Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Hello and welcome to my "Tea Party" hosted by "Jan & Tom's Place", be sure to stop by their blog to get a list of all the participates.

Come on in I was just relaxing on the lounge chair reading and do some needlework. So glad you could make it! I thought we would have tea on the porch, it's such a beautiful day today. Please feel free to click on the pics and see a larger pic.

Have a seat and I will get the tea!

The pretty journal and Bless This Nest basket came from my PRH sister Rhea from Miss Rhea's.
Have you ever had pie crust cookies? They are so light and crisp with cinnamon sugar, so yummy!

Or maybe some lemon iced sugar cookies. The pretty rose plate that the lemon cookies are on came from my sweet friend Steph of Angelic Accents. She has wonderful Flea Market Fridays.

How about a slice of chocolate cake with pretty pansies?

Maybe some nice sweet grapes?

A bears tea party done in cross stitch.

There's more room over here at the ice cream palor table.

My sister Elizabeth from Rose Hart Gifts sent me this pretty tea set. It's my favorite one!

The pretty little rose plate below I got from my sweet friend Steph from Angelic Accents.

My daughter Jen from Jen's Petal Palace painted this cake board.

I made this tea-time wreath just in time for my tea party.

Pretty pink roses, my favorite.

Now look at this silly cat, this is Bentley, he is enjoying the sunny day! He's my baby!

Let's take a walk around and see what's in bloom. This is the first year that my hydrangea bloomed. I don't have any luck with the blue one's. I have some but they don't bloom. Too cold here I guess.

I love black eyed susans and just planted some blue love in a mist with them. Hopefully next year they will bloom together.

Hosta's are just now starting to bloom. You can see their spikes shooting up.

Eventually this will be all paths and garden areas. Two seating areas one with
Adirondack chairs and another with a porch swing.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my little tea party! Please come back again. Thank you to Jan & Tom's Place for hosting this tea party, it was fun!

Blessings, Shirl


Kathleen Grace said...

Your porch and all your lovely tea things are so pretty! I love pink roses and all the beautiful eye candy makes for a wondeful party:>)

Jan & Tom's Place said...

Shirl!!!! What a LOVELY Tea Party! So much to see and look at and comment on - I love the Bless This Nest Basket, all the Tea Sets and pretty rose plates, Chocolate Cake, Cookies, the Bear's Tea Party in Cross Stitch and the Tea Party Wreath!!!

The hydrangeas are gorgeous!! The blue ones are finicky - don't do anything at all to them in fall. Just let them WINTER the way they were at the 1st frost of the fall. In spring, wait til you have LOTS of green leaves on the plant and then cut off about 1/2 of the length of the bare sticks on the plant. Up here in Michigan, I did that the first week of June. These babies bloom off of OLD growth the MOST and if you did what I did to them the 1st year ~ cut them to the ground at the end of the season ~ I had NO blooms til the end of summer! Now, we have TONS of blooms this year!!!!

Hope that works!

Glad you had your Tea Party!!!


Deborah said...

This was so pretty!

Katy Lin :) said...

what a lovely tea party! i'm nearly drooling over all of your lovely goodies (edible and otherwise)! would you mind sharing the recipe for the pie-crust cookies? :)

Connie said...

If anyone could give a "proper" tea party it's you and Steph, my sweet lady!! Give Jen a smooch and hope her back is better.

Shelia said...

Good morning, Shirl, and oh how I've enjoyed your lovely tea party! Yours is my favorites so far! You have such beautiful things, too! I love the little vintage tea towel with the victorian lady on it and that sweet little vintage tablecloth on your ice cream table (not to mention the gorgeous tea set on it). Do I see decorated sugar cubes? I've never seen anything like that before. Again, more things I just love - your green ruffled pot holder (well, tea holder), th beautiful tea wreath you made (you're very creative), your gorgeous flowers and most of all - BENTLEY! What a little precious. Chloe Dawn would have a ball chasing him around your garden. Thanks for the lovely time. You're invited to come to my tea party today, too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

marye said...

you have set a beautiful table! I love the quilt.

ceekay said...

It is so pretty. I can see myself sitting on the chaise enjoying tea. Your tea wreath is really cute too! Thanks for inviting me!

A Hint of Home said...

I wish I was there. Everything looks wonderful. Very pretty!

Shelia said...

It's me again,Shirl! Thank you so much for stopping in for tea! Thank you for the compliments. I do love tea sets. Oh, I'm sure the kitty treats would be just fine for Chloe Dawn!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Fete et Fleur said...

What loveliness and beauty! I would love to join you for tea and all those yummy goodies!


The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Oh Shirl, as always everything is absolutely gorgeous! You're making me want to do some needlework!
I SO covet that cakestand.
Love the pic of Bentley laying on the pretty bricks.

Jennifer said...

Mom, Every thing is just so beautiful!!Your tea settings are lovely!The cake looks very yummy!!Did the bird come with the cake?

Oh those pie crust cookies are the best ever.I need to make some soon!!

I love all your new pretties from Rhea and Steph!
The hostas are pretty too,can't wait till you thin them out so the boys can plant some around the pond.

Love you, Jen

Elizabeth said...

