Monday, 7 January 2019

T stands for sTiTched coffee cups

Hi Everybody!

The first week of the new year is already over, where did the time go?
I still haven't cleared my work-desk, I'm afraid I spent my time reading and dreaming again, but I did enjoy it!

Our challenge at Tag Tuesday - new beginnings -  still has a week to run, and I made a new tag with some new coffee cups, which is also meant for Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday. So here a warm welcome to all the nice ladies of the T Gang. My tag was made from a piece of designer paper, sewn onto some coloured card with my crazy stitching. Someone asked last week if it was really necessary to sew everything. Of course not, I just enjoy it. But is it really necessary to ask such stupid questions? The cups were cut out free hand from scraps, and I sewed patterns onto them, just for fun. The milk-foam on the cappuccino was made with scraps from a lace doily:

The weather has been grey and cloudy, I took these photos mostly with my cell-phone as I left my camera at home- strange!

Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!


  1. I like the sewing on your cups and I love the "foam" doilies. It really makes them interesting. And love all the birds. Most of the ones at my house have disappeared lately. I don't know if there-s a better feeder out there or the squirrels have taken over. happy Monday and a a big Happy early T day greeting too. hugs-Erika

  2. Hi Val, I love your coffee tag, and I always love your stitching. The little cups are very pretty. Some people do ask stupid questions, don't they?! Lovely photos, too, it looks cold. It's cold and grey here, too, and I'm busy washing and ironing, sigh! I'm sure the kids won't make so much stuff dirty when they need to do the laundry on their own! Hugs, Sarah

  3. Hi Val what a lovely tag Love how you used a paper doily for the froth,brilliant idea,I also enjoyed your pics especially the sea gull ones xx

  4. I don't think it would be a 'Valerie' creation without stitching in some part of it! So clever the use of doily for froth (lol, just as Sheryl said above... and it is :D))
    So lovely.
    That line of sea gulls is so cute and my favourite is the blackbird, we love them here in our garden too... they aerate the soil so beautifully.
    Cheers and enjoy your week of dreaming and reading - such a lovely thing to do with your time :D) xx

  5. Your tag is perfect for T Day. I like the foam you created for the cappuccino. Very clever. So fun to see the pictures of the birds along the Rhine. The seagulls always make me think they are waiting for the ferry. Oh, and reading and dreaming is a much better activity than cleaning. Happy T Day!

  6. Beautiful stitched tag, keep stitching of course! Enjoyed your January photos.

  7. Hello dear Valerie!
    I love your coffee tag and i love your stitching work! It’s a great idea and it looks perfect on your wonderful creations! Beautiful pictures from your walk and great captures of the gulls and the preety Blackbird!
    Have a lovely day and a happy week! Hugs!

  8. Fabulous tag! The cups are amazing, I love the design that you created with the stitching 😁. The doilies are perfect too, so clever. There is something magical about your photos of the birds sitting in the trees too! Wishing you a happy new week and a wonderful T Day! J 😊 x

  9. What a fun new banner. I love the colors. And the bird silhouette photos remind me of your art!

  10. FABULOUS tag, Valerie. And you know that I always love your photos, especially the birds!!!!!!! Hugs, my friend.

  11. ooo, that coffee tag suits me perfectly, and I like the stitching additions :) Your cell phone camera takes good photos! Happy early T Day!

  12. Winter is a grey time but your tag is very colorful.

  13. A wonderful tag Valerie, your frothy coffee looks great in the stitched cups against the chalkboard background. Beautiful photos as always.
    Avril xx

  14. What a lot of coffees on your tag and such a great idea

    Just love the photographs and your phone and you do a grand job. My phone takes awful photographs but Vic's is good so I borrow his.

    Happy T Day dear Valerie

    Love Chrissie xx

  15. Love your tag. It would brighten up any kitchen.
    That last picture of the blackbird (?) is great. He looks so perky.
    Have a productive day and pleasant evening.

  16. I love how you use stitching on your projects Valerie and the tag today looks fantastic. You included a super variety of coffee types and it is a super idea to use the doily as a frothy topping.
    The photos looked lovely even though you used your phone you still got some great pictures.
    Happy T day wishes Valerie .
    Yvonne xx

  17. The coffee project is fabulous- and it's about one of my favorite things in life. :)

    Looks like you had a lovely walk. Good thing you had your cell phone to snap photos.

