Spring by Kathryn White

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Coffee Culture, Card-Making and Creating...

It has become a monthly girl's event of getting together
to visit in one another's homes for a time of fellowship and fun.
This time we drove up to historic Mount Forest
where we met at the Coffee Culture,
a place for great coffee and cosy ambience.

Doesn't this latte look decadent:

Margherita Chicken Grill:

After our lunch visit, we stopped in at the Mount Forest Library,
part of our Wellington County Library System.
Although it has just been recently renovated,
it has maintained its original Carnegie library design
the beautiful original stained glass windows
as well as beautiful trim work.

Lovely fireplace and sitting area:

We also popped into a thrift shop
and all came away with treasures
(well, almost all of us:)
I couldn't resist sharing this photo of ice build-up,
it is evident everywhere!

Following our shopping, we spent the afternoon at the beautiful home
of our friend M who is so gifted in interior decorating
with such a flair along with great taste.
On the home tour, I was given permission
to share a few photos with you.
Beautifully decorated foyer:

Don't you just love this wall talk quote:

Such a pretty bedroom:
I love the colours she chose; so soft and romantic

Vignette above her hutch:

Table Centerpiece:

My friend is a wonderful card creator,
with perfect design and technique.
She had prepared and packaged material for each of us
to create our own card under her excellent tutorage.

It was so much fun!
I have decided that my word for this year will be:

One of her exquisite cards:

And my finished product which I am so pleased with:

A quick peek through her windows at the winter scene:

more ice and snow....but it is pretty!

Following our crafting,
we enjoyed a lovely tea time
with scones and jams.
I have never had Bengal Spice before
but can tell you it was wonderful.
I will be on the look out for it
on my next grocery shopping trip.

“Brimming with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves,
a cup of our aromatic Bengal Spice tea
is like a trip to an exotic spice market in a faraway land.
This adventurous blend is our caffeine-free interpretation of Chai,
a piquant Indian brew traditionally made with black tea."

Thank you M for sharing your home and your talents with us.
We all felt so blessed and thankful as we left your home.

A Priceless Gift
by Helen Steiner Rice

Friendship is a priceless gift
That can't be bought or sold,
But its value is far greater

Than a mountain made of gold.
For gold is cold and lifeless,

It cannot see nor hear,

And in your times of trouble,

It is powerless to cheer.

It has no ears to listen,

No heart to understand.

It cannot bring you comfort

Or reach out a helping hand.
So when you ask God for a gift,

Be thankful that he sends,
Not diamonds, pearls, or riches,

But the love of a real, true friend.