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Friday, March 11, 2011

TEA TIME...


 Isn't it wonderful the way all of us bloggers do things differently !
It just amazes me at how each of our personalities come alive on our blogs.
Some so serious...
some so silly...
ALL delightful.
We choose mostly the same subjects when we 'play' in the memes that abound in Blogland...
we gather our objects, hoping to make as pretty a post as we possibly can.
If my post for the day doesn't excite me a little, I either don't do it or
I keep adding things that make the post a little more exciting  and FUN to me.
I don't mean that I do HAND STANDS on each one..
but I have to be
VERY happy with it before I post.
...that's just me, tho.
Some of us have fabulous things to work with...
others have what I call, the normal things.
I find that I have to use things over and over so I am challenged to find new ways of using them.
I get so many great ideas from YOU...
and more inspiration than I can possibly handle.
Some of us  are much more formal....traditional...staying with the tried-and-true...classic...
others of us are more 'laid back' and trying new arrangements every day.
Every single post on every single blog has SOMETHING to say.
I LOVE blogging.
I have learned so many things...
and had fun doing it.
I, myself, have little to work with but I ADORE the challenge of
coming up with new, bold, a-different-point-of-view looks to use on my  blog.
YOU are always there, with encouraging words and a helpful heart.
Blogging has NEVER been a chore for me.
I love every single solitary thing about it.
I've not once, in 3 years, ran out of anything to blog about.
On the contrary...
I keep a week's worth, and more, in drafts all the time.
Before I can finish with photos and ideas for one post,
I stumble onto another idea.

I love showing my 'softer'  side by PLAYING TEA...
it's just fun to me.
Playing tea and playing with our dishes just brings the LITTLE GIRL out in us, I think.
My  more "no nonsense" self comes out when I play around with a POTTERY BARN look...:)
Pottery Barn is pretty much SERIOUS stuff.
OOO, I have to show you this...
In PhotoScape, you can FLIP your photos...
I did it in the above pictures and thought "HOW COOL"....
then I noticed what it did to the CLOCK FACE...
NEAT, HU?
I have so much fun over there, playing with my photos...
I think the last photo of this post is sooo dreamy, thanks solely to PHOTO SCAPE.
I adore dreamy photos..
but, I love the sharp, really in focus ones, too.
I guess it depends on the subject.
I take a lot of ribbing about posting "everything that goes in my mouth"...:))
You can't know the kick I get out of doing just that.
I love cooking...and I do quite a bit of it..
altho, you may know that I love SANDRA LEE
on SEMI HOMEMADE...:))...
just my kind of cookin'.
I love taking photos of pretty, colorful foods and playing around
with making the photos even prettier.
Taking photos of food can be very tricky, indeed.
Some shots of a delicious food can make it appear ANYTHING but appealing.
I've been asked several times what kind of camera I am using.
It's a very inexpensive KODAK EASY SHARE...
a little point and shoot, 12.2 mega pixels.
When I win the lottery, I want A REAL CAMERA ..:)
I had a little Canon but it went swimming last summer and has never recovered...:(
I keep my blog postings LIGHT...
the REAL world can get pretty heavy sometimes and
it does my heart, soul and spirit so good to have a place to come that is full of prettiness.
I love getting ideas and inspiration and just plain GOOD FEELINGS from all the
wonderful friends I have made here.
I am linking with PINK SATURDAY
Thanks to all the hosts and thank YOU for coming by.
(I have absolutely NO idea why my font size keeps changing.??)
 HAPPY DAY...

52 comments:

Jenn said...

Hey here you! I came by yesterday, I think, gathering inspiration and smiling. I quit and now I'm back. Surprised me. I really enjoyed and appreciate what you wrote about blogging. Thanks. Jenn Hope to see you around.

Marydon said...

Just lovely & so inviting, what time is the party starting? You do beautiful shares ...

Happy St. Patrick's Day ~
Have a beautiful weekend ~
TTFN ~
Marydon

CSN GIVEAWAY ENDS 3/17

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very pretty BJ! Lovin' the reversed image shot! Glad you tried the cookies-yummy! Oh how I WISH I could give away a KA mixer, funny girl! Happy Weekend:@)

Vee said...

