Sunday, September 24, 2023

Tuesday, September 19, 2023




Bernideen Canfield 

September 19, 2023


The trouble with me is extensive

I want things that look expensive

I look at antiques and see “past” expense

Which thrills my heart most extensive.


You see, I don’t want to see Tupperware

Or plastic things which make me glare

Or those 50’s pyrex bowls that cause a stare

Yes, let’s move on to the vintage transferware


And then at old linens I’ll take a pause

As I go through the stacks and think of a clause

There’s Grandma’s crochet she made when very old

She’s gone now – I’m here now - please mark it sold!


So, don’t show me your leather, I don’t want your chrome.

That really doesn’t set a very warm home

A lace tablecloth, etched glasses and a glass cake platter

And a buffet set with all those memories that matter.


As I squeeze in a teacup and move things around

That teapot goes nicely  – so glad it was found

As I study the display and step back to admire

I’m  thankful to God for these treasures acquired.

Saturday, September 16, 2023



I seem to have a lot of Fall looking
transferware so I bring it out in the
fall and it all seems to mix and match
together for this season.

The table in the dining area is set
even though no one is coming for 
dinner.  I have some new to me "old
glasses" I picked up during a sale
at an antique mall.

Lately I have accumulated some
old vintage napkins that I love.

You can see one of the Heisey
etched glasses below.  I never
knew much about them but am

I have been following a site on FB
that is all about antique lace.  I
have learned some things but 
never realized how many types of
lace there are or about making it.

Do you decorate for fall?  Inside
or out?

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Wednesday, September 6, 2023


The garden has been thirsty for
 rain far too
often this summer.

I noticed a sweet bird nest tucked up in
the bittersweet:

I decided to welcome fall's soon
arrival by getting out my fall looking
transferware and setting the table.

I love the look of mix and
match transferware.

And a quilt to welcome
the season:

This year I decided to tuck a few
tomato plants and peppers
in with the flowers. 
I think I will do more next year.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023


 Recently I have pestered my husband
with the idea of bringing up the old
buffet from downstairs to place between
the kitchen and dining area.  This piece
is bulky but fun too as a place to serve
food when we have guests and decorate
seasonally .  It was quite a challenge
for he and I to pull (him) and push (me) this up the stairs to the wall where I formerly had a china display
(converted from an armoire).

I realize that this means the dining 
area is more crowded now but I can
live with that.  This room is rather
strange in that one side is a kitchen
area and one side is a dining area
with no wall in between.  You can
see the buffet around the corner to
the right.

And this is the other side:

Of course this is where Hubby and
I  eat our meals:

So now with that all done and cooler 
temps this week, I hope to get out
and set up a "Tea In The Garden".

In the meantime....I do have a
bouquet on the porch:

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Wednesday, August 16, 2023


 I am sharing with you another
template and this one is
for your Autumn/Fall Afternoon
Tea Menu.  You can print it
out 2 per regular sized 8.5 x 11
paper on your printer.  Be sure
and save your original and type
your menu on the 2nd copy:

Thursday, August 10, 2023


 I love baking for an Afternoon
Tea (there was a little cooking too)
and enjoying the time to chat
together in a relaxed slowdown.

I had shared my menu earlier which
was made up of the traditional 
Afternoon tea with 3 savories,
scones and 3 sweets.  I call that
3 + 3 + 1.  I also served soup
Cheese knock off recipe.  It is so
good.  With the soup, I served the
savory scones with butter.

I had invited a couple other
ladies but work and doctor
appointments overshadowed

My savory tart recipe was from a 
2017 issue of Victoria.   The tray above
holds food for 2 ladies and then
of course I ask them what they
would like to have more of
that I can bring.

Are you making time in
your life to enjoy 
Afternoon Tea?

Monday, August 7, 2023


 This week I am having an Afternoon
Tea for a few ladies from church.  I 
guess that makes this a 
"Church Ladies Tea".

I doubt if my bouquet on the porch
makes it until Thursday....

I decided to go with a roses theme:

I had just enough fabric left from a
Ralph Lauren Pillow Sham to make
a roses tea cozy for my big teapot.

Here is my revised menu for 
my Afternoon Tea:

As you already know, Afternoon
Tea is different than the expression
 "tea party" which could mean many
different things and maybe just desserts
and tea but rather consists of 3 savories,
 scones and 3 sweets which are all finger
sized foods.  I decided to go with a
savory scone and soup to start
with so this menu is the revised one.

Here is my menu template I made
which prints out 2 landscape direction
blank menus if you would like:

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

DIGGORY DIGORY DELVET Has Come for "Tea In The Garden"

July 28th was a celebration day
for Beatrix Potter's 157th birthday.
We have had a visitor here who  
went all out  to make her birthday
extra special and really, quite in
excess!   I haven't seen him today as he
is camera shy and hiding down under.

 Diggory Digory Delvet
wanted to make a grand statement
all over our flower garden in celebration
of his artist friend.

Well, actually, I have stomped a lot
of his hand carved tunnels down around my flowers for fear my plants roots will
not get water and die.....especially
since it is so hot now.

Just in case you might not know, Diggory
was the mole featured in the poem 
written by Beatrix for "Appley Dapply
Nursery Rhymes" back in 1917.

"Diggory Digory Delvet
A little old man in black velvet
He digs and he delves
You can see for yourselves
The mounds dug by Diggory Delvet."

Everyone on our street seems to
be having an invasion of moles.
This is not a pretty picture so let's
do get back to our tea in the garden.

We are excited that we might
get some rain tonight!

 I am sharing with you my new and gorgeous teapot I recently got on ebay for a fraction of  what it used  to sell for.  I love Crown Dorset teapots from the 1990's.  They are so sturdy and unique in shape.  I know this because I used to sell them in my shop in Old Colorado City (Colorado Springs, Colorado)and this one was at that time, the most expensive one I carried which I could not afford

We had temps lingering
around 100 degrees last week.
Today it is only in the 80's which
was my sign to get out and set
up my little tea vignette.  Please
help yourself to my Pecan & Peach