Sunday, January 5, 2020


Last week my friends Janice and Gina
and I were invited over to Fulton, Missouri
east of Columbia.   We went to the lovely 
home of our friend Karen and had an
 Afternoon Tea and a lovely time enjoying
her home, antiques, books and collectibles. 
 I forgot my camera but will share Karen's

Fulton is a lovely old town - rather small
but with Westminster College and
William Woods University there are plenty 
of young people coming and going.  
Downtown the main street is still brick with
  charm and history and Winston
 Churchill visited here in 1946 and gave a
very important speech with President

 which originally stood in London, England
 and was completely rebuilt once in London after a
fire. Then all but the walls were destroyed
a second time in the Blitz of World War II.
It was then sent over and rebuilt in 
this town of Fulton, Missouri. There
is also a Churchill museum in the basement .

My husband and I drove through Fulton
today and I took a few photos of some
of the lovely homes north of the downton
on Court Street and the surrounding area:

This one still had a few Christmas
wreaths outside:

My husband's friend has moved
to Kentucky and I saw that his
old office "building" on the
left has a new paint job.

In the coming weeks, I hope to be sharing
 more about some other lovely old homes 
here in Missouri.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019


Merry Christmas from Missouri!  Hope you
have a wonderful Christmas week!

Thursday, December 19, 2019


Yesterday my Missouri friends
 and I got together for a progressive 
luncheon.  (Janice came up with the idea)
We started a Gina's lovely Victorian
home with true Victorian furnishings
(Karen, Janice and Gina above while
I am taking photos)

At Gina's we had lovely hot cider and appetizers.....

We so admire all her lovely things.

There were lots of beautiful trees to view:

This is actually me at my house which 
was our second stop.  My hair has very 
recently grown  back after experiencing auto
immune alopecia areatia in the summer
of 2018.   I now have grey hair and was
told not to use coloring but I am just
glad to have hair and put the wig away.

And the ladies:

I fed them the savory part of our lunch and 
forgot to take photos of course!

Now on to our French loving gal's house:

Janice's living room is formal and she loves to make things down in her basement "where I create room":

We exchanged gifts and enjoyed
celebrating Karen's December birthday:

Karen collects lusterware like
Tasha Tudor had and Gina
gave her some for her birthday:

We were very happy to consume
1/2 of Janice's delicious coconut cake:

Such a fun day!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019


Last year I made 5 shabby chic
 decorations for my tree and this year
 I finished 5 new ones and a topper.

We have a little area to the side
and part of our kitchen called a
Hearth Room and that is where
the tree stands.

These are the ornaments I added
 this year and the tree topper which
is my tribute to the birth of Jesus.

Two are a tribute to
 Queen Victoria
and Albert and I
also added some
Victorian candle clips.

Time to clean up the crafting
mess downstairs.
And like you too, I will be doing my
share of baking now....

Have you enjoyed some crafting,
baking and decorating?  I got to
my crafting rather late as it had to wait
until tea cozies were made first but I
am glad I made some new tree ornaments.

Monday, December 16, 2019


Hello again on Monday morning.

I will share some more of the photos I
took yesterday and this "new to me"
English Currier and Ives teapot I
recently purchased.

Someone here just might remember back
when I found this old lithograph in
Fort Collins, Colorado years ago
and shared it on this blog.

Here is a close up of some of the
very old vintage and antique
garland pieces on the tree:

I have a mess in my basement right now as
I am making 5 ornaments and a topper to
add to my Christmas tree.  Glitter abounds on
the tabletop and floor.  I also have some
serious preparations to do as some friends
are coming over Wednesday for our "progressive
luncheon" to 3 of the homes.  Our 4th lady friend
lives in Fulton so she is joining the rest of us.

Yes, I am a bit of of a teapot queen as of 
late as I acquired these 2 teapots too.
One is a Jackfield English teapot on the
top with a gold painted deer and the
other is a commemorate 1897 Queen
Victoria Jubilee teapot from England.

My kitchen window and our
recent snow yesterday and today:

So I hope you are enjoying the season
and all the blessings of baking,
decorating and fellowshipping!

And take time for tea: