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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Christmas in August

We live in a teensy, tiny 948 sq. ft. "cottage" that we adore, although it's still very much a work-in-progress. This small front bedroom has no closet, so we turned it into a dining room/library. Nothing special at all, and everything purchased on sale - draperies from JC Penney; assemble-yourself table and chairs courtesy of K-Mart; and cushions dug out from the back of a sale shelf at World Market.

My best friend Mary, as she does every year, is hosting a table at the upcoming 6th annual St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Cemetery Fundraising Tea (how's that for a mouthful?!), but she wanted to do something different this year rather than set her table with the usual china and floral centerpiece. I suggested she set a Christmas table and offered her the use of my Christmas teacup collection (purchased one-by-one over a period of time), and my tea tree (decorated with tea ornaments received over the years from friends and family) to use as a centerpiece. I set everything out so she could take a look and thought I'd snap a photo or two to share with you.

The tea will be on August 23 and I promise I will post photos, but if you'd like to take a look at last year's tea (over 300 in attendance, 38 beautiful, unique tables each created by individual hostesses, and over $4,000 raised) you are invited to view the slideshow - 53 pictures accompanied by Bach's Air on a G String - here.
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