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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tea in the Library #65



He led the way onto a small glazed-in verandah where there were chairs and a table or two. The autumn sun fell pleasantly upon his retreat.

“What shall I get you?” said Spense. “No fancy stuff here, I’m afraid. No black currant or rose hip syrup or any of your patent things. Beer? Or shall I get Elspeth to make you a cup of tea?”
-    Hallowe’en Party, Agatha Christie




Have a Blessed Week!
Susan

Check out my Autumn themed Picks of the Week

Pick of the Week- Saturday Show Off - Hakan

Rose Garden

 Picks of the Week - Ivy & Elephants -Ornate Splendor

Autumn Splendor

Picks of the Week- Submarine Sunday - Debbie-Dabble Elegant Autumn Tree - Fall Home Tour
Elegant Autumn Tree
Picks of the Week - Ivy & Elephants

 I planned to buy some frozen  pie crusts for the holidays so I have the pleasure of putting together some great desserts with a minimum of  mess and effort.

But, after reading Annie's post I am FINALLY going to tackle making pie crust in the food processor so I can have home made pie crusts.
And this lovely plum and nectarine tart deserves a home made crust don't you think? Aren't the colors perfect for an Autumn tea?

Annie Standing of Annie's Noms
This Plum and Nectarine Tart may look fancy, but it's SO easy to make! Especially with my fool proof pie crust!
Plum and Nectarine Tart

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tea in the Library #64



 
When the frosty kiss of Autumn in the dark
Makes its mark
On the flowers, and the misty morning grieves
Over fallen leaves;
Then my olden garden, where the golden soil
Through the toil
Of a hundred years is mellow, rich, and deep,
Whispers in its sleep. -Henry Van Dyke



Happy Autumnal Equinox! 
12 hours of daylight 12 hours of night

Have a Blessed Week!
Susan

The  photos were shared on a previous post, Highland Plaid Tea



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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Summery Day Tea on the Veranda


Tea is ready. Come join me on the veranda.



 Although the temperatures feel like August, the calendar confirms we are near the tipping point. In a few days the year will spill over into Fall.

 This spot is as informal as can be.
Make yourself comfortable. Damp bathing suits welcome!




 This (ahem) crystal mushroom is lit from within by a battery tea light.
 So that is where I left my readers! 
  A tomato straight from the vine.

Hot tea is always refreshing. 
 Today we are having Orange Pekoe.
Help yourself to the Stella D'oro breakfast treats 
in the doily topped jar.
 A lovely yellow bird presides over the tea pot.

Here is his image .
The Glitter Houses in the 
background are a project
in the works.
This pretty Noritake china  cup
 is my newest addition. 

There is something in your cup?
Shoo Pink Fairy! Back to the garden!
Pink Butterfly images can be found online. I adjusted an image to suit my needs using paint.net, a free program for Windows. The little girl image is part of a download I purchased form Altered Artifacts a few years ago.

I hope Summer has been kind to you.
See you in Autumn!
 Susan

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hit or Miss? My Front Porch


How I imagine spiffing up the front porch after 20 minutes on Pinterest...

 Get Into The Seasonal Spirit – 15 Fall Front Door D├ęcor Ideas:




 What I actually do ...


Kinda falls flat, right? Well I guess I have some tweaking to do!



















 Here is a close up of the wreath. It is the  basic burlap wreath I made for summer but apparently never took its picture. Anyway. I removed the patriotic elements and added a bow using 2 types of ribbon, a plaid and a shimmer orange. Don't you love all the decor using monograms? Me too. The B is for the Hub's last name.


 Since I've been loving front porch decor using ladders and chairs I knew I was going to incorporate one of those elements. I have these two small primitive ladders . I thought I'd build around them. Use what you've got, right?


 Hubs laughed at it and could not tell the little burlap critters are owls.





















 I thought it was charming.



















 Maybe more mesh ribbon to make it pop?


 Hubs keep giggling. Humph!


















Maybe a few more mums? Sigh. Still to hot for pumpkins....
I guess this is still a work in progress!


















I added some purple asters to the herb garden. It wasn't until I looked 
at this picture I could tell I used 2 different color mulches.So I guess it wasn't my
most successful creative endeavor.

Well. I am at a loss. What now? Any suggestions? 
(Hubs is saying drag that thing into the back and hide it in the patio house.) 

I was inspired by Julie's lovely front porch. 
Visit Renaissance Mermaid 
where  you can find Autumn Emerging on the Porch
You'll be glad you did!

Autumn Emerging on the Porch

Check out  my Free Range Picks of the Week 
Twenty-three FREE printables and inspiring vignettes to show you how to use them in your home!:
the chroniclesofhome


















 - 23 free fall printables - all awesome. I chose to download this lovely doorway picture created by Rachel at 16 Shades of Blue. I took a few minutes to visit with Rachel and check out some of her home and furniture projects. This lady has great taste. I'm her newest fan.

 http://www.shadesofblueinteriors.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/FallPrintable62.jpg
16 Shades of Blue -23 Autumn images to download for free


 How festive is this?  I may just copy Miss Copy Kat's wreath.
 how to make a spiral deco mesh wreath
Miss Copy Kat

Have a great week! 
Susan 

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 Did you catch this recent post Snippets of Fall? by Jann
 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Still Summer

 We are still summer is all I can say.


The bumper crop of lavender has us all a buzz.
One Fish, Two Fish. They spend the day blowing bubbles and racing around the pond. They lurk amid the water cabbage waiting for an unsuspecting mosquito. 
 

 Cinnamon fern add a nice bit of texture.And every morning a new water hyacinth is in bloom.

The summer annuals have fizzled out. To hot for chrysanthemums, I dump the planters with water and put the over abundance of water plants to good use. Everywhere you look there are tubs or urns or planters filled with water hyacinths.


Family picnics have netted us fresh eggs,


and original artwork along with memories.
There can't be many more of these 
feels-like-I-am- baking -in-an-oven
to-hot-for-anything -but-the-pool days left to this summer. 
So forgive me if I grab a paperback, a glass of iced tea and my shades.
 It will be Autumn soon enough.

Have a blessed week!
Susan


P.S. -  
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