Friday, November 30, 2012

FRESH GREENERY for "Open House"

This year I decided to keep things simple and really using local fresh greenery,
 pine cones and found items!  I have an old sled I pulled out from the garage, old ice skates and did some simple floral work....

Out in the greenbelt behind my house I had noticed some different evergreens and trimmed some branches off the bottoms being careful to not do any "ugly" trimming.

Metal frames for greenery wreaths only cost a couple dollars (mine was 99 cents) or less....

Store bought greenery wreaths are expensive - but inexpensive to make.  You need wire and I recommend using baling wire as it is very pliable but very strong.  I even used it for the pine cones. You can buy a large coil of it  at Home Depot.

The greenery I found on my early walk was added to Colorado Spruce from my backyard, California Pinecones from my shop and some dried hydrangeas my sister in law had given me from her home in Des Moines, Iowa almost 2 years ago.

I had also inserted pepperberries in the florals....

Today is "OPEN HOUSE"  which means that if you are a blogger, you are invited to link here at the bottom anything about your own HOME, DIY, CRAFTING, SEWING, PAPER CRAFTING, FLORALS, BAKING, COOKING.....on and on this list goes!!!

I am also linking this post to:

I am linking this post to:  Home and Garden Thursday and HOME and Feathered Nest Friday and The Charm of Home and Show and Tell Friday and Homespun Happenings and Saturday Showoff and Common Ground and Craftberry Bush and Savvy Southern Style

Thursday, November 29, 2012


Feel free to copy and paste this on your blog and join me tomorrow by linking up!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH for "Friends Sharing Tea"

Welcome to the Holidays and time for decorating,
baking, serving tea and all sorts of wonderful things....

and welcome to "Friends Sharing Tea" a weekly blog party about tea time.  If you would like to participate, please link a tea related post from your blog at the bottom and PLEASE insert a link on your post to this blog!

Luke 2:VS 8-9  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 

VS 10-11  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

I have been pulling out my holiday decorations and you can probably relate to this:  I always forget exactly what I have and am surprised as I open boxes and remember a certain teapot, angel or ornament.  You probably do the same thing.  The Bavarian chocolate set I am using here was a find last year at an antique mall in Denver.

I would love to just stay home today and do some baking, however, I own a shop - so this is a very busy time of the year.  I so look forward to retirement when I can be a homemaker again.  I love to sew and have so many projects running around in my brain.

I hope all my blogging friends have a wonderful holiday season, take time for tea and family and friends.

I will be sharing this post with some other bloggers and linking to these other parties:  A Return to Loveliness, Tea Time TuesdayTuesday Cuppa Tea 

Friday, November 23, 2012

CHRISTMAS DECOR FOR "Open House" Blog Party

Welcome to my "Open House" Blog's time to pull out the Christmas Decorations!

You have seen these decoration before so I know there are no surprises for some of you....I love my nutcracker teapot below:

I am hoping that many of you will join in this fun and link a post you have done at the bottom here and by the way, it doesn't have to be Holiday can be anything about your home:  baking, cooking, crafting,  DIY, floral, garden, etc. 

I love the little book above with the Old Victorian picture on the cover.  Some of you may know that the print was sold for years by Gallery Graphics and in our terrible economy they now have gone out of business.  If you have one of these prints - cherish it!

I am linking to:  "HOME" Blog Party and Feathered Nest Friday and The Charm of Home and Show and Tell Friday and Simple and Sweet Fridays and also Rustic Restorations Weekend

I will be on the look now for some fresh greenery - don't you love that smell and of course a white fir Christmas much more to do.  Let the baking begin too!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I just couldn't stand not knowing what went wrong with the muffins I baked yesterday last night after dinner I rebaked more pumpkin muffins again at 400 degrees and sure enough.........PERFECT!  I went through several of my muffin folders and noticed that most all called for 400 degrees.

So what have I learned about muffins - "they need to be baked at 400 degrees" is right!  (The recipe I used called for 350 degrees which didn't work)

These are delicious spicy with pumpkin and a little orange and here is the recipe which made 10 muffins for me.  If you want to take these up a notch, you could add 1/2 cup walnuts and 1/2 cup craisins and you would have perfection and more muffins!

You need: 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, 2 Tb vegetable oil, 1 large egg, 1 Tb orange juice, 1 tsp orange zest, 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 Tsp baking soda, 1/2 Tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 Tsp ground cloves, 1/2 Tsp ground ginger, 1/2 Tsp salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees (not 350)  Spray 12 cup muffin pan with nonstick spray

In a med bowl, combine sugar, pumpkin, oil, egg, orange juice and orange zest and mix well.  In a separate bowl combine other ingredients and then mix the two together.  Bake muffins 18 minutes.  This recipe came from Teatime Bliss Magazine


Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Give thanks.....with a grateful heart!

Welcome to Friends Sharing Tea - a weekly blog party and the last one for the season with a "fallish theme".   It has been fun enjoying all our pretty fall decorations but now we are ready to see Christmas decor so this is one last celebration of our lovely fall.

By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln

I pulled out a few of my Johnson Brothers vintage "Devonshire" dishes for this post. I began collecting this pattern in Texas about 20 years ago and am still hoping to find a teapot sometime that isn't $400.00 like on ebay!  

We won't even address the pumpkin orange muffins I made.  Following the recipe - I finally decided I will retry them later at a higher temperature - such as 400 degrees.  The recipe called for 350 degrees which wasn't hot enough for muffins - I think!  

The vase below is a pattern I sold years ago from the Philippines called "Dellarobia".  I am a little sorry I never kept one of the tea sets: teapot, cream and sugar and cups and saucers.  They were lovely- but when you have a store - you can't keep EVERYTHING!

I have poured you a lovely cup of hot spiced pumpkin tea!

I want to wish you a lovely Thanksgiving Holiday Week and say that I am thankful for so many things.  I am especially thankful for the freedom to worship as a Christian.   I don't want to take for granted my freedom to worship freely.

I am linking to other blogging friends: Tuesday Cuppa TeaA Delightsome Life and Tea Time Tuesday

If you are a blogger - please link something about TEA BELOW and please include a link back to my blog on your post!  Thanks for participating in this party:

Monday, November 19, 2012