Tuesday, September 16, 2014


This is the time of year I find myself having Tea In The Garden and some days in the house!  Today's "Tea In the Garden" had to go to the house:

It seems we are passing through September so quickly and October will be here soon.  Some of you may have a copy of this book "The Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady" which features sketches and journal entries by Edith Holden.

I have also been enjoying the recipes in the 10th anniversary edition of Susan Branch's cookbook called "Autumn".  If you love comfort food this cookbook is wonderful for featuring Farmhouse Biscuits and Iowa Corn Bread and homemade cranberry sauce - not to mention Gingerbread Cake and Cranberry Apple Crisp.  Are you hungry yet?

Because of such cool nights, we have a  few leaves beginning to turn here.  We haven't had a frost yet and I know that is what really makes the big difference.

As you can see I love the colors of fall and I have fun (like most of you) pulling out things that celebrate the season.  Last year I found this old transferware plate that I couldn't pass up.

I hope you can join me below by linking something related to tea time for this blog party.

Tuesday Cuppa Tea

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I do need to say that I will be taking a break from blogging next week - so there will be NO BLOG PARTY NEXT WEEK!

Monday, September 15, 2014


Yesterday the weather was lovely and we decided to go up into the mountains west of Denver to Idaho Springs and Georgetown, Colorado.  First stop was Idaho Springs:

Old mining towns line the interstate and now attract tourists evading the fast pace and looking for a slowdown.

Most of these old towns have buildings now used for 
 shops and restaurants:

Of course there are always old Victorian houses:

This photo below was taken from our moving car on the interstate:

The next stop was our main designation:  Georgetown, Colorado where the movie "The Christmas Gift" with John Denver was filmed many years ago.  This little town is my favorite place in Colorado because I love that Christmas movie.

Georgetown is a small town with Victorian houses with the lovely "Clear Creek" winding through town:

Of course - I always look for this house where John Denver who portrayed an architect sent to Georgetown by his boss to see about developing the town  visited Susan McMillan who worked at the local post office.

Below is the hotel where John Denver stayed with Aunt Henny and her brother Buzz who ran the Busy Bee Cab Company:

The post office where Susan worked:

This cold stream rushes all through the town:

 Another tiny town where we stopped for a couple minutes - Empire, Colorado:

And a past post on Georgetown can be found HERE!  The second issue of Victoria (if you have old copies) was a feature on Georgetown. If you ever see the movie it is wonderful!
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A Delightsome Life

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

TEA IN THE GARDEN with the Sunbonnet Ladies

Hello blogging friends and welcome to Tea In The Garden.  I have heard some different names for vintage ladies that are embroidered on old linens: sunbonnet ladies, crinoline ladies, etc.  I have a definite passion for them!  Last week I sewed a piece using different linens that fits on my bench and it would also fit on a deep mantle to form a large scarf.

As you can see I put the biggest lady in the center as focal point:

I also recently found a fun apron someone had embroidered but never finished. 
 All I had to do was sew on the pockets.

I brought along Susan Branch's book to share with 
you and my Tasha Tudor Cookbook:

Our nights have turned quite cool and we have had more
 rain than usual all summer here so that is nice.  

Here is a close up of the apron:

As you can see, I have some tea towels
 and runners with Sun Bonnet Ladies:

I also have 3 cups and saucers with the ladies on gold filligree backgrounds.
  Perhaps you have seen some of these from the 1930's - 1940's?

Please pour yourself a cup of tea!

If you are a blogger I hope you will join in the fun by linking something about tea time, collecting cups and saucers, teapots, baking, vintage linens, etc.  Just link here at the bottom of this post!
I will also be sharing my posts at these other blog parties:
Tea Time Tuesday
A Return to Loveliness
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tuesday Garden Party
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Share Your Cup Thursday

Friday, September 5, 2014


The problem with pulling out fall is where do you stop.  After doing my buffet my picture of roses on the wall just didn't work.  Also, some of the rose plates had to go till this season is over.

I also decided I need to put more of the shabby 
chic pumpkins I made last year on the buffet:

So I had to change that picture that is usually above with the roses and in the den I found this card 
which was in a frame that had the right colors. 
 I also switched some plates for the fall season:

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


One of the things I have been trying to figure out is how to marry shabby chic pink with fall colors.  I have a buffet in my kitchen and since last year I picked up some of those fun English and Japanese Cottage tea time pieces:

The center piece is an English lidded biscuit box without it's handle and at the right is a Kensington Price English teapot.  The one on the left above is from Japan.  I didn't pay much for any although I have seen some that were very expensive so I passed them buy.  In order to make this work - I had to change some of those plates on the wall and I need to hunt for a more fallish picture to replace my pink rose picture that I am hiding here.

I am using lots of beige lacey doilies in various shades.

Some fall looking cups and saucers:

Lastly, I'm sharing my funny Pumpkin Lady I found at a bargain price while antiquing.  She was made in Italy for Neiman Marcus.

The one from Japan here below:

I hope you have fun decorating for fall too!

I am sharing this post at:
Home Sweet Home
Home and Garden Thursday