Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Blue Tea Cups for January

I can finally say that I have put away all of the Christmas decorations!  Yay, Go Me! 
I had a flu bug right after the first and there has been a change in our household which I hope is permanent for now.  Can there be a permanent for now?  My daughter is home, and doing her best to stay drug free.  She is the mom to 3 grandkids that I have been blessed to take care of for the past year and several months.  Pray that all continues in the right direction. 

So with all of the Christmas decorations finally coming down and it still being winter I thought it was fitting to pull out the blue tea cups for my tea room.

I've seen other designers using the same color scheme for this time of year so I know its nothing new.  I just agree with them, blue and white still feel wintry don't they? 

Come join me for some tea will you?  I've got a lot on my mind and it is so nice to have someone to talk to.   It's hard raising kids these days.  I think especially when you've raised your own and then you get some more.  I have been given a gift of patience, I know that because it takes a lot to frazzle me.  It's just that sometimes I don't use the gift very well.  Like when I yell at my grandson, who is really a good good kid.  His life experiences haven't been the best and yet he has incredible faith.  He will be 15 tomorrow!  My first grandchild.  I just sometimes don't have patience for everyday teenage boy antics.  

Finally all of the kids are back to school and my sweet William is back to work after all of us have been cooped up in the house.  It really seemed like the longest Christmas break ever...I guess because I got sick right after the holidays.  A couple of the kiddos got sick too.   I thought it would never end!

But thankfully it did!  And I can maybe move on now.  Getting the Christmas decorations all put away was a big deal.  I decorate almost every room in the house.  Maybe I'll rethink that next year. I still have to go take it out of my booth.  Bad show I know!  I at least have taken down the tree and moved all the rest of it to a markdown corner.  Some of it sold, but its time to get what's left out of there.    

Told you I have a lot on my mind.  Sorry for the rambling!  What do you think about these beauties?  I really like them.  They have all come from a thrift store somewhere.  The latest would be the first cup hanging on the left.   I picked up a matching pair from a thrift store in Aurora, Colorado just a week ago.   I had taken my sister for a doctors appointment and we always find a thrift store or two to visit whenever we go.  

You know what I have a hard time finding either at thrift or online or anywhere for that matter?  It's these kind of cup and saucer towers or display racks.  I guess those that have them don't want to give them up, or they are just not affordable.  I've seen some of the towers on Etsy for almost $200.00!   

I did find two of mine at a thrift store here for I think $4 a piece!  Woohoo!  I'll keep looking.  I find a lot of the plate racks, but they don't have the hook for the cup.  

These beautiful cups also came from the same thrift store as the towers, at the same time.  I guess I was in the right place at the right time!   I did see another customer with two tea cups in her cart and I was really watching her to see if she would change her mind.   She didn't.  I watched her buy them.  For shame, I think I have a problem.  I'll tell you another story about a tea cart some time.  Remind me.

Thanks for having tea with me.  Know that I am encouraged, I was listening to a song by Andrae Crouch today "Through it all" and I was reminded that through it all, Jesus is always by my side.  No matter if I get impatient, or sick, or too busy, He's there. I'm blessed. 

I pray that you would be blessed too...

Today I'm joining these parties:
Share Your Cup
Home and Garden
Home Sweet Home 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Shabby Chic Love and Books I want to read

I feel like I am a week behind and I'm already begging for this year to SLOW down!  I've been so busy taking care of others that I haven't gotten all of my Christmas put away yet.  Today I managed to get the living room done. 

I just love my non-holiday mantel - it's so calming and cozy to me.  Did I tell you that I love shabby whites?  The Rachel Ashwell Official Shabby Chic kind of shabby.  The pale, softly worn fabrics.  The "lived in"  look.  

The lacy, flowery, ruffled accents.  The things that look like they've been loved for awhile. I think this look is forgiving and warm.  It doesn't have to be perfect.  My whole house does not look like this ~ though I wish it did.  Maybe someday.  For now I will just enjoy what does.  

I also like the contrasting look of black metals against some of the white shabby pieces.  I think it adds interest.  

When I'm done putting all of the Christmas away (I still have the dining room to do)  I'm going to sit down with a cup of tea and read a book.  I haven't finished a book in over a year and I've set goals to read at least 12 books this year.  These are the first 6.  Ever since we've gotten "technical" over here - Cell phones, tablets, computers - I haven't done much book reading. I still love the feel and smell of books.  I think it will be a good way to "unplug".  

