Saturday, July 31, 2010


Today is Pink Saturday with Beverly at How Sweet The Sound and you might like to check out all the others who participate in this day!

This week has been incredibly busy but aren't THEY ALL? I wish you a wonderful, restful weekend!  I am also linking to Lynn at The Vintage Nest today!

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Friday, July 30, 2010


Sadly, July is almost over...did you take time for tea?  One of the interesting things I have noticed is how people are all interested in different facets of tea.  Some study the different types of tea: black, green, oolong, herbal "tea's" and tissanes, rooibos, etc.
Other's may have basic understand of that department- but prefer to spend their time on all the tea gadgets, tea settings and tea parties. 

During August, summer will begin to wind down.....take some time and enjoy a tea opportunity at your home!  Get together with friends....

Thursday, July 29, 2010


I am sharing a pink transferware cup and saucer from England today for Teacup Thursday.  Miss Spencer's Tea Room in New Virginia, Iowa sponsors this day here and I hope you will visit her and stop by her tea room when in Iowa!  It would be fun if we could all meet there!  Have a Friendship Tea Blogger Convention!

I am also adding a teapot to this scenario......and a little creamer all joining in as mix and match.....

My teapot is just plain fun.....

I have seen this pattern on some of the other tea blogs.....

I wish you all great fun collecting teacups!!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


I love encouraging people to get into the hospitality of tea.....

Really it's about enjoying the company of friends and relaxing together....spicing up your conversation with a cup of tea and a cookie, scone or piece of cake!

Today is Tea Time Tuesday and I participate with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage and Inspirations and others to celebrate the day!

Yesterday I showed photos and information explaining how you can cut up old linens and make some lovely folding chair covers for your garden tea party! In two weeks I will be having a tea party in my backyard and using all 24 sets.  I originally planned this particular event for last summer but health issues caused me to have to wait.  Now is the TIME!

 I will be baking up a storm and serving Afternoon Tea with finger sandwiches, scones, tarts, tea, etc.  Everything homemade. If you are willing to make things from scratch - this means chicken salad and egg salad from scratch.  This means making scones from scratch and chocolate peppermint brownies from scratch or any recipes you have for Afternoon Tea Treats!!  From scratch means it is relatively inexpensive.  CONVENIENCE COSTS money!  Learn to do it yourself and save!

              Visit Tea Time Tuesday friends for more ideas!

Monday, July 26, 2010


Welcome to Bernideen's Tea Time Blog

A month or so ago someone asked me to talk about my chair covers which I have been sewing for what seems like 100 years!  Last night I FINALLY FINISHED the last bottom so now I have 24 complete sets.  I cut up my grandmother's pillowcases (remember the ones you had to iron) used old doilies, old lace and hankies and made the chair back covers.  The bottoms were made out of pieces of fabric and tablecloths were cut up for the skirts.  I had a huge basket of those battenburg tablecloths in the basement in a holding pattern needing to be ironed.  This was never going to happen!  Guess what?  That basket is now empty and I am glad!  I cut up maybe 10 or so table cloths and used this fabric mostly for the skirting around the bottoms.  I bought 2 large plastic containers to store all of them.

HERE IS WHAT YOU DO: Using a piece of newspaper or tissue paper cut out a PATTERN like your chair back.  This is what you are going to use to cut out the pillowcases.  Some pillowcases are fancy on the top and some have more work at the bottom so you will be deciding where to cut off the extra according to the design.  Remember you will be appliqueing an old doily or hanky or lace or whatever on the front of the cover also according to the designs.  You should do this  after you slit up the sides so that you can get into it!  The slit is also necessary to open it up to accomodate the metal chair.  If you have taken some off the top you will want to round it off to fit the chair.

You can make a pattern for the chair the same way and then cut a pattern for the skirting by measuring the length from the chair seat to the floor or shorter if you like!  I made the skirting on the fronts go further around than in the backs and YOU MUST LEAVE AN OPENING ON EACH SIDE FOR THE CHAIR LEGS THAT CROSS.  The opening should be at least 6 inches.  I measured the front about 14 - 17 by 40 inches of fabric which I pleated as I sewed it on.  The back skirt was about 14 - 17 by around 30 to 36".
Another words, they weren't all the same and I wasn't hung up about that!

Frankly, my sewing machine is from the 1970's and wasn't being nice. I was using a zigzag stitch and it wasn't doing very well at the end in places.  I am not a perfectionist so I didn't mind that.  I hope these ideas are helpful!  You can do this even if you haven't sewed a lot!

My tea party is in 2 weeks now on to cleaning the house, touching up the garden after major hail and deciding on the the menu - this will be FUN!  You might remember that I originally intended to get all these done last summer and have a party.  At that time my blood pressure went up for the first time in my life and this particular tea party project had to be put on hold. (I am fine now - those blood pressure meds really work!)

Sunday, July 25, 2010


I met a fellow blogger this week - Karen from Broomfield, Colorado - who posts on Over The Backyard Fence .  You might want to see her visit to my store and say hello to her!  Great meeting you Karen!

Saturday, July 24, 2010


Here's wishing you a wonderful Saturday!  It's Pink Saturday in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness...

Take a few moments and visit others who celebrate this day with Beverly  by clicking here

Also, I am linking to Marie at 
 for another Pink Saturday participant!    Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Welcome to Teacup Thursday hosted by Miss Spenser's Blog and if you look around - a lot of blogs do various group activities all throughout the week. This is the one I link to today!   

You might wonder what that fabric is in the background...I had pushed it back there for this photo shoot!  I am down to only 7 more chair cover bottoms for my tea party in 2 weeks from Saturday!  I have done A LOT OF SEWING - more than I realized there would be!  Isn't that the way it always is?  It is really going to be fun!  All the sewing part must be done this week! I am on a schedule for sure!

Today I am sharing these little child size cups and saucers from Germany and also the tray is from Germany.  I think Miss Spenser and her Mom, Donna have made me realize I have more pieces from Germany than I knew I had collected.  I just had never noticed that before these postings and taking the time to look!  I purchased them in antique malls around America - mostly in the midwest.

I found the pansy tablecloth in Liberty, Missouri....

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Last night I arrived home to this below:

The hail had ripped the flowers right off the stems, broke the stems and brought destruction everywhere!

Not a pretty sight!

The best I can do is a birdbath bouquet....

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Every Tuesday Sandi, who lives on Prince Edward Island invites bloggers to join her for Tea Time Tuesday.... if you would like to see others who participate click here

If you are just getting started at collecting tea sets, plates, cups and saucers, etc. you can begin with mix and match.  I know I talk about this a lot on my blog because for years that was all I really had and it is a great place to start!

These were the dishes that got me started back in the 1980's. I am not sure if I bought these from a lady or she gave them to me...I was in my 30's at the time and on a budget for sure!  It was an incomplete service for 4 so I just added other similar pieces to the set. You could do the same by watching yard sales, Goodwill, etc. This can really be fun - you might want to keep a little notebook in your purse recording what you find and what you need next to complete a certain number of place settings!  The lady I got these from was Frances Vollmer who is 91 now and lives in a nursing facility in Burlington, Iowa.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010


Psalm 58:11

The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,

And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,

And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.