Tuesday, November 26, 2019


Today I was looking back at some old photos
from when I first started blogging in
2008 (wordpress blog) and did a post
of these photos.  The first is of the painting

The next one was a reenactment for
an old 1987 Country Living Magazine:

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving
this week which comes rather late !  I am
so thankful and blessed to have food,  a
warm house, clothing and I am grateful to
the Lord for his many blessings!

Monday, November 11, 2019


I have many new tea cozies
listed on my Etsy page - I hope
you can check them out!

Saturday, November 9, 2019


For a long time I have wanted to visit
the London Tea Room in St. Louis.

When my friend Janice's November birthday
arrived, I wanted her to get to go to an 
Afternoon Tea.  Here's the birthday girl:

We found the London tea room to
be in a charming old building in St. Louis.

  With an Afternoon Tea Tray you eat
 from the bottom up so first there
were 3 savories. Lower plate: a chicken 
salad croissant, cucumber sandwich and
 salmon sandwich.  The scones with clotted
 cream and strawberry jam from England
 were on the middle plate and the top held
 4 desserts:
chocolate mousse cup, treacle tart, 
a macaroon and an orange madeleine.

I have given Afternoon Teas myself so I
 appreciate all the work that goes into this 
variety of finger foods.  I was dressed a
bit silly and fun for the occasion.

We were seated in a large lovely room
in the back and the front is reserved for
walk-ins who order pastries, tea and
there is a gift shop area.

I hope you will take time to check your
area and see if someone serves Afternoon 
Tea.  Yes, at first you might think it is
 more expensive but when you understand
 how special and unique the experience is - 
it can't be compared to lunch in a restaurant.
 (do I get an Amen from the tea room owners?)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019


Here are a few fall touches
 at our cottage home. 

 It is impossible
not to have a glare on that print
because it is such a dark color - even with
no lights on it reflects other things in
the room.

I also look forward to the upcoming
Christmas decorating but for right
now we love Thanksgiving which
is November 28th!

Some older green Waverly
fabric was found online:

I did have some of my own real
bittersweet in the garden and then
also, a (fake) garland for the porch
entrance from Kent's: