Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Choosing your favorite teacup is HARD.

I am still participating in the Grow your Blog party and you will see my post after this one about that. But it is TEACUP TUESDAY and I must be posting about that!   So if you are here for the GYB party enjoy this one first.     And thanks for any comments you might wish to add to either post.

 For this week's Teacup Tuesday I am joining with Sandi from   Rose Chintz Cottage for her special anniversary party where participants are choosing and showing their favorite tea cup or teapot. 

How to choose my favorite tea cup..wow.... Sort of like having to pick your favorite child................

I do have a favorite manufacturer...... Royal Albert.......
So perhaps I can choose between some of them that I have.....  Or maybe not.  I have some I really like that are not Royal Albert.

But oh dear, oh dear, oh dear,  which one.
 I love the glorious red of this one....................
 And this one is covered with such dainty little roses...............
 The golden edge of this one makes it quite an elegant one..................
And I do think wild roses are sweet and very special.............

BUT if I have to chose.... and if you know me well.......... you know I will pick one with the VIOLETS....  And what better one than this Royal Albert Provincial Flower one..........  The New Brunswick Violet.   Since my mother in law was from New Brunswick and we still have  family there
we visit often.  So this is a special tea cup.  In addition when I was in college the violet was the flower of my sorority.   I have lots of wild violets growing in my yard too.  It just means a lot to me.
And besides all that,  I happen to think this is the most beautiful cup I own.  I own a lot of tea cups, I sell a lot in my shop BUT this will NEVER be sold by me in my shop.

Sandi also asked if we had a favorite tea pot.  I don't really but I do have a favorite creamer and you will just never guess.... LOL.... how it is decorated.    Yep.... more violets........
Here are the tea parties I will be joining this week.  Hope you will visit them too.

Remember, these may not be available every week so check to be sure.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog

Welcome to my blog this week for GROW YOUR BLOG.  I participated last year and loved it so I am back again....  If you have a blog and haven't done this be sure to consider it for next year.  You can usually sign up in November or December at Vicki's Blog.

If you read back on some of my blog posts you will discover I participate "almost" weekly in  a blog party called Tea Cup Tuesday.  Those of us who love tea and tea cups share something every week.  There are folks from all over the world participating. You will occasionally find recipes there too.
Here is an example of a picture from a post I did awhile back.

This first tea cup is a pretty little hand painted set featuring Earl Grey  and I am showing it with some blueberry scones.   After living in Maine for many years I have grown to love the wild Maine blueberries which I find to be sweeter than the kind we can get in the stores.  I always bring some back when we travel to Maine.
I used to make doll houses and love miniatures....  here is a little set I used as part of Tea Cup Tuesday one week.


Beyond my fondness for Tea and Teacups, I do quilting, paper arts and art journaling, cross stitch and embroidery.     I have all sorts of hobbies and work on them according to my current mood and the weather..........  I do gardening in the summer. I usually do quilting in the winter.  The others can vary. I own an antique shop and my husband and I often travel to visit flea markets and antique shows to purchase new stock.  I usually report on what I find when we attend one.  So check in often because you never know what you might find.  My husband is restoring an Antique 1929 Model A Ford Truck so don't be surprised if I talk about going to car shows every once in awhile.

I am supposed to be retired now....  (I worked at a tv station in Maine for many years)  But opened my antique shop and have been busy every since.   No time to retire just yet.

I like to work with wool and felt  and here is a little pillow I made using wool felt and buttons from my "button" box.  


  Here is a quilt I made for my daughter last year.  She is a coffee lover so that is the theme.
  This next quilt is actually a table topper to use at Christmas time.

And this is a Winter Wall hanging I started in 2013 and finally finished in 2014 just in time for the holidays.

This is a journal I made in a class called Journal Journey.     I also belong to a couple of groups on Facebook doing journals.  If you are feeling the urge to learn to journal there are lots of on line opportunities... some free... some with a modest cost.  Some a good bit more because they offer supplies and extensive help. 


So you see my interests are varied and quite eclectic...............  I stay busy.................
Because we live in  a semi rural area we are often visited by wildlife of one type or another, deer, raccoons, and even an occasional bear.   I like to show pictures of some of the visitors.
Most recently I took this picture of some deer that had come by at dusk.  I took a picture with my flash and because I was on the porch it didn't light up as well as if I had been closer. However I liked the way it turned out.  As I stood on the edge of my porch the mama deer went very still and looked right at me.  The young ones kept right on eating....   You can tell all this by how the flash illuminated their eyes!

