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Merry Christmas Friends,

Stephanie Miller Editor, North Texas

There’s no better place to celebrate the holidays than right here in Texas! As I talked about Texas to a gal I recently met who just moved here from Missouri, it occurred to me, it’s all brand new to her. She hadn’t been on a historic home tour – imagine! We spoke of Terrell, McKinney, Houston Heights and Alvin. My heavens, I’m a one-woman billboard for all-things historic in Texas. Where’s my pink Santa hat?!

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One present I am going to give my family this year is my presence. Nothing makes them happier than the moment each day when I close my laptop and give them my undivided attention. Somehow, I’m going to find a way to unplug and offer my attention on my family and the wonders of this holiday season.

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A Festive Weekend in Sulphur Springs A festive weekend awaits you the first weekend in December in Sulphur Springs. Located halfway between Dallas and Texarkana, Sulphur Springs is known for its beautiful scenery, parks and area lakes. #HRISTMAS INTHE0ARK (ERITAGE0ARK s.OV$EC

One of the highlights of the Christmas season is Christmas in Heritage Park, on November 30 and December 6 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Guests are invited to step back in time and enjoy the parks historic buildings with a spectacle of lights, strolling carolers, musicians, a live nativity scene and Santa Clause. Free hot cocoa, coffee, punch, cookies and other goodies are served by volunteers dressed in period costumes to help give guests the feeling so stepping into the past. Among the historic structures, the blacksmith shop is alive with the glow of metal and the sparks of burning coal as the blacksmith demonstrates his trade, according to the park’s website. The general store is filled with turn of the century items and is warmed by a wood stove. A cozy one room log house is warmed by fireplace and warm treats. The chapel is alive with the sounds live Christmas music. The Atkins House has a beautifully decorated Christmas tree with hostesses serving punch and cookies. On December 6, the Christmas Festival on the Square features the lighting of the Christmas tree on the square, as well as trolley rides, a Snow Tiger exhibit and Snow slide.


In the Wilson House the children visit with Santa and enjoy hot cocoa on the porch while taking in the beautiful light display. The park’s 1929 fire truck is decorated with lights. Peanuts roasted on a wood stove are for sale at the servant’s quarters and hot popcorn is also available at the print shop. The park is located at 416 North Jackson and the event is sponsored by the Hopkins County Historical Society. Call 903-885-2387 or visit Learn more about Sulphur Springs and these events at

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Every Tuesday, Chocolate Angel, Richardson Every Thursday, Chocolate Angel at High Street, Plano Book your seat for a fashion show featuring contemporary fashions, every Tuesday at Chocolate Angel in Richardson. Another vintage fashion show, hosted by Steven Porterfield of The Cat’s Meow in Midland, is planned for February 8. www. 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.

A Portrait of the Aristocracy: Edwardian - Deco Inspired by Downton Abbey, this style show will feature the clothing of the early 1900’s through the 1920’s.


Presented by Kevin Jones & Christina Johnson from the Fashion Institute of Design & Marketing, Los Angeles

Saturday 9 AM. $5 Admission benefits FIDM


A Day on the Road A lecture will be presented by Steven Porterfield. This talk will take you through Steven’s year as he travels from sea to sea appraising, buying and selling. Steven will highlight some of his favorite sources on Sunday at 1 PM. Come and Enjoy this bird’s eye view of life in the Antiques Business.

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Last Saturday of Each Month Last Saturday Gallery Night at Granbury Square Granbury art galleries and the Yeats-Duke 1858 Working Museum host this free art walk the last Saturday of the month, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Meet the artist events, opening receptions, demonstrations, hors d’oeuvres, wine and music. Through December 8, Wildflower Art Exhibit, Austin Metal botanical sculpture at the “Natural Patterns” exhibit featuring Texan artstist Billy Hassell and Charles Allen. $9 adults, $7 seniors and students, free for members, www., 512-232-0100. Through November 27 Harvest Tea, The Dallas Arboretum Celebrate fall with an elegant tea in one of the country’s most beautiful botanical settings -- definitely an affair to remember! You’ll enjoy three courses in the charming Restaurant DeGolyer, tour the historic estate, then view the nationally acclaimed pumpkin village. Reservations required. 214-515-6511. November 1 – 26 Bellingrath Gardens and Home Theodore, Alabama America’s largest display of chrysanthemums, featuring mums in floral borders, containers and terraces, cascading on bridges, balconies and baskets. Closed Thanksgiving day. 251-973-2217. November 9 “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” Trinity Christian Academy, Addison Anglophiles will love this journey to C.S. Lewis’ enchanted Narnia, a land frozen in winter, ruled by the White Witch, and inhabited by talking animals and mysterious creatures. Captivating costumes, special effects, authentic English accents will bring this fabulous fantasy to life. It’s a holiday treat for all

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November 9 4th Annual Holiday Open House 2-7pm Beatitudes Tea Room, Grapevine Complete with complimentary tastings of Holiday Teas, Truffles, Tea Cakes and Fredericksburg Farm dips, and much more. Local Artist Heather Mc Cready will be performing Live her Joyful Christmas CD “Christmas,�The Way I Hear It�. We will be unveiling our Christmas products and our new addition to the Shoppe “My Sweet Haven� A Candy Shoppe for Children and our new Princess Tea Party Room. November 17 – December 29 Dance With Life – Works in Fiber, Center for the Visual Arts, Denton Brenda J. Bunten-Schloesser invites the viewer to observe the delicate balance between people and their surroundings. Her unique collages are made from painted cotton, pieced together into organic shapes and images. Free admission. Tues – Sun, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m; 400 E. Hickory St, Denton;

The 47th Annual Tyler-Rose City Kiwanis

Antiques & Vintage Collectibles Show & Sale

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Friday & Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

January 24th & 25th, 2014

Over 17,000 sq ft of Dealers from 8 states Harvey Hall Convention Center Admission - $6.00 2000 W Front, Tyler, TX covers both days! 903.530.1771

Nov25 – Dec 30 Christmas Capital of Texas, Grapevine Events include the North Pole Express Grapevine Vintage Railroad, Christmas on Main, Light Show Spectacular and Parade of Lights downtown, Grapevine Opry at the Palace Theatre, Christmas Wine Trains and The ICE! At the Gaylord Texan;

December 7 & 8 Christmas High Tea Chestnut Tree Tea House, Denton One of the region’s best-loved tea traditions features live music, cherished family recipes, and the wonderful hospitality of tearoom owner Valeree Clegg. It is always a full house at Christmas High Tea at this charming tearoom on Denton’s Square, and you’ll want to reserve your seat early. From 1 p.m. –3 p.m. both days. Learn more at Dec 14 Tea with Santa Claus Into My Garden, Plano Celebrate the season with Santa. Young and old are invited to enjoy tea and goodies with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. $17.50 per person plus tax and gratuity. Visit specialevents.html for more details and times. Reservations required. 469-360-5821 or

Experience Tea on the Square in Denton at

The Chestnut Tree Teahouse and Bistro

Lunch served Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Brunch served Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Nov 29 – Jan 5, 2014 Holiday Tea, Windsor Court Hotel New Orleans Traditional English tea service in Windsor Court’s Le Salon, surrounded by magnificent holiday decorations, including the famed 20-foot tall Christmas tree, and the joyful sounds of holiday music on piano; call 504-596-4773.

private parties, afternoon tea by reservation, holiday high tea

Nov 28 – Dec 1, Jan 2-5 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 vendor spaces, providing an amazing treasure hunt. 1-877-462-7467

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Customize Your Perfect Cup of Tea at The Spice & Tea Exchange By Stephanie Miller

way to get a great, flavorful cup of tea. Honey spoons and flavored sugars (raspberry, lemon, lime, blueberry and more) provide enticing

Fine teas and gourmet cuisine naturally go hand and hand. The Spice & Tea Exchange, a gourmet shop that features a wonderful array of fine loose teas and spices, offers you a fragrant invitation to explore the amazing

possibilities of both. The Spice & Tea Exchange’s locations in downtown Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards showcase 33 mesmerizing tea blends, all of which are displayed in beautiful glass tea canisters so you can experience the aroma of each before choosing your favorites. For the holidays, The Spice & Tea Exchange will have three special seasonal tea blends such as the Gingerbread herbal that was a best seller last Christmas. Any time of year, you will find Chai, white teas, oolongs, blacks, greens, herbals, Rooibos and Mates. “Come in and smell the spices is our motto,” says Nancy McBrayer, who owns these two locations with her husband Jerry. “We encourage people to open the jars and smell the aromas to see which teas appeal to them.” Irresistible tea accessories such as the silver bird-shaped lemon squeezer, the “flash chill” iced tea pitcher with built-in infuser, and fanciful tea infusers and teapots make it easy to brew your own iced and hot teas from loose leaves – and that is the preferred

ways to customize your cuppa. Invitingly arranged by color, the custom-blended spices, peppers, sea salts, herbs and rubs present all the inspiration you need to create a fabulous meal to accompany your tea. “We hand blend our dry rubs, that’s why it smells so good when you walk in the door,” shares Nancy. She and Jerry bought into The Spice & Tea Exchange franchise in 2008, when they opened their first store in the Fort Worth Stockyards. The Grapevine shop, on Main Street, opened in May 2012. The Spice & Tea Exchange is a fun and interactive shopping experience where you can stock your pantry or find the perfect gift for anyone who loves cooking and tea. They even have some ideas for your parties and gatherings. The Game Day Seasonings Kit was a big seller this fall – and what Super Bowl party wouldn’t benefit from this adorable hostess gift that includes chili mix, cheese dip mix, Tailgaters rub for burgers and a recipe card. It’s certainly a great place to put together a special Christmas basket for the tea enthusiast or gourmet cook on your list this holiday season, and you are guaranteed an educational shopping experience in the process. Visit Nancy at her Grapevine location, 319 South Main Street (817310-3066) or at the Fort Worth Stockyards 140 E. Exchange Avenue Suite 112 (817-626-2300).

