The Christmas Season is coming and are you ready..?!

For a while now, I have been working on new ideas and slowly putting together a little collection of English Bone China and Tableware items, to present at the Christmas Market in Ruaudin (Sarthe, France) – on Sunday 27th November 2016.

I will be presenting : Tea cups candles, Christmas Bunting decorations, Bird Feeders and many more other gift ideas for Christmas.

So join me for a cup of English tea and biscuits.

And most important – Father Christmas (Santa Claus) will be there at 3.30 pm !  Have a great day !

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Football Fans Bunting decor…

Football Fans – Once again France is hosting the UEFA European Championship this year for the 3rd time.

FRANCE – also known as Les Bleus (The Blues), will be playing the kick off match against Romania this evening at 9pm and England vs Russia on Saturday, 11th June at 9pm.

Why not make this event even more special by decorating your homes or gardens with a fun and original Reversible British and French “tricolor” Bunting.

A great idea to keep British and French Football fans happy !

Handmade with 100% cotton fabrics by MarySoBritish

Let me know what you think !

Ever thought of Black & White Bunting decor…

Where ever you are in the world, you can find bunting of all sorts and colors – if you look hard enough it’s hiding in the background of a photo, an advert or even in a film.

Bunting is a typically British decoration and is used on special occasions such as birthdays, wedding, street parties, garden parties etc..! But to tell you the truth you really don’t need a special occasion to decorate your home or garden.

Black and White” – These colors have gained a decor status – it’s now trendy and chic.

Check it out and keep an eye out…it’s funny how an old traditional decoration is still in fashion these days !

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Bird Feeders

Bird Feeders or just a decoration? Both…!

Today I want to share my new ideas found in the internet during the cold winter months – which of course I then made and tested.

At first I was looking for new ideas and ways to decorate my garden in Spring & Summer 2016 – and decided to try out this bird feeder (below), which I placed near my kitchen window appx. 3 meters away, to keep an eye out for my neighbors cat!

A photo taken this winter - the tea cup and saucer are not english made, it was my first try !

Photo taken last winter 2015-2016 – the tea cup and saucer are not English made.  It was my first test!

The Birds loved it and visited it very often – especially the Blue tits and Sparrows.  The Robin and the Blackbirds did the cleaning on the ground, just below the bird feeder.

The bird feeders below are handmade with vintage English Bone China (Royal Albert & Duchess) and Tableware (Meakin and Myott Rialto).

You can now find the Bird Feeders in my Boutiques:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarySoBritish?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Check it out !

Thanks for visiting..!

Creators Market at Sargé Les Le Mans, Sarthe, France

A wonderful sunny day to do a Creators Market.

The Creators Market was at Sargé Les Le Mans, near Le Mans (24 hours) – Sunday, 1st May 2016, from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm.

Organised by Christine Blin, Secretary to the Association of “Déco Artis’en Sarthe”, France.

Christine Blin, dans son atelier de patine de meubles.

Visitors were able to discover all sort of handmade homewares, children’s toys, artwork, jewellery and of course a little touch of my British ideas.

The Creators market was delighted to have many first time sellers.

It was a wonderful day to find great “unique” gifts for friends and family.

A few photos of my Stand and items which were on sale for the day, made with English/American Fabrics, English Bone China and Tableware.

 

Thanks for visiting..

Marche Des Createurs – 1st May 2016

Coming soon…..!

Marche Des Createurs (The Creators Market) will be taking place in Sargé-lès-le-Mans.  This is the place for Creators to display their wonderful handmade items of all kinds.

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If you are in La Sarthe (France), near the Le Mans area, take a break and visit! A fun day out with the family.   It’s a must ..!!

The Autumn Tableware Exhibition Photos !

The Exhibition Sale was such a great success last Autumn – That, I wanted to share  a few more photos taken by Pouce et LinaFée Bidouillette and Friends.

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Visitors were welcomed from 11 am to 5 pm  –  As visitors arrived a variety of English tea and biscuits were served in Pouce et Lina’s garden.

 The English Tableware and Bone China items on display :

And for the special occasion, Handmade items by Mary So British – such as garden Bird Feeders, Bunting decorations and tea pot Cosies – were also available !

 

The next Exhibition Sale in May !

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Thanks for visiting !

Tea for Two

Looking for the perfect cup of Tea?

Today, I decided to teach my French friends the art of making a perfect English cup of tea.  Of course everyone has  their way of making tea, but the rules are nearly always the same.

First of all you will need:

  • A tea pot (the size depends on the numbers of cups)
  • Loose Leaf Tea
  • Milk
  1. Always use fresh drawn water in the kettles as it’s the oxygen in the fresh water that brings out the flavor and body of the tea.
  2. The loose leaf tea are best brewed when the tea pot is warmed with freshly boiled water. Put a small quantity in the tea pot and swirl around a little to warm it up and then tip it out before you add the tea.
  3. Put one tea spoon of tea per person and add one for the pot (for the strength and flavor, depends on your taste buds).
  4. Add the boiled or boiling water (personally I really don’t see the difference) and allow the tea to brew between 3 to 5 minutes (depending on the strength you wish).
  5. Pour in the milk first.  It is historically correct to put the milk first, doing so, the milk will cool the tea and stop your bone china cups from crackling, but this doesn’t really make a difference nowadays. Milk can be poured after, so you can make sure of the correct amount of milk desired.
  6. Pour out the tea through a tea strainer to catch  any tea leaves and leave for a few minutes to cool.
Tips:
  • A tea pot must always be clean to make a perfect cup of tea. Never use chemical products to clean your tea pots! To remove stains, a table spoon of carbon soda and boiling water will do the trick.  Just leave it for a few minutes, rinse and it’s clean.
  • Black loose leaf tea brew for 4 to 5 minutes
  • Tea bags 3 minutes
  • No sugar, tea without sugar is best, to appreciate its flavor
  • Tea should be made in small quantities and Breakfast tea is the best!

And there you are!! A nice cup of tea..! Cheers!!

You can find a wide range of English Bone China and Tableware in my ETSY Shop, Check it out !