Friday, July 31, 2009


Happy Pink Saturday everyone! Thank you so much to our fabulous Beverly of How Sweet the Sound for hosting!

If you haven't already, be sure to pop over to Beverly's blog, say hello, and see all the pinks other bloggers have posted.

My beautiful Mama has knitted for as long as I can remember. Her throws and blankets are coveted in my family and is the one thing that everyone in my family has fought over! A family member will "borrow" another's blanket then refuse to return it and claim it was knit expressly for them. It's Aunties fighting with nephews, nieces pit against uncles; I think you get the picture. Of course, Mama has made so many, she can't recall which one she knit for whom. It is all in good fun. Instead of "Where's Waldo;" it's "Where's My Blankie!" Although, tempers have flarred on occasion! Here is her latest, she knit this for one of my nieces who is 7...

"Hold it up a little higher Mama!"

See the pretty rows of hearts? Too cute! I love how Mama always scallops both of the ends, her signature. My niece picked out the hot pink yarn. If you want Mama to knit you a blankie, you must go with her to pick out your yarn, it is tradition.

I have to show you the throw she created for me. It the softest of pinks and is so plush and warm!

I get chilly when the temperatures drop and my pink blankie keeps my tootsies nice and warm! You can see from the hem how thick it is.

Now, while she was sitting over there finishing up the pretty pink heart blankie, I was sitting under my pretty beach umbrella over here...

Looks like a project! Well, some of you may remember this little tease I posted for Pink Saturday over a month ago.

My work-in-progress little table. (You can view that post here if you like.) I was sitting under my umbrella grouting the mosaic table. Here is what it looks like now....

Guess what! I didn't just mosaic the top; that would be too easy and too...plain for this pretty little table....

I did the sides and the back....

...see how nice and level the top is. I also did the bottom shelf....

smooth to the touch. Loaded with vintage china. The pink is Lu-Ray, there is some Homer Lauaghlin, Mildred, some limoges and pretty pieces of dresden, bavaria. I didn't want to use any glass tiles, I wanted it to have a more "victorian porch" feel. Here is a before and after...


I really am not one to toot my own horn...but...BEEP BEEP! haha!

Sorry, I'm just so happy the first one is finally done! I am way over due on posting my "How to Grout" tutorial for my How To's page.

Now that I have all the photos I can write the tutorial and get it posted in a day or two. I should have the other side table finished by the end of next week.

You are a darling for spending a little time with me today! Thank you so much ;)

I'll be wandering around to see all the pretty pinks the other participants have posted for Beverly's Pink Saturday! Grab a cup of your fav and join us!

Have a lovely weekend!


Catharina Maria said...

What a beautiful blanket !!
And the hearts are sweet .
Lovely Pink Saturday !

Love , Rini

debbie said...


Vicki said...

Hi, Tina,
Thank you for visiting my "Pink Saturday". Your mom's blankets are wonderful. I can tell just by looking at them they must be so soft and warm. I must say, you outdid yourself on that sweet, sweet table. I love mosaics, and you did an exceptional job! Have a terrific weekend. Vicki

Eclectic Pink Rose said...

Your table is GORGEOUS!!!! and I mean GORGEOUS!!! I need to read your tutorials because I have a poor little round table on the patio that is just begging to be mosaic tiled. I'm very intimidated by the process though. You are very very talented. And please tell Mama I have picked out a sweet sweet pink yarn!!! ;) Her blankets are beautiful!!!
♥ Teresa

Elena said...

I love reading your posts Tina.
The blankie looks soft, warm and cuddly and goes well with your outdoor setting.

I remember your earlier post showing this stool unfinished. It's great to see the finished work ..... and it's absolutely beautiful. I love the touches on the sides. If I tried somehting like this I don't think I'd be able to get the top so level.

You're a very talented lady.

Have a great week.

ciao for now,
Elena :)

Jennifer Froh said...

Oh my goodness!... the blanket and the table are exquisite!!!! What a beautiful PS post! (and thank you for the sweet comments on my stained glass). I feel so welcome on my first Pink Saturday).

Candy said...

I would love to go shopping with mom and pick out my yarn (is she free this afternoon ;-) the rows of hearts and yours is a dream!
Toot away girl friend that table is a Victorian dream as well. The little scallops on the sides are perfect. I really do want to try one, a small project to start.
Enjoyed the funny little family squabbles story.
Now I'm off to find MY buns of steel!

Jenny S said...

Wow! We get a lot of tiles pieces in from our consigners, but this is one of the most beautiful pieces I have seen. I LOVE the sides and back! Very neat!!!

Claudia said...

Oh Tina, you blew me away with that gorgeous table. Truly, I gasped! It is so beautifully designed and executed. I am in awe.

And then there is your talented Mom! Those throws are gorgeous and I can see why everyone fights over them!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Things in Pink said...'ve inspired me to try mosaic. i'll let you know how it turns out!

Connie said...

