Thursday, February 27, 2014

PLAYING WITH ROSES

I ran in the market for some things for dinner and spotted the reduced floral section with some roses:





I am working on projects in every
 direction as I sew at home today.



While at the market I picked up a copy of "Where Women Create" and there was a feature on JUNE from Laughing With Angels.  You need to see it of course!  This is lovely!






Hope your day is lovely!



I will be sharing at:

Monday, February 24, 2014

TRYING NOT TO HURRY SPRING for "Friends Sharing Tea"


Here in Colorado I know how winter works.  It will be here for quite a while.  Actually, many of you will be showing daffodils and tulips in your gardens and we will still have snow coming so I must be prepared for that.   First I want to show you the Hawks that were sitting behind  our house  yesterday morning - watching the squirrels.  As you can see it was foggy in the morning and they live just a few trees down way up above the green belt.



This was the other one below and they sat there for an hour watching the squirrels and I was surprised they didn't go for one.


I am a person who gets rather restless in winter but I have found that a good way to cope is have plenty of books on hand and also spend time learning new things.  This winter I have done quite a bit of sewing which I have shared on this blog.  I brought home some boxes to reorganize my sewing so I could find things better.  I love things organized.  Will you join me here for a cup of tea? I have an old vintage topper here on my kitchen table to share:


I have a lot of reading going on at one time as I have been reading "A Fine Romance" by Susan Branch.  At times I can hardly put it down but have to remember I have work to do so it is taking me a while to read it! I think she has delightful personality which brings great fun to the book.  I love it that she is so down to earth, friendly and practical.





 I also got a copy of the "Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook" for my birthday which is also delightful.  There are no pictures but the information is very interesting if you are a Downton Abbey Fan.  If you have been watching PBS you are now through the entire season 4.  Now we wait and wait and wait!




It's time for "Friends Sharing Tea" which means that I would love to have you join me by posting something from your blog about tea and linking here at the bottom and including a link to me on your posting.  I hope you week is splendid.

The third person to link below is KITTY AT KITTY'S KOZY KITCHEN and she turned 65 today 2-24-2014.  Please go wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY as she loss her husband a while back and is facing this birthday without him!  Thank you!



Saturday, February 22, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

TEA CUP WREATHS

From time to time over the years I have made tea cup wreaths for my shop.  I have been making them this week so I thought I'd share a few.  This is a nice way to use a cup which has lost its saucer.  It seems like we all have some!  Also, you can use creamers and lidless sugar bowls!



I really don't like the look of slat board but is is helpful in a shop where you are constantly hanging things on the walls.







Have a great weekend.  I will be sharing this post at:
HOME with Sandi
HOME AND GARDEN THURSDAY with Kathy

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014

WINTERTIME IS PERFECT FOR SEWING

During all these snowy days - I've been getting some sewing done. I'm not all that crazy about being down in the basement but at least no one sees the mess.  I have been making purses and tote bags for my shop:



Hope your weekend is lovely!

Monday, February 10, 2014

ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR for "Friends Sharing Tea"


Welcome to Friends Sharing Tea and welcome to the week of Valentines Day.  For some reason I always go full speed ahead with WHIMSY when it comes to Valentines Day decorations:






I have to imagine it has to do with with trying to find some visual entertainment here in our long cold winter!  The buffet has been taken over by whimsy for sure!  The dining room remains a little calmer:








I made a comment on my blog that I tend to get bored this time of year - maybe restless is a better word because we can't be out in our gardens!  Or some of you may miss camping, hiking and using your barbecue.






Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage HEARTS AND FLOWERS TEA is also have a special tea blog party so please visit her:




I am also sharing this post at: A Delightsome Life At Return to LovelinessTea Cup Tuesday with Martha and Tea Cup Tuesday With Terri too! Also Tuesday Cuppa Tea With Ruth

  I am hoping you tea bloggers will join me by linking below and presenting your post from your blog.  And it would be nice if you would include me in a link on your blog as well!  I am so glad to see others of you who have this tea set or parts of it as it is such fun.



