I Love Tea Cups

I Love Tea Cups

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Afternoon Retreat

Hello Everyone!

The secret is out. Yes, I've been having the January blahs too....
But, I think I have solved the problem.  I pretend I go off to a B and B for the afternoon.
I have a guest room decorated just like a Bed and Breakfast would look to me.
I call it  my Granddaughter's room.  But, it's my special place to read, relax, watch television or nap.

Yesterday, I was playing with some leftover sachets that the GG's and I made for the convention in August.  I stuffed one sachet extra full of stuffing and added some dried lavender.  Then I put a hanger and a satin bow on the top of the sachet.
I decided to fill a clear glass ornament from the craft store with lavender scented bath salts I made. Now it really started to feel like a retreat in the making.

And,  here are the results of my handiwork.

I think I 'll put the heart sachet under my pillow during my (nap) retreat.

And a nice soak in the tub would be a great way to start my afternoon retreat. And,  I'm thinking of putting on some comfy clothes too.   

Maybe a snack on this pretty little dessert plate.  Let's imagine some red grapes, the same color as the bow and a delicious chocolate chip cookie. Maybe warm. I'm thinking maybe 2 cookies.

I use a small tea cart as the end table in the guest room. It has a glass tray for the top and a shelf underneath to hold all of my monthly periodicals.  I love Victoria Bliss, Romantic Home and Southern Living.  Inspiration~Inspiration~galore..

Oh! I need a spot of tea.  Nice and hot with red grapes and 2 chocolate chip cookies. Good.... This is so much fun just dreaming about the lovely afternoon.
I think I'll turn the telephone answering machine down very low.  Put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door. Oops!!!
I'm starting to feel a little bit guilty.
Ah, I think the feeling just vanished....

What do you think?  Do I have a solution to the blahs?  On these cold January days with the cloudy sky, rain or SNOW a 'Retreat' anytime would be a welcome event.  And a  wonderful way to rejuvenate the body and the soul.

As I finish this post with a Mosaic I hope you have enjoyed your visit.
I'm joining
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday
Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
The House in The Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
A Delightsome Life for Victoria Blog Party Tuesday
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  1. Sounds like a perfect afternoon Betty! Especially the cookies:@)

  2. I could do that out in the Florida room. Not quite so pretty as yours and I can't take a soak because we have a walk in shower only...lol....but I could make this work. Have a lovely day.

  3. Oh my, I totally got lost in reading this and imagining being there and enjoying this room and the wonderful treats and smells. Love your tray. It is gorgeous and you've created such a wonderful vignette. So much fun. Hugs, Marty

  4. I love your pretty sachet! Sounds like you have the perfect retreat planned. The cookies and tea are the perfect treat as is your pretty room

    Happy Seasonal Sunday...


    Sheila :-)

  5. What a perfect way to spend a day after the hectic holidays! Yummmmmy.

  6. How wonderful you have a special retreat! I send dh downstairs to watch football so I can have the den to myself! :)
    Your sachets are lovely!

  7. I like the idea of a spa retreat at home!

  8. Such a nice retreat. Thank you so much... I, too needed a spot of tea and cookies. Betty, you have created a virtual retreat for us all with your lovely photos and mosaic! I feel so much more relaxed now! Have a relaxing week with no more blahs!

  9. How pretty! I love the rich colors you've used for the sweet sachet! ♥

  10. A wonderful idea, a retreat at home. Very relaxing. Love the mosaic, it blends beautifully.

  11. Sounds like a delicious remedy for the blahs. How nice to have such a beautiful guestroom that you can enjoy in this way.

  12. Such pretty pictures and words...Love your mosaic!!! Have a wonderful week!!!

  13. I adore the idea of having a B&B room in my home, somewhere to go and pamper myself without feeling guilty.
    The perfect antidote to the "blahs" at any time of the year.

  14. Now this is my idea of heaven! This is certain to chase away the winter blahs.

  15. What a nice retreat! I would love a cup of tea and some cookies. Your heart sachet is gorgeous. This is a fun post.
    Blessings, Beth

  16. Hi Betty,
    What a lovely idea! A retreat at home with lavender bath salts to soak in! Love the sachet, and the glass ornament is just the best idea! Tea and cookies always sound good to me! I've enjoyed my visit so very much and thank you for sharing. Thank you also for stopping by for tea. Have a wonderful week filled with lavender dreams.


  17. I like the colours of your heart sachet. A great idea to create a retreat in your own home and it's cozy too.

  18. I could spend an afternoon like this! It looks wonderful.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  19. Hello Betty,
    Yes, of course it is a need to treat yourself on these cold January days with the cloudy sky, rain or snow. When we treat ourself nicely, we are also able to treat others. And thats what we all need. The little heart sachet is lovely and the bath salt into the Christmas bauble is a cute idea. And the plate is just beautiful. Have a good time.
    Greetings, Johanna

  20. Everything is so lovely! Such a sweet tea cup! I have enjoyed my visit with you this morning.

  21. That sounds like the perfect way to beat the January blahs. I'm enjoying visiting those that join in Tea Tim Tuesday as this was my first tea party.

  22. What a terrific idea! Love the bath salts and the heart is gorgeous! I do that too - we all need a retreat and time to recharge!
    Thank you for joining A Return to Loveliness!

  23. Your photos are lovely, Betty. And the sachet is so sweet. What a great idea to have a little get-away room within ones house. January can be a long, dull month but your ideas have energized me. Thanks for sharing.
    ~ Lynn @ Cottage and Creek

  24. Hello Betty! Thank you for linking your post to Masterpiece Monday, Your handiwork is just beautiful! Mary :O)

  25. Such a wonderful solution to the winter blues!

    Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper


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