Thursday, December 29, 2011

2012 is just around the corner

I still remember, vividly, midnight Dec. 31, 1999.  We went to our local FIRST NIGHT event and saw several groups entertaining including a Blue Grass group.  I have forgotten their name but who could have predicted that   would begin  our journey in Blue Grass music on such a scale including attending several festivals a year.

On that night back in 1999 the predictions of the world ending the next day, computers failing etc. etc. etc. were in all the papers, online, and in conversations. Well here we are.nearly 12 years later and those things didn't happen but the world has changed ALOT.  I won't list here, you already know.

I love the beginning of a new year because it is like you have a blank journal in front of you and you can fill it anyway you choose.

There will be NO Diet promises since I have been steadily losing weight for the past year and a half..(slowly but surely wins that race!)  I think I finally figured that out.  Turns out for me it was quite simple...  just eat less and as the sizes of the clothes get smaller the motivation increases!

I have made my usual "want to accomplish list" and it is lengthy.  Some sewing, learning to machine embroider, making a couple of mini dolll houses, making a quilt, doing several craft projects, and joining with a couple of journaling groups to work on that skill.

I regularly read the blog   Sew Mama Sew which includes inspiration, good links and lots of ideas.
  I am getting back to my sewing machine.  And I will finally be learning to use the Machine Embroidery part of my year old Brother SE400 sewing machine.  I have invested in a lot of thread and various backing material (Stabilizers) so I can do a proper job.  I joined a machine embroidery site where I can get lots of help on their forums AND download any number of patterns. (to see click here)  Designs by Sick!  Yes that really is the name.

I have lots of plans so hope I can stick to it.
My Brother SE-400 Machine for Sewing and Embroidery
Machine Embroidery Thread, Bobbin Thread and three kinds of Stabilizer.
In other sewing I really want to make a blue and yellow quilt for our bedroom.  It will be made using the
   Here is a picture of the STACK of fat quarters and other fabric I hope to use for this quilt.

The pattern I have tentatively chosen is this one
It is from the Patchwork Place book called     More Fat Quarters by M'Liss Rae Hawley

I have not given up on doll house making either.  I have three little kits waiting.   And my paper arts will continue as I work with a couple of journaling groups I have discovered.

I HOPE and PLAN to report here on the progress of these plans.  Wish we luck or the determination to do these things.

I have found in the past if I tell someone I am going to do something it is more likely to get done.

So Check back and see how I am doing. 

Check back on New Years Day for another graphic of a Vintage New Years Postcard from my collection.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Tea Cup Tuesday, final one for 2011

Another Tea Cup Tuesday has arrived.

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This week and for the next few weeks I will be doing something a bit different on Tea Cup Tuesday.  I will be showing and talking about some of the books about Tea, Tea Partys, and recipes for them.

I like books a LOT and have always collected books about my hobbies.  So it was natural to look for books about Tea. I have pretty much lost count of all the books I own on the subject.  But after I finish up in the next few weeks we will all have a better idea of just how many I do own.

This first one is called The London Ritz Book of Afternoon Tea (the art and pleasures of taking tea, by Helen Simpson.  The books opens with a chapter of taking tea at the Ritz Hotel in London.
There are lots of yummy sounding recipes for Scones, Eclairs, Tarts and all the other things that make up a great Tea Party.  The book also tells about many of the different themes and talks about the history of the afternoon tea.   It is worth it to get the book for all the history as well as the recipes you will gather.

I don't really know how many books on this subject I own but after the next few weeks of reporting this we will all have a better idea of just how many books I do have on this subject.                                                                                                                                                                                  

 Next week I will talk about a book I recently found from 1981,

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my readers

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all.
Here is the Christmas Postcard I promised for today.
I could not read the post mark on this card but it was mailed to someone in Rohrsburg, PA and the postage was only 1 cent.  So it was a long time ago.

I will have another card for you on New Years Day.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Day Before Christmas

Here is a little card for you for the day before Christmas. 
I couldn't read the date completely on the postmark but it was 1900 or early in that decade.  It was mailed with a 1 cent stamp from Philadelphia to Pottstown, PA.

