Thursday, May 24, 2018

This weeks Treasures...

This week one of the charity shops I frequent had a half off everything sale. I picked up some treasures this week, some new pillow covers for the tea tent in a lovely floral pattern and this lovely little bear, whom I have named Earl Grey, he needs a bow tie though, maybe several, the hunt for those is on. Two pillow covers and the bear, $3.
Another couple of dollars spent on some tea cups, only one is a true match but I have fun matching up with different saucers, and you never know I might yet find the matching one!
I am completely thrilled with my new tea tent mascot, but I think he needs a bow tie, I have begun to look for small tea themed printed fabric so I can make him a few bow ties, I think he will need some for each holiday as well! What a fun project I have created for myself. If you happen to know where I might find some tea themed fabric let me know!
This years tea tent just keeps getting better and better, I now have a much more functional table then teh stools in the tea tent thanks to the power of our FB recycling page in our city. I am very much enjoying my little escape.
Thank you for taking time to drop by for tea. I look forward to sharing more with you tomorrow.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Murder at the Mansion by Sheila Connolly

When I saw that Netgalley was offering a new mystery by Sheila Connolly I jumped at the change to request it. Murder at the Mansion is coming out June 26th and is published by Minotaur Books.  I get very excited when I get the chance to read a first in series by authors whose work I already love. I had no idea what to expect with Murder at the Mansion and it truly felt like Sheila took a typical failing american small town, reached down to the ground and picked up the dirt and dust surrounding it, threw it up in the air and magically turned it to fairy dust. The story transforms itself from page one and rolls out in true cozy spirit, endearing it to me with each chapter. This was not at all what I had expected, but exactly what a great first in series should be, this cozy has great bones, a cool story line, mystery you can get behind, justice served and a great deal of fun history to unearth. Look for this one for sure this June!


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Victoria Day At The Burnaby Heritage Museum

Yesterday was Victoria Day here in Canada and where I live it is a long weekend that happens it seems the weekend before the Memorial Day one in the USA. It is to celebrate Queen Victoria who's birthday is actually the 24th of May. If you don't know this long reigning monarch the simplest way to explain her importance is that she is single handedly responsible for and the great grandmother of our currant queen HRH Queen Elizabeth. She is also the Great Grandmother of Prince Philip, and many other Royal houses of Europe. Queen Victoria and her beloved husband Albert (who was also her first cousin) had 9 children, all whom married into Royal Families and houses of Europe.

Fast forward to yesterday and for the first time ever, I took my youngest son, two of my nieces and my young BFF (and her mother) and we went to the Burnaby Heritage Museum where they had a special event in honor of the Queen's birthday. I could not remember ever going to this Museum even though it is only about 20 minutes from my house, my father said I went when I was about 4 but no photos from that day, I did take more than 100 today though, including this one of the Queen's processional. Doesn't she look wonderful?
It was a great deal of fun and the idea of the day was carried throughout the museum. I rode on a 106 year old horse in the carousel and I got to tour business and homes from the 1900's.
 My niece LB and I even got to have tea on one of the porches of the older homes on the property. They even dressed us up in shawls and hats.

 It was such a lovely set up and a great memory for us to make.
They also had a modern vendor on site, I had not heard of Iron Dog Books before this book shop on wheels had my attention, it was a bonus highlight of my day. I got two books there and lots of inspiration. I would love for this bookshop to come park outside my place!
My youngest loved "driving" the bookshop on wheels and this was one of his highlights of the day, one of mine as well.
Niece TB was holding on for dear life, this carousel went so fast!
Angela and I goofing around for the camera!
This was a truly memorable way to spend our holiday Monday and I think I would love to visit this Museum as well. Click here if you would like to take a look at the Museum's Website. 

My friends tell me that this is a wonderful spot at Christmas time as well. I cannot wait to go then.
Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and a cozy holiday report. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Monday, May 21, 2018

To Catch a WItch by Heather Blake

I am so thrilled to start the week off with a review of Heather Blake's To Catch A Witch. This one is out in August and thrilled me to no end! I love everything about this series and am indebted to Crooked Lane Books for continuing this wonderful long running series. From page one I was enchanted and transported back to the Village in the middle of winter, back with Darcy and her family. Concern and anxiety griped me surrounding the relationship with her sister in only a way that Heather could right. That "big sister" relationship is so well written and Darcy treats her sister the way I would mine. A sad and complexing murder in the village during a race that Darcy is helping with complicates things in the village while there is a undercurrent of dark magic and a nefarious plot for taking over power of the village too. There was so much to love in this book and I was so sad and yet excited, when I finished it, knowing I will have to wait so long now to find out just what will happen next!

