Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Tea Time

Hello All! 

Thank you for stopping by!
Being back in Bloglandia has been a joy.
Hearing from many of you...
This time of year,
when the leaves burst into colorful expression
and the air has a certain chill,
I find myself more reflective than
the busy hot summer months. 

Tea is a perfect companion for reflection...
as you all know....

Today I enjoyed a mix of some of my favorite herbs...

in  a  sweet tea cup given to me by my friend Dianne Buckley. 
Thank you again Dianne!
It is a lovely little tea cup,
very sturdy and very comfortable 
in the hand for such a pretty cup. 
She is "Ming Rose"
by Foley,
a fine company.

I sipped my tea while working on the card above,
it is almost done.

Creating holiday cards for family and friends
is a loving task,
I was able to focus and finish my cards. Yay!

I felt so thankful for each loved one!
How lucky are we to have those in our lives
who know us and love us!

How precious love is!

I started writing a list of all I was thankful for...
You all here are on it!
There is so much to be 
Thankful for!

Every single day!
I am thankful for Martha,
Dear Martha is going through a very 
challenging time.
*Send her as much love as you can*

Wishing you all...
where ever you are
and in whatever circumstances...
( I have put up my Jane Austen themed tree!
I will share next post)
Hugs to you All

I am joining Judith for the first time for Mosaic Monday
I also am joining Sandi for No Place Like Home,
Bernideen and Ruth for tea!
Thank you for hosting ladies! 
(I am sorry about the tiny font! I can't seem to fix it!)  

Friday, November 13, 2015

Time to say Hello!

Hello All!
(It feels so good to say those words!)

Happy Autumn!

I am so thrilled to be back with you all!

The ATC above is an older one,
but my sentiments are the same...

Colorful falling leaves
have a musical magic all their own. 

I have been away all year long,
and I have missed each one of you very much.
It is time I return to Bloglandia.
We have had many ups and downs, 
and have been so thankful for all your good thoughts,
prayers, cards, e-mails and handmade art
and even Skype chats!
Thank you all!

Many times you have comforted and cheered me : )
on exactly the right day....
at exactly the right time....
Don't you just love how that happens?

Thank You! 
Many times I was not able to respond during the past year,
and have hoped I have caught up with everyone by now.
Please forgive me if I missed you somehow! 

When November first arrived,
I knew I would be posting before the holiday.
(which surprised me as the day before I thought it might be ages yet!)

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday in many ways...
Not the history, but the idea of having a day that everyone
knows is a day about giving thanks. 
That does it for me! lol, 

During this past year I have been able to do
some creating here and there,
and it seems I am getting a little more done recently.

 I needed a blanket for my bed...
One large granny square!
No concentration needed!
Emma and Betsy wasted no time in snuggling on it from the 
moment I first began to crochet it!

 I made a new glitter "house"...a tree lot....
this is the little sales hut in it's early stage. 

Here is the hut with a frosty roof 
and new wreaths waiting to be adorned.
I will share how it all came out closer to Christmas : )

I took an interesting painting class with 
Will Kemp, he is a wonderful teacher.
This is one of my attempts at his lessons.

There have been days I was able to visit many of you and 
see the amazing art you have been creating!
You all really inspire me!

And...the many gorgeous tea times! 
Martha, thank you for hosting
Tea Cup Tuesday...
you are a lovely host.
My thoughts are with you!
I hope to visit you soon for tea : )

I look forward to visiting as many of you as I can.

Thank you for visiting!
See you soon!
Hugs, and hugs,

Monday, January 12, 2015

New Year-New Chances!

Hello All!

I want to thank each and everyone of you
for all your visits these past years!

Thank you also for all your lovely encouraging comments! 

You are all so dear to me,
I can hardly believe how lucky I have been to meet you! 

You have taught me so much, and spread so much love!
I have totally enjoyed these past 5 years on this blog
and joining in all the tea party fun too.

This year, I am having to focus my attention on health.
I will not be hosting Tea Cup Tuesday for the foreseeable future.
Boo hoo!
But, I will pop in as often as I can
to Martha's Tea Cup Tuesday party : )

And I will hop around when I can and visit YOU.

As soon as I can return, I will be back!

"No matter how challenging life can be...
It is still Wonder Full every single day!"

Hugs to you all!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Tea Cup Tuesday-Happy New Year!

Hello All!
Welcome to the last Tea Cup Tuesday 
of 2014
with Martha and me!

It is almost time to say "good-bye" to 2014 and 
"hello" to 2015. 

I am thankful for each and every day I experienced this year, 
and I look forward to all the possibilities of this coming year. 

Thank you all for your loving thoughts and prayers for my family and
myself  this past year.
I really truly appreciate it!

I wish for each of you, daily presence, moments of clarity and
heaps of opportunities for JOY!

I am sharing here a little tea joy from the holidays...

I brought out this sweet little winter berry-ish
set for Christmas eve...

