Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Afternoon Tea in the Home

Good afternoon dear ladies,

If you are spending quite a bit of time alone at home, I would like to encourage you to do something special and elegant for yourself. Sometimes it is hard to do that if you are used to pulling out all the best things for others, but today I hope, especially if the day is overcast or you must be indoors due to very uncomfortable temperatures, to stop and enjoy a beverage from a nice cup and to read a little or catch up on your correspondence or journaling.

I have been using these led-lite emergency candles from Dollar Tree and I really like them. They are run by batteries so I use the kind that have the longest life for heaviest use.  I enjoy the white light. They come in packages of two for a dollar, with extra little cups to stand them in. They can also be used in taper candle holders.

The teacup I am using is from an old  Japanese company called Enesco, and it is a teacup of the month.  I find them at thrift stores and second-hand stores. This one is June.  I have found five of them of them over the last few years: March, April, May, June, and October.  I am on the lookout for January, February, July, August, September, November and December.   I use them when I extend hospitality, and have found that these are always chosen (I tell my guests to pick out their own cups, straight from the china cabinet) and are a favorite.

Surely most people have a few niceties from a former time, and maybe a fine teacup in their home. You do not have to drink tea to enjoy one of these cups. There is something quite elegant and rich about using them.

Regarding the luxury cupcake, there are recipes available on the web to make cupcakes using honey, with cream cheese frosting. These are bursting with flavor, and if you use tiny muffin tins, your bite-size treat will not bring on too many calories.  If you have a lot of family in your home, you are better off, because there will not be any left over to tempt you!

Above is another picture of my small tree adorned in clip-on whites magnolia blossoms. It is dark here today but we are coming up on longer and brighter days. I know there are some people who do not use Christmas trees, but I always liked them in he northern climes for the light they extend in the home. When  I lived in Alaska in the 1950's our christmas lights were turned on in November and used until February before the days were lighter.

I am spending the evenings sewing, and am working on a girl's Victorian-style dress. In these pictures it does not look too promising, but I guarantee it will look much better when it is finished. 

Thank you for your visit and for your inspiring comments.

Here is another small tree belonging to another family member, with pastel lights. 

And here is an old saying that helps correct any complaining that enters your home: It is better to light one candle, than to curse the darkness."  Think of the results of complaining compared to the results of praising and being kind, loving and forgiving.

Enesco lusterware teacups in March, April, May, June and October.


amulbunny's random thoughts said...

Have you checked Ebay or googled china replacement places? I've found some of my grandmas flatware at a silver setting place.

Poured off and on and thunder and lightning today. Had to take my car in for the same problem for the 3rd time in 7 days. This time they promised they'd fix it. I hope so since my son needs it while we're gone to celebrate our anniversary in Las Vegas.

Stay warm,

Anonymous said...

Dear Lydia...I bring out my blue willow and it always makes me smile. The days are quite dark here in the mountains, but I don't mind...I light a candle in the room I'll be spending the most amount of time in.

The dress is looking so lovely :0) mari

Lydia said...

There are some of these cups on eBay and Etsy.

Finding Joy said...

The fabric you are using is lovely - so bright and cheery. I am looking forward to seeing the finished product. I am currently working on a summer top for very hot weather!

Your teacup are very pretty and I own a few given to me by my mother, however I never use them as I much prefer a larger mug which stays much hotter than the more delicate china. I quite like to make brownies and eat them as a treat, they can be cut small and frozen.

Keep warm

Melissa M. said...

Lady Lydia, your thoughts and words through your posts are such a treasure to me! Since I don't know you personally, I imagine to myself that you are one of the older ladies that people love to go visit because they share a spirit of light, love and warmth.

Andrea R said...

Just lovely, and I really love that magnolia tree! I bet it reminds you of your days in the South!

God Bless you, friend!

Ping's Nom Fiction Life said...

Hi Lady Lydia! I've been a reader of yours on and off since 2003. I think I should at least comment now before your blog goes private or whatever will happen and then I'll be upset at myself. Anyway, thank you for your posts all these years and I thoroughly enjoy reading them as they do give me encouragement to me as a homemaker.

I do love having tea in the afternoon as I make time for myself each day and remembering that it's essential to treat and love yourself so we can give it to our family and friends. Love from Bangkok

Alex said...

I think the Victorian bodice looks gorgeous, beautiful fabric and I love the soft frill of white.
Look forward to seeing it attached to the skirt!
Thank you for the gentle reminder to treat ourselves to a serene cup of tea and some beauty. I always find the latter here : )
A Merry Christmas to you!

Gayle said...

Everything is just so beautiful. Thank you for posting something that is such an inspiration to others. ~Gayle~