Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Yesterday I posted  "Tea In The Garden" and today I am sharing some incredible posts from last week so be sure and link anything you have to share about tea on the post below if you haven't already. Always give us the link to the actual post and not your blog address.  I do want to share these today and thank everyone for participating. 

Liz Hockamier shared her lovely blue and white bargain Tea Cups

Sherry at THE CHARM OF HOME shared her creative Mad Tea Party.

Kitty, who always has great recipes at Kittys Kozy Kitchen had participated in Sandi's CHRISTMAS IN JULY and shared her recipe for Thick and Chewy Chocolate Cookies.

Debbi at ALL IN MY COTTAGE shared her beautiful outdoor space with a little cart for her teapot! 

Last but not least, Martha at Lines from Linderhof shared her Lavender and Lemon Tea

Here is a button below for anyone who was featured who would like to post it:

Now go below to this week's post and Mr. Linky at the bottom for those who would like to join in the party!  

Monday, July 29, 2013

MY FRIEND for "Tea In The Garden"

Each week I look forward to my "Tea In The Garden" blog party and this week I have a special friend who agreed to pose for me. This is the first time in 10 years that my friend Lou Ann has visited with her husband.  We have had a great time.  

Lou Ann and I met a long time ago when I went to a small Bible College in Des Moines, Iowa.  I was 17 years old and she had just been married a couple months before. We became great friends and 2 years later she and her husband were in my wedding.  That was just a few years ago - 1968!

I set up a little tea vignette out under the tree quickly as showers were threatening any moment.  Do you see my new topper that I found this week when I took my friend down to Florence, Colorado to all the antique shops?  It has pink baskets appliqued on it with embroidery and yellow butterflies.  I guess you would call the shape of the topper a scalloped square.  I think it is very fun.

My friend was tucked under the tree so even if it did rain -
 she would not have gotten wet.  Yes, it did finally rain.

I have been cooking up a storm and last night I made a chocolate pie - like the Bishops Chocolate Pie.  It has been fun to have more people to cook for!

Most of the pieces I am sharing today are English.  I do love the yellow depression glass cream and sugar that my Grandmother gave me back in the late 70's.  You might also notice the Victorian Plant Stand I had shared before with the china pieces on the top and lower area.  Remember it was dark before when I shared it and now it is painted shabby chic.  I really like it better!

I hope this will be a great week for you and if you have something to share about tea - really anything about tea and especially
 Tea In The Garden, 
 on your porch, sunroom or patio - just link below!

Thursday, July 25, 2013


When I'm out thrifting and/or antiquing, I am always watching for vintage linens and this summer I have found several new "old" ones.  I love to look for particular themes or colors of flowers. Isn't it fun to see what someone made by hand:

Sometimes you can tell that a dear lady ran out of thread and suddenly put orange or some disconnected color in there.  My Grandmother was like that - she had to be frugal.  Of course, I lay the odd colored ones back when shopping since I want to choose wisely the things that match my tea sets.

I was recently looking for just white toppers because in the past I had a lot of ecru pieces and no white ones.  Now that I have gone shabby chic I need more white so I have been selling my ecru pieces.  I did find this lovely cotton topper with a cutwork basket at each corner and a deep crochet edge (below) that is lovely.

I also loved the sheer topper with violets embroidered all over it!  (below) I have quite a few pansy pieces already but this violet topper is a lovely addition to use with my violet tea sets!

The one below is an entire tablecloth embroidered with Lilacs that I just recently found:

I have already shared some of these linens.....
others I will be sharing as "Time Goes By" (like the song)
in future tea time vignettes!

Hope your week is just peachy - I will be taking a break for a few days as I have company coming!  Time to get cooking!  I hope I can talk my friend into being a "model" for a tea setting in my garden.
She doesn't know about that......yet!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.
Author Unknown
from 365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know

Monday, July 22, 2013


The little pink Hull Art USA pottery vase below 
has chips but was a cheap yard sale find:

It's a lovely morning in Colorado and I finally saw a hummingbird this morning in my backyard.  By the time I grabbed my camera - he was gone!  I tried to take a picture of a raccoon the other night but by the time I "read up" on  how to take a night shot - he was long gone.  My Queen Anne's Lace is starting to bloom - I love it!

