Friday, December 30, 2022
Saturday, December 24, 2022
Thursday, December 22, 2022
The beloved Friendly Village
always makes for a cozy table.
I recently got 6 plates on ebay.
They were advertised as dinner but
are actually 9 7/8" luncheon but I
will live with them A dinner plate
is actually 10 1/2" and this happens
a lot on ebay. (be forewarned)
over fifty years.
having some ladies
over for a tea luncheon.
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Since we moved to our retirement
cottage, we have not had a
dining room. I love hospitality
so recently I have been thinking
of using our hearth room as a dining
room which was it's original purpose.
It is a little area attached to the kitchen
but with a fireplace.
Duncan Phyfe table (the leaf is
out at this time). We put it in
the center of room lining it up
with the fireplace.
still have people over and with
the leaf inserted I can seat 8 here
and 4-6 over to the right on a table
in the kitchen). It gets cold downstairs
in the winter so this is better and
cozy next to the fireplace.
For fun I set the table with dishes
which are mostly
Copeland Spode Tower.
I am going to have fun here because
in Colorado I always kept the dining
room table set with dishes. Of course,
people who came in asked who
are you having
Sunday, December 18, 2022
Saturday, December 17, 2022
It's always fun decorating
in the tea room.
teacups and saucers and also 1950's
luster ones from Japan.
cups and saucers and tea mugs to
several young ladies this week
because they are getting interested
in Afternoon Tea. I just have more
than I need for sure so I was
privileged to share.
old quilt back in the 1970"s:
Friday, December 16, 2022
In 2019 a lovely, classy Christian lady
went to be with the Lord. Her name
was Marie Smith and I was the recipient
of a box of her old linens, crochet and
tablecloths. I have wanted to make
some Christmas Stockings with some
of those pieces to send back as a
memory for her family. The base of
the stocking was a table cloth
sewn over white burlap
and then doilies that belonged
to her are sewn over the tablecloth.
(all are lined as well)
The long piece on the back
says "when this you
see remember me".
You know when it's time
to get things done or
past time right?
Here are the other two
the back of the first one I made which
is when I decided not to sew them
on the fabric anymore after that).
We loved Marie Smith and her husband
Pastor Frank W. Smith who married
us "back in the day" in Des
Moines, Iowa - 1968.
So glad to get this in the
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Saturday I had a High Tea for a
group of 9 ladies. This was like
a supper with a pot of tea. This
would not be the darling Afternoon
Tea finger foods but rather
hardy food the working class
would have normally been served
at the end of the day.
I took this photo of one of the
2 tables, the night before:
Of course, my High Tea was
more elaborate than bread,
cold ham, pickles and cheese but
you get the idea.
This was the 3rd time I had these
ladies this year but our earlier teas
were Afternoon Teas. Learning the
difference by actually eating the foods
really was a lesson.
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Sunday, December 4, 2022
Hello dear Friends!
getting out my angel
collection. I don't buy anymore
now as I have plenty.
of my favorite decorations and
are predominately by Nicol Sayre.
At couple years back, I made the
Ephemera Nativity piece
Saturday, December 3, 2022
I am sharing my new vintage quilt
I got at the Warson Woods Antique Mall
in St Louis last week.
I have been looking for a red and
white one for a while and I am happy.
I usually do all my indoor decorating
in one very long day but this year I did
it over a four day period taking more
time and not rushing. I guess I am now
officially guilty of putting things in same
place as last time.
My tea cart out in the kitchen was
the perfect spot for my red
I love baking and enjoying special foods during this season although I have concerns about what is happening to my waistline for sure. What will you baking this year?
We always enjoy getting out the
nativity my husband's Mom gave us
years ago. It is well over 100 years old.
I am sure you can relate to the fact that
every year I promise myself I will get
more done than I do. I think I will have
time for more baking and
crafting but where does time go?
I love curling up on the sofa in a nice
warm robe and reading these lovely
English publications and Hoffman
Media specialty magazines.
as I did...