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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

It is a blustery All Hallows Eve,
the swirling winds are sending 
the colorful dried leaves dancing all 
around our "graveyard".

Children are eager for the moment
they can run home from school and get 
their costumes on.

When we were kids,
often we figured out our costumes
at the last minute...
from whatever we could find in our 
closets...or our mother's closet.

 (My older sister and I wearing our Raggedy Ann and Andy costumes.)

Sometimes we would get to make our own,
even buying a pattern and special fabric.
Which ever way we did it,
it was fun!

Running through the night 
with a heavy pillowcase dragging behind...
with your friends...
laughing all the way...
That was Halloween in the 60s. 


I leave you tonight with a quote from one of my favorite wizards...
"Happiness can be found,
Even in the darkest of times,
if only one remembers to 
turn on the light"


(Pumpkin image taken with permission at Country Porch Antiques in Raleigh)
(Dumbledore image procured and  edited at Fanpop.com)
Soon to come...antiquing at Vintage Village!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Tea Cup Tuesday-Halloween Tea Time

Hello All,
Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday!
All Hallows Eve is close at hand...
Pull up a chair and join me for tea....

Late night tea time, a few days before Halloween,
with candlelight to set the stage. 
(let's turn the lights on just for a moment to see the tea cups)

Black and gold beauties.

I have chosen three black tea cups...
I love each one.
(I have shared all of them before)
The middle tea cup I have had for many years. 
Fall is when these cups get the most use.

For tea...
How about Rooibos Cream Caramel?
It says...
"An overwhelming favorite at 
the tea shop and cozy couches everywhere"
Sounds perfect!

Smells heavenly...
My DD is loving it : )

Pattern # C756...

Royal Stafford below...
Pattern # 86741...maybe?

We are ready for our trick-or-treaters...
They love to be scared by our yard decorations.
They are more silly than scary though, lol!

Thank you for your visit!
I am so thrilled to hear from you.

If you would like to join in Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha and I,
just go and create a post with your tea cup in it,
then come back here and link up that posts URL below.
Then Martha and I can come and see  your lovely tea cups.

Thank you so much : )


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Lace Book in Progress

Happy Saturday EveryOne!

I thought I would pop in and share my work table.
You know how over the summer I dyed vintage textiles?

and I have collected a few more...

(gosh I just love finding bits of this and that linens!)

I have been an admirer of the collaged lace book
that artist have been sharing online...
 ...two of the many wonderful artists are
They inspired me to begin my own vintage lace collage book. 
 (I love both these lovely ladies!)

 and...while poking around a book store I had a lucky find...

Amazon link
Traci Lyn Huskamp of Red Door Studios wrote this book.
I did not know Tracie before, but after reading her book,
I can say she is a joyful soul!
 Her book fit right in with my own love of nature and art,
and my dreams of vintage lace books.

Tracie's artwork is truly lovely, 
you can visit her blog Red Door Studios  and see.
I love how she paints birds.
and I believe she has a calendar out this year.
Yay for her!


I got started making the substrate book first...
(there are so many different ways to do a book!)

I still have to stop myself from cringing when I cut into vintage textiles...do you?

I found I was moving around many ideas
before I came to a final composition for the cover.
I also realize now that I should have planned the cover,
but maybe saved creating it for last, as it is bulky.

 (this is a bit brighter blue than it is)
This is where I am so far with the cover.
I am still musing over it while I begin to lay out the interior.

The theme is Renew.

Thank you for stopping by!
...now back to putzing around : )


Monday, October 21, 2013

Tea Cup Tuesday-OCR and Look Alike

Hello All!
Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday!

"Why do we do this week after week?" Martha and I might ask ourselves...
we do it because it feels good to focus on
beauty and friendship!
: )

(We also love to see great china)
AND create Beautiful Friendships over a cup of tea!

When I first saw this cup, I thought it was a variation of
Old Country Roses, by Royal Albert.
It matched my OCR teapot shown here.
The beautiful red, yellow and pink roses look so similar.

Gorgeous coloring!

But I was surprised...
It is actually a cup by Royal Chelsea. 

New Chelsea Porcelain Co (LTD) began in 1912, on Bagnall St., Longton, Stoke On Trent, England,
In 1951 they continued work under a new title,  New Chelsea China Co (LTD) and closed in 1961.

This cup has a backstamp I have not yet located, but I am guessing 
it was manufactured after the firm changed it's name in 51.

This Old Country Roses tea pot was manufactured in Indonesia.