That is a general overview of my blog.  I hope you find something you can enjoy. And that you will become a follower.  I love it when you sign my guest book too.

If you have any specific comments you can email me directly

Just put Grow Your Blog in the subject so I won't miss it.

I hope you will come back and visit me in the near future!!!




Monday, January 19, 2015

Memory Lane

 I posted this set of dishes awhile ago but I wanted to share again cause I really love it.  I always think of Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage when ever I see Red and White transfer-ware.  So this one is for you Sandi.

 The name of the pattern is Memory lane by Royal China, Inc. from Sebring Ohio.
Most transfer-ware I see is made in England so it is especially nice to see one made in the U.S.

I was lucky enough to have a pretty full set of it for sale in my shop.  But on Sunday of this past weekend someone came in and bought it.  Actually in the morning someone else had looked at it and said she might be back and then a couple hours later it was sold to someone else.  I guess when it is ready to go it is ready to go.
       Since I already had this post prepared I am going on ahead and showing it to you.     Here are a couple of the various pieces up close.  It is such a pretty set.

And while I am thinking of Sandi.....   She lives in Prince Edward Island, Canada.  It is a place I have been fortunate enough to travel to and loved every minute of it.  But that story is for another day.  Because I have family in New Brunswick we often go to Canada.... and while there I made a wonderful discovery of this special tea.  Now, we can purchase Tetley tea here in the US but NOT this special blend.......     Earl Gray Vanilla. (at least I can't find it in any grocery stores near me and believe me, I HAVE LOOKED.)    No doubt about it, it is my favorite tea.  When we go up to visit I ALWAYS purchase a couple of tins of it to bring home... and to savor on special occasions or even just because.  Here is the tin.  I am showing both sides since in a lot of Canada they put both French and English labels on their products. 

If you like Earl Grey and you like vanilla you should try this if you get a chance.  I personally think it is very special. If you can't find it in your store maybe you can add some of the vanilla flavoring to the tea bag and let it soak in before adding to the hot water.  This is "ONLY" a possible suggestion.  I have not needed to try it myself.

  Be sure to visit Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage the week of Jan. 26th for her special anniversary party when participants will be choosing and showing their favorite tea cup or teapot.  I am having a very hard time deciding at the moment.

Here are the tea parties I will be joining this week.  Hope you will visit them too.

Remember, these may not be available every week so check to be sure.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Snickerdoodles and Tea

On this second Teacup Tuesday of the year  I am sharing another Tea Cup and saucer that was given to me by my friend.  I think is is soooooo pretty and delicate.

 And I am also including some Snickerdoodles.  This is the second week in a row I have made them for my family.  They all love them.  Check out my daughters blog"Cooking with Amanda" (the link is in the column to the right) and in a recent posts she talks about the Snickerdoodles she learned to make as a young girl and still makes to this day.  There is a recipe there for them too.

The tea cup I am sharing today is made by Anynsley and I do love the shape with the swirls on both the cup and saucer.  The yellow is bright and cheery on an otherwise cloudy day.  And again, like the cup I showed last week, has a pretty little bouquet inside for added cheer.

And here is the mark

The little heart plate I am using this week also came from my friend.  There was a set of 4 in different colors.  You will probably see me using them from time to time. They are pottery and not old but I do like them alot!

I have joined with the following Tea Cup Tuesday Tea Parties.

  These may not be available every week so check to be sure.

Hope you will visit them too.

Friday, January 9, 2015

De-stash it is!!!

 (This is a post card made I for a January Challenge at the Jennibellie's Journal Workshops

 My word of the year is DE-STASH ..................    If you don't know what that means......
well, if you are a crafter of ANY kind, you are probably building up a "STASH" of supplies.  Sometimes you sort of hate to use something, thinking it might be better used later.... but apparently "later" never comes.  So why not "De-Stash" every so often.

This year I want to start combining   journaling, collage art and maybe even scrapbooking with recycling, and using up my art supplies that are sitting on a shelf, unused, seemingly unloved.......  I have made journals in the past like this but now I am getting busy to make a whole lot  since I have way too many supplies just "sitting around."   I can use them as travel journals, art journals, daily journals, what ever.

This may start out as a mish mash but so what.  I often spend an hour or so going through old magazines and ripping out pages that appeal to me, or that have an interesting color or design feature.  Then they go into a box.... and there they sit, waiting for "what?"

