Monday, December 28, 2009

~ been to the beach ~

Hi all my bloggy girls,
Gosh, it's been a real whirlwind around here .. Got through Christmas, and everything was wonderful, and I am feeling very blessed and LoVed .. We had such a beautiful day with family, and just now am getting to relax again a bit .. well kinda .. we have friends here from Chicago, and we've been going FuN places with them .. Everyone comes here and wants to go to the BeAch .. doesn't matter if it's dead in the middle of winter .. Sooo, aWay we went for the entire day .. It was soo pretty, kinda cool .. cold to me .. We ate, ate ate, and shopped til we dropped .. Sooo much FuN !! Fabulous sales after Christmas, sooo ... I think we all spent our Christmas money !! Seal Beach is such a sweet place .. cute lil' shoppes, and just a small beach town ... Some of these crazy girls went into the ocean to boogey board .. Nooo, not your lil' friend, I couldn't EvEn stand watching, it made me shiver to see them in that freezing water .. that's for the summer days girlies ... Aaahhh .... to be young again !! hahahaha .. those crazy Chicago girls don't know any better !!
I just wanted to pop in to say hello to you all, and hope all is going well, and your enjoying the rest of the holidays with those that are still visiting, or just family and friends that surround you daily .. we've been having lots of fun !! I'm tired tonite, and I am staying in, in my jammers, under a blankie, with my new Romantic Homes magazine .. yippee .. it just came in the mail today !! Sounds like a perfect evening to mee ..
Relax a little, and soo hope you are doing something you LoVe ~ Bless all your sweet lil' hearts ~
Big PiNk warm hugs ~tea~xo

Monday, December 21, 2009

~ Merry Christmas to you~

Merry Christmas to you, my sweet bloggy friends, I just know we are all running around, baking, and doing all that last minute shopping, the parties, and get togethers, we have .. I wanted to take the time now tho, to wish each of you A very Merry, Blessed Christmas,and a Happy, Healthy New Year. May you all be comforted and feel HIS peace.. I hope you are enjoying all your last minute festivities, as we celebrate HIS birthday .. I hope you are surrounded by those you love and cherish at this very special time .. Remember it's the little things that mean the most. May HIS spirit continue to fill your hearts with joy and peace as we celebrate the blessed birth of our Lord and Savior ~ God's Peace and abundant Blessings~

From my family to yours ~

~ tea girl ~ xo

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

~ A Sweet surprise ~

Hello to all you girlie girls,
Can you EvEn believe NINE, Did I say NINE days til' Christmas !! Wasn't it just the middle of Summer yesterday ?! WOW !! At least I can say I am ready .. let it be here !! I'm just truly enjoying all the fun, and precious family times together !! I really am feeling blessed, and I realize it's all the little things that matter the most !! Just hanging out, and being with those we LoVe ..
I just HAD to share with you all, this beautiful, surprise I recieved two days ago, from a wonderful, sweet friend, she is soo giving to so many, and expects NOTHING EvEr in return .. I came home from work on Monday, rushing around, and went to get my mail .. this was sitting on my front patio table waiting for meee, lil' ole' meee !! I had NO idea from who it was, I hadn't ordered anything lately .. It was a gift .. just because .. she knows how I LoVe rag quilts, and pink, creamy fabric with roses all over .. It is beautiful, and see, the rose stocking, and the pretty ~t~ soaps .. I was just overcome with joy ..that someone would Even send me such a surprise .. Soo many of you know Marydon, and are such good friends with her .. you will have to go visit her, and let her know how special she is to so many out in bloggy land !! She is at Blushing rose.com ..
I just wanted to say hello to each of you, and wish you a wonderful, getting ready for Christmas wishes .. I also just HAD to share with you all, that there really is quite wonderful, loving, giving, people in this world, and what better time to share LoVe ... Thank you soo much again sweet Marydon Ford .. and her wonderful hubby Harold !! Blessings and LoVe to each of you, as you share time with those you LoVe ~
Big Christmas hugs ~tea~xo

