Monday, May 2, 2016


I am sure you are just like me and have your favorite blogs that you never miss!  I have many favorites and I am definitely a huge fan of Carolyn Aiken's "Aiken House and Gardens". 

 I thought you would be as happy as I am to see that she has been featured recently in the magazine "Romantic Country".  These photos are taken early in the morning today in my kitchen.

 This magazine was one of the few that didn't come through to my new address but I quickly got one at the grocery store.  There are so many details and places to contact when you move!

 I took a few photos myself of the article and why not have a cup of tea at the same time and enjoy seeing the Boathouse her husband and son built which she decorates as she moves through the seasons.

This week we got together with one of my former customers who came to my Colorado shop over the years.  We had her over for lunch as she lives here in Missouri and she brought us these lovely roses.  Her name is Mary Sandy and she is a "young" 88 years old and travels the world and enjoys life.  She was very excited to see my tea room and I look forward to serving her Afternoon Tea there!

I haven't traveled like many of you but if I did - Prince Edward Island would be on the top of my list - along with England of course!  I am sure the Anne of Green Gables series and the books by L. M. Montgomery have stirred a great interest in the beautiful island.

We all look forward to seeing Carolyn's upcoming garden.  Spring comes late to PEI but when it does it is full of color and longevity at the Aiken home!


Antiques And Teacups said...

Hi Bernideen...Carolyn's work is amazing, isn't it? I love her photos! I just had the bad news as I am an advertising, that Romantic Country has just ended...the publisher has closed. A favorite publication! So sad! I agree PEI was always on my travel list, but I never made it. Have a wonderful week and thanks so much for hosting. I had a Linky glitch for Tuesday Cuppa Tea, but it's fixed now... :)

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for hosting and for visiting!! I too would love to go to Prince Edward Island to see Aiken Gardens and to see my blog friend, Sandi!!
Thanks also for featuring my Fairy Garden goodies from Big Lots!!
Have a great week!!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Bernideen! I missed you yesterday at church! :) Beautiful post on Carolyn's magazine feature. Your beautiful treasures fit right in with what is shown on the pages of the magazine! PEI is a place I would love to visit as well, I have always been a fan of Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea.
Have a lovely day!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Bernideen, Carolyn's House and Gardens is spectacular! I love how she has such beauty to enjoy from Spring through to Autumn in her gardens. They really are a sight to behold! I have had the pleasure of being there many times over the years.
How lovely to have your friend stop by for a visit. Wonderful post today.


Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

I was so excited to see her home featured in RC...well deserved....her home is lovely! Romantic Country is my favorite magazine...sorry that it is closing....hugs...

Anonymous said...

Hi Bernideen! How exciting for Carolyn! I love her blog and have been visiting her for many years. Hopefully one of these days I can start coming back to your tea parties.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Marilyn Miller said...

I will return tomorrow to link to my Tuesday post. Love your post today. Carolyn's blog is a favorite of mine also.

Karen said...

Hi Bernideen,
I love Romantic Country magazine and saw Carolyn's feature this month. Carolyn is certainly amazing with her gorgeous photographs and her charming home, decor and gardens. Just like you she is an inspiration for me. I am not sure whether I should link up today or Friday with my Tea in the Garden. Thank you for hosting B.T.T.C.G. Blessings, Karen

Stacey said...

Bernideen, I almost feel guilty for linking my muddy mess of a pond project on your beautiful page. DIYs can be messy though. :)

Yes, I love Carolyn's home and everything beautiful that she does. A visit to her blog is incredibly inspiring.

About your tea party, is iced tea allowed?

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I think your home should be in the publication, Bernideen! I love your pretty table and the side table that's decoated with pieces of broken China...sigh!! How nice to meet a blogging friend and how inspiring that she loves to travel! PEI would be a wonderful destination.
Thanks so much for hosting your party!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Thanks for the party and hope to be back for the tea party!

Linda said...

I love the mosaic table with the broken tea things.

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Hello Bernideen,

Happy Monday to you. Your home is looking lovely. It is bright and welcoming.

Isn't Carolyn amazing?? She deserves all the success. I love visiting her blog. It never fails to inspire me. No I must run out to get a copy of the magazine.

