Friday, September 27, 2013

Tea Party

I have mentioned in previous posts that we live on a wonderful lane with great neighbors who like to socialize frequently.

I am going to a Tea Party today, in Freddie's garden.

Freddie, who has exquisite taste, gave me a lovely LOVE heart at my retirement party.

I want to take a little something to Freddie.

I bought a little ocean colored vase at TJ Maxx

and tied on a bit of Tim Holtz metal, but I wasn't sure I liked how it looked.

I swapped out the Live in the Moment piece for a simple LIVE tag attached with chain.

I like how it looks on my shelf - might have to go back to TJ Maxx and pick up a vase for myself.

For a tag, I used one of the sweet gifts I received from Patty in the Chaotic Goddess Color Swap.

It's not much - a single tea rose (there isn't much in bloom right now) from my garden.

And now, it is time to put on a sundress and head to Freddie's garden to look at this view from her deck.

Tonight, we will ride our bikes to an ocean front restaurant for dinner.  

I love . . .  September days . . . wonderful neighbors . . . riding my bicycle along the beach . . . being retired . . . 

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I will be joining these great parties

My Romantic Home - Show and Tell Friday


  1. I really like that vase and I think you should definitely get one for yourself as well. It has a gorgeous shape and color. Your friend is going to love it!

  2. Now that sounds like my kind of night! How awesome that you are able to enjoy a view like that! That alone would work for me!!! Your gift is simple and perfect! I love the "live" hanging from the vase...and the single rose is stunning! Enjoy tea and dinner! Happy weekend!!!

  3. Have a great time. I like the gift that you chose.

  4. You are so lucky. To be that close to the beach. Here I'm having trouble breathing. And I can only imagine how deep I could breathe in that sea air. She will love the gift! Have fun.

  5. what a wish gift. love it!! so simple but yet so meaningful - in my book. ( :
    wish my neighbors were so friendly. i have not seen my neighbors in years. ha. ha!!

  6. What a beautiful gift to give ~~~

  7. Gorgeous gift!
    I love retirement and appreciate my good fortune everyday!

  8. What a perfect way to spend the evening! ENJOY!!!

  9. You can come to my tea party anytime! Love that shade of blue! What a nice time you have planned, enjoy it for all of us.

  10. That's a wonderful gift to take to a sweet friend. :)

  11. Carol, How pretty - love the blue.... and tea in the garden overlooking the ocean - what daydreams are made of.... I, too am loving retirement and oft think I should have done it a lot sooner, lol... Have a great evening on the beach ....Cathy

  12. How fun, and what a beautiful and thoughtful gift! I'm sure she loved it. I hope you enjoy your evening....sounds perfect. That view and a bike ride to a nice beach front doesn't get any better than that...:)

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  13. I like the heart plaque that Freddie gave you...and the blue bottle with a single flower in it. Perfect.
    I like the sentiment too. "live"
    One of my favorite gifts after moving here was from a dear friend from my old was an old dairy bottle (qt.) with a bouquet of wild flowers... It had a silouette of a dairy cow on the front. I still have it...I keep my 'silver' change it. I keep the pennies in the glass gallon milk jug from my Mom's house. They are a pair!
    Hope your tea party was as nice as it sounds, and your dinner too!

  14. What a lovely and thoughtful gift, Carol. Fabulous view!
    Mary Alice

  15. Lovely vase - I'm sure your friend will love it. Yes, you should go back and get yourself a vase too.
    Sounds like so much fun riding your bikes to the restaurant for dinner.
    Have a great weekend.

  16. I love giving gifts and this vase is just darling! I'm enjoying the cooler days and I'm ready for Fall!

  17. What a wonderful way to "live". The vase is a thoughtful gift, and I do think you need one for your own shelf.
    I'm envious of your beach lifestyle. How wonderful to ride your bikes along the beach to go out to dinner. ;-)

  18. Your vase is beautiful! yes, I've been known to do the "One for me, one for you" thing!! Freddie has an awesome ocean view, I would be in heaven just visiting. You sound so happy...enjoy that bike ride and meal!


  19. Sounds like a wonderful evening. I'm envious. Glad you could use the tag. How perfect for the occasion.

  20. That is a beautiful vase. I hope you have a very nice time at the tea party.

  21. Sounds a pretty well perfect lifestyle to me.
    Merle........ .............. .........

  22. Well I know why Freddie gave you a heart - it's because that's the first thing that comes to mind when people think of you Carol!!!
    Hope you had a wonderful time :)
    Lovely gift you chose - and that tag is fantastic!

  23. What a lovely, lovely life.

    Friends, gardens, tea parties and bike rides to a local restaurant with the sea breeze in the air? You live well my friend, and so do I. Peace and goodness to you dearest Carol! (LOVE THE TEA CUP TAG!)


  24. I love your lifestyle!
    You truly are a blog friend gift from the sea! That blue bottle is a must atop "that" book! I hope that you find another!

  25. What a lovely and thoughtful gift. She will love it!

  26. What a beautiful way to spend an afternoon. I like your hostess gift very much!

  27. Aren't friends just one of the best blessings we have?


  28. That's such a pretty gift, I love the little tag. I hope you had a nice time at the tea party and when you went for dinner.
    I think you definitely deserve your wonderful life, after devoting your working life to others.
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend x

  29. Riding your bike to a beachfront restaurant sounds like heaven! I'm sure your friend will love the rose from your garden. Enjoy your freedom!

  30. Freddie is going to love it Carol. How nice that you all get together for such a thing as a tea party. I live in a very small rural community and so no tea parties here. Most women my age work and because I stay home to care for my son I don't see many people in my daily round. I am so happy to read that you are retired and have such lovely friends.
    many hugs...

  31. What a thoughtful hostess gift, I'm sure she loved it. What a perfect way to spend the evening.

  32. Hope you had a lovely time at your friend's house and the restaurant...not to mention a bike ride on the beach.

    I just know your friend loved your gift.


  33. What a beautiful vase...your friend will love it!! And yes, you should go get another one for yourself. What an awesome view of the looks like heaven on earth to me!

  34. This is such a wonderful gift. I bet it made your friend really happy.

  35. What a lovely gift! I adore the color and yes if I were you I would go back and get one for yourself!

  36. Wonderful gift and wonderful day. So glad you are enjoying your retirement.