GLITTER BOMB by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran

Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery #15)

This is the 15th Scrapbooking Mystery starring Carmela, owner of Memory Mine scrapbooking shop. And of course her side kick, Ava, owner of a VooDoo shop and always dressed to kill or at least stun!

Mardi Gras is in full swing and Carmela and Ava are packed with the other million or so people in town for the season. But as they watch one of the floats carrying Carmela’s ex-husband and all around hound dog, explodes! Mayhem ensues and one of the bodies from the float isn’t getting up ever again.

Shamus begs Carmela to put her investigator hat on and make sure her detective boyfriend isn’t coming after him.

Of course the ladies are jumping in and snooping no matter what. But what if the what is their own demise?

I have read every book the author has put out and this one was the first one I have to say did not remain true to the characters in my opinion. Ava came off as a caricature of herself and even Carmela felt flat.

This was a collaboration with Terrie Farley Moran, whose books I love. For me this book really let me down.

Decorating Pumpkins and Gourds With Your Children….and Cupcakes!


Welcome to Fallinter. They say it is Fall but it feels like Winter! This morning I started my day with Tazo Earl Grey and then I saw the cupcakes. In my head I threw the idea out that they are just basically muffins. I’m sure you can see my mouth won the battle of cupcakes for breakfast!

Yesterday was Arts and Crafts day at Chez Cowan. We had so many small pumpkins and gourds and since I had burned my finger on the hot glue gun, we decided to go the regular Elmer’s Glue route.

I save old shower liners to use as a drop cloth for painting and crafts so that went on the table along with these adorable black paper plates with dancing skeletons on them, each full of a different thing. One for glue, one for glitter ( orange and gold) and one for Halloween sprinkles, and one with Epsom Salts. We divided up the ones we wanted and went to work making a mess. I had the two white ones. I painted glue all over it and covered it with gold glitter and on top a glittered acorn. On and on we went. The Epsom Salt looks just like ice crystals and they were so creative. Then we made cuppy cakes and took them to our neighbors. They were worn out when they went home.

I hope your Friday is peaceful and full of sunshine. It is foggy and raining and cold here. Perfect day to try some new teas and read a cozy mystery!

XX Patricia

We Can Now Buy Booze and Tires at The Same Store!


Big news here in the state of Oklahoma! We can now buy booze in the grocery store and even 7-11! Imagine my surprise when I found 6 different brands of Prosecco! But first….

OU Boy stopped and picked up Corbin from school and we all went grocery shopping. This is not the best of ideas. I can’t say no to the boy and we end up with $200 worth of groceries that only a kid will eat. All in all it wasn’t too bad. Until we went to load the groceries. I don’t have any idea what OU Boy does all day it would seem. The entire back of the Landie was full. With an old reel to reel Sony recording device. Unopened Nike shoes, a compressor and other things I don’t recognize. I think he is hoarding in our vehicle!

All the showings of Venom were full except for 2 seats in the 8:30 showing so the boys headed out to the movies and I pulled up Captain America: The Winter Soldier and proceeded to enjoy my bottle of awesomeness. Yes, yes I did. Now I am not much of a drinker. Mainly because I have so many allergies and I don’t like to be sick. But this stuff is like nectar of the Gods. I never get a stuffy head, it just feels like I’m made of jell-o!

We didn’t get to bed until 1 a.m. so I was hoping to sleep in. No. I woke up the second something cold and round touched my stomach. Opened my eyes to a little boy saying, “Wakey, Wakey, time to decorate pumpkins!” As I drag myself into the kitchen I see he has cartoons on and is drinking sweet tea and eating chocolate donuts. Ye Gods! Sugar Rush before 8 a.m.? Who are you?

Things have slowed down now and there is silence in the land of the Sooners. Today was the Red River Rivalry with Texas in the Cotton Bowl. OU lost. Shock! Awe! Drunks cursing! People in shock! No honey, I’m not laughing….(lie).

Y’all have a great weekend and may the football gods shine on your team. Unless you are Alabama of course.

xx Patricia


TEA STICKERS…My life is complete!

