Saturday, January 24, 2009


I should start out by saying that I am a Liberal and a BIG U2 fan. I have always listened to their music and they are my favorite group. I admire Bono (lead singer) and the group. Their songs are filled with inspiration and feelings. Bono has a tendency to write heart felt songs about our world that inspire and cause us to remember the trials and tribulations of others. He has the uncanny ability to help us walk a mile in anothers shoes, so to speak, and end by reminding us that there is always HOPE.

During the Obama campaign a song titled - The City Of Blinding Lights was used as a backdrop. This song is by U2 and was inspired by a trip that the group took in 1980 to New York City. Later after 9/11 U2 once again came to New York for a concert. Bono said that when the lights came up he looked out across the crowd and he could see the tears in their eyes and he was tremendously inspired by the emotions that came pouring out of this group of people.

I guess with all that had happened he saw that there was still hope and a resolve in the American people. That we had lost something but we intended to carry on and so we did. He wrote City Of Blinding Lights. This is the lyrics to the song. As you read them keep in mind that we lost so many that day, we were naive before 9/11 and we still rose above all that had happened and we came together.

The more you see the less you know
The less you find out as you go
I knew much more then than I do now

Neon heart, day-glow eyes
The city lit by fireflies
They're advertising in the skies
And people like us

And I miss you when you're not around
I'm getting ready to leave the ground

Oh you look so beautiful tonight...

In the city of blinding lights

Don't look before you laugh
Look ugly in a photograph
Flash bulbs, purple irises the camera can't see
I've seen you walk unafraid
I've seen you in the clothes you've made
Can you see the beauty inside of me?
What happened to the beauty I had inside of me?

And I miss you when you're not around
I'm getting ready to leave the ground
Oh you look so beautiful tonight...

In the city of blinding lights
Time...time....time...time...time...won't leave me as I am
But time won't take the boy out of this man

Oh you look so beautiful tonight
Oh you look so beautiful tonight
Oh you look so beautiful tonight

In the city of blinding lights,The more you know
The less you feel
Some pray for, others steal
Blessings not just for the ones who kneel, luckily

Hope you can see the beauty in his song..... U2 recently sang at the "We Are One" concert for Barack Obama. Bono is a Liberal and a Humanitarian. I was so happy to see U2 perform at this concert.

Also, this is one of my favorite songs and I just wanted to post the lyrics so I could have them and if you are so inclined you can read them too. This is a song by U2 and it is called So Cruel.

We crossed the line
Who pushed who over?
It doesn't matter to you
It matters to me

Were cut adrift
But still floating
I'm only hanging on
To watch you go love

I disappeared in you
You disappeared from me
I gave you everything you ever wanted
It wasn't what you wanted

The men who love you, you hate the most
They pass through you like a ghost
They look for you but your spirit is in the air
Baby... you're nowhere

You say in love there are no rules
You're so cruel

Desperation is a tender trap
It gets you every time
You put your lips to her lips
To stop the lie

Her skin is pale like gods only dove
Screams like an angel for your love
Then she makes you watch her from above
And you need her like a drug

You say in love there are no rules
You're so cruel

She wears my love like a see-through dress
Her lips say one thing
Her movements something else
Oh love... Like a screaming flower
Love dying every hour

And you don't know if its fear or desire
Danger of a drug that takes you higher?
Head of heaven, Fingers in the mire

Her heart is racing... you cant keep up
The night is bleeding like a cut
Between the horses of love and lust
We get trampled underfoot

You say in love there are no rules
You re so cruel

To stay with you
I'd be a fool
You re so cruel.


I have always read to my girls. It started with my first daughter Tiffany. We read to her every night for approx. 7 years. We first started when she was very young and over time she began to read with us. Eventually, she took to reading on her own. She is now 12 years old and if I would purchase them she could easily read 2 300-400 page novel every two weeks. She absolutely loves to read. My youngest daughter is somewhat different from Tiffany and we did not start reading to her until about 2 years ago. Mostly because when she was very small she simply could not sit still and listen. Now she sits and reads with me and she listen to me. She follows her sister's lead and loves the bookstore. They both keep up with certain books that they like and when they are being released.

