Monday, January 31, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday

While there's tea, there's hope.
~Sir Arthur Pinero~

It's Tea Time Tuesday!  I'm linking up with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage.

Before I start, here is the update on my husband.  As I posted before, he went to the emergency room on Saturday night with chest pains.  The doctors discovered a partial blockage in one of the main arteries leading to the bottom of the heart.  He had a stent inserted this morning.  He's a bit sore but feeling good!  He should be coming home tomorrow.  Thanks for all of the kind words and prayers.

Okay, back to tea...

This set is by Homer Laughlin.  The pattern is Apple Blossom.

This was another thrift find a few years ago.  I think I paid about $5.  Very rarely do I pay more than $10.

Thanks for visiting.  Please check out Sandi's beautiful blog party!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Life and everything else

I'll be honest. When I started blogging in August, I had no idea what I was doing, or even what it was going to be about. It's been trial and error since then.  There are some technical things I still haven't figured out. I've been learning as I go.

So, what's my blog about, anyway?

My original idea was that it would be about my youngest daughter's journey toward a liver transplant (shameless plug here- be an organ donor!).  However, there are many days when there's nothing to report, so, I didn't want to limit it to that.  I love crafts, vintage things, and romantic/shabby chic decorating, but there are many blogs out there that are much better at that, than I could ever hope to be.

If you read my blog, it's me sharing my heart. There is a bit of all of the above in it, plus some fun stuff, a couple of rants (I really do try to keep those at a minimum, I promise!), thoughts, insights and a few laughs.  It's my stressed but blessed life...and everything else.

Enough Already!!!

"God will never give us more than we can handle.  I just wish that He didn't trust me so much."
~Mother Teresa~

I can relate to those words...

 My husband went to the emergency room Saturday night with chest pains.  He'd actually had them for a couple of days, but he thought it was pain due to an unrelated medical procedure he had on Monday.  He was admitted to the cardiac unit.  After many tests, the cardiologist thinks he has a partially or completely blocked artery leading to his heart.  He'll have a procedure tomorrow morning to check for blockages, and if necessary, do an angioplasty and/or put in a stent.  (Hopefully I have all the terminology straight.)  He's had high blood pressure for a while, which has been pretty well controlled up until the past month or so.  Guess this might be the cause for that.  Thankfully, our local hospital has one of the top cardiac units in the region, so he's in good hands.

Sometimes it feels like my life is just one crisis after another.  I've spent so much time in hospitals with various family members the past few years, that I tell people that my family really needs a better hobby than hanging around emergency rooms!

But it's during these times that I realize how much that I need to depend on the Lord.  I'm quite sure that I would fall apart if it weren't for my faith.  I honestly wonder how anyone could get through life without Him.  I sure can't.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Thrift Shopping Goodies

A wet day around here = good day to thrift shop!

Bottles and apothecary jars.  The jars will be used to store something or other.  I plan to do altered art with the bottles.  I love the purple one.  I'll probably take the beading off of the green bottle.

Cookie cutters to make into ornaments.

Vintage looking Christmas stamp set.  Mainly purchased for the angel!

Ceramic tussy-mussy with silk flowers.  The end is broken, so I'll have to hide that somehow.  But I think it's still pretty.  Also a pair of faux pearl earrings and beaded doodad that was in with the tussy-mussy.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday

Although my neighbors are all barbarians, and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups on my table. ~Tang Dynasty

Welcome to my Tea Time Tuesday post!  Today I'd like to share this teapot with you.  It's made by Minton, and the pattern is called Haddon Hall.

This is a teapot that came from my mom.  I believe she found it at an estate or yard sale.  I remember her telling me that there were 3 or 4 teapots for sale, but she picked this one.  She said that she could tell it was one that got used, because it had tea stains inside!  Of course, she brought it home, cleaned it up and it looks brand new!

I don't know how much she paid for it, but I suspect it wasn't too expensive.  I looked it up on Replacements Ltd.  It's valued at $179!!!  Good job, Mom...wish you were here to share a cup of tea.

