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Featuring the 1889“Open Gates”

Open Gates, built by George and Magnolia Sealy in 1889 as their home, stands as a reminder of Galveston’s gilded age and is considered by many as one of the last great romantic buildings of the 19th century in America. It was designed by the premier architects of the country, McKim Mead and White of New York, with construction supervised by the premier architect of Galveston, Nicholas J. Clayton.

Visit Open Gates and nine more historic homes! Win a pair of Home Tour Tickets on our Contest and Fun Page at the Hotel Galvez


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Beautifully boxed Tea Cup, Chocolate Tea Sampler, Hibiscus Berry Loose Leaf Tea and 1 lb box of freshly made Boardwalk Fudge Candy for Mother’s Day. All for $39.99

In this luminous prequel to her beloved Cobbled Court Quilts series, New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick takes readers into the heart of a small Texas town and the soul of a woman who discovers her destiny there.


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A Royal Baby Shower Will it be a Prince or a Princess? Design by Norma Lloyd

Since the gender of the baby (due in July 2013) of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be a surprise, Norma prepared a tea theme incorporating blue and pink flowers.

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Enjoy Louisiana’s Oldest Town

Melrose Plantation, Circa 1790s

Come enjoy almost 300 years of history and culture. Settled in 1714, Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement in the entire Louisiana Purchase Territory. Historic old plantations, a landmark downtown district, and some of the finest food and B&Bs in the South make Natchitoches a must-see for any traveler. • 1-8 00-25 9-1 714

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Tea Room · Café · Gift Shop COME JOIN US IN OUR RELAXED, BLESSED ATMOSPHERE, JUST STEPS AWAY FROM HISTORIC MAIN STREET IN GRAPEVINE We offer a delicious menu and lovely selection of inspirational gifts, antiques, and home decor in our Charming Garden Cottage where the Love for the Lord is King! April Cornell Linens • Tea in Texas • Camille Beckman Lotions & Creams Bangles from Heaven

Mother’s Day Tea May 11th • $19.95 Reserve Your Spot Today!

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May 2-5; May 30 – June 2; June 27 – July 1 Canton’s First Monday Trade Days Explore a world of antiques, home decor, clothing and gifts at Canton’s First Monday Trade Days. While in town, visit the charming Square. At the First Monday Grounds, there are more than 7,000 vendors spaces, providing an amazing treasure hunt. 1-877-462-746 Every Saturday Farmer’s Market Mother’s Day Tea Chestnut Square, McKinney Enjoy produce, organic foods, gourmet treats, crafts and more, 8 a.m. to noon. Chestnut Square is located at 315 Chestnut Street in McKinney. Tour the charming homes and structures at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Tickets: $7 adults, $5, students. Trolley tours of the historic district: second and fourth Saturdays of the month at 11 a.m. Groups can book a special tour with tea in a historic home! Mother’s Day Tea. Call 972-562-8790 or visit Throughout May Nee Nee’s Tea Room, Plano Celebrate Mom all month long with a four courses, each featuring a different tea from Nee Nee’s lovely selection. $19.99 adults, $13.50 child’s mini tea. Reservations. 469-441-4679. Visit May 3-4 Mineola’s Music in the Street/May Days Mineola invites you to visit its lovely downtown while enjoying music from some of the best local musicians. Bring your instrument and join the fun, or just come to listen. Don’t miss Minoeola May Days, with an outdoor carnival, live entertainment, food booths, and a beer garden., Learn more about Mineola at May 3, 10, 17, 24 Music & Market, Opelousas, Louisiana Enjoy local music and homegrown produce at Music & Market, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Fridays in May at Le Vieux Village, 828 East Landry Street. 337-948-6263, 800-424-5442, www.

The Spice & Tea Exchange®of Fort Worth and Grapevine, TX invites you to

Come in and experience the finest teas the world has to offer! 319 S. Main street Grapevine, TX 76051 140 E Exchange Ave, Ste #112, Ft Worth, TX 76164 1-877-spice-51

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May 2-5 The 66th Annual Jefferson Historical Pilgrimage This gracious, historic city welcomes guests to its incomparable Pilgrimage, which includes home tours and a spring festival. For advance tickets, call The Excelsior House at 800-490-7270 or Tickets: $20 adults, $3 children. May 4 - 5 Cottonwood Art Festival, Richardson Featuring some of the country’s top visual artists, this festival is located in the scenic Cottonwood Park in Richardson, and it is free! Includes a juried art show; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. Learn more at www.

May 11 - 12 Mother’s Day Tea, The Windsor Court, New Orleans Mom will be the center of attention at this festive tea including a glass of sherry, sparkling beverage or specialty cocktail, a pot of tea, English tea sandwiches, scones with preserves, Devonshire cream and lemon curd, and miniature cakes, tartlets, chocolatecovered strawberries and truffles. Seatings: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, 11 a.m. , 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. $35 plus tax and gratuity. Reserve at 504-596-4773. May 11 and June 8 Second Saturdays: An Evening of Art Music and Wine, McKinney Explore downtown art galleries, great local and regional music and enjoy dinner at one of McKinney’s outstanding eateries. 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. May 12 Mother’s Day Brunch Chocolate Angel at High Street, Plano Celebrate Mom with a lovely Mother’s Day brunch featuring waffle and omelette stations, homestyle favorites, selection of desserts, hot and cold beverages, complimentary Mimosas and live music. 11 a.m. $18.99 per person. Call 972-904-9597 for reservations. May 12 Mother’s Day Evening Garden Concert Bellingrath Gardens, Theodore, Alabama Bellingrath welcomes the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra, at 5:30 pm. Enjoy the Gardens and Home throughout the afternoon. Bring a picnic, and a lawn chair and don’t miss the ice cream social on the South Terrace following the concert. To reserve a table, please call 251-973-2217, extension 110 or visit May 17 Art Walk and Steampunk Event in Winnsboro Monthly Third Friday Art Walk Opening Festivities this month at Art & Espresso. Each month participants dress in themed costumes, and this month the theme is late 1800s and Steampunk with Tea Duels and music. Admission is free: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 217 Market Street. (903) 342-3342. May 18 Trails & Trellises Garden Tour and Seminar The Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners invites you to tour some of Louisiana’s finest gardens. Call (318) 371-2586 or email

