Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Happy Quilt Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!

Happy Quilt!

Not longer after we arrived in Korea I heard about a fabric warehouse filled with so many wonderful fabrics. It took some time doing research on the interwebs and reading about this place called Happy Quilt. 

Finally today we found it and I am in love with this place. It is a warehouse filled with fabric.  Actually I think there are two more buildings but I only saw one today.  You know I will be going back to spend an afternoon there sometime in the near future!!!

If you want directions to Happy Quilt from Camp Humphreys click the Link below.

There was so much to look at and it was a little overwhelming. The building I was in had mostly cotton fabrics and fabrics you would use to make quilts.  They had packages that were ready made to go with one yard, two yards fat quarters and quilting packs.  

While I was busy looking, Tiffany took some pictures for us.  

They also carry all sorts of other things like purse handles, trims, lace, backing, patches, buttons and just tons of different sewing notions.  Of course they carry thread in so many different colors and spools. 

The prices are wonderful!!! 
 Most fabric is approx. $2.00 a yard.  

I did not even see the post card fabric while we were at Happy Quilt.  I must go back and really look at that fabric...

Tiffany and I were enjoying our shopping and then we realized we did not bring much Won with us and they don't take check cards at Happy Quilt but we will be back soon.

We did manage to pick up a few fabrics.

This is a heavy material that could be used for upholstery, pillows, curtains and so much more.

These are two fabrics that I thought complimented each other very well... 

Tea and Cupcakes?
Yes please!

These cuties are about 15" tall.  

We just had so much fun and we are really excited to have found a fabric store! 

Here are some pretties we found today as well.  I just love the candles shaped like milk bottles and the little domes with the birds on them each cost about $1.80 US.   They look really pretty with my favorite French Toast press that my Mother-In-Law sent to me.  

Edited 1/2/2015

We made it back to Happy Quilt so I wanted to show off the beautiful fabrics we purchased. 

These are my fabrics

For me...  Isn't she adorable...

For Tiffany

For my niece Megan and her girls! 

Little Does, Silhouettes, Eiffel Towers, Swans and more!!!

Vintage Labels!

Ice Cream...

Tea For Two!!!


I could not get this one to show up right but it is beautiful. 

These are fabrics that Tiffany picked...

Tiffany also picked out a black fabric with red cherries on it.  She wants to make a circle skirt with it.  I could not get a good picture of it. 

We can't wait to get started sewing but until then...

Happy New Year and thank you for sharing 2014 with me!
I hope everyone has a very blessed, healthy and happy 2015. 

Happy New Year, 

Tea Cottage Pretties

Monday, December 29, 2014


Chocolate Covered Strawberries

A few days after we arrived in Korea a group of people we met told us about the strawberries here in Korea.  They raved about how wonderful the strawberries were and how we have never tasted anything like them ever. We were told to wait until December when it would be strawberry season and to buy them at the market.  

The market is in a village that we lovingly call "The Ville" and it happens on the days of the month that end in 3 or 8.  There are so many wonderful things to choose from each time we go there is something new.  Going to the market is an adventure in and of itself.  I shared some photos of the market with you in my previous post so here is a collage of those photos. 

Tiffany and I went right before Christmas on the 23rd of December.  We wanted to find strawberries and other fresh fruits and veggies for our celebration and we were not disappointed.  We found so many great things but the best was the strawberries.  We found regular sized strawberries and we also found extra large strawberries that were perfect for covering in delicious chocolate. 

Ghirardelli chocolate that is...

We melted the chocolate wafers in a double boiler and then we put about half in a squirt bottle.  We dipped half the strawberries in white chocolate and the other half in dark chocolate.  We laid them on wax paper and then we used our squirt bottles to drizzle the opposite chocolate on them.  

We ended up with the most scrumptious chocolate covered strawberries.  

Have you tried your hand at making fresh homemade chocolate covered strawberries?  
This is a great project to do with your children and the end result is fabulous!

Korea does in fact have the best strawberries I have ever tasted.  They are so sweet and juicy and just packed with flavor.  These are truly beyond compare... 

