Monday, August 10, 2015


As many of you know, I recently retired. 
 I told my husband I would like something unique
 that would be a memory gift for my retirement. 
 I had no problem finding something at one of
 our antique malls and it didn't cost a lot.
 I am going to enjoy this table and umbrella so much!

 I found this old wooden folding table that opens up with a hole in the middle.  The umbrella cover was long gone from the pole but I knew one of my lace bed covers would work just fine!  (I also found some more Copeland Spode red transferware up in Denver at an antique shop that I will share later).  So those were my retirement "thrills".  I don't know why I love old things but it seems I just can't help myself.

I reinforced the center of the lace bed cover so that it wouldn't tear and of course I had to cut a hole in the center of the rectangle tablecloth and the small round one. 
 All of these adjustments were so that the pole would fit into the cloth and go through the table.  They were pretty simple to do.

My little bouquet today has both flowers and herbs.  The basil smells especially wonderful. 

I have to tell you that  I baked a peach pie yesterday which was just your basic type so please have a piece and here is the recipe.  Two pies in one week makes one spoiled.

I have a stack of magazines I haven't read so I have some catching up to do.  I had to also take out my own subscription to "Tea Time" (since I am no longer selling it) and I was so happy that I didn't miss one.  You know how sometimes you miss an issue when doing a subscription or change your address.  I thought their July/August issue was lovely.  If you don't have a subscription to this magazine you would love it.

I do hope your week is wonderful.  Our summer is flying by so fast.  I feel so blessed to be retired and get to enjoy each day.  I wake up everyday in absolute shock. 
 This is going to take some getting used to!

I hope you can join my blog party today by posting anything tea related from your blog here at the bottom.  I also enjoy sharing with other parties:
Mosaic Monday
A Return to Loveliness
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Share Your Cup Thursday


Donna said...

Oh my favorite pie is peach...and what a gorgeous lace umbrella. Perfect for your tea setting. And then finished with an incredible bouquet from your garden!

Sandra said...

Congratulations on your retirement. I think you picked out the most perfect gift for yourself. The table is wonderful and you have decorated it so beautifully. I love the lace umbrella as well as the tablecloth and doily. The china is beautiful too. I am happy that you will have more time to spend in your garden and sit and enjoy those special magazines.

Antiques And Teacups said...

Hi Bernideen. I am so happy you are enjoying retirement! But...I knew you would! Love your new table and your lace umbrella turned out beautifully! Thanks for hosting and for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Oh my, I'm so glad I chose today to come and visit... to catch up you and other blogging companions. What a lovely post and your retirement memento is exquisite, to say the least! You will so enjoy that.

Oh, yes, I do like the Tea Time magazine. Even if I never made any of the recipes, I feel 'fed' in my soul just browsing the beautiful pages.

And, yes please, I'd enjoy a piece of the yummy peach pie. I hope we can sit under that lovely umbrella together and get to know each other better.

Wishing you a beautiful day... and a very blessed retirement!


quakerhillfarm said...

Oh my I love the umbrella! Your whole tea setting is just beautiful! Very much an inspiration!

sarah said...

This is so lovely. The lace umbrella is beautiful, how clever to use a bedspread.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh Bernideen, what a perfect memory gift for you on your retirement!!! I have never seen such a beautifully embellished umbrella and table. It is just gorgeous and so you, and perfect for your backyard tea parties. Thank you so much for sharing withnus and for hosting. Happy days are ahead for you.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

I can tell how happy you are to be retired! Congratulations! It is a wonderful feeling! Love your idea of using the lace for the umbrella cover! It makes a beautiful addition to your garden and lovely tea table! Thanks for hosting and can't wait to see your new transferware!

Margie said...

Love, love, love your lace umbrella!

Now I've got Rihanna's "Umbrella" song running through my head:

You can stand under my umbrella
You can stand under my umbrella

Anonymous said...

Love that lace umbrella! So pretty. Happy retirement to you!!

Nora @ Teacup Tales said...

Happy Retirement! You certainly chose your retirement gifts well. The umbrella and table fits perfectly in your backyard and I'm really impressed with your lace covered umbrella. It sets such a beautiful tone for a backyard tea party.
My Sept/Oct issue of Tea Time Magazine arrived on the weekend. I can't wait to read it.
Thanks for hosting and making the delicious peach pie.

The Victorian Girl said...

Your lace umbrella is just gorgeous! And every time you sit under it you'll remember it as a very special retirement gift.

Karen said...

Oh Bernideen,
I absolutely adore that lacy umbrella! What fabulous taste you have and I agree - I am in love with all antique items too. My heart did a little flip flop when I saw your beautiful umbrella and table setting today! Such beauty! I must try to find a copy of that tea magazine. Oh yes, your peach pie looks scrumptious! Lucky hubby! Happy Tea Day Sweet Retired Friend! Thank you for hosting! Karen

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

This is so beautiful, Bernideen!

I am so happy you are enjoying your retirement.


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

When I saw the umbrella on FB I thought you might have constructed it, great job on it and the table covering.

Marilyn Miller said...

I love your new to you table, chairs and umbrella. It is a beautiful addition to the garden. And peach pie, oh yummmmm! I will try to post a tea thing tomorrow and link to you.

Sylvia said...

Bernideen, What a great interpretation of the covering for a garden umbrella. It creates a wonderful atmosphere. Great idea. All the best in your retirement! Sylvia D.

Betty said...

What a lovely tea party in your garden. I wished I could have one, but it is constantly raining here this year. Summer has gone by so fast and full of rain, hopefully our Fall will be nice and dry.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

I'm joining in for the first time this week. Your garden umbrella is delightful. Happy retirement.

MomWaldsPlace said...

That may be the best bouquet I have seen all summer!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Back to say thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Bernideen. i have a lace tablecloth that could drape over the beige umbrella on our husband would not be amused though. LOL

Maiah Harrison said...

Oh my, that umbrella is really really pretty!!!

Rosemary said...

Bernideen, I would say that retirement suits you to a 'T'! I'm so happy for you!

Carrie said...

Hi Bernideen! That lace umbrella looks great (as does your new (to you) table set). What a great idea to use the lace tablecloth! The pie looks delicious too by the way. I really like the flowers for this week's tea too.

Ruthie Miller said...

Oh my gosh, what a great find. The lace you so cleverly put on top makes it So special.
Again, happy retirement. Enjoy the fruits of your labor. I can't wait to see the red transferware

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Oh my goodness Bernideen, everything about this post is wonderful!! Your new table and chairs look perfect in your beautiful yard with the beautiful flowers, especially those foxgloves, and the lace cover over your umbrella is absolutely stunning! Your statues, the birdbath, your teapots, that floral arrangement! Wow, I could go on and on, so beautiful! I thought I was following you but was not, so now I am!
Have a wonderful day,

Junkchiccottage said...

So beautiful. Love that umbrella it is gorgeous.

Deborah Montgomery said...

I LOVE that lace umbrella!! Looks so delightfully Victorian.

Tea in the Library said...

Your umbrella is wonderful! A lovely tea in a beautiful spot. Congratulations on your retirement.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Congrats Bernideen! So wonderful that you are retired. Oh my, I love the lace on the umbrella! The entire setting is beautiful in your gorgeous garden! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Bernideen, just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring your pretty tea at SYC this week.

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness, that umbrella is the most gorgeous thing ever! What a brilliant idea.