I Love Tea Cups

I Love Tea Cups

Monday, June 30, 2014

Lavender Tea for One

Hello everyone, 
I couldn't resist taking more photos of my lavender centerpiece. I took the lavender into the house and set the arrangement on my small table in the dining room with one of my Lavender tea cups and saucer. Check out the centerpiece for my 'Summer Lavender Tea' here.

This cup and saucer is part of a set I found at an antique store.
 'Lavender' Archive Collectable Teas, Royal Albert, Bone China.
The tea cup and saucer post is one of the top ten most favorite posts of  all time.
The post featuring the complete set is here.

The fresh lavender is so wispy and feathery in the vintage white pitcher.
Hope you have a wonderful week.

Thanks for visiting My Cozy Corner.
Linking to:

Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
A Delightsomelife for A Return to Loveliness
Artful Affirmations for Tea Cup Tuesday
Marthas Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday
Bernideens for Tea in the Garden
Jan  Olson for Share Your Cup Thursday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

Thursday, June 26, 2014

~Summer Lavender Tea~

Hello everyone, 
How's your week going?  My week has been busy. I've been entertaining my 12 year old granddaughter. Or has she been entertaining me? Lol... We've shopped for cute clothes, canned apricots, and photographed this post. This morning we set this table and then I set the tripod up and gave her a few pointers on what I wanted to post for this tea time tablescape. I'm so amazed at the photos she captured.
When we had our Garden Tour in May  HERE, sweetheart and I purchased a new glass patio table and five chairs.  It has a lazy susan in the center of the table. We love it. We've had an eight foot long rectangle picnic table for over 35 years in the patio. It was time for a new one and move the old one to our other patio. 
I harvested one lavender bush last week and I've dried it in a cool, dry place. I sorted the lavender and cut the stems 18" inches long and placed them in this white basket. I think Beth captured the essence of the lavender blooms with this close-up.
I have five small bushes still to harvest. We walked to the garden and I harvested three bushes. I handed the fresh lavender to Beth and she put the lavender into this white pitcher and Ta Da! A beautiful fresh lavender arrangement. 
Butterflies and Lavender are the perfect representation of Summer.
I found the butterfly placemats at the thrift shop for ½ price. The flatware is vintage from my mother's estate.
Beth and I set the tea table and I asked her if we needed glasses. She went to the china cabinet and selected four glasses from my mother's estate to finish the Summer Lavender Tea Table. 
While at the ½ off sale at the thrift store I found the four vintage porcelain napkin rings. 
My tea set has only two tea cups, so I'm using two Butterfly Meadow mugs to set a table for four. 
Tea Time~Butterfly Meadow HERE
It's amazing how the placemats match the dinnerware. 

The yellow and black butterfly is so dainty on the tea cup. 
I love the smell of lavender and the vision of Provence, France.

I'm so blessed to have six wonderful granddaughters...
So eager to learn and create.
Thank you for visiting and thank you for your wonderful comments and complements.
Natasha in Oz for Say G'day Saturday
Under The Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase Party
 Little Red House for Mosaic Monday  
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop!
Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

Sunday, June 22, 2014

June Garden Journal

Hi everyone,
As I write this post, I can't believe it's the first day of summer. At the beginning of this year I decided to record with photos our yard and garden. Last month we had a beautiful Garden Tour. HERE.
This month Sweetheart is busy with his vegetable garden and I'm watching my summer flowers bloom.
We love squash~Green Patty and Zucchini. And we love the yellow squash flowers too. 
As the years go by and Sweetheart ages our garden gets smaller and smaller.  46 years ago our garden covered the complete lawn area. We had two sons and a baby girl to feed. Fresh vegetables, fresh fruit and fresh eggs from our chickens was a way of life in the summers of the 70's for our family.
Now we plant: zucchini, cucumbers, swiss chard, hot peppers and tomatoes. Today, the first day of summer we eat our first ripe tomatoes in a tossed green salad. Delish!!!
Against this fence I have Hollyhocks, a large grape vine and a  Joseph Coat climbing rose all enjoying the summer sun.
The Day Lilies are blooming and I found this gazing ball holder at a yard sale for .50¢. yes~.50¢
Newly planted this year is the Red Flame planted behind the bird house. And the Day Lilies have spread since last year, and if you look closely the Artichock blooms have gone to seed and the beautiful purple flowers are all that's left for this year... This silvery plant is Artemisia. 

The "butterfly bush is blooming so well this year. I trimmed it down and I've noticed a difference in how fast it grew up into a beautiful bush.
Allium are stunning in the garden.

Now on to my favorite part of the garden. Did I just say that? What a statement for a mother to say about her wonderful plants... I can't just love one plant, I love them all. 
But, I do love my grapes. I don't know if I've told you this story, but during the summer between my junior and senior year in high school, I sat and eat just about all my father's wine grapes. When he started to harvest the grapes he said "I sure thought there were more grapes out here than this" Opps. 
Lavender~Yellow Cannas
Lavender and a bee!
Love these Hollyhocks♥

I harvested the lavender and it's drying in a cool and dry place.
Hope you have a wonderful week. I will be back soon with more photos of Lavender and Tea Time.
Linking to:
Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
 Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday 
 Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday 
A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
 My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Inspire Me Tuesday

A Southern Daydream for Outdoor Wednesday
 Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden
  French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday 
 The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday 
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Patio Swing Redo!

Hello all, 
Life is good in Northern California this week. The weather is still cool for the middle of June. I did a little redo to my patio swing before my Garden Tour. Last week I took some photos of My Fern Grotto and my Patio Swing Redo. I have a little bird cage with some little birds and I don't need to buy bird seed. lol 
Last year in my Flower Shop post you can see the original swing cover and a green bed coverlet to cover the seats. 
This spring I found a white bed sheet and two white lace window valances and made a new cover. The white sheet is a wonderful background for photos. The new seat cover is a 9'x12' drop cloth I bought at Walmart for under $10.00 dollars.
Pink print pillow sham  and pastel print pillows give the drop cloth cover a comfortable look. My granddaughters gather in the patio on hot summer evenings and love to cuddle up on the swing. They love how comfy it is to swing and visit each other after a busy day playing at the lake. The evenings usually stay in the low 90's all night. We enjoy ice cream and cookies and talk girl until time for bed. I love being a grandma so much... 
This sweet pillow is the eyelet end of a pillow case. I sewed it up and flipped the eyelet edge over the top of the pillow.
The pink polka dot pillows were on clearance at Tuesday Morning last summer.  
My ferns love their spot for the summer. Shade and water everyday is my secret to have large ferns in a pot. This year I bought a Meyer Lemon tree and planted it in a pot too. 
Ferns are so ethereal, elegant and graceful. I collect different types of ferns. This year I plan to add some new varieties of ferns to my collection.

This fern has been in this pot for a few years. I also have a young tree fern planted in the back of the large fern.
I love sitting in the patio in the cool of  the morning with a cup of coffee watching the breeze blow the fronds to and fro.
This patio spot is another Cozy Corner... 
Thanks for visiting and please come back soon.
I'm linking to some wonderful parties and hope you visit them too.
Katherine's Corner for Thursday Favorite Thing 
  French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday 
 The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday 
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday 

How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
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
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop!
A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday
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