|Tea and Cakes from Essentially England|
Tea, beyond the more visceral delights (and occasional horrors), is an elegant social event as well - there is no rushing to the end with a proper cuppa. It is meant to be brewed with careful attention to water temperature, freshness of the leaves, presentation, etc., and if you don't have a beautiful cup and at least a nice selection of delicate lacy-froo-froo cookies, you just aren't doing it right. I did mention I am a snob, right?
|Cutest EVER cookies in a tea cup|
Beautiful cups...this brings me to our project of the day. Tea cups make a wonderful backdrop for a small scene - generally 1/144 scale or 1/4 inch scale is the most common treatment, although you can do just about any scale, depending on how you organize your thoughts and supplies. Old and inexpensive tea cups are in abundance at second hand stores and the like, so you needn't rob grandma's china cabinet and muck up her wedding china that had the special hand painted periwinkles on and make your cousin - who thought SHE was going to get them in the will - livid with anger and never speak to you again.
A quick synopsis of the process can be found at the about.com's website, but also some interesting things are to be found on this teacup roombox page. The designer on the about.com site used floral oasis, we built our stages up from a Joanne Swanson design using a paper template. In the end, it doesn't matter how you get there, what matters is that you have a flat surface to work with - in essence, you are building a stage so you can set the scene.
|Rosemary's Christmas scene|
|Closer shot of Rosemary's Christmas Cup|
A slightly different angle on the Christmas Tea. That little gingerbread house sitting there looking all very luscious in the background was something she once taught us in a workshop .
|Barb's second Teacup|
You see what I mean about scales not being a limiting factor - the darling little fairy was from a dollar store find. I love the little dwarves, aren't they precious? Look closely, you will see amongst the details, little butterflies hovering over this idyllic field.
|Tea by the Sea by Kimi|
Too Keyute, right? This is just a smattering of ideas - some I have come across on the internet include this little beach scene (the water is actually little glass beads)....
|Beach Holiday Teacup from Google Image|
|Alice Teacup from Google Image|
|Wedding on Google Images|
|Wash day on Google Images|
Or something whimsical...
|Teacup roombox on Google Image|
...and the list goes on.
Hopefully you have seen the future in your tea leaves at the bottom of the cup, and are duly inspired. Good inspirations, and talk to again soon!