Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A White Tea !

 Hello everyone,
      Can you believe it is December already? The time will go by so quickly from now until Christmas.

So I hope you will have time to enjoy some quiet time and a cup of tea.
 I am slowly getting my Christmas decorating done.



 A nice cup of hot tea is soothing to the soul don't you think?

Today, I am joining Sandi again for her lovely Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage .So many lovely teas to enjoy!

Have a lovely day,

Carolyn

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Christmas Cottage

Hello everyone!
   I hope you all had a great weekend. We got some fresh new snow over the weekend along with some sunshine so it was beautiful on Sunday.
  Last week we were working in the cottage putting insulation in and then pine wall boards over the walls. we didn't do the ceiling yet but that is next years project. Anyway,when we finished slapping a wash of paint on I decided to decorate the cottage for Christmas again. other years we were on a Christmas house tour and the cottage was part of the tour but this year I decorated it just for me and of course you too!


I love this toile quilt and shams.
I know many of you have seen our little garden cottage before and know that most everything in it was either free or a thrift or yardsale find.


a closer look at the quilt- it has windmills on it.
a tea tray for you.
I love the candle light reflected in the mirrors.
My thrift shop tree and Dollar Store decorations or thrift store.
mirror reflections
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This was the look a few weeks ago.

 I hope you enjoyed the little transformation in our Christmas Cottage.
/I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphis Monday again today.

If you would like to see the  romantic Christmas Cottage at night by candlelight you can visit my Christmas blog here.http://christmaspastpresentcom.blogspot.com/

Thank you for visiting me,

Carolyn

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Kitchen Red & White Touches

Hello everyone,
     I have been adding some Christmas touches in our kitchen lately where the theme is red and white.
My red and white toile Father Christmas is a welcome addition every Christmas.
Christmas Blessings

My wooden angel hanging on the corner cupboard.
A new thrifty find.
I changed the china in here to plain white.

 I know many of you have seen my red and white transferware collection before.
I moved this cupboard in from the porch a few weeks ago when I did a porch makeover. It holds my teacup collection. the old cupboard happily went to my oldest daughter's kitchen.


While you are here I hope you can join me for a cup of tea and a muffin!
                               &
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends.

Thank you for visiting me today,

Carolyn

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

White Wednesday

Hello everyone,
   I am busy decorating for Christmas so I hope you don't mind some 'previously viewed' (by some of you)
   white collages of some of my favorite things.
There is lots of beauty to see at Kathleen's Faded Charm White Wednesday party so I hope you have time to enjoy it all.

Thank you for visiting me and have a great day!

Carolyn

Monday, November 22, 2010

Tea on the Porch


 Hello everyone,
      I spent the afternoon decorating the porch for the Christmas season and then I prepared a little teatray to sit and enjoy my work. We had snow on the weekend so if you would like to join me you better wear your warm gloves. I love this hot mulled apple tea and how about a Christmas cookie.I know many of you are celebrating Thanksgiving this week so Christmas is on the back burner but here in Canada Thanksgiving was over weeks ago . I am going full steam ahead this week decorating for Christmas-such a beautiful time of the year.

    
  I love using my red transferware china all year but I think it looks especially pretty at Christmas time.
  
I used my old redwork apron as a tablecloth today. I love the delicate work that went in to making this.
  



























This is the porch decorated for Christmas if you would like to see more of it please go to my Christmas blog-click here.



Today I am joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for TeaTime Tuesday again. Thank you Sandi for hosting another Tea Time.

Thank you for visiting me,

Carolyn

Friday, November 19, 2010

The French Connection!

 Good Morning!
    I am so happy to have had sunshine for awhile this morning so I could take some photos indoors to share with you. A couple of weeks ago I received a wonderful gift in our mailbox from a lovely friend Helene Glehen  from France whom I have never met but enjoy our little visits via blogland. 
  Several weeks ago I posted a photo of an Autumn Bouquet from our garden. Helene wrote and told me it inspired her to paint a picture of it. A short time later she asked for my address and mailed the beautiful painting to me form France.

My photos do not do the painting justice but you can still see how lovely it is.


 The inspiration bouquet beside the painting has dried but I am still hanging on to it.
 I am enjoying a lot of things French these days- books,decorating, etc. 

Isn't it beautiful!





Helene has two beautiful blogs that I know you will enjoy visiting. You can visit Helene here-http://encrecouleurs.blogspot.com/ and then go to her art blog where she has wonderful paintings for sale.

I will share what Helene has to say about herself;
I am a French painter loving roses, gardens which are my source of inspiration.
The Old fashioned and English roses are my favorites and the studio is often filled with their perfume while I am painting.

In summer, each morning I am at work in the studio-garden, painting from life, watching and sketching while the birds sing.
By now, I have hundreds of sketches in my portfolios. I am often so absorbed with my creations that I lose all track of time.

I am romantic at heart and I am fond of Victorian and Regency literature, poetry and style (Jane Austen, Elisabeth Gaskell, the Brontës, Georg Eliott) I love large bouquets in pretty vases, the garden houses nestled in the vegetation, small secret spots in the garden, butterflies gathering nectar and pollen of lavenders... and my dear roses filling the air with their delicate fragrance.

It is a source a happiness and pleasure that I am happy to share with you with my paintings.
I am currently living in the Paris region. Thank you for visiting.


And I would like to add that not only is she a very talented artist with a love for Roses, but also a very kind and thoughtful person. Thank you so much, Helene for this beautiful gift.-I will treasure it always. Maybe some day you will come and sit in my Garden and paint, how lovely that would be!


Today I am joining Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday where once again there is lots of beauty.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!


Take care,
Carolyn


p.s. Sorry for the small font- I am not sure how to fix it.
also if you would like to visit my Christmas blog click here.