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Afternoon Tea at Tiny Tim’s Tearoom When visiting the coast of England, afternoon tea in Canterbury is a must. Tiny Tim’s Tearoom is the only traditional tearoom in the area. When you step inside the shop, music from the 1930’s and 1940’s takes you back to a time when afternoon tea was a daily, scheduled activity. The tea shop’s custom blended teas - Tiny Tim’s Special Blend, Bentley Blue Tea, and Royal George Tea are a must to sample.

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

Contact Marilyn Harris and Regina Wittenberg

Inside High Street Antique Mall 800 North Central Exp Plano, TX 75074 972-509-7878

We buy Vintage clothes, jewelry, furs and accessories.


Besides tea, the teahouse offers a daily selection of homemade food items. The staff is extremely knowledgeable with the proper presentation of traditional afternoon tea.

We have all your favourite teas, scones, cream, teapots, kettles, mugs, gifts and British foodsAhmad to Typhoo & beyond! Centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, open 7 days a week.


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Come in and experience the finest teas the world has to offer!

Heather Clary is a Certified Tea Master. She is a native Houstonian, Texas Aggie and a single mother of three children. Her interests include Japanese tea ceremonies, tea blending, traveling, quilting, and running.

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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Holiday Home Tours in Texas

This Season, Historic Homes Decorate in Style December 1 Tour of Homes, Moulton City This year the Moulton City Chamber’s Christmas Tour of Homes is business minded. In conjunction with the beautifully decorated homes on parade, 5 local businesses are also highlighted. The Home Tours will run from 3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Sunday December 1, 2013. Tickets may be purchased at each home or from the Moulton Chamber. 361-596-4300 December 1 Historic Holiday Home Tour, Huntsville The Junior Service League will host tours of several historic homes in Huntsville. Holiday treats and unique entertainment will be available at each home. The tour runs form 1 p.m. – end. Tickets are $10 in advance $15 at the door 936-291-5422. December 5-8, 11-20 French Fortnight in Dallas The Alexander Mansion, home of the Dallas Woman’s Forum, is one of the oldest residences in Dallas. Visit this stately home for events on Dec. 5–8 and tea service Dec. 11–20. See pg. 26. December 6-7 Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour “In the New Old-Fashioned Way,”, Houston The “Rockin’ Holiday Party” on Thursday, December 5. The Tour provides a rare opportunity to look inside five unique spaces that reflect the rich Houston Heights architectural tradition of this charming neighborhood. Decorations, musicians and carolers add to the festivities. Tour Headquarters will be at the Houston Heights City Hall and Fire Station, 107 W. 12th Street at Yale. 713-861-4002 December 6 -8 Granbury, A Candlelight Tour Tour 30 decorated venues, with Christmas carols, carriage rides, readers, nativity displays and holiday festivities. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 after November 30; 817-573-5299; granburycandlelighttour

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December 7 “Christmas in a Small Town” Home Tour, Terrell Our lovely historic homes and a historic church, and enjoy shopping at the holiday market in this event by the Social Science Club of Terrell, benefiting local charities. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, Dec 7 AAUW Holiday in the Pines Tour of Homes, Tyler The Tyler Chapter of American Association of University Women invites you to visit five lovely homes with festive holiday décor and floral arrangements; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; proceeds fund AAUW scholarships. Homes are 2024 Holly Hill, 4390 Hogan Drive (Cascades), 5801 Stoneleigh Drive, 3425 Ridgebluff Circle (Woods Subdivision), and 10644 Country Road 165 (Meadow Lake Community). Tickets, $12; December 7 and 8 Heritage Guild of Collin County McKinney 40th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes and Tea Historic homes, decorated for the holidays. To celebrate the tour’s 40th anniversary, teas are offered in the lovely Dulaney House at Chestnut Square. A three-course tea will be served on fine china in this beautiful home that dates to 1916. Tea tickets: $15, tour tickets” $15 in advance. Proceeds benefit Chestnut Square Historic Village. 972-562-8790. December 7-8, 14-15 Waxahachie’s Candlelight Home Tour Stroll the glimmering streets of Waxahachie and take in six unique homes spanning the Victorian era to the 21st century. Each weekend showcases three lovely properties decked out in holiday finery. 972-937-2390 December 5-7 and December 12 – 13 31st Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes, Jefferson The lovely East Texas city of Jefferson welcomes you to view some of its most glorious historic homes, and enjoy other

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cultural events over the weekend. 903-665-7064. December 14 Historic Homes Tour, League City Historical Society presents 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Six historic locations will be showcased at the annual League City Historic Homes Tour. For more information call West Bay Common School Children’s Museum 281-554-2994 December 14 Christmas in Historic Montgomery 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Head out to historic Montgomery Texas for a fantastic day with a family atmosphere with activities for everyone! Activities include Arts and Crafts sale, Christmas Parade, Breakfast with Santa, Cookie walk. Then visit the many decorated and lighted historic homes during the candlelight tours 4-8pm. Intersection of FM 149 and Highway 105. 936-597-5004 Dec 14 & 15 Heritage Society’s Candlelight Tour, Houston The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park will host the 51st Annual Candlelight Tour a wonderful holiday tradition. Decorated buildings, historic characters relating stories of the past, carolers, Houston Boy choir in St. John Church, Santa Claus and his Workshop, magical entertainment and holiday fare at the Candlelight Cafe. 713-655-1912 Throughout December Tour Dallas Heritage Village Decorated by local garden clubs and community groups, Dallas Heritage Village’s 38 historic structures will be open for touring during regular museum hours throughout December. Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.; Sunday, 12-4 p.m. (Closed on Monday). Located in Old City Park, Dallas Heritage Village is a nationally accredited museum depicting life in Dallas from 1840 – 1910;; 214-421-5141.

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Some of Terrell’s loveliest historic homes, decorated for the holidays, are featured in the December 7 “Christmas in a Small Town” tour, along with a Catholic Church that was dedicated in 1876.


Homes range from classic 19th century homes built by Terrell’s founding families to an updated 1950s ranch, to a home built in 2003 with classic details. Additionally, St. John the Apostle Catholic Church which has recently been restored, features lovely stained glass.

Invites You to Christmas in a Small Town

Incorporated in 1874, Terrell has glorious examples of the architectural styles that were popular in fine homes of this era: Victorian, Classical, Prairie and Colonial. Home tour guests will enjoy wonderful holiday decor, such as nativity scenes and themed Christmas trees at the Turner-Lankford House, which dates to 1880; vintage holiday ornaments at the Sullivan House, a 1950s ranch; and family momentos and antiques in the Lewis/ Fairley House that dates to 1905.Established as a depot town along the Texas and Pacific Railroad Companies’ line from Longview to California, Terrell became the headquarters of the Texas Midland Railroad, which was one of the nation’s most prosperous short-line railroads. Its president, Ned Green, made the first automobile trip in Texas. Today Terrell is a welcoming town with charming downtown shops and dining, and events such as the home tour in December and the Terrell Heritage Jubilee in the Spring. The Christmas in a Small Town Home Tour is a fund-raising event organized by The Social Science Club, established in 1894 to promote “a better acquaintance among those interested in educational attainments and to enlarge opportunities for intellectual development and service.” In that tradition, “the annual Christmas Home Tour helps raise funds for local charities, civic and educational organizations, and scholarships, while creating awareness of the historic city of Terrell,” notes tour chairwoman Donna Broder. Holiday shopping and goodies are offered at the tour’s Christmas Shoppe, housed in the Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 407 N. Rockwall, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The tour will be held on Dec 7 from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. (tickets: $15 in advance and $20 at the door). For more information and tickets, visit, or the Terrell Chamber of Commerce, 1314 W. Moore Avenue; Tanger Visitors Center, 301 Tanger Drive (120 at Hwy. 34) or American National Bank, 102. W. Moore.

