Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hoping Janelle is Proud!!!!

Saturday was the annual St. Tomas of Canterbury Ladies Tea. When I was struggling to come up with a theme, Janelle who blogs at Sweet Bee Cottage, suggested American Farmhouse.

With that in mind I headed to the fabric store... I seem to find inspiration and ideas when looking at fabric.
I found a fabric panel that was setup to make place mats... I set clear glass plates on top so the print would show. Wide mouth mason jars, were the drinking glasses with a gold burlap napkin tucked in. 

I decided that chairs needed a little about blue jeans? When I think of farmers I think of blue jeans and a red bandanna.

I cut the legs off of the blue jeans, stitched the waist closed and slipped them over the back of the chair... added a red bandanna and I was done!
I like to set a favor of some sorts at the table when hosting tea.  In keeping with the farmhouse theme, I decided to give each guest a pair of garden gloves, and a pack of seeds.

A metal lime green watering can, filled with flowers, and two embellished flour sack dishtowels, are the centerpiece. I set a small oil painting of red barn up against the watering can. One lucky lady took home the centerpiece as a raffle prize.
On the menu for Saturday's tea were several different tea sandwiches.... cucumber, chicken curry, and egg. Ceasar salad, mini quiches, and of course, scones with jam, lemon curd, devonshire cream, and petit fours finish off the menu!
I loved Janelle's suggestion of American was easy to do and not too expensive! The fabric was on sale, plus when you add in, and I can't believe I'm even say this... my senior discount, the fabric was one of the most reasonable purchases I made! Garden gloves, and seeds from the dollar store... Gotta love the dollar store! The watering can from OSH and flowers were the biggest expense. All in all, not too bad! Oh, and the four gentlemen who work for me, each had to bring in two or three pairs of old jeans, so I could make the seat back covers.

Thanks again to Janelle for a great suggestion!! You can visit Janelle at Sweet Bee Cottage



  1. Your table looks lovely, Chris! I'm sure you did make Janelle proud :) The jeans & bandannas for the chair backs - such a cute idea!
    Menu sounds yummy too!
    xoxo Jane

  2. Oh! That is absolutely FABULOUS!!! I love it all, the jeans were such a brilliant idea and I love your place mats.

    Your menu sounds delish! Thank You for sharing and I hope you have a blessed week!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  3. Hi there thankyou for popping by my blog and for your lovely comments
    What clever ideas you had and the table looks amazing well done you for such great imagination and lovely meeting you xxx

  4. Oh, I love how it came out, Chris!! It is beautiful, and I am sure Janelle is very proud! So creative, and I just love the jeans and bandanna!! Have a great Monday!! ;) xo Heather

  5. Great job and super duper pictures! The jeans over the chairs is absolutely the BEST! The color scheme is so bright and cheery! REALLY, REALLY NICE CHRIS!


  6. Chris, I am so happy that you found my blog and that you are my new follower. Your blog is perfect . . . I love the homespun noncommercial blogs and yours is awesome. Those blue jean chair covers are a total delight. I hope you don't mind if I use your idea. Well, now it's time to say, "Ditto", because I'm now your newest follower. I'm looking forward to becoming wonderful blogging friends, Connie :)

  7. Yes you can have my salvage edges I cut off the fabric. You will have to send me your address so I can mail it to you. e-mail me at

  8. You did a great job. Love the theme! Sweet Bee Cottage is one of my favorite blogs. The blue jeans on the chairs add just a bit of whimsey. Very cute idea!
    I am now a new follower.
    p.s. I have a new link party, Share Your Cup Thursday. I would love you to link this up later this week.

  9. Love your table setting...After having a peak around your blog we have a lot in common!

  10. What a marvelous job you did! I love it! I might have to borrow a few of your wonderful ideas for the county fair. And thank you so much for the lovely shout out. Sweet of you!

    Went back to look at the pictures again and I really love the different teacups. So like what a sweet farmer's wife would collect. It all came together so beautifully! You rock!