Dec 6, 2010

Tea Under the Tinsel Tree...

Each year I put up all the Christmas decorations
the week after Thanksgiving...
In a frenzy
then sit back and enjoy them...

This year I find I have the desire to go slower
linger a bit
and enjoy the process...

(click photos to enlarge)

Today I am putting up my
silver tinsel tree
on the table in the parlor...

I love it's nod to formal Victorian style...


I will enjoying a bit of tea
while lingering
it seems a perfect combination...


and...
since I began making cookie dough this morning
a small plate of sugar cookies to nibble
is a perfect indulgence...


A sprig of cedar on the plate
perfumes the air...


Sparkly ornaments in silver with a few pops of green...


Have you tried Pandora Radio?
It is an Internet radio station...

You pick a favorite artist or genre
and it plays you a custom mix...

I have it programmed to Christmas Blues
and I love it!!


Every tree should have a bell!

"Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings"
             Clarence


Are you done decorating?
or lingering..

I am off to pour tea and decorate..
I'll share some photos of my finished tree
later in the week
if you would like to see :-)

Tonight I am joining these lovely party's...

Lady Katherine for Tea Time Tuesday
Wanda Lee for Tea for Two
Paperbutterfly for Teapots and Tea Things
and

Thanks for joining me for tea...

22 comments:

Mariette said...

Dearest Bella,

Wish I had the luxury to linger... I'm still catching up and the Christmas decorating will be to a minimum this year. No big tree since we've lived in Indonesia. Just different decorations with more emotional value. But I certainly enjoy 'my trees' here on blog land!

Enjoy your tea + cookies and have a nice day again tomorrow!

Mariette's Back to Basics

Bloggymom said...

Beautiful and peaceful!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Love your tinsel tree and it's great stand Bella! Your pics are beautiful, enjoy the process:@)

High Heeled Life said...

Beautiful and most inspiring.... can't wait to see your photos.. xo HHL

Designing Lady Jane said...

Those pictures are beautiful. The sugar cookis with the silver dragees (?) look like they belong on the tree. I have done as much decorating as I believe I'm going to do, but I need to get some pictures taken so I can share.

I'm going to try that Pandora radio station, as soon as my Celtic Women Christmas cd is thru.

maría cecilia said...

Dear Bella, you have created a wonderful christmas decor, how lovely!!!!
I do not have the time to visit all my blogging friends these days, so I would like you to know that I will be back on January and come regularly to visit your incredible world!!!!
muchos cariños

Sarah said...

Tea under the tinsel! What a lovely idea and beautiful presentation. I always enjoy my visits to the Rose Cottage. ~ Sarah

KathyB. said...

I think we NEED to take time, to linger, while we do those things we love. To do them is a rush, out of obligation, seems to sap so much joy out of the times we eagerly anticipate all year long. I , like you, am taking more time this year to take in and enjoy some of these occasions, like decorating and baking for Christmas.Thank-you.

Willow said...

Everything is just so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Willow

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Everything looks so magical! Sugary delicious!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love all the pretty ornaments and the silver tree is so much fun. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

Sherry said...

How fun Bella. Love your little tinsel tree. It is just magical. Very neat idea for a post!
Sherry

NanaDiana said...

Bella- What a darling post. I love your little tinsel tree. Where did you find the stand for it...or did it come with the stand? I absolutely adore it!

Everything looks absolutely beautiful!!!

I am running really late this year and am only about 1/4 way done. With working outside the home I just feel like I am so far behind that I wonder if I will ever catch up. Hugs- Diana

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Bella
Yes, I'm done since we get a jump on things here with a much earlier Thanksgiving.
I can see why you described my silver tinsel tree as fluffy - do show yours when it's decorated, I know it's going to be gorgeous.
Wish I could join you in person for tea, the cookies are pretty and so is your table.
Judith

Blondie's Journal said...

Such a sweet post, Bella. I love the tinsel tree and your cookie look SO good!

I wish I could say I am lingering when it comes to decorating, but actually, I am avoiding it. I don't really care to carry all the boxes up myself!! lol!

Happy decorating. Looking forward to seeing your tree!

XO,
Jane

Fish Tail Cottage said...

You always seem to have the most beautiful posts.....really love the stand you found for your tinsel tree! so darling.
~tracie

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Bella,
I love your tinsel tree! Very pretty photos you've shared today. I do love Christmas; the music, the decorations, the food, and of course the Reason we celebrate in the first place! Have a beautiful week.

Christmas blessings,
Sandi

chateaudelille said...

I so wish I had time to linger. Its just crazy at the moment. The cookies are such a lovely touch! Fiona

Princesa Nadie said...

I would like it very much... I imagine your Christmas Tree will be beautiful!
Love

Farah Muzaffar said...

Hi Bella. like always a romantic touch which satisfy my feast of beauty... your tree stand is a beauty...
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Love
Farah

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Hi Bella,
Love your gorgeous tinsel tree; I wish I had taken time to linger when I did mine! I usually do, but this year I have much to do in readiness for our party next week.
I love Pandora Radio too; Erik and I have several different channels set up on ours of favorite artists.

Deborah said...

That tree is the cutest!!
Love your little tea party and those cookies are so pretty!

Deborah xoxo