We had a rocking good time yesterday!

Mollie’s series with Cora and her crafting ideas always inspire me to try something new. This collage I made was for the release of the last book and her new one comes out on Tuesday.

Tommy has been collecting all the flat smallish river rocks he can find and we now had a really big sack full of them! So we looked at a lot of ideas on Pinterest, which somehow spun into pinning about 30 more ideas for a Spiderman themed birthday part for the 4-year-old. Again.

But we got all the rocks out and I had already washed them in dish soap and bleach, so we knew we had to put down a base coat of paint for them to have something for the markers to stick to.

So after trying out several different paint brushes, we found the ones that worked the best. It’s always the one you have two of. They must be the same and the rocks must be the same size. I learned this the hard way when the four-year old was on the floor doing what I thought was the child’s resting yoga pose and the 7-year-old informed me that he was having a melt down. No noise, no whining. Just laid down like a cat and stayed there. It’s called Peaceful Protest. I like it.

But we finally managed to get all of the rocks thoroughly covered in the white paint on both sides and now they will dry until Monday. Mainly because I need more colors of paint because someone wants to paint Thor and we don’t have Tan for his hand.

We had some tea of course and a chocolate pudding that Tommy had made and Charli Ava wondered out loud if he had meant it to be brownie mix.

At one point she began to walk like the soldiers in the North Korean army and her dad was like What the heck are you doing? Where did you learn that? Do not ever do that again. It’s not a nice thing to do because bad people use it to make other people afraid.

I thought she was being a nutcracker so I kept my mouth shut. Finally we all piled on the bed and watched some movie about a stork that was pretty funny. Then out of nowhere the four-year old says, Did you know that Grandpa B**** is daddy’s daddy? Why yes, I said, I was married to him. To which he replied, That’s gross, aren’t you glad you got away from him cause he’s really old!?  God, I love this child so much!

How was your Wednesday?

 

Checking Out Twinings Pure Rooibos Red Tea…and some instructions!

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I saw this one the other week and absolutely had to have it. You can always use more Herbals!  And Rooibos is a favorite of mine in the summer. The only ingredient is the Rooibos Tea. It has a really nice aroma and a lovely taste. It’s naturally a bit sweet. Not too much, just right. It is a Keeper!

On the instructions, I realized that after I posted the wreath picture, I should have at least told you how I did it. Of course there are all kinds of ways, but this is how I did it and continue to do my wreaths.

Find a good sturdy grapevine wreath. Any craft store, or you can make them yourself, it isn’t hard if you have or know someone who has grapes.

Figure out what type of look you want and then gather your crockery. The ones I use on my wreath are ones I’ve found or bought at a thrift or yard sale. I used Gorilla Glue to fix the cup to the saucer and then hot glue gun to fix it to the wreath. If it’s just a cup or a creamer with a handle I tie those on with clear fishing line or very thin ribbon.

When you have it the way you want it, just fill in with greenery, flowers, pearls, whatever you like really….let your imagination run!  I always have yards of different pearls hanging around so I use those a lot. And I’ll have a color scheme in mind and may add a few tiny tea spoons, or birds, even birds nests. Really the possibilities are endless!

They make great gifts for wedding showers, birthdays, any occasion or no occasion at all if you are a tea lover!

If you make one, let us see! I’m always looking for more ways to use them. Now I am off to check the fairy house. I’ve heard a toad moved in….

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FAIRY HOUSE COOKING BY LIZA GARDNER WALSH *Release Day* *Giveaway*

Product Details  It is Release Day for this lovely book! And in honor of that we are holding a Give Away!  All you have to do is Like our FB page and one of you will recieve this hardcopy! I know so many of you loved this book so I got an extra from the publisher and I’m sharing it! Click Here At the end of the day. Midnight CST, my own little fairies will choose a name from  a hat!

The fairies (and kids) are invading the kitchen. Following up on the popular Fairy House and Fairy Garden handbooks, Liza Gardner Walsh presents a new dimension in fairy-themed activities—Cooking! 

In this delightful book, there are lots of delicious recipes, such as pretty fairy muffins, tiny confetti cookies, candied violets, and many more. There are also recipes for tiny snacks meant for fairies, and fun recipes for treats to leave out for the animal friends of fairies.
Complementing the recipes will be fun sidebars of fairy lore and guides for hosting fairy-themed teas and birthday parties.
Simple steps and easy-to-follow recipes help kids and parents make yummy food for parties, friends, or just for fun!

 

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Fairy House and Fairy Garden are two of my favorite books. In a house full of fairy lovers, we never miss an opportunity to use our imagination and play like the fairies!

In the newest book, with help, the kids can try their hands at Toadstool Cupcakes, Toadstool Meringues and Marzipan Mushrooms,Pixie Dust Popcorn or Pretzel Fairy Wands and much more.

The photos in the book are a hit. Not staged, just kids having fun and making a mess while pretending they are fairies and having a bit of a party.

The books are aimed at stretching the imagination in the out-of-doors and now we have some tasty and quite easy treats to take with us on our adventures!

I am in favor of all things imaginary and I thought this was one of the most charming books I’ve seen on the topic.

Fairy House Cooking by Liza Gardner Walsh

Product Details

The fairies (and kids) are invading the kitchen. Following up on the popular Fairy House and Fairy Garden handbooks, Liza Gardner Walsh presents a new dimension in fairy-themed activities—Cooking! 

In this delightful book, there are lots of delicious recipes, such as pretty fairy muffins, tiny confetti cookies, candied violets, and many more. There are also recipes for tiny snacks meant for fairies, and fun recipes for treats to leave out for the animal friends of fairies.
Complementing the recipes will be fun sidebars of fairy lore and guides for hosting fairy-themed teas and birthday parties.
Simple steps and easy-to-follow recipes help kids and parents make yummy food for parties, friends, or just for fun!

Fairy House and Fairy Garden are two of my favorite books. In a house full of fairy lovers, we never miss an opportunity to use our imagination and play like the fairies!

In the newest book, with help, the kids can try their hands at Toadstool Cupcakes, Toadstool Meringues and Marzipan Mushrooms,Pixie Dust Popcorn or Pretzel Fairy Wands and much more.

The photos in the book are a hit. Not staged, just kids having fun and making a mess while pretending they are fairies and having a bit of a party.

The books are aimed at stretching the imagination in the out-of-doors and now we have some tasty and quite easy treats to take with us on our adventures!

I am in favor of all things imaginary and I thought this was one of the most charming books I’ve seen on the topic.

Expected Release Date is May of 2017.

xx Patricia

Warm Tea, Good Book, and Soft Pillows. Want To Come?

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It’s Monday! I am aware it is a little late in the day to say that but that’s not the point. I thought it was Tuesday. This is what happens when you aren’t allowed outside and you don’t watch television.

I thought I would let you know that instead of being a whiney 4 year old yesterday I put on my big girl panties and dealt with shit. No, I didn’t. I did crafts. All day. And then had to have OU Boy come in and tell me if I had missed any spots. That was embarrassing! But tomorrow my newly built desk will be lacquared and all will be well in my little office.

Tomorrow I”ll show you exactly what I did in here so stop back by and let me know what you think! Here is a sneak peek!   xxPatricia

Blogmas Day 22..Gingerbread and Stuff

xmastea8  Grab your cup of Gingerbread Tea and prepare to go Awww… I love looking at Gingerbread Houses. Now,  mind you I’m not making one. I don’t think Santa would like the words that start flying around the kitchen with that mess. Don’t even suggest it. I’m like a two year old whining, why????  Can’t we just buy one??

Here are some that I really enjoyed seeing however. I hope you enjoy them too!

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The ones on the left are so sweet! The one on the right is the Capital building.

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You all know I can not resist a pedestal with anything on it! But a tiny gingerbread house under glass and a gorgeous naked cake with a townhouse on the top? Seriously too much cuteness going on here!

xmastea1   The first time I saw these little gems was when a friend from England sent them to me. Not only that,  but she sourced and sent me the cookie cutouts for them! I mean really….there’s your sweet and your tea!

xmastea7   And let me leave you with a couple of recipes for tea. These are my two favorites.

I have so enjoyed the Blogmas Thingy, thank you to Lindsay over at homehugsandhuskies.wordpress.com  for showing it to me!

Merry Christmas to you all, and I’m off to vacation!  May this holiday be everything you want it to be!

xxPP

Who Are The Easiest People To Shop For?

teawitch Why Tea People are! Seriously it does not take a lot to make a tea lover happy. A new cup, a different tea, a special strainer or cozy. We are very simple people….

So I’ve scoured magazines and on line for what tea centered gifts I’ll be doing this year. And here they are!

This year I am doing the Mason Jar Tea Kit. I’ve been collecting and even Grandpa went to an auction and bought me about 50 Mason jars! Just think to yourself…what would I like to have as I sit down on a cold winter’s afternoon? Tea, a nice cup, a sweet and you have an experience! If you have some homemade jam, or cookies or bread, just pop that in the basket too. It’s very easy, inexpensive and from the heart.

You can also make your own holiday blends and pop them into a small container, as you can see, you can make a tree, and those lovely Harney and Sons tins are perfect for growing herbs or making into candles! I love this little tea cozy and the little travel pouch for teas. Our friend over at pinkiebag.com could have really used that little packet when travelling around the U.S. this year!

We all know that old adage, It’s the thought that counts, right? Well all of these are very thoughtful and I would be thrilled to receive any one of them.

I hope you got some ideas for the tea lover in your life, or maybe to introduce someone to tea time!

