Saturday, March 30, 2013


Happy Resurrection Day!

Friday, March 29, 2013


Originally we were going to wait until retirement to redo our antique furniture into the fresh Shabby Chic look.  After seeing so many wonderful shabby chic projects on your blogs - I convinced my hubby it was time now to go for it. We did the drying rack over my kitchen sink with Vintage White which is the color we are using most:

 This is one of three what-not-shelves we have been working on and the easiest one to do:  

 The piece had a black finish on it like a Victorian ebony I am sure - very, very old but we didn't have to sand it.  It stands by my front door.  I don't live in a big house so our furniture is scaled smaller.  If you have a huge house and entrance foyer this would look ridiculous but it works here in my small foyer. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

NO TURNING BACK NOW! More DIY for "Open House"

We have been on a roll of transformation at our house -  a painting shabby chic roll!  It is so exciting to begin with a new fresh look.  We have the kitchen cleared out to allow room where a number of projects are in process.   This is the first of three  "what not shelves" we have worked on with Cece Caldwell Chalk Paints. 
Two more are in process along with numerous other pieces of furniture. 

 We are using the Annie Sloan brushes to paint with which are round and work well. Hubby is doing most of the work.   After they are painted, then they are distressed  (we are going with a light distress) and then they are waxed and buffed.   Earlier in the week, I posted our 1st piece, the buffet that we painted very light pink.

Also - another paint job - a simple plate rack 
that sits
 on the kitchen counter: 

Today is Thursday which means "Open House" is here and you are invited to share anything regarding your home such as : cooking, DIY, baking, decorating, gardening, sewing,  crafting, antiquing, thrifting, etc.  Just link your post at the bottom and please have a link to this post on yours. 

 Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Easter!

I will be linking to:
Share Your Cup Thursday with Jan
Home Sweet Home

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


As I have shared so many of you,  I love going through an antique mall,  flea market,  or garage sale scouting for teatime goodies and linens.   I do have a basic "rule" because I have enough clutter:  If I bring something home I look around and take something I don't like as well to sell or give away. 

I also wanted to share a floral I made yesterday to go by the front door:

Ruth from Antiques and Teacups Blog left me a comment that she often recognizes some of my cups and saucers as ones she sells. I am sure many of you recognize things on other blogs that you own too!    I found the teapot (below on the cake stand) recently and I can't remember where I have seen it but definitely on another blog!  It is English by Price Kennington.

 The cup and saucer with Pansies is Roslyn from England.  I also found that darling English Sadler with the pink roses.  I paid $1.95 for it because it had no lid.  I found a lid that would fit.  You should always keep lids - never throw them away.

 I hope you will join me tomorrow for
 my "Open House" Blog Party!

Today I am linking to friends at:  
HOME with Sandi
Home and Garden Thursday
Share Your Cup Thursday

Monday, March 25, 2013


Do you remember the line in White Christmas where Bing Crosby says to Danny Kay......."pushing, pushing" because Danny is trying to push him into a relationship with Rosemary Clooney?  Well, I have been "pushing-pushing-pushing" my hubby for quite a while to start turning our furniture into "shabby chic".  It has taken a lot of the "P" word but the process has begun to create more of a cottage feeling in our home.  Much of what I have had going on in my house goes back to the Jewel Tone Embrace of the late 80's.  At that time it was a love for Victorian and the deep colors of royalty. My kitchen buffet below I bought years back when a darling shop closed nearby and I purchased their golden display piece. Well...change has come:

(Drumroll please............)    THE NEW SHABBY CHIC PHOTO
The color is very light pink:

Back in the late 60's  we learned to refinish antiques it was truly the hard way. You had to use this stuff called "strip-ese" and believe me - it burned like crazy on your skin.  However, shabby chic and especially the chalk paint idea is really easy by comparison.  This is our first shabby chic chalk paint project.  We kept the painting of angels on the inside of the 2 doors and my perfectionistic husband painted all inside the piece and even the back which had never been fully painted.

We watched a lot of tutorial videos over and over on line and then we jumped right in (yes - I painted too!) and did the buffet with chalk paint.  We did settle on Ce Ce Caldwell paints because my husband has a lot of allergy issues.  We painted in the kitchen and there was NO ODOR AT ALL!  This is Portland Rose over a first coat of Vintage White.  I also liked the made in America part as most everything we buy now seems to come from China.    I have to thank Carolyn Aiken at Aiken House and Gardens for talking about painting her furniture and showing it on her blog and being so generous with photos and ideas about many of her projects. She truly inspired me.

We plan to redo lots of our antique pieces so there will be more show and tell to come! We have quite a few pieces in process.  I am so excited as I am ready for a new "fresh" but still "old" look.  I can't wait to see those corner curios changed - and the kitchen table and the book case and the tea cart and..........we better get busy!