I had not look that closely when I purchased it from Macy's years ago.
I assumed since it was Royal Albert it had been manufactured in England.

Here you see the perfection of Red, yellow and pink roses. 
The artist took years to perfect this pattern.

Check out this Ebay page on "How To Buy Royal Albert Old Country Roses"
The author has some interesting information about the history,  different
manufacturers and qualities over the years. 
This is where I learned about the different countries OCR is made.
The author has some opinions about collecting this pattern.

I enjoy mixing and matching china.
And this pair seem to be perfect for each other. 


In our busy world, I know how precious time can feel.
Thank you for spending a few of your moments with me today : )

"The only thing that really matters in life, 
is to love and be loved in return."

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Thinking of You


Happy Saturday Night! 

I just wanted to stop in and say "Hello".

Since being away this past week I am taking time today to visit here in Bloglandia.

You are all so inspiring!
 I am seeing so many interesting and creative posts! 

Art room cleaning is going well,
I have begun some Christmas cards...
yes, really! lol!

 Cheryl (my lovely friend from England)
took the picture, at the top of my post, of me at Sarah Duke Gardens.
We had a beautiful day there, walking in bare feet when we could.
I am going to miss summer!
 ( I already miss her!)

It has been misty and rainy here for ages,
so I thought some bright August flowers from SDG would be cheery.
We really did enjoy our visit to the gardens.

Here it is the middle of October already.
 Autumn is so lovely too!

There is beauty everywhere.


I just wanted to say...
Thank you.
For your visits, for your friendship,
for your loving and supportive comments. 


Monday, October 14, 2013

Tea Cup Tuesday-Last Roses of Summer

Hello All!
Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday!
Sandi At Rose Chintz Cottage is having a special Pink Tea
to support the awareness of breast cancer.
Most everyone, unfortunately, knows and loves
someone who has had this experience.
And our hearts go out to them.
Thank you Sandi!

Today I am showing a tea cup with vibrant pinks in it,
with a delicate pink rose on the side.

She works well for both spring, summer and fall seasons with her vibrant roses and 
autumn coloring.

The roses in golden yellow...

and pinky purples reminds me of the colored
leaves lying on my path during my walk earlier today.
I saw these very colors here 
mixed with green and black,
adorning the newly fallen leaves.

The brightly colored fall leaves are wondrously beautiful to me.

 Her "fancy 7" handle...
I made that one up : )

 This lovely trio was manufactured by Hammersley.
An English Pottery that was located in Stoke On Trent, England. 
The pattern name is Morgans Rose....
handily supplied here on her backstamp.

Hammersley was a fine company that began in 1887.
George Harris Hammersely had worked with another potter before
beginning his own company Hammersley and Co.
Spode is now the owner of this old firm,
and you no longer see their backstamp anymore.

It has been dark, rainy and misty here for a while now.
I took this image last week, the leaves had not yet begun to turn.

After such a wet summer, I really am surprised at the wet fall too.
Who knows...maybe there will be *snow* this winter?

I am re-organizing my art room....
Nothing like the scale of Martha's redo,
but if you don't hear from me in a week...
send somebody in to find me ; )

Thank you so much for visiting with me today!
I am away from home and will
be a little late maybe in visiting you all,
but I will be there for sure soon.

Please remember to have your annual checkup : )


Monday, October 7, 2013

Tea Cup Tuesday-Stormy Day

Today was one of those stormy gloomy days...
Dark heavy clouds blanketed the sky from sun up to sun down. 

A perfect day for a cup or two of tea : )

It is time bring out my early fall tea cups.
Cream and gold seems just right.
Lovely birds, berries, fruit and flowers
gives me the feeling of harvest time.

I call this my harvest cup as it seems to include such bounty!

I love this one with the apple in the middle. 

It was a beautiful summer,
but the harvest is now in,
and Fall has arrived. 

I hope for a slower pace....

Walking out doors in autumn
in the fresh air is so revitalizing.
I do love fall!

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit!
I have been hearing how busy you all are
(me too!)
and I appreciate you taking your time to say "hello".

 (As a nod to the up coming holiday... a "bat" winged tea cup handle!)
 Bwwwoooooaaahhhhhh ha ha!

Martha is busy with house changes and party decorations,
so she may be joining up a little later. 
We all LOVE Martha!

Do you bring out special china for fall?

If you would like to  join in Tea Cup Tuesday
just link up your tea cup post below with Linky Tools.
Then we can all come over and visit you!

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