Monday, May 2, 2016


I am sure you are just like me and have your favorite blogs that you never miss!  I have many favorites and I am definitely a huge fan of Carolyn Aiken's "Aiken House and Garden's".  I thought you would be as happy as I am to see that she has been featured recently in the magazine "Romantic Country".  These photos are taken early in the morning today in my kitchen.

 This magazine was one of the few that didn't come through to my new address but I quickly got one at the grocery store.  There is so many details and places to contact when you move!

 I took a few photos myself of the article and why not have a cup of tea at the same time and enjoy seeing the Boathouse her husband and son built which she decorates as she moves through the seasons.

This week we got together with one of my former customers who came to my Colorado shop over the years.  We had her over for lunch as she lives here in Missouri and she brought us these lovely roses.  Her name is Mary Sandy and she is a "young" 88 years old who travels the world and enjoys life.  She was very excited to see my tea room and I look forward to serving her Afternoon Tea there!

I haven't traveled like many of you but if I did - Prince Edward Island would be on the top of my list - along with England of course!  I am sure the Anne of Green Gables series and the books by L. M. Montgomery have stirred a great interest in the beautiful island.

We all look forward to seeing Carolyn's upcoming garden.  Spring comes late to PEI but when it does it is full of color and longevity at the Aiken home!

I would also like to invite anyone who is interested in coming back on Friday for my "Tea In The Garden" Blog Party.  Any post on tea is welcomed!

  And this party today is very widespread and about just about anything so please join in below!

I will be sharing at other blogs as well:  Tuesday Cuppa Tea,
The Art of Homemaking Mondays, No Place Like Home, Let's Talk Vintage, Tea Cup Tuesday, Vintage Charm, Share Your Cup Thursday, The Charm of Home

Saturday, April 30, 2016


Well, there were wonderful postings of a great variety this week.  The first one was "A Day of Small Things" where Amy shared a great recipe for Madeleines:

And I am certainly not apposed to more than one cookie recipe!
#2 was Elizabeth at "The Daisy Fields" who shared a recipe for Daisy Cookies which with so much butter content are much like shortbread:

#3 was "Debbie-Dabble" who shared
 her Big Lots Garden Fairy finds:

#4 was from Rebeca at "Lincluden Cottage Life" and the beautiful kitchen she has created:

#5 was Dianne's blog "Deanie's Stash" where she shows items she
is selling and also her decisions on "what to keep"!

And #6 was "Christine's Home and Travel Adventures".  About the same time I moved, Christine also moved to Florida and she shares her creative way to have a guest room and work space!

Once again I say a special thanks to all of
 you who participated this week!

Friday, April 29, 2016

"TEA IN THE GARDEN" is back today!

One of the sayings I recall from my life
 journey is
 that "change is inevitable".  On March 17th we made our
final drive to our new home in Columbia, Missouri.  

Another change is that we now have a koi pond.  When we were here to close on our house January 29th, I could just barely see the fish on a cold day, way down in the bottom of the pond.  We stayed here 5 days and returned to a blizzard at our Colorado home. When we came back again on March 17th with our 2nd and last truck load, I thought the fish were gone.  I told my husband "I think someone took our fish".  After a week or two and  on a warm day - they reappeared.  I finally understood.  They go down in the deepest part of the pond when it is cold. 

 I also noticed that in some pictures I had seen on line (from the former owner) that there were lily pads. Who took those? Well, now that it is in the 60's to 70's everyday, guess what has reappeared?  At first I thought it was a purple leaf in the pond and I tried to net it but it was attached!  Hello - anyone home?

 Of course, I did not leave some things behind in my Colorado garden.   My Beatrix Potter style cast stone garden statuary were not getting left behind in Colorado.   I do think Jeremy Fisher loves his new spot near this pond.  What do you think? And his friends are close nearby.  We just dug out a huge bush that was blocking the view of the pond and I am much happier about that.  Also, I planted lily of the valley, daffodils, violas and violets as there were no flowers near the pond.

