Thursday, August 30, 2012

♥ Tutorial: Gathered Round Basket ♥

photo from A Spoonful of Sugar
I found this cute fabric basket and had to share it! It's from A Spoonful of Sugar.  I could use about a dozen of these for sure. ;) It's such an easy pattern, even I can follow it. I love the strawberry fabric they used  I have tons of fabric, mostly with rose prints, as I readily admit I am a fabri-holic. :)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

♥ CROCHET: Lotus Flower Cuff ♥

If you saw my post on Friday, I featured handmade wrist cuffs which I have come to love. Yes, I must try making these. I like the embroidery with beads, but I found a pattern for one that you can crochet. You know how I love crochet patterns! This is from CreativeYarn. Let's try it out! :)

photo from: Creative Yarn

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

♥ Tea on Tuesday: Chocolate Zucchini Cake ♥


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup milk


  • In a large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves; gradually add to batter alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Fold in zucchini.
  • Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 325° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the frosting ingredients. Spread over warm cake. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely. 
  • Yield: 12-15 servings.

~~yummy recipe and photo from: Taste of Home, June/July 2006~~

Sunday, August 12, 2012

♥ Tea Party Vases ♥

I see such great ideas from all over the internet. I have lots of websites I like to visit and tons of fellow bloggers that share such great ideas...I wish I was so creative! ;)  I saw this on Martha Stewart and thought, "oh that's too simple". I love the look of the tea tins and I have several that I "put away" because I thought they were too pretty to just throw out...surely I could use them for some craft endeavor!  Now I know what I'm going to use them for!

Hope you're having a TEA-rrific weekend! :)

photo from Martha Stewart Living

Vintage and new tins are often decorated with charming, old-fashioned prints and lettering. Clean out these containers, and give them a second life as informal flower vases. We filled one with roses, gomphrenas, and sweet peas. The tins are usually watertight and certainly shatterproof, so you don't have to worry about leaks or breakage.

~~ Martha Stewart Living, August 2003~~

Friday, August 10, 2012

♥ And the winner is.....♥

It's finally the day to announce the winner of my little tea infuser giveaway! I had only one lovely lady leave me a comment. I was surprised with over 60 readers a day no one else left comments. I don't know if no one likes my tea balls or you guys are just shy! ;)

Drumroll please.........

Marilyn is the winner!

Oh Marilyn, someone stole your favorite teaball. If you don't see another one you like, I will special make you one. I think I still have the lampwork focal bead that you like, but I'm out of the "dream" charms. Since you like the swarovski crystals, I could add some of those for you if you like. Just let me know dear and send your address to:

This has really made my day being able to share on my tea infusers with a reader. :) Thank all of you  for taking the time to read my little blog. If you missed this one, don't worry! I've decided to start having giveaways on a regular basis.:)

Have a TEA-rrific weekend everyone!
Sheri :)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

♥ Make an Impression....on cookies! ♥

I've seen this picture posted around on several sites and found it on Facebook again this week. Isn't this a great idea? Thank you to whoever thought of this!

Use clean rubber stamps to imprint cookies...endless possibilities: personalized for showers, birthdays, holidays, adorable gifts etc.

Is this your photo?? Please email me so I can give you credit! thanks!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

♥ Let's have a giveaway! ♥

I 've been thinking it's been a while since I had a giveaway on this blog! So I think we need to remedy that. As you know, I love making my little tea infusers.  So how would you like to win one?  It's so easy as 1, 2, 3!

1.  Become a follower of this blog.

2. Go to my etsy shoppe and pick your favorite tea infuser.

3. Post your favorite one in the comments here.

See? how easy is that?  Winner will be randomly chosen next Friday on August 10th.

Hope you're having a tea-rrific day!

Sheri :)