Friday, February 7, 2014

MY VINTAGE PRAIRIE PURSES

Are you doing any sewing this winter?  I decided to sew some purses for my shop this week using old fabrics I have picked up while antiquing.  Vintage textiles have so much more character and I love the old doilies, vintage hankies, embroidery and buttons which can be used to embellish them.  My husband thinks I've lost it because as I am sewing I am listening on the radio to COWBOY MUSIC!  Therefore - these are VINTAGE PRAIRIE PURSES!





Since I am making up my own pattern, my first purse (just above) came out rather large.  Actually I think "bigger ladies" look better with bigger purses!  I just need a bigger lady!  The one below was really a better size in general and so this size will be the one I will make from now on.   I have a passion for these pansy doilies.

 It is very cold here and has snowed almost every day this week.  Now it is starting the melt a bit so it is a perfect time to sew.  Now the little smaller but still big size below:




One example of old fabrics that are unique are old drapery panels that are still in great shape.  Also, old bed covers are lovely fabric sources for cutting up.  This pink fabric is an old bed cover and I have lots of it to cut up so I made 2 out of the pink.  Yes, that's a potholder on the front - from the flea market!





I have to tell you I am as guilty as anyone about collecting things for sewing and I am well aware that is the easy part. Do you have lots of fabric, etc. just waiting for something to happen!  Maybe the "sewing fairy" will come tonight while you are sleeping. When you are taking the old pieces and creating something out of them means you are finally getting down to business!  It was time to make a bunch of purses  with my collection of fabrics, doilies, hankies, old buttons and linens.  I will be selling most of these - but keeping 2. I wish I had more done but these take longer to make than a simple tote and are lined with inside storage pockets.   One more out of old chintz: 


 And the back side of all of them:


 Actually - once you get started and make one thing you feel so much better and baby YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY!


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR for February 11 Blog Party


Don't miss out on the fun...make plans now to post a special Valentine Tea for Friends Sharing Tea next Tuesday.  Would love to see what you design for this special tea!  Feel Free to copy this "invitation" below for your blog!




Also: my friend Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage is having a tea as well and we shall be joining her.

Monday, February 3, 2014

KEEPING COZY WHILE READING "A FINE ROMANCE" for Friends Sharing Tea


I don't know about you but with all this snow I would love nothing better than a big stack of cookbooks, magazines, etc and lots of time on my hands to pursue and waste away hours and hours dreaming through the pages.  Actually this just isn't my life. I don't have a lot of time to relax.  After hearing about a book others have read I had to find one. (I had sold her cookbooks in my shop for years.)   I am referring to Susan Branch's book and the fact that I just picked my ordered copy up last evening: "A Fine Romance". Today is "Friends Sharing Tea" so I want to share this book too. You would love it and wintertime is the perfect time for a good read. 





  Not every room in my house is full of teapots,  Our den is actually the one more masculine room.  I have a new teacup and saucer and it is English Elizabethan.  The colors are yellow and blue with lots of gold.






A leather sofa separates the kitchen from the den. My tea cabinet is armed and ready there as I do my reading.  I am already on page 85 in Susan's book! 



I have not been to England but doesn't everyone have a right to dream of going there? I know many of you have been there.  Susan takes us there in this book and journals each day with her artwork.  And she loves Beatrix Potter and anyone who reads this blog regularly knows I have a Beatrix Potter Cottage Garden in my backyard here in Colorado. My new Windows 8.1 takes my photos and does its own auto collage thing making a composition so I just picked 7 of my garden photos and here is what it did:



 Susan has done a wonderful job of honoring Beatrix while she herself is a lot like Beatrix.  I started my garden in the summer of 2008.  It has been a work in progress by a "working person" and in the summer I come home and work outside until I can't see in the dark.


Many of you love your gardens like I do:



Peter Rabbit would love Susan Branch's book about England:



I think Jemima Puddleduck would love it too:


And did I forget Jeremy Fisher?


I hate to be rude but I've got some reading to do if I'm going to catch up with my friends who have already finished this book. 

I will be sharing this post with these parties:
Tea Time Tuesday
A Return To Loveliness
Tea Cup Tuesday With Terri
And also with Martha.....
Cottage Style Party





 Today is "Friends sharing Tea so I invite all bloggers to share something from your blog about TEA by linking up below.  
Do you bake?  - I love it when people share some baking too!  It's nice of you include a link to this blog on your post.