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May 23 – May 26 Mudbug Madness Festival, Shreveport Celebrate Louisiana’s favorite crustacean. Live Zydeco music and crawfish served in “every imaginable way,” in downtown’s Festival Plaza. They plan to serve more than 80,000 pounds of May - June 2013 |


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May 11 Mother’s Day Tea Beatitudes, Grapevine 3 course meal with mini vanilla cranberry scone with strawberry butter, chicken salad, tortilla soup, southwestern quiche, lemon bars, chocolate covered strawberry and more. Choice of Yellow Rose of Texas hot tea, peach herbal tea and iced teas. 2 seatings 11:00am & 1:00 pm. $19.95 per person 817-488-8850

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dallas tea mail Tea in Texas Artisan Teas Available on the McKinney Square Tea in Texas artisan loose teas are now being served on the McKinney Square. Coffee2 is offering such favorites as Spiced Pear, Yellow Rose of Texas, Blue Ambrosia, Lady Bird Earl Gray, and other fine loose teas inspired by the Lone Star State. Stop by when you are in McKinney to try one of the teas with Coffee2’s fabulous scones and other baked goods. Coffee2 is located at 120 W. Louisiana Street



September 21-22, 2013 Saturday 1 PM

Spinning and Weaving -An interactive lecture presented by Jeanne McCarthy from Caledonia Park, PA.

Sunday 1 PM

Introduction to White Ironstone by Collector and dealer Linda T. Wilder.

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June 1-2 45th Annual Gingerbread Trail Home Tour and Art Sale Step inside some of historic Waxahachie’s loveliest homes. Don’t miss the Art Sale as well as crafts, music, children’s activities and food at Getzendaner Park. Visit historic downtown buildings and vintage automobiles on the square. The Ellis County Art Association has invited landscape artists to paint along the trail and their works will be sold during the event. Learn more at Call 972-937-0681 for discounted tickets, before May 24. Homes open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. www. June 24 – 28 Jane in June Camp, Kent Plantation, Alexandria, Louisiana A perfect opportunity for young ladies aged 8 – 12 to learn “the proper pastimes of (Jane Austen’s) era – sewing, dancing, archery and other games” and arts and crafts. Held at the picturesque Kent Plantation; features daily tea parties, where participants learn how to set a proper table and serve. 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; $200 per camper. Call 318-487-5998.

Fresh Fiction/DFW Tea Readers Tea and Presentation by Author Marie Bostwick May 11 Enjoy tea and presentation by New York Times best selling author Marie Bostwick, author of “Between Heaven and Texas” from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Chocolate Angel, 4709 West Parker Road. Marie will also have copies of her new book available for purchase and personalization. Tickets are $35 and available at

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crawfish to more than 200,000 guests; closing-night fireworks show, 8:45 p.m. on Sunday. Festival admission: $5. Learn more at or call (318) 222-7403.

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Other opportunities to meet Marie in Texas are: May 1- 5:30 p.m. at Cabbage Rose Quilting May 5-2 p.m. at Hastings Bookstore in San Angelo May 6- 5 p.m. at The Twig Book Shop in San Antonio May 7- 5 p.m. Honey Bee Quilt Store in Austin May 9- 6 p.m. in Katy Books in Houston May 10- 2 p.m. at Quilter’s Dream in Colleyville May 11- 10 a.m. at Stitchin’ Heaven in Mineola May 13- 6 p.m. at The Quilt Asylum in McKinney May 14- 6:30 at Beauty and the Book in Jefferson

The lovely East Texas city of Mineola has two special reasons for you to visit in May and June: May Days, May 3-4, will include an outdoor carnival, live entertainment food booths, and a beer garden. The Progressive Car Cruise rolls into town on June 29, showcasing classic cars and those prized by collectors. Founded in 1873, Mineola offers natural beauty, a charming, historic downtown, great food at downtown eateries, a farmers market on weekends, and cultural events. Every Saturday brings Music in the Streets, which attracts some of East Texas’ most talented musicians to town. Everyone is invited to come and perform or just enjoy the show. Get more details at

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Put a Texas Stamp on Your Tea Mail remember it in our youth … and to leave this splendor for our grandchildren.” Her legacy is honored at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center where research, education and projects promote the use of native plants.

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Tea in Texas was charmed to find these U.S. Postal Service Lady Bird Johnson Centennial stamps, which honor this grand Texas lady’s efforts to beautify the nation’s highways.

A supporter of the environment and protector of our native plants, Lady Bird Johnson championed the Highway Beautification Act of 1965 and encouraged others to “keep the beauty of our landscape as we

The Lady Bird Johnson Centennial Stamps reproduce the official White House portrait of Lady Bird Johnson and include five stamps issued in the 1960s to encourage people to “plant for a more beautiful America,” according to information provided on the stamp sheet. What a perfect addition your tea correspondence and invitations this spring!