Your table is gorgeous and I truly would love having one like it BUT your yard/patio is something I'm trying to achieve also, sugar! Just magnificent and lush and peaceful looking. The blankies are beautiful also..........

Elyse said...

hi tina!

what a wonderful post for pink saturday! your blankie is so sweet and your table is GASP amazing!!! i especially love the sides. inspiring!

happy PS 2 U!


Vintage To Chic said...

good morning Tina, The blanket is awesome and will create beautiful memories, Youe work is also awesome. come visit and join my give away.

Marina Capano said...

Hi Tina! the hearts is so cute congrats for your mama! and your work is so sweet and just beautiful!
you are great artist!bravo!

Happy pink saturday and have amazing weekend


Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Tina,
Your mother makes the most beautiful throws! I'd love to own one! I love your little table too! Actually, my hubby also likes it. We both oohed and aahed over it! You have every right to be pleased. I am itching to do something with a table of mine but the Island doesn't offer much for mosaic artists. Maybe someday.
Happy Pink Saturday!


Mary said...

Hi Tina!
Your Mom's blankets are beautiful!
And your mosaic table is to die for! All of your pieces are fabulous!
A family full of talent!
I hope you have a wonderful pink Saturday!
Hugs, Mary

Bunny said...

OMG that blanket is gorgeous what talent. But now I am drooling all over my keyboard your mosaics are just incredible I love that table well everything you do is AWESOME
Happy PS

someplace in thyme said...

I want that gorgeous pink blankie!!! That story was so cute, made me laught too, because I think anyone can relate to that. Your mom does beautiful work and your family is very fortunate that she is able to do that. My mom used to crochet, but no longer can, it bothers her hands and wrist too much. I love the table. You have so much talent, and the pieces you find to use are gorgeous. I never seen china like that when I am out looking. What do you do with all the gorgeous items to make. I would think your neighbors would be lined up down the street wanting it all. Happy Pink Saturday my friend, Char

Gabriela said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

Love all these pink photos!

~ Gabriela ~

Bea said...

Wow! I know how much work your mom is doing and it's a labor of love, I know! Love your tables too, they are gorgeous!
Happy PS!

Bobbi Jo said...

Happy Pink Saturday Tina! Thank you for visiting my blog today.
The blanket is beautiful and the mosaic table is breath taking. WOW that is a lot of work but so worth it.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

seanymph said...

I know what you mean about the blankies. I just went thru several months of crocheting them. One would see the one I was working on and they would want one. Then I did that one and somebody else wanted one. I made five huge blankies from Dec. to April.

I love love love that table. Great job! *wonders how I can sneak it when your not looking .........giggle.

NicNacManiac said...

WOW Tina...I see the apple does not fall far from the tree in the creative department!! Your table is so that you did the sides as's all in the details!! Those lovely pink blankies are to die for..your family sure is lucky to have you both creating for them!!
Happy Pink Saturday!!
Hugs xOxO, Nerina :)

Mary said...

Tina, where do I start? The knitted throws your mama made are beautiful. I called my mother "mama", too, and she also knitted a throw for me, and although it isn't pink, I treasure it. But when I got to your table, my eyes opened a little wider to take it all in! It's never been a craft I've wanted to pursue, but after seeing your table, I think I have to go to your tutorial and do at least one. If it turns out half as good as yours, I would hope that it becomes an heirloom that someone in my family would treasure! Such a wonderful pink post, as always! Have a fantastic week-end!

Dawn said...

Tina, your mom's blankets are wonderful! She is such a sweetie! Love the table, especially the half plates on the sides. Just perfect!

Yes, it would be an enchanted rose cottage, I do hope we can fix it up!

Martha said...

Amazing Pinks, your Mom's needlework, your mosiacs, Wow! Thank you, Tina.

Terri Morse said...

Oh Tina, your work is exquisite!!! You should toot your horn, and give it a few extra toots from me. I just love old china, and you've given it a beautiful new life. The birdhouses are sooo pretty! You have a wonderful artistic eye. Oh, and I love the fabric on your wicker chair cushion. Your site is definetly going on my list of favorites! Have a great weekend.

Mary said...

Tina, your work is lovely. The mosaic side table just quadrupled in worth! Beautiful.
Have a wonderful weekend,

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

WHat a precious mom you have to knit blankies for everyone! That hot pink one is beautiful ~ I've never seen knitted heart rows before!! Stunning.

Now, if I ever came to visit you that pretty mosaiced accent table would be coming home with me!! I love it, especially the sides & back that appear "scalloped"! You are a very talented lady!!

Happy PS!

Big Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Anonymous said...

Everything is so beautiful. You did such a great job on the table. That blankie is so cute.


Oma Nijn's Country Huis said...

wat een mooie mosaieken heb je gemaakt heel mooi,maar ook een prachtig deken heb je gebreid,zal wel lekker warm zijn groeten


Jennicillin said...

Wow!! That side table looks amazing! You're very talented! Thanks for the comment, and happy Pink Saturday!

Michelle said...

