Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tea and painting ~While freezing rain was falling..









Seems so long ago..when we were strawberry picking~
I found these pics on my daughter's Instagram and asked her for them.
I like painting back shots and only being in back shots..
such a beautiful day it was..she wants to go to a busier place next year..I loved the quiet of this farm.
It would probably be more exciting for him:)

Meanwhile ..this past week we had 2 gorgeous mild very unlike February days with those brilliant blue skies and bright sunshine..and then the freezing rain came..I had many plans for baking..but the power flickered..and I was reminded of Christmas eve..and put those projects safely aside..






Bits and bobs of pinks and reds..blooming teas,vintage Valentines,pretty stamps , card making ,new Rice Krispie treats recipe.. and strawberry picking last June~

The cookies are the same as in my last post..the stamp..well since I mentioned them last time too..remember you can use them for applying on your dry royal icing like Bridget does..I have yet to perfect that technique of a nice coating to be able to stamp..seems I was better when I dipped the cookie into..a glaze sort of..that's how I used to paint them..anyways..all of you close to a Target(I am still missing ours..) ..those aisles..when you first walk in..to the left..they are my faves when we are in the US..go peek if you have not..such sweet stamps cards..Littles things..
For the Littles eating pleasure..go to Marie's..GOBBLED UP these were..

I love blooming teas..it's a special treat to set a woven pod in a pot and watch it bloom.Do you see what I see?
They are good too..and you can refill the pot~Not forever but a good strong twice.

Un peu de jardinage..inside;)Inside a teapot~



Bon Weekend~

51 comments:

  1. Oh Monique, berry picking with Noah. I bet it was pick one, pop one in the mouth. I love those flowering teas. I have to admit, I have two of those teapots and have never made tea in them. Wasn't raised on hot tea, and down south we mostly drink tea in a glass of ice. But how beautiful. My knees just about started to shake upon hearing of freezing rain; my least favorite thing in the world. Don't tell anyone, but I too love rice crispy treats and will have to go look at that recipe. I love Target too. Such cute little things in the dollar aisle. Have a good weekend. I know you will.

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    1. Oh..you are right..they don't make money w/ Noah..:) Yes they do..but he is very respectful now w/ age:)He is so sweet w/ me..must say all the Littles are so sweet w/ us..like you said about your Ollie:)
      We need hot tea here;)

      Come on..don't save the teapot.bloom a few teas before August Miss Donna;)
      IMISSTARGET..they left us:(

      Quiet little weekend..I like that..they usually are..

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    2. I'll have to try one. It does look good. I looked at your reading list and saw one by Kristin Hannah. I just started one of hers' last night - Nightingale. I can't believe they closed your Target. That is un-American.

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  2. Great post - loved the strawberry picking. Reminds me of being in the South and picking strawberries with my cousins.
    Great photos. Hope your weather is better. We are going to hit the high 80's this weekend. But it does cool down at night.

    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Mary

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    1. 4 months away the berries..I swear the older I get the faster that season arrives!

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  3. Oh, Monique, the strawberry picking looks like a special outing. Are you painting this? Is that you with your grandson? Your blooming tea reminds me that I need to do this again. It's so special!
    Your valentine is totally charming! I had hoped to make valentines this year, but this nasty virus has me caught at the moment. Not getting much done, and certainly not much creative endeavors. Hoping to be better by the weekend. Bon Weekend to you!

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    1. I hope you are better soon too..every day you must wish.."Today is the day"~:)And even at night..a silent little prayer:)
      It is me w/ Noah..I swaear if someone says SMILE for a photo..well it doesn't ahhpen..so these back shots please me and I may try painting it!:)

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  4. Ohhh . . . qu'elle belle poste! (Bad French I know!) I love every bit of this, but then I always say that because I love all of your posts. To be able to pick strawberries with your grandsons, how wonderful. Those strawberry baskets! How adorable! The sunhat (and the wearer) even more adorable and those valentines. Your painted ones are so very pretty. I treasure my Christmas Card and have kept it out to remind me each day of your goodness to me. I am glad the liddles devoured the squares. I thought they might! The flower teas . . . blooming fabulous. I love your tea pot. I have never seen one like that. I will have to be on the lookout. I had one which you could sit over your cup and it would drain into your cup, but Todd knocked it over and it broke. Sigh . . . he is very clumsy that way. I have learned not to hang on emotionally to anything breakable in this house, lol Have a super Friday and Happy Weekend! xoxo

