Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sculpture Garden

The Chung Mei Temple is one of our favorite places.

It has a lovely tea room and a garden that is sure to bring a smile to the face.

Sculpture in the Garden

From lohans and arhats ...

Mosaic Chung Mei Temple Garden

to little monks with begging bowls, drums, horoscope creatures to...

Mosaic Chung Mei Temple Garden

a bodhisattva in royal ease position ...

Chung Mei Sculpture garden has something for everyone.

A big THANK YOU to Mary for being our hostess for Mosaic Monday.


We had a long and busy week last week.
Lots of family and colleagues of Mr. Dragon were here to share memories and say their goodbyes.
Sad, but lots of happiness too. 
Today and this week we rest ... just the two of us with the furbabies.
DD (dear daughter) and Mr. Dragon's sister will be with us the following week. 

Thank you for your loving support and kindness.

Wishing all of you well and a JOY filled week.

Friday, January 28, 2011

American Art Pottery

The postcard today is another from Pomegranate and their 
Art, Architecture and Design books...
American Art Pottery.

This postcard is also the cover art for the book.

The back of the postcard reads:
American Art Pottery
Vase, 1928
Glazed white clay
Jonathan Browne Hunt (1876-1943), potter
Newcomb Pottery, New Orleans, Louisiana (1895-1940)
From the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Winter Park, Florida
"Art Pottery is the term applied to ceramics made primarily for decorative purposes. The American Art pottery movement flowered in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as an aspect of the international arts and crafts movement associated with the artist and designer William Morris. Respected in its own time for its quality and beauty, and now avidly sought by collectors, American Art Pottery is prized not only for its technical and artistic virtuosity, but also for it's historical association with with traditional values of craftsmanship, honest labor and the aesthetic enrichment of the daily lives of ordinary people."

"Newcomb Pottery is considered one of the most significant American art potteries of the first half of the 20th century. Influenced by the English Arts and Crafts movement, Newcomb pottery was exhibited around the world, sold in shops on both coasts, and written about in art journals throughout the United States and Europe. Newcomb potters (always men) and designers (always women and girls) were awarded eight medals at international exhibitions before 1916.  ...

The students and graduates worked with designs evocative of the American South, inspired by Louisiana flora and crafted from local and regional clay. As the 20th century opened before them, some students moved towards developing more modern designs, yet still maintained the philosophy that no two pieces of pottery should be alike."

More information on Newcomb Pottery can be found here.

Thank you to Beth for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Virtual Shopping

I had no plans to go on another virtual shopping trip.
When the Old Durham Road catalog arrived in the mail I was going to file it directly in recycling.
Then I saw this...

Mosaic of Tea Items

Opening the catalog led to finding several lovely tea sets.

One is the nautical looking Captain's Tea Service.
The East India Tea Company was chartered by Queen Elizabeth in 1600 and the ship's captain tea service would have looked much like this lovely blue and white. 

Mosaic of Tea Items

Then there is the beautiful and regal looking set that makes up the Royal Collection-
The Queen Victoria Range.
This official range of china commemorates the golden age of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) from the Royal Collection. The design takes its inspiration from English bone china commissioned by Queen Victoria for the Great Exhibition of 1851, and features her signature. 

I'm linking to multiple memes this week.
We have a house full of family visiting Mr. Dragon and I needed to make life a little easier!
Besides, I wanted to stop by and at least wave!

I'd like to thank the hostesses of the following memes:

Wishing you well and a JOY filled week.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

She's Growing Up!


Little Miss Cassie is growing up!


She's become quite the lady.


Prowling her world which looks like a toddler playground! 

A big THANK YOU to Misty for hosting Camera Critters.

Wishing you well and a fun filled weekend.

Friday, January 21, 2011


Pomegranate publishes books of postcards on a wide range of subjects
architecture and design among them.

This beautiful home is from a postcard book titled
The Arts and Crafts Houses of C. F. A. Voysey.