Here is the before photo and just the former painting inside the doors 
we decided to leave as a nice memory surprise:

The former look:

I was so excited to share my buffet that I did post a day early this week! Please join in my party below if you have something to share about tea and please include a link here
 to my post on your blog post:

Saturday, March 23, 2013


I guess I should say pansies and TULIPS inside.  It's Saturday and snowing like crazy.  Inside by the window - a lovely view and a place to have a cup of tea!  Sit here and relax and I will pour our cups of tea!  By the way, this is really a coffee pot but we don't care - we can have tea in it too!

This weekend is Palm Sunday - a time to celebrate and remember!  We remember that the Gospels (the 1st 4 books of the New Testament) tell us that Jesus came into Jerusalem riding on a donkey and the people waved their palms shouting Hosanna - Hosanna.  This had been prophesied in the Old Testament. (Zechariah 9:9)  His time was drawing near....the cross was awaiting him.  God's plan for the world was that He "so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life".

Late note:  The coffee set below was sold at my shop:

On a Hill far way stood an old rugged cross
The emblem of suffering and shame
And I love that old cross
where the dearest and best 
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

The Old Rugged Cross
George Bennard

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged cross.....

And exchange it someday for a crown.

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Spring comes late in Colorado!  I follow many of your blogs so I know from previous years that your gardens will be up and running before mine.  Right now the northwest has daffodils blooming.  We can still have a snow in early May.  We are so desperate for moisture.  So today I am sharing some "memories" from the last 2 summers.  Of course, I look forward to my favorite time each week when on Tuesdays we will have "Tea In The Garden" instead of "Friends Sharing Tea".  


The left side of my garden will be 5 years old this summer, the right side 4 years old and the middle 3 years old.  This used to be a heavy lawn area years ago where the family dog ran.  After he passed I began this project so this should encourage you to try a small garden.  Like the little girl said in THE SECRET GARDEN - "could I have a piece of earth sir"?  And oh yes - I have made my share of mistakes in the learning process too.  I prefer anything perennial and I am not big on annuals.  I love the cottage garden type flowers and style.

I have 4 large cast stones figurines in the garden - I call them Miss 
Tabitha,  Jeremy Fisher, Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck.  They are from Campania International in Pennsylvania.  You might find a local fun nursery that carries them.  I don't bring them in side in winter as they weight like 75 pounds each.  I probably should.  You might also notice the birdbath with a cat at the base which is also from Campania.

My husband has been applying a good exterior paint to some of my wooden pieces because they were getting really bad - in fact I was hoping to have a DIY project to show you today - STAY TUNED!
I hope you have enjoyed your visit to Bernideen's Tea Time Blog!

Please join me for "OPEN HOUSE" and link something from your blog about home, garden, cooking, baking, sewing, crochet, crafting, the list goes and goes....just make sure it is related to home.  Please include a link to this post on yours as well!

I will also be linking to:Thursday Inspiration at Little Red House and Home Sweet Home and Cottage Style Party and Saturday Showoff

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

BUNNIES IN THE DINING ROOM for "Friends Sharing Tea"

It's Tuesday and that means it's time for Friends Sharing Tea!

I have been running behind this year - I usually have all my springy Easter things out sooner.  We are always running in lots of directions (probably like you) and I think I lost track of time.

I am inviting bloggers to join my party today by linking anything to do with link and the bottom and please include a link on this post to your blog post!

I really admire all the beautiful crystal and china table settings I see on other blogs - glorious indeed.  But for me - I guess I painfully into whimsy....

Have a great week and I hope you can join me below so everyone can visit what you have to share. I will also be linking to: Martha's Favorites and with Terri at Artful Affirmations and Mosaic Monday and Cottage Style Party and HOME with Sandi and Share Your Cup Thursday and Home and Garden Thursday and Rustic Restorations Weekend and Between Naps on the Porch

Monday, March 18, 2013


Yesterday afternoon we were off to Denver because the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall (huge) was having a sale.  We went several other places as well and scouted out a new mall we had never been to before which is where I found the glass vase basket below..  It was a fun afternoon with dinner on the way home.  I found some cups and saucers to sell at my shop and three to keep bringing my English total of one of a kinds to nine.

Recently, I have been "refining my style in collecting" so to speak and deciding I like the English cups and saucers best - especially the maybe 10 - 20 year old ones that people never really used which  sat on their shelf and to me seem to have prettier composition of the decals.  They are more interesting  and less expected and familiar looking. 

I love - love this soft pink "Tuscan" one with rosebuds and gold leaves painted (I think) all over it.  I thought it was lovely.  A keeper!

Yesterday, I was also looking for some glass pieces such as a "new something old" for a butter dish since accidents seem to happen in my kitchen and we have destroyed several butter dishes i n the journey.  I also wanted a couple relish dishes for olives, pickles, etc.  I remember I had these when I was first married for when you have company.  In fact, I probably just bought the ones I yard saled 40 years ago!  There are whole booths just of these glass pieces in the larger malls and oh my - so many ranges in prices and available items.  These were in the 4 to 5 $ range which was great!  I usually walk past these types of booths but I was definitely perusing yesterday. 

The pattern on the center one in the back above is American Beauty by Royal Albert and the one to the right is a Aynsley pattern.