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in one of McKinney’s Historic Homes

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Have Tea McKinney’s tradition of opening historic homes to the public during the holidays began in 1973, when the Heritage Guild of Collin County opened their homes to raise money to purchase the 1916 Dulaney House and Cottage and the grounds that became Chestnut Square, according to Chestnut Square’s website.

So it is especially fitting that the 40th anniversary of the Holiday Tour of Homes includes the opportunity to have a lovely, three-course tea in the Dulaney House. The tea will be served on china and guests will have the opportunity to learn about the history of The Heritage Guild and the Holiday Tour of Homes. Tea, $15, is offered on both days of the tour. The menu includes garden salad, assorted sandwiches and pasta salad, dessert pastries and hot tea and cold beverages. Space is limited and reservations are required. Make yours at www. The tour will include a Victorian farmhouse owned by the son of one of the city’s founders, a stately Victorian that has been an integral part of the city’s history, a stunning downtown church that has been beautifully revived, a new home in the historic district built to look like it has been there forever, a lovely historic district home that has been renovated and converted into a bed and breakfast, and a new antebellum style home in the neighborhood of Tucker Hill, which is a new neighborhood that takes its inspiration from classic Southern architecture and planning. The tour runs Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 8, from noon – 5 p.m. (rain or shine) Tour Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the door. Proceeds benefit Chestnut Square. Call 972.562.8790 for more information or visit

TEAS To celebrate the Tour’s 40th anniversary, we are offering seated teas in the Dulaney House by reservation. Visit us online for more details and tickets. Proceeds benefit Chestnut Square.

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Louisiana’s St. Landry Parish offers Fun and Festive Holiday Events Exquisite antiques, lovely holiday gifts, festive celebrations and exceptional seasonal cuisine make the holidays bright in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. Located on 1-49 between Alexandria and Lafayette, St. Landry Parish is known for its art, antiques, quaint Bed and Breakfast inns, and Cajun and Creole Cuisine. A charming area graced with beautiful scenery and French architecture, St. Landry Parish begins its festive celebrations November 8 - 10 with Le Village Christmas Country Market at Le Village in Eunice, where you will find holiday gifts, handmade specialty items, antiques, collectibles, quilts and homemade jams and baked goods, You can also tour the historic home.

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On November 30, Grand Noel in Historic Downtown Grand Coteau, features carriage rides and carolers, food and shopping, Also on November 30 is Opelousas’ Downtown Country Christmas, with lighting of the Oaks, unveiling of the Nativity, and holiday shopping downtown. At the Delta Grande Theatre there will be booths from more than 50 vendors with art, boutique items, jewelry and gifts, Both Grand Coteau and Opelousas are qualified Louisiana Cultural Districts, in which original works of art are sold tax-free. Both towns are located on the Zydeco Cajun Prairie Scenic Byway ( routes along Highways 93 and 182, offering glorious Louisiana scenery. Grand Coteau’s renowned Sacred Heart Academy invites you to a fun holiday festival with gourmet cuisine and a holiday market on December 6-7. On December 6, the Lighting of the Historic Le Vieux Village in Opelousas (5:30 – 8 p.m.) features holiday photos with Santa, traditional Christmas choir music, and shopping. Learn more at Art enthusiasts will want to catch the Annual Le Feu et L’Eau (fire and water) festival at Nunu Arts and Culture Collective in Arnaudville on December 7 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. It features a multitude of artists, performers in a variety of disciplines,

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We’ve decked the halls just for you. Brilliant lights, shopping, great food, awesome music, festival and parades as only we can do in Louisiana. Come often and experience unique sights and sounds in each of the different cities - your group tour will delight in this chance to find exciting experiences in multiple Louisiana cities!

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Christmas in the sister cities of Shreveport-Bossier involves twinkling lights, fireworks, parades and lots of shopping. Holiday happenings kick off, Nov. 16 with the lighting of a 40-foot Christmas tree. From then through the New Year’s enjoy gaming, festive attractions,

The 2013 holiday season in Alexandria/Pineville is sure to bring both good tidings and great joy. The holiday extravaganza, in the Heart of Louisiana, will be complete with sparkling lights, community parades, appearances by Santa Claus, and performing arts. Whether it’s enjoying an old-fashioned Christmas, experiencing a Pilgrimage to Bethlehem, shopping for gifts, or listening to Christmas carols that puts you in the holiday spirit, you can find it all in Alexandria/Pineville during their annual 12 Days of Christmas.

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Celebrate the Christmas season with the folks from the “Friendliest City in the South,” Minden.


Enjoy the holidays by visiting Santa, shopping at locally-owned antique stores and specialty shops, and touring the local museums and art galleries. Thousands of Christmas lights and hundreds of nutcrackers are part of this year’s Christmas displays. Minden combines a distinctive holiday experience with fireworks, parades, Christmas concerts, and tours of historic downtown and historic residential district, which are all decked out for the holidays. In November, Minden celebrates its German Heritage during the Fasching Fifth Season Celebration with German food, beer exhibitions and more.

Monroe-West Monroe Christmas in Monroe-West Monroe is a magical time, filled with community celebrations, unique shopping, spectacular fireworks displays, festive ballet performances, and fun activities for the entire family. The sister cities host numerous special holdiay events, ranging from the Christmas on the River Festival, to dancing lights on Antique Alley, to the ice skating rink at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum. Get in the spirit of the season and celebrate the holidays this year in Monroe-West Monroe.

Celebrate the joy of the Christmas season with a visit to Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. This year marks the kick-off of Natchitoches’ Tri-Centennial Celebration with the annual Christmas Festival and Festival of Lights celebrations. Thousands of twinkling lights illuminate

the downtown district and Cane River Lake. During the six-week holiday season experience Natchitoches traditions such as carriage tours through the National Historic Landmark District, fireworks extravaganzas, parades, and Christmas by Candlelight Holiday Tour of Homes. Holiday shopping, live entertainment, carolers, and food and craft vendors create a festive atmosphere for all to enjoy throughout the holiday season.

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Join the chorus and get in the holiday spirit - Holiday Trail of Lights is a seasonal delight from November to December! From east to west on I-20, and north to south on I-49, experience holiday lights and exciting events in 8 of our most festive cities:

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Breast Cancer Awareness Tea The 15th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Tea in Fort Worth on August 24 sparkled with colorful and creative tables, imaginative and glamourous hats, a touching pink carpet tribute to breast cancer survivors, inspiring entertainment, and education. In its crystal anniversary year, the event included an entertaining live auction, a silent auction that included fabulous quilts and other items, a wonderful tea luncheon, and thousands of dollars raised to support the American Cancer Society’s wigs and prosthesis division. The Breast Cancer Awareness Organization works to educate people about early detection and raise awareness


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Houmas House

Plantation and Gardens Houmas House is the Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road, a grand antebellum estate set amidst 38 acres of lush gardens, ponds and a majestic Live Oak alley. Known as “The Sugar Palace,” and dating to the mid-1700s, Houmas House captures Southern splendor with 16 rooms filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork.

about breast cancer, and provide information, support and encouragement. Mark your calendar for the 16th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Tea on August 23, 2014. Learn more at or call 817-723-3095.


You can experience tea like they did in the glory days of Louisiana plantations. The Tea House overlooks a lovely courtyard. You’ll enjoy five fabulous courses in style! Featuring fine loose teas and unforgettable tea fare.

Houmas House is located in Plantation Country, on the River Road. 20 miles southeast of Baton Rouge, between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Overnight accommodations available.

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Give a Gift from the Heart of Texas A Night Out at Carol’s Find absolutely delicious gourmet grub in the tiny town of Cat Spring, Texas. As a part of your amazing weekend getaway at Blisswood, have dinner at Carol’s. Fine Texas cuisine with super sweet modern twists. Open Fri-Sat (713) 301-3235 $$$

Clay Tea Bowls and Brie Bakers The Art League of Baytown’s annual Christmas Gift Gallery exhibits and sells the work of over thirty local artists during November and December. $15-25 The Art Center of Baytown 281-427-2222

Fleur de Lis Crumber This gorgeous vintage crumber was used in French restaurants back in the 1940s to wipe crumbs from tables. We discovered this collector’s item in a charming Heights market. This is a paramount gift for the entertainer. Gen’s Antiques, Houston Heights (713) 868-2368

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A wonderful symbol of how treasured tea has been throughout history, tea caddies are an elegant way to store your tea and they add to the ceremony of tea time. Antique House has a well-chosen collection of 19th century tea caddies that include traditional wooden caddies, marquetry, lacquer and silver. Antique House, McKinney (972) 562-0642

Bird Lemon Squeezer What a whimsical addition to your tea service! This elegant bird serves a purpose – it squeezes lemons, limes or oranges. The Spice & Tea Exchange Grapevine Fort Worth (817) 310-3066 (817) 626-2300

Give the Gift of Teatime A gift certificate or lunch date at your favorite tearoom is a perfect gift for your special tea lover. Need help finding a spot for tea? Visit

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Find that perfect vintage accessory for the holidays. Recapture the Golden age of Fashion with a designer dress, suit, gown, handbag, jewelry and hat, all expertly chosen for you. The Chic Cherie High Street Antiques Mall, Plano (972) 509-7878

CELEBRATE THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON IN GRANBURY. Stroll through Granbury’s beautiful historic homes brimming with holiday decor, enjoy the sound of carolers, take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the town square or simply relax in one of our many cozy bed and breakfast inns. Start planning now, the adventures in Granbury are endless! 1-800-950-2212

Visit our Historic Square for: COUNTRY CHRISTMAS PARADE: Night of Lights | November 29th GRANBURY OPERA HOUSE: Premiere Gala | December 5th GRANBURY, A HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOUR | December 6th - 8th THE GRANBURY LIVING CHRISTMAS CARDS | December 13th – 14th

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Reviews by Janet Pool

The cooler temperatures and changing colors of Fall remind us that the season of Thanks giving will soon be here. Our hearts will be encouraged as we pause and give thanks for our many blessings. As the long-awaited and eagerly anticipated holidays of Christmas and Hanukkah approach, our thoughts turn to celebrating special times with loved ones.

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

Twinkling lights and colorful decorations provide a festive ambiance as we find ourselves ‘making a list and checking it twice’ with gift ideas for the tea lovers in our lives. Books make ideal gifts and readers who enjoy a wide range of tea themes will find everything from romance and mystery, tea recipes, decorative and fine art, along with tea miscellany in the following tomes.

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One exceptionally charming book is Tea & Taste – The Visual Language of Tea by Tania M. Buckrell Pos. This fascinating, informative, and captivating read “explores the history of tea with special attention to the impact its popularity has had on the development of porcelain, furniture, silver, and the other decorative objects employed in serving tea.” Pos features more than 330 exquisite color images including “teapots, cups and saucers, kettle stands, tea caddies, silverware and more, inspired both by the expense of the tea itself and the various social significances surrounding its consumption. The valued place of tea in society at all levels has also created a subject for the fine arts. From maritime paintings, to portraiture and still life, artists have captured the romance of tea through the works shown in this book.” After reading the tips on collecting tea equipage, inspired readers might find themselves headed to the nearest family attic, estate sale, or antique shop in search of these elegant and unique items designed to enhance their teatime experiences. In addition to a variety of tea miscellany, Pos thoughtfully included a variety of addresses for many of the tea items featured in the book. If future travels take you to London, England you might wish to include the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Cutty Sark and The National Maritime Museum as part of your itinerary.

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If romance and/or a spine-tingling mystery is your favorite kind of read, Sweet Tea and Secrets by Nancy Naigle is sure to find its way to the top of your gift list. Naigle skillfully intertwines intrigue, second chances, friendship, and heartwarming love in this ‘can’t put it down until the end’ read. When Jill Clemmons returns “to her hometown of Adams Grove, Virginia, to bury her beloved grandmother and face her ex-boyfriend Garrett it’s the hardest thing Jill has ever done…and that’s before thieves try to break into her house. She can’t imagine what Pearl possibly could have that is worth stealing. But after the house is ransacked and a series of attacks threatens Jill’s safety, she and Garrett must join forces to unearth Pearl’s secrets before someone else gets there first.” In addition to this captivating story, readers will appreciate Naigle’s inclusion of the recipes for Pearl’s Sweet Tea and her Blue-Ribbon Chocolate Pecan Pie. These traditional Southern recipes are great anytime of the year but even more delectable at special holiday celebrations.

Afternoon Tea with Bea - Recipes from Bea’s of Bloomsbury While it is often said that good things come in small packages, Afternoon Tea with Bea – Recipes from Bea’s of Bloomsbury proves this to be true. While compact in size, this recipe book attractively packaged with cupcake wrappers, cake toppers, and invitations with envelopes is the perfect gift for the party planner in your life. Kate Whitaker’s artful photographs bring Bea’s delectable recipes to life. Her Almond Tea Cake, Apple Bourbon Pecan Cake, Triple Chocolate Cake, Lavender Shortbread, Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscotti, Doughnut Muffins, and Orange Cranberry Scones are just a few of the recipes that will soon have you hosting a festive holiday tea party.

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Vintage is All in the Elegant Details at The Chic Cherie By Stephanie Miller

Being a girl is fun, and The Chic Cherie Vintage Boutique gets that. All the luxurious details – satin, silk, beading, furs, opulent costume jewelry and classic designer bags – are the reason that quality vintage clothing and accessories make women feel so feminine, and so beautiful. The Chic Cherie enjoys showing women how to recapture the elegance and glamour of fashion’s Golden Age, and how wonderful vintage clothing, furs and accessories will make them look and feel. “These pieces are one-of-a-kind. When you walk in, they are going to ask WHERE did you get that outfit?,” explains Marilyn Harris, who co-owns The Chic Cherie with Regina Wittenberg. The two hand-select each piece for The Chic Cherie. “You can’t find fabrics like these anymore,” says Marilyn “The garments feature quality workmanship and do more for your figure than contemporary clothing.” These dresses and gowns take us back to a time when women took great care with how they presented themselves, and chose to wear what would make them most alluring.Today’s interest in repurposing makes the climate perfect for reviving these vintage pieces. Vintage is not just for collectors anymore – young professionals and socialites alike are finding that classic items can give their wardrobe depth as well as novel appeal. Marilyn and Regina recall outfitting an entire women’s group for a fundraising ball with a 1950s theme. Other clients come in to incorporate one piece at a time into their wardrobe. “We specialize in the things people can wear and add to their wardrobe and enjoy without breaking the budget,” Marilyn shares. And that includes their exquisite collection of furs. “Like clothing, furs had a Golden Age, they were once made here in America,” Marilyn shares. “Every step in making a fine coat was hand work. Noted designers like Oleg Cassini, Christian Dior, Fendi and Galanos produced wonderful coats and wraps. We have an original Hattie Carnegie designed in the 1930s as well as a Fendi sable coat.” Working with The Cat’s Meow in Midland, The Chic Cherie also provides vintage clothing and hats for the Silver Screen and for television programs such as Downton Abbey. Marilyn and Regina’s shop in High Street Antiques in Plano is meticulously arranged by color and stocked with the kind of iconic gowns, dresses and suits made famous by such classic American beauties as Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Elizabeth Taylor. Presenting the best in vintage fashions from the 1930s – 1960s, the shop is a “walking encyclopedia of Dallas fashion history,” notes Marilyn, a history buff who

enjoys sharing the stories behind the styles. The legendary Dallas dress shops and Dallas department stores where Dallas fashion history was made, are all represented. For example, one dress featured a label from the Orchid Shop, with its slogan “Clothes for the Women with Men on their Minds.” “Many of our pieces are from fur shops and wonderful dress stores in Dallas that are gone now but they live on at The Chic Cherie in the labels of these beautiful pieces,” says Marilyn. There is a fabulous bejewelled Oscar de la Renta gown that the designer created for Neiman Marcus, an Eisenberg suit, sumptuous furs, and classic handbags including some from such designers as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Judith Leiber. The selection also features hats and hand-made fur accessories and fascinators. Regina is a professional seamstress who can create custom gowns and accessories using vintage elements, as well as altering anything in the shop to fit the client perfectly. She shares that after the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the demand for custom fascinators increased markedly. A fascinator is a headpiece that is a chic alternative to a hat that when the outfit calls for something lighter. The pieces are attached to a clip or headband, and Regina enjoys working with clients to customize a fascinator using elements from a vintage dress, suit or gown. She can also create pieces from a photograph. When it comes to gowns, The Chic Cherie has one of the largest selections of vintage prom dresses in the area, as well as vintage pageant gowns, and Mother of the Bride gowns and dresses. Vintage costume jewelry includes rare pieces such as a Civil War-era cameo brooch and among the oldest bags was an alligator bag with silver accents that dates to 1902. Marilyn and Regina’s careful organization and maintenance of the collection makes it so easy to pop in and find exactly what you are looking for. And what outfit – vintage or contemporary – wouldn’t benefit from the unmistakable elegance of a timeless piece of vintage jewelry or designer handbag? Fans of Downton Abbey will want to join The Chic Cherie when they present a special fashion show at The Chocolate Angel High Street on February 1. The show, “In the Mood: The Fashions of Romance” will feature Spring dresses with a romantic flair. Take a peek at The Chic Cherie’s selection of exquisite vintage pieces on their website, 972-509-7878 Stephanie Miller writes about cultural events, travel and tea for Tea in Texas. Her interests include volunteer work, photography, tennis, and most of all, spending time with her family and Yellow Lab.

