Monday, August 26, 2013

Tea in the Library # 12

Tea would arrive, the cakes squatting on cushions of cream, toast in a melting shawl of butter, cups agleam and a faint wisp of steam rising from the teapot shawl.”

Monday, August 19, 2013

Liebster ? For Moi?

Imagine my surprise and delight!
Laura at Sunday View   choose me as one of her Leibster recipients! 
 I'm doubly flattered because Sunday View is on of my favorite blogs. 
  Laura designs for Oxford Press and if you have not seen her Tag Tuesday 
V is for Votive
 creations for the Alphabet tag series you need to! 
Y is for Yesteryear
Below is a link to one of my favorite Sunday View posts. It is one of  the most original and whimsical creations I've seen. 
I promise you will want to yell 'Brilliant!' Slap your forehead and shout, "Why didn't I think of that!" Squeal with delight, and possibly suffer a pang of jealousy because she is so darn talented. Having done all of the above, I am moving on to Copy Cat and planning a trip to Starbucks to gather supplies.  
You'll also want to visit  Laura's other recipient - expat Brittany - The Rococo Roamer . Besides great travel posts she creates the most delish items like the clutch below.
This beauty is  the prize in a give-away. Brittany is talented and generous.
Congratulations Brittany!

The Liebster award is a token of recognition that bloggers award to fellow bloggers who they think deserve more recognition. The German word, "Liebster," roughly translates to "Dearest." The guidelines of this award are as follows:

  • Thank the blogger who gave you the award and link back to them in your acceptance post!
  • Share 11 interesting things about yourself.  Don't be shy, and don't worry if they aren't relevant to the topic of your blog.  They aren't supposed to be!
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger who awarded you asked in their post.
  • Create your own set of 11 questions for the next recipients of the award.
  • Pass the award to some of your own favorite bloggers!  Each awardee should have less than 200 followers for their blog.
And now 11 things about me.
1. I have a Ghost Story.
2. A distant ancestress was accused of  sorcery and threatened with being burned as a witch.
3. I'm dyslexic.
4. I overcame agoraphobia.
5. My 5 minutes of fame occurred onstage with a local TV personality, The Ghoul, at a country club Halloween Party.
6. I fostered St. Bernard dogs.
7. I dated the drummer from one of Detroit's 10 Best Bands .
8. I first learned to ride a horse bareback, no bit. 
9. I was once reported as run away from home. Naked.  (I was neither. Swear.)
10. I once wrote for a local rag.
11. I studied creative writing with one of my states Poet Laureates.
Me and Bear - one of my foster buddies - fireside.

Places I party - hope to see you there!

Mod Mix Mondays@ Mod Vintage Life

 What's It Wednesday@ Ivy's and Elephants

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen 

Tea in the Library # 11


“While her lips talked culture, her heart was planning to invite him to tea”

Join me  at :

Tea in the Garden at Bernadine's Tea Time 

We'll be having a good time  at

Inspiration Monday @ I Should Be Mopping the Floors

Mod Mix Mondays@ Mod Vintage Life

 What's It Wednesday@ Ivy's and Elephants

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

And The Occasional Skunk

I should start by explaining that although I now live in a (for me) urban area  the yard is deep and has those things necessary for wildlife habitation; fresh water, natural food sources, shelter and space to raise young.

And the skunk is and always has been a skunk. It's visits last year were occasional which made it a novelty, it presence easier to accept, like a kid home from college, bag of dirty laundry in hand.  The skunk  was referred to as The Skunk until suddenly there were three of them.
  We hadn't seen The  Skunk for a few weeks, then, at dusk one summer evening last year there it was - leading babies from the neighbors back garden to the stream ithat runs through our yard.  At that point we began  to call them Stinky-Stinks-a-lot , Skunky-skunks-a-lot and Mom.

Stinky and Skunky have markings that  remind me of Guy Fieri's hairdo.
 During the next  months Mom and the babies  were constant visitors at the stream then rooting for grubs and any nuts, seeds and berries which might be found.

We watched their antics from the patio. Then as fall closed in, from a back window . 

Come winter the three were roly-poly with fat and their fur shiny. 'Sleep tight, see you in the Spring,' I murmured after the first snow and no little skunk prints decorated the ground.
This spring and summer has been full of heavy rains, heat waves and harried activity. The back garden  has been overrun with  power tools, noise and disarray. Occasionally, in the deepest part of night we'd 'get wind' of a skunk in the area  but no sightings. I hoped Mom, Skunky, and Stinky had survived the winter and told myself they were fine. Skunks will travel far afield and keep multiple dens.  

