Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

It's Chair-ity

When I became the full time mistress of Linderhof,
I decided that every afternoon
at half past three
I would stop for a cup of tea.

And I have.

For a long time, my afternoon tea cup

A sweet gift and a perfect afternoon tea cup 

Was this cute little tea cup given to me by a dear friend when I retired.

I'm not really a "single" tea cup person but this cup embraced my philosophy that every day I would make

"Time for Tea"

And for many years, I used it for that afternoon cup.

But then on a cleaning spree, it got put away with some other tea cups

Afternoon tea at Linderhof, then, was usually served in a blue and white cup

And the "Time for Tea" cup was forgotten


Friend Jill called and asked if I would participate

I agreed.

But first,  I had to get a chair

The perfect chair was hard to find

For not much money I got this old wooden kitchen chair
Definitely in need of a little love.

And with an idea in mind, I rooted around to find this:

My inspiration

The tea cup
Which would be the inspiration for my chair transformation

And so I painted the chair white
Then got out my paints and got to work
With tea cup near

I'd look at the tea cup and add something to the chair

About three-fourths done

Enough paint, but not too much.    A good artist knows when to stop!

And the chair finally finished

Not a tea cup but a teapot.   

Transferring a cup and saucer into a painted chair was a lot of fun

A pair -- the tea cup and the chair.

I think the chair is a good interpretation of the tea cup!

After, chair was finished, it was half past three and so . . . 

I took time for tea.

After an afternoon of painting, one needs a cup of tea and a cookie!

My tea cup of choice?
The inspirational tea cup, of course!

And something to read while one enjoys tea and cookies

With some cookies form the larder
A new recipe that I wanted to try.
They're really Christmas cookies
but they were good in October
full of hazelnuts with a candied cherry on top!

And a read -- not a "how to paint" book
but rather a favorite (but hefty) volume
Constance Spry's cookbook.

I still have a little more to do on the chair.
I have to poly the piece and then get it to the Gordon Parks Center.

It will be displayed in a store window downtown during November.

And the auction will be 
on November 30, 3012
in conjunction with the observance of Gordon Parks 100th birthday.
The "Chair-ity Auction" will be in the evening at the Fort Scott Community College Ellis Fine Arts Center.

For more information, please contact Jill 
at  223-2700, ext. 5850 or email

(Perhaps you can call in a bid!)

It is Monday and I'm sharing my chair with Susan at Between Naps On The Porch for Met Monday.


Pondside said...

What a great fund-raising idea! I love it - and I may borrow it!

Rebecca said...

It is absolutely charming! What a great idea.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Martha, what great inspiration your tea cup was. Your chair is adorable.

20 North Ora said...

Martha - You did an amazing job. It will definitely be a best seller. I paint chairs also, so I know the work that goes into them. Good job!!


Bookie said...

Your chair packs pizazz! Martha, you can do anything...I am so impressed with your chair. It will be great for the GP event.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Lovely work. I think you did a wonderful job!

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

What a creative fundraising idea! Your treasured tea cup was the perfect inspiration for your cheerful chair, and I hope it brings many smiles -- and bids -- at the auction.

Southerncook said...

The chair is beautiful and so creative. I'm sure the committe will be happy to receive it. What a wonderful idea for an auction. I would love to be bidding on it myself.


Southerncook said...

The chair is beautiful and so creative. I'm sure the committe will be happy to receive it. What a wonderful idea for an auction. I would love to be bidding on it myself.


Ruthie Miller said...

Brilliant!!! What a fantastic job you did. Very talented and very clever. I love Mary and you interpreted her perfectly. I hope it brings a lot of money for your
Ruthie from:

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

Multi-talented, Martha! What a great job! A lucky person will get that beautiful chair! xxoo Nancy

Custom Comforts said...

What a cute chair and great job you did giving it a whole new makeover and outlook on life. Lucky lady who gets your chair.

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

That is beautiful! You are very talented!

On Crooked Creek said...

Of all the wonderful things I know about you...this is another first! She paints...and very well, I must admit! Wonderful artistic touch to that adorable chair, dear friend! Good luck at the auction!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Oh my goodness! What a cute little chair! It's just adorable.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Great idea. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What an adorable little chair, Martha! You did an incredible job on it. I love the"time for tea" tea cup that was your inspiration.

Kimberly said...

So very cute! What a fun auction idea! And I have that very same cup, a gift from a student long ago. I think I should take it off the shelf and use it. We do tea time all the time here as well!