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    1. Marie..Todd and Jacques are twins..he won't touch this particular teapot of his own volition..about 15 yrs ago I pined for this pot and it's blooming teas..it was made by Numi..now their are prolific ..all brands..on the net..anyways..he gave it to me..it was a huge surprise..as we don't get each other gifts..I must have been bemoaning something..lol..anyways when he gave it to me..he said..but I am not touching it..
      I keep things that mean a lot to me out in plain view too;)
      Noah is a good strawberry picker..he doesn't get bored..I loved that.

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    2. There is nothing that spoils the fun in a strawberry patch more than a bored and moaning child! xo

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  5. What a delightful post, full of such pretty things, hearts , pretty handmade cards, then the strawberry picking, always lovely memories. especially while the grandchildren are young. and he's not alone for pop one in the mouth and then some in the basket , my boys did the same. and swore they hadn't eaten any , with red mouths, lovely memories. Loving your loose paintings.

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    1. I don't want these days with the boys to end..




      but I know...




      they will:(

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  6. Ici, pas de pluie glacée, loin s'en faut ... et je crois que je préfère ! Moyennant quoi je suis plus dehors que dedans à bricoler d'aussi jolies choses que toi; tes cartes sont vraiment ravissantes. la mienne est toujours accrochée sur ma corde au milieu du salon ! Bisous
    hélène

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    1. Oh tu ma's fait rire! Je connais ton salon..un aspect de ton superbe blog que j'adore..tellement personnel..beau..et vrai!

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  7. Love the picture of everyone picking strawberries. You sure know how to make the best of a freezing winter, icy day Monique. Bon weekend to you as well.
    Sam

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    1. I now wonder how I worked for almost 30 yrs..this is much better..To every thing there is a season right?

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  8. Love the memory of strawberry picking on a snowy day here. Time to think of Valentines. Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. I hope you will be painting one of those views Gail..you have so many to chose from!

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  9. Love glass tea pots
    Such a pretty post!

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    1. Thank you..you inspire me to get my brushes out..tout le temps...

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  10. I love your painting. I too have one of your paintings out since I received it. I hate when the lights flicker and you had plans to bake. Right now it is snowing and it looks so pretty. With a little luck I will get to do some more snowshoeing today or tomorrow. The weather has been so strange, we were up to 53 yesterday when we took our day trip. You really must miss Target as you got such cute things there. My Littles and their momies will be having a sleep over this weekend so I think I will have to do some baking today. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Oh fun..and you are great at baking !
      Our weather has been so different too..so different..those squares..would be a good idea..not poison;)

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  11. Oh, Strawberry Fields Forever! What lovely shots of you and Noah. You look like you walked off a Mary Engelbreit calendar :) What a juxtaposition to the frozen rain on the pine. Oy! We also had rain changing to snow a few days ago. The streets were almost empty here as no one wanted to venture out slipping and sliding. I still have yet to try a blooming tea. I do love my tea in the afternoon. Something I've really grown to appreciate. My Danish family were all coffee drinkers...you must drink coffee when you eat Kringle - LOL. I love the dollar aisles to the left as you walk into Target! I always check them for M&D. They would love the Rice KMrispie bars - me too!

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  12. M and D and now B♥ Great aisles!All kinds of fun stuff..like a top Quality $ plus store.I love them..
    It was so hot..needed a hat..and I have had that dress for 100 yrs..I know you believe that..I love those things..Linen would be my first choice..
    It's lovely today..I am Spring cleaning it seems this week..you should see my fake Tupperware cupboard..and cake pann etc cupboard..I could have a home inspection LOL..next..the floors..I find winter drags everything in..gravel..etc..:)
    Have a great day Susan:)

    Me too tea in the aft!!