I just adore your china and table scaping. You have such a talented family with all of your crafts; your wreath is amazing, what a great idea!
I thought mine was the only family that made pie crust cookies. I haven't had one since my great-aunt died 20 years ago, because no one else makes pie, either.

Bertie said...

Wow, Shirl!! Lovely tea party. What a great yard you have to host it in.

If you change the acidity in your soil, you can make your hydrangias blue or pink.

Enjoyed your post and the photos are breathtaking!

Aunt May's Cottage

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Sweet Shirl! Your porch is simply divine today, dearie! I love how soft & pretty it looks. That teddy bear teaparty cross-stitch is adorable & I love your new pink wreath! What really catches my eye is the cake painting Jen did for you ~ was it for anniversary? Just beautiful!

Oh, hadn't seen that pretty lounge area before. I'd nap & sew there for sure!

Big Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Shirl! What a beautiful post! Their is so much beauty here, I cant even comment on one thing! So I will just say it is all gorgeous!

Love you,

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

I love your tea party.. I still can make it to your party rite? ;-) well, I insist coming as long I can sit and enjoy all your beautiful tea party display here.. and the flowers too.. gorgeous! thank you for sharing..

Jan~Feather Your Nest Antiques said...

I loved all the different colors on your tea table! It just looks so inviting. I enjoyed the rest of your blog too and realized that this tea party has allowed me to meet some great bloggers and see some great blogs too. Also, I see that you are a cross stitcher! I was an avid stitcher at one time, but have just about given it up now that I don't see as well as I once did. I'm going to add your blog to my favorite blogs too if that's okay with you.

Sweet Necessi-Teas said...

Shirl, I have seen some beautiful tea parties today, but I think yours is my favorite. You just have a special touch and everything was so inviting! Thanks for having us! I need to go back and look at your table settings again...

Warm regards, Karen

Lori said...

What a precous tea party!! The pie crust cookies look to yummy! Need that recipe!! Great book layed out to! Lori

Jeanne said...

Your post is so lovely, I didn't want it to end. The table setting is fabulous and the goodies are making me drool. Smile. Thank you Shirl for a lovely time at your tea party.


Kim's Treasures said...

What a pretty porch tea party! Your chair looks so cozy with the quilts and your tablescape divine! And let's not forget the pretty kitty and beautiful garden! Thanks for sharing!


Cathy said...

Hi Shirl,

From the look of your blog I would think you and I were separated at birth. I adore everything on your beautiful table. The Chintz dishes with those cinnamon rolls, the quilts, cookies, EVERYTHING is perfection.

I am so glad you stopped by my blog so I could come and visit you and feast my eyes on sheer perfection.

I love your blog!

xo Cath

The Apron Queen said...

What a lovely tea party! Everything looks absolutely wonderful. We had a tea party a little bit ago: http://anapronaday.blogspot.com/2008/05/tea-party-vintage-style.html

I'll be sure to not miss the next one at Jan & Tom's!

For your daily dose of vintage goodness & a bit of silliness, stop by Confessions of an Apron Queen

Joanna {sweet finds} said...

Wow! You went over the top. Your tea party is amazing. I still cant believe I missed this one... this is the 3rd blog so far regarding the tea party. I wish I had known so that I could of participated. :( xoxo, Joanna

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Shirl! I'm so glad you stopped for a visit! I love your blog; so many pretty things to look at! I feel the need to stitch something everytime I see a pile of floss or a project being worked on like in your pic. I need to finish a cross stitch of teapots I purchased seven years ago; I have maybe 2 months of work left so I think you just inspired me to get it out! I love making wreaths too and love the one you finished in time for the party! I hope you will stop in again. If I had your property I would need to be outside all the time and off the computer - it is GORGEOUS! Have a great day - Jeannette

Shelia said...

Hi Shirl! Just wanted to see how you're doing after all the tea partying yesterday! I'm sewing up a storm - making pillows! I forgot to comment on that beautiful needlepoint you're working on! It's lovely!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anne Fannie said...

Wow, that was pretty! I don't drink tea, but I enjoyed all the other eye candy!
Your flowers are gorgeous and I love your tea sets and that wreath with the tea cups is just adorable!
Love, Ann

judy said...

Your decorating is amazing, You do so much and it looks wonderful. Need to take a few lessons for you.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful just beautiful.
BTW you are living in my home state. I grew up in the Clarksburg Bridgeport area of WW. I recognized your pictures of the woods
and hills. :=)
Hubby and I move away at age 26 due to job transfer.
Pamela in Michigan

Shelia said...

Hi Shirl and it's always a pleasure to have you stop by! Oh, I love your beautiful tea table as your header. It's so pretty. Well, I finished stuffing my pillows just a few minutes ago and I'll post them a little later on. I just love to see people's projects and can't wait to see yours. Have a wonderful evening.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Shelia said...

Dear Shirl, please stop by my blog. I have a little award for you!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Shelia said...

How funny! Our fuzzy face have such cute habits, although they can be annoying sometimes.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Shelia said...

Afternoon, Ms. Shirl. Jan is hosting another tea party in August. You gotta sign up! This is so much fun. Although, I think I've used all of my tea things. I'll think of something.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)