You never disappoint, BJ! BTW, the header is centered nicely from my vantage point.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Ohhhhh "Sweetie," you do just that! You have a wonderfully happy, pretty, cute, light, lovely blog! And it is wonderful for all your Dear Readers to know that you are here. A haven, in the storm.

Yes, the world is usually a pretty heavy place. At least, that's all *The News* gives us, is the heavy stuff. -sigh- Every so often, I have to turn it all off. *The News,* in all its forms. I'm in one of those times, now.

So it's a joy, joy, joy to have your pretty blog, to come to. To scroll through all the beeeeeeutiful pics you post. And to read your fun words.

Thank you, "Honey Bun"!!!!! You are a joyful part of "Pretty Blog Land."

Gentle hugs...

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

As to the Centering Of The Header Pic Issue...... I see it as to the left. But I'm used to that effect, with New Editor. I thought it was supposed to be that way!

Actually, now I don't give a *flyin' patootie* anymore, where my Header Pic floats off to! ,-) Recently, mine was hanging off, to the right! -giggles- Awww, who cares. ,-)

Gentle hugs...

Donnie said...

I always come over to visit you and see your pretty things and can't forget about something good to eat. You always are a gracious hostess. Have a lovely day.

Beth said...

BJ, You're a tremendously creative woman! And your posts are always delightful. You have such a "something special" about you; I can't put my finger on it other than to say you are full of PERSONALITY! Bless you, my sweet friend, and have a wonderful wknd!
Beth

Rita said...

You keep oon showing that lovely cup with the red roses and that's the one I chose. Come and sit with me; we will chat about how much we both love blogging. It opened a brand new chapter in my life. Love coming here too.
Happy weekend,
Rita

salmagundi said...

Your posts always make me feel good and upbeat. Thanks for repeatedly doing that. Enjoy the weekend. Sally

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Your "always positive" posts are delightful!!! Love the beautiful photos no matter what camera you use!!!

Sylvia said...

Such a positive and honest post ! I agree completely how beautifully INSPIRING the blogging world is !

Happy Pink Saturday !

LV said...

You definitely fall into the fabulous group. I am not sure if there is a group that fits me. I try to be normal, but not sure what normal is anymore. I will take the blue cup in the middle.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the beautiful things in life...like a tea cup with roses and a girlfriend like you! Enjoy your weekend, my friend! Let's hang on tight to the beauty around us! ♥

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Lovely blog you got..pretty pics and warm colours!
Now, am your newest follower..hope you will follow me back :)

Good day
Sanghamitra.

http://rainbow-thecoloursofindia.blogspot.com

Susan said...

I just love your blog!! I glean so many wonderful ideas from you and other bloggers!! Your photos are gorgeous!

Jeanne said...

Thanks for the laugh bj, yes, I borrowed that photo from Google. I will give Susan credit for the photo. HA! I needed an Irish tea set and I don't have one. I'm glad Susan does. Your post today is a labor of love. I know you love to blog and so do I. I am not nearly as original as you are but that is why your posts are so very special. I love the food and drool over the delicious things you share. I too always have something in my mind to blog about. I admit my busy life is a deterrent to me way to often. Sigh. Maybe I will slow down one day. I know you are on the run too. I don't know how you do everything you do. I am your biggest fan. Smile.
Love you much,
Jeanne

LambAround said...

Oh, what a lovely post! I'd been sitting here trying to decide whether to go downstairs for a cup of chamomile tea. Needless to say, you've helped me make up my mind!

Blondie's Journal said...

You always make me smile, BJ! You speak from the heart. And your photos are just fantastic! I love all the tea things in this post and you do have a wonderful way with capturing your wonderful food and treats with your camera. You make me happy I am a blogger or I never would have met you!

