"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

Thomas Moore

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Morning tea...and a cushion for a friend

It's as easy as 1,2 3!

First you take a lamington...

...then you split it in half across the middle, halve it again, and spread with fresh whipped cream (I add some vanilla sugar to my cream!)...

...slice some fresh strawberries and layer across the top...

...and sandwich together for a scrumptious morning tea!

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I have another friend with a birthday coming up this month, so I've been working on a present for her. I was given some lovely vintage cream ric rac a while ago and it seemed to fit this project perfectly! The ric rac has some discolouration, a slight yellowing - barely visible, but there nonetheless - signs of its age. It reminded me of the friendship I have with this particular friend. It has weathered sorrows and joys on both sides, it is coloured with the stains of time and care. I knew she would understand if I used it on her cushion. :-)

To add something else to the ric rac I zig-zagged some blue thread across it, and I also did a little machine quilting because I *still* love doing that. ;-) The embroidery is from an old copy of a quilting magazine, but it says exactly how I feel.

Ta da! The finished cushion will be on its way to her tomorrow.

Tomorrow I will be working on a new design...something different.
What are you sewing at the moment?

Hugs
Jenny
xxx

44 comments:

  1. Your tea looks delicious, and your cushion so precious. You are a good friend indeed!

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  2. Lovely tea, may I ask what is a lamington? Not something I have heard of in the UK. It looks to me like cake covered with coconut, but it looks really yummy -
    Beautiful cushion for your friends birthday. hugz xxx

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  3. What a beautiful cushion!
    KATRIN W.

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  4. oohh aahh those lamingtons look Devine...wish I was at your place for Morning Tea...
    Your Cushion is Lovely...Lucky Friend Indeed.!
    cheers

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  5. my oh my that cushion will be treasured I bet...hmm morning tea looked yummy...pssst my fav is cheesecake hehehe,cheers Vickie

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  6. Lamingtons my favourite! I'm coming up for tea can you save me one!!(I wish!)
    Your cushion is gorgeous I'm sure your friend will love it!

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  7. Your cushion is beautiful, you friend is a lucky one. ... about the tea and cake, ... I'm comming right now, ... looks so tasty! Hugs, Renata.

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  8. Yummy desert! And, with tea! Lovely!
    That cushion/pillow is absolutely beautiful. You have such love in your heart for your friends. God bless you.
    My first ever mail arrived yesterday, but I was too busy to stop doing and doing and doing . . . THANK YOU for my lovely beach tote! I absolutely adore it! I will take a picture and post about it soon. We are going to be "nuts" the next few days and guess what? It's pretty certain that my Chief will be traveling for two weeks (leaving this Saturday) for a mainland USA city and Australia! Lucky duck!

    Your friend will truly enjoy this lovely cushion!

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  9. It is gorgeous Jenny. A beautiful cushion for a beautiful friend.

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  10. Have never had lamingtons with strawberries in the middle. Love the teaset you served it with.
    theres no doubt your friend will love her cushion.

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  11. Ow Jenny you've done it now, I am craving chocolate lamingtons and whipped cream. Good thing I am sitting in my jimmy jams thinking about going to bed! Love your cushion, your friend is going to really think its special.

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  12. Hi Jenny,
    lovely noon tea???
    The pillow-cushion looks really stunning

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  13. I love this cushion! You friend will be very happy to receive it! ;)
    hugs
    Martina

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  14. no time to sew but I wished I could pop in for morning tea...........

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  15. Perhaps I shall adopt the tradition of morning tea. So pretty and delicious. What a beautiful cushion for your friend.

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  16. What a gorgeous cushion with a wonderful sentiment - I am sure that she will treasure it - Looking forward to seeing tomorrow's project sounds intriguing

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  17. I've no idea what lamingtons are, but they look delicious. Your cushion looks lovely. I think I need a smaller project soon; I'm just finishing up hand quilting a fair sized quilt and need something quick - perhaps some more of your shabby roses patterns for the lounge.

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  18. What a lovely cushion! Lucky friend. I have a question though, what is lamington? I've never seen it or heard of it here in the States.

