Friday, March 18, 2016

Garden Tea with Olivia Rose

Music to go with this Irish themed tea :)
Today, March 18th, I had an opportunity to have tea in the garden with Miss Olivia Rose.  I finally got to have that Irish tea I had been longing for (Twinings Irish Breakfast, Irish soda bread with raisins, & Kerrygold butter).

We walked around the garden and commented on what we saw, taking in lovely fragrances, and noting on how awesome God is 
to create such wonder.
Max kept a close eye on us, 
as well as the birdies, 
and really anything that rustled, moved, or made a noise.
Tea for two (Navel or Valencia oranges... I forget which tree is which)
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My newly arrived teacup & saucer & 
some fun stationary.
saucer states: Bavaria Schumann Arzberg Germany
Pattern is Florida.  However, since Californians also
grow lots of citrus, I fell in love with this set.
Note that the saucer is #39...

while the cup is #40.  Interesting.
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Best of all, the price was only $5.00!!!
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I also ordered this sweet "lemons in a teacup" pillow.  It was only
$12 since it is a sample she was trying to clear out.
(my lemon tree is a bit scraggly!)
Olivia's cup & saucer are Duchess fine bone china, made in England. No pattern name is mentioned, but it features oranges, lemons, raspberries & a pear.
Herman Dodge & Son, Inc.
San Fernando, CA 91340
made in Thailand
in buttery yellow 
our bread plate 
80* high today in So-Cal, blue skies and gentle breezes.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patrick's Day

"People said I was too broken, but God
said somethin different. He said He'd take me
with my bruises and my scars. 
He never said life would be easy. It can still be tough.
But, I know this: I've got hope." Quote from above song.

Patrick was born in 389AD, in Britain. He became
a slave in Ireland when he was kidnapped @ age 16.
He gave his heart to Christ around 22. Later, he
escaped to a monastery in France. At age 40, God
gave him an intense dream that led him back to
Ireland to share the salvation message during a
very dangerous time. He felt completely inadequate
to preach & used many illustrations: the most
remembered, of course, is the SHAMROCK whose
3 leaves illustrate the holy trinity: God the Father,
Jesus the Son, The Holy Spirit - 3 in 1.
Patrick died March 17, 461.

Irish Tea Time Blessing Grace: God willing, may our tea be steeped in serenity, sweetened by sharing, and surrounded by the warmth of your love. {Willow Tree Kitchen Angel}

My Arklow Fine IRISH Bone China Cup & Saucer

My Wee Kitchen Shelf shown upper left,
followed by a few close-ups.
Fun & Silly Irish Song for kids
about why we have no unicorns today.
Unicorn Song ~ The Irish Rovers

Wishing you always --
Walls for the wind
And a roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart might desire!

Have a blessed Remembrance Day friends.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Lamb of God Sweet Craft

colored by the 5 year old
Today I made these sweet lambs with the Littles.  A fun way to introduce the Lamb of God. {"The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." John 1:29}

backside.  I later added a ribbon to hang it, but made the mistake of centering it.
If you add a ribbon, I recommend doing so behind the head since that is the
heaviest section.

colored by the 2 year olds.  We "practiced" making swirls.

You can find the free template here: PAPER LAMB
scroll to the middle of the page where it says print template.

I hope you get a chance to try these with your Littles this Easter season.

Carrot Footprint Craft

 I made these sweet little footprint carrots with my daycare Littles this week, and thought some of you might enjoy seeing them.
I used Crayola finger paints, a sponge brush, and cardstock. 
After the paint dried, I wrote an encouraging scripture around the edge that promotes growing in Christ, just like carrots grow!
I then laminated it (optional), and we cut strips from green paint cards, and taped them to the back.
"Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen." 2Peter 3:18

Max, knocked out on my lap... his usual
happy place in the evening :)
Enjoy your weekend friends!

Teatime Blessings

It is always so nice to bless others, for in the giving there is great reward.  Don't you think?  I decided to send this "Grace Teawares" cup & saucer and a few goodies to a member of our FB tea group when she had to drop out of the Easter teacup swap due to health reasons.  I knew she was looking so forward to it, so what a bummer she could not participate.
Here is how I packaged it, both outside and inside.  Taping images you find on the internet inside the flaps is an easy way to add extra joy to the package!  I can't take complete credit for the Unspeakable Joy & Grace Like Rain ideas I colored on the outside of the box. I follow a crafter on IG who came up with them & puts them on all sorts of cute things. All of her proceeds go towards adopting kids! You can find her here: FRESH PICKED GRACE

Now imagine my surprise, when my dad showed up for a visit this week with a belated birthday gift for meeeeee. :-)

Summer River (c) BV Copyright, Delton Products Corp. Fine Collectibles, made in China.
The colors are so lovely and I have not seen this pattern or heard of the company.

Sadly, a quick check of the internet reveals you can not easily browse the Delton website, as they require you to register with them. Lame!

