Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Congrats to Sherry at Ties 2 The Past who is the winner of the MyMemories Digital Scrapbook Software!

And what's a post without a photograph?

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La-TEA-Da, Rochester, NY

Last week I visited my daughter in Rochester and she took me to La-Tea-Da Tea Room and Parlor for lunch:
The first thing we did when we arrived was to find attire in the tea room, so that we were dressed appropriately!
They had many hats, stoles, gloves, etc. My sister-in-law, Cathy, joined us:
And here's Caitlin, my youngest daughter:
Each table was set with a tea pot, cups and saucers and a bell to ring if we needed service:
All of the china was mix and match:
The two rooms were decorated with cute tea paraphernalia ....
and tea pots in every theme imaginable!
We had a great lunch of chicken salad wraps, salad and fresh fruit!
I immediately spied this hand painted Chippendale mirror in the "dress up" area for children:
And it was suggested that we try their signature dessert....sorry, but we dove into it so quickly that I never got a photo of the strawberry covered scone with ice cream, whipped cream and chocolate syrup...
So, if you are ever in Rochester, NY and looking for a fun place to have lunch, try La-Tea-Da
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Sunday, January 29, 2012


I usually don't want the latest in kitchen gadgets, but this year I told my husband I wanted a cake pop maker:
It's a small piece of equipment and I LOVE IT!
I mixed up a small cake mix to try it out:
And they came out PERFECT the first time:
And I even took this a step further.....
and decided to make a polka dot cake. I put the cake balls into cake batter:
During the baking, I pushed some deeper into the pan, so that the polka dots would be at different levels:
and it turned out well:
Next time I want to try a chocolate cake with white balls!
And it was served on really cute depression glass cake plates that I bought at the flea market last week for only $2.00!
Sharing my Polka Dot Cake with
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Tutorial Tuesday @ Hope Studios

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Valentine's Day Brunch for 2

My table is set for Valentine's Brunch:
Each place setting has a milk glass covered dish to hold cheesy scrambled eggs:
Eggs, fruit salad, apple cinnamon muffins, crisp bacon, mimosas and tea and coffee will be served.
Cheery poppies brighten up the table:
The fruit bowls ($.59 ea at thrift shop), cups and saucers ($.39 ea at thrift shop), and main dishes (6/$3.00 at a garage sale) are Westmoreland milk glass. The Toscany heart shaped dishes were purchased years ago at Marshall's.

I handpainted the charger plates:
as well as the individual butter dishes and salt and pepper shakers:
And for the sweet tooth: 2 jars of candy :

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pottery Barn Bird

You might recognize this bird from the Christmas ornament collection from Pottery Barn this past season. Every time I would go into the store during the holidays, this bird caught my eye:
WHAT? Only $.97?
So, she came home with me to be transformed into a Valentine decoration. I cut out 4 fabric hearts and 2 from batting:
Before I stitched them together, I inserted a thin jute rope:
I attached the top of the rope to the bird's belly:

A cute little scrappy, country decoration to add to my Valentine's decorations! I also thought she might be cute with a "bird treat" hanging below, but we have had snow lately and I didn't want her to get wet!
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Thursday, January 19, 2012

My Memories Giveaway!

I was recently contacted by My Memories, a digital scrapbooking software company, asking if I would like to offer a giveaway to my readers. By agreeing, they also offered me the program. This scrapbook software is so easy to use, but more importantly, FUN!

Now, I am no computer wiz, and when it comes to learning something new, I tend to get a bit cranky. BUT I created an album, with photos and text, in less than 10 minutes. Here is a sampling of one page from that album:

This is the best part!

As a special for all of my readers, they gave me my very own Share the Memories code that provides a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the MyMemories.com store - $20 value!)

Use this code:


Here are the contest rules:

1. Visit www.MyMemories.com. and choose your favorite digital paper pack or layout - come back and leave a comment telling which you like best.

2. Follow me and leave me a comment telling me so!

3. Follow/Like MyMemories at one of the following sites - come back and let me know:

I will pick a winner at the end of the month!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Quick Valentine Idea

Repost from 2011
This can be made for any occasion but I always make them for Valentine's day.
All you need is red or pink felt and clear plastic:
Cut a heart shape from each, measuring about 5 - 6" wide.
Stitch 3/4 around the heart, stuff it with candy, and complete the stitching to close. (It is easier to sew it plastic side down)

It's a lot of fun watching children try to figure out how to get the candy out!!

I have also made these by punching holes all around the edges and stitching it closed with yarn or embroidery floss!

Sharing this idea with Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville
and Hope Studios and

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