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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Coming Full Circle

Coming Full Circle

Things have a funny way of working out in life.  A little over a year ago we embarked on a life-changing journey.  We had no idea what our next step would be or how things were going to work out for us.  We took each day as it came and we waited to see what was in store for us. 

As it turned out we ended up moving back to the States from South Korea.  We landed temporarily in San Antonio, Texas again and we waited some more.  Then the most amazing thing happened, my hubby got a job in the DC area and we relocated to Virginia.  

Here I have to give you some of my back story.  I was born in Virginia.  It has always been in my heart and I have always said that my soul lives in Virginia.  Living in Texas for a total of 12 years was so hard on me.  The climate is very harsh and oh so hot.  I could not tolerate the heat and I spent most of my 12 years inside trying to stay cool,  That is as long as the AC didn't go out from overuse. 

So we rented a small but nice apartment and we are in the process of building a home here in Virginia.  This Virginia girl has come full circle and has landed right back where she was meant to be all these years.  

Hugs, Beverly


Tea Cottage Pretties




Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sweet Little Antique Nancy Ann Dolls

Sweet Little Antique Nancy Ann Dolls



I wanted to share some photos of my Antique Nancy Ann Dolls.   I have a few in my collection and l I have been cleaning them up and displaying them.  I love their cute little faces.  

Snow Queen


Cute little girl in pink dress.


Here she is with a cute male doll in a tux.  He is actually the Groom doll.  


Little Red Ridinghood.  


Most of these dolls came out long before Disney reimagined such classic stories as Beauty and the Beast.  Therefore, they do not have a Disney look to them. 

Beauty and the Beast


I am particularly fond of the bisque Nancy Ann Dolls and most of my dolls are bisque. 

Cinderella Goes to the Ball


Alice - through the looking glass



A group of pretty girls all cleaned up! 


I  got these cuties in a large group of dolls for just a few dollars.  Below you will see dolls such as December (7" tall and dressed in red).  She looks kind of like a big sister doll.  Also, August is pictured below wearing the polka dot dress.  



Cute little redhead


Although I love the themed dolls, I also love to clean and dress up these cuties myself.  I haver miscellaneous Nancy Ann doll clothes and accessories, so I often just dress them the way I like them. 


The last one I want to share is a real cutie but she also needed the most work.  I had to re-paint her little shoes and clean her up.  I also cleaned her clothes and I had to dye her hat and jacket.  They were a very dingy and dirty lighter blue.  I dyed them navy blue, which was a process.  I then gave her new ribbons, as I did most of my cuties (vintage seam binding works best).  I then dressed her and I think she looks like the cutest school girl ever.  


I hope you have enjoyed my little Nancy Ann dolls.  I am not a true collector of these dolls.  I simply find them here and there and I love cleaning them up and displaying them.  They are very photogenic.  They are perfect for decorating and vignettes. 

Well, I am off to play with my dolls.
Beverly

Tea Cottage Pretties

Friday, February 10, 2017

My New Royal Albert Cups!

My New Royal Albert Cups!



We are still enjoying our Wedgwood Teas and we recently added 2 new Royal Albert cups to our collection of beautiful coffee and tea cups.  


I love this tiered stand for displaying our tea and our beautiful cups.  I have had this stand for years and up until recently I did not use it but I am so glad I pulled it out and decided to use it.  It is perfect!


The cups are from Royal Albert and the collection is called Polka Rose.  I love the beautiful crown inside each cup. 


Off to have a cuppa!!!

Beverly

Tea Cottage Pretties

Monday, February 6, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!



I adore Valentine's Day!  I love to decorate and celebrate in small romantic ways.  One of my favorite things is my heart teacups and saucers that my very own sweetheart gave to me several years ago.  You may remember then for my post some time back but with Valentine's Day just around the corner I wanted to share them once again.  



I love to pull these out of their box and display and use them during February.   They go perfectly with my many teapots.  





Perfect for enjoying our Marie Antoinette tea.  


Happy Valentine's Day!

Beverly

Tea Cottage Pretties


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tea Time

Tea Time



Sometimes I find I need to treat myself to something nice.  This week it just happened to be tea,  I found two teas to add to our collection at Home Goods.  These are English Breakfast and English Afternoon by Wedgwood Teas.  They come in beautiful tins, perfect for display.  


I had this wooden stand that I have never used and I thought these pretties tins of tea would look lovely on it with a few teacups.  



I plan to add more of these find teas to our collection and fill up my wooden stand with these beautiful tins.  


Enjoying my cuppa
Beverly

Tea Cottage Pretties

Monday, January 23, 2017

With Loving Thoughts

With Loving Thoughts

Vintage Valentines doll reflecting my
nostalgic state of mind. 

I have been feeling very nostalgic this evening, thinking of the people I have known and loved during my life.  Many of them have passed away and others have simply been lost in time.  Some have changed and gone in a different direction, or perhaps it is me that has taken a different direction.  As I have educated myself in life my views have changed and have developed.  I try to see outside my box and I attempt to see the big picture.  

