Thursday, May 12, 2016

Peonies and Pencils

Two days ago I purchased some peonies.  Squeeeee....!!!!
I have been waiting for Trader Joe's to get these in stock.  I loved them so much last year when I bought them as a hostess gift for someone. But, when I went back, they were gone :( (booo!)

I quickly gave these a fresh cut and arranged them into a mason jar, so they would be ready for our afternoon tea.

They are amazing.  You can practically see them change and open as the hours tick by!

Here is how they look after 48 hours.
Gorgeous Peonies
 Last week I discovered a HUGE display of the newly popular "adult" coloring books at WalMart.  I personally do not consider these just for adults, as I have been copying them for my daycare kiddos, and nieces as well.
After browsing for quite some time, I finally settled on the one I was first pulled to (naturally), which I had already "favorited" on
It was on sale for $9, & no s/h (whoop!) :)
One of my "love languages" is "Words of Aspiration".  This book is filled with them, so it truly speaks to my heart.
TEA represented. YEEEEEES!!!!
There are several styles throughout... a little something for everyone.
Here is the one I did yesterday. I plan to mail it to my sponsored child in Guatemala, along with a copy she can color :)
The pages are perforated at the top, so you can easily remove them.
 There are even some cute bonus pages at the back, like these bookmarks and 
these gift tags. 
Sometimes, when I scan a page, I like to shrink it (printing 4 to a page), and add personalization (like this scripture).
I then print them on small, papercrafting pages to use as tuck-ins when mailing to people.  Some people (ahem, me) might be intimated by coloring a larger page, so this might help.
Besides colored pencils, my niece loves coloring on the phone.
So I decided to attempt something else!
I scanned this page and saved it. 
I emailed it to myself.
I opened it in my phone (Samsung Galaxy Note 4).
I clicked save.
I clicked the edit button and used my stylus to create this:
You have to be a little creative, because you are coloring on top of the picture.  It also takes patience.  However, it was a fun diversion.
I'm thinking this might be easier on an iPad or something similar. 
Once I was satisfied,
 I clicked save again, 
and was able to email & text it to friends/family, 
and upload it like a regular picture.

Well, I hope you are inspired and find joy
in simple pleasures.

God bless you readers! Hugs and a cup of tea,
UPDATE: Just 24 hours after
posting my blog, my peonies 
have changed to this color:
sort of antique looking.
So interesting :)

Monday, May 9, 2016

FREEBIES, Mother's Day and Adventures

Dear Friends,
I have been having loads of fun lately. But, FIRST, in honor of yesterday being Mother's Day, here is a little freebie (at least as of this posting it was) for all of you book lovers!
Summer of Dreams: A From This Moment Novella - eBook  -     By: Elizabeth Camden
Elizabeth Camden's eNovella, Summer of Dreams
Now, I have not yet read the book, but usually enjoy her work.

Last Thursday was the National Day of Prayer, as many of you probably know.  I had fun making photo collages of all my daycare Littles praying, saying the pledge of allegiance and reading a new book.

Purchase info by clicking here
Although it indicates it is for boys, the inside does not read that way at all.  It teaches kids that they can pray any place, any time, and for any thing.  I love the artwork too!

Friday night was my daughter's graduation as a 2nd year student at the South Hills Assembly of God Leadership school.  She has grown so much in her walk with the Lord and built many amazing relationships. I'm so proud of her for taking the time to grow her spiritual walk with God.  In the photo, are some fun ways to display food.  I've seen these items recently at WalMart for not to much money.  I thought some of you might like to see these as potential outdoor tea service items :)

Saturday morning, I decided to travel to downtown Riverside when I heard that one of my favorite jam vendors would be at a little outdoor vendor fair.  They have some amazing old world architecture there!  Here are a few things I saw.

I was blessed with the sound of these
bells ringing!

Backside of the historic Mission Inn

Check out that spiral staircase on the right, coming out of the window.

I love this tree growing right up in the middle
of this covered walkway.

Backside of Mission Inn as
viewed from across the street

I splurged on some fancy English hand cream in a luxurious Lemon Basil fragrance.  Do you know that my hands are still feeling soft today (Monday), and I put that cream on my hands Saturday?!  I thought these furniture pieces were so charming for a baby's room.  My lunch was a very delicious veggie enchilada casserole.  I may need to make one soon! I love Susan Winget art, and I spotted this very large rooster art of hers on a shelf.  The cute little shop in the corner is called Mrs. Tiggy-Winkles. If you are not familiar with that name, it is one of Beatrix Potter's stories.  Just for fun, (another freebie) you may enjoy the full story video in the 25 minute youtube link below, which starts off as real life, and then switches to cartoon. Naturally, Lucy and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle do take tea together (-smile). There is also a bit of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny featured.
Adorable stamped (in purple!)
bag, and a fun postcard I purchased

I recently purchased some adorable items to create a fairy garden next to my front porch where I like to sit, and take tea.  I had been wanting to do so for a very long time, and when I spotted the teapot house at a discount store, well...

In shopping Mrs. Tiggy-Winkles.,I found a few more items to add including the Little Prince and his fox, a gazing ball for Mr. & Mrs. Gnome, & a pinwheel for the fairy.

As if my day wasn't pleasant enough, I came home to find the items I had ordered only a few days prior, had arrived from Vermont!  I can not wait to try these new teas.  She even enclosed a "teany" sample of her signature tea named for her etsy shop: Sunshine Cottage (shop here: SUNSHINE COTTAGE).  I love how the earrings arrive in Tiffany Blue boxes :)  I of course, ordered lavender teapot earrings, and everything was wrapped in lavender tissue - Yay! And, I then decided to also order green, because they were just so pretty!
"You've got Tea-mail"
Sunday, of course, was Mother's Day.  And my children certainly spoiled me this year.  We started off with flowers, filled with my favorite fragrance of Stargazer Lillys and several gorgeous purples, and then off to church.
My pastor spoke on Mark 5:25-34, which tells about having faith and the Master's touch.  This is a beautiful story about a woman who
has been sick for 12 years, but knows if she can just "touch the hem of Jesus garment as he passes by, she will be made well."  Now that IS BIG FAITH. My pastor also noted that this is the only place he has found where Jesus calls someone daughter.  v.34 "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease."  Isn't that beautiful?  Here is an old Sam Cooke song (2 minutes) about this very story!

After church, the kids drove me to Old Town Orange.  Everything was a SURPRISE.  We went to The Filling Station; a popular indoor/outdoor diner.  I ventured outside my normal comfort zone, and ordered a veggie sandwich on soft ciabatta role, with sweet potato fries, and cran-apple juice (btw, that's not on the menu, but whenever I see apple and cranberry juices, I just ask for 50/50 & am one happy girl!)
Ducking behind menus for more whispered plans, while we waited for seating.
Next we headed to Mission Viejo, for an outdoor vintage market.  My daughter did not even know I had been wanting to go there. I thought this old book was so cute, along with the stepside truck, and the trailer.
Below are the treasures I found which my son purchased 
as gifts for me :)
vintage, lavender plate $10

modern, toile teawares $20/set!

After shopping, we went to see the new Captain America movie.  I always enjoy super hero movies.  But, we were so far from home, and the freeway held two accidents, so we did not get back until nearly 9pm.  They planned to take me out to dinner too, but I respectfully declined in favor of fast food, and my PJs!!  It was certainly a day I won't soon forget!

I pray you all enjoyed your mother's day as well.
Thank you for sharing in my adventures!
Hugs and a cup of tea friends.

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