( click on the picture to make it bigger. )
And come back on Christmas Day for another one.

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Tuesday before Christmas

Time for Tea Cup Tuesday............
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Twas the Tuesday before Christmas and all through the land,
Tea Cup Tuesday fans are visiting blog sites and seeing what they have on hand.
 That is the end of my poetry abilities... just couldn't resist.

I found one more teacup that needs to be shown in December.

I think this teacup is lovely!  The design is understated which adds a lot I think.

 It is called Winter and is made by Dutchess Bone China Company.  The pretty Christmas rose, holly and berries and pine cones and tassels tell the story. 

Next week I will have to find something completely different to show but hope you are enjoying this one.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tea Cup Tuesday. Second Tuesday in December

Time for Tea Cup Tuesday............
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The weekend of Thanksgiving we were in Syracuse, NY and on that Sunday we managed to get to the Regional Market flea market.  Probably our last flea market of the year. I found a few teacups but nothing too exciting to buy.
    The only tea cups  that were even worth photographing were these which were new and not nearly as nice as the ones I like to collect. I don't know but think they were probably made in China.  The cost was certainly right.  $6.00 a set.  They were pretty to look at though.

A few weeks ago we managed to get to our favorite flea market, Leesport, where I bought two cup and saucer sets.  The one I showed last week was one of those.  And here is the second.  It is definitely Christmas with pretty holly and berries. I am pretty sure it was made in Japan and it is porcelain, not bone china, but for the price I paid, it was well worth it.

I didn't take a picture of the bottom of the cup or saucer because they said nothing.  Probably there was a sticker that said Made in Japan at one time.

I have one more seasonal cup I will share next week.  Be sure to check here.

Some Christmas Graphics from Two Ten Studios

To all my blog readers who need graphics for Christmas, here is a great place to get them.
Lisa Vollrath, at Ten Two Studios, offers this great gift for the holidays.    I have bought a lot of
graphics from her  site and really appreciate these.  The quality is excellent.

Check here for the Countdown.
While there check out her site for other things.

I get her monthly ezine called "The Monthly Muse" which is always filled with great ideas for projects.

Hope you will check her out.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Tea Cup Tuesday, First Tuesday in December.

Time for Tea Cup Tuesday............
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I have missed two weeks of Tea Cup Tuesday, mostly because I was working on and somewhat overwhelmed by making new awnings for my antique shop. Sewing canvas on my home sewing machine was hard.   Not the most fun thing I have ever done.  But they are done now.  So back to normal things.

We made our final trip to Leesport Flea market a couple of weeks ago and I found a couple of nice tea cups.  Got them both because they were had red flowers and seemed Christmas like.

When I looked closer I discovered that one wasn't Christmas, it was actually for August Birthdays and featured red poppies.  Since my birthday is in August I figured I "needed" it.

This is the August Teacup that is from the House Of Global Tea.  I tried to locate information on line about this company but didn't.  It is bone china and supposedly was made in England.   While it is very pretty it is obviously not the same quality of Royal Albert.   Royal Albert did make an August Tea Cup which I have.  I will show it another time.  Meanwhile enjoy looking at this one.
This was inside the rim of the cup.

Monday, November 14, 2011

TeaCupTuesday, Third Tuesday in November

Time for Tea Cup Tuesday............
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This week I am showing a beautiful (I think) tea cup and saucer by Royal Albert.  The name of this pattern is 
Angela.  I don't know why but I really love it. Probably the colors as much as anything. It is one of the four cup and saucer sets I bought for myself when we visited New Brunswick in August.  This is the final cup I have to show you in that grouping.  But never fear.  I have lots more to share.

I tried to find out a bit more about this set but so far nothing.  There are several for sale on line if you want one of your own.  I am happy I found this one for myself

Hope you like it!!!.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Tea Cup Tuesday 2nd Tuesday in November

Time for Tea Cup Tuesday............
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In our state this is election day.  I personally will be glad when it over and we don't have to listen to all the name calling.  Election spots seem to be less and less civilized as time goes on.

