Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Cozy Afternoon in My Cottage

The weather is terrible.  Cold, windy, blustery stay in the house and get 
really cozy kind of weather.  Where is spring anyway?  I decided to stay in
and nest this afternoon.  So I made up a tray with a pot of tea and a sandwich 
and my newest book/magazine "Cottage Style".

I really need to unwind.  I started breaking out in eczema yesterday.
That often happens when I have been living with a lot of stress.
Hopefully it will disappear soon because it is most uncomfortable.

Nothing quite like a peanut butter and blackberry jam
sandwich on toasted whole wheat to feel all cozy inside.

I found this Rose Chintz dinner plate at an antique shop and the
owner told me where I could purchase quite a few more pieces
at really great prices.  You and I both know that I do not need any
more dishes.  However, I love this pattern.  So while I certainly
don't need more china~ I certainly do want more of this!

I bought a couple of new fat quarters recently.
Such happy prints.

I am re~reading Savannah Breeze.  I love Mary Kay Andrews.
She is such a fun author.  Have you ever seen her adorable beach
cottage on Tybee Island?  Here is a link to some pics.

So there you have it.  A cozy afternoon in my cottage.
It's a good thing.

Happily Joining ~

Bentley chased a big old raccoon off our deck at 1:00 am this
morning.  Good boy Bentley!

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


  1. Love your new fat quarters, delightful! Good job, Bentley!

  2. Susan- Love the fat quarters but I also love your tray and that you are having a down day. Eczema is awful. My daughter has flares of it all the time. That Rose Chintz is a beautiful MUST finish your "collection" Hope you have a good, peaceful night- xo Diana

  3. Your tea and sandwich look YUMMY ! One of my fave combos hehe ! Everything looks so fresh and pretty ! I hope your eczema clears up I get it to as does Papa but ours is caused by the environment being to cold, to hot, to dry stuff like that . Take care and have a good evening !

  4. Susan, Susan, do need to buy more in that beautiful pattern, there is no such thing as too many dishes!
    Hope you can become stress-free for long enough to be rid of the eczema.
    Have a great weekend!

  5. The rose chintz is the favorite or Sandi PEI at Rose Chintz Cottage! I love your tray and break time is GOOD TOO!

  6. I too would have a hard time resisting the china. What a wonderful way to spend the day in your cozy cottage. I read Savannah Breeze, it was a fun read.

  7. Your day...and weather, sounded very much like mine. Really windy out. And Cold.
    So, I had my hubby bake cheese bread (He does all the bread/biscuit/bun baking, Not me)
    It tasted good right out of the oven.

  8. Hi Susan....I know exactly how you feel about being stressed -out. That's how it's been around here, too. Someday I'll stay HOME again for an entire 24 hour period. ha!

    Love the chintz plate with the miniatures in front of it. So sweet. Susan

  9. Your tray of goodies, the magazine and the book (looks good!) all sound perfect for a down day. I have eczema really bad and nerves make it worse. How I wish there were a cure.

    Take care, sweetie!


  10. Susan I hope you are getting some rest and will feel better soon. A lovely tea and a good book always helps me!


  11. Susan, you'll find spring here in TX. '-) I hope you got my email.
    Your little mini scene in front of the chintz plate is adorable. And of course you need those chintz dishes. What are you waiting for? Get yourself over to that store. You know what they say........"The time to buy an antique is when you see it!"
    Stay warm and cozy and I hope the stress begins to lessen for you soon. ~ Sarah

  12. Very sweet post, love that magazine - you should be in it! Stress does awful things to us, doesn't it? Hope your lovely day helps. That is a darling Chintz plate :) xx

  13. Newest follower here! I found you though the blog hop, you have a wonderful blog. I look forward to reading more. You can find me at


  14. Hi, Susan! Happy First Full Day of Spring!!! It feels absolutely nothing like Spring here, so I would have done well to take a cue from you and just curl up with something great to read! I'm sorry your eczema is messing with you. I've never had it, but I hear it can be really quite uncomfortable to bear. The dishes you chose are the perfect match to the magazine you curled up with!

    Feel better soon, and have a wonderful, quiet, healing weekend!

  15. Susan,
    I like everything about this post except the excema part.. :-( hope you are better....
    Seriously, I could have set the whole tray and the magazine and even Mary Kay's book and been perfectly content in my home...
    Love, Mona

  16. Oh, I do love your new plate! Beautiful! And it's perfect for a cozy afternoon reading a book! Do you know the pattern? We are expecting more snow on Sunday and my plan is to do all my shopping on Saturday, so I can spend Sunday being completely lazy. I'm going to picture your delightful post while I'm doing this.

  17. Oh, my, I used to LOVE toasted PB and J sandwiches, too! I curled up with a good book this afternoon, because it's back to winter in NE Kansas on the second day of spring!

  18. Sounds like the perfect way to bring a little Spring to a cold winter day! As to buying more dishes...I always say that I drove through Need more than 175 miles ago. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  19. What an adorable tea set up. The pattern is so pretty, I am glad you bought them...Christine

  20. I hope spring will hurry up for both of us! I love your new plate, and that you are keeping cozy indoors.

  21. I guess we have to do what we have to do to bring on spring by ourselves, right? And the dishes are lovely - I say go and get more - I look at it this way: they take up little space, you will use them, they are pretty and make you feel happy - - it's not as if you are collecting "elephants" or "cars", RIGHT????

  22. Looks cozy and wonderful at your house. I have several pieces of Rose Chintz - my grandmother had it when I was a kid - I try to buy some pieces here and there because it's such a pretty pattern.


  23. What a wonderful cozy curl-up! I LOVE Mary Kay Andrews, always read her novels as soon as they come out! Thanks for the link to her cottage, I will go check that out! Hurry Spring!

  24. The weather doesn't feel anything like spring here either. Your tea looks so beautiful and as you said cozy. Enjoy!!


  25. What a cozy little set-up you have there, Susan! It's cold and rainy here today, but I have tons of laundry to keep my company! I love all of Mary Kay Andrews' books except for Spring Fever. The Fixer Upper is my very favorite! :D

    Her house is too, too cute. LOVE it!

    Thanks for sharing, and I hope spring arrives soon!

  26. Hi Susan,
    I am your newest follower. Although I am "Victorian" it would appear that we like alot of the same things. I have a Yorkie, I have Rose Chintz China and I love miniatures. I will be checking out all of your tabs here soon. I hope you will visit me at my blog too. Have a great weekend! Gina

  27. I will love to have tea with you! Looks delicious!


  28. Wow, looks like you've got a great day set up! Seeing your lunch there reminds me of my first pregnancy when my husband would always make me toasted pb&j! I'd forgotten about that! Your book looks interesting too...I've not read that author. Is it a mystery? That's what I've been reading lately. I love to read cozy mysteries but nothing with yucky scenes or a lot of unpleasant things. In fact, Susan Wittig Albert has a great series out based on fictional stories of Beatrix Potter. Great books!

    HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  29. Cozy indeed! I'll bet Bentley is loving cozy day snuggles as well! That darned old groundhog sure missed his mark this year. Love Cottage Style magazine and the sandwich and tea are the perfect companions. Hope you feel better soon!

  30. Just perfect! I plan on doing this on Sunday once visitors and cooking is all done. I don't blame you for taking some time for you with the best sandwich filling and some tea to recharge. I hope you have a lovely weekend. Chel x

  31. What a lovely tea, love your new pattern, and all the relaxing moments you have taken. I adore the tiny balls of yarn! Happy Pink Saturday

  32. I think a special quiet day with a lovely tea tray and magazine is perfect for this stage before the REAL spring arrives! I too have been having traces of eczema in the past couple of weeks. I have a great ointment from my doctor that I must remember to use. I guess you writing about it will remind me to take it seriously. Thank you for this! I think digging in warm soil will help us both recover!

  33. Adore the miniatures ! Your color selections are some of my favs! Eczema, turns into what feels like burning, itching volcanic ash. As long as I stay away from gluten, it goes away. You may want to give it a try. Worked wonders for me and I was able to get of my steroid cream.

  34. Pb&J, a cup of tea, and a good book. Sounds perfect to me.

  35. Blackberry jam and Mary Kay Andrews? The world is right again.

  36. Have the magazine, don't know the author, but will check her out. Just lazing around my cottage sounds dreamy to me. I told my son that it was the weekend and I could sit in the garden for 2 days and do nothing if I wanted. But, we are heading to Santa Barbara to look for the perfect fabric for pillows. Then I can sit and read in the garden.

  37. I'm having such eye allergies from flower polem, but I'm finally controlled! A beautiful tea cozy tray with such beautiful china and a magazine, with tea in your lovely home..nothing can beat it!! Hope you feel better from the eczema too. Enjoy your weekend.

  38. Such a lovely tea, pretty dishes and sweet fabrics. Just the thing for a blustery day - hope you are feeling much better soon.

  39. Oh oh OH that fabric is so darn cute!

  40. La vie en rose. Happy weekend. Stay warm. Regula

  41. You have all the ingredients for a cozy afternoon. Feel better soon.

  42. You've created such a charming, soothing spot for yourself - hoping you feel lighter of spirit very soon! Now I want a PB&J :)

    Happy weekend!

  43. Tea from a pretty tea pot, a tasty little toasted sandwich and a great magazine sound like the perfect remedy for stress. Hope yours all melts away soon.

  44. Every time I read a post from a tablescaper, I get a new idea. What a cute way to showcase the plate with dollhouse furniture! So creative. I hope that you are feeling better.

  45. Hoping your beautiful relaxing Tea helped you feel better.Such pretty photos for us to enjoy.

  46. Such a pretty post Susan - but sorry you are under the weather, in more ways than one. I flipped through that mag. recently but put it back on the rack because I'm so far behind with reading my subscription mags - in fact have had to cancel several for the time being.
    Be well soon - dear.
    Hugs - Mary

  47. Hi Susan,
    Happy Pink Saturday and welcome to my HOME party! Of course you know I am loving your Rose Chintz china! It always makes my heart go pitter pat! Cute teapot too. Hope you feel beter soon. Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful day.


  48. Oh, Susan, that sounds like a wonderful way to spend a cozy afternoon when it's cold outside. I did the same thing, yesterday, drinking endless cups of tea, reading magazines, and curled up by the fire. Spring can't come soon enough, but it's good to find ways to be cozy while we wait.

  49. Hi, Susan, what a perfect way to spend an afternoon! What would we do without toast and jam, and really lovely magazines?!


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