Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Why is A Raven Like a Writing Desk? Tea Time Sandwich holder tutorial

Birthdays are BIG events at our house (much to the hubster's wallet's dismay) First birthdays are even bigger deals and Evie's is this week. I decided for Abby I wanted to do a color theme and went with turquoise and yellow with a touch of pink. It is essentially based around Heather Baileys Pop Garden line. The adults are getting to eat BBQ Pulled pork sandwiches (we try to do VERY Americanized food at our events) but I knew the younger crowd would want something a little more palatable. Since we do have picky palates in this household I thought PB&J might be the best idea, and it meets my stipulation of being very American. I didn't just want to throw a bunch of messy sandwich's on the table though and thus the Tea Time Sandwich holder was born.
I created a template so you can simply print it out and start creating! It can be found HERE.
What you Need:
Tea Time Sandwich holder pattern
Cute paper
Cello tape
Put on Alice in wonderland for the kiddos to get every one in a tea time mood.

Once you have printed out your template you are going to want to cut all the way around the outside. When you are done it should look like you have three triangles held together by two rectangles. Since there is no where to grab cute paper in Dili and my stockpile is lacking, I created my own and printed it out. Take the paper you have chosen and flip it over so that wrong side is facing you. Now you are going to trace around your template. I was able to fit two templates on an 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper. I know most craft paper is larger so make sure when you are placing your template to lay it so that you can maximize the number of holders you get out of each sheet
Now if you need you can use a ruler to draw in the FOUR fold lines or you can just wing it. Once you are done go a head and cut out your pieces. Now you are going to fold on all four lines bring one triangle up and behind the other. Grab a piece of cello tape and tape it shut. Voila! Now whip up some sandwiches, cut them up into fun shapes, place them inside and taddah a beautiful way to present your snacks.
I just love all the colors together and hello could they be any easier.
But this way it makes a cheap easy snack look elegant and lady like!
Happy Sandi making!
PS if you are curious about the answer to the riddle when I researched I found this:
Lewis Carroll himself got bugged about this so much that he was moved to write the following in the preface to the 1896 edition of his book:

Enquiries have been so often addressed to me, as to whether any answer to the Hatter's Riddle can be imagined, that I may as well put on record here what seems to me to be a fairly appropriate answer, viz: 'Because it can produce a few notes, tho they arevery flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!' This, however, is merely an afterthought; the Riddle, as originally invented, had no answer at all.
Did this discourage people? No. They figured, that dope Carroll, he's too dumb to figure out his own riddle, setting aside the halfhearted attempt just quoted. So they ventured answers of their own, some of the more notable of which are recorded in Martin Gardner's The Annotated Alice and More Annotated Alice:
  • Because the notes for which they are noted are not noted for being musical notes. (Puzzle maven Sam Loyd, 1914)
  • Because Poe wrote on both. (Loyd again)
  • Because there is a B in both and an N in neither. (Get it? Aldous Huxley, 1928)
  • Because it slopes with a flap. (Cyril Pearson, undated)
There will NOT be a quiz on this later :)


  1. love love love! I also love heather baileys fabric too, very easy to be inspired by.

  2. Cute sandwiches! The little holders definitely make them look more elegant and lady like!

    I haven't actually watched Alice in Wonderland since I was a kid. It is always on in the car so I do get to listen to it. I recognized the line right away but I always thought it was "why is a RAVEN like a writing desk?" It still makes no sense to me but I guess that is the whole point of Alice in Wonderland!

    Happy 1st Birthday Evie!

    Love and Hugs, Jess

  3. Ha! I think you are totally right! Does anyone know the answer to that Riddle? Okay totally changing the title (for the third time, first I had a "riddle" but thought no thats not right)

  4. Wow, these are such a great idea! I'm throwing a baby shower soon and I think I'll use them for that.

  5. What a cute idea. I want to have a tea party and these would be perfect!

  6. SOO cute!! I can't wait to have a fun reason to make these! Thanks!


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