Monday, August 3, 2015



For years I have wanted to attend an outdoor artisan and vintage market know as "A Paris Street Market" in the Littleton area of Denver.  Located in a lovely shopping area, this market is in it's 15th year.  I finally got to go Saturday because I am officially RETIRED!  On Friday I worked in my backyard all day and by the end of the day I ached all over.  I loved every minute of it!

I am sharing a little crinoline lady cookie jar (I guess a cookie jar?) that I found at the market.  Isn't she cute.  It was fun walking through the market although it was very hot.  I just checked later to see just how hot it was Saturday and I was right as it was 93 degrees in Denver (only 83 degrees in Colorado Springs at the same time). We don't have much humidity here but it was still very hot for me as I have worked in air conditioning for years.  

My husband and I promised each other that straw hats will now live permanently in the backseat of our car.  How in the world did we leave home without them?  We did find an umbrella in the car.  I guess we were more prepared for rain but the umbrella helped with the sun.

So welcome to "Tea In the Garden" and I hope you can join in the fun by sharing something tea related at the bottom from your blog.   Some of you remember I made this little seat cover last year.

Please pour yourself a lovely cup of tea. 
 Lately, I have been drinking lots of Yorkshire
 Gold iced tea.  Because of the caffeine,
I do have a cut off time of 2:00 pm.

I hope you are having a wonderful summer.  We had trouble over the weekend remembering what day it was.   As we were out on Saturday  we keep thinking it felt like Sunday afternoon and we would have to go to work the next day.
  Oh my, this will take some getting used to
 but I'm sure we can do it!

I always share my post at these other blog parties:

Tea Time Tuesday
A Delightsome Life
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Mosaic Monday


Margie said...

Congratulations on your retirement, Bernideen!!! Now every day's the weekend for you!

Looks like the Paris street market has much to offer to treasure hunters. Your crinoline lady cookie container was a fabulous find!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Congratulations at long last, dear Bernideen, on your official retirement!!! How wonderful that you and your hubby were able to visit the fair and even forgot what day it was. You deserve to enjoy yourselves and putter around all you want.
I love your pretty lady cookie jar, and your seat cover is just gorgeous with all the different vintage pieces sewn on. Also, your header with the pretty pillows on the bench looks so romantic.
Thanks for hosting, Bernideen, and enjoy your week and the rest of your free days!! ((Big Hugs)) are sent to you!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Oh Bernideen! I am so excited for you! I know you will love your retirement! Looks like a wonderful place to me, and I love your finds! What a lovely summer post! Thanks so much for hosting, and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Linda Jennings said...

So glad you are enjoying retirement! This is a beautiful post.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Well, my friend, Happy Retirement! Yes, it will take some getting used to I'm sure. I am looking forward to when my hubby retires. He gets several weeks off in the summertime and I am loving it! It's lovely to come and go as you please. No alarm clocks or heavy schedules of any kind. Your garden tea is so lovely. There is always so much charm to be found here. The Crinoline Lady is really cute and I love the teapot and linens. Thank you for hosting and joining me for tea. Have a fabulous week.


Karen said...

You have the most beautiful backyard garden. I love everything about it! The cute statues, the lovely flowers, and the lovely table setting for tea.

Deborah Montgomery said...

I just love all your beautiful embroidered linens, so pretty! Everyone comments on the beautiful pillow I got from your shop in March, made with embroidered linens and doilies. I love it. Your tea time looks so lovely.
Enjoy your retirement Bernideen! I do hope you get to enjoy many things you've put off while running a shop.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Beautiful cookie jar and linens! Your tea table looks so lovely in your beautiful garden! So glad you are enjoying retirement. Congratulations!

Karen said...

