Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Welcome 2018

It's a New Year....welcome 2018! Hope to catch up soon. So much to share from the end of 2017.


Monday, December 4, 2017

December 4th

Happy Monday! Just some of the soldiers and wooden figures on display at the Colantino home!
Getting ready for my trip to New England!

First Sunday of Lent

The Season of Advent is here today! The first purple candle is lit today and is the candle of HOPE. It is also called the candle of Prophesy. It was the prophets who foretold the coming of the Messiah.
I love the custom of the Advent wreath and the readings during each week. As a Christian. this helps me to keep my focus during the Christmas season.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Little Women...December 2nd

I love anything that has to do with Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. It truly is a classic work of art.

Last month when Jim and I went to the all city garage sale in Clark County WA, I found a set of Little Women dolls by Madam Alexander. I had no intension of buying dolls at the show. These were thrown in a bin marked down from $8 to $4! How would I resist? They were in such good condition too. I decided to put them under my little tree in my tearoom. I do think they are very happy to have come to a dolly home.

Louisa May Alcott was just a great American writer. I so enjoy her work. I still have many of her  books I have never read.

Jim and I were able to visit her family home in 2016. It was on my bucket list and I was soooo excited to be able to see this home. It was so warm and you could really imagine a family living there.We were there in the summer on a lovely day.

I was so happy to see her home and the property.

We were not able to take photos inside, however, there are many on Pinterest and on the computer.

The kitchen was one of my favorite rooms.

Louisa's room where she did her writing.

Another cozy room where our tour began.

Although this movie is not a Christmas movie, our family counts it as one! This is the version that I just adore and have watched oh so many times.

This is such a dear part of the movie. They are reading a letter from their father who was away during the Civil War. We are waiting to watch it when our daughter Gina comes home for Christmas. 

Welcome December!

Hello Blogger friends....well, the house is decorated and the tree is even up! My dad's apartment is ready for Christmas too.
I am getting ready to visit friends in New England again. I am flying to Boston on Wednesday morning and will actually be there on my birthday....Dec 8th! It is so exciting. I have been trying to get my clothes ready...warmer clothes...which has meant shopping. I love to antique shop, but don't enjoy shopping for clothes. I have to get a new suitcase and have my blood test on Monday before I leave and I think that's all I have left to do. The dolls have new clothes which I made this time. Hitty and Daphnie will be going this time. I will be visiting the library where the real Hitty lives on my birthday!!! Another adventure!!!!
The season of Advent starts tomorrow too.
I have featured this sweet little gal in years past. It was mine when I was little, so I cherish it.
I pray that you will all enjoy a lovely Christmas season ahead. 

Sunday, November 26, 2017


I can't believe I haven't blogged in quite some time. It is a BUSY season. The Thanksgiving holiday was really fun but the whole weekend was really full of family events. Just off to bed now, but hope to post some pix of the last few days. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sweet Stephanie's Tea Cup Exchange REVEAL!

I signed up again for the sweet Stephanie's tea cup exchange. I happily participated in this one for fall. If you have never had the pleasure of joining an exchange, this would be a great one for you to try out. Stephanie has the most wonderful blog. You can find her blog, The Enchanted Rose,  at Stephanie spends a great deal of time organizing and doing her exchanges the right way. Thank you again dear friend for setting another exchange up for us to have so much fun.

I received this wonderful box quite some time ago. I like to save my goodies for awhile and wait for the reveal. Lea probably thought I forgot about her and her MOST GENEROUS gift box. You can see her blog, CiCi's Corner at She has a lovely blog so do visit her.

This is what I found when I opened the box! I was getting excited to open all the goodies inside!!!

Here's my "loot" all opened up. I will show the items to keep reading.

What a sweet letter! So personal and very sweet.

She had the tea cup safely wrapped up in a separate gift wrapped box. Oh my!

Look at this most beautiful tea cup! The color is stunning and the bird design on the china is just lovely. It's quite large too...I have never seen a tea cup this size. Perfect for a yummy cup of tea.

Lea included two kitchen towel in my favorite fall colors and a most special wooden spoon that says THANKFUL. How perfect is that for this time of the year?

In her not to me, Lea said she is not a tea drinker. She sure picked out great teas for me. YUMMY.

I adore this pattern on the little pumpkin paper napkins. How perfect.

Oh, I do love this little kit. It is filled with little note pads and sticky notes. Don't we all need these? And to receive such pretty ones.

I was really looking for some chocolate and there was nothing in the house. I was so surprised to find the Russell Stover treats! My hubby is after the ginger

You have to see the gorgeous bar of autumn soap and glass soap dish. I just love this set.

So dear Lea, I am sending you the biggest THANK YOU tonight as I share my goodies with my blogger friends and those who might pop over from Stephanie's reveal post the next few days.
I had so much fun.