Friday, March 25, 2011

Last Birthday Party

When I got sick for my birthday this year, I had to postpone the birthday party my mom wanted to have for me.

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She had intended for a group of us to get together for a different kind of tea party- tea and crafting.  A friend of hers had taken her to this great tea house that is connected to a pottery and glass craft shop.  You can either have a  full tea and then craft, or a modified light tea while you craft.  The craft that really captivated my mom, and the purpose for going to this particular craft shop was glass fusing.

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The tea luncheon was wonderful.  The crafting part was a little intimidating since I wasn’t truly inspired to create something.  The shop was full of beautiful examples of finished work though.  I decided to jump in with a few colors of glass and see with what I came up.  By the time I was done with my work, my mind was full of all the things I could come back to create.

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The work space was easy and they provide all the tools you need.  The glass came in so many colors and forms, even a powdery-sandy form.

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I wish I had been watching my mom create her pendant.  She is so creative!  Everyone did a great job coming up with their own design.  I can hardly wait to go back.

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This isn’t a very good picture of my mom’s necklace but I wanted you to get the idea of the look.  I took photos of all the finished pieces but I didn’t realize my camera settings were off until I had already given the artwork to their owners.

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My finished trivet, or coaster.  See how the original square shape has been changed a bit?

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This is my friend’s candle holder.  Making it formed is called “slumping.”

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My daughter had her square slumped just a little to make it handy for holding her jewelry.  Her piece was created by using a flat square as her base, gluing the red mosaic in place and then filling the cracks with the glass dust, or sand.  She completed the words with a liquid of some kind.  I never did see what that product was.

The name of the place where we did all this wonderful creating is called CreativiTEA, in Bellingham, WA.  The tea shop with the fabulous food is The Abbey Tea Garden.

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Amanda said...

Hi Beth!
Thank you so much for visiting me today! I've enjoyed reading about your crafting tea outing! What a wonderful idea! Happy belated birthday to you!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

Nancy said...

That was a fun day, thanks for inviting me to help celebrate. Thank your mom for the gifts, that was very sweet of her. It was nice to really get to meet her and spend a little time with your family and meet Michelle.

Marie @ Chocolate-Covered Chaos said...

This looks like so much fun! I love your trivet:)
Thanks so much for your comments on my blog...
It's crazy how our boys are growing into men so fast. And I DO notice that he wants to sleep more. Although, sometimes I catch the sneaky bugger awake early in his room...reading. He just doesn't want to be bothered yet! Funny how they change over the years:)
Have a great weekend!

Ginger said...

What a great place. Crafts and tea. My daughter and I get together and she has a tea and then we craft afterwards. Love your blog.

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I love your creations! They are so intersting and unique. I went to a similar class where we made bowl or pendant lights. It was so much fun!

Marianne said...

I was planning on doing a tea party for my birthday too, but not with crafts then though now I want to as it looks like so much fun. Maybe next year as I felt in my heart that I needed to do something nice for a friend for me this year. So on my birthday I will take her with me to my favorite spa and we are going to have massages. It is going to be so much fun and she really deserves and needs it.
Hope you find the pictures of your boys in their short pants suits, I would love to see that.
My girls are awesome, but aren't everyonces kids just awesome ;)

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

oh that sounds like so much fun. The pieces turned out so beautiful, I guess you don't really need experience to do that. It allows for so much creativity. What a fun birthday.

Happy Birthday! you look great on the pictures.