Thursday, January 19, 2012

Another week of decluttering......

I am entering my third week of my decluttering campaign.  I have heard it said that if you do something for at least three weeks it will become a habit.

Here is my newest report....
       I got rid of 7 t-shirts that no longer fit.  They were from Nascar Races and Blue grass festivals so I hope someone will like them.  They went to the Salvation Army.  I also got rid of a Yankee candle that is almost new... but I never liked the smell.  And I sent off three figurines that are just collecting dust in this house.
That is 11 individual items.  Besides the 10 dolls I put on e-bay in last weeks list I also include some Avon Miniature Doll House furniture that really doesn't go in the doll houses I have now.  So I can count them as  2 cause they were two room settings.

And in the throw away line I filled two of the Tall Kitchen Bags with junk from my studio clean out.  I will just count them as two even though there were a lot of things in each bag.  I am already starting on another bag!

So my total for this week is:
7-t shirts
1 yankee candle
3 figurines
2 doll house rooms of furniture
and 2 tall kitchen bags of junk from my craft room

So I am counting a total of 15 items.

and up to date.. 33 from the past and 15 more means I am up to 48.  Not too bad considering the month is only a little over half over.  So with 366 items promised and 48 gone I am now at just 318 to go.

Working on  more goodies next week,  I am half way through filling another of those tall trash bags and am making a pile of craft supplies to donate to a local children's museum.

How are you doing in your decluttering?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Tea Cup Tuesday, Third Tuesday in January

Welcome again to my Offering on Tea Cup Tuesday.

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For the past couple of weeks I have been showing you some of my collection of tea books.  I suddenly realized I had better do more than just 2 a week or I will still be doing it until  next January.

So this week I have 6 books to show you.  These are rather small ones that I have picked up here and there, often at little gift shops.  

This first group of three are a bit different.  The first one (on the left) is actually a book of postcards.  Each postcard features a lovely tea service and on the back there is the recipe of the item pictured on the front.    The second one (in the middle) is called Tea Temptations.  It has loads of recipes easy teas, tea drinks and punches, even tea icecream.  According to the price tag of the back I bought it at Gloria Jean's Coffee Bean which I think is a little shop in malls.    The third book on the right doesn't have any recipes however I had to add it to my collection.  It is the illustrated song.... I'M A LITTLE TEA CUP."  Cute for a young child but oh so wonderful for a grown up who remembers singing that song as a child.  On the back of the book there are directions for how to do the movements when you sing the song! and the best part is that it is the shape of a teapot!!!!

If you click on these pictures I think you can see them better

The next group features a book (on the right) shows examples of many different kinds of teas and tisanes (herb teas), The one in the middle is a mini gourmet cookbook (or so it says) called Afternoon Tea.  And the third one, on the left is a little booklet also called Afternoon Tea which features several recipes just right for afternoon tea.

I am not sure that these are still available but be sure to check at any teashop you may visit, gift shops often carry them and even a coffee shop like I mentioned in the first section.  I noticed they are all older, copyrights back to the '80s so if you want one you may have to do a bit of a search.

The one thing I have discovered is that you really only need a couple if you are planning a tea party.  BUT if you are like me and "NEED" all the books you can find... go for it!