Just beautiful ...I have stamped onto teabags but this embroidery looks wonderful! Happy weekend to you too!

Lisa Gordon said...

Becca, I LOVE these. So dainty, and so very beautiful.
Have a fantastic weekend!
xo.

Catherine said...

Those tea bags are so cute! How are you enjoying that rain?

Wayne and I are watching Vegas Vacation as I type (again - clearly we need a life as this is the 3rd time we've watched it this year! Ha!) and he asked how you were enjoying your new city. I told him you were taking lots of beautiful photos around your new home! Haha! It's raining out right now. I am drinking a cup of tea and catching up on blogs.

Hope your kitties are enjoying their new home too!

Hugs!
xo Catherine

ELK said...

I so agree with you ..teabags are such fun to work with ~~these are lovely!!

Lisa Graham Art said...

What a splendid post and way to spend a morning! Beautiful creations Becca...I have been saving teabags too...not sure what I will do with them yet, but maybe I will paint some flowers on them since I can't sew them.

kimmie said...

beautiful photos today Becca! I love your tea bag project! I'll have to try that :)

Kim Henkel said...

Beautiful creations Becca! They look lovely, and I bet they smell great as well. Hydrangea's are one of my favourites, unfortunately it is too cold for them to grow where I live.

GardenofDaisies said...

Becca, your embroidered lavender tea bags are so beautiful. I really really love these!

Dorthe said...

Becca, they are so VERY beautiful, little treasres.
Hugs,Dorthe

Linda R said...

Everything looks so pretty in your photos. And your stitched tea bags look wonderful. So know I get to say to you.. Can you send some of that rain my way. :)

Hugs~

Rosie Grey said...

How beautiful Becca!! Have a wonderful weekend, too!

Patty@Lemon Lane Cottage said...

What a difference from last summer for you. How nice to be drinking warm tea and creating such beautiful little samplers. Very pretty.

Marilyn said...

Such a beautiful post, Becca. Your little still lifes remind me of Victoria magazine. Thanks for the quick little tutorial.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Delicate and so romantic Becca, just like you! xox

starseasons said...

Hi Becca, I see your in Washington now. Thats great. Your tea bag art is so inspiring. I will be giving it a try.
Autumn

Tracy said...

Your embroidered tea bags are LOVELY, Becca... what a genial little idea! These would make such pretty, easy gifts to make. Thank you for sharing this wonderful project with us! :o) LOVE your new tea pot. As you might know, I'm a big lover of tea. And I enjoy that Organic Spicy Ginger by Tazo--lovely tea! Loose leaf tea in a pot is a my fave way to do tea. But a bag in a pretty mug is great too. Just gimme tea! ;o) Thank you for this especially visually beautiful post today. ((HUGS))

Georgianna said...

Such a beautiful post, Becca. Your tea bag creations are the sweetest things! I love that you love your hydrangeas and also that you celebrate the variety of weather we have. So happy you are here!

xo – g

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

Just gorgeous!

Jillayne said...

Becca, I love these little tea bag embroideries you have made. They are so adorable - where do find tea bag paper?
I hope you're settling in well to your new home, and that you have added lots of new favourite places to go - such an exciting time!