Thank you for hosting each week and I am definitely coming back for Friday's tea party.



Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Thanks so much for the lovely party. So may great posts.
I am going back and reading my Romantic County magazine.

Have a great week.

Unknown said...

always fun to link up here - so much to check and and all so lovely :) Thanks for having us over Bernideen!

Margie said...

Congratulations to Carolyn for her magazine feature! PEI is also on my bucket list. Thanks for hosting and enjoy the first week of May!

NanaDiana said...

I have always admired that blog. It is a gorgeous and well-worth being featured in RCountry. It is sad to think that the magazine will no longer exist. It has been one of my favorites. xo Diana

Nora @ Teacup Tales said...

I think everyone is in agreement that Carolyn's blog and her books are simply gorgeous. That's wonderful she's featured in a magazine as well. Like many others, I would love to visit PEI.
I'm really enjoying seeing all of the features in your new home, especially the koi pond!
Take care and Happy May!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

I love her gardens and hope to visit and attend her tea in August sometime. On my bucket list. :) I better go buy the magazine. Thanks for the party.

Deanies Stash said...

Bernideen, thank you for hosting. Wishing you a great week!

xo Dianne

handmade by amalia said...

Another great party, Bernideen. Happy Tuesday.

lorraines resources and rewards said...

love your post so many lovely things loved the mosaic table and birdbath found you through deanie's stash now following have a great week

Annas Nadelbuch said...

Dear Bernideen,
your new home in missouiri looks so charming and cozy ! Everything is set up so creative. I also admire Mary Sandy who still travels the world in their high age of 88 years.
Particularly great joy it is the weekly features, Aikon House and Garden is a wonderful blog I visit very much.
Thank you for the party. Have a graet week, Carmen

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

How lovely both your homes are!! I must pop over and see's been a while!

Daniela said...

My dearest Bernideen,
I'm always late for I'm used to your old time dating to when you still lived in Colorado, that in Italy was Tuesday at 5.00 PM !

Carolyn's House is stunning, I often visit her blog and follow her since I arrived on the web, so glad she was featured !

Hope your week is off to a great start I wish you most wonderful days to come and thank you for hosting me, sweetie, of course !
Sending blessings of joy to you


Mrs.T said...

Lovely party, as always, Bernideen! Thanks so much for hosting. I hesitated to share my post but was encouraged when I read that "this party today is very widespread and about just about anything"! So I've linked. You are such a gracious hostess!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Bernideen. I have always enjoyed Carolyn's posts since I started blogging. I picked up the magazine a little while ago and enjoyed the articles. Your tea room is looking wonderful. It looks like you are open for business (or soon anyway. What fun..Thank you so much for hosting the party. It is always so much fun to join up..Happy Week to you..Judy


Oh dear Bernideen, thank you for your kind comment, you made me happy as I thought maybe a 5 de Mayo tablescape was not fit for the tea party, but I feel so happy to be joining the fun. I love you and the party! Thank you for hosting.
Yes, I'm sure a new neighborhood is new in so many ways that you have to discover on a daily vase. Your tea room is looking gorgeous, I envy you, a tea room!
Have a wonderful week.


Oh, I forgot to comment and I must say I love, love her beautiful blog and she sure deserves to be featured in such a prestigious magazine.

Ivy, Phyllis and Me! said...

Good Afternoon Bernideen, Carolyn has such beautiful style.... as do you. I follow Carolyn's blog, but the magazine you mentioned is not available here in England, which is a shame as with all the wonderful photographs I think I would feel truly inspired.
Mary reminds me of my mother Phyllis who will be 86 years this year.... she loves travelling as well. She travelled to America with us, for the first time, when she was 80 years and she loved her visit.
Have a wonderful week.
Best wishes

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Bernadeen, thanks for dropping by my blog and inviting me to your H&G party. Love seeing all the posts on this subject, so inspiring.

Art and Sand said...

Carolyn's style is wonderful and I can't get enough of her gorgeous photos.

I laughed when you talked about visiting Prince Edward Island. My daughter-in-law is an avid reader. Anne of Green Gables was her favorite series as a child and she convinced her father to take her there on a vacation. Living in California, that was quite a distance to go.

Thanks for sharing with SYC.