Beginnings

I have a project that I’ve wanted to start for quite a while (Ok, let’s be real, I have a lot of projects that I’ve wanted to start for a while, but I’m going to tell you about one today because I’ve finally started it!). I am making a teapot cozy!

It’s inspired by this:

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And based on this:

tea mitten

But really it’s just my own weird mashup that I hope works out in the end. I’m using my own handspun as the base colour, the roof will be in a nubbly tan, the door will be dark green, and the windows will be grey. I figure embroidery cotton will make up the rest.

If this works out it may be my favourite thing ever.

What We Did

While I was with my family over Christmas I took my two younger sisters out to a pottery painting place. I figured we could make fun memories and beautiful things to remind us of each other and the time we had together.

My sister the artist painted this. I am in awe of her skill. She has been diligently practicing and getting better and better. By the way, this was painted free-hand from a picture.

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My sister the knitter, like me, does not enjoy coffee. So she painted a tea mug instead (the inside is brown, so I think it looks very hot-chocolatey).

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And I, inspired by this story, painted this.

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The outside is a snowy red
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Look! A teapot with a kitty in it!

Happy Kitty.

Story Time

Once upon a time a very wee girl lived with her mommy and daddy and her big brother. Christmas was just around the corner, so the daddy took his son and daughter Christmas shopping for their mommy. They went from store to store until they had all found the perfect gifts for her. Now the daddy gave his son and daughter strict instructions not to tell their mother what they had bought her for Christmas – the gifts were supposed to be a surprise, after all.

So when they got home the mommy with a mischievous twinkle in her eye asked her wee daughter, “Bethany*, what did you get me for Christmas?”

You must understand at this point that Bethany was a mostly obedient child. So she answered her mother not by telling her what the present was, but by saying, “I can’t tell you, but it doesn’t have a doggy on it!”

“BETHANY!!!” burst her brother, “You weren’t supposed to tell her!!!”

“But I didn’t tell her that it was a teapot with a kitty on it!”

*Names have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent.