Monday, November 21, 2011

Cute Tea Room

We recently had a tea room open in our area and I thought it would be fun to try while Ceekay was visiting.
If you know anything about Ceekay, you know she loves tea rooms and has been to MANY of them. Some very high priced ones, too. I say that, to say this, our tea room only charged $12.00 for a buffet that you could go back to as many times as you wanted.
The setting is in a bakery, the one that made my birthday cake, so I knew the food would be good. I just didn't know how GOOD! It's not as fancy as some but pretty enough. It's on a sun porch to the side of the bakery and florist.

They had fresh pretty flowers on the tables.

It was a bright sunny day and we could enjoy the Fall colors outside the windows.

They had a table with an urn of hot water. A sweet lady named Shirley brought us a pot of hot water and then you selected which tea you wanted.

Shirley made all the sandwiches with fresh bread baked that day. She also made the scones, which we out of this world delicious!

There were three kinds of sandwiches. Cucumber, pimento, and chicken salad. All three were wonderful.
We had a fresh bowl of mixed fruit as well.

Looks at the fresh flowers on top of the tiered tray. So cute! You can see the lemon curd and a little of the Devonshire cream that Shirley made.

Pretty wreath above the table.

Fresh flowers from the florist.

Of all the tea rooms Ceekay has been to she has never had a crumpet. Me either! Now she can say she has. Have any of you had them??

Shirley was sweet enough to take our pic. and send us on our way with a goodies box full of crumpets and extra scones. She wanted my hubby to try them and for Ceekay to have some for breakfast the next day.
Ceekay said she had never had better tasting food at any Tea Room. It was a hit with both of us! lol

I hope you're having a good week! Till next time!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fall Colors

We've had such a beautiful Fall! The trees were prettier than in some years past. While Ceekay and our daughter Andrea were here they got to enjoy all the beautiful scenery that they don't have, while living in the desert.

It was also Halloween and they enjoyed seeing my two grandchildren that live here. The house across the street likes to go all out!   This couple has never had children but love to do this for the neighborhood.

Here's Jonas getting ready with Aunt Andrea's help.    I made this clown outfit for her 30 some years ago.  She and her sister wore it, three grandchildren wore it, 3 nieces and nephews wore it, and varies neighbors wore it.  Ceekay's kids wore some of the outfits I made.  Can't remember which ones.    I'd say it has gotten plenty of use.   lol

Sweet Ivy is wearing the mouse costume I made for my kids as well.  She left home and forgot her ears.   So we made her some with her hair.  lol   She thought her mom made a spider on her nose.   lol

Patiently waiting to go trick or treating!

Jonas with the finished custome on.

Hanging out with Mommy!

I'm joining Susan @A Southern Daydreamer

Have a great week!    Till next time!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Room Makeover

                  We had a small bedroom that was a multipurpose room, so to speak.   I exercised in it, sewed, painted and ironed it in.   We have three other bedrooms and sometimes there's still not enough beds to accommodate family or friends!  lol   Besides that, I thought it was a lot of work to use a queen bed if a toddler grandchild was sleeping over.  
Here's the room before we made a few changes.

Hubby used this room to watch TV in occasionally so we got him a nice comfy recliner when he retired.  That stayed.

Then the change started.  I asked a master builder at our church if he could custom make some bunk beds for me.   He was so gracious to fit it in his busy schedule.  I put a little pressure on him because I needed them done A.S.A.P. for all the company that came to town for my birthday.  lol   He was happy to oblige!
Here it is taking shape.

They were just finishing as I came back from the airport with my sister.   The first of many to arrive.

I put my married nieces in the bunks when they arrived a couple of days later.   Worked out great!

Here's the finished room.    I moved an entertainment center from our bedroom into this room and got a new little flat screen TV.    The grand kids will use this room  to watch their movies .
The Flag on the wall is from the table in the above pictures.   I had painted it 20 some yrs. ago and didn't want to get rid of it so I had hubby take off the top of table to hang it.

I put book shelves on a small wall to showcase the things that were either on the wall previously or on the floor.   You may notice the boat that was on the floor is now on it's side on the top of the bookcase.   That was Ceekay's idea.
The builder said he could make custom shelves for us instead of the ones from Target!   Hubby told him to go for it.   So more changes are a coming.  lol
I made the curtains and cushions.   The hope chest I've had since I was 16.

I still can open my total gym and use the room for exercise.   See, it's folded up in the corner with my exercise ball.

I had drawers built in the bottom for linen storage and for the grand kids's "things".   They are nice and big!

I found the comforters at K-Mart.    Notice the little captain's wheel on them.

Now I can wash twin sheets for the kiddies instead of queen ones.  lol

I'm joining Susan @  Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday & and, Carrie for Amaze Me Monday!   Also, Kim @Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, November 11, 2011

My Party

I want to thank all of you who wished me a Happy Birthday! Your sweet comments meant so much to me!
I walked into the restaurant where the celebration dinner was being held and was greeted by this LARGE 60 decorated with pictures of my life.
 Go ahead click on it and get some laughs. You know..big hair, short hair,etc. lol
It was Ceekay's idea and she did much of the planning and came up with the theme. My sweet daughter Sarah did the foot work till her sister Andrea and Ceekay got into town to help with final touches and decorating They did a great job and I love and appreciate them so much! Sarah did all the beautiful floral arrangements on the tables!
 Ceekay came up with the idea to get a 1951 birthday booklet from Cracker Barrel and use the pages out of it for the placemats. The girls got candy and toys out of that time period for favors and to lay on the table for decorations. It all was so nicely done! See my high school picture in the circle of the 60. The invitations had the same pic on them.

I can't thank my hubby enough for making it a very special evening and for footing the bill! lol

Some of the girls in my family. (from L to R)
Myself, Ceekay, my daughter Sarah, my daughter Andrea (who came from CA), my niece Aimee, my sister Barb, & my niece Jeni who all flew in from MI.
I went to the airport three times to get them all. They all came on different days and at different times. lol My poor nieces were so delayed in Detroit for about 5 hours and got in at 2 a.m.
It was sooo worth it! We had a blast and made very special memories! We laughed so hard we cried! My hubby got embarrassed at one restaurant! lol Of course, he was way out numbered these last 3 wks.

My sweet girls singing at the party. (They both have sung professionally.) God has given them beautiful voices. They have sung accross the country and in Korea while in college. They both have sung in community chorales with their symphonies.
Some of my guests requested that they sing. They didn't plan it but we all enjoyed it and appreciated them doing it!

All my beautiful guests!

I had two incredible birthday cakes!

A chocolate mocha with coconut and chocolate icing on top. YUM!
Also a pink lemonade! A little something for everyone! lol They were so moist! ( We have an amazing bakery in the area that is very popular!)
Spending a little one on one with Andrea. I miss her and wish she wasn't so far away. She and her Pastor husband are planting a church in CA. Her hubby and my two sweet grandgirls couldn't make the trip.

Sweet Sarah and her hubby.
My sweet sister and nieces.

Ceekay all the way from AZ. She stayed for another week after the others left and she flew out this morning! We had a great time!

I received some beautiful presents but none as precious as my family that came to celebrate with me.!
I've missed all of you and hope to get around to visit you in the next couple of days. I have lots more pics of things we did to share with you and a little project that got done just in the nick of time to accommodate all the company!  Here's a sneak preview!

See ya soon!