Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tea Time Tuesday #159 Tea Cup Reveal

Today, the postman brought me a lovely and exciting package! It was from Oliva, my tea cup exchange partner for Stephanie's special exchange. Oliva has had a difficult time lately, so she had written to me that my package would be a bit late. That's just life and I understand how those things happen.

I opened my box to find it all so pretty...wrapped up in pretty tissue paper. I kept taking little gifts out of the box and soon had a pile of treasures on my table!

So exciting! I felt like it was Christmas.

I carefully opened the cup and saucer first. Isn't it dainty and so pretty? I love the pink flowers. It's from Japan and a bit fragile. I love it.

Sweet and dainty.

Look at this generous group of precious tea goodies!!! I still am in awe.

Don't you just love the pink napkin and teapot napkin ring? I will treasure this and use it and think of Oliva when I do. Very very special.

These must be the prettiest floral gardening gloves ever made! And of course she tucked in some seeds for spring time planting.

What a cute little tea holder.

Wonderful organic Earl Grey tea. I will sample it tomorrow for tea time.

I adore this sweet GRANDMOTHER kitchen towel.

What a total surprise to find a fat quarter pack tucked into my box! I will have to find a quilt pattern to make something special with this gift!

A few yummy goodies too...yum,

How did Oliva know I love little lights? Look how cute these are!

Thoughtful Thank you cards too and a great bookmark with a wonderful quote.

One of the dear things about these exchanges is making new friends. She tucked in a little letter sharing somethings about her so I could get to know her a bit better. What a nice touch that I will have to remember for the next exchange.

So dear Oliva...thank you from the bottom of my heart. This was such a treasure box of goodies. I cherish my goodies. I thank you for getting to know picked the perfect gifts for me.

Thank you so much Stephanie for organizing yet another wonderful exchange.  You can find Stephanie's lovely blog at The Enchanting Rose.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Papa John's 88th Birthday

April will soon be gone and I wanted to be sure that I get my dad's 88th birthday party pictures posted! His birthday was April 8th. My dad is so blessed to have his siblings close by and they just are the cutest family. Steve is the baby and dad is the oldest. My "Uncle Steve" is actually two years younger that me. I think it's funny that my mom and my grandmother were pregnant at the same time. My brother John and Steve are just months apart. Uncle Steve is so good about helping his older siblings get together. He drove down from Spokane, picked up my Aunt Dee and her husband and they stayed overnight at my Uncle Ray's house. He is always so happy to do it and he makes me smile. In this photo, you see my Aunt Dee (my godmother), Uncle Steve, My dad (Papa John) and my Uncle Ray. We had 29 family members show up for dinner at the Vancouver Spaghetti Factory. My brother John and his wife Ginger had a family funeral on her side, so they were the only members who couldn't attend.

My sister Debbie and my brother-in-law Bill.

Uncle Steve, nephews J and Patrick.

My daughter Angie, and my niece Anna with her hubby Matt.

My sister Alisa, my brother-in-law Marcos and my niece Desi.

I was sorry the lighting was bad on this nieces Maria, Amanda and Jenny.

My niece Jenny and my daughter Gina.

My son-in-law Chris and my grandson Otto ( couldn't catch him).

My nephew Markie and his girlfriend Jessica.

My great niece Bella and great nephew Peyton.

My niece Desi's hubby Don and his kids!

Some of the gang.

My Jimmy.

Jimmy and Linda with Uncle Ray and Papa John.                                                                              

The balloon guy with my sister Debbie and niece Amanda.

Aunt Dee and her big brother John.

All my dad's grandchildren. Anna, Angie, Amanda, Markie, Maria, J, Jenny, Desi Gina and Patrick.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dolly Thursday and Thursday Finds

It's Dolly Thursday on my Tasha Tudor group again, so I wanted to share this sweet little miss. She is a reproduction doll, but I think she is so beautiful. Her face is darling. She was left in a back room at an estate sale last fall and I just couldn't leave her there, so she came home with me. She was also 1/2 price.

Her dress is sweet and she even came with her little locket. I haven't given her a name yet. She is holding a few friends for the season.

I stopped at an antique store on the way home from the beach last week. I found a few fun things for Easter gifts and a few goodies for me. I love tin dishes and containers. I found this sweet little sugar canister in the basement.

I collect plastic rattles and Easter animals, so this duck will be added to the gang. I think he was quite pleased to join the group.

I always look for vintage books from the late 1800's and early 1900's. This one just has the perfect look.

Someone started to do the embroidery work on this fun little panel and never finish. I think it will make a darling little fun pillow once I get it completed.

Don't you love the ducky?

This is where I found the cute little Beatrix Potter trio that I shared on Tuesday. I just love anything Peter Rabbit.

I think we are actually going to have a sunny day tomorrow! I am excited to see the sun. What a wet and dreary spring we have had.
I was supposed to join in the Tea Cup Exchange reveal today, however, my exchange partner is having a hard time and was delayed in getting my package out. That's just fine, as I understand. It will be fun to share it when it does arrive. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tea Time Tuesday #158

Happy Belated Easter Greetings to my blogger friends! I was kind of shocked when I saw the date on my last blog post...April 7th! WOW! SO much has happened in my life that I will have to share over the next few days. I was able to go to a quilt show, a quilt retreat, we celebrated my dad's 88th birthday and Easter sort of skipped by me as I got sick the night before Easter Sunday....

So, on with the blogging! Today is Tea Time Tuesday and I will share a bit of my Peter Rabbit china by Wedgewood. I have been collecting it for years, just bit by bit which is fun. I was able to find a few more cup and saucers this spring. One of these years, I hope to have a Peter Rabbit tea.

When I returned home to day from my quilting group, I had a cup of tea. I can't eat the yummy cake you see anymore, but it is a family tradition and I still make them for my family.

There's nothing like a cuppa in the afternoon to pick you up! It's even better when it's in a charming teacup.

This is a Blarney Stone. I feature them every Easter because they are a family tradition. My grandmother made the on St Pat's and they were always green. My mom changed the tradition to an Easter dessert and used colored frostings to look like Easter eggs. They are just a white cupcake, frosted all around and rolled in coconut or chopped pecans. They are really rich, loaded with sugar but they are yummy. I have made tiny ones for baby showers or bridal showers which are really cute.

On my way home from my quilt retreat, I stopped at a favorite antique shoppe. I was delighted to find Floppsy, Moppsy, and Cottontail to go along with my little Beatrix Potter animals. So cute!

Over the years, I have found several egg cups. I thought they would look pretty cute with a plastic egg resting in each cup. I love it.

A dolly person MUST own a child sized Peter Rabbit tea set! I also have tiny ones for my small dolls.

Don't you like the egg sitting in the mug? I only have one of those eggs with a Beatrix Potter design.

Lots of Peters...waiting for spring and Easter.
I do hope you had a lovely Easter Sunday. We will have another egg hunt on Sunday to make up for my missing the day with the grands. Kids love egg hunts!