Monday, August 3, 2009

Please Vist our NEW BLOG, at Rose and Thistle, this blog is no longer in use, we have had too many problems, sorry for the in convience Can't wait to see you at our New Blog Kate and Gina

Friday, July 17, 2009

A Few of My Favorite Sayings.....Or Food for Thought

Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see. Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.” ~H. Jackson Brown You are my whole existence and I will Love you until my last Breath. Albert to Victoria "Life is too short, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, and Never regret anything that made you Smile. What if the rest of your life was the best of your life? If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. A Man should hear a little music, read a little poetry and see A fine picture every day of his life in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful Which God has implanted in the Human Soul Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Gina!!!!!!

Today is Gina's Birthday, everyone please join with me in wishing her a wonderful birthday!!! I've set a special Tea Birthday Party for her, please join us!!!! (Please excuse our blog look, it is under construction and hope to be done soon, this is not the finish product at all, thanks Kate) A Tea Party for a Princess at heart.....using the Red Toile Dishes and Birthday Plates and Napkins....... A delicious scone just for Gina with birthday candles...... Here is the birthday Girl!!!! And our celebration would not be complete without Peter Rabbit, Gina's favorite, coming to visit on her special Day!!! And we all know Gina likes her cheers to you Gina,,,,,don't forget all the memories of a very special friendship, friends don't come easily and best friends are hard to find, so Happy Birthday to You!!!!! This is Gina after a few glasses of bubbly on my birthday celebration at the Biltmore in NC. We had just finished visiting the Tasting Room at the Winery.....and I had to stop and visit the Lambs.....I hope you have as good a birthday as I did when you were here.... Happy Birthday Love Kate

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wallpaper Wednesday

Design by Anne Coyle Wallpaper Wednesday the day to do a post on wallpaper this is for you Kate Green Toile.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Tea Time Tuesday.....

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday!!! I hope everyone enjoys themselves, we have quite a few Teas' to attend so lets go. Some of my favorite memories of Tea are in I am on my birthday in Windsor UK, so excited to go to Tea. Tea varies from village to village (photo, below thanks to Mary at Across the Pond) is a typical "Cream Tea" which is served with Fruit Sconces (Raisin) or Plain scones and all the trimmings but very informal. Each pub in every village has Tea, each has its on unique set of Tea China , below, is a photo I took after I had tea at a tiny pub on a cliff overlooking the Sea, in Mevagissey, Cornwall. Tea was as lovely ( in a small pub) as it is, in the city of Truro in Cornwall.

Below, Tea at the famous Orangery, on the grounds at
Kensington Palace, the last home that Princess Di lived in before
her untimely death. It is open to the public, be prepared to
wait in line, but is it well worth the wait. It is the most beautiufully
appointed Tea I've ever been to in the world I hope everyone enjoyed Tea Time Tuesday and please come
each week......after all we should all treat ourselves to Tea
at least once a week....until then
Ta, Ta

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Wallpaper Wednesday

Wallpaper featured is Cole and Son
Very large mirror gives a great illusion to the room
Wallpaper Wednesday the day to do a post on wallpaper.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Tea Time Tuesday......

Cheers to everyone, and welcome to my first Tea Time Tuesday!!! I am taking over for Barb at Grits and Glamour who is busy now with a new business.....So here we go I'm sorry I don't have Mr. Linksey up yet, but being the novice I am I will try and so my own thing for now which I hope will suffice for this week. Marty @ Ellen B @ Carolina Jewel Sandy @ Kammy @ Tammy @ Barb @ Liz @ Southern Whimsy @ Rose Princess @ Lorna @ Ceekay @ Jo @ Katherine @ Playing Dishes @ Bonafide Southern @ Gina @ Sandy @ My Post this week as promised is photos of my Tea towel collection, above is an English Towel I bought at Windsor Castle in the UK. Below, is your typical Charlestonian Magnolia Tea Towel A French Tea Towel from my Daughter 2007 Yves De Lorme Tea Towel Another English Tea towel purchased in London And I saved the favorite for last , my Harrods Tea Towel also purchased in London. Until next week, happy Tea Time Tuesday Kate

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wallpaper Wednesday

Would you like to have this in your Boudoir?
A lovely washstand paired with a Venetian glass mirror and striped wallpaper. If you would like to participate in wallpaper Wednesday all need to do is post a picture with some great wallpaper.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

For Gina.....

Memories from Charleston, when Gina and I were at the
Market in Charleston, we came upon a Man who takes
photographs of architectural features throughout Charleston
that look like letters. He has each letter there to purchase
individually or spell out names. This one is for Gina.
I was looking through some Esty posts and came upon
these that are made into notecards....

July 7th Tea Time Tuesday.......

With Barb taking a hiatus from Blogging I have decided to jump in and take over Tea Time Tuesday, our first post will be July 7th next Tuesday, I will have the link up the night before so you can all sign up, I am wishing Barb the best with all she has going on......Hope to see you all next Tuesday!!!! Kate

Sunday, June 28, 2009

New Items at Mountain Home....

For all you that don't know, I have a shoppe in North
Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains on Main Street
in Hendersonville. It is called Mountain Home
I am showcasing a few items that
are for sale, click this blog to see more items!!!!
Pictured above are handmade Stained Glass
pictures sized at 4 x 6 or 5 x7. I can also make
any item you see in other sizes. This photo has
been taken before they were done, they are now
edged in silver with exposed rings to hang from
a ribbon, chain or string.