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Historic Heard-Craig House tours on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday at 2 p.m. $5 per person

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Call 972-569-6909 Visit 215 West Hunt Street, McKinney, Texas 75069

Located just 30 miles north of Dallas, McKinney offers visitors the perfect getaway destination. Its tree-lined streets, historic downtown and tight-knit community gives this fast-growing city a friendly, small-town feel despite a population which topped 141,000 in January 2013. Home to one of the state’s largest historic districts, McKinney’s charm and comfortable pace is quite different from the metroplex’s urban sprawl, prompting Money Magazine to select McKinney as its #2 Best Place to Live in America in 2012 (up from the #5 spot in 2010, and #14 in 2008). Discover McKinney and find out why we truly are unique by nature! You’ll enjoy exploring our eclectic boutiques and specialty shops, art galleries, and top-notch dining on our quaint downtown square,


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our beautiful parks and nature areas, and our plush overnight accommodations. Summer months in McKinney offer one-ofa-kind events such as the fast-paced downtown bicycle race, Bike the Bricks, in May, the Killis Melton Ice Cream CrankOff Competition and Festival in June, and the award-winning Saturday morning Farmers Market. Contact the McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau at 888-649-8499 or to plan a romantic weekend, a girlfriend getaway, a family reunion, or a fun staycation with the kids.

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Explore Waxahachie’s Enchanting Historic Homes

The City of Waxahachie is only about 35 miles from Dallas, but its nostalgic ambiance and period architecture dating to the glory days of the late 1800s and early 1900s, make it feel a world away from the metroplex. It has the kind of charm that movies are made of, and it has been featured in a number of films and commercials. Some of the homes that make Waxahachie so captivating are featured in 45th Annual Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes June 1 and 2. These homes, and all the surrounding activities of the tour weekend, make it a wonderful time to visit Waxahachie. During the late 1800s through the 1920s, Ellis County was among the wealthiest areas of the state, largely because of

its cotton and subsequent industry and commerce, according to home tour materials. Many of its residents, farmers, bankers and industrialists, built these large, beautiful homes, and notable public buildings, such as the Famous Ellis County Courthouse, were constructed as well. Today, Waxahachie is still blessed to have many of these buildings. In addition to the home tours, activities of the weekend include: Saturday and Sunday: an arts and crafts fair, food, children’s activities and music in Getzendaner Park, Plein Aire painting and art show; courthouse tours Saturday only: Farmer’s Market; Midlothian Classic Wheels benefit car show on the square; Living Magazine metal art show; FlyIn pancake breakfast and aircraft display at Midway Airport; Movie “Places in the Heart” and art sales at Getzendaner Park; Master Gardeners garden tour Sunday only: Studebaker Club car show on the Square. Several of the events benefit the Ellis County Courthouse.

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abundant with florals, a Dr. Suess table, a pirates table, a lovely blue willow table with yellow accents, a Valentine’s table with centerpiece vases filled with pink and yellow candy, and, especially timely on February 12, a Mardi Gras table.

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Exceptional musical entertainment was provided by professional musicians, and lovely tea fare was provided by

It takes months of planning to pull off an affair like the Newcomer Friends of Greater Plano Valentine’s Tea, but the 16 hostesses in charge of the elaborate tables that anchor this

event make it look easy. “I tell them, “you don’t have to use your best china,” you just have to be creative,” said Event Coordinator Teri Sanford, whose spring green and white table included a goody bag decorated with lovely artwork of a teapot and flower and a lovely centerpiece with fresh tulips, and natural materials. The hostesses follow Terri’s advice to be creative, putting time and lots of thought into making their tables spectacular. This year’s tables included a colorful, textural “Taste of Asia,” a pretty pink table that was

Into My Garden Tea Room of Plano. Many of the attendees donned festive hats that complemented the tablescapes, and three hat tables offered hats for those who wished to borrow one for the event.

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Celebrate the Season of Renewal with unique inspirational friendship tea gifts from Grandma Rae.

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“My joy is making something special for you to enjoy at tea time.”

Always handmade just for you! Friendship Tea Bags Tea Wallets & Tea Cozies Whimsical Teapot Purses

The Newcomer Friends of Greater Plano accepted the slate of new officers for 2013. The ladies will be back at the Collin County Community College Conference Center for Valentine’s Tea in 2014. To learn more about this dynamic group of ladies, who enjoy a full roster of activities and outings throughout the year, visit

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Classic Vintage for the Contemporary Lady We have a complete selection of vintage from the golden age of fashion. Shop our fine line of: tLady's accessories tDesigner Bags tVintage jewelry tFabulous furs tMen's Clothes and accessories

lamorous designs of the 1940s , ‘50s and ‘60s lit up the runway at a vintage fashion show hosted by Steven Porterfield at The Chocolate Angel’s High Street location in Plano in February.

Contact Marilyn Harris and Regina Wittenberg Inside High Street Antique Mall 800 North Central Expressway Plano, Texas 75074

Porterfield, owner of The Cat’s Meow in Midland, provides vintage fashion to the stars through his work

We buy vintage clothes, jewelry, furs and accessories


Experience the incomparable aromas, textures, and benefits of fine loose leaf teas. Enjoy tea, scones and fellowship.