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

~more Christmas~

Happy Wonderful Wednesday my Christmas girlies !! By now, I'm sure you're all decorated, and just getting through all the hustle and bustle of it ALL !! Keeps me on my toes, and really,I am enjoying the down time in the evenings .. I LoVe all the hallmark Christmas shows and watch one almost every night !! soo sweet, and always makes me cry !! Happy tears most of the time ..
I sure hope you are all well, and able to get out and have some Christmas fun !! The little parties, get togethers, and baking with family and friends, is soo wonderful, and makes the season soo much more meaningful !! It seems like people are so much more happy, and different (in a good way) at this time of year !! that's what makes it soo much more special !! Well, I'm off and running to do a few more errands today, and I have so enjoyed my Christmas peeks into soo many of your homes .. I feel like I've been on a Christmas open house tour !! hahaha .. soo much fun, and I didn't eVeN have to leave home !!
All our stockings are hung, the wreaths and holly in place, NOW, we are just waiting for the big celebration .. of HIS birth .. now, isn't this what Christmas is truly all about !! Happy fun days to each of you my sweet friends, as you prepare your hearts and homes for Christmas Day ~
Big Christmas hugs ~tea~xo


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

~~ Decking the rooms for Christmas~~

Well hello to all my pinky peep friends ~
I'm soo hoping this is finding each of you feeling wonderful, and able to get into that Christmas spirit !! There is always soo much to do, and decorate, bake, buying gifts, wrapping them all pretty, and than hopefully time to sit, visit, and gather, with all those that you LoVe and enjoy .. because that truly is what this season is all about !! I myself really try to enjoy each day, some more than others', BUT, there is so much fun, and good times to be had !! I have my first Christmas party tomorrow night with friends that I have had for years, always a wonderful time, and the food is soo yummy .. She serves prime rib, and has a bake potato bar with all the trimmings, and the dessert table, always gorgeous, and delicious !! Can't wait .. Every week brings something fun, and I just LoVe the traditions that we have each year as a family !! I LoVe all the Christmas pageants at school and church, going to look at all the Christmas lights everywhere, the tree lighting ceremony is Saturday evening in Olde Towne Orange .. Soo beautiful, and we always run into soo many friends and families we know !! That's the best part, sharing the joy and LoVe with all those that you LoVe .. I hope you are enjoying each day, and surrounded by everyone that means the most to you .. Happy decorating and celebrations of the season to you all ~His blessings and LoVe as always especially as we celebrate HIS birth ~
Big Christmas hugs
~tea~xo

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

~ A Happy Thanksgiving to you ~

Well, hello to all my boggy girls,
I'm soo late in wishing you all, a very blessed, wonderful, day with those that you LoVe .. isn't that what this day is for, to be thankful, and recognize all of our blessings in front of us .. we take so much for granted, we live in the BeSt Country eVer .. I still believe this to be true .. we have a roof over our head, and soo much more .. I try to focus on the bright and cheery .. I soo hope your tummys get full of yummy things .. laugh and love alot .. sit back and enjoy .. God is good my girlies .. I wish each and everyone of you contentment, and happiness .. make sure you giggle alot too ... LoVe to all of you .. you can see what I've been up to .. lots of decorating going on at this pinky cottage .. Had to give you an early peek :):) Happy, Happy Thanksgiving ~~
Big turkey hugs
~tea~xo

Thursday, November 19, 2009

sweet cottage dream pretties ....

Good morning to all my bloggie girlies on this beautiful sunny Soooo CA. day !! I LoVe this weather, cuz it's beautiful sun shiney, BUT, there is a chill in the morning air, and by noon will be almost 80.... it's soo pretty out !!
I had to share with you my beautiful hand-made hearts I recieved from Becky, from "Sweet Cottage Dreams".. they are truly adorable .. I was soo excited to recieve this package ...when I saw her share these on her blog, I know this pink lovin' anything with hearts, EvEn better .. I had to have some ... I can't EvEn share how cute they are .. these pretty hearts are made from a refurbished pink wooley blanket ,and the softest anguora yarn make up the cream hearts .. she has stiched a cream lace ribbon on them to hang .. For now, I will put them on my everything pink Christmas Tree, and after that, I'm sure in a big pretty plate .... You can see how beautifully packaged they came, sweetly wrapped up, and tied with a sweet pink ribbon, and twine ..how clever.. the soft with the shabby, soo mee, and see the sweet tag, and covered rose fabric magnet .. yep, just for mee .. I was soo happy, and elated with the way they turned out !! They would soo be wonderful to give as gifts, BUT, I couldn't part with these ... maybe, just maybe, I will have to get some more ... LoVe Em' ..
If you haven't had a chance to meet Becky, you're missin' out .. She is the sweetest lady, and such a joy to talk to ... swing by, and say hello to her ...
I hope you are all getting ready for the holidays, and able to enjoy this time of year .. it gets soo crazy, doesn't it !! Stay well, and take good care of yourselves ... I LoVe popping in to see what you are all up to, and creating ... There is soo much talent with all you girlie girls .. sooo Fun !!
Well, have a blessed, happy, Thursday .... Blessings and LoVe ~
Big pink heart hugs
~tea~xo

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Rachels visit to Country Roads ....

