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Easter Blessings!

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are having a lovely day. It’s spring! Does it feel like spring where you are?  I’m just popping by briefly to bring you a big beautiful bouquet of wonderfully warm wishes for a sublimely special Easter! I’m practicing my alliteration skills. Lol I was browsing through some old photo albums the other day, and with Easter fast approaching,  I thought that I would share these with you.  

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A white rabbit appeared on the dresser in my kitchen! At first there was one…

Although most of our snow has already melted away and the sunlit days are lengthening, I have yet to see a crocus braving its sweet head above the soil.  There are no bird choirs rehearsing and just a few mornings ago, we awoke to a little snowfall that softly blanketed the lawns and streets. Thankfully, it left as quickly as it came. It’s cold here still and there is more snow in the forecast. The mercury is slowly climbing and so what happens to fall shouldn’t last long. Fingers crossed. Like many of you, I am done with winter. And, so I am sharing a decidedly floral theme to help brighten your day and warm your heart…   

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Mr. Rabbit sits on a wicker basket filled with accoutrements for the perfect picnic!

I hope you don’t mind that these photos are not of ‘the real thing’.   Could you tell? Of course, there is no substitute for natural flowers but whenever I see a flattering imitation of a real bloom, I can’t help but scoop it up to use in my displays and projects, particularly my garden/tea wreaths.  I love crafting them for gifts and fundraisers.  (Click “A Garden Tea Wreath” for some beautiful inspiration.)

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A gorgeous winged creature and a teeny watering can adorn my garden/tea wreath.

Many of these blossoms may look familiar to those of you who drop by regularly. They have been recycled from a ‘Surprise Wedding’ that I planned a few years ago for a co-worker. Yes, I did say, ‘Surprise!’ Have I peaked your curiousity? Well, you can read all about it here, if you like, at (The Gift of A Wedding)!  What delightful memories! Even though these flowers are ‘Everlasting’, I think they are very cheerful.  They bring a smile to my face every time I see them and I hope they will bring one to yours, too! Can you spot the real flowers amongst the imposters in the photos below?

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Broken bits of china peep out from the delicate ferns and rose leaves.

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This china cup with a rose motif is perfect for this symbol of welcome.

What comes to mind when you think of Easter?

  • Decorated eggs hung on tree branches
  • Tulips, lilies and hyacinths artfully arranged, tied up in raffia 
  • Glittery greeting cards tucked inside minty aqua envelopes
  • Easter grass, chocolate rabbits, marshmallow peeps 
  • Names written on confection eggs, basketweave icing
  • Rainbows of jelly beans in carrot-shaped cello
  • Brightly woven baskets and pastel ribbons
  • Floppy-eared furry rabbits and fuzzy yellow little chicks
  • New skipping ropes, bubble wands, sidewalk chaulk and paint sets  
  • Beautiful spring mornings and wide-brimmed hats
  • Church bells and services at sunrise  
  • Family gatherings for a special feast  
  • Easter breads and hot cross buns fresh from the oven!
  • Outdoor egg hunts
  • The promise of renewed faith and hope 

Easter means many things to many people.  It is perhaps the oldest, most significant and most celebrated occasion of the Christian church.  The date varies each year falling somewhere between mid-March and late April. The symbolism and customs vary widely all over the globe.  Whatever the Easter season holds for you, may it be filled with love and joy and may you have the great gift of hope – and a little chocolate wouldn’t hurt either!

EnJOY, dear friends, and Happy Easter from Newfoundland!

Are you comfy in that chair? Here’s a plump little pillow for your back. While you are having a browse, would you like to share a cuppa ? I’ll put on the kettle. The tea won’t be but a few minutes brewing.  You pick the teapot!  I’m thrilled you came to visit…

Wishing you a beautiful day,

Linda

“The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.”  Robert Flatt

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Mr. Rabbit appears in a corner of my kitchen every year around this time! The shelves of the wine rack are draped with leafy green garlands and blush silken roses peeping out here and there. In the photos below, a springtime wreath hangs on the wall and I arranged some flowers in a french bucket just for you!

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A close-up of the blooms in the bucket…

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A close-up of the spring wreath…

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I do love the colours – they’re so uplifting!

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There’s a rooster in just about every room in the house!

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A garden faeries waits to return to her home in our garden.

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A collection of tea books, a delicate nest and a packet of foxglove seeds hint to warmer days ahead.

