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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Scottish Tea Time


Hello everyone,
The fall weather is hitting Northern California tonight. We are finally having some rain...I have a love affair with Scotland and I've been on the hunt for another tea cup with a Thistle motif. 
'Jack Pot' while thrifting I found this beauty. This afternoon I set a little tea table to enjoy some tea and Scottish shortbread cookies.
This tea cup was my first Thistle find. 'Adderley' England. 
Flower bouquet from my garden. Chrysanthemum and Dahlias are blooming in abundance

'Brandi™ Burgundy'

While visiting Scotland in 2011 our hotel rooms would have a tea center. 'Walkers' shortbread cookies were always offered in individual wrapped packages. Whenever I see some different shaped Walkers shortbread I buy them. These Shortbread Rounds features the Scots Thistle, long recognized as the National Emblem of Scotland. 
'Walkers' Scottie Dogs
'Campbells' Pure Butter Shortbread Kilts.


My new favorite book is Jan Karon's newest book Mitford #10.
*Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good*
I have all the Mitford books in my library and I truly loved them.
The prickly purple thistle was adopted as the Emblem of Scotland during the rein of Alexander III (1249 -1286). Legend has it that an Army of King Haakon of Norway, intent on conquering the Scots landed at the Coast of Largs at night to surprise the sleeping Scottish Clansmen. In order to move more stealthily under the cover of darkness the Norsemen removed their footwear.

As they drew near to the Scots it wasn't the only thing hiding under the cover of darkness. For one of  Haakon's men unfortunately stood on one of these spiny little defenders and shrieked out in pain, alerting the Clansmen of the advancing Norsemen. Needless to say the Scots who won the day.
The first use of the Thistle as a royal symbol of Scotland was on silver coins issued by James III in 1470
Stacked tea cups
Acorn tea spoons. 
  

Now it's time for me to start packing for my retreat I'm attending this weekend. Prayer and Meditation is going to be my goal.
Have a glorious week
Joyously, 
Betty
I will be joining these lovely parties.
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
 The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday 
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday 
Dandelion House for Farmhouse Friday Blog Hop
Natasha in OZ for Say G'Day Linky Party 
Under The Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase Party  
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop!
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 





Sunday, October 12, 2014

One Pumpkin-Two Mums

Hi everyone,
Hope your weekend is going swimmingly. I am having a great weekend. Cleaning out my closet. I have three containers, one for consignment, one for Goodwill and one for a future yard sale. Over the last four years of blogging my focus has moved to more simple posts. Since I'm almost 74 years old I just can't schlep things around like I could four years ago. I love table top vignettes and garden photos. My white Bistro set is a perfect place to add some fall color.
September-A Fall Picnic (Before)
October is here and I went shopping for One Pumpkin for $4.88 at Walmart and Two Mums at Walmart for under eight dollars.
They are going to be playing double duty during this fall season.
Late November the mums will be planted out in the garden for some beautiful color next year.
While out thrifting the other day I bought a plastic bag of faux pumpkins for $3.00. I love the brown grape vine pumpkins so much.



(After)

I love this pumpkin and who doesn't like an old basket and a terracotta pot!


I have some baking to do this afternoon and work on another kneeler, so I'm off to play in the closet and take a few more photos.


Thanks for visiting and hope you enjoy your weekend.
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to:
Under The Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase Party  
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop!
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

Friday, October 3, 2014

A Labor of Love

Hello everyone,
Whew! I can't believe I've been working(procrastinating) on this kneeler since April. It was a labor of love. I didn't want the pleasure of doing the needlework to end. It's like reading a good book and not wanting it to end. But, now I have two more to do by Christmas and I'll be hustling right along. 
The dark blue was hard to see unless I was in good afternoon light. I've learned so many short cuts, that I hope I'm a little faster on the next two. To see the complete story of a Church Kneeler  
Eight Kneelers are finished. As you can see they are resting at the alter rail. 
St. Stephen 
St. Bridget
St.Jude

St. Bede
St. Joseph
All Saints

St. Cecilia
St. Catherine of Alexandria


Each kneeler is dedicated to a loved one.
My kneeler is dedicated to my mother and father.
I hope you have enjoyed the photos of these handmade kneelers.
Words cannot describe the way I feel about this wonderful artwork.
Thank you for visiting and please come back soon.
Please check out my first post on the history and devotion I have for this beautiful work.
Joyously,
Betty 

Linking:
  French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday 
 The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday 
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday 
Dandelion House for Farmhouse Friday Blog Hop
Natasha in OZ for Say G'Day Linky Party 
Under The Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase Party  
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop!
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dreaming of England and Fall Tea



Hello everyone,
Sitting here, writing this post, I'm listening to the rain coming down outside. Its been a long time since I've heard rain hitting the ground and the smell of the sweet clean air... A cup of tea always brings back wonderful memories of my fabulous trip to England in 2011.  With the Fall season just getting under way, I wanted to set a little fall vignette in the dining room with some things that remind me of the beautiful fall days ahead. 
A round wicker basket to hold a little pumpkin. The wooden bowl is an individual salad bowl. And the Pomegranates from our tree are growing bigger each day. These three babies in the bowl are a sample of the amazing fruit we enjoy each fall. The Sedum is Autumn Joy and is by far the most popular of the Sedum. A familiar sight when it begins to produce green broccoli-like buds in mid-summer, which gradually open into enormous dusty-pink flower heads. And finally deepening into a rich bronzy-red color.
I've been baking some wonderful pear desserts this past month. HERE for Pear Tart and this Pear Tea Cup is so perfect for a Fall Tea time. 
A little French Rooster is keeping a careful watch. 

I love England and when I found this book in the travel section at Barnes and Noble I had to buy it. What a joy to read. Susan took me on a journey to the English Countryside with drawings, quotes, GARDENS and adventures galore...Thank you Susan.
This book is my new travel guide for my next trip to England. 

While walking the streets of London, my friends and I stopped in the Twinings Tea store. I love drinking any kind of Twinings tea. The spoon I found at the antique store last week. I found seven spoons. The other six spoons will be attached to my lavender bath salts I sell at our church Harvest Bazaar in November. 
Royal Albert Covent Garden Series tea cup and saucer.
Thanks for visiting and join me as I join some fun linky parties.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend
Joyously,
Betty 
Linking to:
Under The Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase Party 
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop!
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
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