Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Stroll Down Tea Party Lane

My final Restore piece is up for its project and it is the actual cabinet door {not a little sample piece like the others}.  I had decided to do a saying on it that says “Tea Party Lane”.  I knew this was the right way to go after I came across Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist’s Mad Hatter Tea Party invite!


I printed off a font and size that I liked and positioned it on the raised panel of the cabinet door.  My intention was to get carbon paper and trace it onto the door and then use craft paint and paint pens to fill it in. 


That wasn’t working for a few reasons.  One,  I couldn’t find carbon paper easily and the office supply stores are not in my regular driving paths.  Second, I came into my right mind and realized that my shakiness will not work to my benefit on this project.  It would look like I spiked my tea by the time I was done with it!

So I went with a shaky person’s best friend ~ vinyl!  I contacted my favorite vinyl Etsy seller Empressive Designs and asked her if she could customize one of her listings to my needs.   This listing to be specific.


Carisa is always very helpful when I need to get vinyl done.  Most of the time I just tell her what I’m looking for and the size of the surface and she sends me the perfect thing.  She did not disappoint!


Here it is with the hole for the knob still exposed.  I didn’t even paint the cabinet door ~ it was already white.   


I want to add a ribbon {probably black} and a picture hanger on the back.  It’s a little heavy to just rely on ribbon to hold it, but the ribbon will give the impression it is hanging from  it.  To cover the hole I searched for something that worked with the “tea party” theme.  It took me a couple of weeks, but I found this little teacup and saucer at a local tea room that opened up near the day job.


I put it on with hot glue so if I find something that I think works better I can take it off.  I found one teapot knob on the internet and I didn’t care for it.  I wanted to try one of those half teacups that are used for nightlights, but it would have been too big.  So unless I find some cute little piece somewhere, this is how it will be staying for now.


I don’t know.  It’s not thrilling me. What do you think?


I’m so glad I went with the vinyl, though, because I think it turned out much better than I would have done.  {Of course, I found graphite paper at Michaels the day after the vinyl came}!



Red Door Home said...

Love the tea cup! This is such a fun and creative project.

Unknown said...

Nice idea. Have you thought of getting a tea leaf strainer to use on that hole spot?

It made me think of the little tea house strainer for loose tea.

Can't wait to see what you decide to do with it.

Lovely work.

Ruby Jean said...

So Cute...Love the Tea Cup..But I think a Black and white Striped or Black and White Polka Dot would look Gorgeous!!! I know what I will be on the look out for....If I find something I will send it to you... And you can give it a WHIRL.... : )

Have a wonderful day

Okio B Designs said...

So very cute! Maybe you can add some tea-stained seam binding ribbons. "Tea"-stained get it?! =) Or what about a large black button in one of the other corners????


Blondie's Journal said...

I love the vinyl and the teacup looks perfect. You really did a great job of this, Kathy!


Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

I love it, Kathy! If it were a half a teacup I think it would look perfect. Maybe a glass knob until you find just the perfect one :)


Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Kathy,
This turned out so cute. I love it. Your theme is coming along great. I really like the teacup or as Marsha suggests, a crystal knob.


Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

So cute Kathy! I was going to suggest graphite paper...the vinyl looks great and I think the tea cup is too cute~ very unique!

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

I think it is a very cute and clever idea!!

Karen said...

I love it! I can only imagine what you'd pay for something like that in a small boutique.

Anonymous said...

This is such a cute idea. I love your idea for covering the "hole". Perhaps you could turn the teacup onto it's side and glue it to the saucer that way. That way you can see more of the teacup instead of just the opening of the cup. Or perhaps you could make a cute teapot or teacup/saucer out of scrapbook paper and decopage it over the hole or you may even be a ble to find a teacup/saucer scrapbooking embellishments at Michael's that would be cute. Just an idea.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

SO CUTE Kathy! LOVE this!! Maybe you could use a crystal knob in the hole and then hang the tea cup from that with a ribbon.....

LOVE the vinyl!! This is so precious!

Lou Cinda

Ms. Bake-it said...

It looks great! Very clever Kathy! I cannot wait to see it all put together in the Mad Tea Party post!

~ Tracy

The Single Nester said...

I have yet to get to ReStore. I need to stop talking about it and get moving!

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