Part Tea Bar, Part Tea Emporium 708 North Locust Street Denton, Texas 76201 940-382-8898 Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

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The Chestnut Tree Garden Tea Room and Gift Shop

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with the film industry, and he also provides textile appraisals for PBS’ Antiques Roadshow. The fashion show featured an impressive parade of clothing and lovely vintage hats and accessories. Porterfield conveyed that hats were a critical accessory to help women feel feminine in the 1940s World War II era, when fabric was in short supply. “During the war you could only use three or four yards to make a dress, so you would use a hat to customize� the look. Costume jewelry was another way to turn up the wattage. Porterfield related the majority of vintage costume jewelry was produced in the U.S., and pieces from the States are the most desirable. “It’s not real jewelry; it’s costume, but it is like a work of art,� he explained.

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Porterfield remarked that vintage fashion first became popular in the 1960s, and styles from the 1950s and 1960s are the most popular eras for vintage clothing today. Several of the outfits featured in the show resembled dresses that are currently in style, proving that timeless designs never go out of style. The show attracted a full-house. Guests enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea before the show. Sponsors for the event were Sherrie McCall of Chocolate Angel Cafe and Tearoom, and Marilyn Harris of Chic Cherie Vintage Clothing and Jewelry. Fashion shows are held at High Street twice a year with the next one scheduled for September focusing on Holiday Fashions and Homecoming. The February 2014 Show will be inspired by Downton Abbey.

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SundayBrunch Buffet Fine Collectibles Furniture Vintage Clothing Jewelry Antiques Design Items and much more...

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Reservations Recommended 972.904.9597 For more information on Lunch and Afternoon Tea, visit

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Quilter’s Guild of Dallas Presents Awards

by Marcia Hampton

The Quilter’s Guild of Dallas recently honored four outstanding guild members with its Founders Award and Silver Thimble Award.

Quilting Comfort for America’s Heroes by D. Michelle Lindsey Quilters, are you looking for a way to give back to your community but don’t know how? Quilts of Valor Foundation is a non-profit organization that makes, collects and distributes quilts to America’s service members touched by war.

Pictured left to right are Judy Kriehn, Guild Present; Carol Dickschat, Founder’s Award; Mary Lord, Silver Thimble; Fran Casey, Silver Thimble; and Martha Smith, Silver Thimble. The Founder’s Award honors someone who has been a members for at least five years and has consistently furthered the goals of the Guild. The Silver Thimble Award honors someone who has been a member for at least three years and has gone above and beyond in their volunteer duties. The awards are presented annually. The late Helene Hibbs, founder of the Dallas Quilt Guild, initiated the awards in 1984. Nominations are solicited from Guild membership, and a committee of past recipients chooses the award winners.

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June 22 from 6 to 8 pm Opening Reception

CAMEO and 18 Hands Gallery will present an exhibit of university and college professors and their emerging students who show exceptional talent in their clay work. 18 Hands Gallery 249 W 19th Street Houston 713-869-3099

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Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) has distributed more than 83,000 quilts, but there are many more service members on the list. Quilts are awarded at many different levels: they may go to military hospitals where Chaplains award them to service members, there may be presentations of quilts of valor to entire service units returning from combat deployments, they may be awarded at VA’s, or presented individually. But no matter how a quilt of valor is given, the impact it delivers is unequivocal. You can participate in a nationwide project celebrating QOVF’s 10th anniversary by visiting their website at and downloading their 10th anniversary block, and making a quilt. Their goal is to make 100 Quilts of Valor by November 2013. This organization depends on donations and volunteers to reach its goal of saying “thank you” to these heroes. For more information visit their website at www.qovf. org. Have a quilting/craft story to share with us? Contact Michelle at

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May 3 and 4 Quilts and Heritage Fiber Arts Show, Jefferson Jefferson’s 66th Annual Historical Pilgrimage will include “Stitched, Woven and Hooked,” a Quilts and Heritage Fiber Arts Show, to be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4 at the Jefferson visitors Center at 305 East Austin. You will see fine examples of quilts, needlework and other fiber arts, and you can also enjoy the many festivities that are part of Pilgrimage. Learn more at www. May 24 – 26 Hill Country Quilt Guild’s “Quilts in Motion” Show, Kerrville More than 200 judged quilts, wearable and fiber arts. donation quilt, vendors. Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday noon – 4 p.m. $5 per person. Children under 12 free. Edington Gymnasium, Schreiner University, 2100 Memorial Boulevard, Kerrville. Learn more at May 25 Fleur de Lis Craft Show, Natchitoches, Louisiana It’s the perfect combination: an arts and crafts show and the lovely, picturesque city of Natchitoches. Held at the Events Center, the show is free, and runs from 9 – 5. You’ll find 100 booths, featuring jewelry, woodcarvings, birdhouses, mosaics, children’s clothing, furniture and more. 318-352-6068

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Quilts! Shopping! Food! Quilt Appraisals! Friday July 12 : 10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 13: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Live Auction: starts at 4:00 p.m. on July 13

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July 1 – 31 Hutchinson Cty 32nd Annual Quilt Show, Borger This exhibit is free, and while here you can also enjoy the museum, which highlights the history of this area in the Texas Panhandle. Museum hours are Tues-Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sat 11 a.m. – 4:30. Learn more about the Quilt Show and scheduled speakers at July 12-13 Gone to Pieces in Houston The Quilt Guild of Greater Houston will be hosting the 2013 Gone to Pieces Quilt Show at The Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road in Stafford,TX For more info about entering a quilt, visit The challenge for the “theme quilts” entered are defined by the theme the creator seems fit. Vendors, auctions, demos and more. More info and group discounts at August 9-10 Quilt Plano The Quilters Guild of Plano presents this judged quilt show with more than 250 quilts, Viewer’s Choice, Silent Auction, special exhibits, door prizes, raffles and vendor fair. Plano Centre, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday. $6 admission. Sept 20-21 Galaxy of Stars Quilt Show, Conroe Golden Needles Quilt Guild. Lone Star Convention Center, Adm. $7.