XO,
Jane

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi bj, I will take my tea in any of your pretty cups! I am always entertained when I come to visit your sweet nothings, by your photos, your yummy food ideas, and your clever wit! (by the way, I have that same little camera, and it is suffering from sand grains which flew into it at the beach last summer, but it keeps going!) That clock face looks like something from Wonderland! Have a nice weekend. Linda

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi BJ, pretty,pretty post ! Thanks for keeping me in your prayers and thoughts friend.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Your photos are always so inviting....just like you BJ. It's so fun to have friends from all over...don't you think? Now I know that we're going on daylight savings time this weekend ....but I'm not quite sure about the time on that "reverse" clock....would that be time going backwards? Whatever time it is...it's always a good time with you.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday BJ Sweetie...
Thank you for the gorgeous share. I love to come and watch you create. I love seeing the clock face change when you changed the handle side on the tea cups. I have done that SO many times. It's fun playing with photos. That is part of my job all day at work. I love playing with graphics. What fun.

Your desert looks SO yummy. I am already at the door sweetie, can I come in for tea and desert? Those strawberries are calling me.

Thank you for sharing with me this evening. I have learned SO much from you. It is always a pleasure to come and play. Happy Pink Saturday sweet BJ and have a Magical St. Patty's Day.

Many hugs and so much love, Sherry

Home Made Quilts By Granny said...

You sure have had a lot of friends over for tea today.... so many that I couldn't get in the explorer said so....when I did get here there were already 10 here... my you have had a busy day bet your tired. You do such a good job with you photos and you know how to tell a good story....being able to write has more to do with your being a great blogger then the things you have. What I thing anyways...some of us just don't have the knack for writing. Trish

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I've missed you. Trying to catch up. How is hubby doing? I dodged a bullet. :) Scared me.

I always love your posts, bj! I have learned a lot from you..and one the best things is that a little home, not all that big or grand can be just as interesting..especially if it has delicious food, and a warm personality presiding over it, such as yourself. Your blog is always a perfect joy to me!
HUGS!
Mona

I need to learn how to do more with my pictures... :( I know.
Like you, I never seem to run out of subjects...I LOVE blogging...

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a sweet post! I love blogging and getting to know everyone. The inspiration from blogs, yours included! It's a wonderful world we have found.

Julie Harward said...

I don't drink tea but I love tea cups and have ever since all the pretend tea parties as a child...I love all yours! ;D

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

I just love all of your Pink shares today... this is my first time to your blog and I just love it, and I'm now your newest follower! Happy Pink Saturday!!!
Blessings~~~ Daphne

Deanna said...

BJ,
you are truly the HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS! You have been one of my dearest dearest blogger friends and I don't know what I would do if I couldn't read your blog. Not only do you feed us but you make us laugh and give us love. Sweet Nothings brings me such joy. I'm so glad that we "met" on Blogger.

Hugs to my hometown gal!
Deanna :D

Liz said...

What a great post! Blogging has become one of my favourite things to do and I love visiting other blogs for great inspiration and ideas!
Liz

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What a great post!! Blogging too has brought me great joy and some great friends!!
I am in love with all of the pretty tea cups that you have shared with us today!

HPS!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Susan said...

Hi there,

Just love your posts and wanted to tell you THANKS!!

And the tea cups were a real treat too.

Susan

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Mornin' BJ!

What a beautiful post! So romantic and delightful! And such a treat to see your cups & saucers!! What time is tea? I'll be there with bells on dear friend...

Big Saturday hugs, Sherry

Madeline's Album said...

Love all your pretty cups and saucers. The food pictures look so good. I really enjoyed this post. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Kathleen said...

You have some very lovely things and put it together in such beautiful ways!

LadyJane said...

Dear BJ...It is YOU my dear that makes a person do flips and cartwheels and scream Yahoo! You are a wonderful blogging friend to have...YOU are inspiration and your postings are a true bonus! YOU make blogging what it should be! Now girlfriend come on over to my place...Jalina Rose has some green kisses for you!

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Oh BJ, I just love your blog. It is a breath of fresh air. This post has some beautiful pictures. And those tea cups are gorgeous. I love the 3 legged one. But, most of all I love the sweet spirit that comes through your postings. You are a great lady with so much class. You are an inspiration to me and many others. Thanks for all you share. Hugs, Karie

Cat & Cricket said...

