Sunday, July 24, 2016

BEATRIX POTTER TEA & SWAP


Good tidings to you!  This morning I am drinking Twinings Darjeeling Tea with local honey and milk.  Please grab a cuppa and join me, IF YOU DARE! Not really; I just like saying, IF YOU DARE! (heehee).

Please click the video below for some lovely background music.


Peter Rabbit Theme


Back in Februray, the host of the FB group I belong to asked me to create a banner for a group swap she was planning in honor of Beatrix Potter's 150th Birthday.
Click here if you like to join the FB group.
 It is private, so you simply request to be added. Over 500 members worldwide.
This is what I came up with, using my sweet Village cottage teapot (designed by Annie Rowe), which my mother-in-law gifted to me years ago, and also a darling Peter Rabbit cup and bowl I added to my teawares last year (from, I think, TJ Maxx, or Marshal's).
We would be swapping a Beatrix Potter themed birthday card and a tea sample.
Once we were assigned our partners in June, I found out I was matched with Robin who lives in San Diego (about 80 miles from me). I immediately asked if she wanted to do our swap in person, over tea. Delightfully, she agreed!
I told her to feel free to invite someone.  She asked another ATAA member, Rochelle.
New dress and new do!
The big day finally arrived. I had purchased a new dress, and oh, wait! I have to tell you about a lovely blessing I received!  Friday, my neighbor was outside at the same time I was.  We got to chatting, and I told her about the tea I was heading to.  She is a hair dresser, and said, "Why don't you come in and let me give you a trim?"  I agreed, and she gave me a fabulous new style; cut off a few inches, added layers, thinning, texturizing, the works!  We hardly ever get a chance to talk, but she shared how she had wanted to do this for me for a long time, and the fact it worked out so spontaneously, she said, must have been the work of the Lord. I then went home and colored and styled it, and absoulutely love it!

Now, back to our regularly scheduled program. Press play if you need a little more music (-smile).
Room Full of Tales
I pulled out some of my tea jewlry, which later the ladies oohed and aahed over, and asked about. So, I will share that with you as well.
My Beatrix Potter Tea necklacke.
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Earrings. Click here for Shop
Bracelet: I believe Gurrlie Girl is out of business now, but, perhaps you might find some of their jewlry 2nd hand.
Small pin on my sweater. Had this
one too long to recall where
I purchased it. :)
Saying a prayer for travling mercies, I headed out around 9am, fearing the worst in traffic, because I discovered the BIG Comic-Con convention was also happening in San Diego.  Well, the freeways were wide open, and I arrived around 10:00 for our 11:00 reservation!  The only trouble I had was, fearing I was lost because the small shopping strip housing the tearoom is located within a housing tract that doesn't even face the main street.
Me waiting outside.

A park across the street surrounded by tract homes on 3 sides.
team-jay
{website photo & link}
Jay, the general manager, whom I had spoken with on the phone spotted me outside, and unlocked the door for me, as we had dicussed these fun food picks I created, and needed to slip them to him before the event.  He is very personable and accomodating. 

Are you ready for more music?  Press play :)
Chopin Piano Music for Tea

Jay also allowed me to set a few Beatrix Potter items on the table to help set the stage. If you love Beatrix Potter, I HIGHLY recommend this large scrapbook style book filled with treasures and removeable items, including a small Peter Rabbit book hidden in the back. Click here for link and peeks inside. If you would like to learn more about her, the pocket sized book, written by her great-nephew, John Heelis can be found here. Finally, the charming Peter Rabbit Set, I purchased from Barnes and Noble around Easter time, for under $20. Click here.

Robin, Rochelle, and Heather - we wanted to include the banner covering the bakery case, since it features all the tearoom details!
Introductions and warm greetings were offered as the ladies arrived, and we got to know each other.  Robin made these hats, and kindly offered them up for picture taking!
Marlene, the tearoom owner {in red}, also wanted to pose with us for a picture.  Robin actually sold several hats to her for the shop recently, and she is wearing one.