From the back of the postcard:
"Design for Broadleys, now Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club,
Gillhead, near Cartmel Fell, Lake Windermere, Westmorland, for Arthur Currer Briggs, 1898.
Watercolor, 265 x 45- mm. 1943.13"

From The Arts and Crafts Houses of C.F. A.Voysey:
"A leading figure in the British Arts and Crafts movement, Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857-1941) specialized in the design of small country houses for wealthy clients. With their emphasis on ground-hugging horizontality, hipped roofs, brick walls covered with white-painted roughcast, and enlivening splashes of color, these houses were marked by a graceful simplicity and a refeshing freedom from the imitative styles that had bedeviled so much of England's nineteenth-century architecture."

"Voysey drew his inspiration from vernacular building traditions and practical considerations that led him to reject overblown decoration and clutter. He strongly believed that the architect should take responsibility for the entirety of a design and that no detail, no matter how small, was unworthy of attention."

"From 1910 Voysey's architecture was increasingly regarded as old-fashioned and his practice went into an irreversible decline. For the remainder of his life he was chiefly occupied with the preparation of pattern designs for wallpapers and textiles. The 1930's witnessed the rehabilitation of Voysey's reputation. In 1940, a year before his death, he was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects' prestigious Royal Gold Medal."

A big THANK YOU to Beth for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday.


We are having a mini-family reunion here next week.
Lots of folks in and out to visit with Mr. Dragon.
I'll try to check in and at least wave!

Wishing you well and a JOY and fun filled weekend.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Good Morning!

Thinking of those of you dealing with snow ....

I do love LOL cats! 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tea Cozies

The celebration of National Hot Tea Month continues!
The folks at Favorite Crafts sent out an email with lots of tea related goodies. 
You can find the patterns on their web site.

Image from Favorite Crafts

They suggest that we hold a tea party for our friends,
or just for ourselves and make some wonderful tea party accents
to celebrate this special month.

Tea Cozy Mosaic
Mosaic made from images from Favorite Crafts. You can find the patterns for these cozies there.

I do love tea cozies.
Some of the prettiest crochet cozies can be found at Crochet With Raymond.

There are so many lovely tea parties in blogland.
A few of them are:
Teacup Tuesday, Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday and Tea Time Tuesday.
A big thank you to all of our hostesses!

Wishing you well, a JOY filled week and a wonderful cup of tea!

There is the size of the leaf:
Its unique shape,
Its unique color,
Its unique fragrance,
A taste all its own.
And it changes ... sip by sip.
~Ron Rubin, Tea Chings


We are between family visits this week and looking forward to a little quiet.
Mr. Dragon is still able to go up and down the stairs,
enjoys food and has enjoyed seeing friends and family.
As he says, we will laugh, smile and enjoy life as long as we can.
Thank you for your prayers, kind thoughts, white light that you have sent to us.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

African Forest

The Houston Zoo opened the new African Forest to the public in December.
It is 6.5 acres of fun!

Kudu In the African Forest

The Greater Kudu is an African antelope and he shares his space with 
three young white rhino.
This kudu is quite handsome with his stripes and curled horns.
Love the tongue and it was one of those surprises I discovered when I got home and looked at the photos.

African Forest Mosaic

The white rhinos are young... one male and two females.
They were born in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
They were carefully selected for temperament and overall health
and prepared for their 54 hour flight (KLM) to Houston
and their new home at the Houston Zoo.
They seem to love their new home -- especially the mud wallow.

Mosaic of the African Forest

The Masai giraffe herd has a new home and larger area to roam
complete with an area where visitors to the zoo can feed them - supervised of course.
Masai giraffe are the most numerous of the nine giraffe subspecies, but only 90 are exhibited in North American zoos.

I hope you enjoyed this brief visit to the Houston Zoo and the new African Forest.

Thank you to Misty for being our Camera Critters hostess
and to
Mary for hosting Mosaic Monday.

Wishing you well.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Winter Dreams

So many of you are dealing with winter issues.
Snow, snow and more snow.
Cold, cold and more cold.

When I saw this snowy postcard I knew it was the one for 

This is a postcard from another of the wonderful Pomegranate postcard books -
this one on Charles Addams.

