The clue of the pretty decorative tea saucer instantly reminded me of Grandma Dolly's teapot, and so with great enthusiasm I set out to solve this case and preserve some memory of my grandmother and her teapot. The picture framed in the middle of the teapot chipboard is the teapot she used to serve her five rumbustious American grandchildren.
Journaling details: second person point-of-view and reads: You taught us civility through the ritual of tea. You were patient and loving to us. You put us at ease under unpleasant circumstances with your sense of humor. You nurtured our souls and warmed our bodies at tea time. You were a delightful foreigner to your American grandchildren, and you spoke funny too. :)
Evidence: Tags in the shape of teacups; lilac sheer ribbon was used as teacup handles and are draped over the metalic circular buttons; doily; gold metalic elements can be found on the gold leaf charm, and I used gold metalic paint and glitter to highlight the doily frames; circular elements are found on the circular pictures within the doily frames.
I placed a journal in an envelope on the back of the layout and it reads:
During our visits with our English Grandma Dolly, she would set the table in English fashion for her five American grandchildren at tea time. We weren’t particularly interested in tea and it wasn’t served to us at home, but she made it such a special event that we would actually look forward to it during our visits. Interestingly, those children sitting for tea at Grandma Dolly’s house were not the same children who ate every meal together at home. The ritual of tea made us sit up straight, speak civil to each other, and actually enjoy each others company. We were so civil to one another that I don’t think our own parents would have recognized us. It was at Grandma’s house where we learned to drink tea with cream which we found quite tasty. The menu primarily consisted of tea with cream, small sandwiches which consisted of white bread, sweet butter and corned beef, toast and jam, and biscuits. During one occasion, she asked if any of us would like a biscuit. Four of us promptly declined the offer, and the other, the most adventurous of the five said, “yes’. We sat sipping our tea and chatting until Grandma Dolly appeared with a pretty decorated dessert plate and placed it in front of the brother who wanted the “biscuit”. When the four of us saw those two tantalizing cookies sitting on top of the plate, we all looked up at her incredulously as if she had deceived us. We told her we wanted a cookie too. She reminded us that we all declined her offer of a biscuit. We replied, “Yes, but we didn’t decline an offer of a cookie”. After that occasion, when she said something that didn’t quite sit well with us, we’d interrogate her further until we understood her English.