Friday, January 24, 2014

Retail Therapy with Mom

 First things first ....
Thank you to Jann of Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson fame for kindly featuring my post Embracing Winter at Share Your Cup Thursday. To be featured at such a popular blog party is a real thrill!
  The thrift shop parking lot was packed, but my mom and I weren't in a hurry.  This day was all about spending time together and mooching through thrift shops and flea markets are some of our favorite mother/daughter activities.
I reeeaaalllly wanted this great fur muff! But not enough to pay fifty dollars for it.
Within a few minutes we had a prime spot by the door, and joined the line of shoppers entering the store. A sign taped to the door  proclaimed:

I felt my blood rise. The hunt was on.

I paid five dollars for the little pitcher and matching tray. I love the debonair Scotsman in his kilt and am a sucker for plaid.
Now, if you ask a man about a shopping expedition you'll get, "I bought a saw." If you ask a woman about a shopping expedition it will start with what  time she got up, 
Royal Standard  'Bonnie Scotland' Clan MacKay
 what she ate for breakfast that day, and a weather report(6a.m.. Oatmeal.  Cold, clear, and sunny ).  If you ask a blogger...Well. You don't need to ask a blogger, they'll just tell you, and  there will be pictures.  My first stop at the shop is
always the china isle. Optimism has me convinced that if I rescue the  gorgeous but saucer - less tea cup the Universe will lead me to it's mate.   Sometimes there is a second chance  at China Love with a mismatched but coordinating - in -my-eyes saucer .

Royal Chelsea English Bone China saucer & Tuscan Fine Bone China cup
And - Serendipity!  This same week Kathy @ the writers reverie took a whimsical look at tea cups that have been 'widowed' of their matching saucer in her post Tea Widows! (You will not want to miss it! )

Back at home in time for tea.
And home-baked Shortbread.
While looking for my heart shaped cookie cutter  I found these 'tarnished gold' hearts I picked up on  after Christmas clearance. I think they are a nice way to add a touch of Valentines Day to my winter decorations.
I'm not yet ready for candy box colors. Although, I found a nice selection of paper doilies
 at Dollar Tree.
And I have been sorting

 through some
Vintage Valentine Cards,
Don't forget to click to enlarge, then save. 
to share.

I hope you'll take a minute and check out my
 Picks of the Week
from some of the  Best Parties Ever.

 Teacup Tuesday @ Artful Affirmations

Tea time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen 
Where you will find these  and many more wonderful posts

Sally 's  Preppy Inspiration combined two of my favorite things - PLAID and vintage Preppy clothes.
 The vintage clothes made me think of all the pattern People images I've collected ....
I am continually inspired by Laura's Tag Tuesday posts. I'll be visiting Sunday View  looking for ideas to combine plaid, 60's  and Pattern People.   Check out her recent post First Samples for Pink Persimmon .
 Laura  is a constant inspiration and last weeks' Tag Tuesday is no exception. And if you are a Starbucks fan, check out  Starbucks Obsession  . Do you think I ever looked at a disposable coffee cup and thought, "Hey! Craft inspiration!" The answer is no. Not ever.  

Kitty @ Cozy Kitchen  inspired me  to make some yummy soup. AND Her recent post including pine cones  inspired me to think about a sprucing up with some seasonal d├ęcor featuring pine cones.   In fact I'm bidding pinecone plates like hers right now!
French Saxon Pine Cone
Well.  I did NOT  win the pine cone set! Much gnashing of teeth here!!!! And like salt in the wound here is Joann with a truly drool worthy A Pine Cone Tea Party  complete with a Pinecone service
her husband thrifted for her. 

 The Victorian Tailor's  post Paper Chain Garland reminded me that sometimes simple is better.

And last but not least, join Kathy at for a meeting of the Tea Widows . You'll leave with a smile!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tea in the Library # 24

‘What time is it?”
“Close on five.”
‘I must run like a hare. I’m supposed to be presiding at the tea table.’  - P.G. Wodehouse
Classic Shortbread recipe I used can be found here.

TUSCAN Fine English bone China

  Made in England
Inside rim


Please join me at these wonderful parties.

 Teacup Tuesday @ Artful Affirmations


Tea time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage 

Cottage Style Party @ Lavender Garden Cottage
Thank you to Deb
for featuring my post
Embracing Winter !

Pink Saturday@How Sweet the Sound

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Embracing Winter

 I am embracing Winter

For now I am content with the small pleasures to be found  organizing my office.
I  putter.
No deadline  beside Spring or my own inclination to set aside snowmen and pine boughs.

And why should I hurry the season? 
There is plenty of time for

And in the frosty season, when the sun
Was set, and visible for many a mile
The cottage windows blazed through twilight gloom,
I heeded not their summons;

happy time
It was indeed for all of us-

for me
It was a time of rapture! Clear and loud
The village clock tolled six- I wheeled about,
Web picture

Proud and exulting like an untried horse
That cares not for his home. All shod with steel,

We hissed along the polished ice in games -Wordsworth
 Chalkboard Printable I used   can be found at:

Everyday Home

Barb graciously allowed me to share this picture.

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Please Join me at some of the Best Parties Ever!
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen 
Where it is Time to Make the Donuts at

Cottage Style Party@Lavender garden Cottage
Where you will find an especially toothsome selection for your delectation

Inspired Sunday@Sunday View
Where inspiration is found and shared

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tea in the Library #23

I am
Content in my cozy craft room
fashioning my own snowstorm of tinsel snowflakes, 

making frosted  lanterns for tea lights,

enjoying some touches of winter white and pink...

  My Aynsley  teacup  enjoys a winter makeover...

This cup always makes me think of Jane Austen heroines

 “She stood by the tea-table in a light-colored muslin gown, which had a good deal of pink about it. She looked as if she was not attending to the conversation, but solely busy with the tea-cups, among which her round ivory hands moved with pretty, noiseless, daintiness.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South    

Have a Blessed Week
and don't forget to join me at some of the

 Best Parties Ever.

Tea time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage 
Where you won't want to miss Bernideen's
Winter Window

 Teacup Tuesday @ Artful Affirmations
Where you will enjoy visiting with Karen at her

Shabby Chic Shelley Tea

  Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen 
Where you will want to play - 'I'd buy that ' with