  Wishcrafter Darcy Merriweather might be a witch with the ability to grant wishes for others, but wishing isn’t going to help her catch a killer…
When wishcrafter Darcy Merriweather’s personal concierge company is hired by elite runner Abby Stillwell to organize the Wicked Mad Dash, a competition that takes place in the Enchanted Village, Darcy is more than willing to help her friend. As blizzard conditions rage on the morning of the race, Darcy’s main concern is the terrible weather—until Abby goes missing…and is later found dead, buried in the snow.As Darcy investigates her friend’s untimely death, she learns that she didn’t really know Abby well at all. And those closest to the woman—her secret fiancĂ©, her roommate, her ex-boyfriend, and her co-workers at Balefire Sports—seem to have plenty to hide too. As Darcy digs deeper, she uncovers complicated relationships, a possible embezzlement scheme, and allegations of cheating against a top athlete. Just when Darcy is convinced she’s hit a dead end in the case, a startling burglary and the hunt for Abby’s elusive ex send Darcy down a dark, dangerous trail. It will take the help from friends, family, and a little bit of magic for Darcy to stop a stone-cold killer from striking again.


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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Till Death Do Us Tart by Ellie Alexander

It has been a weekend of weddings here. I finished Death Do Us Tart on Friday, perfect book to read just before the royal wedding. I love Ellie Alexander's series based in Ashland Oregon and her bakery Crew from Torte. This was a great read. So much more than a book just about a wedding. There was the  beautiful wedding of The Professor and Jules mom, but also great twists with in twists of story lines. Lance, Carlos, Thomas, not to mention the staff and changes happening at Torte, Even the nasty Richard Lord in the mix. I loved this book, I love this series and I know you are going to as well! This one is out June 26th and is published by St. Martin's Press.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

On My Table and In My Cup May 12th-19th

Greetings from the tea ten celebration this morning. We were up watching the wedding and celebrating today the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. What a joy to witness and what a wonderful, fun and upbeat wedding the young Royals just had. I loved it.
This was the perfect occasion to break out the Fortnum and Mason Lemon Curd my sister kindly sent me from London and I bought Devonshire cream! Murchie's Tea had the most wonderful royal collection of tea and a Wedding blend we are so enjoying! Scones are my go to and favorite so this early morning wedding was a perfect combination.
 Also the perfect time to break out the wedding photos, the decor and the fascinators I made!
Tea time with friends a wonderful excuse to get together.
Even Henry got in the act wearing my Wedding Tiara!
A photo of the Happy Couple and their first kiss on my table as well this morning.
In addition to wedding prep and tea this week I also had some spectacular reads from some of my top favorite authors! Till Death Do Us Tart by Ellie Alexander was the perfect read to finish just before the Royal Wedding!
Linda Reilly's second in her Cat Lady Series was divine! Such a good read and great feels in this one.
The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates was a brilliant surprise when I learned this series was going to be picked up! This story doesn't disappoint either!

This has been one of my most favorite weeks of reading and truly one of the best tea drinking weeks as well! Sampling and celebrating my way through Murchie's Royal Blends and my most favorited of the Murchie's black teas Vanilla. I hope you have a wonderful day and I am so thankful you have chosen to stop by for a cup of tea and a week in review. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Friday, May 18, 2018

Fancy Friday Finds-Wedding Gifts...


It is hard today not to be excited for the Royal Wedding so I am doing some fun Fancy Friday Finds that are Wedding related. Everyone wants to feel like Royalty on their special day and here are three gifts I loved that you might think about for the next wedding you attend.
First up is a listing I loved from Wood Be Mine Etsy shop, I really like the way they put this set together and I think for a young foodie couple this is a fun gift! Click here for shop and listing. 

Gone Girly Etsy Shop had this set I loved so much! For pie lovers this is the perfect gift, along with a treasured recipe or two! Click here for shop and listing.

I love my welcome mats and this one is really sweet especially as a wedding gift! Offered by Tangled Design Co Etsy shop this is on my wish list even though we have been married 20 years this year! Click here for shop and listing. 

I hope you have enjoyed today's fancy finds and that you will enjoy the coverage of the Royal Wedding This weekend too!
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