This year I signed up for a few journal workshop type things here on line.  There are a couple of Face book groups......   Journal 52 and Art Journaling and there is a blog site called Jennibellie's Journal Workshops (see link above).  I also signed up for a paid  workshop that is teaching MAKING the actual journals called the Journal Journey.  I have made one so far.

  I may not stick with all of them throughout the year but have to admit I have already done more in this short month than I did totally last year.  There are many more out there too.  Or you can just make up your own.

MY GOAL is to have FUN and if I use up some of my stash of supplies that is even better.

So this is a little of what I have accomplished so far...........

I made two little journals using supplies I had on hand in abundance.  The blue on on the left has a cover made from some handmade paper I found somewhere or other.   I cut watercolor paper in half to make the pages, cut some handmade paper for the cover and the back is from 1/2 of the back of the watercolor pad.  I stacked them and took them to staples to have the coil binding put on.
 The inside pages......... almost looks professionally made doesn't it.

 And this is the back.... this is definitely recycling!!!

The other little one is filled with bits and pieces of art paper, handmade paper, and bit of paper I made and even a couple of envelopes.  The real secret is that I gathered them up and took them to staples to have them bound with their coil binding.  Keeps them neater that way.
    Here are a couple of pictures of some of the inside pages.

            The green, yellow etc. partial page is a piece of paper I made when I was into making paper.

To start your own collage type journal grab any kind of paper that is reasonably strong... cover it with glued down images from magazines and cut to size......  your first attempts don't "Have" to be in a fancy or even "not fancy" journal.. You can mix in plain papers too...  I have seen some interesting things made of a fairly standard size page... stacked up, taken to a print shop or Staples and   bound with coil binding.  Or if you have a sewing machine....  add a "cover page", sew them together on one edge... voila.... a book.

I haven't done the collage type journal I mentioned above but maybe I will eventually.  I have taken classes over the years to learn to make various types of journals which in the past I have used as journals for some of our trips.

SO this is just the beginning of this new adventure...............  hope it last the year................

Monday, January 5, 2015

Shelley and Sausage, an unlikely sounding combo

As I continue to go through the many tea cups and saucers that were given to me by my friend I keep finding surprises!  Today I am sharing with you a Shelley that was included.

It is such a pretty dainty thing, not quite in the standard cup shape I have come to expect of Shelley but lovely still.

I like seeing the little bouquet inside the cup
And here is the mark.   Ruth from Antiques and Tea Cups can probably tell me more about this set.

I made up some little Sausage bites to have with brunch.  They are so simple to make.    Easy and SO GOOD,

   It is a recipe I found at the Just A Pinch website.    The are called Sausage Cream Cheese Crescents and are made easily because you will use Pillsbury Crescent rolls.  I sometimes use my grocery store's generic brand.  Which ever is the best price....  Pillsbury often gives coupons.
Click on the picture I got from the website to find the recipe.....

 While you are there you might even want to join the site.  I often find good recipes there.

I have joined with the following Tea Cup Tuesday Tea Parties.

  These may not be available every week so check to be sure.

Hope you will visit them too.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all my blogging friends.  I know I am a couple of days early but that is because of Tea Cup Tuesday of course.   This has been an interesting year but with health issues and other problems I am not sorry to say goodbye to it.  Looking forward to the New Year and better days.

I am starting off by showing you some special cookies I made and served along with my Earl Gray Vanilla tea (by Tetley, only available in Canada apparently).     The cookies are called Red Velvet Cookies and are made using a Red Velvet Cake Mix,  a tub of cool whip, an egg,  and Powdered Sugar.  You can check out the directions which are on  my daughters blog....  CookingWithAmanda for which their is a link in the right had column.  Everyone that has tasted one has liked them.

 The china I am showing you today is another of the gifts I received from my friend.   I don't know the name of the pattern but it is by Crown Staffordshire which you can see by the mark below.  It is the same company as the one I showed two weeks ago.

 While getting ready for the new year I also decided to make some fun bread.  It is called Buttery Onion Pull Apart Bread and can be found on the Rhodes Bake and Serv web site.   Recipe is HERE

                      Ready to Bake                                


I loved it!!!!!  Especially toasted!

I have joined with the following Tea Cup Tuesday Tea Parties.

  These may not be available every week so check to be sure.

Hope you will visit them too.