Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Last week we made a little trip northeast to Auxvasse, Missouri to order living room furniture.  This is a very small rural town that takes you back in time.  The "Mother" furniture company (Baumgartners) was in Auxvasse and please don't ask me how to say it.  Gina Broadus told me but now I have no idea!  

This home is in Auxvasse, Missouri and it is 
 a sleepy little town but look
 at this darling Victorian house we saw:

Their gazebo is so cute:

And three very old churches right near the tiny downtown:

As we were leaving we noticed how close this town was to another one a little north called Mexico, Missouri where Gina Broadus is from - so we decided to check it out.  It is also a small town.

Here were some of the lovely old homes of Mexico:

There were several antique shops in the downtown Mexico square area and I found several goodies at this one.  I was told he shops the famous Brimfield Antique and Flea Market in Massachusetts.

Sharing at:
The Charm of Home

Monday, May 30, 2016


I have been looking for a small table or something for a vase to go on my front entrance porch.  How about a smoking cabinet for a non smoker?  I remember these from back in the 50's-60's.  They were mass manufactured.  The little door opens for tobacco storage, pipes, etc.  I gave it a spray of paint and put it on the entrance porch.

I saw lots of these recently while on a day trip to Greenwood, Missouri and snagged one very reasonably.  It works really well and since my husband has allergies -
 the bouquet can be on the porch.

I hope you can join me today for my Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden Blog Party!
I am also sharing at:
The Art of Homemaking Mondays
No Place Like Home
Let's Talk Vintage
Share Your Cup Thursday
Vintage Charm
The Charm of Home

Sunday, May 29, 2016


Time to share the special features from Monday's party and they all were so lovely.  Thanks everyone who participates.

Here is the first one - Sonia at "Miss Bloomers"
 shared her lovely Garden walk:

#2 was Cathy at "My 1929 Charmer" who shared her
Master Bedroom Quilt:

#3 was by Elizabeth at "The Daisy Fields"
 and her Wimbledon Cakes:

The 4th one was "Christine's Home And Travel Adventures" where she shared with us a recent Crab Porch Dinner:

#5 was "Thel's Kitchen" with her wonderful
Rhubarb Muffins:

And last but not least of course was #6 Denise's

Thanks to all and have a great weekend!

Friday, May 27, 2016


Last night we had some rain and now the garden is happy!  I barely got the pictures taken which is why you can see the woods in the back are very dark:

We will have a cup of tea before we sing "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" as it is starting to sprinkle now!  The purple bush you see is Spirea and it is blooming now.  You may remember that we dug it up from over by the pond where it totally blocked the view.  It seems quite happy out in the back yard now.

 I recall that Cicely Barker was the originator of Flower Fairies and I do so love her books.  I will always remember these as one of my favorite things I sold at my shop and how people loved them.

Cicely's fairies had no ethereal powers but were just for fun.

My garden is beginning to get "set in".  By that I mean new root growth which is so important before the temperature starts to soar here.  By June it will be getting very hot.

 One of our goals here in Missouri is to take a lot of "day trips" around the state.  We did so one day last week and came upon a small town called "Greenwood" where there were 4-5 antique shops.  I found this quilt at one of them for a reasonable price:

And watch out for the butterflies too:

Sharing at:
Saturday Showoff
Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Monday, May 23, 2016


First of all I want to thank all of you who come and participate in my weekly blog party.  The variety of things shared has been great! 

 This morning, I went out in the garden to take a few photos.  Remember, this is a brand new garden and not a mature one!

 This was not my original idea.  I saw Sherry's ladder (The Charm of Home) and copied her with a little whimsy to boot.  Last week we noticed the antique mall in Jefferson City had so many old ladders. And yes, I even planted a yellow climbing rose bush which will grow up the side. 

Yes, we have bunnies now every day and they sure love to eat certain flowers like Shasta Daisys and Cone Flowers.

This is the Spirea bush (below) that was in front of the pond -
 it survived being moved and now starting to bloom:

 Right now there seems to be a lot of primitive garden items available in the antique and flea markets at very good prices.  The birdhouses I have found were real ones so they are much sturdier than the "craft" type ones for indoor decorating.

 I hope you will link here at the bottom and share
 your own posting related to tea, home or garden!

I will be sharing my post at:
No Place Like Home
The Art of Homemaking Mondays
Let's Talk Vintage
Share Your Cup Thursday
Vintage Charm 
Home Sweet Home

Sunday, May 22, 2016


Dear Friends:
Here are some wonderful bloggers I am featuring
 today from my Monday BTTCG Blog Party!

The first one is talented blogger Dany at "My Little World"  where she carries you away to another time and place.  Dany could truly be picked every week - but that would not be quite fair!  Well she is here today sharing about "A Forgotten Master Painter",  Hugues Merle:

#2 was someone familiar to most bloggers and she is a fabulous baker - that being "Kitty's Kozy Kitchen" with her Strawberry Pie:

The third one was Sharon at "The Blue Willow House" who showed
 this darling idea of how easy it is to transform a Vintage Planter into a Pin Cushion:

The 4th one was Sherry's post at "The Charm of Home"
 where she showed how easy it is to set up
 a little "Tea In The Garden" posting!!!!  I have to tell you
that after seeing the old vintage ladder in Sherry's garden, I went looking for one and found one at an antique mall in Jefferson City, Missouri.  I also found a birdhouse and my Hubby mounted it on top.  Yep, I also copied Sherry's climbing rose idea next to the ladder!  Thanks so much Sherry!

Now the 5th blogger chosen was Jean at "Delightful Repast" who shared her homemade Meyer Lemon Curd and walked us through all the steps to make it.  Believe it or not - I did make this once!

The last one was "Mz. Witherspoon's Cottage" where Janice 
did a lovely post as she shared an old Victoria Magazine:

Thanks everyone for participating and I hope you
 will join me again tomorrow morning!