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The Dallas Woman’s Forum Presents

A French Fortnight

Once again the Dallas Woman’s Forum will open their stately home, The Alexander Mansion, for all to enjoy during the holidays. This year The Woman’s Forum goes to France! A French Fortnight 6th Annual Holiday Celebration begins the festivities on December 5-8 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Drawing upon the idea of a lovely French girl who introduces her handsome American fiance to her family on Christmas Eve, the 1904 Alexander Mansion will be transformed into the setting for this charming story as it might have transpired in the days before World War I. The grand foyer will become a winter wonderland of sparkling trees in the French Alps, and the adjoining rooms will be decorated for the family celebration of a Christmas Eve Reveillon dinner. Tours will be given on the half-hour. Upstairs guests can browse unique offerings in the gift boutique and lunch will be served daily in the Bistro Cafe with classic French fare such as French onion soup and homemade creme brulee. Holiday goodies, perfect for gift giving, will be available at the Bake Sale. Admission to the Tour and Boutique is $10 for adults; $5 for children. Reservations for the Bistro are $15. The landmark Alexander Mansion, will continue to delight visitors with a Parisian Tearoom on December 11-20. Guests will dine among elegant decorations and enjoy a four-course gourmet tea with sparkling champagne and French sweets and treats, all served on fine china from the personal collections of Woman’s Forum members, a hallmark of Forum events. Tea will be offered daily at 1pm. The cost is $45, inclusive of tea, champagne, tax and gratuity. “As one of the oldest residences in Dallas, The C.H. Alexander Mansion is a city treasure that is truly beautiful during the holidays,” said Virginia Cook, President of The Dallas Woman’s Forum. “We have special groups and families who return year after year. They have made tea at the Alexander Mansion a “must” for their holiday celebrations.”

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An Elegant Symbol of Tea’s Prestige Tea caddies are a useful and charming accessory that date back to an era of tea history when tea was an expensive luxury. These storage receptacles historically were lovely, ornate and proudly displayed, notes Jean Williams of McKinney’s Antique House. Their elegance reflects how much tea was cherished in the early days, when tea was first brought over to Europe and England from China in the 1700s and carried a heavy price tag. Antique House, located off the Square on Louisiana Street, has an exceptionally beautiful collection of wooden and silver antique tea caddies, most of which were purchased in England. The earliest tea caddies were made of Chinese porcelain and resembled the ginger jar. Originally called tea canisters, they came to be called tea caddies after 1800. Wood, brass, copper, pewter and silver were used later to make tea caddies, with wood eventually becoming the most popular material. Mahogany and rosewood were the most frequently used. Antique House’s fine collection is representative of the Georgian-era caddies that were often elaborately decorated with inlays, designs and knobs. One such tea caddy in Antique House’s collection features a domed lid and intricate marquetry work that never fails to catch the eye of visitors. The wooden caddies are lidded boxes that can feature elaborate shapes. Jean’s favorite is a Rosewood tea chest with an unusual silhouette that seems reminiscent of the outline of the classic tea houses found in China . It includes two compartments for tea storage, and a center circle occupied by a lovely Blue Willow porcelain bowl. “Tea caddies have storage areas for two types of tea – black and green, and a center opening for a bowl,” Jean notes. “Typically they included a lock “ Jean shares. “Tea caddies were found in the most affluent homes, and the owners locked them to keep the tea from the servants.” Tea was so valuable that servants were known to help themselves to the tea and to sell it.

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One of the most unusual tea caddies in Antique House’s collection is a black lacquer caddy from Japan painted with a lovely scene. The silver plated and sterling caddies in the collection feature interesting shapes and several are engraved with monograms. As tea became less expensive later in the 19th century, caddies and tea chests became less popular. Jean shares that another factor in tea caddies’ declining popularity in the United States was the growing popularity of coffee. “Starting in the 1920s, coffee was more popular here,” she says. “Coffee tables became more popular than the tea table.” Tea caddies, however, remain popular today as sophisticated home accessories. “People use them to decorate, and decorators like them,” Jean notes. “If you look at home magazines you see them displayed on a table with a tea service or on a bookcase or coffee table as an accent piece.”

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Into My Garden Tea Room

Café and Catering Ser ving lunch 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday

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1017 E. 15th Street Historic Downtown Plano Phone 469-360-5821

Let us host a luncheon or tea for your group! Join us for a fun and informative Tea and Conversation 2 p.m.

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Fresh from the Garden: A Bouquet of Tea Choices at Into My Garden In Plano We have noticed that Into My Garden in downtown Plano is quite the bustling tea destination, so we visited several times this fall and tried a few of the afternoon tea options. It turns out, Into My Garden offers no fewer than 10 different options for afternoon tea, ranging from a light, wholesome Fruit and Cheese Tea ($8.50 per guest) to a robust Lunch Sampler Tea with quiche, soup, four chicken salads, fresh fruit, muffin, and a sampler of three desserts with loose leaf tea ($25 per guest), and everything in between. There is a cream tea, a children’s tea, and a lovely Tea in Three Tiers. The desert course included three luscious desserts. An extensive menu of fine loose teas or iced tea were the beverage choices. Tea at Into My Garden was an unforgettable way to celebrate the start of the school year! This gem in Plano is a wonderful choice for a relaxed afternoon tea Monday through Saturday.

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Celebrate the Holidays 19-century Style at Dallas Heritage Village Celebrate the holidays with Texas’ earliest residents and see how holiday traditions were observed in the late 1800s on Dec. 14-15, at the 42nd Annual Candlelight Celebration at Dallas Heritage Village. “Get Wrapped Up in Candlelight” will be this year’s theme, celebrating the beauty of holidays past with seasonal decor and traditional celebrations. Take a stroll and experience gleeful carolers, holiday storytelling, handweaving, blacksmithing, interpreters in traditional costume, and many other holiday activities for everyone to enjoy. Dallas Heritage Village, located at Old City Park, is a nationally accredited history museum, depicting life in Dallas from 1840-1910. It is one of only five museums in the Dallas area to have this distinction. “There is no place that gets people in the holiday spirit like Candlelight,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village. “It has been a holiday tradition in Dallas for 42 years and we welcome people locally, nationally, and throughout the world for this event.”

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By Penny Ward


Manners r o fyou

Office party behavior is of utmost importance in keeping your professional reputation intact. While the party is a more relaxed time and you are not technically “on the clock”, it is wise to consider it an extension of your job. Your behavior will be remembered, often in some cases, for years to come! Briefly, I see two main areas that require consideration. First, what you wear. Choose wisely; save the risqué’ for a different occasion. Second, don’t overindulge on alcohol. Too much alcohol can cause you to compromise your speech and behavior, often irreparably damaging your reputation. Have a good time, but do so responsibly. My best wishes to everyone for happy, blessed, and joyfilled holidays.

With the holidays upon us, I have a question about gift giving and receiving. If someone gives me a gift, especially one that is unexpected, am I obligated to give them a gift in return? You are not. The definition of a gift is something that is transferred to another without compensation. Accept the gift graciously and thank them for their thoughtfulness and generosity. Don’t forget to follow up with a written thankyou note. I am invited to several parties and would like to take a small host/hostess gift. Do you have any suggestions as to what would be appropriate? When I know the person well, I like to take something that is personal like a book, a special tea, a box of chocolates, an addition to a collection, or something of that nature. If you take food or wine, make sure you let your host know that is to be enjoyed at a later date so it does not interfere with the planned menu. Also, flowers are not an ideal hostess gift. Flowers require the host to leave their guests to find a vase, arrange flowers, and work them into the decor. It’s that time of year for the annual holiday office party. Any particular party etiquette tips?

Penny Ward is a Certified Etiquette Instructor and Certified Tea & Etiquette Instructor. She is a speaker, event planner, and the owner of It’s an Affair of the Heart. She is also the founder and director of Houston Academy of Etiquette and Protocol, and can be contacted at www.

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Happiness Is…Quilting! 217 N. Kentucky, McKinney, TX 75069 Shop Hours: Mon-Sat 10-5 Thurs. 10-7

Every Friday – Sunday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Community Flea Market of Granbury Arts and crafts, home-grown produce and much more. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., 41101 Glen Rose Highway.

972-542-8839 The Happiest Little Quilt Shop In Texas!” We specialize in appraisals and estate sales.


Voted Best Antique Store in McKinney!

