June 13, 2009

Finally, the tea/coffee set!

Well, it’s been a few days since I last posted and promised “before” and “after” pictures of the tea/coffee set! The set has been complete for almost a week now, but in my defense I now get home late in the afternoon when the lighting is bad and I didn’t want to post pictures where you couldn’t really tell the difference. That, and I’ve been dropping like dead as soon as I get home…

Here’s the “before” pictures:

Serviette technique

Serviette technique 

As you can see this was a pretty boring and bland little milk glass set that we bought 10 years ago. In fact, I was tempted to throw it out a few weeks ago when I was going through the cupboard. Needless to say, I am glad I didn’t! Even though the set didn’t quite turn out like I would have liked it to, it gave me a nice base of experience.

Here’s the “after”:

Serviette technique

Serviette technique

Serviette technique

Serviette technique

Overall I think it turned out nice, but I need to work on the edges and a technique of folding the napkins so that they turn out even. However, the most important thing I learned – the motifs brown slightly after being baked in the oven. Believe it or not, I actually didn’t account for that. Here’s what a cup looked like before baking, and after.


It is difficult to see from the pictures, but the “after” product has a slight brownish tint to it. When I took them out of the oven the pieces looks so brown I was terrified, but once they cooled completely off and after three coats of varnish, things looked better.

This, if nothing else, was a lovely little learning experience! In fact, I’m really looking forward to “upgrading” something else that has been forgotten about for the past 10 years – and there’s plenty of that in my house!

Hope you have all had a great week so far!



Cindy B. said...

Oh wow! That turned out so pretty! I am so impressed!!

Me & My House said...

These rock so HARD, Evy. Great work! Love them! And, thanks for stopping by today...can't wait to see what you've got in store for everyone next week! loves...

T. W. Anderson said...

It's really cool how she has the vision to turn things we would otherwise be dumping into the trash into these amazing works of art.

I assure you she cherishes your compliments, folks :)

(I am a very lucky man to have such a creative woman who is in the process of discovering herself. It's been very interesting in the recent months as she has explored this new side of herself, and finding out how amazing she is at it is just soooo cool to watch and participate in!)

Design it Chic said...

They turned out great Evy!! You did a wonderful job! I loved the before to, as you know me I'm a sucker for everything white.. but the after looks so much better! Can't wait to see some other things that you turn them into something pretty!
Have a great weekend!

withoutadornment said...

Wow! Those are amazing and they look lovely! Do you have to take extra care while washing them now that they have this design on them?

This is off topic but how well do you know plants? My friend gave me and indoor plant and I have no idea what it is called or how to properly care for it. This is what it looks like: http://withoutadornment.wordpress.com/2009/05/15/proud-plant-owner/
Thank you so much!

Berta Miró said...

Your job it´s wonderful!!!

From Spain

Barb said...

What a great idea!!
They turned out wonderfully.
Where did you ever hear of how to do that?
Blessings and thanks for sharing.

barbara jean

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

All I can say is WOW! I am having a major BLOGmance with this redo!!!!!! Happy Junk Party.

Kate Starr said...

Oh my lands, now that is creative. I am terribly impressed... and inspired.

My Precious Peanut Designs said...

Stopping in from the Junk Party!

That set is absolutely beautiful! You are very talented!!

Laurie said...

How sweet -- totally sweet! Good job!

~~Carol~~ said...

Hi, this is my first junk party! Your set turned out so lovely! I like the pattern you chose, it's so sweet. I see you're reading The Boleyn Inheritance--great book! I've been obsessed lately with reading all about that cad Henry VIII!

Suzy said...

Wow, impressive!

I'd love to hear how you did it.

foxxy said...

I don't think I would have thought of that in a million years. What technique is that? Very cool!

Evy said...

Hi all, and thank you for leaving comments! I love every single one of them, and you definitely made my day!

I try to reply to everyone, but sometimes there isn't an e-mail address attached. And since Suzy asked about the technique, here's a link to the tiny tutorial I posted on serviette technique. (http://greenscrafts.blogspot.com/2009/03/serviette-technique-tutorial.html) I hope that helps!

Once again, thank you all! You're all appreciated!

Steph said...

Wow! Those turned out awesome! I'm off to look at your tutorial.

marble rose said...

Tutorial - what tutorial? where? they are just so lovely - I have no idea how you did it but I just love them!!!

I'm off to explore the rest of your blog now!!


Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Ok, I am seriously impressed! I tried this last week and it was laughable. I even bought some really really cute napkins at IKEA for just this purpose. So, thank you for the tutorial link...I'm excited to try it again!


Ashley@AshleysBusy said...

What?! I am totally amazed at these cups and saucers. You made those??!!! Well, you totally rock! Fabulous job :)

LillySue said...

VERY beautiful....Great job!

LizaWalter said...

Hello - I'm new to your blog. What a beautiful transformation!


Sabrena said...

They are beautiful and I think that if I had your talent for painting like that I would implode...you did such an awesome job...I am speechless at how cute they are and your talent for painting. And anyone who knows me knows that I am hardly ever speechless.

Beth@GypsyFish said...

Oh my I cant believe that's the same set in the before pic.....sooooooo adorable!

Anna See said...

Wow! That is one of the loveliest crafts I've ever seen. Great job!

paintinpatti said...

Oh, I would love to learn how to do this! They are absolutely beautiful! Napkins? Oven? I am amazed at how beautiful they are! Great idea!