The point to all this is that I had always heard that if you read to and with your children than they will love to read. Having heard that in the past I thought, well they either will or they won't like to read. I simply had no idea that by reading to your child not only would they love to read but they would develop many skills way before other children. Reading develops social skills, a willingness to learn and a curiosity to know. Reading helps children learn how to spell, imagine, cope, develop better work habits and the list goes on and on.

I can not tell you just how important it is to read to and with your children. Reading is many things but it is also very inexpensive and the returns are invaluable. Both my girls are excellent students and they have large vocabularies. They are curious and imaginative. They are bright and enthusiastic learners. They have been given a gift that NO money could buy and one that will last a life time. For you see they have been given all the gifts that books have to offer and those gifts are many.

Read to your child, you will be happy that you did.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


This is a very pretty birdcage that I got some time ago. I painted it pink and added all sorts of crystals and decorations to it. There is even a pink bird inside.


This is one of those coal buckets with a shovel that I painted pink (of course) and added roses to it. I guess it goes without saying that I don't use it for coal but instead I enjoy it's beauty.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


Well here I am 45 years old and I finally figured out how to clean an oven. I am sure there are others out there that knew this secret but I thought I would share it in case there was someone who did not. Every once in a while you actually learn something while watching TV. Now I am by no means a TV person however, I do at times actually watch something. Anyway, they were cleaning a stove inside and out and they used a regular cleaning product like Fantastic and a scraper (razor blade type) and they made the stove and oven look like new. Now it takes some work but it cleans way better than any oven cleaner and it is not as hazardous to your health. Provided you are careful with the razor. I even managed to get things off that I had never been able to remove. I have never like those oven cleaning products so this is great for me. Even if you have a self cleaning oven you can still use it on your stove top and underneath your burners. It cleans fantastic and I did not scratch my surfaces. Now I do not know if it will not scratch any surface but it did not hurt mine. I guess it is the same as using it to scrape glass. By the way I actually used a green product and it worked great.

Friday, January 2, 2009



I love pink glass and here is my collection. I have it displayed in a beautiful vintage cabinet that I have the buffet and dinning set to go with it. It was painted blue when I bought it. At some point it was professionally painted. The glass collection is from France. The brand was called Arcoroc and the pattern was called Rosaline. I always consider this glass to be from the 1960s although I believe they made it up until 1970s or 80s. I placed my favorite fabric behind the glass collection to show it off better.


Some Porcelain Lovelies

This is a beautiful set of hand painted Bavarian porcelain.  There is a cake plate, creamer, sugar, salt and a pretty bowl.  Each is painted with beautiful blue flowers and trimmed in 22K gold. 

Next is a lovely Limoges large platter.  Delicately painted pink roses and trimmed in light blue.  This is one of my favorite pieces. 

And last but not least, my vintage Lefton tea set
 and egg cups.  The sweet little basket with birds in it is also a vintage Lefton piece. 

See you soon,

Tea Cottage Pretties



Here is a picture of my paper houses. I sat them out for Christmas this year along with my vintage pink tree. I added a couple little figurines I had and even a girl in a blue dress that is actually a cake decoration. She looks cute....


I have an affinity for vintage purses. I mostly love the Kelly style purses. They make me think of Jackie-O. I actually use my purses and enjoy them. I get lots of compliments. When people tell me that they love my purse, they will ask where can I get one? I usually say from 1950. They always smile. Nice conversation pieces if I do say so myself.


A Pink Cage For A Pink Bird

I love finding neat things that are in need of some love and bringing them home to give them new life.  This is an old bird cage and stand that I found at a consignment shop.  It was in rough shape but I brought it home and worked some magic on it.  Now it is pink and is decorated with a beautiful pink beaded bird, beads, ivy, ribbon and crystals.  I love how it turned out.  I had to move it to take the picture but it sits by a chair in my bedroom.  

I just love my new bird cage and stand.

Tea Cottage Pretties


Bavarian Bird Plate

This is a beautiful turn of the century (early 1900's) plate. It is Bavarian which is a hard paste porcelain that looks and behaves the same as Limoges porcelain. This one is beautifully painted by an amateur artist. The birds are stunning. This is one of my favorite pieces. 

Hugs, Beverly

Tea Cottage Pretties


Here is a little pink vintage styled wreath. I added lots of glitter and pink Christmas balls. Then I placed it on a wooded spindle that I also painted pink. I place a beautiful Ballerina in the center and added bows. I love how it turned out.


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