I found it.
Gingham and roses - honestly, is there any cup and saucer set more beautiful in all the world to capture my heart?
Blossom, Cully May and I found it at The Tea Centre on my birthday. It's an over-sized tea cup and saucer, unusual for me as I like dainty cups, but it has a lovely slim lip for easy sipping and will hold two of my normal cups of tea so I won't need to get up and down for a refill during my afternoon indulgence time.
It makes tea taste even more delicious than usual and I feel wonderfully domestic just holding the cup and looking down at the soft green gingham saucer, as though I should be planning a new apron or browsing the pages of a spring bulbs catalogue.
Indeed, this is the tea cup of my dreams.
Just in case you're wondering the maker is Roy Kirkham Tableware and the design is called Eleanor's Roses.
I mentioned the other day that when Blossom and I were at Spotlight shopping for her fabric supplies it completely slipped my mind that I'd intended looking for suitable yarn to knit dishcloths or washcloths, so this morning I decided to go it alone and see what I could find while the store still has a big sale on all their knitting and crochet supplies.
Shez mentioned in her comment on Tuesday's blog post that she uses dishcloth patterns to knit polishing cloths and I thought that was a brilliant idea! Merino Superwash Wool was half price at Spotlight and the colours were sublime so I came home with 11 balls which will be plenty for polishing cloths and washcloths (or flannels as my Nana called them) and should keep me busy for a couple of years at least being that most of my hand work is taken up with embroidery.
I also discovered some $2 balls of yarn that looked interesting as they had a free scarf pattern included and to my eyes seemed fairly quick to make because you only need two balls per scarf.
You're probably aware we don't get much use out of scarves in the tropics, but I did think one each for Blossom and I to throw around our necks with a thin cardigan on cooler winter evenings might be nice so I bought enough of the silvery grey and a tealy blue to have a play.
Of course, it may not be this winter we wear them...but it's nice to have a project 'there' for when I feel like doing something different and easy.
Another $2 sale bin which caught my eye held Perle #5 skeins of DMC thread.
I gathered these four lovelies and quickly walked away before being tempted to purchase more...
My final fling into the shopping bag was this beautiful decorator fabric...
...which will be used to recover two white chairs.
The chairs were originally an awful yellow and about 9 years ago Blossom painted them white. Since then I've recovered the cushioned seats twice and now it's time for another freshening-up.
Simple knitting will be good for me. It reflects a lesson in life about giving concentrated time to things that require more effort (my stitchery designs) and then relaxing to enjoy the simpler things that have no deadlines or business involved.
Next Wednesday (March 1st) I'll be sharing block 2 of "The Love of Home" with you.
Would you like to see how I'm putting my version together at the moment?
You'll receive the free stitchery pattern to use any way your heart desires, but perhaps you'll gain a little inspiration from how I display my block too.
Not long and all will be revealed!
Now I think it's about time for my 20 minutes of wonderfully refreshing afternoon indulgence. I have a new magazine, some banana and date loaf, and a very pretty tea cup waiting.
Is it time for your indulgence too?