Hello to all my bloggy friends,
Sooo much time seems to pass that I feel like a stranger to my bloggy stuff at times ... I get so busy with everyday "got to do" stuff, that it gets soo neglected ... I miss catching up with all you girlies !! I LoVe visiting all of you, and get so many ideas, and inspiration from each of you ... it's like reading a favorite magazine, and sooo many of you, catch me up on where to go and find sweet treasures !! You all are soo up on everything ... I just get sooo excited !! Such fun ...
Well, today was a BIG day for me girlies ... Rachel came to visit all her admiring fans here in Orange, at Orange Circle, in Country Roads Antique store .. One of my favorite shoppes around, GIGANTIC, and beauty surrounds !! Such eye candy, and pretty "must haves" everywhere .. The dealers here display everything so nicely, and their treasures for sale are the tops around !! There is always something I can't live without !! hahaha ..
I have to tell you tho, I went here this morning to get in line to have my new Rachel book signed and to see the Shabby Queen herself !! The line was around the corner of this fabulous store !! I had to be somewhere in an hour, so sadly I had to leave .. had so looked forward to this day .... Well, after, I did what I had to do, I went to lunch with my hubby, and he agreed to take his very sad wife back to see if the line was smaller yet, well it was, and she was STILL there signing away, visiting with each guest, and taking pictures .. I was sad tho, cuz I had taken my book home, and left it there earlier, BUT wonderful Sue, who owns the store, said take one of my books and get it signed, and than just bring the other back .. How wonderful of her to offer and make this day sooo special for me !! She truly is such a sweet, very giving lady .. That's why I always go back to her place ... Well, I ran to get in line, and ran in to my very good friend Linda, I had to share her picture with you as well, we LoVe the same things, and she is a shabby lovin' girly as well .. We always seem to run into each other at events like this .. So I was able to catch up with her, visit with Rachel, and even was able to stay for her story telling time .. She is soo sweet, and kind- hearted ... very down to earth, and really is all about, getting back up, brushing your self off, and moving forward !! She has been through soo much this past year, I can't EvEn imagine sharing with soo many of us girlies, and not shedding tears anymore !! She's simply amazing, and after her chat, I want to go back, and read my book deeply this time (not just drooling over the pictures) but, to feel her emotions, and how she is changing things up, just a little .. She still LoVes pink, and greens, and pretty blues, BUT, more softly muted now, and she shared pictures of how you can bring in dark and chunky ... Can I just say, I left with a bounce in my walk, and my creative juices a flowing .. Soo many wonderful ideas ... It was such a wonderful day, and to see the Lord send me back in HIS time to meet up with old friends, chat with Rachel, and than to be able to be there for her talk ... Can I just say AMAZING !! See girlies, again God is always good, and faithful, I'm learning more to be in HIS time, NOT always my time .. It couldn't of been more exciting,rewarding, and I left feeling so up and good !! Can't wait to read this some more ... girlies, if you haven't picked this up, ooohh please go get this book .. You will Sooo LoVe and enjoy it ... If I could eat it up, oohhh girlies I sure would !! She is the Queen, and just be waiting for the "new" dreams she is dreaming up !! So Fun~
I hope you are all feeling well, and doing what your sweet hearts are dreaming of !! Thanks for stopping by, and always leaving such sweet, encouraging words ... I LoVe my girlie girls sooo much ... Have a happy Jesus filled week ~
Big pink hugs ~tea~xo

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

just playing with the birdie cage .....

Hello all my girlie girls,
Gosh, I'm finally feeling like me again .. this has been a long 10 days of feeling ... well .... like POOP !! My voice is finally cracking back .. but, I can be heard ... YIPPEE !! I've really been cleaning things up, and putting all our halloween stuff away, and getting ready to start decorating for Christmas .. I try to have most done by Thanksgiving, and when we get home that night we turn ALL the lights on for the first time, and listen to Christmas music !! I really LoVe the holiday season, and all the family traditions to be carried out each year !! Sooo wonderful !!
I cleaned out my birdie cage today, and took out all the fall stuff, and it will stay like this until the Christmas fairy does it's magic on it !! Everything gets dressed up for the holiday here !! This is one of my lefton bluebird wall pockets that hangs on here, and I put little teacups for feeders, and there always has to be some colored lights to brighten her home !! I LoVe playing and changing this up !! There is something about old birdcages that draws me to them .. I see soo many of them when I visit some of you, and they are just sitting pretty on shelves and armoires,and I try to get myself not to always have to decorate everything I buy, BUT, I just can't seem to leave them alone, I have to drape ribbons and lace, and china cups from everything I buy .. what is with that ?! I guess it's just the little girl in me, always wanting to play house, and making everything pretty and just so !!
Well, I sure hope this finds each of you, staying healthy,having some creative fun, and feeling totally blessed somehow !! I'm soo excited too, on Nov. 15th, Rachel Ashwell will be visiting and signing her new book at Country Roads in Olde Towne Orange, and Christy Repasy will be there the same day !! I can't wait .. Can you believe both of them together in one place, 5 minutes from my home !!! Yippee Skipee for meee !! I'll of course take pictures and share after ...
Have a wonderful Wednesday my sweet bloggy friends ~ Blessings and LoVe to all of you, and remember God is good and merciful and always Faithful !!!
Big huggers ~
~tea~xo

