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Ollie's cup

I am not tiring yet of petite teacups and little biscuits. I think this marvellous weather is inspiring the idea of a little refreshing tea and biscuit taken in the afternoon sun – cake is for winter, but macaroons and petit fours are for summer. All I need now to complete the picture is a white linen two piece, a parasol and a butler.

Ollie's cup in progress - pattern

This Wedgwood cup was a gift to me for Valentines day this year –  bought to remind me of my luberly husband as this green is his favourite green. Hence the name “Ollie’s favourite cup.”

Ollie's cup

It proved to be a hard colour to find coordinating fabrics for – it’s not quite lime or pale green – all the fabrics were from old ranges of Heather Bailey left over from my first quilt. I love painting patterns from fabric designs as not only is it pretty but it’s like a study into deconstructing a good design at the same time.

cup in progress

The biscuits are that classic Foxes Party Rings, not quite the quintessential Victorian parlour biscuit but pretty yummy all the same – whether that’s fresh from the box or after 7 hours exposure to the air whilst posing. I call it tidying up thoroughly!

Ollie's cup painting

© Claire Leggett “Ollie’s Cup”


Another day… another macaroon and another gorgeous teacup.


This one is a Wedgwood gift from last Christmas. The stripy fabric belongs to my old pyjama’s – what a mix of posh and pauper!


I’m really enjoying these small square paintings (about 6″ x 6″) there’s something satisfying about square paintings – there must be an aesthetic/ mathematical theory about it somewhere.


© Coffee Macaroon     Claire Leggett

Spring is certainly in the air now. There is an amazing drift of crocuses over at the woods and I’m having a hard time keeping my dog from running through them like a four-legged vandal.

Tulips are my most favourite flower so I’m glad the shops are full of them and they’re cheap! I feel like you really get your money’s worth because even as they open and die they’re beautiful.

In our house I love the way that we get sunlight flooding the dinner table.

So tulips, sunshine and lovely china makes Claire a happy girl.

And there was a spring theme to the very nice parcel that flew over from Australia. I was the lucky recipient of Barbara’s Pale Blue Door blog giveaway. Amongst the lovely spring fabrics was some of Barbara’s gorgeous hallway wallpaper (which I have coveted since she first showed it) and I have promised to try to use it as a painting backdrop one of these days (might have bitten off more than I can chew there!)

This Paris fabric was also in the giveaway parcel and how serendipitous as we are making our plans to go soon.

And many thanks for the Parisian suggestions.

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