Saturday, October 31, 2020


I have been busy getting my Holiday and Christmas tea cozies ready! 

 The large Nutcracker below sold immediately: 


I hope you can go to my Etsy Page

and check them out!

Bernideen's Tea Time on Etsy


And here are the last ones which
reverse completely to red plaid:

Monday, October 19, 2020


So we saw they have snow up north in

Iowa today.  We have temperatures here 

at about 42 degrees so after a long, hot

 summer that feels very cold.

I am sharing some fall decorating at our house.

So as part of our kitchen we have a

hearth room where we put some of our

 more formal antique pieces.

 Our home is very casual.  We are retired

and that is reflected in our home.

I am enjoying the fall transferware

pieces mixed in with some fall and

thanksgiving cookbooks.

We used our fireplace

last night and it felt wonderful.

Some were are saying it will be a colder

winter so we shall see if that is correct.

It isn't saying that here!

We are finishing up our last of the out of doors

projects this week and Thursday promises warmer

weather so that will be much appreciated!

Saturday, October 17, 2020


 Welcome to my blog and glad you could visit

for another pausing time. 

 Let's have a cup of

tea in my garden.

It is very windy out so when the wind comes

up, I will be holding this vase.  I lost

2 vases this summer by having them out on 

windy days.

I love the older faded and soft quilts.

We are finishing up lots of things in

the garden and outside today.

I am sure you are doing the same.

It seems every project always takes longer

than we remember it taking the last

time we did it.  We must block it out of our

memory somehow.

We are having lovely cool days now. 

 It started to cool off the last couple of weeks

of August and then into September there was

a huge change.  You know that feeling of

shock that it could feel so cool after a 

hot summer.  Our furnace has come on

at night already.

My husband and I have stayed close to home 

with the dangers and concerns about Covid. 

 Our hospitals here in Columbia have

 17 patients with

 417 active cases in our county.

I hope you are well and staying safe.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020


 I want to share my newest tea cozy

because it is really fun and also

reverses completely!

The Reverse side is a peach background

teal floral and all can be viewed here

Bernideen's Tea Time on Etsy

The large has SOLD!!!!

I am also selling my German porcelain

tea set known as "Meadow and Mountain

Heights" :

Sunday, October 4, 2020

AND THE WINNER IS......Deanna Rabe

I am happy to let you know that the
winner of the Holiday tea cozy
is Deanna Rabe!

         It is a standard sized tea cozy that fits
 a 6 cup teapot that holds around 
36 ounces of tea!

I got Deanna's address from her
so I can get this in the mail 
tomorrow - oh goodie! 

Thanks everyone who entered !



Sunday, September 27, 2020

ANOTHER TEA COZY WINNER and another drawing!



                          Today it is time to reveal the winner 

                 of this large sized cozy above and it is

               SONIA from the blog "Miss Bloomers"! 

          Sonia, please  get in touch with your full

    name and address.  It is made of vintage

     velvet and has lace across the bottom.

 Next Sunday, October 4, 2020

 I plan to have a drawing

for a third cozy and then take a break from

my "Give AWAYS" till next year.

This is a Holiday Poinsettia STANDARD

6 cup sized cozy with a vintage doily trim:

Please say that you want to be entered

in the drawing and leave your name.

No "unknowns" please!  I have no way

to contact you without a name and many

 blogger profiles offer NO EMAIL.

Due to shipping charges - continental

USA only please.


Saturday, September 26, 2020

Thursday, September 24, 2020



I am finally out today to have a

little tea in the garden so I set up a

tiny table right near some bittersweet

growing on the fence post. I am so 

excited to have this bittersweet growing.

Did you know that you have to get a male

and a female plant to get berries?

I think it is finally cool enough to enjoy

some nice hot British Breakfast Tea. I hope

you love to chat because there is so much

to chat about (anything other than politics

please).  I hope you are

 well and have been healthy!

Yesterday I made some little apple tarts like

I have made in the past - you can find that

recipe here if you are interested.  Instead

of a large tart - I made little ones. 

We are still practicing social distancing and

not really going out very much. For the last couple

of weeks we still had over 1000 active cases of

 Covid in our county but now it has dropped down to 

300+.  We go for a  ride now and then

 and my husband goes to get out groceries, we 

drive by our family and grandkids and talk out the

window and I go out and walk everyday.

This week I am disciplining myself to

work on some yard cleanup. I worked Saturday

most of the day sorting my garden seeds.

That was quite a job.   I cleaned up my garden

potting bench in the garage and put away some 

of my summer porch items getting out my 

Scarecrow lady I have had for years and years.

  Now it is time to get back out and hoe up

 some weeds in the garden and dig up some

 trees that have sprouted in places hidden

 - plus some naughty poison ivy.

We need to stay away from that!  I brought out

my stack of older fall Victoria's - mostly the

September issues to enjoy.  Don't you just

love them?

This magazine above sure brings back memories as

it features a shop in San Francisco near Berkley 

that my friend and I visited once.  I thought it

was so thrilling to visit a shop they had featured.

 Right now the squirrels are busy planting acorns everywhere in our yard from the massive oak and also the walnuts that are dropping.   I have to go out in the morning and find them and collect them to keep them from planting them where I don't see them andlater a tree comes up in the flowers.

So I hope you have enjoyed our tea time

together and we can do this again

another day.....also, I forgot to tell you

I found this little creamer on ebay and

it is my one and only piece of Wedgwood

Fallow Deer lusterware.  Remember Martha

Stewart featured the plates on a Christmas

table setting in her 1989 book "Martha

Stewart's Christmas" - my favorite of

all her books.  

And guess what?

I would like to have a drawing again

 next Sunday as well, so here is the next cozy I

am giving away.  It is made from vintage

dark purple with gold  print velvet and 

beige lace and is also a size large which 

means it will fit a big 8 cup or 48 ounce teapot!

Just leave your name and comment that you
would like to be included in the drawing for
this next one.  I will draw for it on next
Sunday - September 27th.  

NAME - "UNKNOWN" won't work!

The winner for the fall one from last week was
Annie from "Annie's Simple Life" and I finally
heard from her so her's is going out
 today 9/25/2020!

Sunday, September 20, 2020


 Today I did the drawing for the tea cozy and will

need to hear from the winner and get an address

because the winner is:  Annie at Annie's

Common Simple Life .  Please email

your address Annie!


Wednesday, September 16, 2020


Some beautiful fall items:

Only the black plate below is still available!


As a late note: all the items below have now SOLD!!!!

I hope you will visit my Etsy page!  

As you can see

above, I am selling some of my

 own things too!

With covid still in our county, we are still staying

home.  For the last week we have had over

1000 active cases in our county on most days and even

more in quarantine but I think it dropped down

in the 700 range today.  It exploded when the

students returned to the University of Missouri

here in Columbia (plus 2 other colleges:

 Columbia College

 and Stephens College)


 My Etsy shipping is only available to

                      the Continental USA.

Now I have a new idea I hope you will like -

I have a few tea cozies I would like to give

away - or have a drawing for so I will give this

FALL one for example away.  It is a size large which

means it fits an 8 cup teapot which is large holding

48 ounces of tea.  Just leave me a comment

that you would love to win it in the comment

 section here but PLEASE - only in the

 continental US as shipping would be too

 expensive for me otherwise!  I will do

the drawing this Sunday afternoon 

September 20, 2020 and will post

 the winner here and on my

 "Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden"

Facebook page.