Quilt Show & Live Auction Sept. 20-21, 2013 Fri & Sat 10am - 5pm Artist in Residence: Patti Nethery-Starr featuring her Ruler Revolution(r) System & Classes

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May 4 Mother’s Day Tea Mad Hatter Tea Room Caldwell- Celebrate with your special gal. Tea, fashion show and fund raiser for local charity. Three seating in a historic town, just north of College Station. 979-567-3504 May 11 Mother’s Day Tea Serenitea Tea Room Sugar Land- Celebrate Mother’s Day with a very special tea (offered all day long!) Enjoy a three-tiered Afternoon Tea service with assorted finger sandwiches, traditional scones served with lemon curd and clotted cream, a light dessert, and your choice of a pot of tea. All Moms will receive a gift compliment of Serenitea! Cost: $35/person (includes tax and gratuity). By reservation only – 281-491-4588 or May 11-12th Galveston Historic Homes Tour, Galveston Celebrate the Victorian renaissance by touring homes that showcase 19-20th century architecture. 409-765-7834 See inside front cover, page 3. May 12 Mother’s Day Lunch – Silver Sycamore Pasadena- The Silver Sycamore will be hosting a “by Reservation Only”. Mothers Day Lunch from 11-5pm. More info at 281-487-4033 or May 11 – 12 Mother’s Day Weekend at Bayou Bend 1 – 4 p.m. Bayou Bend --the MFAH home for American antiques. Gardens surround the historic mansion. Refreshments, music, and more. FREE for Mom, $5 for you; no reservations. 713.639.7750 May 17-19 Pasadena Strawberry Festival, Pasadena Offers a wide variety of activities, attractions, and entertainment ranging from “The World’s Largest Strawberry Shortcake,” barbecue cookoffs, and beauty pageants to continuous musical entertainment, children’s games, teen activities, and the State Mud Volleyball Championship tournament. Pasadena Fairgrounds, $10.

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June 5 Houston Tea Tour 10am-3pm TEAinTEXAS hosts a tour around the Bayou city to discover new spots for great tea. Start at MFAH, visit a tea room, have afternoon tea and discover Victorian Houston while learning the history and health benefits of tea. Door prizes and tea tasting for all. $19.95 832-922-9335

June 14-16 Soapbox Classic, Marble Falls Derby Hat Contest and parade included in this annual event. Adults participants build soapbox cars and challenge one another on a downhill race. Register online to participate. 830-385-9289 adultsoapboxderby. com photo credit: Jeffrey Snyder online

June 15 – 16 Father’s Day Weekend at Bayou Bend 1 – 4 p.m. Treat Dad to an afternoon of history and nature at the MFAH home for American antiques. Refreshments, music and more. FREE for Dad, $5 for you; no reservations. 713.639.7750

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June 22-July 7 Emerging Clay Artists Show, Houston CAMEO will present the 7th Annual CAMEO Emerging Artists Show, an amazing exhibit of university and college professors and their emerging students who show exceptional talent in clay work. Invited instructors submit one work and invite 2 students who may submit two unique pieces each. Opening Reception June 22, 2013 from 6 to 8 pm FREE 18 Hands Gallery, 249 W 19th Street, Houston Heights 713-869-3099 / / July 14 / Denim & Pearls Ladies’ Luncheon & Concert Houston- 10:15am -1pm With special guest Elizabeth Hunnicutt includes shopping at the Sweet Notions boutique. Event will be held at Jersey Village Baptist Church. For details go to or call Penny Ward at 281-4134714.

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June 7-9 Lavender Festival, Blanco Lavender farm tours, market, and presentations about growing and cooking with lavender. Various locations in the city. 830-833-5101

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With summer just around the corner, a refreshing glass of iced tea and a captivating book provide the perfect combo to keep readers cool on those hot days. Fans of New York Times best-selling authors Laura Childs and Joanne Fluke are sure to enjoy new adventures with their favorite sleuths, Suzanne Dietz and Hannah Swenson. And, should Marie Bostwick’s ‘Cobbled Court Quilts’ series be your ‘cup of tea,’ you are in for a treat as she invites us to join Mary Dell Templeton in Texas. STAKE & EGGS by Laura Childs is the fourth release in her ‘Cackleberry Club’ mystery series. This delightful read effectively combines suspense and humor along with a dash of romance. For those new to this series, a brief introduction is in order. After losing their husbands, friends Suzanne, Toni, and Petra find a fresh start as entrepreneurs with the opening of their successful business, the Cackleberry Club café.


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After “a snowmobile crashes into the woods behind the Cackleberry Club café, Suzanne finds her town’s most hated banker beheaded by a wire staked in the snow.” When his death is ruled a murder, suspects and motives abound, and Suzanne’s best sleuthing skills get a workout. The many twists and turns provide an intriguing plot. In addition, readers will enjoy lighthearted moments as Toni and Petra join in the hunt for the treasure medallion while they help Suzanne gather clues. And, if you happen to be a hopeless romantic, nothing could be better than finding out that ‘love is in the air’ between Suzanne and Sam. Readers will be happy to know Childs continues her traditional “postscript” inclusion of yummy recipes. You can create your own Cackleberry Club café at home by whipping up a batch of Lemon Cornbread with Carrot Quiche. Serve with Cheggnog and enjoy rave reviews!

