Friday, January 21, 2011


Over second and third cups flow matters of high finance, high state, common gossip, and low comedy. (Coffee) is a social binder, a warmer of tongues, a soberer of minds, a stimulant of wit, a foiler of sleep if you want it so. From roadside mugs to the classic demitasse, it is the perfect democrat.

-Author Unknown-Would you care to join me in a cup of button coffee?One scoop, two, or perhaps three?Care to choose a cup? You say you'll have the handmade demitasse and the saucer too?
A demitasse is a small cup (the name comes from the French for - half cup), usually used to serve Arabic coffee or espresso but this is a very delicate and special cup that only holds the most delightful delicious vintage beverage of mother of pearl buttons... Feel free to fill it to the brim... Oops, a tiny spill... Not to worry, button coffee never stains... And is always good to the last drop! I had so much fun making this tiny fabric and paper sculpture! It has been sitting in the studio waiting to be shared like a steaming cup of morning coffee with good friends. I am so glad you could join me.

I find that art and blogging, like a good cup of coffee, are wonderful social binders, a warmer of tongues as we comment between one another, a soberer of minds that make us think beyond our lives and pursuits and to reach out and care for one another. Often this world of art and blogging is a stimulant of wit as we share daily smiles, cheering each other on in individual creative pursuits. I find the time I spend with each of you good to the last drop!

I did get in some studio time this week and here is a sneak peek of the project I worked on...
I am off to tackle that pile of stuff I prepared from a few posts ago and try and turn it into something artful. I hope you have some wonderful plans in store for the weekend!

For a FREE Pattern and Simple Construction Instructions for the Demitasse Cup and Saucer see this post.

I am linking to Vintage Inspiration Friday


Vicki said...

Just beautiful, Sandy. Finally got my Somerset too and loved, loved, loved your piece. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Sandy ~
That is absolutely precious and
beautiful !
Oh my goodness !!
Thank you for sharing with us :)


Anonymous said...

OK, Girlfriend, are you going to share where you found the pattern for the cup? ;-) Or did you create it yourself? IT'S AMAZING!! I'd love, love, love to make one of these just for myself or for a gift for a special person.
PLEASE? Pretty please? ;-) Was it from Make Mine Easy, or is it Make it Easy patterns, by any chance?'re going to make me sweat, right?
This post was exquisitely beautiful all around! You tease!
Hugs and blessings,

Becky K. said...

I love all of the photos but the one with the spilled button coffee is my favorite. It looks like it could be matted and framed.

Great job!

blessings said...

LOVE, love, falling all over myself LOVE this! Oh please share how you made it. I want to make a whole set and have button tea with my friends!!

Blessings... Polly

Dorthe said...

Dear Sandy,

this is the most beautifull cup, ---and in paper ! how did you do such a beauty in paper and fabric?-it is so wonderfully made-and your cup of buttons, I will happily share with you, if invited :)
Thankyou for filling my evening with beauty, and have a wonderfull week-end Sandy.
O, Dorthe

Brenda Pruitt said...

Oh goodness, you make the prettiest things!

GerryART said...

O! M! G!

Your demitasse is Unbelievable ! ! !

I am simply overwhelmed with your dainty, dainty cup.
I could not, at first, understand why you would cover your demitasse with embellishment. - decided that the outside must certainly be in such shape that it is required.

I am flabbergasted ! ! ! to learn the it is your lovely fabric and paper sculpture ! ! !

Oh, My !

Just beautiful !


Sonya Badgley said...

Hi Sandy,
Once again a beautiful piece of art! It is just beautiful and I love the mother of pearl buttons. Your photos are great. Becky is right, they could be framed! I would love to share a cup too!:)
Have a great weekend.

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

What a lovely teacup. Makes me wish I drank buttons. Thanks for sharing it with us all, just like a real 'coffee' sit-down.
Have a great weekend!
- susan

Honey at 2805 said...

Oh this is so lovely and you so talented! Beautiful blog and I'm happy to be following!

Amanda said...

Hi Sandy,
Thank you for your sweet visit today! What a gorgeous post you've written here! The photos are so lovely...and you've incorporated all of my favorite things...buttons, teacups, lace...
Thank you for sharing!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your precious little cup is a wonderful work of art. I'm a button lover and your picture with the scoop is so pretty.

Rebecca said...

How neat is this!!! Very vintage and victorian!

Blessed Serendipity said...

I would love a cup of mother of pearl pretty please. Beautiful little teacup.


The Feathered Nest said...

Hi sweet Sandy!! This is such a precious creation!!!! I love that it's made of paper and filled with wonderful buttons....I still so cherish my little fairy shoe you created.....I hope you are doing so good, hugs and love, Dawn

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Your post is just beautiful! I love how you put pen to paper (or shall I say digit to key)! Thoughtful and from the heart! Your demitasse is lovely. My mother used to have a beautiful little collection of them. Thanks for the memory!

Julie Marie said...

Hi Sandy, yes, I would love to join you for a cup of your special "house blend"... love your vintage sugar scuttle, I have my grandmothers... your little cup you have created is just precious... Merci for the coffee and chat...let's visit again real soon!... xoxo Julie Marie

Sue said...

I am truly enamored with this demitasse cup creation of yours, Sandy!! It is gorgeous. I'd love to know how you created it. Appreciate your visit earlier. How funny to hear you were in charge of dusting her collection of hob nail. I was the "cleaning lady" on the weekend, too. LOL
~ Sue

Glenda/MidSouth said...

How pretty! You are very creative.
Enjoy your weekend.

Debra@CommonGround said...

Sandy this special little cup is so beautiful. I'm a big coffee drinker, so I can truly appreciate the quotes about coffee. Love all the buttons. Old and stained are my faves!
Thanks for linking up with VIF,

Dianne said...

Beautiful post!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

This cup is precious...and the buttons make it perfect! We are dying over the sheer cuteeness of that silver scoop as well!

Anonymous said...

So very creative! The cup and saucer sculpture is just adorable, and it was a delight to read your whimsical story that went along with it. :) That little vintage scooper is fantastic, too, btw!
Have a great weekend, and thanks for the cup of button coffee!
~ Jo :)

Unknown said...

So beautiful!Thank you for sharing

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