Sunday, September 22, 2013

Autumn's First Tea

Welcome friends for autumn's first tea.  With the cooler weather I've been in the kitchen baking cookies and pies as well as soup and chilli on the stove.  Warm sweaters come out in the afternoon as I put the kettle on for tea.  Come in and join me on this sunny, but chilly day.
A couple of big mums flank the bench on the front walkway, I chose pink and burgundy ones.  These were sold as a fundraiser for the local hockey team the 'Winterhawks'.
A wreath I made back in my crafting days, I've never tired of it.
I've shared the black bird wire basket with pumpkins before.
 Wooden oak leaves with a couple of acorns by the bow.  I didn't make this, but it would be easy to do.
Another whimsical thing I made, the pattern from a scroll saw project book years ago.
 The front hall table, dressed simply with a vase of faux sunflowers, pumpkins and leaves.
The scarecrow sits on the bottom shelf.  I bought him with his trusty bird and glued them to a platform that then had silk leaves and a tiny plastic pumpkin added.
Come on in to the kitchen.  The scent you smell is the 'Leaves' apple/cinnamon candle burning in the turkey planter.
Or, it could also be from the pumpkin molasses cookies fresh out of the oven.  They are delicious, and a recipe from the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog.  Blogging friend Vee (A Haven for Vee) first baked them and said how much she and her husband liked them.  For the recipe, just click on the MGCC link.
My cream and gold Staffordshire teacup awaits patiently for the vanilla rooibos tea brewing.
Love this gold pumpkin I found at Pier 1, and at first I couldn't figure out what the red was reflecting in it.  LOL   My Canon point and shoot is a fuchsia pink, and rather than change cameras, I'll leave it as is.
 The sun is streaming in the kitchen windows and the tea is ready.
I even have a lavender pumpkin!  It was an old faded faux one that needed reviving so I painted it lavender and added purple sparkles to it.  
I will be linking with:
I hope you'll make yourself a cup of tea and join my hosts and their guests.

48 comments:

  1. So many wonderful autumn pretties! I love the turkey candle holder. He is a handsome thing in the terra cotta. I think my dad might have something similar. I might go beg him for it after seeing yours!

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  2. What a lovely tea, Judith!

    Your home is all set with your talented decorating - those crafts you made are awesome!

    I adore that stunning tea cup set...but def you got me with how you made a blingy lavender pumpkin. SO YOU!!!

    Well done, thank you for the invite to tea. Happy first day of Autumn!

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  3. Autumn has come to your house today. Everything looks so pretty. I would love to be at your home today instead of ours. Our kitchen is a mess.

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  4. Now that lavender pumpkin is perfect! What a great idea!

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  5. That is a beautiful tea cup and saucer! And I wonder what a leaf scent candle smells like? I love the smell of burning leaves. would that be it? We are having our first cooler weather today and it's wonderful to have the windows open since the humidity is low.

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  6. I love all your pretty Autumn decorations, especially the pretty mums! Your wreath is cute! And the pumpkin cookies sound delicious, thanks for sharing the link! Have a happy Sunday!

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  7. It was nice to have a tour of your home and the fall accents you've added. Your teacup is pretty. I made the same cookies on Saturday and they are so delicious and soft. A lovely visit and tea time with you. Hugs, Pam

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  8. Lovely decor for the autumn season Judith. The tea and cookies sound wonderful. Wishing you a blessed week. Jen

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  9. What a lovely teaparty that will be. I would love to come :))
    Have a nice week.

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  10. What a perfect post for the first day of Autumn! Your pink/fuchsia mums are gorgeous. What a nice way to welcome guests to your home. Your fall decor is lovely, and I can only imagine the good aromas that came from your kitchen as those pumpkin-molasses cookies baked! The gold teacup was a perfect pairing for the cookies. Happy Fall, Judith!

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  11. Judith, I really like all your fall decorations - especially the lavender pumpkin!

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  12. Love your decor, inside and out. The mum and wreath are quite pretty, and very autumnal. I like the little pumpkins too. Your cookies look fantastic and your teacup - oh, my, how gorgeous! What a nice tea time, Judith. Thanks for inviting us to join you!
    Hugs, Beth

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  13. You certainly have decorated for Fall. I did some cookie baking and some extra cooking today ... the warmth from the oven felt so nice in the kitchen.

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  14. There are so many things I like in this post. Of course the pretty teacup and saucer. I have made plain molasses cookies, but the pumpkin with it sounds wonderful. That shade of mums is stunning. Thanks for showing us your decorations. I got mine out today and am so glad.

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  15. It's all so beautiful and fallish! I guess my only fall decorations are the apples from our tree and the tomatoes from the garden, sitting on the kitchen table! Your post is beautiful. Love lavender! I just dug up my two lavender plants today so I can try to winter them over this year.

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  16. You sure brought Autumn in with a bang. Your decorations are wonderful!
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  17. Enjoyed your touches of autumn around the house. I think I saved that recipe for molasses cookies. They make some yummy food. Valerie

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  18. Happy Autumn! Love all your photo's, your home is ready. Thanks Judith for letting me know that I must get started myself.