Addams (1912-1989) worked mainly in black and white, using ink wash to great and spooky effect, but he turned out the occasional colorful New Yorker cover. 

"A three-time college dropout, Charles Addams was nevertheless an erudite, urbane, and - leaving aside his substantial collection of medieval weaponry - evidently quite normal man. The New Yorker published its first Chas Addams cartoon in the early thirties, and a few years later signed him on as a salaried artist at $35 a week. Nearly all of his 1,300 published cartoons appeared in The New Yorker over the course of a 50 year career.

Addams is probably most closely associated with the wraiths, ghoouls, thugs, and toadlike children who populate a desolate Victorian mansion - the characters, initially unnamed by their creator, who became known as the Addams Family. Gomez, Morticia, and their sinister servants and feral offspring gave rise to a silly but fondly remembered television show and two silly and very funny movies."

From Chas Addams: A Book of Postcards published by Pomegranate.

I'll spend the rest of the day humming the theme song to the Addams family!

A big thank you to Beth for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday.

Wishing you well, a Joy filled weekend, and some sun to warm you!

Monday, January 10, 2011

I Just Can't Help Myself!

The catalogs keep coming in and I keep looking!
I found these fun tea things in the Acorn Catalog.
It is fun to let the fingers do the walking and then send the catalog on to recycling! 

Tea Mosaic

The  red pot with the polka dots (I love polka dots) is a tea tower.
Dismantled, the tower becomes an 8 oz. teapot, creamer, sugar bowl, and 4 oz mug with saucer.
Stacked, it's 10" tall.

The lavender tea set is white ceramic hand-painted with delicate sprays of lavender.
Edges and rims are scalloped.
It is a 10 piece set that includes teapot, two cups with saucers, cream and sugar, and tray with handles.

I thought the cups with the dogs were fun and it's always good to Keep Calm and Carry On!

Tea Mosaic


A book, a comfortable chair, a free hour or two, and your own pot of tea.
The ceramic pot is embellished with books, titles, and the names of famous authors.
It is 6 inches high and holds 18oz of tea.
I think this one may have to go on my wish list!

Finally, to continue to celebrate January and Hot Tea Month,

There are many wonderful tea parties in the blogging world.
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday are just three of them.

Wishing you well and a delicious cup of tea.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Winter Color

A life without dreams
is like a garden without flowers.
~Author Unknown

I've enjoyed images of Winter Wonderlands posted by my blogging neighbors.

I thought I'd show you what my Winter Wonderland looks like.

These images were taken from November to yesterday in Musashi's Garden
(our postage stamp backyard).

Garden Mosaic

The yellow rose is called Irish Gold and was a cheapy from Sam's Club.
It is a wonderful bloomer and is doing well in a pot.
Here it is just starting to bloom and in full bloom.
There are more blooms to come!
The pink is a grandiflora (also from Sam's).
Daddy cardinal is a frequent visitor (along with the Mrs).

Mosaic Musashi's Garden

In the upper left corner is the first camellia bloom of the season.
The red penta made it through last years freeze and blooms, blooms, blooms.

flower mosaic

Not bad for a Winter Wonderland!

A big thank you to Mary for being our hostess for Mosaic Monday.
Each is mosaic is different and each has a story to tell.

Wishing you well and a JOY filled week.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

I Thought Shopping Season Was Over

But the catalogs are still arriving!

Since I haven't done a "join me while my fingers do the walking through the catalogs"
post in a long time,
I thought I'd do one for this weekend.
Enjoy the window shopping!

I'm a big Star Wars fan (especially the first three).
Yoda pancakes would be fun!
This is from Williams-Sonoma Winter 2011.

It's the bright white sale at Crate and Barrel.
The bright colors of the pillows (above and below) would certainly
take the blah out of winter.

The rug is fun, too.

I thought the Max dinnerware at Crate and Barrel was great.
I liked that you can mix the patterned stoneware with the solid Delilah porcelain plates.