Today is TEA IN THE GARDEN and time to take
 a few moments and relax with a cup of tea.  

I love this time of the day before I have to go to work.  I so look forward to retirement when I can do the things I love. 

We did get to go to Denver yesterday afternoon.  One antique mall had it's airconditioning out.  I did a lot of fanning! The vintage runner with the Crinoline Lady or Sunbonnet Lady is new to me and so is the teapot.  Before you get too excited - the handle is cracked at the base of the teapot but I couldn't resist the colors and the squatty shape.  It is Bavarian and was a good price.

Late note:
I was late for work today and another merchant was standing at my door.  He said "I see you realllly enjoyed your day off!"  He was right.  I wish I could have stayed in the garden all day.  

We have company coming this week.  Some friends from our teenage years stopping by on their way from Arizona - here - and then back to California.  I better get menu planning fast!  
I hope you week is wonderful!

I am sharing this post with these friends:
A Delightsome Life
Mosiac Monday
Tea Time Tuesday
Tea Cup Tuesday with Teri
Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha
Cottage Style Party
Share Your Cup Thursday With Jan
Later 2014 link up: Creative Country Mom

OOOOOPS.....I almost forgot my linky party - no wonder I got this done so quick!  Please link at the bottom - something about tea if you will join us for this party!  I especially appreciate those of you who do a garden tea!

I am featuring 3 Tea's In The Garden from last week. These gals went to lots of work to set up these special teas:

The first one is Sandi's Deck Tea at Rose Chintz Cottage
The 2nd one is Karen's Daisy Tea : Karen's Cottage and Castle
The 3rd one is Two Cottages and Tea: Tea by the Rose Arbour


Sunday, July 21, 2013


Yesterday morning there was a large hawk in our little front yard and last night I saw a large raccoon wandering around the back yard - what next?

Saturday, July 20, 2013


I love old things.  I don't know why.  I love old china... 
I don't know why.

REMEMBER THAT SONG: I don't know why I love you like I do!

This week I found some lovely 1950's dishes that are Rosebud Bouquet pattern produced in the USA.  I got them at 2 separate antique malls in Denver, Colorado!  Would you believe they are 2 different versions of pretty much the same thing.  One is Harkerware and the other is Whitechapel China.  Perhaps that really is the same company with just different backstamps - this I will have to research.

I put my Sadler teapot with the set above!  and I also found these vintage gloves that have rosebuds too!

I did see on line where there was an ad in the Binghamton Press Newspaper dated January 28,  1959 selling these dishes at a furniture store.  The advertisement talked about these wonderful CHIP RESISTANT dishes.  Between the two partial sets I have 70 pieces. These are everyday kitchen dishes and very soft and fun!  I plan to use them for everyday but no dishwasher!

Is your style changing or staying the same?  I have been moving toward Vintage Cottage Style this year.  It seems where I am at in life now.  I have moved away from the Victorian Style I used to have.

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

Today I also got to meet a fellow blogger, Linda Jennings from Friendship Tea who visited my store!  I wish I was skinny for this
picture so I apologize for the fact that I have become the "big girl".  
(Linda on the left and me on the right) 
You know, I think we look alike - 
what do you think - sisters?

Friday, July 19, 2013


Just a few photos of the morning garden:

The Queen Anne's Lace is just coming along:

Thursday, July 18, 2013


This morning I decided to set the table with 
my Roses and Ivy English Tea Set.
 I have a small Dining Room. I plan to 
paint this table and chairs but haven't gotten to that yet!
Correction:  I plan to ask my hubby to this!

It is a lovely day today and you get a little peek at the garden outside through this window view above.

Late note:  Because I have another teapot with Roses and Ivy
 I did go ahead and sell this one pictured.

I am sharing this post with:
The Charm of Home
Tablescape Thursday