Monday, June 30, 2014

A ROSE THEME for "Tea In The Garden"

 This summer one side of my garden is 6 years old. I dug the left side out in 2008.   The right side is 5 years old and the middle where the sides join is 4 years old.  This is the fullest it has ever been and I am happy for that.  You know the fuller it is - the more it holds moisture in the ground.

  I am also seeing my rose bushes coming up after pruning off all the dead this spring.  There was a lot of dead but soon they will bloom. I have made some classic mistakes over pruning my clematis in the past but the one I left alone has really taken off with blooms.  Don't I sound silly.  So many bloggers have glorious gardens and I have just a little one where I am learning by my mistakes but I do love it!  So I am celebrating my garden today!

 I have brought a bunch of teacups outside with a rose theme just so you could pick the one one you would like to use!  I have also baked some special Blueberry Muffins.  The muffins are hiding under a shoo fly cover I recently found.  Please help yourself and you can bake your own too.  The recipe is HERE at the Food Librarian site.  They are easy to make. 

Those of you who are familiar with my blog know how I love vintage linens.  The table topper is just what was left from a bedspread out of which I made pillows.

I am inviting all you tea bloggers to join me today by posting one of your own tea posts at the bottom here.  It is also nice for you to include a link to this post on yours.  Thank you for participating.

What a lovely summer we are now having!

I hope your week is delightful.

Thursday, June 26, 2014


I stopped by the Xeriscape Garden on my way home tonight thinking I would take some photos of the lovely garden that is designed to thrive without watering.  Right as I took a few photos wind and what seemed like an incoming storm came up out of nowhere and I had to stop the photo plan so perhaps I will go back another day.

I will go back again another day and take some more photos!

Monday, June 23, 2014

JUNE IS SO LOVELY for "Tea In The Garden"

Welcome to "Tea In The Garden":

It seems like Monday morning came awfully fast.  It is a beautiful day and I hope it will be a wonderful week for everyone!  I picked a few blooms for a bouquet and the sage smells delightful.

In the spirit of my "baskets" theme I am sharing some fun old embroidered linens:

Over the weekend I baked some Apricot Turnovers which are very easy to make so if you want the see how just click HERE.

We have been fortunate this year as the hail that has fallen numerous times in the city hasn't been big at my house.  Across town golf ball sized hail took out windshields on cars but thankfully ours hasn't been too big.

Have I forgotten to say "Do pour yourself a cup of lovely hot tea"?  Left to right the hand painted cups and saucers are a "Salisbury" Pansy and "Bell" China and both of English Bone China.  The Teapot is a Windsor English Teapot.  I am fond of handpainted tea cups rather than decals but have both.

I have a little poem from 365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know:
If your tongue trips over "oolong" and there's
 no place for your spoon,
If you end up with your cookie on your knee
If dainty conversation leaves you speechless far too soon, 
You need some help surviving Ladies Tea. 
 from Afternoon Tea at Pittock Mansion

And I do hope you will join me if you are a blogger and share a post from your blog about tea by linking here at the bottom.  I will be sharing this post with these other blog parties:
Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi
A Return to Loveliness with Kathy
Tuesday Cuppa Tea with Ruth
Home Sweet Home Garden Party
Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha
Cottage Style Party
Share Your Cup Thursday
What's It Wednesday
Garden Party with Tracie

Monday, June 16, 2014


Good Monday morning and what a lovely morning it is as the sun rises up in my backyard garden.  I don't have a big garden but the one I have I just love looking out at from my kitchen window.  It brings me joy!  Today we are having some strawberry tea in the garden:

Welcome to my Beatrix Potter Cottage Garden!  Have a seat here at the picnic table and we can chat a bit.

I am not sure how I got this fascination for these fun doilies.  I seem to be drawn to them like a magnet.  I have shared my little cottage Japanese teapot before.

I am sharing with you a couple of denim tote bags I sewed yesterday afternoon for my shop.  This one has an old crochet potholder basket on the front. (actually to hold the potholders) 

And this one has part of an old yoyo piece on it and I have many more to do.

 I have some strawberry tea for you so please pour a cup and enjoy using this little strawberry spoon!  I hope you like the linens I have chosen and of course they have embroidered strawberries.

I always love sharing my blog post with these blogger friends:

I hope your day is lovely!  If you are a blogger, please join me below by linking a post from your blog about tea time!  Of course, tea in the garden, on the deck or patio, etc is always fun to see!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


  It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood so why not join me for "Tea In The Garden":

We had very cool weather yesterday and we look forward to when the warm weather just sticks around permanently.

Tea In The Garden is a weekly blog party where you bloggers are invited to link something about tea.  Of course, garden, patio, sun porch or deck teas are most favored but really anything about tea is welcomed and appreciated!  Just link at the bottom.

Today I am sharing a Pansy Tea Time since the

 pansies are so lovely now. 

I love the happy faces of pansies - don't you?  I have a sweet like book about pansies by Emelie Tolley and Chris Mead.  It's one of those books you can get lost in for a while.

Please pour yourself a cup of tea and relax.  Tell me about your summertime plans.