You are THE hostess with the mostest!!
Love your blog!
Happy PS!
Smiles~
Cricket...gypsea nurse

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

BJ, I would love, love, love to have tea with you! I love the looks you are creating with your photos...dreamy...
Hugs,
Penny

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

bj, your photos are always delightful! I love the special effects you use thta make them look vintage or soft. I have to begin to explore different editng programs amd play with my photos.

I love your pretty tea sets!

Kathleen Grace said...

It is wonderful how much we shre and learn together here in blogland isn't it!? We take our differences and inspire each other with them, and I have always been inspired by you sweet friend. Your fun loving personality and the way you make everything special are why I love coming to visit!

Theresa said...

I love blogging too BJ, it has made me notice little things AND take a picture of it! I have met so many wonderful friends and cherish them all!

Your tea party is beautiful and I adore the different techniques in your photo scaping!

Enjoy your weekend my friend, HUGS!

Jean Hart said...

I would love to have tea with you sometime. The tea cups are beautidul and the pastery. Looks good too.
Have a wonderful week end.
~Jean

Terri said...

Hi BJ thanks for the comment. All the pictures on my blog I took myself, so I do appreciate it. How sweet and what is it about tea cups; I must get mine out with maybe my dolls and have a PS tea party. Among your china so delicately painted and your linen so carefully stitched to embroider our world with heaven-ness. I too am praying for Japan, Hawaii, etc. Blessings Terri www.morningdewdrops.typepad.com

Jenn said...

Oh ho! I was so glad to see you came by and left me a warm and wonderful note. Thank you thank you. I did turn off the word verification. As I scrolled here, I see your tag for 'word ver. free blog'. Cute idea. I've got to re-learn and learn blog stuff again. But it's feeling pretty good, so far, being back. I didn't realize how much I miss it and the clutch of people I was talking with most. THanks, again. Love, Jenn

CHERI said...

I have never heard of Photo Scape...need to check into it. I'm so illiterate when it comes to those kinds of things. I have Picassa but don't like it...also Adobe Photo Shop which is too complicated for me. I love taking pictures and even finally got a really nice camera from hubby as a gift, but again I'm not smart enough to figure out all the bells and whistles. You amaze me always having blog posts right at your fingertips. I tend to have trouble wondering what might interest readers. Most of mine is about family and I often worry that nobody gives a dang about what goes on in my little neck of the woods. But I love blogging so will just keep on keeping on...and will keep on visiting you for ideas and inspiration and just plain fun.

Krafty Kat said...

So lovely!!! I'll take mine with lots of sugar! Thanks for dropping by & now I am following you and I am grabbing that word verification free blog button! Love it!

On Crooked Creek said...

BJ,
Another wonderful post! oh, yes, dear freind, I'll take the cup with the roses and gold trim for my tea today! You are such a sweet hostess. Why does it seem that everything looks better with powdered sugar sprinkled on top??? Loved your photo shoot and the comment about the camera that went swimming. .. made me giggle like a school girl! HA! Thanks for brightening my sun shining, closet cleaning, ironing for hours day on the prairie!
Fondly,
Pat

Tracy said...

BJ...I share your sentiments regarding how different we all are yet some of the same themes run thorugh like a river. It is amazing and so intriguing.
I like the soft and gentleness of your blog today in both your words and photos...

La said...

Hi BJ!

I always love visiting your wonderful blog. It is always such a happy and fun place to visit as I suspect your home is. You keep your posts fresh, pretty, and original.

Happy Spring! La

~Pam~ said...

Hi BJ,
I am new to your blog and I love it!! Your photos are beautiful and your writing is very inspirational.
I will be back. Hope you are having a nice weekend.
God bless!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Love this post BJ. Your beautiful photos and your wonderful commentary is perfect on every post. I'd have trouble picking my tea cup from those beauties. You are so right. I'm always surprised at how different bloggers contribute to different parties and memes in Blogville. The diversity is one of the things makes blogging so interesting. I can always be assured that I will leave your blog with a smile on my face. Thank you for the smiles, and thank you for linking to Favorite Things. laurie