Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Funny "Cuppa" For Sure!

Ran across this sign and found myself laughing
 so many times that I just HAD to share with you all -
 'cuz laughter truly is the best medicine!

I bet there's time when the 
Dowager Countess Violet
would soooo love to say this exact thing!

You know she does say it in her awesome lady-like way, though!

I bet she REALLY wanted to say it to Miss Bunting
 in the last Downton Abbey episode during dinner, perhaps?

But I think this would be more appropriatly
stated BELOW stairs - perhaps the new ladies maid
to Thomas a few weeks ago?

Have a wonderful day!


No comments- allows more time for giggling!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Beautiful Snowy View!

I received the most awesome picture today from my husband
 from his cell phone as he was sitting in his office at work, 
looking out his window at a most spectacular view.

He knows how much I ADORE true snowy winter days,

and he knows how much I ♥ sharing it with my blog readers!

Here is my surprise pic in all its wintry frozen splendor:

South Fork Indian Run Creek runs into the Scioto River two miles east of this spot.

I took this fun shadow pic at around noon when the sun is right above those trees. I just stood at my kitchen sink and clicked.

I love all the pristine pretty and undisturbed snow,
 save where the birds knocked down the seeds under their feeder.

I know I say it much too often, but, well,
 I really do like my sloppy birdies a lot.

I took this in early day when it had just finished snowing
and the sky was still grey, but the sun came out
to make some nifty shadows.

We had a fun day to watch the sky changing today!

You can see the sun coming out but sky still grey.....

Then these I took again through the back kitchen window
just a short time later when the sky 
turned blue and was absolutely stunning.

All these different skies in a matter of just a few hours.

I wouldn't give up these 4 seasons for anything....
though it would be nice to be able to plan outdoor
activities in the spring and summer,
knowing that it may RAIN without much notice......
that would be dreamy for planning outdoor tea parties!

One last one - again taken through the back door's glass.

I think I never love my back yard more
than when it is all perfectly snow covered.

This is a dark part of the day before the sun
comes around the house and sets just to the left of those
tall evergreens at the left of the pic.

Thank you, Dear God for a beautiful winter's day!

Thank you, my dear husband, for my snowy day blog post inspiration!

I hope my non-winter-snow friends felt as though
they visited a Winter Wonderland!

(That was the subject line in the pic named & sent by hubs. How cute is that?)

Tomorrow evening I am hosting my annual formal 
Winter's Eve Dinner Party,
so this crispy new white snowfall
 couldn't have come at a better time!

I hope to share the dinner details with you soon,
 as well as finishing up the final portion of
 the home in its winter decor mode, as promised.

In the meantime, stay bundled up warm and dry!

God bless each and every one of you!

OK, back to more cookin' now..............

As always, thank you for your visit!


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pretty Pink Teacups

To me there isn't much prettier or more romantic
 and truly graceful than an old and lovely teacup...
especially if it has pink roses on it.

Half the enjoyment of tea time
 is using one's special pretty collectibles.

Soft tiny pink rose chintz is my all-time very favorite.

My most treasured setting for 12 is this old Bavarian wedding rose.

It's taken me my entire adult life to collect the pieces.

To this day it's difficult for me not to keep acquiring!

I have a few extra teapots in this too so there's always
tea flowing on each end of the table when I get it out and 
use this china for very special tea parties.

It's been a very long time since I have done so.

I do tend to save it for my spring and summertime teas.

Sometimes. :-)

I dream of having a large staff and hosting an outdoor
 Downton Abbey type old fashioned period 

But this is Ohio and one cannot plan outdoor events far ahead of time for our inclement weather.

And one certainly cannot do something of that caliber without a Mrs. Patmore, Mrs. Hughes and Mr. Carson!

And one certainly doesn't have the time or extra money to hire it out for real.

I wonder if one could charge admittance for putting something like this on without having an operating license?

I wonder if one needs to get her head out of the clouds and quit dreaming and get some housework done now?

I think it is really important
 to get pretty treasures out of a cabinet now and then
 to enjoy and use, don't you?

Life is just too short to simply drink tea each day 
out of a heavy stoneware mug!

Go ahead, spoil yourself -
make your next tea time a slow and wonderful ritual!

Invite a friend and sip slowly and enjoy!

Celebrate friendship!
Celebrate love!
Celebrate teatime!

Celebrate roses!
Celebrate pink!
Celebrate being a lady!

As much as I adore All Things Tea China,
 I don't decorate in a shabby chic girlie romantic style.

I am sure my very manly husband appreciates that fact.

I don't have much of my china displayed.

I put one or two teacup sets out in vignettes sometimes,
 and have a china glass front cabinet
showcasing my very special keepsakes...
but mostly I have it all hidden away
 behind cabinet doors or in my china room downstairs.

