Saturday, February 25, 2017


Today I was treated like royalty by 2 other bloggers who have become wonderful friends.  Thank you
Gina and Janice who took me to the
Shady Gables Tea Room in Versailles, Mo as
part of a birthday celebration. (I had no
idea we were going here today)
Janice and I made a big decision that we
 will no longer celebrate "birthdays"
 but we will call it "Queen's Day"
from now on - no more birthdays!

When we arrived many cars were parked outside
and ladies were already enjoying Afternoon Tea.
Some sites on the way over:

And here we are at the tea room below and I take terrible pictures and am in total denial about how
old I am getting.  This is Gina in the red,
Janice in the pink and me in the sweater
with the roses.  These two gals are wonderful
people who I dearly love!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

THE VIOLETS ARE COMING for "Friends Sharing Tea"

One of the first flowers to appear in
the spring are little woodland violets!

Now that February is here, I couldn't 
wait to get out my violet cups and saucers
and since last year, I collected a few
new ones along the journey.

I sat up a little table in the kitchen.

I know I am so silly about these old
vintage doilies - yes I admit it!

This of course is a chocolate pot
 with the short stubby spout:

I think I counted 9 violet cups and saucers:

This one is unusual with roses also on it:

I hope you can join in my tea time blog
 party today - I did notice that today
 is my 150th "Friends Sharing Tea".
In the spring/summer this will
to "Tea In The Garden":

Monday, February 20, 2017


Just a brief post to share what I did with 2 more tins.  On the left is Beatrix Potter's art and Tasha Tudor's art on the right:

This little tin was a gift from Janice

I participate in some exchanges on Face Book
so I imagine I will save them for that.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


I am so excited to see the early signs of
bulbs popping out in my garden here in Missouri.
Last year the day we moved was
 March 17th arriving in the evening and
seeing  both the Pussywillow
out front and the Forsythia on the side of our
house were in full bloom.
  Earlier when we left Colorado that 
morning there was
 lots of snow on the ground.

In regard to spring coming - 
I learned there is an exchange for climates
 that have milder winter's and early springs.  
The exchange is that it will be much hotter
 and last longer at that in the

Lately I have been enjoying buying a few used books
here and there and one of the sites I found doesn't
charge shipping for over 3 books and the books are really reasonable.

I got a copy of "The Secret Garden" from
 1911 and it is a second printing.

I love books like this type too (above).
Some were clearly used library books - all
are used books of course.

I am using my Spode "Dubarry"
 pot today for tea.

And this Royal Albert cup and saucer:

I hope spring comes soon for you so
 you can
work in your "Secret Garden"!
I will be sharing my post at:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Home Sweet Home

Monday, February 13, 2017


Just a quick "Happy Valentines Day" greeting
to all of you who read this blog.  I did
want to share with you something I made
a month or so ago.  I participated in a
Valentine's Day Tasha Tudor Exchange
 in the Facebook "Take Peace" group and
 one of the things I sent my
 exchange partner was this:

I took an old tin and decoupaged it with some
music score, then pictures from Tasha Tudor's
book "A Time to Keep" and then an old
 Valentine.  After everything was coated
 several times,
I glued some brass findings on it and filled
it with seeds from my last summer's garden.

I also found this fun felt Valentine
decoration at an antique mall
in Boonville, Missouri - so I added a few
 vintage Valentines!