Sunday, March 29, 2015


4/9/15 Update: I am going through and cleaning up my blog due to a post I just read about yucky people grabbing your pic and creating new FB account, blogs, etc. to look like you and steal your identity {so you will not often see them of me}. I am also removing references to where I live, other than my home state and photos of friends and children.  One blogger stated her child's photos ended up in creepy ways on the internet, and when her hubby shared he was out of town, predators put 2 and 2 together to figure she was home alone...she found large boot prints leading from the street to the side of her house! Note - I am putting extra spaces in some words to discourage searches of specific words! BE SAFE FRIENDS. 

Welcome to my blog. I love the Lord, my kids, vintage charm, 40s music, all things TEA, 

reading Christian fiction (usually historical) and posting book reviews for those, hospitality, taking pictures, 

& surprising/blessing people. 

I live in sunny California. 

I am the mother of 2, and have been a long-time H omeschool T eacher until March 2015.

I also run a L icensed H ome D aycare (since 2002).

I have 3 sweet kitties: Max, and 2 sisters Delilah & Abbey. 

I enjoy Jane Austen related things (especially movies), and for modern reading Jen Turano is a fave! You can get a better idea for what I like on my etsy or pinterest boards (links below). 

I am quirky and fun-loving, and throw out sarcasm and random accents whenever the mood strikes!

I sponsor a beautiful l-ittle g-irl in Guatemala since Valentines 2014 (Feb. 14 is her birthday!). 
Compassion International's Website

I love writing for fun, but blogging is BRAND new to me and I have decided to make an attempt as of Jan. 2015! Hopefully, I can make new friends while sharing some of my passions. I hope you enjoy my journey as I learn about this new adventure called blogging!
God bless you all. In Jesus name.

[Phl 4:11-13 ESV] 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Like/Dislikes: things I WOULD WANT TO KNOW about somebody if doing an “exchange”, which I love to participate in...especially for fundraisers (such as adoptions).

Highly sensitive to smells/tastes, so am very selective. Can not stand cilantro (aka coriander), bell peppers, or ginger, or hot/spicy foods. I am the bane of my brother’s restaurant experience (haha).

With Tea: Madelines sold by available at Costco & now WalMart are AWESOMESAUCE (do try them), and Irish Soda Bread is a fun treat in March – served with Kerry Gold butter. Scones – blueberry with lemon curd, or a nice orange/cranberry. Have you tried Sticky Fingers brand from Cost Plus World Market?  Trader Joe's also sells some wonderful boxed mixes.  Chocolate Chip or mixed berry.  I think there is a pumpkin one, but I don't really care for pumpkin flavored stuff (sorry world!).

Cinnamon – just makes so many things better

After I turned 40 I found I suddenly like DARK chocolate – as long as it’s not bitter. Try Dove brand to see what I mean.  Or the Cadbury bar with fruit & nuts.  I just discovered dark chocolate covered marshmallows for Easter (yippee!)

Land-O-Lakes Classic DARK Hot Chocolate

I do NOT enjoy peanuts or walnuts, but I do like pecans and almonds.  Trader Joe's has awesome candied pecans :)

Crazy for Cranberries (dried of course) - but not the chocolate covered ones.
Tea – decaf blackberry sage (Republic of Tea), Darjeeling, Twinings Christmas tea (cinnamon, cloves, spices, etc), Apricot-Peach – have discovered a good quality tea is well worth it! NO chai tea, hardly any green tea, not too many herbals, never Earl Gray, but White Citrus is a new one for me and lovely for Spring. No weird (can I say that?) holiday flavors (cranberry vanilla, sugar plum, gingerbread, sugar cookie, etc.). Nope, those do not float my boat. Republic of Tea has darling travel tins if you are interested. Teavanna also had really good tea.  Ask for this special blend: 1 part Honeybush Vanilla / 1 part Jasmine Dragon Pearls, and I do hope you enjoy it and think of me!

Never coffee! Blegh. Eww. Gross. Gag!

Don’t drink alcohol and don’t smoke.

Girly things (um, not dirt) – especially if said items serve a purpose (like a teacup... you see?).

Lavender*blue*dilly*dilly - I love lavenders and purples in my home and to wear, although not so much in my kitchen… I tend to go for pops of red & cream in there, and then autumn colors in the fall.... yes, I'm complicated (-smile).

Going Green (not crazy, over the top...just doin' my part)

Words of affirmation or scriptures (in cards, signage, crafts, etc.)

Bunco! – but, it’s been a long time since I have had a group to play with, but it's so much fun (well, except the crazy screaming! haha).

Musica': Big band / 40s music – especially the softer stuff – Glenn Miller, Moonlight Serenade, Glen Miller, When You Wish Upon A Star. Christian Praise Music, and some old hymns (although not familiar with many, George Beverly Shea is my fave!), but if having a tea party I will most likely play classical.

