Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Year in Review

It's the end of a busy and wonderful year -

Here are a few highlights throughout the year.


We rang in the New Year with a nice dinner 
using cute PB clock plates.


A ladies Pink Valentine's dessert tea was enjoyed & shared.


I shared a special beautiful shamrock teacup
 a dear and sweet blogger friend sent me.


Showers brought in beautiful springtime flowers
and a blessed Easter Sunday.


I hosted a Ladies Afternoon Tea
 featuring beautiful pink peonies and
my antique Bavarian bridal rose swag tea set.


Life was born anew around our home, such as this
sweet newborn birdie hubs found in one of our trees.

In June I hosted a birthday tea party
 for my lovely tea friend Dawn -
and started the tradition of The Traveling Birthday Teacup
(I received from our friend Mary back in the fall of 2012.)

You can read about her birthday party tea for me then here.)


We celebrated Independence Day with a
fun simple outdoor Red, White and Blue dinner on our deck.

One can watch our local fireworks right from the deck!


I shared my FIRST EVER home tour (just partial)
with its little simple summertime touches.

I showed the living room and the music/dining room,
 and then also revealed our new chestnut hardwood flooring.

I had good intentions of showing the rest of our house
but I never really did get around to it.

(I intend on doing so sometime in 2014, though!)


I shared some neutral fall decor and tablescapes
 in this transitional month.


Things finally started getting cooler outside 
therefore some warm Autumn colours were finally added in our decor;
such as these hand made paper flowers that
 my eldest daughter made for me.

I also unveiled my new-to-me antique
 chippy farmhouse kitchen hutch.

And I also shared an Autumn teatime
using my fav autumn tea china.


Rich deep warm colours everywhere!


I had some giveaways this year:

(For my First Bloggaversary in January):

Then took some time off blogging due to surgery and
an entire month's bed rest.

The very BEST part of my 2nd year blogging
 was meeting or getting to know wonderful friends like you.

 Your every visit, every comment is like a virtual hug to me.

 Your time given to me is an appreciated gift,
one I respect, and one that means so very much to me.

 Thank you for giving a part of yourself to me.

Good happy news:
I will be announcing another giveaway soon
for my 2nd bloggaversary on Jan 1st,
 so be sure to stop back!

and a healthy joyful new year.



  1. Thank goodness for photos and blog entries to help us remember the year! Nice to see your lovely home and photos again, and it's been fun reading your blog this year. All the best in the new year.

  2. Your tea cups and tablescapes are lovely, Michele. Have a wonderful New Year! Dee :)

  3. Looking forward to 2014...and whatever you share with us this year...I'm sure it will be wonderful like you!
    Happy New Year!

  4. Your beautiful pictures are a wonderful way to look back over your blog posts for this year, Michele! I love those clock plates.

    Happy New Year!

  5. A lovely review! And even with my notoriously poor memory, I actually remembered a lot of these fun posts. I remember that BJ won the adorable measuring cups, too. Have a wonderful New Year, Michele!

  6. I'm enjoying reading the reviews friends are posting and I may follow the tea links in yours to relive the gorgeous hospitality you shared.
    It's been a fun year, especially getting to better know a few bloggers that I have things in common with.
    I've enjoyed our friendship Michele and wish you and yours all the best for 2014.

  7. What a lovely review of your year Michele. Beautiful photos. Happy New Year.

  8. Happy New Year! I love your hutch.

  9. Hi: Could not let the day go by without wishing you a blessed New Year! Sending hugs, Martha

  10. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  11. Michele, Happy New Year!! Looking forward to 2014 and being inspired by with blog!

  12. And I am among those who were blessed by all your wonderful blog posts in 2013, and of course looking forward to plenty more in 2014! Happy New Year!

  13. Thanks for posting the beautiful photos of your year. I didn't follow you until later in the year so missed some of these delightful celebrations. I loved seeing your Bridal Rose china. I have a few pieces of it here that were my great grandparents. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful posts this year. Wishing you and yours a blessed 2014! Pamela

  14. lots of sweet cuteness. Love love love the china in Mays picture.


  15. Happy New Year, Michele! It was fun looking through your year in review. xo

  16. I enjoyed your beautiful 2013 photos and look forward to seeing more in 2014. Happy New Year!


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