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Sunday, September 27, 2009

NOT BLUE ON THIS MONDAY...




FROM THE KATILLAC SHACK.....Announcing A PET PARADE BLOG PARTY! And You Are Invited To Link ..

I am thrilled to announce a Pet Parade Blog Party on September 30. You are all invited to attend and link to the event. If you have a pet or just love them post a pic or project! It is in celebration of our summer-long scarf decorating project to raise money for the abandoned pets of foreclosure. Over 130 internet friends and bloggers/blogsites from 43 states participated. Now, you can help too by linking to the party and by posting photos of your pets, pet scarves, and pet craft or decorating projects. By linking to the event you will earn a $3.00 contribution from us at Design Gives Back to give to the total donation. You post and we donate on your behalf! Gee, I sure hope you can attend...and see the ferret in his scarf...the cat in his hat...and the fairy princess poodle! Can't you just imagine seeing all of your furry family members on parade? Oh, come on, hop on this ark! There will be prizes and a fantabulous GIVEAWAY! NEW UPDATE 5:23 p.m. We now have 59 links for the party...be next! That means you have earned $177.00 more!

*NOTE...from bj..
please click on the above link if you would like to participate in this project.
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MONDAY...
THRIFTY AND BLUE.....








It was cloudy and dark and promising more rain....just my favorite kind of day....
I decided on making a cup of vanilla chi tea.....
I cooked some of the orange cinnamon rolls that we like so much....they go GREAT with tea ...


These vintage BLUE WINDMILL canisters are from Germany. I've been collecting them for over 40 years and I do have an extensive collection that I love love love...
I'll be posting more of it along....

The prices for complete sets have just gone thru the roof...and even just the individual pieces, if they are the "good" ones, can be pretty expensive. I bought most of mine before the prices started skyrocketing.

Five or so years ago, I found several complete or near-complete sets on Ebay. I seldom see a set anymore.

....and....then the rains came...
O, how beautiful it was. Out here in West Texas, we have what we laughingly call FROG STRANGLERS...
it just POURS rain so hard for a little while and then it's all over. I can remember when we lived in Dallas that we had soft, gentle rains that might last all day and into the night...

BUT I'M NOT COMPLAINING!!
NO, MA'AM...I sure am not complaining!!

AND...you probably know that I couldn't stay in the house!! Not with such a wonderful rain going on outside. I just made myself a tray and out I went for my tea and rolls on the FRONT PORCH in the SWING...AGAIN !! :o)
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*you know...having a front porch and a porch swing is just good for my soul....
rain or shine !!

42 comments:

Dragonfly Treasure said...

mmm those rolls and tea look yummy. What a relaxing way to spend your Sunday..swinging in the rain :~)
Gorgeous Windmill dishes!
ps, thank you so much for the visit! much appreciated.
*hugs*deb

The Stylish House said...

BJ,
I adore your blue and white dishware. I flew through Amsterdam regularly for several years and always picked up a piece or two of Delft for my collection. I notice you live in West Texas, I lived a year in Odessa when I was first married. Great people and I have fond memories of that time.
Cathy

Shelia said...

Hi BJness! Oh, I'd love to participate in the pet parade, but I'm going to be working on a garage sale. Trying to clear out the garage with all of mother's extra things! Man, my car's been outta the garage now for over a year.

Oh, I love your mosaics and those gorgeous dishes! How pretty.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

arkie said...

Your Delft is beautiful!

I'm a follower now. I mean WHO can resist Chocolate???????

Justine said...

BJ, I'm just like you in that I LOVE a good rain. Love it! There's nothing like the sound of it hitting a roof or whatever.
Wow, that tea looks strong! Yum!

And this link thing. Just post pictures of your pet? or does the pet have to be dressed up? Tell a story, or just post a picture?

Justine :o )

St. Michael's Wife said...

Everything looks so warm and cozy and yummy! Absolutely love that blue dishware! I'm on the other side of Texas (outside Houston) or I'd be over and you'd have to share those rolls!

