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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Wow I've been gone for a long time

From my blog anyway -  I even forgot my password!  Geez!    It started when my computer crashed.  We had to save our pennies to get a new one and when we finally did I was busy with craft fair stuff and work and church and ...  on and on...

Well I am back!  I've been looking at all of the loveliness on my fellow bloggers sites.   You all are so creative and talented!   Then I got to Rebecca's site and she is giving away a traincase - Oh My Goodness!   Not just any train case, but one that she is decorating.    I would so love to win a case from her.   Here is a picture of one that she has done before:

Now you can enter too by clicking on the picture at the top of my blog or by clicking on this link http://rebecca-gatheryeroses.blogspot.com/2011/10/vintage-train-gathering-case-giveaway.html           ~  (though I didn't want to share this information because the more that enter the less my chances are! LOL! ~ selfish 'ol me!)   Just kidding. Whoever wins this will be truly blessed.    If I win it, I will have to be selfish and keep it for myself.   I'm not giving it to any of my girls,  it will be so beautiful in my room, with my stuff in it. 

I'll be back to post more stuff.   I've had a lot of things I've wanted share and to show you.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Madeover Lampshade

I found a great tutorial on how to do a lampshade makeover at A Gathering Place.  Rebecca did such a nice tutorial that even I could do it.    Mine doesn't look as good as hers but I think it sure is pretty!

Following her directions, I cut out my pieces then started gluing them on.  I have never used spray adhesive before.   I used Elmer's Craft Bond Spray Adhesive as I couldn't find the same brand that she used.

Next it was time for the trim.  I went to my favorite "candy" store, Mill Outlet in Colorado Springs.  They have three good size rows of nothing but ribbons and lace and all kinds of other trim.  I found this pink french gimp, it matched perfect with the fabric I had at home. 
On the top I used some vintage pink boxed pleats that I found at an estate sale.  It was still in the packaging unopened. 

I hot glued beaded ribbon to the inside and finished my edges with more pink ribbon.   If I wasn't so impatient I would have sewn the two together, then hot glued it in.   It would have given it a neater finish. 

TaDa!  Here it is!   

Thanks Rebecca  for a wonderful tutorial. 

I am linking up with My Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday.   A post I love to look at but don't usually have the time to link too.   There are some wonderfully creative bloggers that link to this blog party. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

You've got me singing the blues

I'm not sad, I just realized how many "blue" teacups I have.   
  These are put away for now. 

These are on display in the dining room.

And these, blue glass teacups, were just used for an afternoon tea that I posted about here:  Saturday Tea in the Garden 

The only thing is - I don't have a blue tea pot. 

Except this little cutie.   It's too small for a real tea!

This beautiful cup was a gift from a good friend.
I just love the blue roses on this one.  It's not sitting on its matching saucer but it is in the stack! 

Can you believe that I have purchased most of these at  the Goodwill?  At different times of course.
Here is one of my latest finds.   There were two of them, I love when that happens. 

This is Christina Porcelain, Bavarian Blue, from Bavaria, W. Germany.   

Isn't she pretty!  

In my devotionals today I read this scripture and God has spoken to me through it.  I hope that this will also touch someone else today.  
"It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.  Long before we heard of Christ and got our hopes up, He had His eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone."  Ephesians 1:11-12 The Message

Just like our teacups, the color, design, the placement of the artwork, God has designed us on purpose.    

I leave you with this poem, but I do not know the author.

There's not a tint that paints the rose
Or decks the lily fair,
Or marks the humblest flower that grows,
But God has placed it there...
There's not a place on earth's vast round, in ocean's deep or air,
Where love and beauty are not found,
For God is everywhere.

I am having tea with these friends today:

Teacup Tuesday
Teacup Tuesday
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Tuesday Tea
Tea Party Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Blue Monday

Actually it's Saturday Tea in the Garden hosted by Bernideen (but by the time I get this posted it might be Monday!)  My girls and I were out all day Friday "back to school" shopping.   We stopped in to TJ Maxx/ Homegoods and while they were looking for the latest trends in fashion I was in the gourmet aisle and look what I found.   I have to tell you I felt a little like Angela  at Tea with Friends.   She is always finding neat tea things at Homegoods and other places.    

