Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A FALL BUFFET for "Tea In The Garden"

I have been doing a lot of sewing these
 last couple of weeks - I am on a
 "tea cozy" roll if there
is such a thing.

Can a person get bored at home?  Not if
you are really wanting to learn new things
and if you love to bake or cook or sew or garden
or craft or read or have hobbies and
the list goes on and on.

We have enjoyed a wonderful summer
in Missouri!  I don't think it was as
hot as last summer - or else we are
just starting to get used to it!  But
with the arrival of Autumn this Friday - 
I decided to set up a fall buffet
down in the tea room.

I am sharing some of the latest
tea cozies I have been sewing.   Some years
back,  I was antiquing in Denver and found
 some small pieces of very old velvet.  They
 don't make fabric like this anymore. (see the
peach colored one)  I also had some very
old lace to embellish it with.

 I think I finally have the dimensions 
on the measurements figured out for a
 small 2-3 cup, and a standard 6 cup and a
 large 8 cup  teapot.  I think a standard
 6 cup is the most common size. 
 Want to way in on that? Remembering
of course that teacups are measured
by 6 oz - not 8 oz.

I am cutting up the old sections of
 old vintage crochet
 tablecloth.  It was badly stained in
places. It is underlined with
 gold fabric to support the crochet.
I also sewed a piece of
handmade lace on it.  All have
batting inside and lining:  

This one isn't for fall but I
am keeping it because I love,
love the Sunbonnet Ladies:

I hope you can join me today if you are
 a tea time blogger .  I probably will
switch my blog party back to "Friends
 Sharing Tea" soon.

I am linking at:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

OUT ON THE PATIO for "Tea In The Garden"

We have enjoyed a lovely summer in
 Missouri and now the nights are cooling off.  
Over labor day we made a quick trip to
Des Moines, Iowa but mostly this summer,
we just enjoyed being home.  Here is a little
tea table I set up for us outside by the Koi pond.

 I thought I'd share the teapot
 I found in Valley Junction in
West Des Moines.

It is called Canadian Rose by Royal Albert.

As you can see we have had very little rain lately!

I love that the robin's won't be
leaving for winter but the hummingbirds -
which have been so fun - will be going
south soon.

Miss Tabitha is especially proud of the foxgloves
she has been growing from seed this summer:

And now back to our tea on the patio.....

Here is a closer view
 of the

I have been learning to sew tea cozies and
this is one I made last week for myself - it
is on the teapot I showed you above.

I have been praying for all the people
who have experienced these tragic
hurricanes down south. 
 I hope you have too.

If you have a blog - I hope you can join me
 by posting something from your blog that
 is about tea time
by linking at the bottom.

I am sharing at:
Share Your Cup

Thursday, September 7, 2017


The exciting news is that Nancy at
 "Two Cottages and Tea" won the
 drawing for the Tasha Tudor
clipboard.  I will get that in the mail
 once she contacts me with an address! 
 Congratulations Nancy!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


We just returned today from a short trip to
 Des Moines, Iowa to visit family. 
 The weather has turned cooler
both here and there but I found
 flowers in our yard at home
for some
fun bouquets!  

My husband has allergies so rarely do I
have many flowers inside - these are
out on the porch entrance.

These green hydrangeas below
were in my Sister In Law's yard and
believe it or not - these were just a few of
the "little" ones she had.  Most were
 as big as watermelons and the biggest
I have ever seen before!

If you have not yet entered a comment
 to win the Tasha Tudor clipboard - this 
is last call as the drawing is tomorrow
in the post below!
I am sharing at:

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Monday, August 28 would have been 
Tasha Tudor's 102nd birthday.  She passed
away on June 18, 2008 just short of her
93rd birthday.  I am in a Facebook group
called "Take Peace" which celebrates
her all the time. 

In honor of Tasha, I have set a tea 
table upon the deck overlooking the
 back yard.  I am sure the thing I admire
 the most about Tasha
was her gardening skills
which I know has influenced
my love for gardening.

On Monday, I attended a special luncheon
given by Karen Mertens who is in the
"Take Peace" Tasha Tudor Facebook
group I participate in and it was a lovely
luncheon with tea and also a birthday cake
for Tasha - yes we sang Happy Birthday!

I first posted on this blog about Tasha 
back in 2009.  I already knew about her after
seeing an  1989 article in Country Home
 Magazine.  I remember when books came out
 in the early 90's "about her
  personally" and how everyone wanted to
read about this unique and creative
lady who handmade just about everything!
Since I sold the books in my shop, we
would just stand around and talk about her.

I had an employee years ago who
 moved to Washington State and retired
 there.   She joked that in her retirement she
 was going to become "Tasha Tudor"
 and of course
it was funny because she was not
 going to be doing that at all.

These books about her life are probably my favorites:

I am also sharing some tea cozies I

made for myself out of old vintage crochet
and linens.  I have had fun "figuring" this out
and it took me till the 3rd one to really
understand without a pattern. I have always
preferred these that draw up around the
teapot rather than the dome type that 
just sit over the teapot. 

 Have you
 ever noticed that there were so many different
shapes and sizes of teapots?  I do think that
 6 cup teapots are the most common size.  
Did you know that the term "cup" when 
referring to how many cups a teapot 
holds, is just measured by 6 oz - not 8 oz.
That's because a teacup is around 6 oz.
A 6 cup teapot would hold 36 ozs.

In honor of this celebration of
Tasha Tudor I am going to give
away this decoupaged clipboard in a
drawing September 7th.  If you are interested,
say so in your comment.  It would make
a lovely fall decoration. The artwork on 
this one is from "A Time to Keep" - November.
(due to shipping cost - drawing
 to USA and Canada)

Well, I hope you can join my "Tea In The Garden"
celebration today by sharing any post about tea
here at the bottom. (it doesn't have to be about
Tasha Tudor).  I will be taking a break from
this linky party next week September 6th!

I am sharing at:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea