Sunday, January 31, 2016

♥ February- Quiet Romantic Touches

Well, oh, my word and knock my socks off....

How is it that January has now come and gone?!?

We're now in the month of 

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Love ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

It's that special time of year to get our romance on -
 be it real or simply just with our decor!

It's that time now to get out my
big bin of St. Valentine's decor! 

(I was just waiting for February and it snuck up on me!) 

I always find it so exciting to open up a seasonal bin 
and discover what "after season" sale items
that I may have poked inside; it's like experiencing
Christmas or a birthday all over again!

Don't you just adore the quieter, softer side of romance?

Cupids, hearts, roses - all say LOVE!

So....who holds the keys to your heart?

I look forward to sharing more Valentine's decor
 as I dig around the seasonal boxes and find my treasures!

Hope you come back and visit again soon.

I know you are very busy, and the time you give is a gift;
for one I owe sincere gratitute and thanks.

As always, thank you for your visit!



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Monday, January 18, 2016

Winter's Eve Dinner Party Tablescape

It's in the heart of wintertime here in Ohio
 with temperatures hovering right around 10 degrees.'s COLD outside!

So what better to do than to host our annual 
Winter's Eve formal dinner party!?

Though I haven't quite planned it yet
(been travelling and having out of town guests as well)
and quite frankly it may not even happen....sooo...

I have played with my dishes and have our table all set
 if I ever DO get around to hosting another party.

At the very least I'd like to share it with you!

This would make a festive New Year's Eve Party
 dinner table for next year, too, perhaps.

Better late than never for inspiration, eh?

Snowflakes *  Shimmer  *  Silver  * Crystal  *  White

I ♥ using my custom made snowflake napkins
along with my snowflake silver-rimmed plates
this time of year when the snow is so pretty
 and winter is in full swing!

Lots and lots of candles are used on this table -
perfect for an glowing romantic winter's evening dinner.

I didn't get a great pic of them all
 but I haveover 2 dozen candles on this table;
mercury glass, frosted snowflake shapes, glittery
snowflake votive holders and crystal candlesticks.

I kept out some shiny and white trees and
a few "wintery" ornaments from the Christmas stuff
to use for the winter months, especially January.

Vintage silver candelabra on both ends of the table,
along with shiny placemats and a very tall white centerpiece
 does the trick to bring some formality to the table.

And old crystal knife rests work perfectly with this setting.

My antique cut glass champagne flutes
along with silver demitasse spoons
 make do to serve the sorbet for a palate cleanser.

The duo works well serving
 mousse, fruit, jellow, ice cream or puddings, too!

Helpful Tip

Use your cute seldom-used little cut glass punch cups
for srerving your soup appetizer courses.

They're dishwasher safe, and easily 
found at thrift stores for very little cash!

When serving multiple appetizers
 it is good idea to provide smaller portions - 
so your guests will have room for your otherdinner courses.

This little glass cup is just perfectly sized!

Placing a paper doily under the cup catches pesky drips.

I usually set out my short and mall vintage
 silver-plated soup spoons 
when I serve soup in small cups vs. soup bowls;
 as a normal soup spoon is much too long
 and tends to be too cumbersome and bulky.

It was fun to tuck in a little bit of whimsey here, too,
 just because, well, it's a clear glass teapot
 filled with all sorts of snowflake buttons.

Most of you regular readers know just
 how strongly I feel about teapots.

I really and truly do love winter!

It's so fresh and beautiful!

As always, thank you for your visit!



Saturday, January 2, 2016

Downton Abbey Gifts and English Tea Win

Oh, my word, do I have a fun post for you today!

Not only did I receive some fun Downton Abbey gifts for Christmas,
but I also just received a package from England -
 an incredible blog giveaway win from Jean at Delightful Repast!

I received the hanging "servants' bell" ornament from my
sister-in-law Jenn, the blackcurrant jam from my MIL.

I received the cookbook and the cloissonne teapot ornament
 from my daughters. 

I can't wait to open the jam - 
going to have some Tregothnan tea
 and make some scones with clotted cream to enjoy
tomorrow evening when the new (final) season of
Downton Abbey is on!

The large Chronicles of Downton Abbey book 
I bought last October when my tea society sisters
and I went to the grand opening of a lovely tea room together.

My giveaway win, coordinated by Jean of the blog
 Delightful Repast
was for a wonderful gift directly from the

(Worth a huge $$$ amount, plus the shipping! WOW!!)

This is a tea company that grows its own tea in England!

It came so nicely packaged - the smaller teapot is
perfect for one, or for a large cuppa for you and a friend.

It has a wonderful firm drop-in fine mesh infuser with a really easy 
one hand thumb-opening lift-lid-
such a convenient and smart design!

I am not one to normally use modern teapots-
not when I have a bajillion antique ones in my collection,
but I will certainly enjoy using this one
 due to its perfect size, design and hardiness.

The metal lid/bits ARE removeable too if one
wants to microwave or dishwash the pot.

The teapot came in a very nice solid box
and four kinds of Tregothnan Tea.

The teas each came in lovely cardboard gift box "tins."

Each tea was airtight sealed for freshness,
and had a nice bit of tea - perfect for a strong pot or two!

I received the following kinds of loose-leaf tea:

Great British Tea
Classic Tea
Afternoon Tea
Earl Grey Tea

I will be sampling these very soon
 and posting the results.

Stay tuned.

The Tregothnan Tea website sells some wonderful goods -

I HIGHLY recommend you pop on over check their website out !

They sell all sorts of gifts, tours, flowers, books -
 all things tea and lovely related items! 

 Through them one can also rent the most beautiful cottages
for the ultimate Cornwall get-away!

Here are a few of the pics of these splendid homes
that I found on their website!


AIRES Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Downton Abbey Season 6

I am sooooooooooooo ready
 for another season!

Are YOU?!? 

And one final share:

For you who not only love all things lovely and tea,
all things Downton Abbey, but also love "The Force,"
this is for you! You will love it - true silliness!

Downton Wars: Episode 1 and 2

As always, thanks for stopping by!



Friday, January 1, 2016

Year Review and Bloggaversary!

OK- I wasn't going to but just had to get in on the review fun!


Painted bathroom and bought new mirrors -
 giving this space a whole new feel at a budget cost.


I took a French baking class with my friend Crystal
 and we learned how to make macarons.


Treated my sister to afternoon tea at the historic Kelton House.


I sponsored my beautiful niece / god-daughter
 for her Confirmation at church.


I lost my bestus furry friend, Romeo.


My sister-in-law's baby shower at the historic O'Neill house.


Hosted a tea time brunch with my other niece
 in our covered patio garden room.

Enjoyed mild weather our there as much as possible
 wearing my stupid broken-foot-boot most of the summer.


Bridal shower & wedding of our younger daugher.

And I just now realized I never shared a post
with any other pics of this beautiful wedding.
How on earth I never got around to it escapes me?!

Well, I may need to remedy that - better late than never, eh?


Dear tea society sister/friends Dawn and Marina hosted an amazing
 Ruby Pear Afternoon Tea
in honor of our friend Karen's birthday.


I participated in my first tea cup exchange.


Hosted a "Thankful for Friends" luncheon.

And Becky from Timewashed blog gifted me
 these 2 beautiful velvet pumpkins.


Changed my blog header into something seasonal for the first time ever.

Also hosted a Christmas tea for my young lady niece
 in case you missed it a couple posts ago here.

****Today is Jan. 1st****
 and it is also my 4th bloggaversary!

Here is my first-ever post
It was so lame it is cringe-worthy, but was truly sincere.

As always, thank you for your visit!

Happy Happy Happy New Year to you!