Monday, April 18, 2016

Teacup Exchange Reveal!

Twice a year sweet Stephanie from
The Enchanting Rose blog hosts
 a teacup (or mug) exchange event -
 once in spring and once in autumn.

The spring EXCHANGE 2016 marks her 8th swap event!

 It is sooooo much fun to participate!

 And to be honest, I'm not sure which I like best:
 the receiving or THE GIVING!

 It is wonderful fun to put together a package of beautiful items
 for a person one doesn't even know.....
and finding them to become a new fast friend! 







This is only my second time doing this -
 somehow in blogdom I missed knowing about this till last fall!

I participated in two swaps last fall:
with Margie and Tammy

I hope never to EVER miss again, it's that much fun!


Please allow me to introduce to you a wonderful blogger named 
Karen at the blog Beatrice Euphemie with whom I was the lucky recipient of a box full of wonderful treasures this swap! 


She sent me the most lovely items!


Of course, again, I got SO excited about gathering my own items
and packing them protectively that I completely forgot
 to take pictures of what I sent. *Sigh*

 I really can't believe I did that yet again.


I sent my package to a non-blogger named Jacqueline who sent the sweetest thank you card to me! I am so happy she loved her items.
She told me her daughter already nabbed her teacup, haha!

Edit:

Jacqueline sent a pic in to Stephanie showing what I sent:

Japanese teacup, note cards, soap in cute box,
organic lavender buds (can't see in back,) little box of chocolate petite fours,
box of peppermint tea (Steph said she likes mint,) because I sent this around Easter there's a little metallic mini basket with faux robin's eggs for decor, a Tyler Candle votive (Tyler is my fav candle company)
a teapot-shaped spoon and a handmade card (tucked behind, can't see.)


Anyway, without further ado,
 here's my big reveal:

LOOK at all the wrapped treasures Karen sent!







Everything was wrapped up so pretty
 in springtime tissue paper and satin ribbons!

I had such fun un-wrapping and delighting in each surprise!

The highlight of the day was receiving 
this gorgeous Royal Albert teacup!
Isn't she a beauty?!!?









Here is the beautiful card she wrote and tucked inside the box.








And she hand-made me the sweetest heart-shaped sachet
stuffed with her very own lavender and rose petals potpourri!
 It smells absolutely heavenly..... and is so cute!








In keeping with her spring floral theme -
she sent me a HUGE lilac candle tied up with ribon & silk flowers.

As I am unsure our lilac bushes will even produce this year
after this weird weather we're having, I appreciate this so much!









Also in my package was a humungous amount of
 Breakfast in Paris tea by STASH.

This is a tea I hadn't tried before - it's lavender tea and is awesome!

I've even been able to share this bounty with a few others, too.








And Stephanie must have told her how much I adore
 triple milled French soap - she sent me TWO full size bars!

One is half gone already, I use it twice a day ♥♥♥ it!







I received not one, but THREE really cute note pads!

These are perfect for so many things-
I think I will use the SCATTER JOY one as an address and note book
about my blogging friends.

Perhaps I will use the HAPPY DAY one to keep track of
tea parties I have or attend.....and the LOVE one
may possibly end up my tea and wine tasting notebook.









And beautiful floral notecards..........









I don't believe Karen could have ever sent a package to a less appreciative recipient. I am thrilled beyond words!


If you get the chance please visit her blog, too!







Last week it snowed for 3 days -
 and today it is almost too warm to stay out too long.

 SO weird.

But I found a nice shady spot in my covered patio area
and enjoyed teatime with my beautiful new teacup
with some freshly baked white chocolate chip cookies.

Life is good. And a fun tea cup swap made it so much better.










Be sure to pop on over to Stephanie's post on Wednesday at her blog

The Enchanting Rose

to check out her linky party of the exchange/s,
 and maybe even some pics from non-bloggers who participated.




AND a reminder: as we're drawing nearer to Mother's Day: 
if you are looking to find a unique, affordable perfectly lovely gifts
 be sure to check out Stephanie's etsy shop called


It's filled with the most beautiful hand made
 lacy, pearly, girlie and beautiful items for those special mom types!


As always, thank you for your visit.

Hugs!













Monday, April 4, 2016

Antique Painted Nippon

I have been very busy organizing my world lately.

Today I was re-doing one of my smaller china areas,
 and had placed a bunch of my antique hand painted
 Nippon (Japanese) tea cup trio sets on the table.

I glanced at them all clustered together
and just softly sighed.....







They're just so pretty, and since I haven't shared
 any "super pretties" in much too long,
 thought I'd grab my camera and simply click away!








Not sharing any tea time yummies, nor linens or lace - 
just some beautiful paper-thin translucent china pics...








It never fails to impress me with its beauty
when everything is all laid out together. 









It's like candy for the eyes!









