Monday, December 16, 2019

T stands for Tea!

Luke 2:11 "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord"

Hello Dear Readers!  A snowy day here!  But we can drink our tea for Tea Day!  And, I promised to show you the photos of our baskets after our Ladies Ministries at our church made them up.  It turned out to be about 20 of us and some husbands, which dished up lunch for us of sandwiches and chips and desserts.  We had assembly lines at about 8 tables of items of baked goods, candy, fruit, nuts, embroidered tea towels, devotional books, calendars, bookmarks, tree ornaments, note pads, greeting cards, stamps, and someone even did return addresses to put in their baskets, so very personalized.  Some, probably the ones in nursing homes, got lap type blankets in their baskets.  We did 65!  We ran out of items on my table before we were done.  So not everyone got everything.  It took us about 2 hours to do it. After getting them filled, then we had assembly lines to wrap and tie and put bows on.  Then we all took some for deliveries. It was very organized as the lady who heads it is very organized with lots of good ideas.  She said she already has good ideas to streamline the process for next year. She also took some to a nursing home where  a couple from our church  resides and had asked who didn't get visitors or gifts and took them baskets.  It just makes you feel good to take part in this ministry.  Even ones who weren't there, donated a lot of items for our baskets.  Everyone's  generosity blew us away!  We have some stuff left for next year!

Craft wise, after making my post it note covers, I have been making Christmas cards and sending.  One of my favorites was this special fold card, Center Step Fold, I believe. It stands up nicely for display.   But it was easy as far as I used printed paper from a pad I got several years ago from Hobby Lobby.  I fussy cut the camel and Bethlehem from the matching paper.  I die cut the Joy to the World from the same paper and also die cut the gold to layer it on. The paper for the base is from the same pad. 
 I have to show you the cards I got from my TSFT friends!  The first one on the left is from our wonderful hostess, Elizabeth. (and Bleubeard)  I just thought she was so clever to make a tree out of Washi tape!  None of my drawer of Washi tape is as pretty as hers.  And right under her card is a fabulous stamp on the outside of the envelope.  And she says she has no stamps, but what she has is sure neat!  Love that vintage Santa.  And next to here is Jan's from Spain.  This is a most adorable card, and no Anne and Teddy, you can't have it.  And below was a surprise card from Eileen, which is also very creative.  Thank you to my dear TSFT friends!  I have a lot of other friends who sent Christmas cards, too, but thought today to feature TSFT friends.  :)

And Here is my Panera cup from this morning, for my beverage related reference to join Elizabeth & Bleubeard over at Altered Book Lover for T Stands for Tuesday.   I refilled it before I left there at 12:30 and have added more hot water and have been nursing it all day.  Earl Grey.  Oh, and I see I didn't get the side that says Panera in the photo!  But aren't there Christmas cup sleeves pretty with the ribbon around the outside.

That is it for today!  Happy T Day!  Enjoy your week.  I don't know if I will get to post next week or not.  So, Merry Christmas!  Thanks for stopping by. 


Lisca said...

It sounds like quite an operation to get all the gift baskets done, but your friend is very organized. I am impressed. It must have been fun too.
Then it was fun for me to see those same baskets on your computer on the last photo of this blog post. And your Panera drink. I don't know what panera is (or perhaps it is a brand of tea). But as you say. They have a nice decoration on their cup.
You have been spoilt with beautiful cards! And i love your Joy To The World card too.
Wishing you a happy T-Day,

Linda Kunsman said...

Such a caring and kind thing to volunteer, to get so many donations and be able to bring smiles and joy to those who need it. I used to work in nursing homes so I get it, and always especially fussed over those with no family or visitors.
Beautiful cards from the TSFT gang, and I love your card as well.
happy T day!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You sure know how to spread the love, Sharon. Those gift baskets will be greatly appreciated by so many people. Being a part of that must have made you feel so good. Such a worthy effort, too.

Thanks for the compliment on my card I made. I actually LOVE Eileen's. It is beautiful and right up my alley. I bet she used her scan and cut machine to make the bulbs.

Had to laugh at your Panera tea this week. I still knew what it was. DO you save the sleeves? I'm thinking of making an altered sleeve book as soon as I get enough sleeves.

Thanks for sharing your baskets your church group made, your cards you received, and your tea with us for T this almost Tuesday, dear friend. Just think. I didn't have to call you this week, because I have both internet and phone (grin)!

My name is Erika. said...

Those baskets look like fantastic gifts and I love how many of you worked together to make them. And also, very nice cards. You have been busy. Hope you enjoy your week leading up to the holiday. And HAppy T day. Hugs-Erika

Sharon Madson said...

In reply to Lisca, PANERA is an American bakery café chain with hundreds of locations in USA and Canada. Fiends meet there and have bagels or pastries and unlimited coffee and tea refills, as long as it isn't specialty drinks. We sit there for hours and visit. No one bothers you. They have pastries, lunch menus, great soups and sandwiches.

kathyinozarks said...

that's wonderful to be able to make so many baskets and then spread the love with them.
Beautiful cards too Happy T hugs Kathy

Iris Flavia said...

Those baskets are wonderful. You make a lot of people happy with those!
And that makes you happy, win-win :-)
Cute cards, greetings from my Miele-baer...
Merry Christmas and Happy T-Day!

Valerie-Jael said...

Those baskets look great, wow! The cards you made and those you received are wonderful. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

Meggymay said...

A really special way to share some love. The baskets look so pretty and are wonderful gifts. It must have been really nice working together the way you described and I'm sure the folk receiving them would be so happy.
Happy T day wishes.
Yvonne xx

Divers and Sundry said...

We had snow, too! I must've seen 2, maybe 3 flakes! lol So many baskets! Many people will be blessed by the generosity of your group. Earl Grey is my husband's favorite tea :) I do like that festive cup.

Happy T Tuesday! and Merry Christmas if I don't see you before then :)

Let's Art Journal said...

That's such a fabulous way to spend time with friends and help others, the baskets look amazing and I'm sure the recepients will love them too 😁. I'm loving your Christmas cards, so beautiful! Sending you happy T Day wishes and wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmastime! Hugs Jo x

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Those baskets are thoughtful to make. I like all of your artwork cards. Happy belated T-Day!

Eileen Bergen said...

The baskets are beautiful! I can imagine how much they will perk up someone's Christmas. God bless all you wonderful ladies and the other contributors.

Awesome "Joy to the World" card! I can see why you're giving the design a repeat performance.

I'm thrilled that my card arrived before Christmas. Thank you for sharing it for T.

Happy T-day! Eileen xx