I Love Tea Cups

I Love Tea Cups

Friday, August 26, 2011

11th Cupcake Sunday

Hello everyone,
Welcome to Cupcake Sunday at My Cozy Corner.
Please Come to the Party

Bake and Take Cupcake Kit

I get so excited when I find something so cute I can't wait to show you. 
I was at World Market and I found this adorable cupcake kit.

The Bake and Take Cupcake Kit
 Includes chocolate cupcake mix, vanilla frosting mix, pink pearlized nonpareils, 8 cupcake aprons, 8 decorative picks and gift card.
The box becomes an adorable carrier for the cupcakes. Wow!!!

After I personalize my gift card and insert  the corners of the card into the slits on top of the cupcake carrier I think  I'll walk the box of cupcakes up the street to my granddaughters house and we can have a tea party.  Sounds fun!

I can't resist pink... Pink Saturday you know!
Tournament of Roses, Dream Weaver and Simplicity are the roses in my pink tea pot.
I added a little asparagus fern for greenery.

I bought a Wilton Student Kit 'Decorating Basics' and in the kit was a Wilton 1M tip.
1M Swirl was a quick way to decorate the cupcakes.
Every month I see an improvement in my cupcake decorating.

I added the nonpareils with scrap booking tweezers.
 I picked up one nonpareil at one at a time and placed them in a decorative pattern.

When I arrive at my destination, I will insert the picks into the center of the cupcakes.

I love the cupcake aprons.  I love to make my own cupcake aprons from scrap book paper or thin card stock. 

Thank you for visiting
Cupcake Sunday @ My Cozy Corner

I'm joining
Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound
Seasonal Sunday @ The Tablescaper
On The Menu Monday @ Stonegable

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I would love to see your favorite cupcake creations

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Have a Happy Weekend

Thursday, August 25, 2011

~Discovering Northern England~

Hello Everyone
On June 16th our group met in the lobby of the Jury's Inn in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland.  We traveled about 60 miles down the North Eastern coast of England.

~Holy Island~
Church of St Mary and Lindisfarne Priory Ruins.

The monastery of Lindisfarne was founded by Irish monk Saint Aidan, who had been sent from Iona HERE off the west coast of Scotland to Northumbria at the request of King Oswald ca. AD 635. Northumberland's patron saint, Saint Cuthbert, was a monk and later Abbot of the monastery.  His miracles and life are recorded by the 'Venerable Bede'. 

Lindisfarne is only accessable by using a causeway at low tide, the incoming tide is very swift and can catch the unwary.
At some point in the early 700s the famous illuminated manuscript known as the Lindisfarne Gospels, an illustrated Latin copy of the Gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, was made probably at Lindisfarne. In the second half of the tenth century a monk added Anglo-Saxon(Old English)gloss to the Latin text, producing the earliest surviving Old English copies of the Gospels.
The Gospels can now be seen seen at the British Library in London.
While staying in London on the last evening before returning to the United States I had the privilege of viewing the sole surviving copy of the Lindisfarne Gospels at the British Library. OH MY GOSH!!!

The ruined monastery is in the care of English Heritage.

After our lunch on Holy Island we traveled to 
 Bamburgh Castle.

From the realm's foundation in c420 until 547, the year of the first written reference to the castle.
The Vikings destroyed the original fortification in 993.

The castle deteriorated but was restored by various owners during the 18th and 19th centuries.  It was finally bought by the Victorian industrialist William Armstrong, who completed the restoration.

A fabulous art collection is displayed in the Grand Ball Room.

After visiting The Bamburgh Castle we traveled back to a comfortable country house in Northumberland near Berwick-upon-Tweed.  The Marshall Meadows hotel stands in 15 acres of beautifully mature gardens and woodland, near the doorway between England and Scotland.  The elegantly and carefully decorated Georgian mansion overlooks the gardens.

Dinner was served at Seven in the evening.  After dinner I walked around the grounds and admired the beautiful gardens.  The sun room was beautiful inside and outside.

I want some lupins too....
The next morning on Friday June 17, 2011 we drove to St Peter's Church in Monkwearmouth, England.

St. Peter's, Monkwearmouth was built in 674 AD by Benedict Biscop. St. Peter's is one of the oldest churches in Britain, where Christians have gathered for more than 1300 years.
This is a place of worship and prayer, pilgrimage and mission.

Parish of Monkwearmouth, Sunderland in the Diocese of Durham.

'Needlepoint Kneelers'
These kneelers involve the parish community and often interested stitchers outside the parish. I love the one stitched with St. Peter's Church. Also the Red Poppies are all over the countryside in England.

One of the best things I loved best about my trip to England was visiting churches and seeing all the lovely needlepoint kneelers. 
Kneelers is the term for the padded cushions or individual hassocks you use to protect your knees in church.. If you don't have kneelers and kneel on the floor, you get "chapel knees."

We proceeded to St. Paul's Church in Jarrow.

St. Paul's Church has been a place of Christian prayer and worship for over 1300 years.  As the home of the 'Venerable Bede, priest, monk and scholar and is known as the 'Father of English History', who since his arrival at the monastery as a young boy, spent his entire lifetime there doing God's work.

This year the "Binns" church organ is 100 years old.  The organ was built by J.J.Binns of Bramley near Leeds in 1911.  The organ which was originally hand-operated, was fitted with an electric blower in 1937.  By the mid 1990s it was beginning to show its age and a rebuild became a priority. It was completely rebuilt in 1997.

Inside the 7th Century Chancel

In this chair, St. Bebe sat only hours before he died.  During Bebe's lifetime he wrote over sixty books, which included manuscripts and commentries on the scriptures, and his writing are immense interest to current day historians. Unfortunately most of the books he wrote are believed to have parished during the Viking invasions of the monastery in the 8th and 9th centuries.  His most famous book still available in print today is "The Ecclestastical History of the English People." This book is regarded as the first recognisable written history of England, covering the period from the Roman conquest until the decades that preceded the first onslought of the Vikings.  Bede completed this book in AD 731, four years before his death.  The Ecclestastical History of the English People was the book we used as the guide for our journey to Scotland and England.

Oh My Gosh!!!  Lots of information!
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I'm joining:
Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wayfaring Wednesday @ Decor to Adore

*Candlelight ~ Lace and Butterflies*

Hello Everyone,
I love dreaming up the posts for Tablescape Thursday~

I wanted to share some of my beautiful china I have found to match my coffee pot I have had for years. 

The Butterfly Bush is blooming and the Butterflies are so attracted to the beautiful blooms.
'Iceberg' is blooming in spite of the heat.  We have been in the high 90's for about four weeks.
Stop this madness!!!  I want fall to arrive.

The sweet coffee pot lid is sooo.. cute with a butterfly on top.
I bought the coffee pot on clearance about 10 years ago.

Coffee cups or a mug of tea... I have used the coffee pot as a tea pot.

*Candlelight~Lace and Butterflies*

I love the shade of  green in the Butterfly napkin ring

The napkin rings look like jewelry on a table setting.

Chargers - 99 cent store
Large Dinner Plate - Pier 1
Butterfly Dinner Plate - Butterfly Meadow Lenox- Consignment store
Clear Glass Plate - Yard Sale
Butterfly Cups - Lenox Consignment store
Water/Wine Glasses - Long champs Diamax 1980's
Napkin Rings - Michael's Craft Store
Napkins - Yard Sale
Lace Tablecloth - Thrift Shop
Silver Plate Flatware - Affection
Votive Candles - Gifts from friends

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence

Thank you so much for visiting My Cozy Corner
Please come back on
Cupcake Sunday

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