Friday, December 9, 2016

Time for Tea

As I sit here working on my next and final book on tea, it is time for tea.
Dreaming of walking by the sea or floating on a little boat sipping and nibbling.
The boat in the picture I made as a young girl.
It is a bit tattered, but still holds my Banana Sushi.
Have you made Banana Sushi for tea time with a little one?
It is a delight and oh so easy.
Take one banana and cut in 3/4 - 1 inch slices.
Wrap banana in a strip of same width fruit leather,
holding in place with a pick.
For the fish on top add Swedish gummy fish.
And there you have it, the perfect little delight to go with a cup of tea.


Reading short stories by Rosamunde Pilcher, The Blue Bedroom and other stories.  From Home for the Day:  " The kettle boiled.  He made tea, and filled a vacuum flask, found mugs, a bottle of milk, a packet of lump sugar.  He went through the cake tins and found a huge fruit loaf.  He cut three substantial slices, then put everything into a basket, pulled on an old jacket, and let himself out of the house. ...............He came up with his basket, feeling like the farmer's wife, He said, I thought it was time we all had a cup of tea."

Maybe some Banana Sushi could go into the basket
and take down to the sea.

Happy weekend, dear friends!
Make time for tea!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Christmas Tree

Sunday we ventured to the muddy tree farm,
thanks to our realtor that so graciously gives us a tree each year.
There is my tree laying on the ground.
Grandson, little D, had his first pony ride at the farm.
Yes, he enjoyed it along with reindeer antlers with jingle bells.
The tree came home with me.
It looked so tiny.
This was the first year we didn't need to cut the top off
and it fit perfectly on my little table.
The french horn at the top of the tree, a gift from my daughter.
Decorating is like walking down memory lane.
The soldier above is the first figure ornament
my "live-in gardener" and I bought in a flower shop in San Francisco
oh so many years ago.
The clothespin ballerina on my tree was made by
mom's when our daughters were taking ballet as young girls.
The vintage teapot hanging by a string of beads is from
one my favorite vintage shops.
Oh, Mr. Bear, where did I find you.
I just love the glass ornaments that have adopted us along the way.
Margaret Furlong ornaments like this seashell one holding a teapot
have graced our trees throughout the years.
And a sparkly reindeer is always welcomed here.
This year we added multi colored balls to the tree.
This white clown just sings to my vintage heart.
Anything sparkly is always a happy addition.
Sparkly crystals and silver balls, oh yes!
But my favorite is this little picture of our little D
when he was a bit younger.
A few years ago I started making these for my two sisters and a cousin,
pictures of their grandchildren.
I didn't realize what I had started and this year had 5 ornaments to make.
I think they need to stop having grandchildren, HA!
My work table this week.
Ornaments done and ready to send.

How fun to reminiscence and add to the season.
Do you sometimes make special decorations?
I hope you have time for a little play and sparkly in your lives.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

My House is a Very, Very Fine House

Do you remember this Crosby, Still, and Nash song?
Maybe it is just me, but when I was beginning to post the photos of my house
decorated for Christmas, that song came to my mind.
Tea is ready to be served in bed.
In the vase are paper whites just beginning to grow.
This year I am just enjoying a bit of mellowness and nature in my decorations.
It is very much needed and so enjoyed by me.
I hope you enjoy too.
I love my little vintage village in the dining room.
This year I had to add the Eiffel Tower as a memory of our travels there in May.
In the kitchen sits a small tea tree with cookie cutters and tea ready 
at a moments notice.
Bitter root left over from fall along with JOY from a friend.
Slightly out of focus, but the Santa and Snowmen gathering together in the living room.
The tree as the sun begins to set and the lights are turned on.
How I love the evening with the lights shining bright.
Tomorrow I will share more on the tree.
Oh there are memories and delights tucked there.
Each year the mantel changes themes.
The chalk board is a fun new addition this year.
Messages can change, but Christmas is about JOY.

Wishing you could come and sit by my fire and enjoy a cup of tea with me.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Notes from the Garden - Brave Blooms

Chocolate Cosmos residing there. 
Have you ever picked one and smelled it?
Chocolaty I say!  For sure it is.
A few brave camellias much to early.
I think they must have been confused.
But oh the color sings to my heart.

Oh the chocolate and the pink would make a pretty bouquet.
I must run out to rescue them, I just know I must.

Do you see any blooms in your garden or in your part of the world?
I can imagine the Southern Hemisphere is beautiful right now.
Oh to be springtime, but in my heart I am enjoying these few brave souls.

Friday, December 2, 2016


Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude.
Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness.
Thankfulness may consist merely of words.
Gratitude is shown in acts.
~Henri Frederic Amiel

I am thankful for you, dear friends.
May you be blessed with JOY this holiday season.
May your cup overflow with all things of exuberance,
wonderfulness, and delight.
Laugh and be at Peace.
Act for the Good in the World.
Surround yourself with those you Love.
And above all else, Dance!

Today in my cup is Noel, for it will fill my
soul with Delight. 

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Words for the Season

Happy December, dear Friends!

Have you noticed certain words just seem to pop up in Christmas
ornaments, wall signs, and even on pillows during this time of year.
Words delight me!
It is fun to see where they shine.
What words do you associate with the month of December and Christmas?
Beside the typical ones you see I found at the antique mall,
I am thinking of:


The more I think the more words that come to mind.

What words do you find this month?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sparkle and Shine

There is something I just love about Christmas decorations as I get older,
it is the sparkle and shine.
How it delights my eyes and heart.
Then it is the memories too.
This shiny satin dress at the antique mall brought memories
of playing in my mother's wedding dress.  The fabric was the same.
How it shined.

Just a glimpse of the a silver foil tree
and sparkly Christmas balls brought laughter to my soul.
There is a reverence to the season that is never forgotten,
but the sparkle and shine just dances before me.
And the lights, oh yes the lights sing my song.
It can't get much better than this,
and this!
or even this!!!
Do you love the sparkle and shine of the season?

 All photos taken at Monticello Antique Mall.