Grins!
Pamm

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

My sweet friend...you do everything so beautifully..Balisha was just showing us how to make homemade vinegar and there are so many out there that have such homemaking talents...you being one of my most favorites.

I do have a request. Please pray for me... I know you have a wonderful relationship with our Lord..so I am asking you to do this for me. I have a feeling you have a lot of clout! :)
Hugs...see you soon!
Mona

Carrie said...

Mmmmm... I love chai tea! We had a "frog strangler" here in PA today, too. But just for a little while, and then the sun came right out to say hello!

Anne~fiona and twig said...

What a wonderful cause! I'm all about the animals, they totally rely on us. I'll try to remember to post some pics of my babies on the 30th.
Great idea!
Anne

tales from an oc cottage said...

Love those mosaics!!!!

m ^..^

Baba's Special Babies said...

Hi BJ, I would love to sit with you out on the porch and enjoy a cup of tea along with a orange sweet roll..

I adore all of your blue items ... the Windmills are special ...I never shop on EBay// I might have to start.

Enjoy your day and thanks for your visit to my place.. hugs, Baba

Diann @ The thrifty Groove said...

I love your blue dishware! Everything looks beautiful. glad you got to go out and enjoy the rain.

have a wonderful day!

claudie said...

Hi BJ
Your blog is always so darn pretty. My friend Debbie @ Confessions of a Plate Addict posted some pretty French blue and whites... something like yours but in French.
Our rain is now starting. The leaves haven't had a chance to change, it's been so mild... I'm kinda liking it, but will miss the vibrant red's this year.
Those rolls smell gooood.
Happy very blue Monday to you.
Love Claudie
xoxo

love lives in the kitchen said...

beautiful pics! as always
hugs, justyna

Cindy said...

Now I'm hungry! Beautiful set for your post. Such a beautiful post. Loved everything on it.
cindy

Knitty said...

Love the Delft and the rolls look yummy, but loving the rain??? I guess that is where we agree to disagree. :)

Terry said...

I just love that canister set...and all that goes with it.

Vanilla Chai Tea sounds wonderful and could I have a roll to go with that...Please,..

Becky K. said...

A very lovely post!

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

gengen said...

Wow that is a beautiful blue collection. You are like my sister in law she has so many blue collections. Happy Blue Monday.

jeanne said...

Good morning BJ, Hurray! I am home and happy to be visiting you again today. Your Blue Windmill canisters are gorgeous. You were very smart to collect them early on. My Mom collected Nippon the same way. She said it was so beautiful it would be valuable some day. You were ahead of the blue Windmill rush. Lucky you. I will be looking for more pieces on your posts.

I am so glad Texas is getting much needed rain. We had a bad drought here two years ago, so I know how happy you are to see the rain on your front porch swing. I wish I could join you.

Have a wonderful day.

Love and hugs xoxo, Jeanne

Elizabeth said...

I would LOVE to have a front porch, BJ. One summer we rented a house that had a really deep porch and during rain we'd play charades or read aloud out there. My dad still talks about it as one of the best places we've been, just because of the porch!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

'Morning BJ,
I just love your blue canister set and dishware! Those rolls look very tasty with a cuppa tea. Lovin' your blog; so pretty! Happy Blue Monday.

Blessings,
Sandi

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Thanks for sharing! You know how much I LOVE blue & white.

SmilingSally said...

I'm so glad that you got some rain; I know you wanted/needed it. Your BLUE pieces are so gorgeous that it makes me green, and you know that's not my color! I'm wishing you a delightful Blue Monday.

LV said...

You have a great collection in those dishes. You assembled a very nice post for today. Happy you had time to drop by my place.

Anita said...