Making goodness at home,

Tea Cottage Pretties

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Merry Christmas

Our Christmas Cake From Paris Baguette

This year we are spending Christmas in Korea and if you have ever wondered if they celebrate Christmas here I can assure that they do celebrate Christmas.  The shops are filled with all things Christmas from tinsel to cakes and everything in between.  

Our Gift Bags

Tiffany and I started out our day before Christmas Eve Day by hanging gift bags on our neighbor's doors filled with lots of Christmas goodies.  We then visited our friend Jo and delivered a gift bag to her.  Jo is just the nicest person and she is such a joy to be around.  Jo gave us a big bag full of tangerines, one of my favorite fruits. Thank you Jo and Merry Christmas!!!

Tiffany and Jo

We wanted to head on over to the market.  The village near us (lovingly called The Ville) has a market on days of the month with a three or eight in them.  We had our heart set on Christmas fruits and veggies and we were not disappointed.  

Korea is home to the best strawberries in the world.  The strawberries are unlike any I have ever had the pleasure of tasting.  

I wanted to share some photos of the market with you...

These photos were taken quickly as I walked through the market.  





More Fish

Beans and Fruit 

Candy and Stuff

Little Cakes and Cookies
Some items are made from rice.

Tiffany and I had so much fun at the market talking to everyone and trying different things.  We ended up with three packages of strawberries, pomegranates, bell peppers and hot peppers. We didn't get any of the fish but it was neat to look at all the different types of fish. 

Then we headed to our favorite place Paris Baguette.  I wanted some cream bread and I had been trying to make there for a few days, finally today we got to go!!!

Cake Box

Supplies that came with the cake including a candle (I asked for one), matches to light the candle and the knife.  

Christmas Cake

I fell in love with this cake.  I love the little wreath and the Santa is so adorable.  I am not sure but I think everything is eatable accept the wreath.  Oh and you know I am keeping that wreath. 

Cream Bread and Mocha Cream Bread
The one with the powder sugar is the mocha cream bread. 

As I am writing this blog post I am preparing our turkey for our feast tomorrow.  This year we are cooking on Christmas Eve and going out to dinner on Christmas Day. 

I wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! 

With the warmest of wishes for a wonderful and very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Tea Cottage Pretties

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


A Wreath And Cards For Addie

I have had this little guy fro several years and I have never know exactly what to do with him.  I love all the pretty special touches that serve as his adornments. 

So this year I brought him out and I realized I needed a wreath.  Luckily I found one here in Korea and I was just playing around and I sat him inside the wreath and Eureka!!!!  I found some pretty pink ribbon in my ribbon stash so I added a bow and ribbons.  

Then I had ordered some pink glass ornament picks and I placed them on the wreath in sets of three. 

I wanted to keep my wreath simple. 

I am very happy with the way if turned out and my little guy now has a home. He looks very happy doesn't he!!!

I got an early Christmas present from my husband.  These aren't the best photos because I tool them in the store.  I hope to take more photos once they are delivered and I have them all set up in our villa.  We got them because Korean sofas are super hard and not comfy at all.  I do not have any place to sit that is comfortable, so these should do the trick and they were priced right!!!

 Oh and I had to show off our little Bella!!! She wasn't feeling well and we had her in a little outfit that a friend had given to us.  Isn't she a cutie!!!

There is still time to send your card to little Addie. 

Addie suffers from unexplained atrophy of her brain that has left her losing muscular control as well as suffering from a quickly deteriorating mental state. This will probably be little Addie's last Christmas.  

Her Christmas wish was simple, all Addie wanted for Christmas was Christmas cards.   Now with the help of American Greetings and Children & The Earth (organization handing Addie's request) you can easily send a card to Addie by visiting American Greetings at 

Once you visit the Cards For Addie site you can electronically sign a card for Addie and American Greetings will take care of the rest by signing a card in your name for little Addie!  It's that easy, so add your name to the list and help brighten a very special little girls Christmas!

Click this image to visit American Greetings and to send little Addie a Christmas Card at no cost to you!

A special thank you to American Greetings for reaching out to me to help spread the word about little Addie.  I am delighted to be a part of this wonderful champagne!!!

I also wanted to welcome my new followers!!!  You have no idea how excited I get when I see I have new followers.  I truly appreciate you. 

Merry Christmas, 

Tea Cottage Pretties


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