Saturday, June 29, 2013

Rainy Day Tea Party - A Fabric Scrap Challenge

It's Canada Day weekend and summer is upon us, or at least it's supposed to be.  I'm not entirely convinced it is.  But, to celebrate summer and Canada, Fabric Spot and Rachel of Stitched in Color teamed up to create an all-Canadian scrap challenge using some bright and punchy summer prints.  I pitched my idea of some tea-party goodness to Rachel and couldn't wipe the smile off of my face when I was chosen to participate!


If you're anything like me, I love hot summer days and campfires and s'mores and swimming and swing sets and fireflies and lemonade and all things that remind me of spending my summers at our family cottage near North Bay while I was growing up.  However, I also welcome rainy days.  The days where I don't feel guilty for wanting to stay inside cozied up with the kids and a cup of tea and light candles and sew and read and listen to music and watch You've Got Mail for the ten thousandth time.

 

Thus, the inspiration for the scrap challenge: a rainy day tea party!  The kids have been asking for some toy tea bags and, I'm not gonna lie, after seeing some on Pinterest, I've been dying to make them. 


I created my own pattern and wanted to jazz them up a bit with a label that reads "tea." I used good old-fashioned baker's twine as the string and also used the baker's twine for the coordinating mini bunting.  


Finally, a little something for myself.  A place to rest my mug on those dreary but lovely days.  My rainy day mug rug.


The rules of the challenge were to use all of the fabrics supplied.  We were also allowed to add one additional fabric, so I grabbed one of my must-haves, Linen Flax, and got to it.  I just love the way it goes with anything and adds another level of texture even though it's a solid.


The play kitchen is mine from when I was a little girl and I can't wait to enjoy it again with my own kids for our rainy day tea parties.