FineAntiques & Collectables

212 E. Louisiana Street, McKinney, Texas 75069 972-562-0642 Jean Williams Owner

An Exquisite Collection of fine antiques and collectibles:

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The 11th Annual

"Quilts on the Bayou" January 24 - 26

At the Jeffersonian Institute, 120 East Austin Street (handicap accessible)

Quilt entries are encouraged from all quilters. Entry forms and information are available online.

Friday & Saturday / 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Sunday / 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.


$5/Adults $4/Children 6 - 12 $9/3-Day Show Pass

- New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick, author of The Cobbled Quilt Series will lecture on Friday - Workshop by featured teacher Donna Wallace - See the Hoffman “Gold Challenge Collection” - Free demonstrations throughout the show - View “The Supper” quilt by Don Locke, D.D.S. of Waxahachie

This show is a Viewers’ Choice Open Show with cash awards, workshops, demonstrations, lectures, door prizes, raffle quilt, and merchant mall. Sponsored by the Jefferson Regional Quilt Alliance (JRQA) and the Jeffersonian Institute.

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Every Saturday Farmer’s Market at Chestnut Square, McKinney Enjoy produce, gourmet treats, crafts and more, 8 a.m. to noon at 315 Chestnut Street in McKinney. Trolley tours of the historic district: second and fourth Saturdays at 11. 972-562-8790; November 16, December 21 Art Gumbo Community Market at Houmas House, Darrow, Louisiana Arts and crafts from local artisans, under the majestic oak trees at Houmas House Plantation , 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. the third Saturday of every month. Make a reservation for tea at the Tea House at Houmas House. Call (225) 473-9380; November 22-23 Dallas Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show, Addison Dozens of dealers from around the U.S. present their best jewelry, clothing and accessories. It’s a great opportunity to find that perfect vintage gift. Hours are Friday 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., early buying ($25 admission) begins at 2 p.m. Friday. Regular admission is $10. Addison Conference Center, 15650 Addison Road. Learn more at Ongoing, Louisiana Quilt Trail - Features six individual trails in Central and Southern Louisiana. Wooden quilt squares on businesses, homes, barns and fences identify significant points. The closest starting point to Texas is Washington Parish, January 24 - 26 Jefferson Quilts on the Bayou This popular show by the Jefferson Regional Quilt Alliance and the Jefferson Institute includes a lecture by New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick, author of The Cobbled Quilt Series and most recently, “Between Heaven and Texas.” Tickets are $5 adults, $4 children, or $9 for a threeday pass. or (903) 755-2095. January 24 – 25 Antique & Vintage Collectibles Show and Sale, Tyler Dealers from 8 states will be here to offer the best in antique and vintage collectibles, including Depression glass, exquisite linens, vintage toys, jewelry and mid-century modern items. Harvey Hall Convention Center, 2000 W. Front Street, Tyler. Benefitting the Tyler Kiwanis Club. Learn more at www. Call 903-530-1771.

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A P lace Where Teacups and Quilts Inspire By Michelle Lindsey

Tea and quilts go hand in hand, each offering warmth, comfort and character. There’s no better place to experience that warmth, comfort and character than Tea Time Quilting, located in The Heights in Houston. “We chose this location for our quilt shop because we already had a business here,” said owner, Jana Snider. “We have been on this corner for over 42 years with our flower shop, Jana’s Flowers.” Tea Time Quilting opened its doors in January 2003, beginning as a vendor at quilt shows and expos. This helped Tea Time Quilting integrate itself into hearts of Houston area quilters. “We support the local quilt guilds by being vendors at their shows,” she adds. “We have also been a vendor at the International Quilt Festival for the past 10 years. It is such a wonderful show!! We have the privilege of meeting very talented quilters from around the world including the United States, Japan, Iceland, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Holland, England, Spain, France, Germany, Canada, and so many more.” Serving Houston is a family tradition for Jana. “My husband and I opened Jana’s Flowers in 1971. When our daughters were born they became a part of it too. They have worked at the flower shop their entire lives,” she says. Quilting was a gift shared with Jana by the women who influenced her life from a young age. “When I was about 4-5 years old, I can remember my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother doing hand quilting around one of the old fashioned quilting frames that was suspended from the ceiling,” she recalls. “They would put a bucket of coals under the frame to keep their feet and legs warm while I was wrapped up in a quilt. They let me sit at one end and even gave me a needle and thread and let me do some quilting. Recently I remarked to my mom that they probably took my stitches out later and did not tell me. She did not deny it, so who knows.” Jana made her first quilt in 1972 and it was a staple for family camping trips, until their truck was stolen with the quilt inside in 1975. To this day, Jana still misses that quilt! Running a

flower shop and raising two girls kept her busy, so she didn’t make another quilt until 2000, after a cousin called to tell her about her new hobby. Their conversations inspired her to revisit quilting. This renewed interest was further fed by annual trips to the International Quilt Festival with family and friends. In 2002, with the support of her family, Jana decided to turn what she loved into a way grow and nurture that interest in others. “One of the hardest things to do was come up with a name for my business,” Jana said. “I thought of all kinds of names, but nothing that I liked. I wanted my name to be one that meant something to me.” Jana said a childhood memory was the trigger to finding a name for the store. “I have had a cup and saucer collection since I was 7 yrs. old. I now have over 100 of them. When I was 7 and living in Phoenix, AZ, our landlady asked my mother if I had a collection. Mom said no, and our landlady, a sweet elderly woman from Denmark asked if she could give me a cup and saucer to start my collection!! Jana said that despite all the teacups in her collection, the first one still remains the favorite today and continues to evoke special memories of her childhood. “Our landlady Mrs. Maroney used to invite me in to her house and we would sit and have tea with her finest china cups and fresh homemade Danish rolls. I loved those times and they are still some of my most favorite memories of my childhood!!” Today, Tea Time Quilting continues that tradition of making memories. Jana and her daughters work sideby-side helping customers with all of their quilting needs. Tea Time Quilting carries top quality cotton fabric from a variety of companies including Moda, P & B, Northcott, Quilting Treasures, Clothworks, Rowan-Westminster, In The Beginning, Michael Miller, StudioE, Fabrics That Care and more. They also have more than 4,000 fat quarters. “We always carry a good selection of Texas, western, wildflowers, novelty for children, batiks, and florals,” Jana adds. “We now also have a good selection of Kaffe Fassett, solids and modern style. We have brights, black and whites, red and whites and many basics and so many more!! We also have at least 40 to 50 different panels and pre-printed yardage ready to add some fabric to for quick quilts!” Michelle Lindsey has loved tea since spending afternoons at her grandparent’s having tea parties with her grandmother’s silver tea set. She collected teacups from around the world while her husband served in the Army.

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Hello readers! This issue we will be moving from the lovely island of Taiwan to mainland China to explore another class of teas known as Pu’erh. You may have heard of this mysterious tea that has been known for hundreds of years as a soothing, healing, and cleansing tea. It also happens to be an incredibly tasty and enjoyable tea, as well!

Some qualities to look for in a sheng pu-erh are a nice, pleasing aroma in the dry leaf, a woody, complex, earthy aroma in the wet leaf, and an enjoyable taste. It really is up to you whether or not you “resonate” with this tea.

Today we will briefly discuss one of the two types of pu’erh; the raw or “sheng” pu’erh. This tea is made from the large leaf tea plants in Yunnan, China. The best comes from the older trees; some are hundreds, up to over a thousand years old. This tea is much like a green tea, in terms of minimal processing; however unlike a green tea, will improve with aging. A quality sheng pu-erh is best after 20-30 years!

To best learn about pu-erh is to buy small quantities from a trusted source, take their suggestions, and experiment! You do not necessarily need a bunch of tools (although these help) and experience, just some patience and practice. After just a few attempts, you will find you can make cup after cup of delicious tea from a very small amount. Puerh yields more liquid tea per ounce than any other type, even oolongs!