RED VELVET MURDER by Joanne Fluke is a riveting read that you won’t be able to put down until you’ve read it cover to cover. When Lake Eden’s Albion Hotel celebrates its recent renovation, Hannah Swenson’s bakery, “The Cookie Jar” caters the affair. The evening begins with news and

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speculation as to why Doctor Bev has returned to Lake Eden. When one of the guests, Barbara Donnelly, falls from the penthouse the lavish event takes a somber turn. Later, Barbara confides to Hannah that her fall was the result of her brother trying to kill her and not an accident. Hannah finds her sleuthing skills honed as she begins investigating. The plot thickens when Hannah offers help after noticing that someone has driven into Miller’s Pond. When she dives into the water she recognizes Doctor Bev behind the wheel of her Maserati. With great effort Hannah brings her to the surface but is unable to resuscitate her. Imagine her dismay when she learns that Doctor Bev’s death wasn’t accidental and that she is now the prime murder suspect! How will Hannah untangle the mysteries of Barbara’s accident, Doctor Bev’s murder, as well as prove her innocence? Fluke’s recipes interspersed throughout the book will make readers wish that “The Cookie Jar” was nearby. However, you are in luck, as her Red Velvet Surprise Cupcakes, Snappy Turtle Pie, Chicken Tetrazzini Hotdish, and Four Alarm Brownie Cookies will bring a touch of Hannah’s bakery to your home. Marie Bostwick’s recently released prequel to her ‘Cobbled Court Quilts’ series is entitled BETWEEN HEAVEN AND TEXAS. Whether you are a native Texan or just wish you were, you will find this book absolutely charming. “Welcome to Too Much – where the women are strong-willed and the men are handsome yet shiftless. Ever since Mary Dell Templeton and her twin sister Lydia Dale were children, their Aunt Velvet has warned them away from local boys. But it’s well known that the females in Mary Dell’s family have two traits in common – superior sewing skills and a fatal weakness for men.” Readers new to Bostwick’s books will love becoming acquainted with “smart and sassy” Mary Dell who has hopes of one day turning “her love of sewing into a business.” When her dreams of family don’t turn out as she plans, she “begins to piece together a life that, like the colorful quilts she creates, will prove vibrant, rich, and absolutely unforgettable…” Mary Dell’s ability to love lavishly, forgive freely, and persevere through disappointments offers a heartwarming story of encouragement. The discussion guide included at the end of the book makes this a perfect choice for a book club.

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While trying to think of a way to share my flower garden with our family, I decided to have an old fashion Tea party on our lawn in Spring, TX. Since that first tea in 2003, we have grown to nearly 60 family members, including 25 young nieces, nephews, and grandchildren; all growing up with memories of Tea in the garden. I start planning our Tea by choosing the flowers for the yard that will show best in Texas come March or April. The daffodils, alyssum,

Snapdragons, pansy and petunias, all bloom by then, and their spicy scents fill the air. I search local Antique stores all year for tea cups and saucers to be used and taken

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“From the turn of the century through the 1960’s, the local soda fountain was the cornerstone of every Main Street USA. Often housed in the drug store, the neighborhood soda fountain counter served as a social gathering place for people of all ages. Teenagers spent countless hours sipping malted milkshakes and feeding the jukebox while the older folks sipped coffee and shared stories. In September 2010, Danon Maynard began creating the business plans and ideas, identifying the future location for just a spot. TT: Thanks for bringing back the retro-hip counter service, where can we grab an old fashioned milkshake? DM: Nonnie’s Soda Fountain is located at 102 Market Street in Historic Downtown Tomball, it’s a throwback to the soda shops of the 1940s and ’50s. After more than a year of planning we opened in March of 2012. TT: Do you keep busy at Nonnie’s? DM: During city events at the Depot Plaza we serve

thousands during a 3-day period. On regular business days we s e r v e hundreds per day, especially weekends. TT: Old-fashioned sodas are the hottest thing in cold drinks. What’s your vision? DM: We specialize in American soda fountain classics that are creatively distinct. At Nonnie’s we specialize in being a unique meeting place by combining a welcoming community-centered atmosphere, moderate prices and warm service. Our aim is to be known as a friendly place. A place everyone goes to after games or play. A place for first dates, playdates and a senior social destination, a place to take your date or your three-year-old on a Saturday night. Our ice cream is homemade. We specialize in our special recipes of oldfashioned chicken salad, potato soup, club sandwiches, homemade brownies, cobblers and unbelievable special ice cream sundaes

potato soup, finished off with a homemade hot fudge brownie sundae.

and banana splits. In addition to all our special homemade ice cream desserts we also serve the old-fashioned “hand drawn” soda fountain drinks. We still pump the syrup for our Root Beer, Coca-Cola, Dr, Pepper, 7-Up and Orange sodas the old fashioned way…then add the carbonated water and stir. TT: The staff looks great in bright aprons, how many employees do you have? DM: Thanks, we have some of Tomball’s best high school students working for us in addition to experienced cooks. We currently have more than 15 employees. TT: You have great energy, please tell us a little bit about yourself. DM: I’ve lived in the Tomball area for over 20 years and recently retired from HewlettPackard after 24 years of employment and my favorite lunch is chicken salad on homemade white bread, loaded baked

TT: Cool vinyl records are repurposed as menus at Nonnie’s, what entrees do you offer? DM: We serve delicious hot dogs, kraut dogs, grilled cheese, Reubens and turkey & bacon club sandwiches. We make delicious milk shakes and malts from any of our homemade ice cream specials, and we love coming up with new and different creations. Visit four generations of “soda jerks” at Nonnie’s. Danon’s mother was a soda jerk in Paris, TX in the 1940’s, her grandmother was a soda jerk in Paris in the 1950’s, and her granddaughter, Rhegan, is “in training”. In the 50’s Danon remembers sitting at the counter and her grandmother would make her the best chocolate ice cream sodas ever.

