Monday, July 18, 2016

Sunny Morning Tea

Hello All!

Welcome to Teacup Tuesday!
Martha says it is #314!
she is Sharing Joy today.
The sun was pouring in the kitchen window this morning,
creating such a warm glow and feeling of coziness!

 It was the perfect time for tea...
and a quiet moment...  

This is a lovely trio given to me
by the same friend who gifted 
the cup I shared last week.
Dianne is more than generous!
Thank you again : ) 

I am having Organic English Breakfast tea...

I wish Dianne was here to sip tea with : )
But sadly we live an ocean apart. 
Not unusual with all the worldwide friendships
Bloglandia has made possible.
Thank you Bloglandia! 

This tea cup was made by Minton
and the pattern is Penrose. 
It is a lovely bone coloring
with very pretty blues.
Dianne picks out beautiful tea cups!

Simple linen napkins 
laid in a new found china dish. 

tiny bits of delight enrich our beautiful natural environment
and increase our present moment joy...

New found sugar and creamer
lovely, even better in "person"
shine in the morning light. 

 It is good to have such quiet lovely moments!
and wonderful to share these moments with all of YOU!
: )

How are you doing this week?
Are  you having some moments to be quiet and enjoy?
(sometimes seems impossible doesn't it?)
 Any creative projects going? 

I am still working on my glitter houses,
and also crochet, quilting (need to bind doggie quilt)
and flower drying. 
Oh! And I painted the wicker chair I found...

I am dreaming up a cushion now....

Dried dill

 My first time trying hydrangea,
they were from the grocery store
and a little bruised here and there.
The pic does not show their beauty.

 I had not tired the microwave technique for drying flowers,
and I leaned a few things quick!
One-the paper towel texture can show up on your flowers, lol!
two-the packet comes out really really hot!
three-freshest in morning is best, after dew dries off.

You just put your flowers inside a piece of folded watercolor
paper or other absorbent paper,
then layer a few layers of more paper
on both sides of the folded paper. 

Find two sturdy pieces of cardboard for front and back covers
to squish it all down and hold it tight. 
I used three rubber bands to secure.
Then pop the packet in the micro for 1 min.
(laid heavy ceramic dish on to hold down)
You may need another 30 sec or so 
depending on thickness and moisture.

I am having fun and my husband said
"you finally found a use for your micro".

Wishing you all a beautiful week!

I am joining in Sandi, Bernideen, Ruth, as well 
as dear Martha for tea today.
(their names are their links)
Thank You!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Tea and Lace

Hello All!
Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday!

(I apologize for my very wonky post!
Randomly odd photo sizes and text!
oh my! lol!)

Two things I love,

Tea cups and lace

You can not have too much of either!

 This beautiful tea cup from a dear friend is extra cheery!

Artwork on china : )

Lovely tea!

Blossom tea...

...curvy romantic edge

Love this sweet cup.

I find all sorts of ways to use these bits of lace in my creating.
Cards, tags, collaged books, pillows, jewelry..... 

Sometimes I dye the laces before using them...

A happy birthday card...

And a general card.

Sometimes, like tea cups, just looking at the lace is lovely : )

 I do not have a huge collection,
but enough that I began decorating band boxes to hold them.

Will I ever not love lace? Maybe,
But I know I will always love tea time : )


Last week we made a Pinterest recipe for the 4th,
 Summer Vegetable Tian

Ready for the oven,
potatoes, zuchinne, tomato, onions and garlic...
oh, and topped with cheese and plenty of fresh thyme.

Everyone enjoyed it
and it was simple to make. 
I was surprised at how light and tasty it was.
Thank you Bugetbites for sharing!

I am having some issues with Blogger's compose window
while posting. It is not keeping with the code and 
seemingly doing what it pleases with photos and
word spacing. Anyone of you having these kinds
of issues lately while trying to post?

Wishing each and everyone of you 
a truly lovely day!

Thank you for all your comments last week!

It was wonderful being in touch with you all again : )

I am sorry I don't have a linky this week.
Maybe next week.
Martha is having tea today so please 
go visit her and she her lovely china too. 

I am also joining Sandi, Ruth and Bernideen for tea.   
Thank you ladies for hosting tea each week!
(names are links)



Monday, July 4, 2016

Tea on the Fourth

Happy Fourth Of July!

Tea time today was extra special...

Besides lovely tea...

We had a patriotic trifle : )
red, white and blue.

The best part of today was being with loved ones.

wishing you all the very best of days...