Pu’erh is often pressed into cakes or other shapes. A young sheng pu-erh will taste very lively; depending on quality, time of harvest, age of trees, and other factors. It can also be very complex, sweet, bittersweet, full flavored, and have a great mouth feel and throat feel. If plucked in early spring can be very caffeine intense as well. > Pu’erh Tower in Beijing

The Chinese swear by its health properties. While some studies seem to validate some of these claims, it is certainly easy to feel how it aids in digestion, for one thing. Especially the ripe pu-erh, known as “shou”, which we will be talking about next issue! Meanwhile, keep on steepin’ on. - Dr. O

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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December 6, 7 & 8 Dickens on the Strand, Galveston “Tea with the Queen” will serve as the official ending of this year’s event on Sunday, Dec 8th beginning at 4 p.m. in the Thomas Jefferson League Building at 2301 Strand. Join Queen Victoria as she signs off on the 40th anniversary as guests are served a traditional tea with savories, scones and sweets. Tickets are $60 and reservations are required. December 7, 16th Annual Christmas on Texas Avenue, Baytown 10-6 p.m. Between Commerce and Jones Street, A magical holiday event in historic Goose Creek with food, fun, music, entertainment, gifts galore, classic car show, sidewalk chalk art, new car exhibits, pictures with Santa and much, much more. 281-674-5163,

Dec11 3rd Annual Christmas Tea at Your Cup of Tea, Houston On Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., reservation required for this special tea service. Your Cup of Tea, 2620 Fondren Rd. Houston 713-334-4832. For menu and additional information December 13-15 Mimi’s on Main Christmas Open House, Conroe Come by for fun, holiday gifts, special vintage clothing and holiday decor312 North Main (Downtown across form Courthouse) 936-441-0002 December 14 and 21 Holiday Tea Serenitea Tea Room, Sugar Land Celebrate the holiday season 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, homemade desserts, and your choice of pot of tea. All Holiday Tea guest will receive a gift compliments of Serenitea. Visit for menu details. By reservation only at281-491-4588, 13889 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX (Hwy 59 and Sugar Creek exit). December 18 Memorial Celebration for Thia McKann, Path of Tea, Houston The Path of Tea will be having an all-day memorial celebration for Thia McKann. Please come by to visit. 2340 W. Alabama St. Houston, TX 77098 713-252-4473

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December 7 promises to be an exciting day in Baytown, Texas. For the 16th consecutive year, the Christmas on Texas Avenue festival will take place in historic Goose Creek Baytown on West Texas Avenue between Commerce and Jones Streets.

Visitors will enjoy festivities that include vendors, many activities for kids, train rides, a variety of food to tempt your palette, as well as the hospitality of area businesses along Texas Avenue, the Historical Museum, and the work of over thirty local Baytown artists at the Art Center of Baytown. This year as in the last, Christmas on Texas Avenue begins at 10 a.m. “We hope to have 20,000 visitors this year,” Chairman Gordon Ginzel states. “Our ultimate goal is to go from Alexander Drive all the way down to Market Street, and have the entire Texas Avenue involved.” There’s really not an established deadline for vendors and artists who wish to participate. Well, that’s not technically correct. There is one: “The day before,” Ginzel deadpans, meaning one can still fill out an application the day before the festival. Vendors with unique products are particularly encouraged to apply. All area scouts, churches, clubs, bands and social groups are invited to show their holiday spirit with a parade entry which will be held on the Friday night before the festival. If your company, organization, or church group would like to participate in the annual Baytown Christmas Parade, contact Baytown Parks and Recreation at 281-420-6597. The Festival will also include a callout to artists. All area professional and student artists are invited to enter their masterpieces in the 47th Annual Art Show and Exhibition on Friday, December 6, at the Baytown Community Center located

at 2407 Market Street. Artwork will be accepted Nov 12-19, and will be judged on November 30. Art Show categories now include photography, drawing, graphics, sculpture, quilt art, and paintings in all media. For this year’s festival, there will be contests with cash prizes for vendors who have the best holidaydecorated booths and best Christmas costumes. As in the past there will be Santa and Mrs. Claus, so bring your cameras and save your own memories of this magical event. While Christmas carolers will fill the air with song, and ensembles entertain throughout the day; the air force mini jet takes kids for rides and Casey the Crime Dog, provided by the Baytown Police Department, roams Texas Avenue in its remote-controlled car. The Art League of Baytown will assist kids of all ages on how to paint ornaments as well as using chalk to express themselves on the sidewalk out front of the Art Center of Baytown. There will certainly be enough activities and events to keep everyone entertained. “This has been an exciting experience,” Ginzel says. “ I am very gratified to find that this spirit is alive and well. I found an amazing group of people that jumped in to make this festival a great success. Thanks to them all!” The Art League of Baytown provided most of the volunteers and other resources. “This group was completely dedicated to the work that seemed to grow every week,” Ginzel explains. “I was totally impressed with the cordiality of this group as it was an enormous commitment.” But as any art league member might respond, “We have made a commitment to the City of Baytown to help promote the visual and performing arts in this historic section of our community.” As Ginzel says, “It’s all about the community coming together to celebrate with their neighbors and out-of-town company that comes to visit our beloved Baytown.” Merry Christmas Y’all!

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Holiday Breads The Holiday season brings quiet evenings by the fireplace and hot tea to share with family and friends. My favorite accompaniment to tea at this time of year is aromatic baked breads with flavors reflective of the season, such as cranberry and cinnamon. But since I’m the kind of girl who likes to have her tea and eat it too, I often use tea as an ingredient in my holiday baking.

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Many of the spices traditionally used in holiday baking, such as nutmeg and cardamom which are often used in chais, are complimentary to tea. Likewise, green teas pair well with orange and lemon baked goods, and any flavored black tea will leave your guests wondering what that special ingredient was in your scones. You can use brewed tea for the liquid in your recipe, or use tea leaves directly in the batter. I often infuse the milk called for in my bread recipes with my favorite blends of tea. The infused liquid in a recipe permeates the entire bread for a wonderfully blended taste. But remember to double the amount of tea and not the amount of steeping time, if you want stronger tea to use in your recipe. Try using tea as an ingredient in your holiday baking. The many varieties of tea, whether flowery, earthy, or spicy, can contribute subtle aromas and delicate flavors to your Holiday breads.

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2. In a separate bowl, combine the chai-spiced milk and maple syrup. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until the mixture comes together. 3. Flour your work surface and scoop the dough out of the bowl onto the floured surface. Divide the dough in half. Working with one half at a time, gently pat the dough into a circle about 3/4 -inch thick. Transfer the circle to a parchmentlined or lightly greased baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining half of the dough, placing it on a separate pan. 4. Cut the dough circle into eight wedges like a pie. Gently separate the wedges so that they are spaced about an inch apart at the edges. Pierce the tops of the scones with the tines of a fork, and brush them with maple syrup. Sprinkle them with sanding sugar. 5. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re golden brown. Serve with your favorite jam or a seasonal spread such as pumpkin butter, apple or maple butter.

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Cakes s And Pie Local Flavor At Annie’s Tea RoomIt&’sCafe The Gulf Coast prides itself in supporting local, independent eateries when the operators have roots and history in the region. That is why everyone was excited for Annie’s grand opening last year in bustling Alvin, Texas. Owner Cissy Andrews has an enthusiasm for family recipes and good cooking. A young and energetic shop keeper that has lived in Alvin most of her life, Cissy offers freshly made items that have locals coming by for excellent lunches and parties. TT: Congrats, Who is Annie? Cissy: There are two Annie’s in my life. I named the tea room & cafe after my daughter Ann Elizabeth Mills. She was named after my grandmother Ann Frances Andrews from Sicily. Since we use her recipes, I think of her. Baby Annie is the inspiration for opening tea room hours 11 a.m.-3p.m. TT: What is important to you in the kitchen? Cissy: Freshness is key in our cooking, we look for the best ingredients and start from there. Thankfully we have Froberg’s Farm close by to supply local produce and Doreck & Son’s on FM646 butchers the best beef in town. A creamery in Beaumont delivers fantastic

dairy for us on Saturdays too. We do not store-buy any of our cakes or pie crusts. Everything is made from scratch ensuring old-fashion flavors, it’s the way my grandmother cooked. TT: Your tea room & cafe is located inside the Alvin Antique Center, do patrons enjoy this? Cissy: Sure, thankfully we have established our own clientele who love our burgers and soups. However, antique shoppers enjoy snacks or brunch. Our mall offers estate sales and live auctions on weekends, creating large crowds that enjoy a light meal during their stay. They can come in for a cup of coffee in the morning, then stop back for lunch and decide to have dessert before they leave the mall, it’s fun to see them again and again. TT: The shop is inviting, do they book parties? Cissy: Absolutely, from the old crystal glass to delicate lace, many antique shoppers are looking for vintage items for their wedding or themed party. We frequently book bridal showers and baby showers (seating 55+) with mall goers. Reservations can be made at 281-585-6877. TT: What’s your busiest day? Cissy: Thursdays are a popular “Lady’s Day”, we have many groups stop in. Both Thursdays and Fridays are

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Best Recipes in Town popular party days. TT: How did you learn about tea service? Cissy: I had never been to a tea room before opening Annie’s. I have always loved to cook and have fresh eyes for my cuisine. I wanted to keep the menu simple, a tea room fit into our plans well since my cakes and pies are amazing. Our scrumptious scones can be baked and high tea ready with a little notice. I studied culinary arts at ACC, learning the business of the restaurant industry, and look forward to coming in every day.