I am so blessed to have been able to collect tea china
most of my life - it's so awesome to surround
oneself with things that bring one joy...








And I actually use many of my pieces -
not as often as I wish to, but over the years
most certainly have hosted many tea parties!

I can't wait to have my next one-
have been really wanting to!

I think there's something about springtime and
gardens and roses and Mother's Day that just
goes hand-in-hand with a lovely feminine
AFTERNOON TEA TIME.









When are you planning your next one?

Will it be an intimate tea for two, tea for six?
 Eight? Twenty?

There are so many options,
 themes and reasons to host a tea party!















There's something about Nippon's china-
 it's so delicate and precious,
 it's amazes me that it has been able to last this long.

I am so blessed to have such a wonderful
 lifetime collection of lovely teacups.

I never stop being grateful to sip 
with such loveliness!

I wish I could invite
 every single one of you
to tea in my home.







AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR VISIT!

HUGS!

~Michele

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter was EGGScellent


Hello everyone!

 How I have missed you!

Aren't you all happy it is finally spring?





I am just popping in to share the prettiest fruit tart
 my daughter brought to our Easter meal yesterday.

It was huge and we still have 2 big pieces left, yay!




(And yes, it was as delish as it looks!)


I have made many tarts over the years but never used grapes -
I usually use kiwi for the green color.
 I thought it would be weird to use grapes - but it totally tasted great! 


Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.







Yesterday was warm and sunny in the 70s.
It really was the most perfect Easter weather
 I think we've ever had around here!








Our forsynthia bushes, crocus and daffodils are in bloom.

We had a HUGE storm late last night with thunder,
 incredibly bright lightning and torrential downpours...

...so my plan to walk all around our yard and garden
taking snaps of some of those blooms isn't going to happen
due to way too much mud and yuck out there!










But here's a snap of the front walkway daffodils for you!

At least that was dry enough to grab a quick pic.


It's very gloomy, chilly and gray today.
I am so glad it wasn't like this yesterday!








I hope soon I will be back to blogging 
with some new-found blog energy!

I do plan on sharing a house tour soon
 to show some of the changes made here at our nest.








We lightened walls up and bought darker furniture.

And switched and re-switched and I am nearly done switching!

And I shall soon be calling the job finished enough...









The fun springtime teacup exchange
 set up by sweet Stephanie at the blog
is now complete - and I cannot wait to share
my beautiful spoils with all of you next month
 for her big reveal linky party!








I also want to thank each of you who sent a note
or card asking how I am doing after my nasty burn.

I am happy to report that it's all healed up now,
I have all new skin there now... and a nice big scar -  
my "badge of courage. " 

And I give thanks and praise to our Most Merciful God
 that it wasn't worse, and that it is just hidden on my tummy.

Praise be! Whew! SCARY!!!

 Could have been my face, chest, eyes...




As always, thank you for your visit!

Have a truly blessed day and week!


~Michele


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Friday, March 25, 2016

The Day That Jesus Died



This is the day that Jesus died. Remember to keep it holy.

Let us bow our heads in reverant prayer at the 3:00 hour.






I found this today and just had to share it!

Credit: Wendy Goubej 
[article source]  


There is controversy among some Christians about the true day of Jesus’ death. Most people believe that Jesus died on a Friday, but some (Wednesday Crucifixionists) believe that Jesus actually died on a Wednesday. Part of the reason for this belief is that Jesus mentions that, "as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" (Matt 12:40 NKJV). This could mean that Jesus would have died on Wednesday, in order to be entombed for three literal days and three literal nights (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), and rise on Sunday. Other variations of this belief also exist.
The Hebrews and other ancient peoples used "inclusive reckoning," meaning that part of the day is counted as a "day." And the Bible lists several periods of "three days" that ended during, not after, the third day, and thus covered less than three full 24-hour days (Gen 42:17-19, for one example). So for Jesus to keep His own time reckoning, He Himself would have "rested" on the seventh-day holy Sabbath, and arisen quite early on the first day of the week. We cannot rightly interpret the Bible if we do not take into account the meaning of words in Biblical days, nor their methods of accounting or speaking of time.
But can we discern from the Scriptures on which day Jesus really died? To do so, we take a look at the book of Mark.
Day #1:
In Mark 10:32-34, Jesus is on His way up to Jerusalem. He tells His disciples, "Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: and they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again."
On the same day, He talks to James and John about sitting on His right hand and left hand, and then restores Bartimaeus' sight. In Mark 11:1, He is approaching Jerusalem "unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives."
Let us call this Day #1. We don't know which day it is yet, but we shall count it as the first day of our count.Mark 11:2-11 describes what Jesus does for the rest of that day. He rides on the colt into Jerusalem and goes into the temple. In verse 11, it was evening, the end of this day, and He goes to Bethany to stay with the twelve disciples perhaps at Martha and Mary’s house.