Beautiful as always... we love those orange cinnamon rolls here, too - and we have frog stranglers - but when it rains that hard the water runs off into the drainage ditches and doesn't sink in to the fields like it should... always rather have those soft gentle soaking rains :)
Have a great week!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM BJ, came by for my cooffe and sweet roll and lookie here you have this beautiful windmill dishes...Girl these are just lovely and you know I just seen a new set of these the other day online...it was 59.99 for sevice for 4...I love delth and this so reminds me of it...Great post my friend...Hey did you know I got a big huge hand painted tole tray for only $25.00 I had it on my TT last week Justine said you would mug me for it...May you have a great day my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Mary said...

I really enjoyed your post todat, bj. There was so much to see. I loved the photos and the collages you put together for us. Your Delft ware is stunning. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Anonymous said...

Jean, I don't know where you manage to keep all of those beautiful dishes! You know, you'd be a rich woman if you sold them, but I know you're richer by keeping them because you LOVE them so much! It is just a delight to see how you collect them and use them so lovingly.

Yuummmmy! Those rolls look soooooo good! And they do go very well with the tea.

Your pictures are so pretty in this blog. Yesterday was a gorgeous day all right! Loved the whole blog today as usual!
Love you!
Martha

Shy said...

Nice set of tea cup and vase. Blue is always look nice. Rainy days sure is a good time for tea party and yummy rolls.

xinex said...

Your German windmill canister set and teacups are very pretty, BJ. So lucky of you to get them when the price was better...Christine

Tara said...

The dishware is so up my alley! Loved this post!

Kathleen said...

OH la la, that is a beautiful collection! I can't collect anything..it is addictive to me...
So I will drool over yours!
And while I am drooling, pass me one of those rolls! :)

Kathleen said...

I forgot to say I am petless, but I can make a parade with my gkids stuffed animals that are here...I will have to get some leashes though!:)

jeanne said...

Hi BJ, I'm back to tell you that there was a bunch of 'bad' comments that typepad didn't publish and Beverly saw them in my typepad site not open to bloggers. She knows my code because she helped me start my blog. She put the letters back on and deleted hundreds of those comments. Bad people to say the least. There hasn't been any since. So weird.

Hugs xoxo, Jeanne

Cottage Rose said...

Hi BJ; What a great Blue Monday post... I cant' think of a better way to spend a rainy day either... Have a great week..

Hugs
Alaura

Chari said...

Hello Dearheart...

Yeeehawww...ya'll are getting rain!!! My family are all in south Texas and they've been getting lots and lots of rain...they've been in such a bad drought for so long...thank the Lord for the rain!!!

Darlin'...I have fallen in love with your beautiful blue windmill canisters!!! I've never seen them before...what a fabulous collection!!! Ohhh...and they sure made some beautiful mosaics! Sooo pretty, my friend! Mmm...that sweet roll looks delicious too! Hehe!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

The DIY Show Off said...

BJ - your blue windmill collection is beautiful and I have that exact tea in my canister right now but haven't tried it and orange rolls are my favorites. Your mosaics are so pretty. You say "please come by anytime" - I'm on my way! haha I wish. Have a fantastic week!

Roeshel

The DIY Show Off said...

Ps. Do you think it'd help if I posted my Pet Parade to the Pet Parade? Lots of cute pets. ? It's a past post...but I'd love to help!

Roeshel

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi BJ!

Oh how I love your blue delft canisters! They are supurb! I wish I would have realized years ago how much I would love my delft pieces today. I would have collected so much more when it was affordable. It's been rainy & chilly here in central Ohio all week and your breakfast on the porch is just perfect for this weather!!

Hugs, Sherry

Charli and me said...

Good morning BJ, All of your blues are just beautiful! Your tea table is so pretty. Thank you so much for posting the link to the Dog Parade. I had no idea there was one going on. Ofcourse Charli and Me will be joining. I hope you will join my fashion show and show us your 'Little Black Dress.'

Kammy said...

Hi BJ !
Yes, I am fashionably late, LOL ! Good thing I visit you towards the end cuz, I always get "fairy dust" all over my keyboard when I visit your blog, hee hee ! I am hungry for cookies now , I don't know why.
love your collection !
Kammy