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Would you like to borrow a tea book?

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Roosters sit on a re-purposed dresser in the kitchen. Can you see the reflection of the leafy trees in the glass picture frame?   The top pedestal was my great-grandmother’s.

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A prettily decorated egg is being cautiously watched.  Can you guess what the birdie will look like when it hatches? Lol

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Can you see the oval rose-patterned platter on the easel behind the Tea Library?

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A three-cup teapot sits at the feet of a prized garden fairy and an attentive frog.

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A whimsical teapot, a fairy shoe and a wee purse!

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A lovely coffee pot…

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This round rose-strewn cake plate is my favourite!

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Pick a pot!

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Another collection of beautiful books!

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Would you prefer instead a glass of wine?

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I love this decorative tin can!

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The rose in the print is so similar to the roses on my tea wreath!

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This gorgeous set has 6 matching teacups, saucers and side plates.

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On another day, I will show you my collection of pink porcelain heart-shaped teacups (18 of them) that are the same colour as the teacup in this photo. LOVE!

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This teapot is a Sadler. I love its lattice design and the roses that bloom on its face. The yellow jugs with pink lilies on the handles once belonged to my mom’s mother.

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This teapot is over 100 years old and it weighs a ton! The sugar pot was made in Germany and its design is hand painted. Both are gold-trimmed.

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The tiny framed photo of the olive tree was purchased in Provence where I toured with a friend some years ago.

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My tulip wreath hangs on a half wall in the kitchen. The large jug is White Wheat ironstone and belonged to my mother-in-law’s mother. It, too, is over 100 years old.

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I added a full-blown rose to the ringlet of budding tulips.

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The milk-and-honey jug came from Winners.

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Abundance…

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Supermarket soup tureen

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A tea set from Bowring (See post  “Life Can Be A Walk in the Park”)
https://beautifulideas.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/a-walk-in-the-park/

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Another tea set from Bowring, teacup print from HomeSense

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A trivet from Winner’s

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Love this tiny ‘chocolate’ bunny

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Bird condo

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I am addicted to teapots!

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Hmmm…What a great cuppa!

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The tulips are real. The rabbit is not.

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Isn’t this a cute little bunny plate?

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Did you choose a teapot yet? Or, would you prefer the-Tea-for-One pot?

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This gorgeous butterfly candle always lifts my spirits.

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Would you like a ‘Cuppa Cookie’?

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Sweet blessings!
Thank you for your beautiful footprints on my blog!
You are all awesome! XO
Hoppy Easter!

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A Garden Tea Wreath

“Symbolizing eternal hope, the wreath goes ’round and ’round, And where it starts or ends cannot be found. Woven of things that grow – for life, and hung for holiday delight…”

Wishing you a beautiful day, everyone!

I love my garden, and I love to create very personal garden decorations, sometimes from found everyday objects. These grapevine and floral wreaths are in tribute to my garden where I enjoy a cuppa and find much inspiration.

I like to hang my wreaths on walls, doors, chair backs, mantels, bannisters, garden gates, or sometimes even display them on an easel or column to welcome guests to a special garden tea or event.

And, I especially love to give floral-inspired handcrafted wreaths as gifts to tea lovers and gardeners,  as well as for fundraiser garden-themed teas. The wreaths always seem to be received with “Oohs” and “Ahhs” and wide smiles.  It’s a beautiful thing!

Tea is a cup of life.  ~Author Unknown

To make a garden or tea-inspired wreath, you'll need:
  • Grapevine wreath form
  • Faux floral stems and some greenery (*If you’re using fresh flowers – maybe for a special occasion tea or a bridal shower – you’ll need water picks to keep your flowers from wilting, unless you’re inserting the stems directly into an ‘Oasis’ wreath form made especially for fresh flowers.)
  • Wire cutters (These are necessary to cut the faux stems the desired lengths.)
  • Green floral wire and tape  (Use the tape to bind several stems together and attach them to the wreath with wire. Don’t forget to make a hook using several pieces of wire that is wound together so you can hang your wreath when it’s finished.)
  • Gluegun and glue sticks (You can use glue to attach broken bits of china or other design features that you may be using to add personality to your wreath.)
  • Suggested design accents: varying sizes of feathered birds, teeny watering cans and garden tools, pretty garden signs, wired ribbons, bits of old lace fashioned into tiny scent-filled sachets, small photos of loved ones, lightweight cherubs and winged faeries, frogs, berries, twigs… possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

Faux flowers reclaimed from a co-worker’s ‘surprise wedding’ were given new life in a beautiful wreath! See the slideshow below for some more pics of the wreath and of the wedding cake that I made for the big day.

