The is the last time I will be visiting Great Britain for awhile. I need to get back to America for Flag Day and The Fourth of July and paint some Americana pieces.
I started this journey with furniture, then went to torn muslin ribbons, now onward to the rest of the Jacks!
I purchased the small Union Jack flags some time ago and went ahead and put them in the booth. I guess I will add more as the Olympics get closer, but we will see.
Here is the whole lot of them displayed in my booth at Riverfront Antiques.
I made the tags first. The Union Jack image came from Karen over at The Graphics Fairy. I used the one that had an antiqued color and printed it on an ink jet printer nine images to the page. This is 110 lb. paper - very heavy with a antiqued finish.
Next I cut them out leaving no border, used red and white washii tape (from Pretty Tape - Etsy) for both sides, and stamped a crown in the middle of the Union Jack. (I hope this is not considered defacing their flag!) On the back I stamped: KEEP CALM AND...
I left it to your imagination what you should keep calm about! There are a number of things I need to keep calm about. Starting with... Oh, never mind. If I told you, this post would never end!
Back to the tags. Punched a hole on one side, attached a brown kraft paper hole reinforcer (called a hole label in China!), and added a tie of navy French seam binding. (I love this stuff - there are crates of this binding sitting in warehouses because most clothiers do not sew French seams anymore. I bought a gross of hundred yard rolls. I think I will never run out, but....)
Some of the labels I tied into packs of five to sell, but I had to use some of them on...
YES - tinware and wire baskets!
How attractive these would look with British tea bags and biscuits as a gift!
Next up were the wire baskets purchased at Hobby Lobby last month. (I only have a few more of these left so I hope they get in some soon! - Oh, no! I am on the junk sober diet - I cannot buy or drag anything home!)
I squirted out some red craft paint and used a foam brush to hit or miss paint the baskets. When painting wire, a distressed finish is best. You can easily become obsessed with trying to cover every little bit of the wire. Trust me, that will never happen! I painted these in the living room while watching the rain pouring down outside - glad we finally got some.
As you can see the baskets got their own Union Jack tags. I picture a gift with a lacy doily, English tea, and maybe some boldly designed tea cups!
I don't really know what I am talking about - I only drink sweet iced tea with a bunch of lemons! To me hot tea is just a waste of tea!
Nice you came to visit. I really appreciate it. Wait until you see what is next to finish! (I'll be anxiously waiting, too, because I don't know either!)