Monday, July 20, 2015

Winner of Mad Tea Tailor Give-A-Way




I am happy to announce the winner of my Mad Tailor Tea give a way
Sarah Coller,


I appreciate everyone's comments and 
was so nice to make new blog friends!!!

Thanks again to Vanessa for sponsoring such a fun event!
These party's are such a good way to get to know everyone!

Blessing to you All,
Celeste

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Mad Tailor Tea !

I am so excited for all of you to visit my Mad Tailor Tea 
with our host, Vanessa from
A Fanciful Twist



Once upon a Tailor, ...........
               there was a Mad Tea,...........
                            A Mad Tailor Tea...........

,

Poor Mad Tailor, she is "off her tea",
Fumble........, 
          Faudle......, 
                     Foodle......., 
Frantic Tea !!!!





The table's are set.............,  


A  party awaits...... 
for guests to be here before I am late,
           

So much to sew, sew little time,.....

This old Sew and Sew..........
 is not feeling fine!
 A dress for you?,  a top for her?,       
What food to serve?
So many details to rattle, ..
                                                    shatter, ......
                                                      mess with my nerves....,



 Perhaps some Psychic Tea? 



Oh, Sprites, Spirits and Faeries help
I fear I am losing my mind, 
Be kind.... to help me  
and finish the sewing on time.......

A Sewing Spell?


Goddess spin the threads.....
over......under....
and around......


Take Lavender.... Sage........Flaxen Seed......



Sew the Magickal fabric into 
Gowns!!!


"So Mote it Be"

Now it is time for Tea!!!!


My guests have arrived ! 
To find their garments ready to wear......
  for........  

My  Mad Tailor Tea !


Laughing, Giggles, Secrets to share, 


While we gather together 



To share our stories of 

Life's Lace's and Linen's, Romance & Roses, 
Pearls of Wisdom,  Trusted Trims,
and Whimsical Whims, 


Would you care for some refreshments?:

cupcakes

Button Cookies

How To:
Make your favorite sugar cookie,
1. Take several size buttons and use them as cookie cut out's
2. Use a toothpick or skewer to make button holes, 
3. Color the dough with food coloring before you roll and cut out,
or frost with colored frosting, 


Lavender Biscuits


The Lavender is so beautiful this year,
Here is my recipe:

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup of Lavender flowers

1 stick butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon of lemon zest

Mix dry ingredients, cream butter and egg and lemon
mix all together, roll into squares, bake at 350  for 12 minutes
Spread icing after they cool, sprinkle more lavender flowers on icing while wet


Thank you all so much for coming to my tea
I hope you had a good time



I am having a Mad Tailor Tea 
Give Away also, 
The  little Doily Bag (in the picture) filled with goodies, 

Just leave a comment, let me know 
you have followed my blog and mention you would 
like to enter, I will draw next week,



Don't forget to visit the other parties on Vanessa's list,

Now I am off to visit all of you

Thank you again Vanessa for hosting such a fun event!

Blessings
Celeste












Monday, July 6, 2015

Natures Gift to Me on the 4th of July !!!




While walking the garden this 4th of July morning, I almost 
literally stepped on this beauty sitting in the grass sunning himself, 
drying his wings! 



This is the book I read to my grandchildren and sure enough inside 
is this beautiful butterfly with a little description of it,



The great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family.
Here he is fanning and drying his wings just out of the cocoon.


I tried to get a shot his silver spots, he kept hiding in the coverage around the 
Jack in the Pulpit

These first two pictures are mine the next two I found on the internet,

Its wingspan ranges from 62 to 88 mm (2.4 to 3.5 in).[1] It is characterized by its orange color above with five black dashes near fore wing base and several irregular black dashes at the base of the hind wing. In addition, two rows of black crescents run along the edges of the wings. Below, the forewing is yellowish-orange with black marks similar to the upperside, with a few silver spots on the tip of the wing. The hindwing is reddish-brown with silver spots on the base and middle of the wing. A broad yellow band and silver triangles are the most notable qualities on the wing, next to the brown margin. Females tend to be darker than males and individuals from the western reaches of this species range tend to be brighter orange. Similar species include the Aphrodite fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite), the Atlantis fritillary (Speyeria atlantis) and the northwestern fritillary (Speyeria hesperis). It is distinguished from the Aphrodite and Atlantis fritillaries by a wide light submarginal band on the hindwing and instead of black spots, black dashes form on the margins of the fore wing.


The great spangled fritillary covers a wide range of North America stretching from southern Canada to northern California on the West to North Carolina on the East. Prime habitat for this species includes moist meadows and woodland edges.



Various species of native violets have reported to serve as a larval host plant for the great spangled fritillary, including the native round-leaf violet (Viola rotundifolia), the arrow-leaf violet (Viola fimbriatula) and the common blue violet (Viola sororia).[3][4]

What a blessing to see in my own yard,
Last year on exactly the same day and morning this beauty was found


Mourning Cloak

Gee, now I can't wait until next year's 4th of July!!!!

Well......, I can but you know what I mean, 

Blessings for the fourth, the 2 weeks of rain stopped,
we had a beautiful sunny day and night for fireworks,
Family and Friends, ice cream, 
Town Parade, 

Contentment!!!




Thursday, July 2, 2015

Garden Fireworks !


Welcome to my front door,
The Garden Fireworks have started despite this cold and 
rainy summer so far!!!







Lily's in full bloom 
to celebrate the 4th of July !















The sweet Hummingbirds go crazy over the Menarda,
especially late in the day at twilight, just have not been able 
to capture these sweet Faeries yet,  


When I first came out the back door on this 4th of July morning,


Cup of coffee and my camera, 


A flitter and a flutter caught my eye, 


Behold this beauty! A "Mourning Cloak" ! I believe fresh out of the pupa, 
still wet on the wings, resting on the ground for quite a while in the warm sun on 
the garden soil ! My little granddaughter and I have a favorite 1950's Butterfly Book,
And sure enough, I knew I had seen this butterfly in the book, and there it is,


What a wonderful 4th of July gift !


Have a blessed 4th of July !