Wednesday, February 10, 2016

10 on 10 :: February

"The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within." 

-  William C. Bryant

I don't know about you, but I'm finding it hard to believe that it's already February. The 8 weeks from Christmas to the end of this month are a whirlwind of birthdays and holidays for our family: four of our children celebrate another trip around the sun as does my father in law. Then add in Christmas, New Year's, Twelfth Night, and Valentine's Day and it becomes a gift-giving, celebratory-food eating, waist-enlarging two month span of time. And you know what?  I wouldn't trade it at all. It's part of what makes our family experience uniquely ours! 

For this month's edition of the 10 on 10 blog loop (from which I've been woefully absent for much of this past sincerest apologies...I put aside my on-line time for real-time with my family...I'm sure you understand) I invite you to our early Valentine's Day teatime. Please pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup, imagine the strains of Mozart and Vivaldi in the background, and settle in for a little respite from your day. 

My sweet neighbor gave my girls these frosted brownies (Little Debbie brand). She had no idea how perfect they were!
The teapot was a gift from my mother in law. She has quite the funny story about how she acquired it involving a church silent auction, her pastor's wife and person determined to out bid her!  
Vintage Valentine's and sweet sentiments.

My favorite teacup, my grandmother's pink depression glass plates and cups, pink lemonade and raspberry tea...a perfect pink combination!

Gus just couldn't help himself! He really does think he's a person.

Be Mine?
I really do love Valentine's Day...perhaps it's because of all the pink! This is just little corner of our Valentine's Day Message Center. 
This is from my photo archives, but the message is timeless.

Who does't love ranunculus, especially in these colors? (another from my photo library)

And my wish for you all: that you enjoy a little love in your life!

I hope you've enjoyed this little glimpse into our Valentine's themed teatime. Please continue on to Trine's beautiful blog and enjoy February's edition of the 10 on 10 blog hop!


  1. Love - love - love it <3 I hope you have a love-filled-lovely Valentine´s Day too :-) And most of all I love the picture with Gus in it :-) Great depth of field, humor, well composed - perfect. I also love your tea pot, and I guess the story behind it is fabulous :-)

    Lots of Love from Norway,


  2. You've inspired me to take some Valentine's Day themed photos. These are gorgeous and what a lovely way to celebrate the season of love.

  3. I am glad to see you back in this month's 10 on 10. I love all your photos--so pretty and inviting. I especially love the photo with your dog sitting at the table in the background.

  4. What a gorgeous tea time setting! Lovely photos that made my heart smile. I do understand your absence in your need to with family! Glad to see you here again!