TT: It’s fun to be at the initial stages of a business, did you create a large menu? Cissy: Not really, We have a small set menu and daily boards that change seasonally. I like to make everything creatively, keeping the desserts off-menu since we keep the flour flying and our sweets are always different, always good. At home, I enjoy cooking too, it doesn’t stop at work. Cooking is great therapy for daily stresses, I really enjoy it, but cleaning up is a different story.


My dad is a great cook, that’s why the cafe was added. I wanted to showcase our home-made burger creations, which are local sirloin beauties steamed to stay juicy. We have THE BOMB burger, FAT DADDY, THE ULTIMATE and more. Fresh tuna and salads complete the menu.

TT: What’s the most popular items? Cissy: Mastering our recipes, we’ve added a spin on popular tea room fare. Our daily quiches with fresh fruit and our soup combos sell quickly. We cook in small batches and enjoy when popular items sell out. It takes only a few minutes to whip up a fresh batch of chicken salad or a chocolate cake. The key is having a stocked pantry and keeping it simple. The best seller is our classic sampler which includes a cup of soup, sandwich, chips and dessert for $11.95.

TT: Very true, thank goodness for your staff. What item do you like to make most? Cissy: I like soups, I like playing with a good chicken stock: Broccoli-cheese, zuppa tuscana, tomato basil ... there is not a specific soup, I’m proud of them all. For my zuppa toscana (sausage, cream, kale) I start with fresh sausage from Froberg’s Farm, great stuff. TT: Beside your female patrons, who comes to Annie’s for lunch? Cissy: Everyone... we get men’s group, teenagers, and professionals, of course it depends on the day of the week. Local schools and clinics are good supporters as well as visitors from across the state. Everyone is welcomed to experience Annie’s Tea Room & Cafe.

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Te-House of Tea needs your support. In November and December this year, we will have an Alternate Arts Market on Saturdays 12-3pm. We will set up by our gardens on Fairview St. (Houston) and back door areas. The purpose is to: 1. Help our local artists sell their pieces; 2. Help our designated charity groups to raise funds; 3. Get more people to the tea house, of course. It is free for artists to participate, but 15 percent of their sales will be donated to charity. We are currently approaching some charity group like Children At Risk. If your Art students want to participate and sign up, please contact us.

Amazing changes are taking place at Crossroads Collection! Not only were they named the number one tea room in Houston for the second year in a row ( but they are expanding as well. Over the last two years, many transformations have taken place at this tea room in Old Town Spring, to make it the warm inviting place that it is today. On October 5 the first event was held in their NEW Special Events room located behind the original tea room. This place will wow you, from the lace curtains to beautiful chandeliers. It is already booking up fast with bridal showers, baby showers, small weddings and holiday parties. Dear TEAinTEXAS FriendsThe 7th International Texas Teapot Tournament will be in Houston January 11-26. Presented by C.A.M.E.O. and 18 HANDS GALLERY at 249 W 19th Street. Opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 6-9 p.m. All submitted work must be original, represent teapots and have been completed within the last 2 years. This exhibit is open to all clay artists worldwide. Hope to see you there! 713-869-3099

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Hello Tea in TexasThe Heritage Tea and Victorian Fashion Show held at Sandstone Street Bed and Breakfast in Llano,Texas was a sell out crowd. Guests enjoyed tea foods of Tarragon Chicken Salad filled bread cups, Cucumber-Radish on Butter Round Bread, Egg Salad on White and Ham Roulade, Pumpkin Bread Bites with Pecan Struesel, Lemon Curd filled tea cakes, and Strawberry Mousse filled chocolate cups, CranberryOrange Scones and Apple-Cinnamon Scones. Music for the event was provided by violinists Keenan Fletcher and Aileen Horan; this event was part of the Heritage Days celebration in Llano. The Fashion Show was moderated by the Texas Victorian Lady, J’Nean Henderson and hosted by Virginia and Jack Walker.

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American Heroes By Michelle Lindsey

Reflecting on the heroism and sacrifices of American service members is our way of preventing their sacrifices from being in vain. According to the Department of Defense, as of 31 January 2013, there were 1,429,995 people on active duty in the armed forces, with an additional 850,880 people in the seven reserve components. The Wounded Warrior Project reports that as of August 2013, there were more than 35,000 wounded service members from Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn.

There are a variety of programs, organizations and communities dedicated to supporting these service members and their families. Organizations like Quilts of Valor provided donated quilts to service members. While other programs, such as Army Baby Quilt Project support families of military. For service members and their families, these small gestures of kindness and support can be a symbol of hope and healing in a time of crisis. Staff Sgt. Oliver Hughes was injured in April 2011. His wife, Megan, can still recall when she learned he was listed in very “serious condition” as most of the injuries sustained were to his legs. It would be a long journey of recovery and those first few days and weeks were filled with emotion. His recovery was remarkable despite losing a leg and enduring many surgeries on his lower extremities. His spirits remained high. He will claim that his wife and their four children were his source of strength and hope though she would argue that. She knew it was the man that she married who would fight this new battle for the chance to be with his family. “My husband is my hero, and so are his comrades in arms. They saved him and sent him home to me. For that I am forever grateful,” she said just 6 days after that life-altering day. Both would credit their support team of family, friends, and even strangers they met along the journey for helping them face the unknown road ahead. “One of the biggest comforts during his two months of inpatient stay, was cuddling under a handmade quilt instead of an extra hospital or hotel blanket,” she says as she recalls those first weeks. Laying there under a quilt while he slept, she reflected on the second chance their family has been given. It gave her hope and strength to face the challenges ahead.

Megan was by his side every day and the children as much as school and schedules would allow. Many times throughout his recovery, in the hospital and at home, Staff Sgt. Hughes could be seen draped with one of the colorful quilts given by friends and organizations. It was a common sight to see him with any variation of the four kids tucked under a quilt, reading a book, watching television or deep in conversation about the children’s daily activities. Even his older children were not shy about being seen snuggling as a family under a quilt, if room could be found among the little ones who often used Dad as a table for their toys. The Hughes home two years later is a reminder of those gifts of comfort as the quilts lay draped over a sofa or bed in exchange for a kayak or pair of hiking boots. Today the family rarely stops moving, always looking for a new adventure. But occasionally they can still be found lying among the quilts with the addition of a dog or two, or laughing under a blanket fort, just thankful to be together.

Photo Credit: Megan Davis Hughes

In the United States, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

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Well, if you’re looking to spice things up, learn something new or just quilt with a better view, check out Cactus Quilt’s Cruise! Cactus Quilts is taking quilting to the sea with a 7-day cruise, February 9-16, 2014. The cruise, aboard the Carnival Magic, will host classes by Cynthia England, Tricia Cribbs, Debby Maddy and Veronica Cox. Participants will have the chance to try their hand at new techniques, work under the guidance of instructors who are subject matter experts in their field and interact with quilters throughout Texas and beyond. Sharing stories, making new friends and exploring new destinations are just some of the many activities participants will enjoy. The cruise will stop at a variety of Port of Calls to include Key West, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas and Freeport Bahamas. The cruise departs from and returns to Galveston, Texas. To learn more or to register contact Cactus Quilts at (409) 965-9778 or visit their website at http:// Space is limited, so call today to reserve your spot.

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Tea lovers don’t just love tea, we love tea experiences an elegant afternoon tea in a posh restaurant or hotel, a charming luncheon around an antique table in a quaint local tea room, or even a spectacular event attended by hundreds where our favorite beverage is the theme. But not even the most fortunate of us can manage an experience like that as often as we would like. Tea at the Ready is a concept that can provide a simple way to add not only more tea, but more tea experiences, to life.

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AT THE READY FOR A CHRISTMAS TEA Why not use this wonderful and hectic season to begin cultivating this style of teatime? You can make your preparations before the date, or even the guest list, is set. Make a tea table part of your holiday decorations. Gather a tea pot, creamer and sugar bowl and arrange them on a tray where they will be happily awaiting the whistling kettle. Don’t let it bother you if you don’t happen to own a Christmas tea service. With the popularity of vintage style today your set certainly doesn’t have to match. Use whatever you have. Add some red and green, or silver and gold, by lining your tray with a pretty tea towel or doily. A tiny vase with an evergreen sprig and a bloom or two from your garden will bring the setting to life! It is especially easy to find tea treats at this time of year. Grocery stores, department stores and even drug stores are overflowing with specialty items that are perfect accompaniments to a hot cup of tea. Pick up a few things to have on hand and any time you bake holiday goodies, bag a few extras for your freezer. You will also find many holiday tea blends available. If you would like to add sandwiches to your offerings use cookie cutters to make them festive. It might be fun to choose a particular symbol such as a star or tree and repeat it in cookies, candies, sandwiches and even napkins. A small ornament in that same shape, often inexpensively available by the dozen, could be used as a napkin ring and a party favor.



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