 In the summer it will be very hot and humid in Missouri.  I say that in case some of you thought we were going into this blindfolded. This is why I have been busy in the yard working and racing ahead of the hot summer weather.  I know some of you told me slow down.  The former owners had a few areas of flowers but not too much.  I did find one area that was rather hidden in the lower front yard and I have been stealing the flowers from there and moving them to the pond  location (peonies, Columbines, etc.)  I also brought a box full of things with me and they are all very happy here.

See this little bird inspecting the birdhouse today?  I have never heard a bird sing like this one!  Beautiful sounds are coming!  He or she spent the entire day going in and out with little pieces of this and that.  They sang to each other all day and it was beautiful!  Several have told me now that this is a House Wren.

The planting in my old birdbath now:

I hope you can join me today for my first "Tea In The Garden" for 2016 AND MY 94TH "Tea In The Garden" post since 2011!  The blog party below which is about tea in the garden, porch, patio or sun room. If you aren't physically able to get out - just set up a little tea vignette right inside.  You can use your post again if you had one from the Monday party that was also about tea! 

 Also, I wondered if Friday or Saturday would be a better day for this party??  Let me know your opinion please! Some years back I did call it "Tea In The Garden on Saturday".  Also, this blog party is so specialized - I encourage you to visit all the TEA IN THE GARDEN posts! No special features will appear - they are all special.  I realize that it is still winter weather where many of you are so you might like to link a PAST "Tea In The Garden". 

I did want you to see this view from my "Where I Create Room" as I showed you this room last week but not the view outside from the room:

Can you imagine sewing here?  I think I'm in heaven!

Also sharing at:  Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Saturday Showoff

Monday, April 25, 2016


I have to tell you we have stayed focused lately and we are pretty tired of work - work and more work for the last month.  You know moving is a horrific job so it was time for a few breaks.  Last Tuesday we had to drive toward Kansas City, Missouri area to buy a new lawn mower so we stopped at Grain Valley and went to the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall. 

 I found a few treasures there such as the lovely
 set of English rosebud plates 8 for $20.00 (seen above
with pieces I already had)

 I found a sweet little teapot like the bigger
 "Friendship" one given to me by my friend Kathilee! 
 I'm wondering if they made one for the little 
blonde too?  I will
sure be looking won't I!

 I also found a cookie plate (the one at the top) and a lovely old tin with handles.  Later in the week we went to a church yard sale where I found the darling glass basket vase.

Love the tin:

Here is the basket from the church sale:

I am joining other blogs parties today too:

   Also, I am inviting all you tea party lovers to join me this Friday for my first "Tea In The Garden" for 2016 season.  I know it will be great fun.  Those of you who participated before know it is about posting a tea in the garden, patio, deck, porch or sun room.  Also, not everyone is physically able to set up tea in a garden - so really you are welcomed to share your little tea time 
wherever it takes place
Here is my old old logo which you are 
welcomed to take and I will work on a new one.

This party today is about just about anything -
 see at the bottom here to see what I mean:

Saturday, April 23, 2016


Hello dear friends and welcome. 
 Here are the special featured blogs from the Monday party:

The first one was Mimi at "A Tray of Bliss" who
 shared the 
French inspired pillowcases she made:

#2 was Racheld at "Lawn Tea" who shared something very fun - vintage Po Folks Callin' Card boxes:

#3 was Janice at "Curtains In My Tree" who shared a great spoon holder she painted and displayed her spoons very uniquely:

#4 was the colorful and fun handmade
 crochet blanket shared at "Handmade By Amalia":

#5 was something delicious we will love - Baked Pesto chicken by Cathy at "My 1929 Charmer":

And last not not least - Johanna at "Silber Und Rosen"  from Germany was #6 sharing her decorating ideas with an asparagus theme - and even a delicious recipe:

Thank you all for participating and have a great weekend!  I hope to see you back on Monday.