Sunday, November 1, 2009

Welcome to my cottage home!! Let's have our tea outdoors!!

"There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort." ~Jane Austen
This quote by Jane Austen expresses my feeling about my home. I occasionally like to get away for a few days, but after having been gone from home, I find myself longing to be back in my cozy nest surrounded by familiar things, going to sleep at night in my own bed. And so like Dorothy, I always say, "There is no place like home!"
Today I thought we would have our tea outdoors on my patio. It won't be too long before Old Man Winter pays us a visit so we can enjoy the pleasant November weather until he arrives. I have decorated the table with some of my favorite tea items so I hope you will take a seat and feel right at home. I also invited a special guest: one of my favorite cloth dolls. She is a dear friend and loves tea parties, too. You see some of my favorite roses still in bloom. These roses came from the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham, Texas and are called "Belinda's Dream" They smell heavenly, too!
I wanted to give you a peek into my cottage home. You see a favorite white china cabinet filled with some of my favorite things. This is in my sunroom so I can look at it when I sip my morning coffee. Also, I wanted to show you my bedroom where I dream each night and then awaken to some pretties to look at. Dear friends, I hope you have enjoyed your tea and your visit today. You always cheer me up when you come for a visit. I am participating in "Tea Things Tuesday" graciously hosted by Kim of "Shabby, Pink and Pretty", thank you so much Kim, and "Show Your Cottage Monday" graciously hosted by Cielo of "The House in the Roses", thank you so much Cielo. You can find all the tea participants by going here:
You can find all the cottage participants by going here:
Please visit all the participants to see what they have to share.

I love November as we think of Thanksgiving and think upon all the things we have to be thankful for. I am thankful for each of you. Have a blessed and happy autumn week!


Pink and Pretty Designs said...

Vickie, your home is beautiful : )
What a perfect place to have a lovely cup of tea, amongst all the pretty pink roses : )

Hope you have a lovely autumn, we are just preparing for summer here, its getting VERY hot!

Sheryn xox

Susie's country cottage said...

You have such a pretty home. I love your bedroom and everthing you have in it. The tea outside scene is making me long for spring to return now so that I can get out in the garden.
Enjoy the rest of your week.
Susie X

Cindy said...

Such a beautiful home. I love the bedroom pictures! Thanks for popping over to my cottage :o)

Shelia said...

HI Vicki, and oh how I've enjoyed my tea with you! Your home is so charming and delightful! I love that sweet cabinet you have on your sunporch and and enjoyed looking at the contents. Your bed is lovely and inviting. You just have the sweetest blog and I will be back. I'm am going to follow it. Glad you popped in to see me so I could meet you!
Be a sweetie,

Anonymous said...

Everything is so pretty. You really make it special. And the colors of pastels makes it so sweet. Love your roses. They are beautiful!


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Good Morning, Vicki!

What a wonderful way to start the day, having tea iwth you. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and I loved your pretty garden setting. You know, I adore a blue tablecloth with pink and white china... those two colors are a match made in heaven. And I loved going inside to see your pretty bedroom. I could cozy up there for a long time. So if you see a big lump in the bed, it might just be a magpie! ;-) Love to you today and a happy week ahead...

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Vicki... what a beautiful outdoor setting, and I love your little doll... I too love to be home best of all, my cozy, familiar things around me and a warm cup of tea... what could be better... love to you... Bisous... Julie Marie

Atelier de Charo said...

I love to have a cup of tea in that beautiful place. Your home is so sweet.

maría cecilia said...

Thanks for the wonderful tea, can I have a nap in your beautiful bed and then cut some roses of your garden to take home?
Your home is a very home sweet home.
Cariños Vicki
María Cecilia

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Such a beautiful post Vicki! I love the hutch and all of the pretties on it :) You have such a beautiful home and gardens and we have the same taste, lol!!
Love ya,

Ginger said...

Oh my your home is so pretty, and your garden. I wish I could just reach in and have a cup of tea, it's so inviting.


Thank you for sharing your tea. Lovely setting. I adore your bedroom, so charming and sweet... beautiful!
Have a blessed day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Vicki,

Your home looks so lovely. I just adore your bedroom. The sign is perfect.


Julie Harward said...

Vicki..I just love your even feels homey to me! I sure would love to visit and chat the afternoon are such a dear!
Come say hi :D

Connie said...

Darling, but I love that sign most, honey!! Where did you get it??? I'd love one.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I would LOVE to have tea with you outdoors. You set such a welcoming and beautiful table.


Pauline said...

Oh Vicki, such a pretty setting to enjoy tea. I agree with you about being away from home and then longing to return home. There is nothing like your own bed, lol :o)

Robin Ennis Willson said...