My dad found these in, of all places, a Danish restaurant called Valhalla in Visalia, CA.  Apparently, you have to walk through their gift shop to get to the dining room, making it a very expensive dining experience! (per my dad).  Anyhow, I am so touched at his thoughtfulness, and am in love with my new teawares.
The backdrop for my tea pictures are these
tangelos and...
these wonderful blooms on the tree.  If you
listen closely you can hear the buzzing of
the bees hard at work!

Have a wonderful day and be a blessing! :)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Playing The Part a Book Review


Playing the Part – A Class of Their Own Book#3
Jen Turano
•°o•:*:•. GENIUS .•:*:• o°•

I received my influencer copy LATE in Saturday’s mail so I knew better than to attempt to start it until Sunday.  It took me between 8-9 hours to read it cover to cover (ahem, as per usual with any Jen Turano book).

I absolutely loved it! In a nut-shell, it is mysterious, witty, romantic, dangerous and faith filled, with several laugh-out-loud moments.

Lucetta Plum is a head-strong, wonderful actress, but is being pursued by a stalkerie (I’m making that a word) type character. Her imposing (but secretly a big softie) security man, Mr. Skukman, and her self-appointed guardian, Abigail, whisk her away to her grandson’s home of Ravenwood. 

Bram Haverstein has hired all sorts of misfits to help him maintain Ravenwood, and he’s rescued a number of mistreated or unwanted animals who make for delightful story points.

P.40 “I think you’re forgetting a very important fact, sir. You’re Mr. Bram Haverstein, a gentleman in possession of a very fine fortune, your own castle, a summer house on Long Island, more carriages than I care to count, a steamboat, and you’re apparently possessed of a face that all ladies find swoon-worthy.”

The castle has all sorts of unusual goings on, including many uninvited ladies showing up and trying to weasel their way into Bram’s life.  There’s a mote, hidden passages, a crazy goat, and the place just might be haunted. {Side note: I wonder if Bram was named after Bram Stoker, what with all eerie references…hmmmmm.}

TEA REFERENCES (because tea is my ‘thing’)
P.21 “And…I just recalled that tea is very good for soothing the nerves.  And because of your dastardly situation, your nerves must need soothing, so….”
P.43 “Should I ring for tea?” Mrs. Macmillan asked. “I’m not sure I’ll be asking the trespassers in for refreshments, Mrs. Macmillan. While I certainly don’t want to fire cannonballs at them, offering tea might be taking the social niceties a bit too far.”

I could go on and on in pure delight, but I’ll leave the rest to you.  I do HIGHLY recommend this and all of Jen’s books. Each one has received a 5-star review from me! Be sure to look up Jen on FB as I have always found her to be very approachable.

It is my great privilege to be included in Jen Turano’s Influencer List and I received this copy for no compensation.  My opinion is my own.

Read: 2/28/16
SERIES: A Class of Their Own
After a Fashion - Book#1 – 2015 CLICK HERE FOR MY REVIEW
In Good Company – Book #2 – 2015 CLICK HERE FOR MY REVIEW
Playing the Part – Book #3 – 2016

                After a Fashion In Good Company  -     By: Jen Turano
 Playing the Part  -     By: Jen Turano

Until next time, Hugs and Cup of Tea,

Saturday, March 5, 2016

It has been a while

Hello again lovelies!  It has been a while so I decided to just MAKE SOME TIME to throw some photos on my blog and say hello.  
"Hello." :)
This 1st pic is just me playing with a new app called
Cameran Collage.  I saw the adorable art floating around FB (sorry no credit was listed), but I changed it up a bit with the tea tag and references (of course!).  She has brown hair like me, so, yeah.... loved her!
Next a little fun I had participating in a Valentine Exchange group through FB.  Here are my cards.
And here are the cards I received.

I also tried my hand at decorating store bought madelines with white chocolate and sprinkles and M&M candy to resemble an ice-cream sunday.  I even sent some to a dear friend in Colorado.

Also on Valentines Day, I offered to host a tea for my daughter and her school mates.  She requested a rustic garden tea (very "her").  I believe it was the first time any of the girls had ever been to tea (except, of course my daughter who has been going since she turned 2!) I served seven (yes, I am insane) sandwiches, chai flavored scones with my special crem fraiche & fruit, and a simple salad of spinach, strawberries & finely diced cauliflower plus Green & White Peach Tea from Celestial Seasonings.  The girls really loved the tea and it is such a refreshing blend.  Breezes blew, vintage music played, prayers were said, and fellowship was shared.
Have been enjoying a few walks around the neighborhood...
and always have my camera phone handy!
This was a walk followed by my everything-but-the-kitchen-sink smoothie!

I caught the stomach flu, so the walks took a pause... but then...

today was a new day, with a new and early morning walk. It was bliss as I played praise and worship music on my phone.
followed by, ahem, tea and toast (hee-hee). 

This is an awesome short video of a visit to the UK where we can see teawares actually being made.  I love how happy the workers are.
What an interesting job!

Praying you have a lovely weekend
filled with lovely moments
and much gratitude for
the Father.
Hugs and a cup of tea,

Roy Kirkham & Co. Ltd. Breakfast Cup & Saucer

SUNDAY, MARCH 13th, Spring Ahead