Thursday, June 13, 2019

New Shop!

     I just opened a new shop, in the small town of  Berlin, New Jersey, about 15 minutes from my home. 
 It's called Linda's Vintage Treasures!
     It all happened very quickly, the little bake shop became available, and we took a chance and decided to have a store with all our old things.  It's something I've always wanted to do, and I already had plenty of stock to sell! 
     The neighbors have been welcoming me, customers are finding me.  I've made some wonderful new friends!
     The town's business association has invited me to join and is promoting my business!


We're ready to go, with gifts for Dad, weddings and grads!
 Something for everyone! I'm grateful for this opportunity!  
I can't say thank you enough, to my daughters, my friends and family for all your support and encouragement!  

  Love,   Linda

Sunday, January 27, 2019

My Hot Tea Month Celebration, Part 2

Welcome to my virtual tea party!  Each day, all month,  a different tea and a different tea cup!
 Most are from my collection, and some are my friend's tea ware!

Day 16  
             This is an old tea cup my daughter inherited from her great-grandmother.
                    I'm having Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime tea.   I'm fighting the flu!

Day 17 
  Tea Time Magazine featured this fresh idea! Salad cleverly served in pretty tea cups!
 Super cute!  I'm having soup in my tea cup today, though. 

Day 18          Delicate Rose China cup, Made in Occupied Japan, 
                                and Thomas Kinkade teapot with Bentley Blackberry Tea

  Day 19            My Believe mug and Thomas Kinkade teapot 
                      If you believe you'll get anything you ask for in prayer.  Matthew 21:24

Day 20            Queen Ann  China  filled with Lipton Soothing Moments Blackberry tea

Day  21   Cheery cherry tea cup -a happy memory from a tea  party I attended last summer. 
                   A friendly group of ladies, set up a tea room, filled with local art, pretty china 
                  and sparkling conversation. We had good tea, scones with clotted cream and 
               fresh peach conserve and lots of other yummy teatime sandwiches and treats.

Lemonade Scones
An easy, yummy scone, from Best
Click here for tea some yummy sandwich recipes, from TeaTime Magazine

Day 22    My brown transferware, Harvest Time Johnson Bros. Ironstone
                                          I'm sipping Bentley Raspberry Green Tea                                                                

Day 23        My daughter Julie's gorgeous china, inherited from her Grandmother. 
                              it is  Johann Haviland, Bavaria, Germany.
                                         We'll have tea here with Grandma soon!                                                

Day  24,     My mother's  88th birthday, 
                    my blog's 8th  anniversary,                                                        and also my Etsy shop's  7th anniversary                       This pretty set is for her today, I have a matching birthday angel figure! 

My other , Betty , with Thomas, me and Emilie

    Day 25    Bigelow lemon tea at Sandee's, with her beautiful brown transferware
                               Alfred Meakin Staffordshire china.
                              Always a delightful time, having tea with such a dear friend.

Day 26          Chinese Tea with Maureen,and  a delicious lunch at the 
Eastern Phoenix Restaurant. in downtown Hammonton, N.J. 
Some great antique shopping too, at my friend's antiques and vintage store,
               Vintage Betty's, the  Antiques  Marketplace , and  Ideal Blend      .                                                  

    Day  27       
   I like to mix  new things with my vintage stuff.  
                     Here  is a cute Mary Engelbreit teapot plate, with my not-old red teapot, 
       and an old ironstone cup. We're having herbal peppermint tea today!

Day 28           Drinking  delicious  St. Dalfour's Golden Peach Tea
                                                      from a vintage Del Mar teacup, Made in Japan                                                                                                   

I love teacups with designs inside!         


Day 29         What a nasty night, gonna get really cold  now and freeze up, after raining                                           almost all day and all evening,a nice cup of Benner chamomile herb
 tea is perfect to warm me up!


 Maybe a couple
         Magic bars too!                                                                                                               

Day 30        A fine bone china tea cup, for sale in my Etsy shop!
                                                       Sipping Stash Flowery Darjeeling                                                                  

Day 31,    the last day of  National Hot Tea Month,
 What will I do for fun now?

This delicate tea cup is from a dear friend and  I broke the saucer!  
But I love it and I'll find another suacer, it's okay to mix and match!

Thank you for coming to my virtual month-long tea party!
  It was so much fun! 

Visit my facebook page for lots of tea quotes, tea history and pretty tea things!
All  January, and all sorts of  other vintage goodness too!


Happy Teatime!  Show me your favorite tea cup in your comments!
                 Love, Linda                                     

Friday, January 25, 2019

Happy Blog-Anniversary to Me!

 Eight years ago, I started blogging, with my grandbaby on my lap. Now he's a  8-yr. old cub scout, a big brother,  and I'm enjoying being a grandma more than ever!   His little sister started pre-K this year, and loves having tea with me, and baking together.  I am their Granny-Nanny, and we have the most fun together, and spent most of our time together! 
 I have other  beautiful grandkids too! Three grade-school girls, three in college, and one is a young mother, who made me a great-grandma last March!

Tom and Emilie

My first great-grandchild!   Johnny Nelson Jr.

 I started the blog on my mother's 80th birthday and she turned 88 yesterday!

Mother and me, we were singing, as we do each night!

    I wanted my blog to be about being a grandmother, and sharing my faith, my love of family,
  home and garden.
     I wanted to share my passion for vintage goodness and antiques.   My intention was for  the blog to help me become a better writer, give me experience with photo-editing, and help me grow and promote my vintage business.  I've made a little progress, but I am still learning.

 The Etsy shop is just 7 years old, and a success. I just reached 1500 sales!  I  would rather have a physical store, but I have a lot more contact with customers than you would expect. 

My faith has grown stronger and  God has blessed me with restored health. I'm a breast cancer survivor, almost 4 years out of treatment.  I am so grateful for my life and take nothing for granted.

My blog is a history of my breast cancer journey, a story of accepting the loss of my son, and  lessons learned through all the ups and downs.  I hope it will be a celebration of my life, and an expression of gratitude for all my blessings!
  I blog, because I must write, and  follow other bloggers with similar interests and ideals.
 Here's to more writing, more sharing and more great connections!  I'll be joining more blog parties, and passing along lots of good inspiration and information in this New year!

    Thank you for following my blog and for your comments!
Love, Linda