Monday, December 15, 2014


These are busy days - baking to do, decorating done but house needs to be cleaned for a guest.  As I prepare this post it is hurry, hurry, hurry.  I want to slow down and smell the roses or rather the Christmas Tree.  I took a few photos to share for Friends Sharing Tea and I hope you can join me for a moment and relax with your own cup of tea!  For me Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus God's only begotten Son:

The mantle is decorated as part of the celebration:  

While out on a buying trip for my shop, I found this little church which is also a music box that plays "Silent Night" clear as a bell. 

I have several old booklets with the Christmas Carols.  I am so sad that these have been removed from our public schools in America.  As a child, we sang them there.

Another collage:

I can't believe how fast the paper whites have bloomed -
 I planted them on Thanksgiving.  As you can see, this weekend we had just a sprinkling of snow outside.  I love it.

I hope you week is filled with the joy of the season!

Monday, December 8, 2014

SHARING CHRISTMAS for "Friends Sharing Tea"

I love the words to that song:
 "It"s the most wonderful time of the year"!

Today is my 100th posting of  "Friends Sharing Tea" which is my blog party each week from late fall through winter.

On the stand below left in the middle you will see an English Christmas Rose cup and saucer and 2 Japanese lusterware ones.  Holly doesn't grow here but I finally found some that wasn't already "fried" at the market.  

As a working person I am glad to see this decorating "happen" as I can only do so much each night over a week.  The little pillow above is a Beatrix Potter bargain I found last week.  I also found these 2 Lefton China Company hand painted vintage cups and saucers below:

When you have a shop it is important to work hard at Christmas but I can tell you it is very tiring so coming home to a happy place is always a retreat.  My snowlady is a Nicole Sayre design and many of my large angels are as well.  My husband made me the little two tiered tray to match the other snowman teaset pieces:

I hope my blogging friends will join me for this blog party by linking up below.  I will be joining:
Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Creating Christmas Link Party
And also....
Mosaic Monday with Judith
Home Sweet Home
Martha's Favorites Tea Cup Tuesday

An InLinkz Link-up

Sunday, December 7, 2014


This Christmas, I thought I would use my Old Country Roses china to set the dining room table....but then I found this toile tablecloth in an antique mall so that changed everything.  I also found an extra piece of fabric to make a few pillows which I haven't gotten done yet.  I think Old Country Roses with all the gold on it has a rather Victorian look.  These days I am feeling a little more casual style is I am at.

 Last Wednesday I went antiquing for my shop.  I found seven dark red transferware cups and saucers in three different patterns for myself. One of the patterns was Mason's "Vista", another was Enoch Woods "English Scenery" and the other was Copeland's "Spode's Tower" .    I know some of you collect these and I have to admit you have influenced me!  I will be watching for more pieces and I especially love the Copeland's "Spode's Tower".

Here is another one of the three tiered trays my husband made me:

This year I unloaded all my bone china English cups and saucers to set up a Christmas display in the armoire.  Many years back my dear Mother In Law gave me this pre-Berlin wall nativity which came from her Adoptive German parents.  Can you see those paper palm trees - very fragile.  About 5 pieces are at the "doll hospital" to be reworked as their composition seems to be breaking down.  

I love to change things in my house - how about you? 
 Well, for sure!!!

I hope you have fun decorating at your house.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

FINALLY......GETTING ON WITH CHRISTMAS for "Friends Sharing Tea"

Hello dear blogging friends and I hope you week is filled with the blessing of decorating for Christmas. 
 Work?  Yes, but so wonderful!  Always a work in progress too!

In the kitchen, the buffet has been one of my first projects and today for "Friends Sharing Tea" I am sharing 3 Christmas cups and saucers and also a 3 tiered Afternoon Tea Tray my husband recently made for me.  These two are Japanese of course.  I never collected the Japanese before but last year found these:

My husband has been making these Afternoon Tea Trays for my store and it has been a challenge learning how to do it!  It seems the transferware plates are the easiest to drill.  Some of you will remember the center plate which I shared last Christmas.

This Christmastime, I have the chromo lithograph on the wall over the buffet.  We found it at a flea market last year and I just love how it takes us away to a former era.  

I hope you can join my blog party for "Friends Sharing Tea" today by sharing a link at the bottom to any posting about tea time, collecting cups and saucers, baking or something tea related.  Please include a link to this post on yours!

I will also be joining other blog parties:
Tea Time Tuesday
Martha's Favorites
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
A Delightsome Life - A Return to Loveliness

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

LOVING EVERY SEASON for "Friends Sharing Tea"

When I think of how creative God was to design four totally unique seasons, I am just amazed.  I also know that we were created in His image and when I see how creative my blogging friends are with ideas and inspirations - I marvel!  Just about the time we start to get a little bored  with things - God moves us on to another season.  This week I was looking at my 1992 Victoria book "The Heart of Christmas".  This book would inspire your creativity for the holidays.

  I think I was ready for winter this week.  The last two nights it has been snowing  here in Colorado.  Fall is over.  Actually winter doesn't officially come until December 21st on the calendar but it is here in terms of the weather.

Please pour yourself a cup of tea in this Old Country Roses tea cup.  The chintz Old Colorado Roses pieces are items from the past and are English.  When this Victoria Book came out jewel tones and Victorian decorating were all the rage in the early 1990's.  Some of you will remember the way this buffet used to look before hubby painted it shabby chic Vintage White.

These past months, I have enjoyed my fall decorations but now it is time to pull things out for the Holidays!  Do you do the same thing every year or do you change things up a bit?  Don't you love it when you open some boxes of decorations and see something or several things that you found last year on sale and tucked there for this year?

If you are a tea blogger, I hope you can join in the fun here and share a post from your blog about tea time, baking, collecting tea cups or anything tea related about your home.  Just link at the bottom.

Of course I always enjoy joining other blogger friends for their blog parties as well:
Tea Time Tuesday With Sandi
Mosaic Monday With Judith
Martha's Tea Cup Tuesday