Friday, December 18, 2015

Holiday Decorating - Our Dinning Table

Holiday Decorating

Our Dinning Table

Christmas is almost here, the tree is decorated with tinsel and lights, the gifts are wrapped and tied with bows and now it is time to set the table for our Christmas dinner. 

This year I chose a teal, white and silver theme for our table settings.  It all started with these really pretty reindeer that I purchased here in Korea.  

Then I found these pretty white plates and bowls with silver writing on them.  They say Eat, Drink & Be Merry!!!

I had the teal sparkle tree from last year and it looks perfect with my reindeer. 

I added silver bands to fancy dinner napkins and these beautiful Christmas crackers. This is the first year we have had Christmas crackers. 

I chose my clear French glass goblets with crowns to go with our dinnerware. 

Here are a few more photos to enjoy. 

A very special thank you to my Tiffany for helping me take these photos.  She held up the lace backdrop for me and directed the light.  

I love all the extra sparkle!

Thank you for visiting us today and throughout the year. 

This is the last in my decorating for Christmas series. It is a challenge to decorate here in Korea with our small living space and with many of my belongings in storage back home.  However, I have found it is not impossible and actually takes a lot less time. 

Wishing you and yours a lovely and blessed Merry Christmas. 

Hugs, Beverly

Tea Cottage Pretties

Thursday, December 17, 2015

More Holiday Decorating - Winter Wonderland in Glass

More Holiday Decorating

Winter Wonderland in Glass

I decorate this large glass jar every year and this year is no exception.  Inside you will find a paper house that I painted and decorated with glitter, bows, beads and more. 

The tiny angels inside are actual vintage pieces that I have collected over the years. 

I added a light pink bow to the top and a sweet vintage angle and bottle brush wreath. 

And what would a winter wonderland be without beautiful glitter snow?  

I also added small bottle brush trees inside.

We are almost ready for Christmas. 

Tis The Season, 

Me wearing my Aristocats 
Paris dress and cardigan. 

Tea Cottage Pretties

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

More Holiday Decorating

More Holiday Decorating

My Paper Churches and Vintage Goodies

I love vintage Christmas decorations and these little snowmen from the 1960's always make me smile. 

One of my favorite things is my ceramic pink Christmas tree.  

These paper churches are so lovely.  I got them at Target a few years back and they have become one of my favorites.  

I almost have everything decorated and I will be sharing more photos soon. 

Till then wishing your and yours a beautiful and bright holiday season. 

Tis The Season,

Tea Cottage Pretties

Friday, November 27, 2015

#5 A Few of My Favorite Things - Dresses

#5 A Few of My Favorite Things


Anyone who knows me knows that I adore dresses.  I particularly love vintage 1950's styled dresses.  So this year I have added a few to my closet and yes I wear them.  

The first one I am sharing is my favorite.  It is a silky dark blue dress with flocked lace at the top.  It features 4 layers under the full circle skirt bottom.  It fits me beautifully and it is hands down my favorite. 


Here are a few more of my favorites.

This is a lovely ivory colored dress with lots of layers and details.  The only reason it is not my favorite is because it is a little tight and I don't wear it as well as I do my blue one.  

and last...

This is a beautiful blush pink dress.  This one is lace with silver threads in it and lots of layers as well. 

Dresses just one of my favorite things...

Tis The Season,

Tea Cottage Pretties

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving with One of My Favorite things - Nilla Banana Pudding

Happy Thanksgiving


Nilla Banana Pudding

One of my favorite things for sure...

As a child I grew up eating homemade banana pudding.  It was a recipe handed down from my grandmother to my mother and then to me!!!  The recipe was eventually placed on Nabiscos Nilla Wafers boxes.  I am not sure if my grandmother's recipe was exactly the same but I can tell you that they taste the same.  This is a delicious dessert and one I make every year.  I wanted to share it in time for Thanksgiving.  If you have never tried it, I think you will love it.

In years past I have made them for our family members.  My father-in-law, mother-in-law, my neighbor and one for us.

Here is a link to the recipe by Nabisco.

To make it easy I will post the recipe here as well.

Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding


3/4 cup sugar, divided
1/3 cup flour
dash salt
3 eggs, separated
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
45 NILLA Wafers, divided
5 bananas, sliced


HEAT  oven to 350°F.

MIX  1/2 cup sugar, flour and salt in top of double boiler. Blend in 3 egg yolks and milk. Cook, uncovered, over boiling water 10 to 12 min. or until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.

RESERVE  12 wafers for garnish. Spread small amount of custard onto bottom of 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Cover with layers of 1/3 each of the remaining wafers, bananas and remaining custard. Repeat layers 2 times.

BEAT  egg whites on high speed of mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar until stiff peaks form. Spread over custard, sealing well to edge of dish.
BAKE  15 to 20 min. or until lightly browned. Cool slightly. Top with reserved wafers just before serving.

What special dessert will you be making this year? 

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. 

Tea Cottage Pretties

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

#4 A Few of My Favorite Things - Boxes and Tins

#4 A Few of My Favorite Things

 Boxes and Tins

 I love paper and tin products.  I especially love these shabby chic items we have found here in Korea.  There are so many to choose from and they are not expensive or hard to find here.  The boxes and tins are typically used for gift giving.  Each one comes decorated and ready to use. 

The roses in the pictures are soap roses that we also purchased here in Korea. 

These are all tins
Large tin about the size of a cookie box. 
Two small 2 section tins
Pencil tin that I use to hold my make up brushes

The large one is perfect for so many things. 
I am using it for hair bows

Here is a close up of the smaller tins.  
Love the little round one.

Sections of the small tins. 

A large matching box

Here is another set of boxes. 

I love the vintage paper doll.

Sorry these images did not come out well.

Sections in the paper doll box.

There is all sorts of stationary items that match any set of tins and boxes that you might like. 

Tis The Season, 

Tea Cottage Pretties

Sunday, November 15, 2015

#3 A Few of My Favorite Things - Pink Shoes

#3 A Few of My Favorite Things -  Pink Shoes

Mojo Moxy

These are my favorite pair of shoes for this year and I got them at a fabulous price.  I am a bargain shoppers so I rarely pay full price for anything that I purchase. 

 I am not good at walking in heels but I still love all the high heeled shoes.  These happen to only be about 2" and it is a good solid heel that you don't have to balance.  They are made of leather so they are comfortable enough for me to wear them several hours. I think they are perfect not to mention they are pink!

Tis The Season,

Tea Cottage Pretties 

Friday, November 13, 2015

#2 A Few of My Favorite Things for 2015 - Fur Collars

#2 A Few of My Favorite Things for 2015

Fur Collars

One of my very favorite things here in Korea have been the fur collars.  All things warm and cozy are not only beautiful but necessary here in Korea.  When soft fluffy snowflakes are falling to he ground these are my favorite things to keep me warm.    

My beautiful vintage dress form traveled to Korea with us and she is proudly wearing my collars. 

And I even found a thrift store fur collar.  This one is real fur and although I would never buy a new fur that might promote the fur trade, I will purchase a vintage one,  

Close up

Can you believe this was a thrift store find and it was only $12.00. 

Lastly, although I did not find this in Korea and I purchased it online it has become my go to favorite. 

This one is faux fur and the ties are sweater material!!!!

Be sure to drop by and see what I am sharing next. 

Tis The Season, 

Tea Cottage Pretties


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