Please join in on wishing Sandi
from Rose Chintz Cottage for Teatime Tuesday 
to wish her a happy 5 year bloggaversary!

Thank you, Sandi for bringing us together
 in such a lovely way!

(You can click on image below to take you there.)

Also linking:

Pink Saturday   *   Mosaic Monday    *   Teacup Tuesday

Friends Sharing Tea

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Neutral Winter Decor

Oh, how I really love winter.

I love all four seasons.

Winter is second only to autumn as my favorite.

It's still winter here, and can be until late March,
though our snow is melting rapidly for now.
Most of it melted just today.

I do hope the snow comes back soon, though;
 it's SO pretty!

If it must be winter, I say


Post-Christmas winter decor
 is kept simple and light around here.

Lots of whites and silver all around
keeping things fresh enough for the time being.

I have a bajillion candles too -
and burn them all day and most of the evening as well.

And most of you know how I love my birdies.

One may pretty much find them everywhere around here.

I am not one to totally get rid of all our Christmas decor
the minute the holidays are over -
just the really obvious stuff.

The white and neutral winter decor stays out
 until February when the St. Valentine's decor takes its place.

So out it goes in February, but not any sooner than that:

Snow flakes, snowmen, pine cones, etc.
keep things delightfully WINTER.

Because it is still winter!
It's going to remain winter for a long while, too!

See the white heart shaped plates hiding under
my white wire teapot above?

They'll be replacing the pine cones ones soon enough.

I'll either be putting some live herbs inside these crocks
or put them away for another year.

But for right now there's extra large tea lights inside
to help keep things in a warm glow during short days
and long cold winter nights!

The foyer changes often, as it doesn't even look like this now.
I put my French antique bisque clock back in the bedroom
and placed my tall white feather tree there in its stead.

I will try to show you it later, it's just too dark to try now.

(Sorry to tease.)

OK here below is now how I have it.
So I didn't tease you very long, haha.
Still apologize for all the shadows and graininess.
Having a very busy day working and didn't have time to get out the lamps for pic. : - )

I have lots more to share, so stay tuned!

This is getting too long,
 so I must share winter decor in parts.

I am still upset at myself that I never showed you Christmas!

I had every square inch of this house decorated, too!

I am determined not to let winter completely go by
without sharing at least a few more decor posts this time!

Sorry I have been away so long.
Romeo and I have just been busy
 watching the snow.

Hope to be back soon with Part 2 of this post!

As always, thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tea Time - English Tea House Style

Did everyone catch episode one, season five of

Which brings to mind that I haven't shared with you
my birthday tea experience!

Way back in autumn I told you all I was going to spend
 my birthday weekend with my best friends, 
my "tea sisters" in Indiana.

I have known these special ladies for years
 and we get together all through the year.

We always have such fun together......
and it is nearly always with tea as our theme!

Well, I am finally getting around to sharing with you
 our fun outing to a new tea house in Carmel, Indiana

 They really do a remarkable job with afternoon tea time!

The owner Tina is from England, as is her entire staff .

Tina also caters, gives etiquette classes and teaches
about tea and Downton Abbey!

I bought a lovely book from her boutique
about Downton Abbey, too.

(She has just returned from visiting Highclere Castle)
which is the real "home" that the show calls Downton Abbey.

Every morsel was absolutely delicious-
All made from scratch, all beautifully presented.

I cannot WAIT to go back again!

They had such a nice large selection of teas from which to choose, 
it was difficult to decide upon!

And the tea was perfectly brewed. 

My most favorite thing I tasted that day
 was Tina's homemade lavender jelly.

 See it next to the berry jelly in the little clear ramekin bowl?
 It was so good I bought a large jar of it to have with my tea at home.

 Tina has most all her homemade goods for sale!

I haven't opened my jar of lavender jelly yet, 
may just may save it for my next tea party.

I am afraid that if I were to open it now
I won't have any left when next I have a tea party!

These pictures were all taken by my friend Mary.

I am afraid I forgot to bring my camera that day!

My friend Dawn chose lemon curd (her fav)
 instead of the lavender jelly.

Doilies, cozies, real flowers, real vintage china,
 lace linens - they had it all.

One of the servers insisted on bringing out a basket full of hats
to choose to wear.

We had planned on shopping
that day so didn't go all out as we are sometimes known to do.

The lighting was gorgeous -
 just look at this beautiful crystal chandy!

And how perfect is a pretty
 teapot and teacup chandelier in a tea house?

It was a wonderful day with wonderful friends
 at a most wonderful tea house.

And of course my friends brought our tea group's
 Traveling Birthday Teacup
for me to use - such a fun tradition.

I am so excited to be going back to visit
 my tea sisters in a few weeks
 so I will let you know what wonderful tea outing/s we take!

As always, thank you for your visit!