These cookies, and the cookies above, are  traditional
treats for our family during Christmas.

This very simple set is lovely in candlelight. 
The silver trim takes on a warm glow.

It is by Syracuse China, made right here in America.
Harmony, is a sweet name for this pattern,

My Jane Austen tree rests in my art room window.
It is a lovely spot to see in the morning sun.
Since I took this image, 
the tree has been filled with ornaments from 
friends here in blogland. 
I am amazed at all the gorgeous and loving
art you all have shared with me!
Thank you again!

I cherish each one and will take pictures!

This is my latest little creation,
the Pink house. 
It is hard to see...

...but there is a snowman and a bird bath in the front garden.
I used the Picture Window pattern for this one. 
I have been enjoying this simple creative craft of mini houses,
and have just about finished a Christmas tree lot! lol!
Pure fun : )
How are you exploring your creativity? 
Are you having fun?

Even though we go through some tough things here at home,
I make it a priority to have some true fun as often as possible.
I think it is the elixir of life!


Thank you Martha,
for keeping Tea Cup Tuesday
week to week all year long!

Thank you for stopping by to visit!

Happy New Year!

If you would like to join in just link up your tea cup post below.
Martha and I would love to visit you too : )


Monday, December 8, 2014

Tea Cup Tuesday-Tea and the Creative spirit

Hello All!
Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday!
I apologize for my very long absence.
Back in June I had no idea I would be away from 
my computer and Bloglandia for so long. 
I truly did miss you all!

Thank you for the many kind messages, cards
and words of support!
I appreciated each one!

I have missed visiting you all for Tea Cup Tuesday!
Martha  has been a perfect host all by herself,
Thank You Dear Martha!

Tea has remained a part of my daily life,
my favorite chamomile, or a fresh cup of ginger tea 
often accompany me to my art room.  
I find tea encourages my creative spirit,
and definitely soothes the soul.

Drinking warm aromatic tea while musing over a design is heaven to me.
My cup this time was a lovely thistle pattern...
looks very festive with holly shaped leaves and 
brilliant flowers.
(she does not have a pink background, it was
late at night when I took this image)

She was a lucky find along with a dessert plate!
And, a very low price, always nice....

(drying, late at night)

In between other life events that have taken precedence, 
I have managed to do a bit of creating to keep me going : )
Some sewing, some painting,
crocheting, knitting, a little collage fun and
finally my first glitter house....
Recently my husband and I began the "little charmer" together,
he did all the difficult cuts! Thanks sweetie!
I painted it up a bit, 
(above before glitter)
and put on a tentative layer of glitter...

I am sure I sipped a little glitter in my tea at some point....

It took a couple cups of tea and a day or two to finish this little home...

 Here she is all glittered up,
4 1/2 inches tall and
the same wide. 
She puts me in the Christmas mood!
(gosh, I forgot to put her lights on!)

How Cheery!
She makes me smile. 

I would not mind coming home to her frosty front door.
The first thing I would do is put the kettle on,
then light the fire in the fireplace
.. Lol!

I would definitely have a thistle pattern tea cup in
the cozy little cottage : )
This festive cup would do nicely.

I can thank Royal Albert for creating this beautiful pattern,
Highland Thistle.
Between 1964-1969 this tea cup was manufactured.

My little charmer was made from thick cardstock,
and left over bits of paper from card making. 
I think you could even make it from an empty
cereal box, or shoebox. 

Tea and creating are a blessing.
Tea and creating Christmas art is even better : )


How are you doing?
What has your creative attention lately? 

I will come and see you all,
but forgive me if I do not comment just yet.

Thank you for stopping by!


Monday, June 9, 2014

Miss You!

Hello All!
I am going to be away from my computer for a bit
and I will miss you all very much.

When I come back I will visit and catch up.
Thank you so much for all your visits,
and your kind comments. 
I have enjoyed every bit!
Enjoy your tea and your creative art!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Tea Cup Tuesday

Happy June All!
Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday!

I am sorry I was unable to join you last week.
Thank you Martha for carrying on! 

With life being so very full right now,
I am even more delighted to be able to take
some time for tea with you all!
Especially this morning on the balcony....

The weather has warmed up beautifully.
So I am enjoying my tea and toast outdoors.

My tea is peppermint, and as you can see...
My eggs are not done to perfection, lol!

Have you ever noticed yolks breaking 
more easily in the springtime?

Some watermelon to start with...

And some toast.....(sigh)
I found this chunky bread at Whole Foods,
it is sourdough spelt. 
(It was delicious!).

This pink rosey tea cup was made by Royal Albert.

They have done a fine job
commemorating June with this design.

I have just begun reading this book...
The authoress gives us a look at Jane's life
through the lens of her letters.
It is very interesting and goes so well with tea out doors
:  )

I hope you are all well and enjoying springtime, 
and those of you enjoying fall, I hope you are doing well too!

Are you finding time to have tea? 

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit!
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