It was the Pottery Barn catalog that had me salivating.
I could show each and every page,
but I'm going to stick with the pillows.

These are called Cafe pillow covers. 
They are designed after antique curiosity engravings. 
Each reverses to a light shade of the same fabric (rugged linen/cotton).
I love the butterflies and there is also a bird and a flower.
They are going on my wish list!

Do you know about the Isabella catalog?
They say they have gifts for reawakening the spirit.
I keep looking at Lovey the Lavender Lamb.

Lovey has a lavender/flaxseed insert that is removable. 
Pop Lovey into the microwave for 30 seconds 
and then snuggle with him releasing the fragrance of lavender. 
Sounds good to me.

How about a sleeping pig from Isabella?
Isn't he cute?

There is wonderful story that goes with him:

"When the pig was domesticated in China, owning one was considered to be an indication of a common man's prosperity and good fortune. If you were lucky enough to have a pig, you simply took very good care of it, and that meant it slept in the home. Quite simply, if you were wealthy enough to have a pig living in your house, life was pretty secure and happy. In fact, the Chinese symbol for "home" is a combination of the symbol for "pig" with the symbol for "roof" over it. (If there is a pig under the roof, it is a home of happiness, a "home sweet home.")"

The tradition continues with porcelain sleeping pigs placed in homes 
to bring happiness and good fortune.

I hope you enjoyed letting my fingers do the walking through the catalogs!


We have family visiting on and off the next several weeks.
My posting may be on and off, too.
I'll try to stop by and wave!

Wishing all of you well and a JOY filled weekend!

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Amazing Painting Cat!

I couldn't resist this postcard.
It is from the postcard book Cat Artist's And Their Work.
The original is a lithograph poster made around 1887 and can be found in the
Museum of Animal Acts in Wisconsin.

Cat Artists

The back of the postcard reads:
"Cat-marking behavior was trivialized in Victorian times, as this poster shows.
While Matissa certainly made marks with paint, Mrs. Broadmoore
(in reality a rather portly man dressed as a woman),
amused the audience by pretending that the cat's simple paintings were
"pawtraits" of people in the audience."

A big thank you to Beth for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday.

I hope this card brought a smile to your face.
Wishing you well and a fun filled weekend!


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Good Morning!


I've been amazed at how busy the blogging world has been since the New Year began.
I may never catch up with all your posts.
But I'm trying.

Wishing all of you well and a JOY filled day.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

January is Hot Tea Month!

Did you know that January is Hot Tea Month?
I thought it was the perfect way to celebrate the first tea post of the new year.

Porcelain Rice Pattern Tea Cup

To celebrate even more, I'm sharing a tea cup with a story.
This cup belonged to my godchildren's grandmother.
It came into her hands while she was living in India and was probably purchased
from a Chinese trader. The silk road was still going strong in the 1940's and 50's.
This cup is at least as old as I am! 

Porcelain Rice Pattern Saucer

It is porcelain and is the rice pattern, but not the standard blue and white rice pattern
that is common today.
Look at the gold edges on the cup and saucer.
The gold on the dragon and around the lovely red flowers.
Finally, the rice pattern.

Porcelain Rice Pattern Tea Cup

The quintessential Chinese dinnerware, Rice Pattern, is named as such for the grains of rice that were embedded in the clay before firing.  The intense heat in the kiln destroys the grains and leaves a little translucent "porcelain window" in the final form.  This style of dinnerware has been produced in china since at least 960, during the Song Dynasty. 

A very special gift that I will treasure.

and a big thank you to Martha and Teri at 

Happy Tea Day!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

December Favorites

Time got away from me this weekend.
I didn't have anything prepared for Mosaic Monday.
So, I decided to look at December, pick some favorites and share them with you.

Happy New Year!
Wishing you all the best of everything.

Thank you to Mary for hosting Mosaic Monday.


Mr. Dragon is on oxygen 24 hours a day now and is very frail.
He still has his sense of humor and makes me laugh daily.
He enjoys visits and telephone calls from friends.
We are trying to make every moment count.