Tina-I love your are very talented, I think it would be lovely at my house. I am a knitter also, and I love your mother's work, very beautiful...what a treasure you have there. Happy PS.

Anonymous said...

You have perfect weather to mosaic!
Pretty treasures!..H.P.S.

bj said...

Oh, I want to try this so bad I could just spit. I don't know the first step ...don't know where to buy broken china...don't know how to glue it to the subject...ahhh...but I DO have the subject. A darling, vintage, wooden bed cute.
The pink blankie with hearts is so so beautiful.

♥Mimi♥ said...

Cold, dark, raining all week. Summer is not going to make it to northern Michigan this year. We haven't seen many days over 70! WOWZA! So, with that in mind, Pink Saturday is especially important for me. I sit back and cruise around the blogs filling myself to the brim with my favorite color.

Your mother is SO skilled and patient. Gorgeous work.

♥Thanks so much for adding a bit of sunshine to my day♥

Sandi (Meme) said...

It's obvious to me that your Mother has passed on some very creative genes to you. Her knitting is wonderful, and your tile work is exquisite. I've always wanted to try that. I even bought a book. make it look easy, but.....

stefanie said...

toot your horn loud, its gorgeous, i cannot believe how talented you are, happy pink saturday!!

stefanie said...

i forgot, because i was drooling over your mosaics, but I loooovvvvee your moms blankets, what a special gift for a little girl

Regina said...

Beautiful blanket. I always love the mosaic. Great post.
Have a great week ahead.

Dru said...

What a wonderful Pink Saturday post - your table turned out absolutely gorgeous. I have a buffet top I've been wanting to do - big plans for someone who has never mosaiced before - LOL!!! And the blankies your mom makes - isn't it wonderful to have someone so talented and generous around...and they are so beautiful - especially love the blush pink one. Have a wonderful Pink weekend, and thanks for stopping by.

grannyann said...

what a gorgeous table. also tell your om her blankets are so pretty!
anxiously awaiting your tutorial.

Leann said...

Absolutely beautiful! I want one, I 'll have to check out the tutorial and MAYBE (that's a big maybe) give it a whirl.

I just became a follower, so that I can visit all the time.

Thanks for stopping by The Old Parsonage last week for PS, I just got back from vacation and am now making my return visits.


susan said...

There is nothing softer than a throw hand made by someone who loves you! I am so impressed with your table. It looks as if plates are sitting right on top. The sides are an unexpected extra!

Shirley said...

Oh, what lovely blankets...made with love. And your table is gorgeous.

Gracie said...

Hi Tina
Your Mamas work is very pretty.
Your table is stunning..well done, you ought to be very happy with your self...
Thank you for your Pink Saturday visit to me...all the best

Julia said...

Oh So sweet those blankies from your Mum, and your pink mosaic table, what a work of gracious art, but I have to say, I am taken with the fabric on your wicker chair, yummmmmy!...xx

Sares said...

Your Mom does beautiful work! My Nana and Mom both knit and crochet. My Nana does still quite often, mostly for new babies coming into the family. She does blankets, sweaters and hats. Your table turned out gorgeous! I love it! Hope your weekend has been full of beautiful pinkness!

Martha said...

I love the blankets, your mom is very talented! Love your mosaics too, how beautiful!

Betzie said...

That heart blankie is just to die for and so is yours!!! My grandmother always crocheted everyone an afghan...I still have mine...purples and it. They are wonderful keepsakes and your mom is a treasure!
Speaking of treasures, so is your mosaic should toot your own horn, it's gorgeous!

Melly said...

oh my golly gosh Tina, talk about a slice of pink heaven from both you and your Mama. Two very creative and talented ladies, I can see why the family fights over your Mamas can adopt me at anytime..hehe..I love you side table you have done and absolutely gorgeous job...hmmm I'm sure your family members would fight over your mosaics as well.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with me, I have so loved visiting with you and seeing such pinkalicious treasures.
Have a super weekend!!

Beansieleigh said...

Tina, this table is just breathtaking!.. What a beautiful job you did on this!.. And by all means, you go right ahead and toot your own horn!!! Can't wait to see the tutorial!! I would LOVE to learn how to do this! Happy Pink Saturday, and wishing you a nice week ahead! ~tina

Sit-N-Chat said...

What beautiful knitting! how blessed you are to have your mom and that she can still see and has hands able still to knit. I must listen to your tutorial on mosaic table. It is perfect. I've tried one project but used chipped and broken pieces. I see that you are meticulous i how you cut (break?) your dishes and that makes all the difference. Your work is gorgeous. I wish I could drop in and watch you for a few days.
... a few miles separate us. Drat. I'll bookmark your blog and be back.


The Barnett Family said...

Your table is absolutely stunning....breath taking.....lost for words other that I want one!!!! Your are so talented.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

You should be tooting...that table is incredible!!!!!

Terri said...

I missed this post last week. You did a fabulous job on the table. I love it! Your mom is a great knitter too.

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