I cling to memories of days gone by and
friends lost in the pages of time and history. 


Often I find myself grieving over the loss of my loved ones.  I try to tell myself that I should not be sad that they are gone, that I should be happy that they were in my life instead. I miss them all for different reason because they represented different things to me.  

All things grow and change over time.

At times I want to reach out to the ones that have been lost in time but I refrain for fear that we will truly find that we no longer have anything in common.  My memories are too precious to risk attempting to connect on that level again.

My life is filled with a collection of precious memories.
  
I am thankful for each and every one of my loved ones and my life is better because I had them in it.  I will always love them and miss them.  I long for the sound of their voice, to see them smile and laugh, and to simply be there for each other through good times and hard times.  They are forever a part of me and I will always love them.


Today I have shared a few more of my Valentine's Day decorations.  Perhaps decorating for Valentine's Day has influenced my mood.  After all, it is a season of love and thinking of others.  

With loving thoughts, 

Beverly

Tea Cottage Pretties

Vintage doll handmade from a kit
circa 1950-60's

The Plant was a Christmas centerpiece that I recreated as a Valentine's Day centerpiece.  

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

As we move into the new year we are once again faced with new challenges and many changes in our life.  Tea Cottage Pretties will soon have a new home.  We just retired from the military and my hubby accepted a new job.  The new job requires that we make a major life change because we will once again be moving.  We are both excited about our new life and apprehensive at the same time.  Changes are always lots of hard work but we will finally be settled. 

We have many months to prepare for our move and to search for a new home.  I am so excited about finding our new place.  I will once again be able to install my beautiful chandeliers and design our home to our taste.  We hope to have room for all of us and even a guest room for our family to visit since we will be living far away.  

For now, I am doing what I can to purge our home and prepare everything for the relocation. However, I still can not resist decorating for Valentine's Day.  


I adore vintage styled holiday decor items and Valentine's Day is no exception.  I had some decorations on hand but I wanted to add a few things and Hobby Lobby had the perfect items.  I purchased a wooden heart sign to use on my post that my hubby made for me during Christmas.  


 I added ribbon and a bow and then I wrapped the fairy lights around the post.  It makes an adorable sign.  I guess I will have to decorate my post for every season and holiday!  


I have much more to share but for now, I want to wish everyone a very happy new year and share our wonderful news.  I hope that your new year is off to a great start.  

Happy New Year,

Beverly

Tea Cottage Pretties


Monday, December 26, 2016

Holiday Decor Part 5 Living Room

Holiday Decor

Part 5 

My favorite new decor items for 2016!

My greatest wish for this year and every year. 



I found this lovely vintage inspired piece at Hobby Lobby this year. 






My vintage inspired pink deer from Target are just so sweet. 



I used a couple of them in this pretty vignette. 



My new glass Christmas trees.  The tall one is a pretty pink color and the shorter one is blue, the colors just didn't come out in the pictures.  


Here you can see the colors a little better. 


A few of my new deer are on the mantel. 

  

My pink Santa by Rachel Ashwell for Target. 



I was able to order him online and I never did see him at any of the Targets located near me.  I gave him the tiny bottle brush tree and silver tinsel. 



My new Christmas houses from Cracker Barrel. 







I also found these adorable Christmas house ornaments at Cracker Barrel. 




I love adding to our holiday decor collection and this year was even more special after having been in Korea for the past two years.  

I hope that everyone had a wonderful and glorious Christmas this year and here's hoping that your New Year is filled with all things wonderful. 

Merry Christmas, 

Beverly

Tea Cottage Pretties




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Holiday Decor Part 4

Holiday Decor

Part 4

Family Room


Recently I shared my stocking post that my husband made for me but I still wanted to share a few more photos of our family room decor.  I don't know about you but I am never really finished decorating.  I am always moving things and changing them around but I think I am finally finished with our family room.  Our theme is a blue Christmas featuring snowmen and whimsical things.  If you notice the penguin up on the desk in the above photo, he actually sings    "Bounce, bounce, everybody bounce, bounce to the water and bounce right in"  while he bounces. 

Santa has been busy wrapping presents!




We even had a rare COLD night here in Texas and we were able to light a fire.  Please excuse the photo, I snapped a quick one while we were relaxing. 


When we aren't dreaming by the fire, I have some pretty birchwood and greenery that I use to decorate the fireplace. 


I had a little trouble finding birchwood but I finally found some at Hobby Lobby.  Don't you just love Hobby Lobby?  Wait till you see my other finds in my next blog post.  


My wreath and garland are on a timer and they are on for 6 hours a day and then off for 18.  I love that I do not have to think about them.  I have them on from 6 pm til midnight.  


Tiffany helped me wrap the gifts for everyone except hers of course.  
And my favorite gift so far is this one. 


If you would like to see more photos from our family room Christmas decor click here  http://teacottagepretties.blogspot.com/2016/11/holiday-decor-part-2-stocking-post.html

Sneak peak at what is coming up in my next post. 


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Happy Everything,
Beverly 

Tea Cottage Pretties

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