Hi Bernideen,
I had to laugh when you said that you didn't know what day it was because now that hubby and I are both retired we often have to ask each other that question. Keeping umbrellas in your car can be a life saver. We were at an outdoor wedding last weekend and hubby found 3 umbrellas in our car to share with the guests there. I absolutely love, love, love your pink crinoline lady. I have seen some but not with such pretty faces. Your outdoor tea time is very lovely today - that chintz teacup is indeed a beauty. Thank you for hosting dear friend and I am so pleased that you are finally able to have some fun and visit flea markets. Happy Tea Day! Karen

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

This is just the beginning Bernideen, you'll have time now to visit all the places you've wanted to while working. The new crinoline lady is sweet and I'm sure she could hide some tasty biscuits under her skirt.
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

Angela McRae said...

I love your new crinoline lady cookie jar, and it is fun to see you getting to experience this next chapter in your life! How wonderful to get to do what you *want* to do after all those years of *having* to do. Enjoy!

Martha's Favorites said...

Your post if filled with eye candy. I love Crinoline ladies. They are hard to find. Everything is beautiful. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

Wishing you a most happy retirement! How exciting. And what an exquisite cookie jar. Have not seen anything like it!

Janneke said...

I love that crinolene lady, especially it´s a cookie jar as well. Your teatable in the garden is so romantic again and then you can enjoy as much and as long as you want, the world is wide open now you are retired.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Happy Retirement to you! I retired back in December and I love it. Your cookie jar is adorable and I like your cute tea setting and linens. Your garden and statues are so cute. Have a happy week ahead!

MomWaldsPlace said...

Your little lady is lovely. It sounds like you have a good start on enjoying your retirement!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Dear Bernideen,
Congratulation on your retirement. Now a new chapter of liev starts. I wish you lots of lovely moments. Now you can do all the wonderful things, you hadn't time for before your retirement. The cookie jar lady is enchanting. And it doen't wonder me, that you have the matching embroideries. Looks fantastic together. Have a great time. I will hopefully link in with a new post later.
Best greetings, Johanna

Tea in the Library said...

Congratulations on your retirement. Wishing you health and happiness in this new adventure. You tea in the garden is a feast for my eyes. I am enjoying all the garden tea especially this summer.
We have been doing work in the bark yard for 3 YEARS now and I am looking forward to being done, and able to enjoy our yard again! Of course as we were breathing a sigh of relief and saying, "Just the landscaping and finishing the path to go," I said I thought the pond was going to look a little lost in the new landscape configuration .. so... more digging on the horizon so we can expand the pond!I guess we are gluttons for punishment.
Angels to you. Have a blessed week

Maiah Harrison said...

Congratulations on your Retirement!!!
How exciting for you. I love your lady cookie jar, it's so pretty! What a nice addition to your garden tea party, which is always so whimsy and beautiful by the way. And all the tea cups are gorgeous! I hope you pleasant things ahead as you enjoy your time of retirement.

Marilyn Miller said...

Congratulations on the retirement! It does take some getting use to, but still it is fun. Love, love, love the crinoline lady. The fair you attended would have been wonderful, I am sure. My husband was in Littleton just last week, but of course he wouldn't be looking for crinoline ladies. Sniff! Wishing I could have been there.

Jocelyn said...

Lovely pictures. Congratulations on your retirement. Now enjoy life. We only get one go around here on the earth :-)


Lady Linda said...

Hello dear happy to hear that you are retired. I think I missed something here while I was away. Your pictures are just lovely, as always. I can just get lost in your blog world. Happy retirement to you! It's time to enjoy things now.

Michele said...

Oh, my word, yes indeed the time has come!


I am so happy for you. I love one of the first things you did was garden and go thrifting - awesome.

Your lovely crinoline lady biscuit jar is AWESOME - and all your vintage linens, beautiful tea cups- just beautiful!

Enjoy every moment of your retirement. Hugs!!!!! ♥♥♥

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Bernideen,
Congrats on your retirement. How fun that you can do stuff that you weren't able to before because of work, like go to flea markets and such! :)
Your garden and yard are just gorgeous! Perfect place for tea.
Happy Monday!