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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...

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