Martha has posted this week, 
so I have visited her : )
I am also joining Bernideen,
Ruth, and Sandi
Thank you ladies for hosting tea!
(Their names are their links)

Monday, June 27, 2016


Hello All!

It is Tuesday again, so that means
it must be time for tea : )

Sitting down to a cup of tea and a good book,
or a good movie...(watching old Miss Marple shows lately)
is a pleasure. 

A pretty tea cup and a cookie
is extra luck. 

Even just one gluten free cookie 
is a treat : )

 I have chosen warming chamomile...
like drinking sunshine to me : )

This old favorite tea cup of mine
is by H&C

The green stamp is Charles Edward Haviland's company,
he was one of David's sons.

The red stamp has been added over the glaze.
It shows that someone bought this cup
in Richmond, Virginia.

The Haviland backstamp appears to be from
around 1885 to 1900, but I am not sure.
Do any of you know this backstamp?

A few weeks ago I found this lovely yellow plate.
I love the swirly shape of the edge, 
and how the points rise up. 

The colors are intensified due to the fantasy filter
I am playing with tonight. 
The actual coloring is a bit less intense,
but really lovely.

And it is another Haviland,
I have not looked up the date yet as I 
seem to have misplaced my 
china backstamp book.

 This lovely wicker chair was only $30!
It is in fine shape.
I am dreaming of what to 
make for the seat and pillow....

Tea time is a good time for feeling lucky.
Each time I sit down with tea,
I find myself thinking about how
beautiful life is.

 Here is my little cottage, now with a roof!

Thank you all for stopping by for tea today!
: )
I loved reading your comments two weeks ago,
thank you for all of them!

May you all have opportunity for Joy this week!

It is lovely to "see" you!


I am joining Sandi for tea,
Joining Bernideen and Ruth as well. 
(their names are links to their blogs)
Thank you so much for hosting ladies!
Martha is away this week, I wish her
a lovely time!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Unexpected Beauty

Hello All!
It is lovely to be back with you for Tea Cup Tuesday!

I have missed so many teas with Dear Martha
and all of you, that I feel fortunate to be here with you today.
How is your spring? 
Summer is just around the corner : )

I spotted this small group of dishes sitting on a Goodwill shelf. 
It was the coloring that drew my eye. 
Hard to capture on camera,
but they are a lovely blue/green coloring.  
I do not normally see china like this at my GW.  

Only one tea cup set...

They seem a little bohemian to me with the unusual coloring
and the interesting burgundy detail around the edge. 
The orange flowers and some parts of other flowers are 
actually raised bumps of paint. 

I will not be drinking out of the tea cups though,
they have seen better days. 

Maybe they are this cracked and worn because some one 
loved them so much they used them every day.

I am sure I can find a good spot for them, 
or a use for them that will suit...and add beauty at the same time.
Maybe a bird's nest inside one,
or turn them into a bird feeder? 

They brought a smile to my face, so I brought them home : )

From the two backstamps we can see that this pattern is called
 "Chelsea Sprays".
What a sweet name. 
There are many Calyx Ware patterns by Adams.
I have seen many online but have not see
Chelsea Sprays.

It is Calyx Ware and was made by the Adams company of England.
They are a very well known old company. 

This is plate's backstamp, it is a bit more clear.


My family is doing a little better and we 
are encouraged with our increased health lately.
We have found a new protocol for our
genetic disorder and it seems to be actually working!
Fingers crossed as this is just one of many
many protocols we have tried.
We appreciate so much all your prayers,
cards and good healing wishes! 

Since Easter, I have been doing a little crafting,
some new glitter houses, a painting and lately
I have been working on a new Jane Austen 

There are lots of steps to making a glitter house,
I begin with a picture of a house I love and 
then try to make a paper mock up.

 Here she is with some stucco.

Now she had a chimney!
Coming along..... 
She is actually almost done
and I will share her closer to Christmas.
I named her Brambly Cottage,
But I am not sure it is the right name for her
now that she is all pink. 
I am working on the Parsonage next and 
she is half way done.  

It is quite fun working on Christmas crafts
in the June heat! lol! 

I am visiting as many tea parties as I can today : )
Martha and I got to catch up on the phone last week,
and it was a delight to speak with her 
and hear her good news.

I am hopping over to 
Sandi's for her No Place Like Home party,
then to Bernideen's for her BTTCG party 
and of course over to Martha's place 
for Teacup Tuesday 310!  

Thank you very much for stopping by!

A candle to remember the many who just lost their lives in Orlando.
 My heartfelt sympathy to those who are grieving.


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