Day #2:
In verse 12 of Mark 11, we see that it is the next day "on the morrow," and Jesus is hungry for breakfast as they are coming from Bethany. As they pass a barren fig tree, Jesus curses the tree, and goes down to Jerusalem, where He cleanses the temple for the second time in His ministry, and teaches the people. This was Day #2. Verse 19 states that "when even was come, he went out of the city" and stayed somewhere for the night.


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Day #3:
Mark 11:20 tells us that, "in the morning,” meaning the beginning of Day #3, Jesus goes again to the city of Jerusalem, and the day is a busy one. First the disciples notice that the fig tree Jesus had cursed has shrivelled. The priests, scribes, and elders question Him about what authority He uses to do His miracles. He tells a parable, the Pharisees try "to catch him in his words" (Mark 12:13) using various questions and arguments.
Then Jesus goes to the treasury and watches people cast in their money and He comments on the widow's mite. He then gives the disciples a list of signs to watch for that will transpire before His Second Coming. All the things He discusses with the Pharisees, Sadducees, and scribes is found in Mark chapter 12. In Mark 13, He goes to the Mount of Olives after the altercation with the Pharisees, probably to rest and get away from the harassment. There he talks to Peter, James, John, and Andrew privately about the signs of His Second Coming. The rest of the chapter records what He said. 

Day #4:
Mark 14:1 is the next day (Day #4), and the Bible tells us that the Passover is two days away. On this day, Mary anoints Jesus with her "alabaster box of ointment of spikenard" (Mark 14:3) at a special dinner made in Jesus’ honor, and Judas Iscariot makes a pact with the chief priests to betray Jesus.
Day #5:
In verse 12 of Mark 14, we find Day #5, which is the first day of unleavened bread when the Jews kill the Passover lamb. On this day, the disciples rent an upper room, and there they hold the last supper Jesus has with His disciples before His death. On that same night, Jesus goes to Gethsemane and spends agonizing hours in prayer while His disciples sleep. (I add: this is where he was tempted by Satan to "save himself" and avoid His Suffering.)



 Then Judas comes with a "great multitude with swords and staves" (Mark 14:43), and kisses Him. The mob then arrests Jesus, and His disciples all forsake Him (verse 50). Then follows Jesus' night trial before the chief priests at which they condemn Him to death. It is during this trial that Peter denies Jesus three times. Jesus is then lowered into the pit for the night.


Day #6:
Day 6 begins in Mark 15:1. “Straightway in the morning" Jesus is taken to Pilate, then to Herod, then to Pilate again until finally Pilate agrees to sign the death sentence, and orders that Jesus be crucified. At the sixth hour darkness covers the whole land until the ninth hour, and at the ninth hour, Jesus cries "My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?"
Shortly thereafter, Jesus dies (verses 33-37). Mark says in verse 42 “Now when evening had come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath". The word used in Mark 15:42 for "the preparation day" is the word used only for the day before the seventh-day Sabbath (or Saturday). The preparation day therefore is Friday—therefore, the day that Jesus died. On that same day, according to Mark, Jesus is taken down and quickly wrapped and placed in Joseph of Arimathaea's new tomb, so that He does not hang on the cross over the Sabbath.


Day #7:
The day in between Mark 15:47 and Mark 16:1 is the seventh-day Sabbath. Nothing is written about this day, but Mark 16:1-2 tells us that, "when the Sabbath was past... very early in the morning the first day of the week...at the rising of the sun," three women go back to the tomb to anoint Jesus with spices (because they hadn’t been able to finish that work when He died on Friday since the Sabbath was approaching, and they wanted to keep the Sabbath holy). This is Day #7 in our count.


Day #8:
Mark 16:1 says: "Now when the Sabbath was past,..."" which makes it the first day of the week. The first day of the week, which would have been a Sunday, we label as Day #8, the day that Jesus rose from the grave.
If we calculate backwards then, Day #8 was the Sunday of the resurrection, the day after the Sabbath, the first day of the week. Day #7 was the Sabbath of which nothing was written because Jesus was resting, and His disciples were sorrowing. Day #6 would have been Friday, the Preparation Day, the day on which Jesus breathed His last. Day #5 would have been Thursday, the day of the last supper and Gethsemane. Day #4 was clearly Wednesday in our progression. Day #3 Tuesday. Day #2 Monday, and Day #1 - the day we started our count with was the previous Sunday, the day on which Jesus entered triumphantly into Jerusalem. This entire week was Passover and Jesus, the Passover Lamb, died as per the Jewish customs and to fulfill prophecy.

                      



God's blessings to you all
 during this most Holy Triduum.

Easter Joy and Gladness 
be felt throughout the lands!





And, of course, have a little fun,too
once Easter Sunday comes around!


Happy Easter


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