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Word for 2018 DOING

I've chosen the word "Doing" for 2018.  Weird?  Maybe.  I feel like I've been spending so much of my life "gathering."  I've gathered everything from fabric to lace to storage bins to office supplies to planner accessories, and on and on.   You need some stickers, I've got some.   Fabric, scissors, needles and pins?  I've got plenty.  I kept gathering saying one day I might need that.  Or I have a project in mind or the BIG ONE: I'm going to paint that and put it in my booth!  Yes there are places in my house that look like a hoarder lives here.  In my defense, I have had my hands full,  Raising 3 grandkids and 2 nieces.    But still,  I've got a lot to do.  Sometimes I think the shopping was a way of dealing with depression, and just trying to get my mind wrapped around something else.   

Anyway, I've set a pretty lofty goal to declutter and DO!  I'm planning on Doing lots of sewing - take that Depression!  Doing lots of painting and selling in my booth - take that Hoarding!  So ya, I'm going to get some things done - by DOING!   I'll share as much as I can and as much as you want to see.  And I've got all year to do it...

Did you pick a word for the year?  Do you do that?  

I found other bloggers that do and I linked up with them here: One Word Blog Hop

Thursday, December 28, 2017

A little showing off

Look!  I just have to show you what my Sweet William did for me.  I found this buffet at the thrift store in November and the right side door and compartment were coming apart.  Still I wanted it.   I called my SW and put him on face time so I could show him and plead.  

Usually we buy pieces that we can resell.   I really wanted this one for myself.  I showed him where it had a little trouble and he said he could fix it.  And he offered to come in his truck to pick it up, right away. 

I had to make sure that he understood I wanted it for myself and not to sell.  I wish I would've taken before pics.  I am bad at that.  I have to do it as soon as I get it  because once he gets something like this he starts working on it right away. Fixing the door and bottom shelf only required a couple of screws.  

I think it is just beautiful and he finished it in time for Christmas.  I don't know if I want to change out the handles or if I'm going to keep it in this spot. But, I do know that I'll be keeping it for a long time. 

I'm joining these parties:
Share Your Cup
Home and Garden
Home Sweet Home 
Vintage Charm Party

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Merry Christmas from my heart to yours

Merry Christmas to you.  Thank you for reading my blog and leaving your sweet comments.  It has been such a joy to make friends from near and far through this blog.  Blessings to you all! 

It's been a hard couple of years for me with lots of family stuff happening and I remember how last year I just felt that the whole season was ruined by selfish and uncaring actions.   I was hurt and didn't want to celebrate.

But, I just love this season and though it took a little while for me to resolve some things in my heart, I decided that this year I would move forward.  With grand kids in tow, once again enjoying the pretty Christmas decorations, the holiday baking, the Christmas plays and shows, singing songs and carols, and simply being together.  I love that all of my grand kids (9 at this time) all attend the same church.  That we see each other regularly.  That we all believe in the reason for this season.  

And, that is what I love most.  That God gave his only son, Jesus Christ, to all of us for Salvation,  to give each of us Eternal Life.   He gave us a free gift and all we have to do is accept it.  BELIEVE it.   Believe that He was born of a virgin, died for our sins, and then rose again.  

 For God so loved the world, 
that he gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believes in him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life.
- John 3:16 –

This is the reason we celebrate!  

The simple gospel.  He died for our sins so that we could spend eternity in Heaven.  AND NOT ONLY THAT, but while we are here, in this hurting, dying world, He gives us Hope.  He gave his Holy Spirit to walk with us, daily.  To help resolve things that cut deep into our lives and hearts.  He makes his face to shine down upon us if we only BELIEVE.  He brings us comfort.

~Over the past several years we've had to take on the challenges of raising more children than my husband and I thought we would raise.  5 years ago we gained custody of two nieces after both parents (my brother, and later his wife) committed suicide.   One niece is now grown and has moved out of our home and the other has just started high school.  Also 5 years ago one of my daughters and her husband got caught up in drug abuse and we were given temporary custody of 3 grandchildren.  They eventually cleaned up and all were back together for a time.  A little more then one year ago I took the initiative and brought my grandchildren back to our home because of the same issues and they have been with me since.  The drug involvement is ongoing and one parent is now incarcerated.  It is total selfishness and a falling for the ways of this world.  It is a hurting, dying world.  
    It is in all of this that Jesus has helped me to resolve things in my heart.  To make the best of everyday.  To create loving, fond memories with our nieces, and our grandchildren.  To show them that there is another way.  To bring them to church, to pray with them and share the Word with them.  To teach them to forgive, to seek forgiveness and to pray.  And to remember and live these things for myself as well.  To continue into the New Year without resentment or bitterness, but with LOVE.~

This is why I celebrate.  And why when the kids sing this song, I cry.  Because I am so grateful.  Even though things around me aren't perfect, He is.  And I only need to look up. 

