Monday, March 31, 2014

BEATRIX'S OWL for "Friends Sharing Tea"

This morning I reset the buffet in my kitchen which I often do.  My bouquet of Stargazer's was in the window receiving lots of light and they have all burst-ed to fullness - just about done really!

I am also sharing another Beatrix Potter Figurine that I could not resist because it reminded me of the day the fat little owl landed on my bird feeder and the squirrel came along!  I am also sharing a vintage runner I found while rummaging through an antique mall that I thought was sweet.  Some of you might remember my little vases with birds on them as well.

Isn't he cute!

My bird feeder last October 2013:

I was so happy to have spring on the calendar but I am well aware that April can always bring us snow here in Colorado.  The very wet kind of snow.  Is some snow not so wet?  Yes, we have snow that is much more dry - figure that one out!

I am officially telling you that of all my English cups and saucers, this is my favorite one - an English  Staffordshire hand painted one - I absolutely love the colors!  I am hoping you have a tea cup and saucer, tea setting or something you baked that you would like to share for FRIENDS SHARING TEA today!  Just link a post from your blog (yes this is for tea related bloggers) at the bottom here.  Be sweet and include a link back to me on your post as well!

Saturday, March 29, 2014


This is a reposting from 2009.  I am doing my part here to encourage springtime - you know - bring it forward!!!

How about a slice of PINK LADY PIE:

Don't be fooled by that greenness outside -
 these photos are from July 2009.

Wilma Pfadenhauer gave me this recipe back in the 1980's. She was a "waste not want not" lady who new how to get the value out of every dollar.  She always had rhubarb in her garden!

Wilma's Pink Lady Pie:
For the crust you will need 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 1/2 Tb sugar, 1/2 cup oil, 2 Tb milk

Mix ingredients thoroughly and press into 9" pie pan, crimping the edge of the dough around the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Set aside to cool!

For the filling: 2 cups diced rhubarb, ( I also added 2 cups fresh strawberries) 1 3 oz pkg of strawberry jello, 1 cup sugar, 1 Tb lemon juice, 2 cups whipped cream which was 1 1/4 cups of heavy cream whipped with 1/4 cup confectioners sugar

Cook rhubarb and strawberries with the sugar until tender. Add the jello and stir until dissolved. Let cool and add the lemon juice. Fold in the 2 cups of whipped cream and pour into the cooled crust and refrigerate. This pie can now be frozen for later if desired.

Top with additional whipped cream or ice cream when ready to serve.

Friday, March 28, 2014


Last night I saw my first robin up in a tree behind my house.  I saw one this morning too.  That surely means spring is on it's way - right?

This means it is time to celebrate and pull out some pansy table setting pieces and have some pansy fun:

My fondness for vintage doilies is never more pronounced than in the springtime.  I am sharing a little trivet I recently acquired while antiquing:

These dessert plates are Crown Dorset.  I used to sell them years ago and I will tell you that Crown Dorset pieces are always exceptional and more embellished:

I have to tell you that it is a beautiful spring day in Colorado.  I really feel guilty saying that as I saw photos of the snow that Carolyn and Sandi received on Prince Edward Island.  

Late note:  I sold this entire Coffee Set at my shop:

Regardless of the weather, I hope your weekend is lovely!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

COTTAGE TEAPOTS FOR SPRING and "Friends Sharing Tea"

Good morning and I hope your week is going splendid.  It is spring break here in town so the children are all happy!  I am sharing my little tea time setting:

I now have 3 Japanese cottage teapots that I have acquired at flea markets and I just adore their whimsical style.  The one below left is the largest but really not that big.  I know there are English ones that were made like these but they are much more expensive.

We are at least glad to have spring on the calendar here.  Here are my other two cottage teapots.  I already shared the pink one but how do you like the windmill one?  I have to say, I thought of you Carolyn Aiken when I found it!  (Since you said your Mom was from Holland)  I also have a new vintage chick creamer.  All these vintage items were inexpensive.

So please come sit here by the window.  There isn't much of a view as we are still brown - winter brown.  

Do pour yourself a cup of tea and we shall have a chat.  I know you are anxious for springtime like I am.

Yesterday I made an arrangement in this egg I found for $4.00.  I remember these from my childhood in the 1950's.  Grandmothers always seemed to have them.

I hope you will join me today if you are a blogger and
 have a posting about tea - just link at the bottom:

I shall be joining some blogging friends at other parties too:

Saturday, March 22, 2014



   Just a photo reminder that we did have
 snow around Easter Time last year:

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Every Tuesday during the spring to summer months a little into the fall, I set up "Tea In The Garden" which replaces "Friends Sharing Tea".  I hope you will begin dreaming now and planning to join me each week!

Just like you - I do hope spring will appear quickly in the weather and not just on the calendar!

Monday, March 17, 2014


As we anxiously await spring, I am remembering that one of the first things to appear will be the violets.  A year ago I found this violet Bavarian chocolate pot for $6.00.  It had no lid but I gave that matter some thought and ordered a lid that worked.  It has hand painted violets on it.  I am also sharing two English Violet Cups and Saucers and some violet vintage linens.

It is still somewhat cold weather in Colorado this morning and perfect for hot chocolate so we can use our teacups for that today. So today it will be "Friends Sharing Tea" or hot chocolate!  You might remember this little arrangement I did several years back in an old Victorian coffee pot with a broken spout.

As you can see, this tea cart has sides that can be raised up and lock to create a table.  It is very handy.  Once I failed to make sure the lock was secure and of course - a broken saucer was the result.

I love everything about violets and I am sure you do too!

I hope this week will be lovely for you!  If you are a blogger, please join me if you have a posting about anything to do with tea. This means a post about serving tea, collecting tea cups and saucers, teapots or baking or anything related to the love of teatime.  Just link below and please include a link to this post on yours as well.  I will be joining these parties as well:

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014


It's been a busy week - mostly for me I've been in the basement sewing,  These are not my linens but rather ones I have purchased inexpensively at flea markets and antique malls.

I have been sewing some tote bags for my shop.  All of these have vintage buttons.  They are made out of vintage linens and fabrics.  Some of the fabrics are repurposed bed linens, denim and new paris fabric.  The purse below has a hand embroidered vintage runner cut up, vintage button and embellished with crochet piece.

These three below - left to right
The one on the left is made from an Irish Tea Towel, Middle one has new Paris fabric with an vintage potholder dress and the one on the right is a repurposed bed cover cut up with a vintage doily on the front:

 Here is a closed up of the Paris one below:

More tote bags below made from vintage linens:

Another tote bag which has this embroidery on both sides:

I hope I have inspired someone to get busy and use those old linens and fabric!  If anyone is interested in purchasing any of these:  Bernideen's In Historic Old Colorado City