Sunday, November 14, 2010

Tea Cup Pincushion... almost

November Quote

"In Ireland, you go to someone's house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you're really just fine. She asks if you're sure. You say of course you're sure, really, you don't need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don't need a ting.

Well, she says then I was going to get myself some anyway, so it would be no trouble. Ah, you say, well, if you were going to get yourself some, I wouldn't mind a spot of tea, at that, so long as it's no trouble and I can give you a hand in the kitchen. Then you go through the whole thing all over again until you both end up in the kitchen drinking tea and chatting.

In America, someone asks you if you want a cup of tea, you say no, and then you don't get any damned tea.

I liked the Irish way better."
- C. E. Murphy (Urban Shaman)

I'm grateful for tea!
Thanks indeed!

I used to love to sing and act out the teapot song when I was little.

Didn't know I'd become a tea drinker.

I like the Irish way better too. I enjoy drinking tea every day and missed it a lot when I had to give it up for a time. I must admit to using Kristine's teapot because I have broken all of my big teapots and even broke one of Kristine's little teapots. I need to put new teapot on my Christmas list.

The photo above is my Tea Cup Pincushion in the making:

My favorite tea cup has developed cracks in the glaze on the inside of the cup around the bottom and sides. I'm afraid to use it anymore because every time I pour hot water in the cup I'm afraid it will shatter. I had that happen once to a coffee mug.

So, I decided to turn my tea cup into a tea cup pin cushion. Only, I want to reserve the pincushion part for needles and use the saucer area for pins.

My plan is to hot glue buttons around the middle of the pincushion and use the button eyes as garages to park my needles. Then hopefully I'll remember which needles are parked in which color button. Sounds like a plan. Hope it works.

I'll try to remember to get some photos of how I put this pincushion together. I'm using an old tomato pincushion for the middle. There are videos on youtube about how to make a pincushion. I'm using some of their ideas and some of my own.

The answer to yesterday's riddle: In order to get everything across the river safely.

The farmer leaves the fox and the corn and rows the chicken across the river, (the fox and corn are safe left together.) He leaves the chicken on the riverbank and rows back across and picks up the fox.

He rows the fox across the river, leaves the fox, picks up the chicken and together they go back across the river. And since he can't have the chicken and the corn together, he leaves the chicken and brings the corn across the river and leaves it with the fox.

Then he heads back across the river to retrieve the chicken and makes one more trip that unites them all.

(I like logic puzzles. That's a lot of rowing. There is a lot to be said for cages.)  

Today's riddle:
What starts with a T, ends with a T, and has T in it?
(The riddle may be too easy, but I like it) 

(November 14, 2009)

[0 eggs today]



The Preacher's Wife said...

Well, thanks. I needed a good laugh for today. I'm anxious to see your finished pincushion. Why is it I don't get out the fine china for my coffee when I know it tastes so much better in it?
It's rainy, cold and dreary here and my girls are lovin' it..8 eggs today!

Dog Hair in my Coffee said...

I LOVE the Irish tea story. That is awesome. And since I love crafts and tea cups and sewing, I can't wait to see your finished tea cup pincushion. The only thing I DON"T like is...tea. I love hot drinks, and will drink herbal teas, but can't stand the flavor of tea itself. Funny, because my dad was born in England - you'd think I'd inherently like it. But my mom was born in Sweden, and I guess the coffee genes are stronger!

lisa said...

Can't wait to see the pincushion. I like tea but it doesn't agree with me that well!

Hopeful said...

the irish tea story is cute! the pin cushion is going to be cute as well. hope you start to get eggs soon!

John Gray said...

you will always be offered an piece of cake here in wales with your tea

and the tea is NOT like your US tea.....
strong, brown and WITH MILK!!!!!!

Kent Island Red said...

Hi Callie,
I can relate to your love of tea as well. A girlfriend of mine just sent me a huge box of assorted teas for my birthday and I swear I'm in heaven. I love trying new teas and am amazed at all the different flavors they come up with. In fact, I'm drinking a cup of decaf chai right now, which I've added cinnamon and half and half to. So decadently delicious!

Tanya said...

I saw your pretty tea cup and thought "How nice. But I don't have pretty tea-cups..." But then I realized I have loads of chipped JAPANESE tea cups! So what if they don't have a handle! I'll keep your teacup pincushion in mind.