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Magic inPink By Sherry Stockwell

She was born in Michigan in the 50’s into a middle income traditional family. The fall after her high school graduation changed her life. Everything seemed to be on track and normal until her friend Jean Hammond called and invited her to come to her New Year’s Eve party. The only problem with that was it was in Houston, Texas. Theresa Rea decided to drive to the party alone. She never went back to Michigan to live. She slept on Jean’s couch until she landed her first job. When I asked her more detail about her first position she was hesitant to give a lot of detail. Being the inquisitive friend I am I continued to press. Her goal to be a designer actually started at a PORTA CAN COMPANY! Next time you are visiting a Porta Can take a moment and thank her for the design and comfort of the unit! Her career goals still unfulfilled, she was still in full search for a new position. Her next opportunity came in the oil and gas business. Before long she had a six figure income and was traveling on corporate jets. Theresa would work on large projects with Exxon designing the interior of their new offices.

Things were going well until she noticed a lump in her breast Theresa always loved clothes, shoes, purses, and especially jewelry. Making jewelry was a way to express the beauty she saw in the world. She would see a piece of art or a sculpture and recreate it as a piece of jewelry. She could design anything, but her favorite pieces were more rustic using wire, pieces of metal, and leather. At first her passion for making jewelry came in the form of giving gifts to her loved ones. Soon others saw the pieces and wanted her to design special pieces for them. As we all know, the economy took a fall a few years ago, and Theresa was laid off her job. At first she didn’t seem to worry, but as weeks turned into two years she was becoming desperate for an income. So, her love of jewelry design became a career. Things were going well, until as Theresa was planning to attend her son’s wedding, she noticed a lump in her breast. With all the activity surrounding the wedding she did not get to the doctor for a few weeks. The news was not good. She had a rare form

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Time is not on Theresa’s side. The cancer is moving quickly taking more things away from her everyday. Just eating is a chore for her. Those of us that love her will miss her greatly. I mean who really wears a hot pink wig? I loved being with her, laughing with her, seeing the beauty in simple things, and am not sure how I will fill the void. I have told her about my loved ones that are in Heaven, and she plans to look them up and share the fun things we have done. I still have many family members and friends but none like my friend, the Lady with the Pink Hair. Thank you for allowing me the time to tell you about my special friend.

Always Giving Theresa donated all of her jewelry supplies to, Turning Point, an organization for underserved girls. They are making jewelry and will sell it for funds to attend theater and art shows. There is a lot of inventory still for sale. If you would like more information feel free to contact me @ 713 294 3614. We will donate proceeds to The Pink Project, a breast cancer artist organization that was a huge support for Theresa.

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of breast cancer. That was a really difficult time for her. Theresa was placed on disability and rarely found the Theresa’s handmade bridal tiara made time or energy from a brides vintage family broche. to create new designs, much less attend shows. This story does not get better, as just when we thought she had beat it, she again became ill around Christmas 2012. What we hoped was the flu turned out to be the cancer returning, this time with a mighty blow. So much so that she declined more chemo and chose to place her illness in God’s hands. It is incredible to all that know her how she has managed to retain her sense of humor and wit. She is such a funny lady. When I see her I always leave with a sense of being in God’s company. She now lives in a hospice home in Houston. She is wheelchair bound and in a lot of pain, but she is always up for company or a chat with a friend on the phone. I find her amazing. If you visit her she is in her bed and in pain, but she always asks “Can I get you anything?”

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The Lakeway Associates of Seton hosted their 8th annual fundraising High Tea on January 19th at The Hills Country Club in Lakeway, Texas. After being greeted by gracious hostesses, guests mingled and admired the artfully decorated tables. With themes ranging from whimsical to elegant, guests enjoyed voting for their favorite tablescapes. Along with the decorations, the ladies annual hat competition featured everything from vintage to glitz, providing a bit of glamour to the event. Judges from Suzie D’s boutique gave awards for ‘Most Unique,’ ‘Best Fascinator,’ and ‘Best Themed’ hats. A scrumptious buffet added to the tea’s ambiance. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the music and recreational therapy programs at Seton Shoal Creek Hospital, and many lives will be touched as a result. Seton Shoal Creek Hospital is the only mental health-care facility in Central Texas offering mental and behavioral health services for children, teens, and adults.

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Why can’t they be nice, considerate, and kind like that sweet old couple at table nine And then there’s the man at table eleven who flirts with the girls even though he’s eighty-seven And last but not least at tables two, three and four screaming kids grinding goldfish in the floor My happy little tea room I’ve come to adore Even though I complain I still want more!”

Sometimes the best company is a good book! These are some of my favorite books with a theme related to tea. ● Leaves of Fortune by Linda Barlow ● Ida Mae Tutweiler and the Traveling Tea Party by Ginnie Siena Bivona ● The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly ● High Tea by Sandra Harper ● The House on Mulberry Street by Sharon Owens ● Of course, there is the very popular series, The Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs. ● And, for a real tear jerker, be sure to read Chicken Soup for the Tea Lover’s Soul. Archana Pyatt is a true tea enthusiast. Her passion for tea has served as a platform for writing, traveling and finally opening her own tea room. Serenitea Tea Room, located in Sugarland, TX is not only a place for lunch and Afternoon Tea but also a venue to share the knowledge of tea and all things related.

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May - June 2013

Tea Treasures from Taiwan By Jeffrey Lorien

Happy spring! As I write this, today is officially Earth Day. I think it should be a great reminder that every day is Earth Day, and to where the actual credit goes! So in humble recognition of the Authority that brought us this glorious planet and all that springs forth, I hereby pronounce every day as Earth Day.

So, last issue we left with a teaser about Brandy Oolong. Unique to Taiwan , this heavily oxidized oolong could initially be mistaken for a black tea; but at about 85% oxidation, it indeed is an oolong. Known for its unique flavor profile and creamy body, Brandy Oolong is quickly growing in popularity among oolong lovers. Although Brandy Oolong can come from several different cultivars or varietals, the resulting liquor is dark amber with aromatic notes of roasted sugar and stone fruit. We love the mouth feel on this tea! It is so smooth and complex and has a great sweet finish. Some people experience a subtle camphor taste as well. The Taiwanese are quite creative and diligent in creating new teas. One particular cultivar known as Ruby 18 (which is great for creating Brandy Oolong) took decades in testing before being released to farmers for planting. It was worth the wait. Ruby 18 is a unique hybrid of an assam and an indigenous varietal. Brandy Oolongs, while still pretty rare in the US , can be a great alternative to black teas, and an exciting new choice in the growing stable of Taiwanese Oolongs.

Jeffrey Lorien is a tea enthusiast, world traveler, and founder of Austin’s own Zhi Tea. Jeffrey has a lifelong dedication to organic agriculture and is passionate about helping to elevate the American tea culture one cup at a time.

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Teatime memories stay forever in the heart...

Bling it on: Afternoon tea in the Skyview Bar at Burj Al Arab by Ben Schlappig Ben is a travel consultant, travel writer, and avid points collector living in Bellevue, Washington. He travels over 300,000 miles per year and spends around 100 nights per year in hotels. Ben blogs at . For those of you not familiar with the Burj Al Arab, it’s the world’s only seven star hotel, whatever that means. When I was in Dubai last December I had afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab. However, I was only able to reserve a table at Sahn Eddar, the hotel’s lobby lounge. This time around I was hoping to have afternoon tea at the Skyview Bar, which is located on the 27th floor of the hotel.

Service began with a glass of champagne, which was Louis Roederer Brut. That was quickly followed by an artfully presented berry tart with cream.

The second course was the “chef’s carvery of the day,” which was some sort of beef with potato.

We were planning only a couple of days in advance, so I figured we had virtually no chance of securing a table. I sent off an email to their reservations department, and was shocked to receive a confirmation for afternoon tea at the Skyview Bar for 1PM on our day of arrival.

At this point coffee/tea orders were taken. I ordered both a cup of vanilla infused tea and an iced coffee. They encourage you to try as many as you’d like, so I certainly took them up on that.

While those orders were put in, we were offered a selection of finger sandwiches, each of which was explained to us in great detail. We were offered more sandwiches, though had to turn them down as seven courses is plenty for us.

As was the case last time, I found the public areas of the hotel to be a complete spectacle. The hotel guests seemed to mostly either be Middle Easterners or older Russian men with their daughters wives. Meanwhile there were people at the hotel just to enjoy afternoon tea, which seemed to be mostly Brits and Japanese people, both of which were taking pictures as if it were a red carpet function (hey, I was part of that group too!).

Burj Al Arab” style carrier: this contained lots of sweets, jams and scones.

After briefly touring the hotel we took the elevator to the Skyview Bar at around 12:45PM and “checked in.” We were invited to take a seat, as our table would be ready shortly. If you’re having afternoon tea at either of the facilities it’s worth noting that they seat tables in order, starting with the best tables by the window. So the earlier you arrive, the better table you’ll get. We were among the first there, so got an awesome table by the window. The bar is interesting in that it feels more like a cruise ship from the late 90s than the world’s most expensive hotel. Though I guess it does feel a bit gaudy/tacky, which fits in with the theme of the hotel. Our waitress was a lovely lady from Indonesia, and she familiarized us with the menu and explained that we could have as much as we wanted of everything, except champagne, which was an extra 150AED (~$40.50USD) per glass beyond the first one.

The last course was a lychee and rose sorbet, along with Christmas cookies.

The tea service included seven courses of exquisitely made confections. We were offered a tiered tray of sweets, presented on a “Burj Al Arab” hotel-inspired carrier. We were also offered a to-go box with more packaged sweets.

The afternoon tea is seven courses and costs 450AED (~$122USD) per person, which must be among the biggest and most expensive afternoon teas out there.

I’ve now had afternoon tea at both Sahn Eddar (the lobby bar) and the Skyview Bar, and definitely enjoyed the latter more for the amazing views.

We left the Grosvenor House at around 12:15PM and made it to the Burj Al Arab at around 12:30PM. The hotel is located on a manmade island, and there’s no public access allowed. So at the gate you have to show your confirmation before they’ll let you enter.

Obviously afternoon tea here is outrageously expensive, and it’s not something you have to experience multiple times. That being said, I think everyone that visits Dubai should make an effort to have afternoon tea here once, as it’s an unforgettable experience.

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