My Garden Tea Party

When Mollie Makes asked if I would send some extra photos of my work for Issue 18 along with a photo of myself for the contributors page, I decided to throw together an impromptu secret garden party in my back yard. It was so secret, that I was the only one there!

I also always wanted to see if I could make one of these composite collage thingies. I have no idea how you are supposed to make them. I basically just shot a bunch of photos of myself around the table and then cut/pasted them together. It’s not perfect, and you can see some seams if you look closely, but it was just for fun, and I thought it turned out pretty cool!

Here are some shots of the goodies!

I didn’t have the table cloth or the tea set or the place mats or the flower jug or those red napkin/towels beforehand. I went to Ross to see if there was a tea set, and I came back with a million things and a newly rekindled love for Ross where stuff is so much cheaper than expected! Unfortunately, the tea set was so cheap, that you aren’t even supposed to drink out of it for realsies. Oh well!

I chose sort of a red theme to go with the strawberry jam on the toast.

Uh I also just noticed that whoever is sitting at this spot at the table is not going to have a fork….

I showed some pics to my mom right after I sent them to Mollie Makes, and she was like, “Ermagerd. The English love their gardens, and your garden is embarrassing.” Then suddenly, I was super afraid of shaming my family with my shoddy gardening! Luckily, they only published small, cropped thumbnails, so my mom doesn’t have to kill me. I was already super thankful that I had any garden to speak of to take impromptu photos like this!

All these shots are actually the second day I shot the same set. The first day, everything turned out so grainy, and I didn’t know why. Friends on Twitter figured out that my ISO had been on the wrong setting for like a million years. OOPS. I don’t know anything about photography and have never futzed with the ISO! I debated between just using the photos I took so long to shoot vs. re-shooting again the next day. I chose the latter. I just couldn’t deal with them grainz! I think the neighbors must have thought I was insane. Same set-up. Same outfit.

I would totally have a real tea party with real girlfriends in my garden, because I loved the set-up so much. However, it is usually cold and gloomy here, so that wouldn’t be too much fun!

By the way, I normally do not have this amount of stock on hand to photograph on the fly. I was super lucky that I had JUST vended at Renegade Craft Fair and had stock leftover from that. Phew!

I totally fell in love with this dress from TopShop, but I didn’t know if it was too cheeky to wear for this magazine. I consulted with Maddy and Lady SuperGood, and I seemed to get the thumbs up, so I went for it.

I mean TopShop is from the U.K. and so is Mollie Makes, so it should be all good, right? Right!

I know I should have steamed the bottom. I actually had already ironed (carefully!) the top part because there was a really deep crease in it, and I was already proud of myself for not melting it. The magazine cropped off the bottom anyway, so, all was right in the world.



I need to shoot photos for the new Yummy You! online shop soon, and I’m not sure if we should go clean and simple with a white or pastel backdrop, or if we should go somewhere “on location” like these photos. We’ll see!



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43 Replies to “My Garden Tea Party”

  1. kukubee says:

    What an adorable idea to display your lovely wares! Amazing set up, twinkie chan.

  2. cassie says:

    This is the perfect, brightest, happiest tea party EVER!!! I love it!

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Thank you so much!

  3. Ashley Dashley says:

    I adore this! Your garden is beautious to me!

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Aw thank you! Yeah, I’m pretty proud that it is at least sorta green! πŸ˜‰

  4. Michelle says:

    This is amazing! You look super cute in that dress and the set up turned out so cute! I would love to have a tea party with you and crochet yummy goodies together! hehe

    My blog:

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Thank you! If only I could control whether the sun comes out!

  5. Danielle says:

    I love the all Twinkie tea party! These photos are awesome. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the magazine! The Joann’s in town doesn’t have it yet, for some reason they’re still selling the three issues prior though.

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      I heard that it was available at Barnes & Noble? I didn’t even realize we could get them in the states before I ordered one online πŸ˜›

      1. Danielle says:

        Oh yeah I do remember seeing it there before too, we just don’t have a B&N in town (or any bookstores at all because we are extremely lame). I’ll have to check next time I go out there.

        1. TwinkieChan says:

          THey closed down 2 big bookstores near where I live. Now I have to figure out the next nearest one without having to go downtown or something!

  6. Those photos are really pretty Twinkie πŸ™‚

    My family did a Tea Party for my cousing Bridal Shower. And ther put all the real tea cups and all the cheese and things to eat with cookies. And they actually have all kinds of tea all we all seat at the table and drink tea and it was actually fun. We all dress up like society ladys LOL and wear big hats jjjj….

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      That sounds like a lot of fun!

  7. Shelly says:

    This is so very cute!! Love it!! Made me smile.

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Thank you!

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      πŸ˜‰ thank you!

  8. laura says:

    this is awesome!

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      try it! πŸ˜€

  9. Im so in love! The first picture is amazing! Perfect for a fb cover photo! or a Twinkie Chan Poster – which I actually have a spot for on my collage wall in my bedroom….if you ever start selling them! The dress is friggin adorable and seeing you so cute and surrounded by your beautiful craft is so inspiring! XO

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      I think I would be too scared of selling a poster of myself, but I was considering making these my “thank you” postcards!

  10. Spokhette says:

    OMG TWINKIE CHAN! These photos are amazing! I love the tea party idea, and I love that you made a party group photo with just yourself, I love the way you put it all together. Will the leftover stock from renegade be put up in the shop?

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Hi! This was taken a few months ago, and I already put up the leftovers, and they’ve already sold πŸ™‚

  11. Lee says:

    Very nice job on the tea party photo. A “bunny” would make it perfect!

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      If I ever recreate the photo, I will have to dress up as a bunny! I actually wanted to wear different outfits in the same photo but was running out of sunlight.

  12. Barny says:

    so cute! wish i had a garden too πŸ™‚ don’t be embarassed!


    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Hehheeh we could always borrow one!

      1. Barny says:

        We have parks and stuff here, but not as nice. I want to take photos of my bunting in trees etc but always worry it would look abit sparse or silly.

        I don’t think anyone is going to notice the garden in this shoot though! its too eyecatching.


  13. Kelsea Echo says:

    This is excellent! Great set up. Fun & colorful photo shoots are the best! I would really like to take a poll of your neighbors to see what they think… hehe.

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      They probably think I’m weird cuz I hardly leave the house! πŸ˜›

  14. claire says:

    This is INSANE!!
    Such a great idea!
    That 1st photo is so cute! I’m looking forward to the Yummy You! photoshoots!
    I know they’ll be super cute!
    p.s. Did you wear your brooches πŸ˜‰

  15. Jessica says:

    wow how pretty! I have a crochet question for you. I am working on my rounds before i start some of the scarves in your books, and whenever i do it my rounds turn into little bowls. its like the edges keep curling. is that supposed to happen and what am i doing wrong < thank you! πŸ™‚

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Usually when a piece starts curling in, it’s because there aren’t enough stitches in the round (conversely, when a piece starts ruffling, there are too many stitches). Are you working in sc? Are the rounds like 6 sc, then 12 sc, then 18 sc, etc, in multiples of 6? (Then for other stitches, the multiples are different…). If your numbers are right, I would suggest trying to go one bigger hook size up, as maybe the stitches are too tight for the yarn?

  16. GabbyAnne says:

    OMG OMG! YOU ARE SO CUTE!! The first pic is so cute, I agree with Renee Candy Stick Lane. I want a poster of that pic, or a Thank You card like you said!! I love all the different jams on all the crochet toasts!

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      GABBY!!!!! I have been looking for you! Did you ever get the email I sent?


  17. Momoko says:

    I had to repost on my blog the first picture! TOO cute! *_*

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Awwwwwwww thank yooooo! πŸ™‚

  18. I am incredibly impressed with your photo editing skills! Very cool!! I need to learn photoshop! Is that the photo editing software you use? Thanks for sharing!!

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Thank you so much! I am sure a professional would cringe at all my Photoshopping, but I think I get by ok ;). Yes, it is indeed Photoshop πŸ™‚

  19. Aaaah! I just found your blog and I can’t believe how much cuteness is on here!
    So happy to have found you, and that first pic is perfect! (to me πŸ™‚
    Oh how I wish I knew how to crochet, if only I had the time to learn, right now sewing is taking it all up.


    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Hi Alex! Thanks for the sweet note!!! I have ALWAYS wanted to learn to sew and make clothes, but I’m with you…no time! πŸ˜›

      1. If you ever do find the time you should definitely try it!
        I love being able to create dresses just the way I want them πŸ™‚

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