Thursday, March 31, 2016

Tea Time Thursday #108 Tea Cup Exchange

Spring is a fun time that seems to spark tea cup exchanges! I participated in several exchanges this spring and all have been so fun. It's a wonderful way to meet new friends via the internet.

This sweet grouping that I'm sharing today for Tea Time Thursday is from  Tonia who joined Stephanie's 8th tea cup exchange on her blog....THE ENCHANTING ROSE. I always think it's fun to see what people include in their exchange.

Isn't this cup and saucer just soooo pretty? Tonia picked the perfect cup for my tea room. I love it.

I like the colors and the design plus the pedestal foot on this cup.

Beautiful trim and a lovely handle. I am fascinated with tea cup handles.

She added a sweet spring card and note and look at this.....Lavender carpet deodorizer! Can't wait to use this. She said I only need a bit. I have never had a product like this. so this is all new to me.

Tonia made this sweet little tea bag holder. It actually holds a box of tea too, but works for singles too.

More tea! How fun to try so many different flavors. That's another fun thing about the get to try new teas!

These are the 3 cup and saucers that friends sent to me this spring! I am blessed and love each and every new treat....and new friends.

I've been sick this week...spent yesterday in bed. The weather is soooo pretty and I am longing to get outside and work in my flower beds. Not quite ready for that. Hot tea sure makes you feel better, especially when you get to drink it from lovely new cup.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tuesday Treasures

Last Saturday, I went to another doll show. This will be the last one until summer. I found a few treasures for sure and a couple ladies I know want me to join their UFDC doll club. I'm a bit nervous about that. I guess I will have to attend 3 meetings and see how it all runs before being accepted. Hummmm. They meet once a month.

I didn't find any vintage dolls that I fell in love with this time, but I did find this most wonderful Mary Engelbreit Madame Alexander doll called Cherry Girl. She looks a bit sad...I hope she becomes more happy once she is living in my craft cottage with all the ME things. she is a cutie.

My photo of my goodies didn't take too well...the sun in the afternoon in my craft cottage makes for tricky photography.

I found some more little tin dishes that I like! I will sell these. The one set is Mary Had A Little Lamb. Love the red colors.

I have sold some of this pattern before with the little kitten. I think it's a favorite with collectors.

This single cup is probably a keeper. It's not in great condition, but it is fro Pinocchio.I have never seen it before.

These sweet little antique doll cards were only 25 cents each! Had to have these for my dolly friends.

Two sweet little pink luster plates for my dolly's pink luster tea sets. You always need extra plates for tea time.

I couldn't resist these fun heels from the 50's. They are in great condition.

This is my favorite find. I'm going to use it by my red chair in my cottage as a little end table. It's child size, so just the perfect and fun fit.

Linking up with Bernideen'sBlog Party. She has moved and is getting all settled in her new home. Congrats Bernideen!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Some Easter Treats

We sure had fun with the grands yesterday! I love this photo of the kids when we went out to eat. So cute! They are both growing up too quickly.

Miss Ava tried to play Easter Bunny so Otto wasn't so scared.

Then Otto wanted to play Easter Bunny and told Ava to sit on his lap. We all had a good laugh at that

One of our traditional Easter treats are Blarney Stones. My grandmother Smith made them for ST Pat's and then over the years, our family decided to make them for ST Pat's and for Easter. It's a tradition. I like to use a mini muffin pan to make them smaller than the cupcake size that my mom used to make. They are messy to make, but worth the work. You have to frost the entire cupcake with icing and roll it in coconut or chopped nuts.

When they are all done, they look like pastel Easter Eggs. They are yummy and everyone loves them. I like to make them smaller as they are really rich! I'm sending a box to Eric and Gina tomorrow. We were sad that they couldn't be with us on Easter Sunday.

I found this great jar the other day at Big Lots when I was shopping with the girls. I had never been there. I was looking for a perfect jar for pickled eggs. My grandmother also made these eggs at Easter.

Here's the jar filled with eggs and beets. They only need a couple days in the fridge before they are ready to eat.

Aren't they pretty? They are really yummy. My grandpa Smith just loved them and so do I. He was a tall and skinny man who always reminded me of Abe Lincoln. I don't eat them like grandpa...he ate them with butter! That's too much for me, but that's the way he liked them. My parents only had margarine at our house. I only got real butter at the Smith's. Isn't it funny what you remember.

I don't always make candy with my candy molds anymore, but I thought it would be fun and my SIL likes them. I like to used the Wilton candy melts. It's just easy using the microwave and your plastic
candy molds.

I painted the design in the eggs with white melts and a candy paint brush. I put them in the fridge for about 10 minutes.

Then I melted the chocolate melts and covered the painted eggs. I had to let these sit for about 20 minutes in the fridge because they were pretty good sized.

I made some strawberry, plain chocolate and vanilla custard ones too. Everyone enjoyed them.
It's just fun to make some family traditional food for the holidays. I hope my girls will continue some of these down the road with their families.

I hope you had a wonderful Easter with family and friends. 

Sunday, March 27, 2016


He is risen indeed! Many blessings to you and your families today. Be filled with JOY and HOPE.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Easter Treats From LaVonne~The Friendship Ball Returns

My dearest friend LaVonne sent me a wonderful Easter package from Montana. She collects treats for me here and there and then I get a LINDA PACKAGE! She knows me well send me things that I just love. She is a blessing in my life in every way. Thanks LaVonne...I am missing you today.

I love this little book! There we are...friends forever!

She's been sending me the most darling vintage postcards this year....all with dolly themes. I love the little chicks on this one.

She made me this beautiful egg for my Easter tree. It's just beautiful...made from a goose egg as Tasha Tudor used.

Lambs and bunnies from Tasha book....A Tale of Easter.

Here it is hanging on my Easter tree.

Oh, what could be in the Friendship ball??????

An Easter teapot ornament and little treats for Annabelle. Yes, she has an Easter tree too! She was really pleased to get this tiny little bible.

Here's my tree and Miss Annabelle's tree. ENJOY!

Wishing you a Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Tea Time Thursday #107

Happy Tea Time Thursday! Easter is almost here and spring is trying to come here in Oregon. I received a beautiful teacup in the mail today from one of my Tasha Friends....Mary. Mary lives in Virginia and I hope to meet her one day. This was not an exchange~just a lovely surprise. She also sent me the package of Peter Rabbit paper plates that I was wanting to find! Thank you Mary.

The cup is made by Royal Albert and is called the Sonnet Series. There are six different cup and saucers in the to honor six different English poets....Byron, Tennyson, Chaucer, Milton,
Coleridge and Wordsworth.

My new addition honors Coleridge. Isn't it a pretty pattern?

And it does have the pattern inside the cup as I love. Now the bad thing is I want the other 5 to complete the set! Oh dear.....

It's also Dolly Time Thursday on my Tasha group, so I will share them here today too. These little ladies are all dolled up for Easter. I have been waiting to share them as they are just so perfect for spring...bonnets included.

I found this little miss at a sale about a month ago. She's a composition doll. Don't you love her bonnet? She has her basket too.

Her hair is really styled with lots of bobby pins holding in the curls.

My dear Tasha friend Melinda, gifted me with this beautiful miss. Her name is Lucinda and she is a Madame Alexander doll. I love her...all pink and pretty.

She even came with a little parasol. She has her basket too.

I hope you enjoyed my Tea Time Thursday post and my sweet gifts from friends. My Tasha Tudor friends are very special and very giving.