Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My Tea Swap items for Lavender Cottage


Since September is National Sewing Month,

I thought I would share with you some of my most recent projects.

Beth, author of the blog

Beyond The Garden Gate

held a Tea Swap earlier in the year.

I used my embroidery machine to make several items for Judith,

my swap partner, who has the blog

Lavender Cottage


I made her a mug mat with a teapot on it, of course!

I monogrammed a hemstitched linen towel with their last name initial of "R".


I made her the little teabag holder, below, with her first name on it.

This is to hold a teabag & either a packet of sugar or artificial sweetener in your purse.

Its amazing how many times I visit some people who don't drink tea &

don't have any on hand to offer, either.



Below is a list of all the things that I included in her swap box:

Mighty Leaf tea & assorted others to try
Quilted Mug Mat for her teacup & some cookies
Ceramic treasure box with tea party top (holds chocolate)
R-L-C game for grandchildren
Teapot pin
Teapot spout covers to catch drips
Magnetic Refrigerator list with Lavender Teapot
Matching Lavender Teapot notebook
Lace Angel
Monogrammed hemstitched linen hand towel
Pansy coaster made on embroidery machine
Teabag & sweetener holder for purse with her name "Judith", made on embroidery machine
Hand stamped bookmark with butterflies...her favorite!
A Little Cup of Tea book
Shamrock cutter for scones

Thank goodness I didn't put in anything perishable,

as the Canadian postal service went on strike just as I mailed it &

she had to wait WEEKS for it to arrive!

We were BOTH very relieved when it finally got to her.

I held off showing you what I made, so as not to spoil the surprise.

This was a fun swap & I hope to join more of them soon.

Thanks for stopping by The Gazebo House & letting me share my stuff.

Its no fun unless you can share it with others!



I'll be joining The Tablescaper for her

Seasonal Sundays meme.


  1. Oh Rett, I'm drooling!! What lovely gifts you made for the swap!! I, too, have an embroidery/sewing machine & have been thinking about showing some of my projects on my blog. That mug mat & the towel...oh my, just gorgeous!!! Oh & the little tea bag holder...too cute!! You're making me want to run back to my sewing room right now.

  2. The monogramming is outstanding. Just beautiful. I don't know about swaps like this. Sounds like fun. Thanks for sharing your goodies. When do we want to promote our "Tables for two"? Cherry Kay

  3. Ohmygosh they are all beautiful, Judith was very lucky to get you as a partner. I feel terrible as I have not been into the sewing room for most of the summer, now I am going to start a project...a baby quilt I think. Take care, hugs Jen.

  4. Ogh Rett, Judith will be so happy with these personalized and lovely goodies. The mug mat is so beautiful among everything else. You are so talented!...Christine

  5. You are so generous! I think of you everyday when I set my cup on the mug mat you made, love it!
    The towel is fabulous. Oh how I wish you were my neighbor so you could teach me how to use my embroidery machine!
    I am sure Judith will love it all!

  6. How DARLING! I just love everything and yes, you are Very Generous!
    Oh how I wish we lived near each other so I could get refresher sewing lessons from you!

    Great job on it all!

  7. Rett, you are amazing! I just love all your goodies you sent, but I am absolutely amazed by the beautiful linen towel with the monogram. That is a treasure!

  8. Well Rett, you'll have us all wishing we'd entered that swap and had you for a partner! What beautiful gifts. I just know that they will keep our friend Judith's heart warm all winter.

  9. Rett - you have a embroidery machine that actually makes that gorgeous monogrammed linen towel? I'm green with envy.
    Judith was one lucky lady to receive such a beautiful gift. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful needlework.

  10. Rett,
    How lovely. For some reason your posts don't show up all the time in my sidebar!@#%#!

    I love the little teapot holder made on the embroidery machine. Who makes this design?

    Finally organized after Irene.

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  11. Rett, So glad you participated in the swap and that your packae did make it finally, after the strike ended. You made some lovely items. Love the monogrammed linen towel. Thanks for being part of the swap!

  12. Rett~ What a wonderful collection of items handpicked by you for your swap box! I'm sure she was delighted with your generosity! Your sewing skills & mug mats amaze me! Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend :-)

  13. Wow, what a treasure box. I know Judith is going to be thrilled and appreciative. Rett, you are such a dear! Your hand selected and hand stitched gifts reflect your thoughtful generosity. ~ Sarah

  14. wow, I want to be your friend (smile) what lovely work. I am impressed with the embroidered linen. Its amazing. The rest is well thought out and I am sure your friend was just thrilled.

  15. Rett:

    You are amazingly talented. I love the mug mat, but the mongrammed towel is outstanding.

    great to have you being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper


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