Tuesday, August 26, 2014

LACE IN THE GARDEN for "Tea In The Garden"

Welcome to "Tea In The Garden".

Like many other bloggers who work, I have found it difficult to spend time blogging this summer.  There seem to be so many things to do and directions to go. 

 Last weekend we went for the first time to the huge Denver, Colorado Flea Market.  It was very hot and sunny and of course we got sunburned.  Many people carried umbrellas for protection from the sun - but not us.  I found some fun bargains.

You will think I am crazy but I adore my
Queen Anne's lace I have from
seeds I picked in Missouri.  We just
don't have this here in Colorado.

I brought out 4 teacups so that you would have a nice selection from which to choose the one you would like to use for your tea.

As I was taking pictures a hummingbird was here but he was also gone every time I tried to take his picture. 
 I think he was camera shy!  I have a lot of silver artemesia this year (silver tall plant).  Years ago I used it in dried arrangements and after throwing pieces in the garden it seems to be everywhere.  

I made a bouquet last night and put some Rowan berries in it.  It is a secret message that fall is coming.

The yellow flower below is tansy (herb family) which also came up after I threw some in one of the front yard flower beds years ago.  I had used these dried flowers in arrangements for years.  I will warn you the roots are very hard to get out so don't put it anywhere you don't expect to to spread.  I don't want it anywhere else than that one spot.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

YOU ARE QUEEN FOR A DAY for "Tea In The Garden"

Welcome to Tea In The Garden and I have picked You to be Queen For A Day:

Please have a seat in the chair and put your feet up (after you move the teacup of course)!

Today I am sharing a bunting I made last week with the cards I received in the Facebook group Afternoon Tea Across America in our Victoria Day card exchange. 

 I also am sharing an appliqued and embroidered vintage topper I found earlier this summer:

Please pour yourself a cup of tea.  We are on the side of the backyard garden by the entrance which features an old door.

In our card exchange we each put little tuck in gifts in the cards  and I received this Queen Elizabeth egg cozy from Vicki from Florida.  I love the red poppies that are appliqued.  I can't imagine doing this project.

Of course the garden has gone wild with Queen Anne's Lace but that is alright with me!


Sunday, August 17, 2014


My Rowan Mountain Ash is already bringing the look of FALL to our front yard:

My Father In Law planted this in our yard many years ago and we thought it was dying but it still hangs on:

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Here in the Rocky Mountains one particular type of peach is very popular.  That would be Palisade Peaches which come from Palisade which is called the peach capital of Colorado.  Tonight I baked a simple pie with these wonderful peaches:

I don't know what difference high altitude would make in a peach but these are really good!

Here is the recipe for Peach Pie:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees:
Here are the ingredients for the pie crust: 2 cups flour sifted, 1 tsp salt, 3/4 cup of crisco, 5 Tb iced water 

And the pie ingredients:  6 cups of sliced fresh ripe peaches, 1 tsp lemon juice, 3/4 cup light brown sugar,1/2 cup corn starch, 1/2 Tsp ground cinnamon - all very basic

After you make the crust bottom and put it in the pie plate, dump in the peach mixture, add the lattice and brush the tops of the dough with milk and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake at 425 degrees for about 35 minutes (watch for too much browning)  BAKE AWAY!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

WILDFLOWER TEA SET for "Wildflower Tea In The Garden"

With way more than usual rain - my garden has gotten a little wilder this summer so I chose my German Wildflower Tea Set to use for our "Tea In The Garden"! 

 You may remember that I found this for a very good price at an antique mall several years back and it was Johanna at Silber-Rosen who gave me lots of information on it!

  Being from Germany
and knowledgeable about tea sets - she was very informative.

As I took these photos, there are men painting the house next door and I am sure they thought I was a funny lady - they are right about that!  I am also sharing a cute little flower basket doily and 2 tea towels.  I already had the towel in the center below but also found the sunbonnet ladies tea towel and the fun doily recently.

Of course - this is probably a coffee pot but that's OK!  Pour yourself a cup of tea....

The whole area is being covered by my Queen Anne's Lace and the bird baths disappearing underneath their stems.