 Now  the screen house project is mostly finished.

There is less noisy activity in the back garden.  Just the drone of bees and the hum of ceiling fans.

He who fixes things installed a dimmer on the lights. Brilliant!
It is so pleasant to be mosquito free in the screen house.

The waterfall , the stream, the scent of summer flowers

 on a balmy summer day ...

Dragon flies give way to fireflies

 and after dinner conversation becomes a one-more-glass-of-wine  night.

  On one such  evening dusk turned to twilight then dark before we decided to go inside.

The slap of the screen door closing ... the crunch of river stone under foot as we made our way up the path...

The impression of movement made me stop and peer through the railing of the back porch  before climbing the stairs. 

I found myself nose to nose with Skunky Skunks-A-Lot who was peering through the railings at me!

 There are still tools to put away, lumber to store, landscaping to do...  Work will wait, summer will not ... let's barbeque! 
I made a quick about face and we quietly retreated halfway down the path and waited.   A moment later the patter of little paws on the porch stairs and Stinky and Skunky ambled down the stairs and rounded the corner of the house where they polished off Raggedy Tiger Cat's left over kibbles.  The tiny solar lights along the path gave enough light to confirm their distinctive markings. It may seem a silly thing to you, but my heart just feels lighter for having seen those two silly little critters ambling along together with their roly-poly gait.
I'll be linking with these fabulous parties this week. See you there! 

 What's It Wednesday@ Ivy's and Elephants

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen 
Create It Thursday @ Lambert's Lately

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tea in the Library #10

“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.”
William Ewart Gladstone
Join me at

Tea in the Garden at Bernadine's Tea Time 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Tea in the Library # 6

“In Ireland, you go to someone's house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you're really just fine. She asks if you're sure. You say of course you're sure, really, you don't need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don't need a ting. Well, she says then, I was going to get myself some anyway, so it would be no trouble. Ah, you say, well, if you were going to get yourself some, I wouldn't mind a spot of tea, at that, so long as it's no trouble and I can give you a hand in the kitchen. Then you go through the whole thing all over again until you both end up in the kitchen drinking tea and chatting.
In America, someone asks you if you want a cup of tea, you say no, and then you don't get any damned tea.
I liked the Irish way better.”  
C.E. Murphy, Urban Shaman    

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Tea in the Library # 9

 “Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.”
Kakuzō Okakura, The Book of Tea
Join me at

Princess Party Hats and Merry Go Round Cake Topper


Big or Small . . .
 Princesses rule our hearts!
And fill our lives with joy.
Naturally their birthday celebrations demand something special. 
 I dug out a package of party hats, a few sheets of scrapbook paper, assorted trims, and lots of glitter. 
(Dollar Tree sells Party Hats  8 or 10 to a pack. There are always a few in the Black Hole behind the lace panel)
After printing out a copy of the sheet below, I used pinking shears to cut out the words and sayings. A coating of glitter and they are set aside to dry while I covered the party hats with paper and embellished the hats to my heart content!
I just ordered more fringed tissue paper festooning. I seem to use a lot of that too! 

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 My  images were culled from my box of 'extras'. You can find  this and similar images at
EKDuncan  and The Graphics Fairy are two of the best (in my book) 'go to' sites for images that have been cleaned up and are ready to use.
This is one of those projects where more is definitely better. The gaudier I made them the more I liked them. I not sure how I'll display them yet - think it's to much to hope the Princess will wear one!  
My original plan was to make a menagerie carousel but ran out of time so that project has been set to the side. I did manage a small merry-go-round themed topper.
I used scraps of vintage cards and printed out
two copies each of the images below. These are from my own collection.  I layered the girls' dress and some other bits.
 Added a little sparkle to finish it off.

Love these jaunty little ducklings !

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My Blog Party Pick of the Week is
The Polka Dot Closet .
One look at the makeover highlighted below and I was slapping my forehead groaning, "Why didn't I think of that!"

I'm working my way through past posts and finding lots of good ideas and fabulous photos. Which is why The Polka Dot Closet is my Pick of the Week.

I'll be joining the following parties
Hope to see you there!

Inspiration Monday @ I Should Be Mopping the Floors

Mod Mix Mondays@ Mod Vintage Life

 What's It Wednesday@ Ivy's and Elephants

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen 
Create It Thursday @ Lambert's Lately