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CREPE FACTOR(A SCRAPBOOKING MYSTERY) BY LAURA CHILDS WITH TERRIE FARLEY MORAN

Crepe Factor (A Scrapbooking Mystery #14)

TIME TO GET OUT THE GLUE GUN AND GRAB A CUP OF TEA!

The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Parchment and Old Lace…

 
The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a thrashing man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.

The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restauranteur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.

Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon…

Carmela and Ava are back, doing what they do best…getting into trouble. It’s not like they actively go looking for it, but to Detective Babcock it doesn’t matter. He just wants them to stop snooping into his investigation.

My how I have missed Carmela and Ava and all of their adventures. This book is written with Terri Farley Moran, an excellent writer in her own right. I wasn’t sure if it would change the tone of the book but it did not.I was so happy to see Theodosia’s Indigo Tea Shop make an appearance. The tie in was seamless and I really thought it was a wonderful idea!

We see a few other beloved characters in this one and of course the food always makes my mouth water. I honestly went and got a po boy as soon as I finished the book!

The scrapbooking ideas and instructions are as much a part of the book, as the Tea ideas and suggestions in Ms. Child’s Tea Shop Mysteries. Finally something to do with all of those cigar boxes that are stored in the attic!

Ms. Child is the queen of cozy mysteries…in my own humble opinion…

THE AUTHOR

Laura Childs is a pseudonym for Gerry Schmitt and she is the best-selling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Scrapbook Mysteries, and the Cackleberry Club Mysteries.

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

Terrie Farley Moran is the nationally bestselling author of the Read ‘Em and Eat cozy mystery series including the Agatha Award winning Well Read, Then Dead, Caught Read-Handed and Read to Death. Her short mystery fiction has been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and numerous anthologies. “A Killing at the Beausoleil” the short story prequel to the Read ‘Em and Eat mysteries was published in EQMM in November 2015 and has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Short Story. You can find Terrie on Facebook or on her website at http://www.terriefarleymoran.com

 

Death of an Irish Diva by Mollie Cox Bryan

A Cumberland Creek Mystery Book 3

Death of an Irish Diva (A Cumberland Creek Mystery Book 3) by [Bryan, Mollie Cox]

The ladies of Cumberland Creek Scrapbookers Crop are back with a mystery that touches one of their own! This is the third book in the 5 book series.

Just as the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is over, Emily McGlashen, famed Irish dancer, is found dead in her studio. And the main suspect is Vera!

When Emily moved to town and started her own dance studio, teaching Irish dance and taking pot shots at Vera’s ballet studio. It looks like Vera is the only suspect until the ladies get down to business. Annie, being the reporter takes the lead and there are so many twists and turns they are all stumped.

I really enjoyed the history and background in this story. Although you can never go wrong with any of Mollie’s books.

There are quite a few scrapbooking tips and ideas also.

pinkteacup Enjoy yourself with some Irish Breakfast Tea with this one!  xxP

Death Among The Doilies (Cora Crafts Mystery#1) by Mollie Cox Bryan

Death Among the Doilies by Mollie Cox Bryan

From the Author of the Cumberland Creek Mystery Series, comes the first book in a new series.

Cozy Mystery Fans and Hobby and Craft readers are going to love Mollie Cox Bryan’s newest creation, the Cora Crafts Mysteries.

Cora has given so much of herself to the women’s shelter and fighting for abused women that even her doctor has advised her to find a less stressful life. When her best friend from childhood shows up at the shelter, Cora and Jane come up with an idea that just may heal them both.

Moving to Indigo Gap, North Carolina and buying a beautiful old Victorian home with a carriage house and a cottage,they intend to open a Craft Retreat. A place where women can gather and learn crafts and also heal.

Everything seems to be coming together for their first weekend retreat. Supplies are ready, food ordered and guest rooms are booked.

When the police show up to question Jane about a local murder it looks like they may open and close the same day! Cora needs this to be wrapped up quickly and the only way that is going to get done is by taking matters into her own hands. Along with Ruby, the herbalist who came with the property, and her son, they quickly get involved in some sleuthing and their suspect list just keeps getting longer.

Who would want a librarian dead? Who can be trusted and who is willing to kill again to make Cora stop her snooping?
There are plenty of motives and opportunities for murder and the characters were all unique and I wasn’t exactly sure who did it until the very end.

It was nice to see some of the Cumberland Creek characters make an appearance. That was tied together very nicely. The directions for all of the lovely crafts are in the back of the book, which I really enjoyed.

This is a series I would definitely recommend to friends! Release Date is August 30, 2016

*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Kensington Publishing in return for an honest review*

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

MOLLIE COX BRYAN, author of the Cora Crafts Mysteries and the Agatha Award-nominated Cumberland Creek mystery series, is also an award-winning journalist and poet.  She currently writes and crafts in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and two daughters. Please visit her at molliecoxbryan.com, where you can sign up for her exclusive newsletter. For scrapbooking, recipes, and other crafty-freebies, join her on Pinterest at pinterest.com/molliecoxbryan.