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

Saturday, January 28, 2017

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


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