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

some pink pretties again .....

Well hello and Happy Wednesday to you my bloggie girls,
I always feel like sooo much time passes, before I'm able to post .. sometimes life gets busy, and there is priorities ... darn, but, soo true !! I really have been a bit under the weather for a few days now ... it's all in my head and chest !! No voice right now for this girlie .. I think my family is secretly enjoying this .. hahaha ..very quiet around here .. today was a day off work for me, so I just stayed in and cleaned alot !! I get so antsy not running around town, and visiting my favorite shoppes and friends who are there .. I decided to clean this BIG cupboard armoire in my front room .. Talk about work ..whew .. everything taken out, washed, dusted, and vacumed this whole thing .. But, doesn't it look all pretty and shiney new again !! I put alot of my pink depression glass, and hand painted rose glasses, and limoge dishes in here !! Of course it's all pink and rosey !! Soo much sweet ~r~ in here as well !! I never realize how much I have collected until it's time to clean it all up !! I LoVe every bit of it, and haven't tired of any of it yet !! I do try to only buy things I truly LoVe now, and not just everything I think is pretty !! hahaha ... It can get crazy girlies, BUT, isn't it soo much fun to be on the hunt for those sweet treasures, we just can't live without !!
I sure hope this finds you all feeling better than I am right now, and enjoying this Fall time of year !! We all know what's right around the corner ... can you EvEn believe it !! yikes ... Well, girlies, take good care of yourselfs, and I soo hope you are all up to fun things, and enjoying each day .. God is good, and soo merciful .. Keep lookin' heavenwards ~
huggers for each of you
~tea~xo

Monday, October 19, 2009

fun times sweet times..

Hello to all you bloggy sweet friends,
WHAT .. It's Manic Monday again, already !! It can't be !! Wasn't I just at "glitterfest" yesterday ?! Crazy .. I guess the older we get, the faster times come and go .. speaking of which, all my friends are turning 50 .. I was at two 50th birthday parties this week-end .. first was Barbies in the blue,and than Peggy with the food in her mouth, hahaha..was Saturday !! Barbs was just a girly dinner at home, and Peggy had a halloween party Saturday night .. That's her in her witches get -up below .. This was such a fun week-end of celebrations, and the rest of us will be turning 50 in the coming months .. Soo strange .. We've all known each other for over 25 yrs .. We all lived in the same condo complex together for about 10 yrs... All newly married, and had our babies together, we all went to the same church, and our children went to the same schools, so we carpooled together, were on the same committees together.. PTL..scouts, sports, you name it !! Now, our children are mostly all grown, some married, in college, and all thankfully healthy and doing well .. Can you believe we are all are such good friends still .. we get together alot, and help each other all the time !! I am soo thankful for such wonderful friends, and we still have soo much fun together !! We laugh all night !! I'm still just amazed how soo many years have gone by, and that we are all so close, and live still, all close by, we just went from condos to homes .. in fact most of these girls are my walking buddies, breakfast buddies, and most important shoppin' buddies .. you should see us all out treasure hunting, we all know what the other LoVes, soo we're constantly yelling to each other to "come, come fast, you're going to die !! hahaha I'm sure you all know what I mean, and have wonderful friends to share good times with .. Believe me, I'm so thankful that the Lord blesses me continuously, and it's to HIM I give all the glory for everything good in my life !! Blessings to each of you as you spend special time with special friends ~~ I LoVe all my bloggy friends too ...
Big huggers ~
~tea~xo

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

sweet keepsake cards....

