Sunday, April 19, 2015


Today we went for a ride south down to Pueblo, Colorado.  We drove by the 37 room mansion built in 1893 which was the home of John A. and Margaret Thatcher.  I took a couple photos to share and will let you know they serve Afternoon Tea in the Carriage House for special events several times a year.

The home (museum) was not open to visitors today.

Here is the carriage house where teas are held:  the next tea is a Madhatter Tea coming up.

Rosemount Mad Hatter Tea Party: will be held on Sunday, May 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Carriage House Restaurant at Rosemount. Cost is $30 per person and all proceeds will benefit the museum. The Mad Hatter will be on hand and a "Best Hat" contest will be held. There will be door prizes. For more information contact the museum at  1-719-545-5290. This would make a great Mother's Day gift!

After noting how lush and green these photos are, I thought I better mention it is 10 degrees warmer in Pueblo than where I live and springtime was definitely advanced here.  Last night it even snowed a little during the night where I live!

Monday, April 13, 2015

A PASSION FOR PANSIES for "Friends Sharing Tea"

I've never met anyone who didn't like pansies.

Every spring I look forward to their arrival and
 I'm quite sure you do too!

Today is "Friends Sharing Tea" and I am glad you
 joined me as I am sharing a few Pansy teatime things.

This is one of the Afternoon Tea Trays my 
 had made for me:

I love tea strainers and different gadgets
 and find them entertaining!

These two teapots are newer from China.  I have never found a vintage English one yet. I gravitate to vintage things. I love the look of something old, worn and I never let crazing stop me.  Do you know what crazing is?  All those tiny crackling marks on a really old teapot are crazing.  It means it was loved!  

These two cups and saucers are English:

I would like to thank each of you who participate in my blog party.  I recently realized that sometimes I have left comments on participants blogs but clicked the "sign out" button at the end so you never got the comment.  I guess it is not good to leave comments when one is tired and not so alert.

I also share at other parties:

Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Home Sweet Home
Sandi at Tea Time Tuesday will not be having her party this week due to a death in her family.  Please keep her in our prayers.

Monday, April 6, 2015


When I started blogging years ago it was to share my passion for collecting tea cups, tea pots, my love for tea time, decorating,  gardening, collecting vintage linens and baking/cooking. How's that for a list?

When I look back to 2009 and the years after that,  I can see I have sold many of the things I used to own and my collecting and decorating style has become more "cottage" and less Victorian.  It seems to be where I am at in life.  Thanks to my husband, many of the dark things in my house have been painted shabby chic.

 I would love to bake something and present it each week on my blog but I never seem to have the time that is needed. .  Because I love to bake and cook I do look forward to retirement when I will truly be doing more of that.  As you can see, collecting vintage linens and crochet is one thing I do get done:

Today I am just sharing some random photos of things I collect. What teatime things do you collect?  I do hope you will share that with us below and link a post from your blog!

I will also be sharing at these parties:
Mosaic Monday
Tea Time Tuesday
Tea Cup Tuesday
A Return to Loveliness
Tuesday Cuppa Tea

I have a passion for English Bone China but you know sometimes the quirky Japanese pieces are just plain fun!

Monday, March 30, 2015

EASTER TABLE for "Friends Sharing Tea"

Springtime doesn't come everywhere at the same time.  Sometimes it arrives in Colorado and then seems to go away.  Last year it snowed on Mother's Day.  I had planted some foxgloves as I do love them and had to put boxes over the tops of them.  Yes, it worked.  Who knows what this year holds in store!  This morning I am sharing some Easter decorations for Friends Sharing Tea.

Spring is just the right time for all the pretty pastel things and Easter time items.  

I would like to share that I met another blogger on Saturday who came into my shop.  It was Deborah Montgomery from 
 The Beautiful Matters and it was delightful to meet her!

I apologize for being on the run this morning and 
not being terribly wordy:

I am sharing a new topper with this fun tulip embroidery which looks like something made in the l960's.  I am also sharing assorted teacups in spring colors.

Please forgive me for using roses instead of tulips which would
 have been better but these were only $1.95:

I hope you will join me for "Friends Sharing Tea".  I will be joining these other parties:
Tea Time Tuesday
A Return to Loveliness
Tea Cup Tuesday
Mosaic Monday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea