Thursday, April 28, 2011

Brunch at Sweet Bee Cottage

I hope you got your invitation.

I've been so excited for your visit.

Would you like cream and sugar with your coffee?
I got out my special Jane Ray jadeite for us and one of my vintage tablecloths.

You know, I don't just get those out for anybody.

I just adore the colors of red, green and blue with a bit of sparkling white.  Don't you?  How can you be grumpy in the morning when you have such a cheery table?

Are you hungry?

We're having
Hash Brown Quiche
Fresh Berries with Chopped Crystalized Ginger, Brown Sugar and Cream
Cinnamon Rolls
Spring Green Salad with Gorgonzola, Sliced Almonds, and Pomegranate Dressing

To drink?
How about a mimosa or some sparkling cider?

Oh I know what you want - a delicious latte!
Coming right up!
Now snuggle on in....

I hope you enjoyed your visit to Sweet Bee Cottage.

I so enjoyed visiting with you in our cozy little breakfast nook.

I hope you come back soon!  
I've got another little giveaway up my sleeve.......

And thanks so much for your kind comments.  
It's always a delight to see your sweet face.
And I hope you enjoy the party over at Cindy's for

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

But Worker Bee!  You promised me an herb garden and a veggie garden!  Why not a few roses too?

Ahhhh........thank you Worker Bee!  I love our gardens!

We have a couple of gardens we've (okay - I'VE named them and everyone else just humors me) named at Sweet Bee Cottage.
(Oh you must know by know that I name many things in my life - my car, my house, my daughter.....)

In front of our picket fence is Our Cottage Garden.  It's filled with roses, perennials, a few herbs, and a very few annuals.

Smells heavenly out there!

Don't you just love Pincushion Flower?  It's one of my favorites!

We also have on the east side of our front yard, Our Kitchen Garden. 

Yes, you read that right - Our Kitchen Garden is in the front yard.  It's the only spot on our property that gets enough hours of sunshine.  We have a very shaded little cottage.  

We grow veggies, herbs, and a few cutting flowers in those beds.
We have three raised beds.  Ignore the spilled compost.  We'll get that cleaned up!
 Our raised beds are made out of those Lincoln Log looking posts that you can get at Home Depot for about $2 each.  Since Our Kitchen Garden is in the front yard, I wanted it to look a little bit classy so we painted the "logs" with black paint.  (Our side doors and window frames are all black.)  I love how they have turned out and held up.  This is the second year we've had them.  
Snapdragons that survived over the winter.
My sage bloomed!  I've never had sage bloom before!  It's it the most gorgeous flower?

Spanish lavender!  Always makes me think of little purple butterflies  floating above this herb.

Look!  Tomato blossoms!
 And my pansies are still doing well!  I do have a horrible tendency of killing off my potted plants, so I'm glad to see these still around.  
(A good deal of that thanks should go out to Worker Bee - he takes good care of all of us.)

 Thanks for buzzin' around here at Sweet Bee Cottage!
It's always a pleasure to see you stopped by for a visit.  

Monday, April 25, 2011

Went Thriftin' Today.....

and found this cutie!

Also sold my first treasure on etsy!  Woo-hoo!

Worked in Our Kitchen Garden today, planted some herbs and veggies.

Tortured Baby Bee by having her plant alyssum along the sidewalk edge of Our Cottage Garden.  I think she'll live! 

I'll get some pictures soon.

Back to work tomorrow!  But school's out on June 3 so this time will fly by.

Thank you so much for buzzin' in!  I'm so happy to see you!   

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter!

He is Risen indeed!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Vintage and Vogue!

Get ready for the eye candy!  There will a toothpaste coupon at the end of this post. (okay, not really, but there is so much sweetness here that your dentist might have some concerns)

As I mentioned yesterday, we went on a little road trip.  Just a day trip, but it was still so nice to get away for awhile.  We went to the shop that Cindy from My Romantic Home frequently shares with us in her hometown of Campbell, California.  Yes, we went to the famous Vintage and Vogue!

Sewing Bee, the Fabulous Phyllis and I all hopped in carbucks (that's my car's name - get it?  Carbucks stops at Starbucks!  One of my third graders named my car a few years ago - we were just walking in to class after morning recess and he just turned around with the biggest grin and said Mrs. Sweet Bee?  You have to name your car Carbucks! That kid was definitely genius material.  Okay, I've gone on about that a bit too much now.  I know, you just want to get to the eye candy.)

Yeah, that's what I'm talking about!  Lots of eye candy!

The shop is not very big, but it packs quite a wallop of pretties. (do you think that might be a mixed metaphor?)

I just couldn't do it justice with my camera, but I'll show you some of the things that popped out at me.
 Don't you just love the letters on this B-A-B-Y sign?
These would be from the Pretty in Pink section.

And, yes, they even had bees!
See? On the glasses?
Wouldn't those mugs be just perfect for soup?  Love it!
Ooooo la la!  More bees!

 I would call this the Country French section.  Or maybe the poulet section?  There was an abundance of chicken and rooster items.

 And then the glass......I personally adore the colors of depression glass.
I had to take about 25 pictures of this cloche to get a good one.  Isn't it gorgeous?  Wish this little pretty had come home with me.
And aprons!  They had gorgeous aprons.  Don't you love the little red flower on this pretty?  I definitely wanted to take her home, but alas, it was not meant to be.
 Beautiful things made out of paper.....
 everlasting flowers......
I saw this huge and gorgeous wreath and said, "Look at the coffee filter wreath!"  The ladies in the store and Sewing Bee were amazed that it was made out of coffee filters.  (I knew thanks to all you fabulous bloggers out there.  What inspiration you all are.)  It was so beautiful.  It was hanging on this gorgeous blue cabinet that had silver paint highlighting the details.  Gorgeous!
I LURVED this lamp!  

It was calling to my heart, but I stayed strong and resisted the siren call of this Italian.  (the bottle looks Italian, doesn't it?  well, in my imagination, he's a gorgeous Italian)  I love the sign too.  Variations of this sign were on many of the walls.  
 There were so many Easter pretties. 

I know I cut off this bunny's head, but it was his little pedestal that  seduced my little eye.

So, what did I come home with?

Well that sweet Sewing Bee bought me an early birthday present.  Waaaaaay early since my birthday isn't until September.  Oh yeah, I'm kind of hoping she forgets.  But then again, she does read my blog, so I'm probably caught.  Oh buzz!  All my devious plans are ruined!
 Can you guess why I got this teapot?
Look closer.......

I already had these sugar bees.  Bought these from the Fabulous Phyllis! Ummmm....I probably wouldn't actually eat them.  Just for pretty!
Well, after visiting Vintage and Vogue, I can't help but link up to
hosted by the wonderful Cindy over at 

I failed to mention earlier what an absolute delight the ladies were that worked at Vintage and Vogue!  They recommended a restaurant for lunch and let me take all kinds of pictures!  
What an absolute delight!

I've got so many projects going on right now.    Can't wait to show you some of them.
Reader Bee, Cutter Bee and Baby Bee are all over making Easter treats today.  I always enjoy having them visit.