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  19. ohhhhhh I love your pillow, how blessed your friend is!! I just love how you applied the ric rac.

    Tea time with you looks lovely...yum yum.

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  20. Your tea setting is lovely and very yummy looking. Love the cushion, I'm sure you friend will just love it and you for making it for her.

    Crispy

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  21. What a lucky friend you have! Very pretty pillow and embroidery.

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  22. It is such a gjoy to visit here...I am resting here! Cathy

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  23. Yummy, yummy, yummy, those lamingtons look good enough to eat!
    I have just had some coconut rough chocolate which is also yummy!!!!

    I really need to do some sewing tomorrow, have been sick with flu, who knows which animal I caught it from. If its not swine flu, its bird flu, maybe horse flu - just kidding. After 6 days of glug, hubby now has it and he of course will have it worse than me - he always does!!!

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  24. Oh Jen, I love your friendship cushion. And your tea looks so delicious.

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  25. What is a Lamington? Something we haven't heard of in the States. Looks really good though.

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  26. Please save me one of those Lammingtons! Your cushion looks lovely, and such a sweet sentiment.

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  27. Okay I'm sorry but this Yank has (had) no clue what a lamington is so that, combined with the cushion reference in the title made me think it was some sort of stuffing material, like kapok. Oops! Thanks for the following pictures that set me on the correct path! LOL!

    The cushion is so sweet (love the ric-rac, you used it well) and a loving expression of your friendship. Great job!

    As for what am I working on? The correct response should probably be 'a sewing machine cover' but in fact today I'll be machine quilting a mini quilt for a relative's 50th anniversary and I'll also be writing a pattern for a scrap quilt (the class I'm teaching is on Saturday - it would help to have a pattern, don't you think?).

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  28. how beautifull the present for your friend!!!And lovely words!!!!!And how your tea looks delicious!!!have a nice day!!!

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  29. Lovely tea can I join in???? Please???? Love the cushion.

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  30. What a lovely saying on the cushion ... and I love how you've added the vintage ric rac ... soooo pretty :o).
    Save me a lammo Jenny, I'm on my way ;o)!!!
    Hugs,
    Joy :o)

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  31. That's a great morning tea! What a beautiful cushion! I'm sure your friend will LOVE it!!

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  32. What a good friend you are!! Your friend will just love this pillow!
    Take care and can't wait to see the new design!
    Paulette

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  33. Oh yum...both the cake and the lovely gift! Your friend will love it for sure..
    Julia ♥

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  34. What an inviting tea party you made, Jenny--and the pillow is soooo pretty too!!! Lucky friend there!! By the way how is your Christmas projects coming?? if you have been to my site to visit you can see mine is coming along very slowly--that is what happens when one has family come from out the area, and you are buying new "toys" to play with (like my new desk top and camera) see ya soon--hugs, just, Di

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  35. Yummy sweets and an even yummier pillow. I just love the vintage feel to it.

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  36. Tea looks scrumptious! No clue what a lamington is though. I adore that cushion - how darling, and I love how you did the rickrack!

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  37. OMGosh you big teaser....those lamingtons look devine...so not fair...am back counting weight watcher points...wahhhh...hugs Khris

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  38. Mmm...I love lamingtons with lashings of cream :) I love your beautiful cushion too. You are so special Jen with your creations. Definately from the heart sewer you are :) hugs Vicki

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  39. morning tea looks yummy, i might have to use strawberrys next time i have lamingtons,your cushion looks wonderful, a treasured friend in deed

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  40. Can I come for tea, please? It looks delicious, even though I don't know what a Lamington is. (We're obviously very deprived in the UK!)

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  41. Love the cushion and found some old rick rack in Mother's sewing supplies.
    Have also done the split the lamington trick and frozen raspberries from the freezer of course, work ok if you space them carefully.
    For some insane reason I have a tendency to buy strawberries, look at them in the fridge and end up throwing them out.
    I have sewn for 2 mins on the machine and that is all I have done for a week and yes I am ashamed.
    I need to keep reading to be inspired.
    I need to stop reading to get to work.

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  42. Yummy goodies and the cushion is just lovely.

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  43. What an adorable pillow Jenny... Lovely! 8-)

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