Once you get started, you’ll find the possibilities are endless in creating a pleasing wreath, especially one that is in tribute to the garden. And, there are so many ways in which you can personalize your creation so that it is meaningful, too.

Photo:  Flowers re-claimed from a co-worker’s ‘surprise wedding’ (See post: The Gift of A Wedding) were given new life in a gorgeous wreath.

I enjoy tea in the garden and so personally I like to pay homage using tiny teapots, pretty silver spoons, Twinings teabags (they come in such pretty colours), inexpensive or chippy china cups, and even bits of broken china.  Shhh! For the wreath in the photo, I sacrificed a beautiful china saucer.  Yep, it’s probably what you are thinking – I wrapped it in a dish towel and hammered it to bits!  The broken pieces are tucked here and there through the wreath, peeping out underneath the cheery and convincing roses.  They do look real, don’t you think?

As I am writing this post, I am thinking I will add a miniature photo of my dear mom-in-law, tucked in among the roses. I miss having many wonderful chats over seemingly endless cups of tea with mom Ethel.  She was a best friend and shared my love of the garden.  We would talk about our garden dreams for hours.

Recently, we had to cut down a 30 year-old willow in our garden that had been badly damaged by Hurricane Igor last fall – the tree was further brutalized in a windstorm just a few weeks ago.  We feared it would crash into the roof of the garden shed one day soon, so we had no choice but to have the tree removed.  We loved that tree!  It was a main feature in our garden.  I managed to save some of its pliable branches to fashion a new wreath for the garden one day.  This way I’ll be able to still have a little piece of the tree that we enjoyed for so many years in our garden.

My late new bloomers!

One of my favourite spots to read and survey the garden is on an iron bench on the deck.

Garden faeries alight on a shelf in the kitchen!

Although, I was dismayed at having to say good-by to my beloved willow, as in so many things in life, there is a silver lining.  I was surveying the property when the willow was coming down, and I discovered a sizeable dogberry tree growing up against the side of the garden shed!  I had never noticed the tree before that day.  I sheepishly mentioned to the gent (Bob) who had expertly removed the willow for us (it was a monumental task) about possibly digging up the new-found dogberry and transplanting it to an area of the garden where I had been wanting a tree for privacy – Bob didn’t think he could manage it because it was a large tree, and he couldn’t guarantee me that it would survive in its new home, even though I was willing to take that chance.  I was a little disheartened thinking that this tree, too, would have to be cut down.  And, I’d always wanted a dogberry tree like the one in my grandfather’s garden – the crimson berries at this time of year are so brilliant. When I returned from an appointment at the Cancer Clinic yesterday, I was relishing a cuppa green tea on the deck, when it suddenly dawned on me that I was looking at that beautiful dogberry tree right in the spot that I had been dreaming about! What? Bob had come by while I was out, bringing with him buckets of soil and mulch, and transplanted the dogberry tree!  I was so happy. What a beautiful thing!  Thank you, Bob. 

“As from a large heap of flowers many garlands and wreaths are made, so by a mortal in this life there is much good work to be done.”

The hydrangea are now blooming and wouldn’t their amazing heads make a beautiful dried wreath to herald autumn?  A perfect salute in their pinks and creams and pale greens to a season that speaks of summer’s retirement and invigorating fall starts – this is my favourite time of year.

Hydrangea abundance (not my tree, though)

Hmm, it is such a beautiful day here that I think I will sit in a corner of my garden with my morning tea and contemplate the next little bit of whimsy. Now, where did I put those clippers..

Close-up of the top of my garden wreath: Life is gorgeous in the garden!

If you haven’t made one already, I hope my post today will inspire you to make a garden wreath of your own, or as a gift for someone special. Happy wreath making! I hope you enjoy your garden tea wreath whenever you have a cuppa. Thanks for stopping by!  
 
Linda
 
 
Would you like to see some pics of  a couple of my garden wreaths and the wedding cake I made for my co-worker and his bride? They’re in the slideshow below.  HINT:  Turn up the volume and use full-screen view. Can you guess the theme music? When I was growing up, it was my favourite TV show. (Visit here to read about the ‘surprise wedding’,)
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