I was excited, I now had a plan for my Saturday Tea.   I would use the beautiful blue cups and saucers that I found at the Goodwill earlier in the week.    The were made in Brazil and I couldn't believe people just passed them by.   Each piece was already under .50 and they were marked down further because apparently they been hanging around for a couple of weeks.   What a steal!

I've never made scones from a mix and I have to tell you these turned out soooooo good!   I went with a lemon theme.   I think the blues and yellows go so well together.   We have lemon and ginger scones,  served with devonshire cream and blackberry jam,  lemon tea, lemon pudding with blueberries and ham & cheese sandwiches. 

 Oh look there's one of my daughters - she is wearing a minion shirt.   And yes, she was one of my minions as I prepared for this tea.   She really does like to learn about tea etiquette.   So today we talked about scones.   I've always thought it was pronounced scones, with a long O.   Once I heard someone pronounce it "skahn".  I think that person was horribly mistaken, I didn't correct her because she was teaching and I didn't want to appear rude.  I just thought "yikes"  It's scooooone.  Perhaps I am mistaken?

Did you know the proper way to eat scones is to break off a bite sized piece, then spread the cream and jam on before you pop it in your mouth.   I've heard that it was done this way because if you didn't finish all of it the rest could be saved without getting spoiled and the "help" would then take the leftovers home.    Personally, I think it's because a good scone is a little crumbly and it would make a mess and not be very lady like to slather it with cream and take a big bite!      

We are enjoying our afternoon tea in the Sunroom today because my yard is muddy - we've been blessed with lots of rain!   I love it - everything is very green and lush.   And, also my dh is outside mowing and trimming bushes and I don't want to get in his way!      So here it is, my Saturday Tea in the Garden  taking place in the sunroom.    Thank you Bernideen for hosting this and inspiring the tea lover in us.    

(After publishing the post I realized - where's the tea?   It's still in the pot on the counter!  I guess I'll go down now and enjoy another scone with a cup of tea this time! LOL!) 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Tea Cup Tuesday

Hello tea cup loving friends!  

I found this teacup at the Goodwill without a saucer,  I thought it was much too pretty to leave there so I brought it home.  

 Then I went yard saling (sailing?) and I found the saucer.  

 When I picked it up, I thought it was a perfect match to the cup I had purchased previously.

They are made by the same company and are very similar, but different.  
 The flowers on the cup are different from the roses on the plate.  

The plate is called Apricot Rose. The cup doesn't have a name. I think they are beautiful together. Don't you love to have mismatched pieces that "match". 

My calendar today says " I asked God for all things so that I might enjoy life.  He gave me life so that I might enjoy all things."    And the scripture is Psalm 103:2  I will bless the Lord and not forget the glorious things he does for me.     As I reflect on these words I realize that He has done so much for me and I admit, in times of despair, I forget the things he has already done.   The promises he has made are still mine, and one at time, with my focus on Him, these promises will come to pass.   Sounds like I am encouraging myself here, and I am, but it's for you also.   God's word is for all of us, if we'll have it.    "Delight yourself also in Me, your LORD, and I will give you the desires of your heart"   Psalm 37:4.  He gives us friends, even in blogland, that are like this teacup and saucer.    We come from different places and have different patterns  but our maker is the same.   Isn't He wonderful!  

I am having tea with following today:   

Teacup Tuesday

Teacup Tuesday

Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday

Tuesday Tea

Tea Party Tuesday

Teatime Tuesday

Teacup Thursday

Friday, July 29, 2011

Teddy Bear Tea in the Garden

Happy Saturday everyone!  I read the following story a few years ago and thought it was cute.  I also think it would be a wonderful story to read to little tea party goers as a nice lead in to teaching about manners.  I found it at this website: http://www.victoriana.com/christmas/teddybear.html  

I have added pictures of my own teddy bears and a mini teddy bear tea set on a vintage child's table and chairs set.   This was a fun and playful setting.   My daughter took all of the pictures.

Teddy Bear Tea Party

"A tea-party means a rehearsal of one's manners."

