Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A SNOWLADY TEA for "Friends Sharing Tea"

This time of year I always enjoy 
seeing the Snow Lady have 
a special tea time:


I have to say, as we move closer
to Christmas, that I do
 miss the
snow of Colorado!



Downstairs in front of the
sliding glass I set up her
table with some Sugar
Cookies that she loves!
She has invited Mrs. Foxie too.




What would Christmastime
be without Sugar Cookies?
I made these last night using
smaller cookie cutters.




Here is the simple recipe which most
of you no doubt already use: (I wanted
small cookies with definition to them
so I left out the tartar and soda
so they would be flatter.)



RECIPE: 1 cup butter, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 cups
sugar, 3 eggs, 3 1/2 cups sifted
flour, ***2 tsp cream of tartar and 
***1 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp salt

Cream the butter and vanilla, add sugar gradually till
fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time and beat after each.  Sift
dry ingredients together.  Add this to the creamy mix.  Chill 3-4 hours.   Roll on floured surface and cut out with cookie
cutters  Bake on ungreased sheet 375 degrees for about 8 minutes.

When cool decorate with icing:  mix 1 cup of confectioners
sugar with 1 egg white and several drops of desired food coloring.  You can make up several colors in containers for variety.  Spread
over cookie and add sprinkles of choice.

You don't have to buy expensive colored sugar - just put some sugar in a carton
add food color of choice and shake.  I keep it in recycled plastic pieces with the little holes
in the top for shaking out. 


If you are interested in a Sugar Cookie
that is moist, here is another recipe: 
 Click here! I have made these
before to and they are very moist.

I will be sharing this post here:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
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Monday, December 4, 2017

CHRISTMAS IN THE DOWNSTAIRS TEA ROOM


Before we go down to the tea room
let me greet you with this
outdoor "Noel"!


And share some toile pillows I sewed
last Saturday from an old raspberry
 colored toile tablecloth.


And now we go downstairs:


Miss Snow Lady is patiently
waiting for me to set up a
special table for her!






I try to be serious but whimsy
always seems to win out!






Right now there are a few projects
taking place in the tea room....




Sunday, December 3, 2017

CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR IN BOONVILLE, MISSOURI

Yesterday was a lovely day to take a
Christmas Home Tour in Boonville - 
not far away! My friend Gina had
invited me to go with her and we
had a lovely day:



I may be in big trouble for this photo
above which shows Gina in front
of a darling garden house we saw.

So here are some of the homes:


The little yellow cottage above was
 not on
the tour but I adore it!


The house below had 100 Christmas
trees in it - amazing!


We would have loved to do Afternoon
 Tea at the High Street Victorian Bed
and Breakfast but we did not have
a reservation and they were full:


The ladies at First Presbyterian did
serve a lovely soup and sandwich
luncheon and we admired their
stained glass windows:

 After lunch we went on to more homes:

At the DAR home we voted on our favorite
Christmas tree and this was my choice: 

 This darling shop is
always a favorite stop
and the owner is Glenna
with her daughter Kate:


Saturday, December 2, 2017

MY THIRD POST WITH CHRISTMAS DECOR


I took plenty of photos to do
 several
posts on Christmas decor:


This was a sweet little tin I found
a while back - the artist is Alan Maley:


A little area off our kitchen
I call my Victorian parlor:





 Well - that's it for today! 
 I love getting it
all out- how about you?

Friday, December 1, 2017

SEEING THE POSSIBILITY

When I closed my Colorado shop
 back in 2015 I had some designer 
Costume jewelry left and I have been
 looking for something I could put it in 
that could have a lock on to sell it
 at my Midway Antique Mall booth. 


Recently at an auction I saw this old
1950's style china - ugly and weird but
with promise! (it was $ cheap) Sorry 
I didn't get an earlier photo 
before Keith removed the legs
and started painting it shabby chic.
The legs were very short so it wasn't 
very tall.




  
As you can see, he sat it on top
 and secured it to a little table with
 sturdy legs.  It was very low to the
 floor before.   The actual case is
 narrow with 2 glass sliding doors
 on the front and 5 glass shelves.


Do you have time to read my funny story?

My story goes like this:  while we were at this auction my husband got called into his part time "work" (he drives and picks up cars for a dealership and is one of those courtesy drivers like you've seen retirees do)  I really wanted this piece so I took him to work and went back just in time to get it.  But how was I going to load it all by myself with a bad knee?  I just had to do it that's how!  I got a dolly and loaded it as it was not heavy.  Right as I was figuring out how to get it in my car along came this "cowboy rough type" who is loud and aggressive.  He demanded that he help me and jumped up in our Honda to pull it in.  Of course the 2 glass front doors fell all the way into the case - of course they did!  Oh brother!  But the miracle was that they did not break - can you imagine?  An experience I shall never forget!


A few more photos:





So if you are traveling between St. Louis
 and Kansas City on I-70 - stop at 
Midway and check out my booth
 which has Sweet Romance, Kenny Ma
 and 
Michal Negrin costume jewelry.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

DECORATING WITH ANGELS


With the tree up - it's time to
pull out all the other
decorations for Christmas!




I love, love my Nicole Sayre angels!


I imagine they are my favorite
Christmas decorations.


I love getting out the red transferware
I started collecting a few years back:


I am keeping one tureen but selling
one in my booth at Midway.


Hope your week goes splendidly!