Thursday, August 30, 2012


As you can see - I am posting Open House early today since I posted a day late last week.....

Last night I decided to bake and figured 2 desserts were BETTER THAN ONE!  We were definitely in the mood for dessert.  I am so glad it is starting to cool down and we can turn the oven on without fear of creating too much heat in the house.  One of my customers, Suzanne, had given me a nice zucchini and I am glad to say that my new refrigerator is keeping produce so much longer and fresher.  

 Do you have something to share about baking, decorating, antiquing, gardening, cooking, crafts or hospitality?  Please join your link at the bottom here and share your post with us!

And now for the dessert information:  you will find the recipe for the Bacardi Rum Cake here:

 and the recipe for the Carrot and Zucchini Bars here:

I am also linking to Home and Garden Thursday

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Ah......Summer Reflections......the passing of the season:

Welcome to "Tea In The Garden"

I generally only use flowers from my yard for my bouquets for blogging, but I snagged these sunflowers at the grocery store.  My squirrels will consume them today - I am sure.  As you can see, my Queen Anne's Lace is all going to seed now.

I few weeks back I grabbed some of the older issues of Victoria - the September issues in particular to take a peek at past Septembers.  I was looking for September inspiration.  Isn't amazing how fast time goes?

I am ready to pour myself a cup of Autumn Delight Tea which is black with spices.

This little cat comes from who knows where every morning to torment the squirrels and I am glad to have the company here.

We might as well just feed the squirrels with these:

This is my invitation to you - join me by linking below - something about tea or gardening or both together!  Just link up at the bottom of this post which I AM LINKING to Kathy at A Delightsome Life and also Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage.   I am also linking to: Fishtail Cottage Garden Party. muddies are waiting for garden work.  Time to plant a few mums and ornamental cabbages for the season.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

"OPEN HOUSE" IS BETTER LATE THAN NEVER! Finding Treasures is always fun!

I know that many of you love to do what I love to do!  Get in the car and go hunt for VINTAGE TREASURES!  Yesterday we spent the day going North above Denver to some places we hadn't been to for years.  Yes- we got lost once but hey....that's to be expected...right?  I was thinking about finding a piece like the one lower right below to paint shabby chic to put on top of a Victorian mantel.  This one is under "consideration" and is an old organ top.
I also saw 2 old buffet tops with mirrors that would work.

Along the journey we took a little time for Blackberry- Raspberry pie below and sat outdoors for a break.

Some of you remember the set of 8 Johnson Brothers Windsor Ware plates (Harvest Fruit Pattern) I got last year for fall - Thanksgiving and I found one more for the set which is good in case I break one sometime. I posted about it right here:

 I don't know about you but if you really live - things do get broken along the way.

The Hobnail Vase below is my second one - hubby broke the first one so I was glad to find a replacement for bouquets!

I am so enjoying the German teaset I got earlier in the month and you can read a post about that here:

I also found a great glass cake platter to add to my collection which is ? Not sure, but I have quite a few and you know how wonderful they are for Afternoon Tea Buffets!

I am late for "Open House" but would love to have you link below - perhaps a post you have on Antiquing, Home Decor, Crafting, Gardening or Cooking - please link up the post below!  Would love to have you!

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Open House will be posted on Saturday Morning this week as the USA PRO BICYCLING CHALLENGE STAGE 4 will be going through our street and we will be closing our store Friday.

Join me on Saturday for this blog party and share in the fun and link with me something from your blog about Hospitality, Home Decor, Antiquing, Gardening, Crafting or Food (Does this not cover lots of good stuff)

I plan to enjoy the day off ANTIQUING to my hearts content!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


This morning I set up Tea In The Garden- with the birds - that is, with my "birds" teapot.  Thank you for joining me today. Please pour yourself a cup of tea and sit on my old a spell and enjoy the clean mountain air.

Our temps have been going down into the 50's at night and the garden is starting the closing down aspect.  Only a few roses are blooming but as you can see I still have plenty of Queen's Anne's Lace.

I'm not really a blue person but for today I am having fun with these pieces! DO YOU have something to share about tea or gardening?  If so, please link below and of course I love it when someone shares TEA IN THEIR GARDEN!

My friend had Breast Cancer surgery yesterday so the bouquet will be going to her.

Soon we will be pulling out all our fall things - I see some bloggers already have.  I usually do mine changes around labor day.  Our area must have substantial snow this winter or we are going to be on watering restrictions next summer.

Please link below to share something about tea..........I am also linking to Sandi at Tea Time Tuesday and also Kathy at Home and Garden Thursday and French Country Cottage.

Monday, August 20, 2012


The legend of tea's origin is that it was discovered by Chinese Emperor Shen Nung in 2737 BC, when a tea leaf accidentally fell into a bowl of hot water.

from 365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know

Friday, August 17, 2012


Welcome to Open House!  I hope you can join
me as I make a Fresh Flower Wall Basket:

This is my finished basket that greets you as you enter my garden:

The basket cost $6.00 on sale and the flowers were all from the backyard flower garden:

Probably one of the most common mistakes when doing this type of floral is too much length on the stems and overfilling the basket.  A good rule to learn is 'NOTHING TOUCHING' - that is make sure each flower - for the most part- isn't touching the next.  Also...make sure the stems don'g come out too far that you loose the shape of the basket.

And here's how it's done:

Purchase an inexpensive light colored rattan wall basket - these are the least expensive ones.  Attach twigs to the top with wire and unwind some very small wreaths which are attached with wire to the bottom.  Then spray paint all with white paint (or any color).  Inside of the basket, place a white trash bag stapling the rolled edges to reduce the bulk and place soft (oasis) foam inside. This is where the water goes and will keep it from seeping out.

Have a terrific weekend!