Happy birthday, Jesus I'm so glad it's Christmas   All the tinsel and lights and the presents are nice but the real gift is you

Happy birthday Jesus I'm so glad it's Christmas, All the carols and bells Make the holiday swell but it's all about You

Happy Birthday Jesus, Jesus I love you


And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 
Luke 2:8-14 NIV

I've joined other inspirational blogs at Home Sweet Home

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas Tea Time

I don't know what started it, but somewhere in time I fell in love with tea cups and tea things.  I started collecting a "few" and then dear ones in my life gave me a "few" more.

I am drawn to them in the thrift stores and yard sales especially.  To me it seems people don't realize what they have, but I do, and I snatch them up.  So many of them I've gotten for just pennies.  

Like any collection it grows and grows.  These are just what I have in the Christmas theme.  I love putting them on display at this time of year.  It adds such a  festive touch to my dining room.  (Or as some have called it my tea room)  My favorite though is the "diamond room" as one of my dear granddaughters called it when she was learning to talk.

I have minis that I just adore.  They were probably meant for child's play and I do play with them on occasion with my grands. 

I do use all of my cups, at least once. If you come over for tea I'll let you chose a cup to use.

But when we are through, I will wash and dry it and carefully put it back on display.

Here is a vintage coffee or chocolate pot with a bowl.  I've not used it but it does show signs of use.  This beautiful Vintage Merry Christmas cup and saucer is a favorite.  

I also collect snowmen!  Now they really multiply - I'll post about those soon too.  I just love the Snowmen teapots that I have acquired over the years.  

This one I've had the longest.  Just love his rosy cheeks!

Here is another Christmas mini with a Snowman Teapot peeking out from behind. 

This teapot is my most used Christmas teapot.  It is such a generous size and I love to serve Cranberry Spice tea from it.  

Another teapot...this one a kid on a sleigh.  So fun!  I've not use this one either.

These are a part of my Christmas China.  I do have the whole set but display just these for now. On Christmas day we will use the set and then carefully pack it all away once the festivities are over. 
And last in my "diamond" room I want to share with you my mini tree with the mini mini teacup and teapot ornaments.  And my mini nativity scene.   They're so cute!  I couldn't resist. 

 I hope you are enjoying this Christmas season.  I am linking up with Creating Christmas Link Party and with Home For Christmas Link Party.  For more Christmas inspiration go check it out.  There is so much to see! 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Time

Welcome to Christmas time in my home.  This year I finished all of my decorating before December 1, can you believe it!  I knew the month was going to be busy and fly by so I wanted to get a head start. It helped that we had almost a whole week after Thanksgiving before December rolled in.  

  These pictures are of my living room tree and some of the other decorations in this room.  The nativity scene is from Italy and it's a soft pastel color.  I just love the way it looks.  I only have the pieces in the photo though as I bought it from an estate sale and it goes so well with the whites that I like to keep  in this room.  Whites are so peaceful and refreshing to me. 

I have collected these ornaments over the past several years.  Some are new, some are vintage, some aren't really ornaments at all, I just use them that way! 

The white roses will once again be displayed in their vases after the season is over. Many of my decorations I have found at thrift stores and estate sales. I love finding them off season. It keeps Christmas alive all year long!  

It's always a fun challenge for me to reconfigure the furniture settings when it's time to put up the tree.   

This year I put an end table behind the couch and added height by grouping tall pieces together.  

And I didn't loose my cozy reading spot. It's perfect for my morning coffee and bible reading.  

I just love shabby whites.  The white looks almost like you don't want to touch it for fear of getting it dirty but the "shabby" worn part invites you to cuddle up and be comfortable.   

On top of the piano is a beautifully cross stitched Silent Night.  I have it displayed near another Nativity Scene.  

This one I've had for a long time.   Honestly it probably came from KMart or Walmart many years ago.  I don't remember.  I do remember that I had to have one, more than I wanted a Christmas Tree.  A Nativity Scene is how I first learned what Christmas was all about.  I remember my mom explaining that it was the birth of Jesus that we celebrated on Christmas as she carefully displayed hers under the Christmas tree. 

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my Christmas home.  Next I'll show you my Christmas tea cups.   

I'm sharing my Shabby White Christmas at Creating Christmas Link Party and with The Home For Christmas Link Party.  You guys have got to go check it out - so much Christmas inspiration over there.  
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