Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Today I am sharing the mantle 
scarf I made yesterday:

I measured the top of the mantle and added more for the drop and sides and using off white burlap cut and hemmed a "base runner".  Then I sewed old vintage doilies on this beginning in the middle and then the sides across and ends.  

Monday, October 27, 2014

FALL TEA BY THE WINDOW for "Friends Sharing Tea"

I hope your week is going well and you are enjoying a wonderful fall!  I've poured
 you a cup of tea and I have a muffin for
 you here by the window:

I hope you can sit a spell and chat.  Outside the leaves have pretty much dropped and need to be raked...
oh well!

Let's stay here where it is cozy and warm as temperatures are in the 50's today.  I am sharing a little Royal Worcester Game Series tea set pieces I have had for over 20 years.
  I found it in Montgomery, Texas years ago.  This week I found 2 bread and butter plates to match at an antique mall for only $3.00 each!  I was so excited.

I really admire the blogs that are very soft and pastel.  I can tell you I have tried to be softer and love shabby chic.  It isn't working.
  I don't know what happens but when it comes to fall I love to bring in some orange.

Some of you remember this 
 owl I made last year:

Scarecrow lady guarding my front door:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


The weather outside is simply gorgeous today and we are able to enjoy another fall Tea In The Garden:

This is one of the 3 tiered Afternoon
 Tea Trays my husband recently made:

We have been enjoying a wonderful fall and many of the leaves have dropped in my front yard but in the backyard the cottonwood trees still have some green.

You will be surprised at the tea we are going to drink because it is actually Darvilles Christmas Tea we are tasting.  It was so good I poured myself a big mug full while I was taking pictures!

Saturday, October 18, 2014


This week my hubby has been making tea trays for my shop and I just have to share the two that I am keeping:

If you have a drill - you will need the glass/china bit for it.  Expect to break some and one will only last so long.  My hubby made 7 sets on one bit but broke another pretty early on.  Don't buy the cheapest bit either as it won't last!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Today I thought I'd share some of my favorite
 English Bone China cups and saucers. 
 I display them in this old armoire my husband worked
removing the doors and painting shabby chic:

These are my two newest ones below - hand painted.  The one on top is a Rosina and the one below is "Carnival" Royal Albert Crown China (before 1939 with that backstamp)

On the top left is another Rosina:

In the back area you can see my Germany tea set 
I have shared before with the wildflowers:


This cup and saucer below is a Tuscan and I have two like this
 plus two others
 with gold instead of silver.


I am fond of Sadler teapots (like many of you) but the one to the right below is a Roslyn and the tea cup below it matches it:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

IT'S A BITTERSWEET TEA for "Tea In The Garden"

I apologize for being late with my Tea In The Garden this week.  I had just returned from my trip to Virginia at the end of September and three days later I left to drive out to Missouri.  It is an 11 hour trip and the last part was in buckets and buckets of rain.  In fact, when I got to Columbia the tornado sirens were going off.  I later heard that Boonville had gotten 6" of rain - yes I drove through all that!  Thank you Lord for a safe trip and a great time with my family.

Anyway, here I am home with my tea time in my garden this morning. My garden is also rather "spent" but it is a beautiful day just the same. Welcome to a BITTERSWEET Tea In The Garden:

I visited three antique malls and a flea market on my trip and I found this huge basket of bittersweet which I love!  I didn't see any in western Missouri but found some east of Columbia at the Artichoke Annie Antique Mall.

I have a few of the Price Kensington  English Cottage
 pieces that seem to scream fall.

Please pour yourself a cup of tea and enjoy the
 fresh fall air this morning!

I recently acquired a few pieces of Johnson Brothers Old Mill pattern which I plan to mix and match with some other  transferware for Thanksgiving.  

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


  I just returned last night from Missouri after a visit with my son, daughter in law and my grandchildren.  Since I was only home a few days before that (I had been in Virginia) I have some catching up to do.  Here are a few photos of Missouri and I will be back tomorrow:

Someday we will be retiring here in Missouri.

Friday, October 3, 2014


I know fall is in the air here:

The leaves are turning in our area and nights
 are going down into the 40's!

Of course the colors of fall are very "aggressive" don't you think?

I hope you have a great weekend!