Hello to all my "pinky peep" lovin' girlies,
I just KNOW you all had a Wonderful Wednesday ... the days are rippin' by, and I am having a hard time trying to keep up !! Always something to do, and places to go, ooohhh, and than there is work to go to .. I almost forgot that :):) I did want all you So.. Cali.. girlies to know, that the Miss Rebecca at " a gathering of thoughts" has now got her sweet keepsake cookie cards at a sweet boutique near you .. These are in the store as of today, at "Tea Leaf Cottage" in Olde Towne Orange .. It is located at 141 N. Glassell Orange California 714-771-7752, Joan Alford is the owner, if you need to speak with her .. She is a wonderful, sweet, very helpful lady .. You have to look at these. For those of you that follow Rebecca, will remember her sharing these with us, and letting us know they would be for sale soon. I am soo excited !! She has them in three different designs right now, the gingerbread man, heart, and Christmas tree. I would of loved to have shown you all three designs. But, Joan took them all.. I'm sad, I only have the one to share. They are soo sweet, and cottage perfect. Inside each, is two flavorful recipes, and on the back a timely sentiment, sure to touch the heart. They are lovely, and of course Rebecca's original artwork showcases' each one of these. The detail amazing. I sure hope any of you down this way can check these out !! They are great for a small gift, or for a group of women you might just want to please,and surely impress !! I can't wait to get my own. Rebecca hopes to put out three new styles in 2010.
I hope you enjoyed sneeking a peak into sweet ~r~'s designs, and hopefully you can run check these out, gosh, while you're at the circle, you can stay and have lunch, go to a tearoom for a sweet treat, and just stroll the streets.. Make a day out of it girlies.. If you're like me, you won't want to leave.. The cutest, quantist city EvEr !! Let me know what you think ~ Ooohh, than you can come visit ME !!! I would make sure you had a wonderful time .. promise ..
Hoping you are all doing wonderful, and something fun !! We are soo blessed, and God is sooo Good ~
Big love and hugs ,
~tea~xo

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Christy Repsay...

Hello and HAPPY Saturday to my pinky rose lovin' girlies,
I sure hope you are all out and about having some wonderful fun, on this beautiful sun shiney day in So. Cali..I actually had a big, fun day, and am rather pooped now !! I LoVe that feeling after running around all day, going fun places, and buying some beautiful, found treasures !! It was one of my girlie ,girl friends birthdays, so we met for lunch, and than spent the afternoon at the "Glitterfest".. It is a fabulous venue of artists.. The best of the best.. No junkie here girls.. Christy was here, and I had to go get a picture from her.. You all know I just LoVe her work.. There was soo much to pick from, soo I did finally decide on this little print.. She frames them in the coolest old wooden frames, and they all look so lovely.. I also bought some bottle decoraters that hang from ribbon, and go great on my decanters.. soo pretty and sweet.. I've tried to show these in the picture, but I always say, I'm not a photographer, but, I think you can see to get the idea.. I was thrilled as always to see her..she is the sweetest, most gracious lady, and is always so kind..such a pleasure to buy from such a wonderful talented lady...I had to snap her picture..I did buy other pretties form other vendors, but, will share those later.. This was just the highlight of my day !! I hope you enjoy taking a peek, and let me tell you, if the "glitterfest" comes to a town near you, run there.. It was a treat.. Sooo much to see, and all the vendors and artists, are the sweetest ladies EvEr !! It was such a FuN day, and my birthday friend, had a wonderful buy her own presents kinda day !!
I'm sure hoping you are all happy, and feeling blessed and well..we had a happy birthday day here... God is good my friends.. Keep your eyes and hearts lookin' heavenward..
huggers ~tea~xo

Sunday, October 4, 2009

some punkin' stuff..

Happy Sunday to my bloggie girls..
Hoping you're all enjoying your day, and getting in that Fall mood.. I've finally pulled down, and set up some sweet Fall friends.. I LoVe this time of year, and enjoy getting all this out each Fall. I feel in a way that I just put all this away.. Can it truly be a year later ?! Where does the time go ?! I'm actually going to stay home today and bake some pumpkin cookies.. They are sooo yummy !! It's the only time of year I make these.. Isn't it funny how certain yummys taste better at certain times of the year ?! They smell wonderful when baking too..It will be kind of a lazy day .. I still have some wonderful magazines to catch up on, and will curl up and read these.. One, of my favorite lazy things to do..I hope each of you are doing well, and finding joy in what you are up to !! It's been a crazy, hard week for us, but we are doing better each day..I want to thank each of you for your sweet notes left for me.. They mean so much.. I LoVe my bloggy friends, and your hearts so good, and did I say sweet ?! Wonderfully SWEET !! Do something you LoVe today, and be content.. God is good and soo merciful..Have a blessed HAPPY Sunday !!
Big hugs to each of you ~
~tea~xo