    Happy New Year!

  18. Love your coffee art Valerie!! And I get the sewing- I love it just for fun and the added texture. Wonderful photos out and about with the boats, water and birds. Happy New Year and a happy T day too!

  19. I love your tag :)

    I think your cell phone camera takes very good photographs, I enjoyed seeing them all.
    Have a good week.

    All the best Jan

  20. I love your tag too and I really love that first piece with the crows.
    Your photos are perfect-enjoyed them all.
    we have about that many books as well-we enjoy our books too
    Happy T Hugs Kathy

  21. Clever tag! love the use of the doilies. I enjoyed your nature photos as well!
    Happy T day!

  22. Love this, feeling totally perked up now from your magnificent post, the aroma of coffee windles

  23. I am in LOVE with this tag. I can definitely smell the coffee. The background is perfect, and your sewing is great.

    Really enjoyed the birds, especially the ones on your balcony. Of course, your phone takes fabulous photos, too. Or maybe it's the photographer (grin).

    Thanks for sharing your tag and your photos with us for T this Tuesday.

  24. ein tolles tag und schöne bilder hast du gemacht.
    bei uns regnet es ganz doll und es ist stĂŒrmisch.
    einen schönen tag dir noch.

    hugs jenny

    1. Schön von dir zu hören, Jenny! Wir haben das gleiche Wetter hier:(

  25. Aren't all those guys cute lined up on the rails?
    Have a great one.

  26. Your tag is great, and very apt for the T party. I love the 'foam' on the cappuccinos.
    Yes, it's been grey. (I've just come back from Holland where it was equally grey)
    Here the sun is shining of course but it is cold too.
    I enjoyed your photos and love all the birds you manage to 'capture'.
    Happy T-Day,

  27. Love your T-day tag! It is just super cute.
    Of course I'm in love with your photographs, especially of the river.
    Happy T-day

  28. I love your tag! So cute! So much fun! You put so much into your art and I love it!
    Great photos! I love the photos of the birds, with the water waving behind!!
    Big Hugs!

  29. I love your crazy stitching and I loved your snarky response to the rude comment, "But is it really necessary to ask such stupid questions?" My smile for the day. :-)

    To paraphrase the movie Excaliber, "A page without a stitch! Valerie without a page!" The doily worked great to suggest foam. Great tag.

    Your photographs of birds are amazing - even with just a cell phone.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  30. The foam on your coffee cups delights me. I enjoyed the photos. I think you captured the atmosphere - cold, a little moody. The birds seem quite happy with it.

  31. Haha! I had to laugh when you wrote about people asking stupid questions. Yes, there is such a thing as a stupid question.
    Your journal page is beautiful and has a whimsical touch. I love that the background looks like a chalkboard. And I LOVE the stitching on the cups and those doilies peeking out.
    That last picture of the bird is my favorite!
    Happy Tea Day,

  32. Super Tag Valerie..and the stitching looks great too...x

  33. A wonderful tag and beautiful photos Valerie. Happy New Year.
    xxx Hazel.

  34. I love the way you used lace for the froth on the cappuccinos.
    Wishing you a day filled with energy and good health.

  35. Your tags are amazing and I feel your stitching adds unique qualities to them. The photos are gorgeous too!

  36. Love your coffee tag with the doily cream!! Your photos look great - lots of birds to make me smile!!! These days most of my photos are taken on my phone, although I can always borrow some of hubbies if he remembers to put them on this computer!!! A belated Happy T Day to you! Hugs, Chrisx

  37. I love your happy tag, and of course it needs stitching - everything is more interesting with stitching lol. I love the picture of the lone bird where he looks like he's drinking from a hollowed out stick, and also the blackbird, 'cos Blackbirds and Robins are my two favourite birds - probably becaust they're the only two I can identify! xx

  38. What a fun image, Valerie! My son-I love used to manage for Star$s, and so things coffee always catch my eye! Love the foam!
    I've also been pokey clearing my Atelier, enjoying some good reads! Happy 2019! Xxx

  39. Very cool coffee signage - and I love the touch of texture on the cups with the stitching. Great bird photos - my favourite is that amazing one with the birds perched on branches against the pink/grey sky - may have to try to capture that on a tag!
    Alison x


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