Autumn is my favorite season, with the warm colors, and cozy feelings, but I absolutely do NOT celebrate Halloween.  I enjoy Christmas, and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, so I do not decorate with Santa Clause. I do like cute gingerbread figures, and lean towards a country Christmas feel.

RAoK - Random Acts of Kindness (surprising/blessing people)

Regal Edwards Movie Theater when time permits or RedBox

British shows – Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice (the one with Kiera Knightly), Miss Potter, Emma, PBS Masterpiece, Miss Marple Mysteries, also LOVED Leap Year – a wonderful romance set in Ireland (would love to visit Ireland and England one day and really enjoyed the book: “A Fine Romance” (travel journal) by Susan Branch. 

Check out her fun website at 
I met/correspond with 2 Pen Pals through her site. - I love to read & find awesome Christian books (historical romance is my favorite, especially regency era), and there are sweet gifts on this site. Check it out!

Retro / Vintage items – not tons, but little treasures here and there that speak to me (my home is 1946),
or dish towels – especially if they have teapots or teacups embroidered on them.

Shabby/Chic – I like the girly feel of it. And toile with pretty English scenes, especially in lavender or soft green.

Not big on crafting, but do some here and there, never really sticking to one theme. I love the look of pretty, embroidered &/or quilted things (that other people make), but not really into the look of crocheted or knitted.  Love washi tape, and have just started purchasing a few cute ones. In fact you can see my favorite etsy items here: Blue Jeans and Teacups etsy favorites

I collect English Bone China Teacups with pretty floral patterns or whimsical scenes like Royal Albert - The Wind in the Willows – I have “Autumn in the Wild Wood” & “The Picnic” cup/saucer/dessert plate sets and adore them. Not really into drab teacups like wheat stalks, or primarily grey or gold that just don’t seem cheerful to me. Finding English bone china takes some work since it’s no longer made in England, but the hunt is fun and the quality is so much better. From time to time, something else will catch my fancy as well – I have a wonderful Haviland’s Limoges set (that’s from Haviland France) in the Rosedale pattern. I stumbled upon this on etsy for only $9! Can you believe it?!

I also have a around a dozen teapots – which get good, regular use at my tea parties. Some are very feminine and floral, while others compliment a season with a single color. One fun one is a Doctor Who themed T.A.R.D.I.S. shaped teapot my brother gave me. In general, I don’t care for weird shaped pots, but I love this one because I have enjoyed the show so much (particularly the 10th Dr.).

Some scents I enjoy: Citrus (orange, verbena, lemon), Tea Rose, Jasmin, Apple Cinnamon in autumn for candles.

Not big on jewelry any more. Don’t have much occasion to where it, but I do like some sweet, little pieces from time to time, and I do have several tea themed pieces I love. Usually lean towards silver or pewter look, not so much gold (especially shiny).

I also don't often wear makeup & certainly not expensive.  Avon or WalMart. I paint my nails once or twice a year; pretty simple girl.
Feel free to browse my Pinterest, especially if you enjoy looking at tea things!

For MUG SWAPs I am participating in, here are some I like featured on CBD.  There are more HERE on my Etsy faves.  And you can also do a search of blog (right hand column, bottom) to see exchanges I have participated in (search: swap and exchange for mugswaps, teacup swaps, and more).
etsy mug

I think that’s enough for readers to get a well-rounded picture of me! But if you have a question, just ask (-smile). Can you tell I’m an over-achiever?

Blessings to you sweet ladies!


  1. We are a lot alike! So glad to see someone else who doesn't like cilantro. Sometimes I think I must be the only one! (I get all kinds of surprised comments from people when they find out I hate cilantro and also cumin, do you too? LOL) Unfortunately you and I clash on coffee and ginger, I love them both! (just not together!)

    Hi from the grow your blog hop. You emailed me personally and I never got around to responding, I'm so sorry! (please accept my apology!!!). Life has been a yoyo again and it makes me very dizzy ;). I've been a terrible email replyer and blogger.

    Blessings from Jessica

  2. It is so very nice to get to know you better!

    We have quite a few things in common.

    Have a blessed Holy Week.

  3. I too enjoyed learning more about you. So many just blog to grow themselves as a business. While I do sometimes share items that I sell, I enjoy myself so much picking out the colors, enhancements and building the character I just want others to enjoy it too. Which is kinda silly because just because I like it doesn't mean
    the readers will. So that is why I mainly blog for my enjoyment. I leave the advertisement to FB and twitter.
    I enjoy your style of blogging. Since it seem you have nothing else to do, 8-) Please keep at it.

  4. This was great fun to read and we do have a lot in common. My late mother loved purple and lavender and I have many sentimental treasures (perfume bottles, Victorian lemonade set etc.) in those colors. I love to surprise people with random acts of kindness - see my blog post entitled SHEEP. We have 6 rescue cats; I so enjoyed seeing your three kitties. I rarely wear jewelry; I had our wedding rings and my late parents wedding rings designed into a necklace/lapel pin and I wear it on special occasions - nothing on my hands though!