Saturday, June 29, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

BLOOMS FOR "Open House"

Every season has its own beauty and summer is certainly wonderful.  The sage is blooming in my backyard
 and smells so good! 

Today is Open House where you are invited to share something from your blog about your home!

It's a slow go here in Colorado for some things in the garden.

  I am not usually an annual purchaser but I did put a 
few in pots for this cart and some window boxes.

My pansies will bloom all summer if I water them  We are on water  restrictions because of the drought.  I can hand water though.

This morning I took a few photos at the Colorado Springs
Xeriscape Garden here on the west side of town which is something I need to learn more about!  

These photos were taken there:


I will be sharing this post with these blogging friends:

Today I am featuring 3 posts from last week as well:
The first one is Lady B's Time For Tea Blog and her lovely Chintz!

The second one is the beautiful bedroom set that has been repainted by Kathy at A Delightsome Life:

And Lastly, An Extraordinary Day showed us a lovely DIY divider screen she designed from castoffs in her neighborhood. What a great re purposing project:

I have company coming Friday so I am posting Open House early this week.  Please join me by posting anything about: HOME such as cooking, baking, decorating, garden, DIY, hobbies, sewing, etc.
Please include a link here as well on your post!

Hope you have a lovely week!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Are you ever glad a week is over?  Last week was one huge mess at my house with new flooring installed in the kitchen and 3 bathrooms.  Oh - I'm so glad this is over. 

I think I'll have a cup of tea and make a bouquet and celebrate! 

 As part of the process last week, my husband had to restain the wall trim boards.  Many things had to be moved......the stove, refrigerator and kitchen table sat in the den!  Would you believe that when they were done there were many uninvited gas bubbles everywhere on the vinyl flooring and they had to come back two more days to take them out.  I guess this happens sometimes when vinyl is glued over old vinyl.  So glad to have this behind us!

I do have a couple new treasures to share today such as this Arthur Woods teapot and this Handpainted Czech Vase with roses and forget me nots on it.  Also some fun vintage linens I always love including a vintage rosebud hanky with a "B" monogram.  The  English cups and saucers I shared before.  Pour yourself a cup of tea and sit here a spell.

I have been pulling recipes for things to make while relatives are here later this week.  When you work like I do you must have early plans!  Best get some things in the freezer so they are ready!

Each week I look forward to setting up Tea In The Garden beginning in late spring through fall.  Last week there were some outstanding links to Tea's In The Garden which I am featuring too!

The first one from last week that I am featuring
a lovely tea with aqua and pink:

Also, you may have visited this one all the way to Germany which was incredible with Johanna at Silber + Rosen:

And lastly - a White Lilac Tea  at Two Cottages and Tea:

I will be sharing this post at:
A Delightsome Life
Tea Time Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Mosaic Monday
Martha's Favorites
Artful Affirmations
Make Bake Create Party
Homemaking Party
Cottage Style Party
Home Sweet Home

Please link here at the bottom and share a post from your blog about Tea In The Garden or really ANY POST ABOUT TEA IS WELCOMED and please include a link here on your blog post:

Thursday, June 20, 2013


We have had quite a mess at our house the last few days.  You know that before the finished project there is always a mess.  Night before last we had to empty the refrigerator to get ready to move it.  I am so glad I have an extra refrigerator in our garage.  Then we had to move the kitchen furniture into the den and empty several closets out.  You know this routine - we are getting new flooring in the kitchen and 3 bathrooms.

We have recently painted quite a bit of large and small furniture, picture frames and mirrors on the downstairs level of our house.  We still have the dining room table and 6 chairs to paint and then - we will start on some of the upstairs furniture.  In another week, company is coming,  so now it is time to put some casseroles, etc in the freezer so they just need to be thawed and heated.  I am sure your summertime is full of business too!