Thanks for visiting, and please visit the other tea parties on Sandi's blog!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

When people aren't who you think


Have you ever had this experience?  You think you know someone, and then, they do something totally out of character.  So it seems.  Unfortunately, you find out that it IS their character.

Sadly, I'm seeing this where it never should church.

Our pastor recently submitted his resignation, and things have gotten ugly.  I believe that most of the problems stem from the fact that the pastor's wife openly played favorites.  Her exclusive group has been in charge of most of the women's ministries for a while, pushing out people who were involved for years.  The "favorites" have hurt some people deeply, causing some families to leave the church.  One of the families is that of my best friend.

This is hard for me.  The pastor has been very supportive of me through my daughter's illness.  But I've seen this favoritism going on for a long time.  I've seen issues that were dealt with badly.  There were rumors that were allowed to go unchecked with no apologies.  People were treated in a condescending manner because they were not the "in crowd".  Good grief, people!  This isn't high school!!!

I am friends with several of the people who have been hurt by all of this.  I may end up on the bad side of the "favorites"  because of that.  If that happens, so be it.  I actually feel sorry for them... they will have to answer for it someday.  And I really have much more important things to worry about than whether of not I'm liked by a group of troublemakers.

I feel that the pastors' resignation is the best thing.  We will have the same interim pastor that we had during the last transition, and I truly believe that he has the gift of reconciliation.  Boy, do we need it.

If you're still reading, thank you for letting me share this.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday

Find yourself a cup of tea; the teapot is behind you. Now tell me about hundreds of things. ~Saki

It's time for another Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage.  I missed last week's party, so I'm glad to be back!

Today, I'm sharing this set with you.

This is one of those cups that is much prettier on the inside.  The outside of the cup is white, but the inside and saucer have a pale pink background, along with all of those beautiful flowers.

This was a thrift store find a few years back, if I remember correctly, I think I paid about $7 for it.

Thanks for visiting!  Check out the other parties on Sandi's blog!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Flower Tea Lights

I saw this idea at a craft fair a couple of months ago.  I think it would be a great party favor, and it's cheap!

What you need

Battery powered tea light (dollar stores usually have them in a 2 pack)
silk flowers
scrapbook paper to coordinate with flowers

Cut a strip of paper to fit around base of tea light.

Glue paper around base of tea light.  If it's not exactly the right size, you can trim it, but the flowers will hide imperfections.

Take apart your flowers.

Cut a small slit in the bottom of the petal.  It doesn't have to be big- just enough to slip over the bulb.

Slip petal over bulb.  I found it worked better to put some of the petals upside down, but it will depend on your flowers.

Add more petals, until it's as full as you like it.

That's it!

The best thing is, that with the exception of the tea lights, you can use your leftover craft materials.
  Hope you enjoyed this!

Friday, January 14, 2011

I'm here...really...

Yes, I'm still here...

 I don't know if it's post holiday letdown or what, but I just have had no motivation to post anything lately.  There's nothing wrong, I just haven't felt like I had much to say.

On a good note, we just got the results of younger daughter's last blood tests.  The liver numbers were the best they've been in a long time, and the doctor dropped her prednisone dose. Whoohoo!!!!  If there's one thing I've learned, it's that steroids and teenage girls are NOT a good combination!

So, this is short, but I'm gonna post it anyway, just to get out of my slump!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday

"Tea is a time in which we were perfectly contented with ourselves and one another." ~ Charles Dickens

A belated Happy New Year!  Once again, I'm late for the tea party!  I got behind in things before Christmas and I still haven't caught up!

Today I am sharing this cup and saucer.

It has a beautiful pattern of pink roses and lilacs.  It's a large cup and holds a generous amount of tea!

This set is an exception for's one of the very few that I paid retail price!  I found it in Leavenworth, Washington in one of their Bavarian shops.

Thanks for visiting!  Please check out the other tea parties with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage!