Friday, 7 October 2016

A Dotty's Teahouse update

On Monday my dear crafting and blogging friend Brenda of Bumblebees and Butterflies came up to see me. We had discussed some time ago that it would be lovely for me to show her Dotty's Teahouse and have lunch. I could also show her my cards that are for sale there.

I know that  a lot of you have also been asking to see some more photos of Dotty's so I took my camera with me to document our lunch.

Monday was the most glorious autumn day with clear blue skies and wall to wall sunshine.
 We walked down via my beloved ponds

 and our table, which I had booked, was ready and waiting for us.

I love that the tea is served in vintage china and is loose leaf, in a teapot, complete with a tea strainer.
Even at 11am on a Monday a lot of the tables were occupied and there was a warm, chatty atmosphere.
I love the decor at Dotty's,..especially the window display which is changed regularly.
and the quirky chandeliers

Here is Brenda
and here are the both of us.
Rebecca on the left (Dotty's owner) and Lesley, one of her lovely staff.
Our sandwiches,made with bread from the Village Bakers (where I too buy my bread) was delicious
but the cake......oh  my goodness......
was absolutely out of this world. I was so impressed.
I thought that you would like to see my current display of cards which are for sale. I made a Halloween card last week which quickly sold  so I made 3 more which I took down with me.

Here is a close up of 2 of!

After our delightful lunch we walked back through the park and home to mine. It really was the most enjoyable day together.

There is also a heads up I would like to give you today.  If you are in the Carshalton, Surrey area Dotty's will be open on Friday 2 December from 9am - 9pm for a special Christmas event. There will be lots of sellers of handmade goodies, including me with my cards and my jewellery. Once I have a flyer of the event I will post it on my blog but if you live nearby do put the date in your diary and come and say hello to me. It would be lovely to see you.

My card today is one of the Halloween cards in the shop

I made a very inky background with distress inks and they used lots of stencils to add some depth. My image is an old Nicecrane digi. I stamped a TH skull on a piece of mop up inky card and fussy cut it out. The haunted house is a Cheery Lynn die cut, the pumpkins are Spellbinders and there is also a MB crow there if you look closely. I also added some remnant rubs for extra spookiness! These cards fit a 6X6" frame and they have been bought as pictures for Halloween as well as for sending as a card.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

A vintage journey make it spooky
PaperArtsy die cuts
Frilly and Funkie author author My book is actually a child's book and is my granddaughter's favourite. It's "Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson. I wanted to make my card not too scary so I had this very sweet book in my mind as I made it.
More mixed media anything goes
Cheery Lynn 2/2 anything goes
Let's Craft and Create autumn/Halloween
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Halloween Inspiration
Cute Card Thursday (does not need to be "cute" Anything goes

It's a week of wonderful tea taking for me as I had another hot date yesterday.......afternoon tea at the Ritz in London with my Mum and DD as birthday celebration for my Mum. All very exciting, photos to follow very soon.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Yay, what a fabulous day we had, it was perfect in every way. Dotty's is a lovely place full of vintage charm and has a wonderful atmosphere, your cards look brilliant displayed on the shelf, all the designs are wonderful. The skies were so blue and there was still a warmth from the sun that made for a great walk around the ponds, it's many, many years since I've done that. I even got to see Billy and your studio, I had such a fantastic day Jane, thank you for having me and good luck with the Christmas event when it comes around. Huge hugs xxx

  2. What a lovely time you had with Brenda and the pictures of the shop are lovely. Your Halloween cards are lovely. Your Room on a Broom inspired card is wonderful and love how it isn't too scary but perfect for Halloween! Thanks very much for joining us in the "author author" challenge at Frilly and Funkie!

  3. What a lovely place, the chandelier is beautiful! Delicious lunch too. :)
    I'm so glad your cards are doing well for you, no surprise really as they are great and your spooky ones are fantastic!
    Happy weekend my friend,
    V x

  4. What a wonderful day out - look at the sunshine! And how lovely to meet up with brilliant Brenda... So cool to see your cards on display, and it looks like they serve up really tasty treats as well as crafty ones. Fab spooky card - thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  5. What a wonderful day you had! The teahouse looks charming with a vintage feeling and beautiful china cups and plates! Your cards are stunning on their display! Great Halloween card too! Hugs

  6. This is a beautiful little Tea shop and love the front window with the typewriter. The owner does put a lot of attention to her store which is great. Your cards look made for the store. Love the Halloween card with all the pumpkins, haunted house and the witch with the pussy cat. So much to see and it all works well together.

  7. Dotty's looks like a wonderful place to visit and you and the lovely Brenda certainly both look like you are enjoying yourselves! The cake looks amazing!

    I love your spooky card, the stencilled background is beautiful - great layers too. Thanks so much for joining in our 'Make It Spooky' challenge at A Vintage Journey. Anne x

  8. Hello dear Jane,

    Thank for the tea&cake at the Dotty's Teahouse! :) It was lovely to see it all, and your cards go wonderfully with that beautiful interior. And no wonder those Halloween cards are a hit, they are wonderful!!

    Happy Friday dear friend!


  9. Oh my goodness Jane how lucky are you to live so close by Dotty's Teahouse!...So lovely and I do remember Monday as being a perfect early autumn day x Love your new card and Happy Birthday to your dear mum! ♥
    Happy Weekend,
    Susan x

  10. wow, I never knew Dotty's was there, I don't often go to Carshalton although I am only up the road in Sutton. Will bookmark it for a visit!!

  11. Gorgeous!
    Thanks for joining us at More Mixed Media Challenges blog and Good Luck !
    Maryvonne - DT member

  12. Such a fun and spooky card! Awesome cards! Thanks for joining us this week with Cheery Lynn Designs

  13. What a lovely way to spend the afternoon. Loved your pictures of your lunch with Brenda and that adorable tea shop. Your card is so fun and I love all the different halloween elements you used and the book that inspired you. Thanks for joining us at Frilly & Funkie for the "Author Author" challenge.

  14. I love the blend of colours on your card and it's friendly approach to Halloween (I also love that book of Julia's!) And it's fabulous to see more of Dotty's and the day out you had with Brenda. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

  15. Fabulous card! Thanks so much for participating in the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge this week and good luck.

  16. that place looks sooo cute :) happy your cards are selling well- love your spooky card! Thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!!

  17. What a lovely lovely day you had with Brenda, Jane - a gorgeous setting and sweet shop! Your card is a wonderful collage of images and die cuts - super fall/Halloween colors and design! Thanks for joining us in the AVJ challenge! Julia xx

  18. Great Halloween card! Thank you for joining us at Let’s Craft & Create challenge. We hope to see you again.
    ~DT Sherry x

  19. What a fun day! I'm glad your store display is selling so well! No wonder with such great layers, colors and details as I see in this creation! Thanks for joining the fun at the Frilly and Funkie "Author,Author" challenge!

  20. Such a beautiful card! I love the colours and layout. Thank you for sharing with us at Creative Inspiration, good luck and I hope you will join us again.
    Hugs Agnieszka, chanya13


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