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  19. good morning Judith,
    I love your golden teacup. So pretty. Those cookies look very delish too.
    Happy Autumn from Ruthie

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  20. Judith, you are all ready for Autumn. Love all your crafty decorations. I did have a giggle at the lavender pumpkin, but it is perfect for you! Your Staffordshire tea cup is perfect for Fall. I love molasses cookies and pumpkin cookies and I bet the mix is delicious. Thanks for the recipe. Happy Tea Day!

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  21. Hi Judith,
    how wonderful you decorated your home. I love this big bushes of mums. They are so colorful and generous with blooms. All the pumpkins and autumn themed pieces make a wonderful comfortable atmosphere in your house. The pretty tea cup is carefully chosen and the pumpkin molasses cookies look so tempting. A wonderful tea time you have made for us. And the Lavender Pumpkin is really wonderful. Thank you so much for the lovely tea time post and for all your visits and sweet comments during the last weeks.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  22. All your autumn decorations are so pretty. and that teacup is really lovely!

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  23. What lovely fall decor you have used in your home! And I absolutely love your teacup. Sounds like the vanilla rooibos tea will be the perfect brew for it, too!

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  24. That is a beautiful teacup, Judith! All your autumn touches are lovely and leave it to you to sparkle up your pumpkin in purple. Those cookies look wonderful and I have chili on for supper tonight. It's that time of year again! Thanks for joining me for tea and Happy Autumn! Blessings, Sandi

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  25. Nothing better than hot tea amidst that warm setting. Your. fall decorations are beautiful!, Judith....Christine

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  26. Hello Judith, WOW do I love that Lavender Pumpkin. Very unique indeed. The Pumpkin Spice cookies look very Delicious..and of course you Tea Cup and saucer is beautiful. Hugs judy

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  27. Pumpkin Molasses Cookies, beautiful decorations for fall and that pretty teacup with the fun handle! What more could you ask for? Lovely post!

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  28. Lovely and your cookies sound delicious!
    Sherry

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  29. Hi Judith: That mum plant is just beautiful. What a gorgeous color. That is funny about the reflection of the camera in the pumpkin. Everything looks so pretty and looks like Autumn is in full swing..Happy Tuesday..Judy

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  30. Hello Judith,
    Your home looks warm and inviting all dressed up for fall. And your tea time is lovely. The cream and gold Staffordshire cup is elegant!
    Those cookies look very tasty. My kind of cookies.
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  31. What a wonderful tea - a shame we couldn't join you in person Judith!
    You really pulled out all the stops for your first Autumn Tea Party!

    I really love your Staffordshire cream and gold cup with the flowers painted inside - a precious one I'm sure!

    I'm going to Mennonite Girls for the Pumpkin Molasses cookies - I would love one right now with a cuppa!!

    hugs
    Shane

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  32. awww your fall decor is just lovely and your Lavender Pumpkin is sweeeet! I love this time of year =)

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  33. Goodness Judith, your home looks spectacular! You've given me all sorts of inspiration now. I was thinking that I should decorate for autumn and I keep walking around the house thinking this without actually doing anything about it...lol. I love your lavender pumpkin! The other day I saw some beautiful velvety ones but I love the shimmer of your lavender one better.

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  34. O, your tea sounds so delightful...the cookies look so delicious. Must give those a try...
    xoxo bj

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  35. Hello, Judith,
    It is delightful to join your autumn tea!
    Your home looks sooo cozy! I like the gold tea cup and the pumpkin!I am not ready for autumn but I really enjoy your tea. Thank you for your hospitality! It was 30°C here today.
    Tomoko

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  36. I love all the little fall touches you have made. The cookies look delicious!!

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  37. I love all the little fall touches you have made. The cookies look delicious!!

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  38. It would be delightful to sip tea & sample cookies with you , your home is so full of the season I love and I can practically smell the cookies . Everything is so nice there.

    Your teacup is beautiful.

    I think I like the touch of color your camera added to the pumpkin !

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  39. I made the cookies - delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Hugs, Beth

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  40. Those cookies look amazing and I can smell them here....I love all the fall decorations....so festive.

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  41. Everything is beautiful, and I like the idea of the candle in the turkey planter. But my favorite of all is the lavender pumpkin!

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  42. How lovely everything is! Wow those cookies are making me drool... I may just try that recipe! Thank you for sharing your beautiful Fall decor.

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  43. Not sure how I missed this! Such a pleasant tour of your home all decked out for autumn. So glad that you loved those cookies, too. They are perfectly suited for the season. I've made them twice and am trying to avoid the nagging thought that I should bake them again.

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  44. It looks and feels like autumn for sure! So pretty!

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  45. You are fully in the swing of the fall season! Love your decorations - now pass me a cookie!!!

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  46. love to see your nice decorations which is totally unique from others.

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