T J Maxx Giveaway......

I am participating in a TJ Maxx, Marshall's gift card
giveaway.......brought to you by
We are to show our best purchase from
TJ Maxx or Marshall's. There are so many but
this is one of tried and true favorites... I found it before
St. Patrick's Day, they had it out with all the St. Patty's
merchandise. I use it throughout the spring and
summer not just the Ides of March.
The basket weave pattern is lovely and the colours are
wonderful, as you can see I have it sitting out on my
sideboard now with some of my other TEA items of the
same colours......

Monday, June 22, 2009

Tea Time Tuesday Continues

Thanks again to Barb from Grits and Glamour for having Tea Time Tuesday...... This week I have featured more of my collections. Below, see my Tea Box, displayed on my sideboard in my Dining Room.
I actually use it everyday for my Morning Tea.
My more speciality teas are in my Tea Pantry.
I bought my Tea Box a few years ago, and
continue to fill it as need be.
A peek into my Tea Pantry.......
Tins, boxes, loose, bags, I've got it.
Some of my Favorites are Earl Grey,
Peach Tea, Harrod's Store Blend
and Mango Tea from the Bahamas.
And of course the piesta resistance,
French Blue. This velvety black tea, is elegant
and sophisticated, is cloaked in the fragrance
of fine, rare bergamot and royal blue cornflowers.
The Tea of Tea's......currently 5 Stars *****
from the world famous tea salon Mariage Frères.
Even my laundry room can't escape
Tea Cups.....only the Best.
From Yves De Lorme.....
Above, My favorite photo of me in London
at the famed Clive Christianson,
cabinet that's not
my kitchen...Until next week,
when we will peek at my over whelming
Tea Towel Collection.......

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I really wanted to be in this Cloche Party a week ago when

I saw it, but I'm so busy now with my new job that I'm going to

cheat and just post a photo of my favorite Cloche that I saw

this spring on William Sonoma online. I have had all

intentions of making it and probably still will sometime.

I have a great nest I wanted to put in it but I have

never found a Cloche in a reasonable price range.

Any suggestions???? I'm still looking.....theBest price I've

seen is $32.00 for about a 14 inch, which is what I want

or taller.

So thanks to Marty at

for hosting this great event!!!! Be sure and visit everyone...


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

So my friend, fellow designer, blogger and twitter has started Wallpaper Wednesday Friend: we met a long time ago at Ringling School of Art and Design and then again more recently at an IDS (Interior Design Society) meeting Fellow Designer: Carmen does Custom Cabinetry and was not a fan of wallpaper Ha HA can you believe it. That is until she came to my studio and fell in love with all the fabulous wallpapers. Blogger: I then introduced her to the wonderful world of blogging and you can visit her blog at Twitter: she has introduced me to twitter and has now started this great post Wallpaper Wednesday!! so please come join us.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

2nd Tag......

I have been tagged my my friend Gina @ to write about 6 Uninteresting Things that make me happy. The rules are I have to tag 6 more bloggers. Here I go, ( not in any order of how much I like them) 1)My Favorite Movie is: Deja Vu Filmed in both England and France. (Imagine that ) I first saw it on Romance Classics (remember that TV station, what ever happened to it) and went on the internet and bought it about 7 years ago. Ck it out on Netflix. 2) The last 6 cats I've had have been Siamese, not only Sealpoint, but the one I have now is a Lilac Point. 3) England, surprize, all the villages, I love roaming and exploring each one. 4) Tea, Iced or Hot!!! Sitting at a cafe anywhere and enjoying a tea, without rushing to leave, just sit there and Sip!! 5) Charm Bracelets, I have had 3, I love buying new charms to add to the memories and the Charm gifts friends and family give me!! 6) Flowers, growing them, getting them, smelling them. Looking at them...... The 6 Bloggers I choose are: Vicki@ Mumzie@ Alicia@ Laura@ Cathy@ Well I hope everyone enjoyed my 6 and I can't wait to read all your comments and read about the next 6 that have been tagged have fun.

Friday, June 5, 2009

New Eyeglasses for Gina

KAZUO KAWASAKI, an award winning industrial designer, has approached his signature eyewear collection with an artist''''s mind for creative eyewear design and a mathematician''''s mind for eyewear precision. Using simple, yet effective technology, Kazuo Kawasaki''''s screwless, three-point tension mounted frames offer distinctive eyewear designs for any occasion. KAZUO KAWASAKI frames are constructed of the leading material in modern frame design, beta titanium. Durable yet lightweight, beta-titanium is the ideal counterpart to the sophisticated design philosophy of KAZUO KAWASAKI eyewear..
So it's time for some new spiffy glasses. I am retiring the contacts!
I want something fun and a little out of the box
and of course stylish.
I have found these Kawasaki frames
I know they look a little familiar they are the same brand that Sarah Palin wears but hers are #704 and these are #705 deco
I have included some frame colors and patterns they have that I like.
Yes I love a little leopard!
so I am leaning towards those and I like the cranberry since my eyes are green and that is the complementary color to them.
so tell me what you think? and which frame pattern.