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Something new today! Normally I stay away from books with stickers. I’ve already had too many Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Spiderman stickers all over the house.

But I love to make cards and tuck a tea sachet inside and while I’ve used stickers from the craft stores yesterday I found this lovely book of just Tea stickers.

And it was only $1.99! Thanks you Teresa Goodridge for this awesome idea!!

I know snail mail isn’t in vogue at the moment but there really is nothing that can replace that little smile when you receive an actual card or letter! There are so many lonely people around and I am trying to make an effort to mail at least one a week to random family members and people in assisted living homes. It’s an experiment and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

XX Patricia

Seriously, I am not a hoarder…she said

Morning Y’all! I think the wind may have subsided for a bit. At least there aren’t lawn chairs flying through the air. Yesterday was so bad I couldn’t even open the car door!

Today I’m sitting in the office, avoiding work, chatting with my sister and sipping on my morning Irish Breakfast Cuppa. It’s also tea ordering day. If you looked at the tea cupboard you’d never know those suckers are stacked 3 to a row! Backups of everything.

It’s also time to get rid of the odd chipped teapot or cup or saucer and I’m looking at all of these different ways to  re-purpose them. I’ve done the candle making thing and I’m kind of over that. A few are being saved for fairy houses and I’m loving the bird feeder idea.

It doesn’t help when you have a great partner in crime to point out all of the cute cups and saucers and pots that you really need. I am a tea hoarder addict. It’s not like I keep the empties.

On another note I have started wearing a rubber band on my wrist. Now instead of things just falling right out of my mouth I snap my band and look away. I am really trying not to give unsolicited advice. I’m finally at a point in my life where everything is on point. I trying to be grateful and to do that I need to stop being judgy. Oh, yes I am judgy! I judge you on your football team. I judge you on your meat-eating ways. I judge you on your choice of pajama pants at Wal-Mart. So if you would all just jump on the Plant Based Diet, the Florida State Seminoles, and put on some damn pants, I think I can do this!

xx Patricia     Be Nice,Drink Tea and don’t be judgy.




It’s A Fairy Valentine Tea Party!

Sick or not the Valentine Teas need planning. Our theme is A Fairy Valentine. And it isn’t at all difficult to pull together!

The heart cut-out banner is simply shabby chic scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby. The pixie dust necklaces are tiny bottles from a party supply store filled with glitter. Pixie Sticks are always a favorite and using candy bracelets or necklaces as napkin rings is adorable. The Dollar Tree has wands and fairy wings, so this one is pretty much good to go. Using the Passion Tea from Tazo will give us a lovely pink color and don’t forget sugar cubes. We love those tiny sugar cubes! Buy a bunch of plain cake donuts, dip them in pink candy melts and sprinkle with coarse sugar glitter. This tea is for 7-year-old girls/boys and we have a thumbs up from their leader.

It’s simple as can be but the memories are priceless! And don’t forget to leave a bit of sweets for the fairies!

Let your imagination go wild! Enjoy your day and have some Tea!

cupofmetea  xx Patricia

A New Barn and Silo! With A Side of Gratitude!

Great selection to choose a perfect cup of tea,

Things have most certainly been wacky around the country this week! Here we are edging towards 50 degrees and our friends and family in the deep south are in snow while the Northeast gets a bomb blizzard!

So it just fit with the wackiness of things when OU Boy came home last night with a truck full of stuff from the grandparents storage. All of my fellow lovers of free junk we can re-finish or paint or turn into other things will understand my giddiness. There was an old Marine trunk full of woodworking tools, paint brushes, hand carved crochet hooks with indentations for my fingers even! Material that just so happened to match my living room decor perfectly! Black and White Herringbone with Red trim. Enough craft supplies to keep my babies busy for years!

And then I unwrapped this….    After some digging on-line I found out it is from The Barnyard Collection by J.S.Nicol made in Sri Lanka. The little barn is a cookie jar and the silo is a Teapot!!!! Cuteness overload.