China pattern on our table
The tea room is elegantly decorated in dark greys, and wood floors, and chandeliers. Each table has its own set of matching china and lovely stem-ware, unique from the other tables.
Fresh flowers on every table.

The tea room has a set menu, that they change every month.  Note, it is listed as "High Tea".  The evolution of the terms High Tea and Afternoon Tea is explained here, which I found most interesting. Whatever you choose to call it, truely it is the fellowship that makes it special, and we certainly had that this day!
The tomato, red pepper soup was a bit strong for my fragile pallet, but the other ladies seemed to enjoy it.  The puff twist was extremely buttery and flakey.  It actually took us a while to even try our food, since we were all diving headon into conversation and sharing stories! You can really see the china in this picture, and how the small circles are raised up on the pattern. Very elegant.

Tiered stand PACKED with tasty delights!
Next our food arrived, and the ladies were SO surprised at all of the Beatrix Potter picks adorning the items.  They thought the tearoom was also celebrating, until I explained I had done it.  Aren't I sneaky? (tea-hee).
Savories
That cucumber sandwich really got us talking, because it was so fresh and tasty.  We inquired of Marlene, What made it special?  She said she does not soak the cucumber, instead she adds lemon zest to the cream cheese and fresh dill.  We all agreed we WILL be trying that at home!
Scones and fresh fruit {this 1 little dish of cream was for the entire table to share.  However, since there was a glaze on the tender and moist peach scone, we made due, and I felt it worked out fine}.
Sweets course
{those teapot warmers in the background worked REALLY well}.

Closeup of gold flakes on, I guess you might call it a blueberry coffee-cake bite.  That one was my favorite.

Closeup of sparkles on chocolate, mini-cupcake.  So pretty.


Robin tried a pot of mango tea, Rochelle favored the Harney and Sons Paris blend, and I went with a Caramel Rooibos. I did notice this tearoom chooses to use teabags instead of loose tea, which they store in glass containers on their shelves.  We each enjoyed our selections very much.
Rochelle's gift to us
While partaking, we decided to do our swap.  Turns out, Robin had well-informed Rochelle and she decided to gift us with these adorably sweet teabag girls along with a notecard, all of which she handmade, and a tea sample. Thank you so much Rochelle!
Robin's gift to us
Robin also got crafty.  She gifted us each with a teabag rest, a charming notecard filled with Peter Rabbit art, a box filled with several individually wrapped teabags, and bookmarks! She not only included Rochelle, but also included my sister, who sadly had to cancel at the last moment. Thank you kindly Robin!
My cards for the ladies (front)
I also had fun being creative and choose to include both ladies. Isn't giving so much fun?!
Inside top of my card
Inside bottom of my card

Gift bags I decorated & wrapped gift.
The quote on this bag is: "Believe there is a Great Power silently working all things for good. Behave yourself and nevermind the rest." Beatrix Potter.
Clipped inside the bag
Purple Gracie cup & saucer for Robin
I often purchase cups and saucers and tuck them away to give as gifts. Now I knew purple was Robin's favorite color (just like me, so how could I posssibly forget!), so I knew this set was meant for her. I embellished the little clothespin, and added a sweet clipart tag on top of a tea sample.
Teamail!
 I also ordered her a Ltd. ed. Beatrix Potter strawberry herbal tea, and had it shipped directly to her home.  But, just in case it did not arrive in time, I also printed a little picture.  Incidentally, it did arrive in time, and she brought it with her - YAY!
Rochelle's Gracie cup and saucer in pink
Now I had no idea, but of course the Lord knew, that Rochelle's favorite color was pink! Squeeee!!!! Happy dance.  Don't you just love when things work out so well.

