Yesterday I decorated until I was blue in the face. This morning I decided it was time to do some shopping. As I said before, I tried.....
I came home with a glass sugar and creamer from the antique mall. That was for us. I have lots of dishes, etc. but not one matching sugar and cream set. I managed to spend $5.25 for both pieces. Oddly enough, it was just like a Fostoria set, that I had many years ago, that got lost in a move. I guess that I was meant to have it again.
When I got home, I was still not in much of a Christmas mood. Tessie caught me moping about and gave me a lecture. She said, "If you can't think of anything Christmas like to do, work on the tea shop. It will get your Christmas mojo working."
Where does she come up with the colorful language? I know that I never put the two words Christmas and mojo in the same sentence.....Then it dawned on me that she wasn't worried about my Christmas spirit. She was worried about her tea shop being neglected.
A couple of days ago, I found the two pieces that you see in the photo. I bought them both at a Sprouse-Ritz store back in the early eighties.
They are an early form of resin and very nicely detailed. I bought 4 or 5 pieces at the time because they were inexpensive. The finish on them left something to be desired, but they were workable.
Tessie likes them and they solve her missing counter problem in the tea shop. At least I think that they will.
Somewhere along the line, I had painted the wall shelf unit black for some unknown reason. That wouldn't do for the tea shop.
After a couple of coats, they were looking more alike, but it took three coats to really cover all of that shiny finish. Sanding does help.
After I painted and painted and painted, Tessie took over. She found some Martha Stuart strips of paper lace with adhesive backing. She couldn't wait until I finished painting.
She stuck it to the front edges of the inside shelves.
I do believe she is onto something. It worked well. She is rushing things however. I am going to let the paint dry and put a varnish over it to keep it from chipping. I may do some form of trim on the outside of the pieces.
Again, I am not shooting for reality here. The pieces are resin. I get to play with them. I gave myself permission before I started.
I am going back to watching the paint dry for a while. Maybe, whilst I do, visions of sugarplums will start dancing in my head. I surely do hope so. Wish me luck!
See you tomorrow.