Afternoon tea

Completion of the Table


Ok, so I’ve been really slack!! I left you all hanging in the lurch re the completion of the table! Sorry about that. I DID finish it, despite Melbourne’s Autumn being hotter than Hades (he was the Ancient Greek God of the Under world – did you know that?). Of course, by the time it had cooled down enough to grout it, it was too late in the season to sit around and use it, so it has been marinating in the Winter rains and will be ready to go come Spring!

Here’s a close up so you can see that I really did grout it.


Here it is sitting out amongst the Autumn leaves…


You will be happy to know that we had a lovely afternoon tea to celebrate the completion of the table..


There were raspberry and white chocolate muffins and cups of tea.. I don’t break up ALL of my beautiful china.



There were also still roses flowering in the garden..


(The painting is by a dear friend from Canada – check out her artist page Kari Lehr Art).

So the table was finished and celebrated but

I still haven’t grouted the other pot.


Looks like that will be this coming Summer’s job ( I might even do it in the Spring). I’ll let you know…

In the meantime I’ve been back at it making buckles and necklaces and earings etc.. for the markets..


Romanesque 288 Big Cartel

If you are interested I’ve put the bucklesĀ onto the Big Cartel store –

Scones and Champagne anyone?

I love Antique bone china. I know that some people might think that I don’t, because I like to make my buckles out of it, but I really do. I love the colours, I love the patterns and I love the delicate shapes.


Usually, if I am at someone’s house, I will admire their china from a distance. I wouldn’t want them to think that I had deliberately dropped Great Aunt Flo’s china teacup just so that I could make a great buckle or necklace out of it (though ‘old country roses’ does make a great buckle)


The other thing I like about beautiful bone china is the high tea experience. When we lived in Canada I would find any excuse to take visitors out to Lake Louise to have high tea over looking the lake.


I especially like it when a high tea begins with a glass of champagne before moving on to petite sandwiches, tiny pastries and delicious scones and cakes all served on beautiful bone china plates. There is really nothing that I don’t like about the high tea experience.

So when I discovered two enterprising girls who love to collect beautiful pieces of china and not turn them into wearable art I was intrigued. They are actually happy to rent out their beautiful china for anyone to use for a high tea, or a wedding or any event where a little added style and sophistication might be needed. Understandably I got quite excited!

A Vintage Affair have a wonderful range of pieces for hire for all sorts of occasions. They have been featured in a number of magazines.


Charming Vintage Tea also have a lovely range of pieces and they will deliver and set up the pieces as well as pick up and wash them afterwards. Sounds like a great idea to me.


Perhaps we should have an afternoon tea with matching buckles and tea cups!
Do you see any you might recognise?


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