Everything is so beautiful...we are having a White Morning here...we had a heavy frost and a very thick fog rolled in to top it off. So nice that you have a warm sunny spot where you are!!

Teresa said...

What a lovely party- sweet and soft.
Have a wonderful day-

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Oh my...your home and backyard is stunning! I want to climb through my screen and be transported into your lovely world!

I love all the detail you have in all of the little vignettes you've created. You are one very talented lady!

Love and hugs,

June said...

Oh how I love my visits to Bunny Cottage!!! I can't believe how lovely and green everything is for you still. Our tea party outside was lovely and I LOVED the tour of your sweet cottage. I feel exactly the same way about my home. It's nice to get away for a day or so, but I love to be home the best. I find the older I get the more that I want to be home. The time of the year also plays into it, I love being home before it gets dark outside.
I hope you have a beautiful evening enjoying your nest.

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

gasp!swoon! I wish I was in that beautiful garden!

Sares said...

I love coming here to get my pretty rose fix! You must have wonderful dreams surrounded by such beautiful things. Thank you once again fr the exquisite tea and have a great evening!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Thank you Vicki, for the tea, and visit. always sweet coming to your blog. Love your bedroom!


Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

What a lovely home and garden! I totally agree...there is NO place like home! I find myself leaving home only when I absolutely have to. I even save up all my errands and try to accomplish them all in one day so I don't have to leave the place I love best! :)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Oh, yes, I've really enjoyed all this, it is so lovely! Beautiful setting for tea time, adorable dolly!

Those pillows on the bed are gorgeous!

Thanks for sharing your cottage with us! I also enjoyed what you wrote.


Maria said...

Yes, even here in upstate, NY it was so lovely today! The sun and crisp air was perfect.
If it's like this tomorrow, I'll have my tea outdoors too! I'll leave work asap... no staying late if it's nice out!
Your tea things, cupboards, pillows and doll are so lovely. The lamp is great!
It's always a happy time visiting here, Vicki.
Thank you for the cheer :) Maria

Jennifer said...

Hi Vicki,I just love your cottage your table set for tea is so inviting.The teapot and sugar and creamer are wonderful.I love your bed too.Its great.Hugs,Jennifer

Ana said...

Hi Vicki,
You must have know that I would be coming for tea again today because you brought out your beautiful cloth doll....I love cloth dolls. They are on the top of my "Things that fill my heart with love" list. She is very pretty. And that tea set with the roses is beautiful. Thank you for another wonderful tea time with you. Have a wonderful Monday.

Hugs and Kisses,

T's Daily Treasures said...

Good morning Vicki! As usual, your hospitality and generosity is much appreciated. Each and every photo shows a beautiful space with lovingly displayed cherished items. Wonderful, beautiful, magical! Happy Tuesday to you! :) Blessings, Tammy

CIELO said...

Ahhhh, this is absolutely gorgeous... a truly enchanted place... thank YOU for sharing this lovely space with us and for participating in our "Show Off Your Cottage Monday".

May God grant you a sunbeam to warm you and a moonbeam to charm you!



Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Hi, Vicki! I've missed visiting with you in your lovely home and garden! Thanks for making everything so pretty for us! ♥

andsewon said...

Oh tea in your garden would be soooo very nice! We are cold and foggy this AM! Pretty setting!!
What a sweet home you have like a doll house! I love that vintage kitchen cabinet, would match my vintage table!;-)That looks like a sweet dreams bedroom too.

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Hi Vicki,
Everything is just so pretty, I have to come by 2 or 3 times to admire it! Love the little doll, she is so sweet. Happy Tea Things Tuesday!

ellen b. said...

Love that quote by Jane Austen. What a lovely outdoor setting for tea that is. Your little cottage is so filled with lovelies...I can see why you enjoy it.

Shabby Kim said...

I've said this more than once Vicki, but your home is just so beautiful. Your guestroom is lovely with all of those beautiful pillows on the bed. What a charming room to be in. Your outdoor tea table looks fabulous too. I just love those faux cookies. Would love to know where you found them. I'm wondering if maybe you bought them from Rhea @ Sweet and Shabby Roses as they look very similar to ones I've bought from her in the past.

Andrea said...

Vicki, everything is darling! So pretty!


rosechicfriends said...

Oh Vicki,
Your home is such a delight, inside and out! Just so serene and peaceful I can tell! Thanks for posting all those dreamy rooms!

Please be sure to stop by and enter my 200th blog giveaway!


Karrie said...

I would like to invite you to join my recipe swap on Nov. 13 if you get a spare moment please swing by I would love for you to join!

Elyse said...

hi vicki,

what a beautiful home you have. i love the sign!


CIELO said...

I love your cottage and your cottage garden... you should come share your lovely nest at our "Show Off Your Cottage Monday"... every Monday at The house in the roses!