IT was Betty who delivered the invitation, in such solemn fashion that the Teddy Bears all sat down on the bed to consider. As Betty went on to explain they were all attention; even Baloo, the Indifferent One, cocked his stubby ears and leaned forward until Ab, his small charge, nearly toppled over on his nose. Of course they would go; but what should they wear? Peter— big, tawny Peter—thought his pink neck-ribbon would be more becoming than his blue; yet he did so love blue. Little Scrub, sitting beside his beloved Barbara, wondered if it would be quite proper to wear his blue jeans. You can't imagine how excited they were: one isn't invited to a tea party every day — that is if one is a Teddy Bear. Not that they cared about the tea, but they did hope there would be plenty of honey.

NOW, a tea party means a rehearsal of one's manners. At that thought most of the Teddy Bears scampered away and pretended to be busily washing their paws (Betty never interrupted them in that!). Ab and Ba, the twins, climbed into Baloo's lap and declared they'd be very good. But Peter had a request to make: Might he sit at the head of the table? Betty said he might if he could find the head of a round table.


WELL, the party was a success. Each Teddy Bear wore a fresh neck-ribbon and his jauntiest manner; except Scrub, who would keep on his blue jeans, so they made him sit in the window by himself. Peter was wonderful and Betty couldn't eat for admiration of him. As there weren't chairs enough to go around some perched on the tops; and though, at this dizzy height, they couldn't manage tea-cups, they all had lots of honey; till even Peter lay back sleepy and satisfied.

I am joining Bernideen today as she hosts Saturday Tea in the Garden.

Monday, July 11, 2011

What I've been up to...

I haven't had time for tea in the Garden on Saturday because I've been crazy busy - most of it fun.   We hosted a 4th of July BBQ for about 50 people - it turned out nice but it was very hot here.   Even the teens spent most of the afternoon inside playing board games or "spoons"

(My Grandson, Jace, He looks so hot even in the shade!)
(Inside with the Central Air!)

Then, I had to go back to work.  It's rewarding but it's work.  I'd rather be home doing my laundry and weeding the garden!   It's coming along (the garden), even after the neighbors dog dug holes everywhere!  AHHHH!
(Rose of Sharon I planted in June)

Then my dh and went yard sailing Friday and Saturday.  Even after I vowed (to myself) not to go out on Saturday.  I have a bunch a new treasures.   Some will stay here and others will get cleaned up, tagged up and taken to my booth at American Classic Marketplace in Colorado Springs.   I've not shown a picture on here of my booth so here's one - it was taken with a phone so the quality isn't that good.   I'll take some more and post them later.   

It's booth number D33, and I share this one with a friend.  I have another, a lot smaller that I do myself, that one is C43.  

I also stripped and refinished a stool.    This stool:

It was bad - had over 100 little nails on the bottom!   Now it looks like this:

I painted the whole thing black and then laid a cut out that I got from the The Graphics Fairy .   I then painted the top white and quickly and carefully removed the cut out.   After it dried I sanded it to give it that "shabby"  look.   Something my family doesn't understand!  It's now in my booth for $28.00. 

And lastly, I have one daughter off to Oregon on a missions trip and the other soon to going to Texas for the same.   They will both be gone for a week.  I've already warned the older two that it was my time - not babysitting or making anyone else dinner (how selfish of me huh?)

Hopefully, I will be able to enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea, or two, or three...

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Show Off

I just have to show off one of my b-day presents.   Some sweet friends of mine gave this to me
Isn't it gorgeous?  I just love black tea cups.   There's something regal about them. 

I know I have seen posts about some of these black beauties before, I just don't remember who it was.

It is gorgeous from every angle.   If K & M are reading this - Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!  I love it!

It is Royal Albert, copyright 1975, Provincial Flowers, Pitcher Plant.  

Now my other black beauty won't be alone.

It too is Royal Albert, but that is all I know about it.   I searched it out before and didn't find any other information.   I purchased this one at a Antique and Collectables store in Seattle. 

If any of you have more info about it please share.  I'd like to know.  It is different from the 1975 patterns in that the saucer does not have a white middle, it is black. 

Happy "Tea" Day to all. 

John 1:16 (Amplified Bible)

For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift.

I am linking up with the following tea parties today:

Martha and Terri

Wanda Lee

Lady Katherine 

Sandi's 74th TeaTime Tuesday


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