Tuesday, February 18, 2020


One of the things my husband and 
I like doing is visiting some of the
 small towns in Missouri.

Today we drove over to several
that are southwest of us but not as
far as Kansas City.

We stopped and had lunch at a cute
little tea room called "My Secret Garden"
outside of a little town called Warsaw.

There are many sweet cafe type restaurant
around Missouri that are called "tea rooms" 
and they serve salads, soups, quiche, etc
with desserts and tea. (not Afternoon Tea)

Then we went into the antique mall there.
I loved this pink Victorian house which was
right down the street.

On the way back up the road north we
passed back through Sedalia, where the
state fair is held each summer:

Earlier in the day we had seen a sign about
 a tiny German settled town called "Cole Camp"
 and so we drove over east 4 miles 
to see what it was like
and found a darling shop:

This shop serves lunch and dinners and
 also across the street a sister affliated shop 
serves Afternoon Teas. 
 Another day for that!

Friday, February 14, 2020


Yesterday and today continues
to be very 
bitter and cold outside.

 This means it is a
perfect opportunity for
 a happy teatime.

My husband and I find it interesting the
 way that with just a little snow, everything
 shuts down here in Missouri.  It brings
 back so many memories of living in Colorado
 where everyone went to work and it really
took a blizzard to make a difference.

I have a couple of new magazines
I have been enjoying. 

English Garden and Tea Time have
brought a lovely reprieve lately.
Winter is a time to get inspired
and excited about our spring gardens.

Wintertime is always a good time
 to try new recipes and brush up
on our baking skills.  Please
enjoy a cup of tea and one of  these
chocolate chip cookies I baked this week.

My friend Gina dropped off a lovely
Valentine card she made.  

So I hope that your wintertime
is going along well.  If you are
bored,  this might be a great time
to learn something new.  How about
doing a new craft, trying a new recipe
reading that book on the shelf.

And so I close this post to challenge you
to find joy in the little things.  Make a
nice homemade soup.  Do something not
very popular today - send an elderly person
 a handwritten letter or take something
 home baked to a neighbor.  You can even
 buy those frozen bread loaves and let
 them rise and bake them.  Make some
 homemade cards to have on hand for 
when you need them.  Enjoy winter 
as spring
will be here soon!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020


For quite a few years, 
I have been doing yearly reviews
with links to some of my posts.

Last year I didn't post much but
let's do a review just the same.  This
post was called 

I hope I can do a better job of posting this 
year.  I am retired and that means I should 
have all kinds of time, right?  I seem to
just fill my life up with so many things.

my favorite time to share violet china:

Here in Missouri it also means spring
starts to stir a bit which is always good news.
  I realize that's not true for everyone.
  It seems to be the advantage of living
 where summers are very hot.
A post from March:

 in May:

As the summer moved along I
enjoyed many hours outside and
for me - I got a real suntan which 
was shocking.  I loved it when the
hollyhocks came up around our
mailbox.  I had to learn not to
water them as that causes yellow
which included my Grandson 
graduating from high school!

Some sweet Home School
Moms came to use my 
downstairs tearoom in September:



Looking at that photo above amazes
 me even now as I see I had hydrangeas
 blooming in November!

And for my last month of December I
want thank all of you who have followed
my blog and leave comments.
I hope to post more often in 2020 -
let's see if I can at least try harder!

Monday, February 10, 2020


The week of Valentines is always such a
wonderful time.  Couples go out and 
have lovely dinners and others stay
home and make something delicious!

Ladies come together for tea and it's
fun decorating with valentine themed items.

I have some in my kitchen to enjoy,
along with other things of course.

Even my Queen Elizabeth tea cozy
seems to Valentine-ish:

My old Nicol Sayre angel
always comes out for the occasion.

I hope you have a lovely week!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020


The last few weeks I have been working
at making some paper ephemera medallions
I have 2 large ones and 6 small ones done.
I hope you can check them out.

I have spent a lot of time on these.

Some are Valentines, others are
Queen Victoria themed and others
are French - Eiffel Tower themed.
I am sending this one to a sweet 
young friend in Colorado Springs:

And this one will go to another former customer
and friend who lives in Woodland Park, Colorado.
She will be very surprised to hear from me:

Tuesday, January 28, 2020


I have recently re-watched the PBS movie
Victoria and also other past versions
about Queen Victoria.  What a fascinating
person she was and what about her amazing
husband Albert.  He was a great man of
integrity.  If you have looked back and
studied the many Kings of England,  you 
know that was often not the case.

I have been enjoying a display of my King
and Queen tea wares this winter in my kitchen.

I change this display regularly so then
 other types come up and these go back down
 to the basement tea room. I also made an
 ephemera  medallion but I know I overdid 
this one so others won't be quite so full.  

My Fulton friend, Karen who I met through 
the Tasha Tudor Facebook Group when
  I lived in Colorado Springs,  got me 
interested in the Victoria and Albert
 lusterware pieces that were sold at the 
1851 Great Exhibition.  Prince Albert was
 in charge of this event and oversaw the project.
  After reading about the pieces which were
 sold as souvenirs at the exhibition and after
seeing Karen's collection, I was smitten!
I have acquired a few pieces.

If you purchased something from the UK,
you know the shipping is what drives your bottom
line up.  I was able to find this Staffordshire
figurine in Georgia, USA so that helped a lot.  
Another friend, Gina has one of these I 
had admired at her home.

I just added a 9" plate
 which arrived from
England to my 

 uncle, King William IV died and he had no 
living male son as heir to the throne. Two
 of her other uncles also did not have
 legitimate male heirs so it passed to her.
 She was only 18 years old.

She served as Queen from 1837 to 1901 and her
name is why it is called the Victorian Era.
1901.  His wife was Alexandra. 
 He served until 1910 and we call his
period the Edwardian Era.

Next we have King George V and his wife
 Queen Mary. If you saw the Downton
 Abbey movie, they were portrayed in
 the story.  He served from 1910 until 1935.
Remember the Titanic went down in 1912.

So who comes next?

Remember the King who abdicted to
marry a divorced American woman?
King Edward the VIII was on the
throne for a brief period and then
George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
If you saw the "King's Speech"
that would be George VI.
He served from 1935-1952

And of course Queen Elizabeth - 
the present Queen and longest
 reign to date!  I have really enjoyed
reading about all of these but find
Queen Victoria is a favorite.

If you saw the PBS Historical Documentary
"The Wedding"  - you probably found
it fascinating like it did.  I have watched it
several times lately.  I could barely
keep up with all the history in "The 
Queen's Palaces" about the 3 royal 

I need to say - I may not have everything
100% correct in this post. I am learning.
Just let me know if something is wrong.
Are you interested in Queen Victoria?