There was also 6 sets of luggage which was never used and a lot of blankets which we donated today. One huge box contained nothing but gift bags, tissue paper and bows! One was full of picture frames and gorgeous antique mirrors, even a lovely dresser tray for my combs and such and lots of candy dishes. Since OU Boy is quitting smoking I’m filling those with mints at home and some for his office.

Next time it will be shoes. She is cleaning out entire rooms of shoes that have never seen the light of day and we are the same size. So all in all it was a kick ass day! Our 2018 is starting off with a bang.

How are things where you are? Snow? No snow?  It’s almost tea time so I’m going to brew up some nice Earl Grey from Harney and Sons in my new Silo Teapot!

xx Patricia

Today I Choose A Nice Cup of Oolong

Good Morning Y’all! The children are back in school! 3 weeks is just too long. We have been through several reams of paper, sticker books, markers and 100 paper plates and two rolls of tape. Snowmen and Gingerbread men are hanging all over the place. But we made it! And learned quite a bit!

I am always on the look out for unusual tea pots or tea rooms and I love these! My friend Vicki who lives in Bromley owns Lady Bug Pest Control so the ladybug teapot is perfect for her. I am the cupcake queen, so I would love that one. I already own the three lovely ladies along with creamers for each. Left to me by an ex-husband’s Grandmother who liked me. And of course the Flamingo cup and saucer is on my list.

At the end of the Winter Break PaPa was surprised to hear the kids asking what time it was. When he would say 3 p.m. they would run to the tea-table and sit and wait for tea. Each day we tried a different tea and their opinions were quite funny.

We had many deep and important conversations about hot dogs, how chicken nuggets are made, and why you can’t just opt out of school. Just so you know Corbin popped up with a question. Did we know what hot dogs were made of? Not a clue I say, I don’t eat those. Well that’s good, he says because they are made of cancer. Now you know. Proceed at your own risk. We watched the video on how they make chicken nuggets and they will never eat those again.

All in all we survived. The last week was hardest because it was bitterly cold, but today the sun came out and we were above freezing. We danced with our new Bluetooth microphones to Taylor Swift and the Biebs, along with AC/DC, Halestorm and Queen, as well as their Daddy who has quite a few videos on Youtube.

We are getting ready to swing into Mardi Gras mode, Mardi Gras is on Feb. 13th this year, early but we are ready!

How was your week? Did you get snow? My hometown of Brunswick,Georgia did! And lord did it cause problems. The police sent out a notice for people to stay home!! LMAO

XX Patricia

Celebrating Our Norwegian Roots at Christmas Time

All of our favorite Christmas foods! Making them every year connects me to my Norwegian Grandmother and make me think of home. I was lucky enough to have my father give me 2 complete sets of Rosette Irons with tons of different shapes to screw on and make these delicate little snowflake shaped goodies!

The lefse I don’t make any more and depend on my friends up in North Dakota to send me a supply.

Last night Uncle Richard left this world for his next big adventure. Today will be a sad and busy day for everyone.  The best way I know is to keep busy. Baking with the kids, reading and making more snowmen out of paper.

I hope your day is filled with wonder, gratitude and love!

xx Patricia

And Life Goes On…

Today I'd like to sit and sip. Forget the world a little bit. Ignore the things I have to do. And just enjoy a cup or two.

This morning was looking pretty misty and gloomy but now the clouds have lifted and it is bright and sunny. I’m sipping a lovely Oolong loose leaf pot of tea at the moment and as always it is perfect.

It is always difficult when family is ill during Christmas. OU Boy’s Uncle is just in his sixties and was moved to hospice. One of his co-workers had a stroke this morning at work and it just seems wrong to be jolly and happy when so many of our family members and friends are seriously hurting. Every time his phone beeps we jump. Since this is the exact same hospice room his mother died in, it has been very difficult for him to even go there.

We had our Christmas vacation planned and now we are just in limbo, because it just seems wrong. Our home is a solemn one today. Even the kiddos are subdued. This afternoon we are going to paint the salt dough ornaments they made Sunday and listen to Christmas music.

Today my heart goes out to all of you who are hurting or ill or going through rough times.  Remember, when you’re going through hell, keep going. No need to set up shop there!

xx Patricia  Be Kind. Be Nice.