Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Teacup Thursday #82

Wow...such a busy busy time! I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving Day and weekend. We use did! I was so busy with Etsy orders after the weekend and I have been trying to get my Christmas decorating done this week, so I haven't been on the computer much. Jim and I are going up North to visit friends and celebrate my birthday, a week early. Five of us are having a mini Tasha Tudor Gathering and I can't wait.
This is a really pretty cup and saucer that I found in the summer. I had to save it for Christmas and as December is almost here, I wanted to feature it this week for Miss Spenser's Teacup Thursday. It's marked Christmas Rose Golden Crown-Bone China made in England. It's part of the Bouquet of the Month series.
I am having trouble posting pictures on my blog post tonight. I have tried several times and it's getting late so I guess I'm only going to be able to post the pictures as I want.  UGH!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving~Teacup Thursday # 81

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends, family and blogger friends! It's turkey time! This is my 81st Teacup Thursday for Miss Spenser's Teacup Thursday. Another pattern by Johnson Brothers...His Majesty. A good name for Mr Turkey.

I only have 4 teacups and 4 dessert plates in this pattern, but it goes nicely with my other Johnson Brothers patterns. I have this set on a Charles Wysocki fall tray. I like his art work, especially the house and town scenes.

Here's some of his prints that I like...lots of fall color and subject matter.

As we are going out to eat with our daughters and their guys tomorrow, Jim asked me to roast a small turkey today, so we had turkey fixin's for dinner! It was yummy.

I didn't make the pie, but it sure was good. I like pumpkin but would never turn down an slice of apple pie!

I enjoyed a cup of Pumpkin Spice decaf tea by Stash. My friend Natalie served it at our tea last week and sent some home with me. It's really nice.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. Our family has been very blessed this year and we have so much to be thankful for.

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!" Psalm 107:1

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


I was looking at some vintage Thanksgiving postcards today and had to laugh at all the "corn" related
one I found. Just had to post them for fun.....just enjoy!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Stormy Weather

This is the music to play today! We are getting our first big winter weather storm today here in Oregon and the entire Northwest corner of the USA. Lots of rain and wind but on the warm side. A good day to stay inside and get some work done.
I sold my #1000 item this weekend on my Etsy site. I was so excited! I got all caught up on my orders but woke up to 10 more this morning. I am so thankful for this little FUN business. I need one more cup of coffee and then better get to work!
The girls wanted to go out for Thanksgiving dinner this year. It feels a little funny not to be planning and cooking. Should be fun...just being together is the best thing anymore.
Happy Birthday wishes to my niece Anna! Have a good one Ms Anna Banana! Love ya lots.
How are you plans coming along for Turkey Day?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

More Quilting and More Fun!

I spent last Friday at my friend Lynda's house, working on a quilt for her son. He picked out the fabrics and it was a challenge trying to put this all together. Lynda and I enjoy more traditional quilts this was a bit hard for us both. We had it spread all over the floor! She is just getting into quilting so she doesn't have a design wall. This is a very rough beginning shown here!

We made quite a mess in her living room! A true work in progress.

This is Lynda, carefully packing up each row by row, as I finished cutting out the strips that we found we needed along the way. I am sorry I didn't get a better picture of my friend!
We got it all figured out, cut out, pressed and ready to go! She would like to finish it for a Christmas gift. She has a gal who will long arm quilt it and I need to call that lady to get my dad's quilt finished up.

On Friday, Jim and I went to the Heart of the Country craft show in Troutdale. It's an annual show near home, with really nice items done by the Larch Mt Artists. Some of the profits go to our Troutdale parks, the Corbett Schools and the Vista House. Here is a picture of the Vista House which is an awesome place to visit, not far from our house. It sits up on the Columbia River Gorge.

The show is held at our little Glenn Otto park in Troutdale. Here's some of the items that are offered.

Jim is checking out....a good place to begin some Christmas shopping. the clerk was having some trouble with the new cash register! We had fun.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tea With Friends and Teacup Thursday # 80

My dear friend Natalie moved into her home about a year ago. It is her first home and she has been wanting me to visit. She invited me to tea on Monday. I picked up my other dear friend Ann on the way which gave us even more time to chat and catch up. Natalie loves fall almost as much as I do and went all out with her tea menu. Isn't the plate just lovely?

Ann is wearing red and Natalie is wearing fall colors. I had to quickly take the picture as Natalie doesn't like to have her picture taken. We had a great time talking and talking and talking!

Then she brought out the desserts and oh my! We had to take a break and come back for the sweets later. Everything was yummy and so beautiful. Ann looks pretty serious her surveying the treats!

I missed Miss Spenser's Teacup Thursday last week. This week, as fall slips away and Thanksgiving will soon be here, I am featuring my favorite turkey teacup. It's by my beloved Johnson Brothers. I love the busy border and the rich brown colors of this pattern. I have the plates and some serving pieces that match.My most cherished piece is the large turkey platter.

It's called Wild Turkeys Native American-Windsor Ware Johnson Brothers...Made in England.

I know that the Christmas season is almost here and I will be packing up my fall decorations soon. I get sad when I have to say good bye to my autumn things as fall really is my favorite season. Some of you have shared that you are tired of the fall colors. It was a gorgeous day here in Oregon, so I went outside this afternoon to snap a few pictures of some of my flowers that are still blooming...just for those of you who are tired of fall. Enjoy.......

Friday, November 9, 2012

Oh So Much Fun!

I arrived at the Canby Retreat Center on Monday about noon! The sign was all set up showing us quilters the way to hours of fun! We stayed in the Riverfront  Lodge, a lovely two story building. We were very spoiled to have our own room complete with our own bathroom! The only hard part was dragging all our our "stuff" upstairs! Have you ever seen how much"stuff" quilters take to retreats?

This was the view out the huge window looking out over the Mollala River. The leaves were falling and it was just so pretty.

Everyone settled in and got to work. The room had great lighting and we all had plenty of room. We had 12 quilters in the group.

Our meals were cooked by a chef who is beginning a culinary school at the center. We had to walk a short distance to a nice dining room-decorated for fall.

On of our quilters, Jan, is scheduled for knee surgery next Monday, so she needed a ride back and forth!

After dinner it was back to work, some chatting and some treats!

Christy brought her snowman quilt to share! She just got it back from the long arm quilter.

Linda was so generous and brought 4 nice bottles of wine to share with us. This is how quilters relax!
Roberta and her cousin Nancy and Ina are having a great time.

Everyone jumped right in again the next day. Lots of creative ladies. It's always fun to see what others are working on.

Nancy was working on a great project using vintage blocks that her mother had done years ago.

The camp manager's son Seth was helping and came in to visit with all of us ladies! What a hoot! He was so funny ad looked at each project. He's talking with Ina here. Yes, he had LOTS to say. This is Ina's quilt.

This is my good friend Nancy-my bible study buddy. She's an excellent quilter and we stayed up way too late every night talking and sewing.

More Christmas projects! Have to get those finished.....not much time left! Here's a few pictures of my project. I was able to get the whole quilt top done.

It's quite large and I could get a full picture of the quilt top. It's nice a cozy. Hope I can get it long armed before Christmas.

Time to relax, so some binding and  look at some new magazines for that next quilt or project!

Jodi and her mother-in-law Stephanie were working on the most amazing quilt. They were making a wedding quilt for a family member. I took pictures from the balcony as the quilt progressed. It really was something.