The ladies enjoyed browsing through the Beatrix Potter Journal.  Besides Ms. Potter, we talked of so many things. Rochelle shared how she and Robin had only met a few months ago, and their common love of tea is what brought them together (through FB).  And also, how she grew up working in her uncle's winery and learning all the finer points of wine. Robin shared about her wonderful marriage, and a husband who adores her and caters to her passion for tea.  And also, how her own parents were married some sixty-something years! How marvelous.  I shared how my sister introduced me to my first tea room experience in my early twenties, and the love took hold of me, and has never left; becoming a strong part of my life in many different ways, including sharing it with my children, just as Rochelle has done.

Miss Potter (Widescreen)
CLICK HERE for WalMart link, or
simply type Miss Potter on their website

Robin and I talked about what a wonderful movie Miss Potter (2011) is and recommended Rochelle look for it.  If you have not seen it, you can order it from WalMart dot com (under $10), and have it shipped to the store, for free shipping.

Our conversation was tealightful!

Following the tea, we said our goodbyes, and I decided to drive over to the ocean. I was so close, I couldn't possibly drive home without seeing it, right?!
The view was breathtaking, high above this cliff/overlook.  A hot breeze was blowing, and a group of pelicans flew by.
I did not linger long, but smiled to myself, thanking the Lord for His handywork before heading home.

I hope you enjoyed being a part of this adventure with me, and will leave a comment below.


As a reminder, or if you did not know, I am having a give-way (click here for link), which ends tomorrow 7/25.



Thank you for dropping by dear friends.  Blessings and a cup of tea to you!



14 comments:

  1. What a perfectly delightful outing! WOW! This is an amazing post! Your hair looks beautiful, too. And I especially love all the details, and that you gave Praises to God for this day. ♥

    Be sure to share your wonderful BP Birthday Tea Time at this linky party:
    http://blog.bernideens.com/2016/07/celebrating-beatrix-potters-150th.html

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    1. Thank you Michelle! And great idea. Will do :)

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  2. Oh my goodness Heather! You really turned the Beatrix Potter Birthday Card Exchange into something special! And now you've turned our memories into a beautiful keepsake for us to remember always. Thank you for all your time, generosity, and efforts on our tea gathering. What a blessing it was!

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    1. Robin. I'm so happy you enjoyed re-living it all. I know I will enjoying coming back from time to time and doing so as well. It was a joy to meet both of you! ~Heather

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  3. What a wonderful post. I enjoyed very much.

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  4. "The first words of a (post) are simply delicious...you never know where they're going to take (me)" [hee!]
    Thank you for such a lovely break from my wkend chores. I sit here now beside my vacuum, fan blowing, kids outside helping daddy wash the car & decide, 'yup, now! Now is a brief time I can treat myself'. And now that it's over, I must compliment your post & Thank You! I enjoyed reading all the details :o>

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  5. Couldn't be more perfect Heather! What a wonderful tea and a wonderful post!
    Ruth

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  6. Helo good afternoon, I stumbled across your blog today. What a wonderful tea party you had. And such wonderful things you all shared... I haven't been to San Diego in years. I live in San Francisco. So glad to have found you. Thank you for the Beatrix potter info on the journal and book. I love and adore her and probably watched the movie close to 25 times or maybe more.. I will join your blog today. Stop when you can, with love Janice

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  7. What a fantastic afternoon tea experience! Your attention to detail is impressive. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. It was wonderful reading about it. You are so brave to drive that way by yourself and to the beach. God bless you!

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  9. Dear Heather:
    Thank you so much for coming to link at my tea blog party and what a lovely posting. You are invited to join me on Friday mornings and it stays open until Wednesday evenings. What a lovely time you all had at the tea room enjoying Afternoon Tea (even though they called it High Tea). The food looked delicious and what a beautiful cup and saucer too! Thanks for sharing and linking.

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  10. Hi Heather: What an amazing day you had. Love all the pretty pictures you shared and the drive you had to do to get there. What part of Los Angeles do you live in? I am in La Crescenta. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

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  11. Such a wonderful outing! I am in love with that Beatrix Potter Tea necklace♥

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