Enough of the editorial.  Last Wednesday we went to Leesport again and I found a few tea things.  I found this pretty little made in Japan tea cup and saucer featuring  Ladies and Gents.  Not my favorite style of tea cup but it has pretty colors.

And while we are looking at Made in Japan items here is a set of what is called Geisha Ware.  I have sold them in the past in my antique shop though they seem to be losing favor these days.   I found this link that tells   about Geisha Ware porcelain . Click here to learn more.
Another tea set from Japan is this cute child size Violet tea set.  Probably not that old, but sweet none the less.
And finally here is the one item that I purchased to sell in my shop.
  It is a cute stacked teapot, sugar and creamer.

Trying to learn more about it I found that it was called hand painted redware.  Though it isn't red it apparently was made that way and then painted black.  There were a number of items done like that.  Others that I have seen are sets of black cats.  But however it is made it is a cute little set. It is for sale in my shop.  If you are interested let me know.  I can sell it for $20 which includes postage.  Email me at

See you next week.  I have already planned what I will be showing.  It is Royal Albert.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Tea Cup Tuesday For First Day of November

Time for Tea Cup Tuesday............
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Last week I told you about a flea market I visited and I showed produce.  Normally when I attend a flea market one of the first things I look for is tea cups and tea things.  WELLLLLLLL  the picture below is one of just two teapots I found and NOOOOO teacups at all.  Good thing I have been having better luck in other venues lately.

A pretty little tea cup with violets.  No I didn't buy it though perhaps tempted.  In the picture below you will see it on the table with some other tea party things, loved the plates but they were a bit pricey for me.


The second teapot I found I did buy.  It is a Japanese, very fall like with all the leaves.  I just had to have it and the price was right.  It will serve me well in the fall months. It is copper lustre with raised edges of the leaves.    Here are a few pictures of the teapot.  Hope you like it.  I personally love it.

Next I will be showing you another teacup I bought on my trip to Canada this summer.  This one is ROYAL ALBERT, my favorite maker.  This one is also the pattern one of my husbands cousins had.  We loved when she used it when we visited her.  I will think of her when I use this teacup.

This pattern is called Old English Rose and the pattern has been out
of production for quite a few years.    

  More recently Royal Albert made and sold a similar patter ...  Old Country Roses. It is the pattern I have as a full set.  I got it when Royal Albert was still listed as the manufacturer.  The newer ones say Royal Daulton.  Not as good in my mind.  I much prefer Royal Albert.

See you next week.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

And so it snows.........

This is way too early for it to snow where I live. But we are really getting it right now.  The heavy wet kind that is loading down the trees.

Here are a some pictures.

TOOOOO   SOOOOOON !!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall is my favorite time of year.

 Finally Here images
Fall Graphics

Autumn is my favorite time of year.  I enjoy the cooler days, and certainly the colors of fall.  The hot and very wet summer was getting LONG and it is time to cool off.  The rain can slow down anytime too!!  After all the flooding in our area I feel like we have had enough for a while.

  Yesterday my husband and I went to our favorite farmers and flea market,  in Leesport, PA.  I took loads of pictures as usual but today I want to just share pictures of all the produce and flowers and decor I saw there.... helping to get into the full spirit of the season.

Besides being my favorite time of year, it is my favorite time at the farmers market.  All the produce, flowers and decorations just inspire me.

Local farmers bring an abundance of produce at this time of year.  And while I not that fond of the turnips shown above, most everything else really gets me salivating.  I can't buy enough and I can't wait to get home and start cooking.

One farmer has an interesting way of spelling garlic, don't know if it a Pennsylvania version or he was just being funny.

Pumpkins of course were everywhere, some to cook, some to decorate with, what ever your desire.  They had them in different colors, sizes and decorated or not.  Add to them the squash and gourds and you have wonderful display.

Can't wait to go back again.  If the weather behaves we may be there next week.