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!!!


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!


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

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, 


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,


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, 


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

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

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Happy Everything,

Tea Cottage Pretties

Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Decor Part 3

Holiday Decor

Part 3

My pink ceramic deer that I recently added to my holiday decor collection.  I love their sweet vintage look and I just could not resist them. 

I have used these cuties in my tea room to decorate for Christmas.  Here they are on display with some of my antique Limoges and pink bottlebrush trees.  

Also featured here is my vintage Nancy Ann doll.  

I added snowflake lights that are on a 6-hour timer.  

I love how my mantel turned out.  It is so dreamy and precious.  

I am almost finished decorating and I am now wrapping gifts and planning our holiday meal and the goodies we will make during this most wonderful time of the year. 

Hugs, Beverly

Tea Cottage Pretties

Holiday Fun

Holiday Fun

Thanksgiving has come and gone and we have been having fun around the house.  

My sweet hubby bought me this really cute dish filled with succulents and holiday accents.  I added the vintage snowman topper.  

In the kitchen, my Tiffany has been busy.   She got to work making dark chocolate spoons, peppermint spoons, and snowflakes.  

We like to use silicone molds to make are goodies. 

Oh, and she made Teddy Bears!!!

And of course our spoons!

Next, we plan to make our macarons!  

Coming up more holiday decor. 

Hugs, Beverly

Tea Cottage Pretties


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