Tuesday, July 31, 2012


I have several Friendship Teapots...but this one lives in the Garden.  It is cracked and therefore - could not hold tea safely so I just leave it here on the bench as a decoration.

Last night it poured buckets in Colorado Springs......this is most shocking.  I don't recall that sound for a long time.  There were concerns about the "burn scar" on the mountain and flash floods and there were some issues on the pass going through the mountain but overall it wasn't as bad as they were concerned about.

Looking down from my upstairs - it looks like 
snow in my garden - snow or white doilies........

This post is being linked to Tea Time Tuesday With Sandi and Ruth at Antiques and Teacups

Please join me tomorrow for Tea In The Garden!

Monday, July 30, 2012


One of my interests is collecting Victorian Costume Jewelry. I wear it and subsequently - sometimes I loose it or break it.  I have some stories that are sad that I won't burden you with.  Sometimes I can "figure out" a way to redeem a broken piece or I use it in a different way.  I am not a perfectionist so all the stones don't have to be there to make me happy.  This is just costume jewelry - not REAL GEMSTONES. It is inexpensive.  I am a mix and match person - not afraid to blend things that are similar but not exactly matched.  Earrings that are similar to the necklace are fine with me even if they are not as old!

Just the experience of scouring antique malls and flea markets has taught me  a few things.  It is easy to be fooled by jewelry placed in a vintage setting.  Many jewelry designing companies made Victorian Style Jewelry in the late 80's and early 90's and NOW.  Much of this can appear in an antique mall and look quite at home.  At my store I sell new jewelry that is Victorian Style like Kenny Mae, Sweet Romance and  Michal Negrin which is from Israel.  Let me warn you - a common mistake is to to buy a hatpin which is sold as "antique".  These are mass produced and it takes an expert to tell the difference.

The Victorians had special black jewelry worn when someone passed.....

Some of these pieces aren't Victorian - but vintage from the early 1930's- 40's.

The older earrings are screw earrings.  Sometimes an earring will look very old  be clip - but clips are much newer.

A dress clip can easily be converted into a necklace by just flipping it over a chain.  I do that with the green dress clip above.

I purchased the necklace below center left with matching screw earrings for $15.00.  Wearing it, I quickly lost one of the earrings.  Looking at the one that was left I realized the earrings were made by taking some of the facets off the necklace and gluing on screw backs.

I am linking this post to Kathy's "Return to Loveliness" at A Delightsome Life

I invite you to come back and join me for "Tea In The Garden" on Wednesday!

Sunday, July 29, 2012


II Chronicles 20:15b
Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not your's, but God's.

17a: Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation  of the Lord....

Friday, July 27, 2012


Welcome to my first "OPEN HOUSE" blog party today! I hope you can come join me with a link to your blog - do you have a craft post, home decor, food or garden? Perhaps a project you have been working on at home?

I don't have to tell you that this summer has been very hot - so jello salads are back and satisfy the sweet tooth enough to skip the baking!   This is really like a dessert!  Here is a recipe I would like to share:

I love church cookbooks and I knew I could turn to the old 1972 First Church of the Open Bible Cookbook (Des Moines, Iowa) for some great jello salads.  Right away, I noticed a "well used page" with a recipe for Strawberry Salad by Lu Isbill.  Iowa is known for certain types of food - large dishes to feed a crowd. So here is Lu Isbill's recipe with a few changes.  (Lu lives in heaven now)

Strawberry Salad:

1 6 oz pkg of strawberry jello, 3 bananas mashed, 2 cups boiling water,  1 20 oz can crushed pineapple drained, 16 oz frozen strawberries (I bought fresh which were way cheaper and chopped them up), 8 oz sour cream + 8 oz whipping cream and 1/2 cup confectioners sugar

Dissolve the jello in the boiling water and add the chopped strawberries and pineapple.  Pour 1/2 of this into a 9 x 13 pyrex casserole dish.  I put it in the freezer until it was cool and then added the mashed bananas.  Back in the freezer to cool more. Mix the whipping cream with the confectioners sugar and beat until stiff and then beat in the sour cream. When the salad in the freezer is firm enough - spread this mixture on top and then pour the last 1/2 of the jello with strawberries and  pineapple on top!
Refrigerate until firm. (not freezer)  This will serve 12 -15 people and taste wonderful on a hot day! 

If you have something to share for "OPEN HOUSE" please link up at the bottom here - anything to do with Hospitality, Home Decor, Food or Garden!  Please BE SURE AND PUT A LINK TO THIS BLOG ON YOUR BLOG POST!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Welcome to Tea In The Garden which begins each Wednesday and invites us all to slow down and enjoy a cup of tea in a setting out of doors.  We are having a bit of rain today which is lovely but before it started I was able to catch a few photos.....

This summer has been hotter than usual EVERYWHERE it seems so a garden is a wonderful place to be able to sit without direct sun burning down........ A place to be refreshed and relaxed.  As you have seen - my Queen Anne's Lace explosion has taken place. 

After I did my photo shoot I delivered this bouquet to an elderly neighbor who lives nearby.......so that worked out well!

I am praying for those experiencing drought this summer...especially the farmers in the midwest. 

I am also linking this post to:

If you have planned a tea in your garden, sun porch, patio or deck - please link below and show us your post on your blog!  I love seeing other people's gardens!  Summer is passing so quickly so maybe this has given you an idea of something you could post!  If you don't garden - just set up tea anywhere you like - but please let's keep this a tea posting!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Thank God for tea!  What would the world do without tea?  How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.

Reverend Sydney Smith

The daintiness and yet elegance of a china teacup focuses
 one to be gentle, to think warmly, and to feel close.

Carol and Malcolm Cohen

I am in no way interested in immortality,
 but only in the taste of tea.

Lu Tung

I am linking this post to: Tea Time Tuesday and A Delightsome Life 

These quotes were from 
"365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know"....

Monday, July 23, 2012


Come and join me beginning this Friday, July 27th and EVERY Friday for "OPEN HOUSE" and link up with something you have
to share about  about Hospitality, Home Decor, Food or Garden  Copy this logo for your blog and please show a link  to this blog when you post. I will be sharing a recipe for a wonderful HOT WEATHER FAVORITE: Strawberry Salad. You can skip turning on the oven and have a salad that satisfies the sweet tooth!

We will enjoy the seasons together as we blog along together with "OPEN HOUSE"!

Sunday, July 22, 2012


I Corinthians 10:31

 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do,
 do all to the glory of God.

Saturday, July 21, 2012


Welcome to a lovely weekend......if your temperatures are soaring DRINK ICED TEA....and love it!  THIS MORNING I DID A LITTLE BIRDBATH FLORAL I HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY:

Don't you feel cooler just viewing this birdbath:

Our evening temperatures are finally cooling down - some days in the 90's but 58 degrees at night.  That's what happens in Colorado.

I am wishing you a very present weekend!