Last week there were some great links for Open House that featured tablesettings that I would like to feature:

The first one was Just A Little Southern Hospitality and her wonderful Lazy Days of Summer table setting below:

The second one is clever Penny who always
 has wonderful ideas at Penny's Vintage Home:

The third featured post is a perfect 4th of July Table Setting by Sarah at Hyacinth's For The Soul:

I will be sharing this post at:
HOME with Sandi
Home and Garden Thursday

The truth is all the links were fabulous so please join me again today and share something about your home, garden, cooking, crafts, DIY, Cleaning Tips, food, etc.  Just link here and please have a link back to me on your post!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Last night I baked some strawberry tea breads which I am sharing today for TEA IN  THE GARDEN

This is such a simple recipe and you could freeze one of your breads for later or give it away now!  I will be giving one away.

Please pour yourself some Strawberry Tea too! 

 We had some more welcomed rain last night. 
 This was wonderful and we sure need it!  
Of course, the garden loved it!

Here is the recipe:
Strawberry Tea Bread
You will need (2) loaf pans about 5 1/2"  x  9 1/2" 
 which you will grease with Crisco and then flour

In a large bowl combine:  3 cups sifted flour, 1 tsp baking soda (reduce 1/4 tsp in high altitude) 1 tsp salt, 1 Tb ground cinnamon, 2 cups sugar, 4 eggs beaten, 2 cups frozen strawberries, thawed, 1 cup Wesson oil  For the strawberries I cut up fresh ones and froze them for 15 minutes and then used them

Bake at 325 degrees for 50-55 minutes until a wood skewer comes out clean when inserted.  Cool cakes and then remove from pans.

Glaze:  place 1/2 cup chopped strawberries in medium saucepan with 1 cup confectioners sugar and 1 Tb. cornstarch - bring to a boil and stir down lumps from cornstarch.  Cool this mixture and then pour over tea cakes.

I am inviting anyone to link a post about tea today.  Of course, I especially love any that are set up in the garden but I understand not everyone can do this - any tea post is welcomed and loved!  Please link below.  Sometimes people forget so just a reminder to include a link to this post on yours as well!

Saturday, June 15, 2013


My thoughts and prayers are with the 473 home owners 
who loss their homes this week because of the fires
 in the Black Forest, Colorado.

Thursday, June 13, 2013


I have mentioned on some posts lately that recently we have been reinventing our Victorian style furnishings into Shabby Cottage.  I am loving the new more relaxed look with lots of white and light pastels of pink, green and a tiny bit of blue.  (instead of burgundy,  hunter green and gold)

This is our latest project:

If you are like me, you are always picking up the DVD's off the floor in front of the TV and then CD's or sticking them in "somewhere".  This piece of furniture was at my shop for years and with the door open held costume jewelry inside and with little nails on the sides and all over on the opened door it held even more jewelry on little nails.  I originally got it in an antique mall and it had a very light coat of shabby chic style paint and looked very primitive.  We just decided to bring it home to receive a nice shabby Vintage White refreshening.  It is perfect now for our favorite DVD's - you know:  Jane Austen, Anne of Green Gables and Downton Abbey, etc.  Also......for our CD's.  Organizing is wonderful - isn't it!

Do you have a basement?  We have one which is where all the holiday decorations go, my tea party stuff, walls lined with shelves with this and that.   I know that some parts of the country have NO basements.  Over the years I have had a basements in some of the homes I've lived in but not all!  Do you have a basement and if not - where do you put all "THAT STUFF"?

And one more later photo:

Today is "Open House" which means you are invited to link below anything about HOME:  cooking, baking, sewing, garden, art, DIY, decorating, tea, collecting, hobbies, crafts, note card making, etc.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


It's Tuesday and that means Tea In The Garden Time is here:

As the sun rises across the yard, there are many shadows.
 The above photo was taken from my upstairs.

This morning I set up a little table so I hope you have a few minutes for a cup of tea.  Things are a little crazy at my house as we are moving on in our projects and you know what that means - messes here and there.  Work on another shabby chic piece has begun.  I had a piece at my store we are converting to something to hold DVD's and CD's.  Will share that later!

I recently found this swan which was a bargain:

I am sharing my blue "birdies" teapot today and 
an old vintage embroidered topper I recently found:

Do take a seat on the bench and pour yourself a cup of tea!

If you would like to share something about tea inside, outside or anywhere,  please link at the bottom today.  
I will be sharing at these parties: Martha's Favorites and Artful Affirmations,  A Return to LovelinessCottage Style Party and Cottage Garden Party