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  13. Oh my dear...that photo of you and Noah...you look like a young girl in that!!
    And...who else can make a pot of tea look so glamorous...nobody but you Monique!!
    Kinda of cloudy here today...did some last minute shopping...need to make some sandwiches to take for the drive...and apples..and bananas...and small yogurts...and some Pringles chips in the can! hahaha!
    Miss V tomorrow...for a few hours...gonna make some cookies...all my kids are visiting...♥️
    Have a great day...and a wonderful weekend...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. You will have so much fun!
      That's another thing I like about back shots..who knows what one looks like LOL..I do want to try and paint it..I loved being in that filed with him.

      It's gorgeous out here..it varied between sun and clouds..but mostly full blazing sun.
      I love Pringles in the can:)
      You..have a great weekend..with all those peeps that adore you..:)

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  14. You wouldn't want to take me strawberry picking...I could never look as cute :-) I wear cut offs, a tank top and a baseball cap. LOL Love this photo!

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    1. I love that style:) It's just not me..I have not worn shorts since I was 25 I think..believe me I do wear a baseballcap sometimes..:) I should show you LOL..
      You have that cute sporty style:)

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  15. oh my gosh so pretty all of it. i love the teacup, the ink pad and the rice krispy treats, and the art cards, so uplifting during these winter days. it's been a different kind of winter this year, hasn't it, more mild days.
    happy weekend to you :)

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    1. Unlike any other I can remember..I am so grateful to have indoor hobbies..like you do..:)

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  16. A marvelous post, Monique. Is there anything more cheerful than a straw hat with a bit of lace? Perhaps a beautiful cookie or a perfect cup of tea.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. I love the way you say things..even your words that always accompany your needlework:)

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  17. Beautiful styling of the tea and goodies. You stage everything to perfection. Such cute photos of you and Noah. Love your cute outfit. As a child, we had strawberry fields right across the street.

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    1. To me strawberry fields are summer..we took our girls when they were Noah's age..and I could literally see them in the fields when I was w/ Noah..memories:)♥

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  18. Oh! Beautiful strawberry days - and you look very fashionable for a picker! Long for that sunny summer day when the berries are ripe. Sky leaden gray today.....
    Your tea makes me wish I was a tea drinker. And finally, I signed on to Bloglovin and your's is the first I clicked on. I signed on, but not sure it's working yet, thank you for the nudge, Nana. Birthday party about to start for Miss Isadora - it's a Star Wars party:)

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    1. Oh Katrina..fashionable for the 1800's:)

      I get in a quandry w/ Blogger and Bloglovin..seems things are amiss these days:( posts I follow don't appear and vice versa..
      Miss Izzie..you go girl..is she Princess Lea?
      Or Luke?:)

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  19. Looks like they freezing rain days are good for something! So talented you are, Monique. And it looks like you don't waste a moment!

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    1. You are talented!

      You'e right about that..I love to keep doing things at home:)

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  20. Lovely photos, Monique. Strawberry season seems so far away right now. We always get a few nice days in February as well...enough to trick us into thinking Spring isn't that far away. An ice storm will turn life upside down here in the Pacific NW. In no time power lines start coming down. I haven't tried blooming tea...I must do that.

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    1. You are in for a treat..when my friend lived across the street ..I brought a pod over once..she had a huge le Parfait jar..we had it bloom in there..so pretty!
      Parfait!

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  21. I love the photos of you with your Noah. You and my aunt Laurie dress so alike--she loves those hats too and is too fair-skinned not to burn terribly if she doesn't have them on come summer. Lovely pictures. ♥

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    1. Thank you Val..so sweet you always are!!Makes a nana feel good.

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  22. Beautiful!!! They do my heart good. Les photos, elles me font du bien...?...I think that's how to say it...

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    1. I tried writing in French with this mini IPad..the spellcheck..well ruins it.....
      Very well said..kindly said!

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  23. In a cold day what can be better then tea and cookie-)) Love your post!

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  24. Nice to have sweet photos that remind you of the warm sunshine during a storm, freezing rain is the worst.

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  25. Wonderful! Your post is refreshing it makes me imagine doing such things.

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