Celebrate the National Day Of Portugal on June 10th

 Portuguese Culture and History

Portugal Day is officially the day of Luís Vaz de Camōes (a Portuguese Poet) who wrote "Os Lusiadas" published in 1592 (The Lusiads), an epic poem about the voyages of  Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama to the East (they were both distantly related) and the discovery of the sea route to India. He died on June 10, 1580.
The National day of Portugal is celebrated annually on the 10th of June. It is one of the public holidays in Portugal and is celebrated by Portuguese people throughout the world. On this day we honor the rich culture, heritage and the history of the nation. People celebrate this day with large gatherings, programs and many different events take place in many different countries. Read on to be transported to an Alfresco dinner with delish make ahead recipes.
Here I am getting ready to celebrate with some cool and crisp blues.
 

Here you can see some of my blue and white designs that were inspired by my travels by to Portugal, specially the "Vincentian Coast" in the South of Portugal.

Vincentina Coast Tablecloths by Diga Linda

Vincentina Coast

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Here I used the napkins to decorate the bottom of a tray.

Caprese Salad, regular or on a stick as appetizer - Make ahead

I had a crowd over yesterday and made lots of this delicious appetizer;

Caprese on a stick directions:

- Place the mini tomatoes, mozzarela balls, basil all in a salad bowl and marinate with balsamic vinegar, a bit of salt and olive oil.
- Start by placing first one tomato, then folded basil (one large leaf), then mozarella, then basil again and finish with another tomato!
I served them on a melamine lazy Susan for outdoors.

Regular salad directions:

- Slice tomatoes, mozarella and basil leaves. Start by arranging them in a plate alternating the mozarella and tomato then sprinkle with fresh basil and drizzle with balsamic vinegar, a bit of salt and olive oil. 
Leave in the fridge until ready to use.

Pesto and Parmesan Sticks

I made those bread sticks as well that you see in the picture. I just made pizza doug then added pesto and sprinkle parmesan cheese in a square piece of dough rolled out then cut in equal parts, roll them and sprinkle more cheese. Bake 15 minutes in a 500 degree oven or until brown.
 
So fresh for the Summer
Also since I love vintage so much here is a beautiful Spode plate that I have for sale!
Spode Blue Room "Caramanian" Plate
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By Ceci Mason
June 10, 2024 — Cecilia Mason
Chicken Cacciatori with Vegetables Family Style

Chicken Cacciatori with Vegetables Family Style

Make a delicious meal (Cacciatore family style) with a Portuguese salad. The recipes follow. I love the fresh aroma of herbs in my dishes! Each Spring I grow different herbs so I can have them fresh for meals.🌿

Chicken with Vegetables in a tomato sauce.

In a sauce pan brown with some olive oil:

* 4 heads of garlic

* One medium onion

* Half of a sliced red, yellow, orange and green pepper

* 1/3 C of white mushrooms sliced

* Add fresh herbs towards the end - basil, oregano, sage, parsley and rosemary.

 Place it all on a pan and cook let it cook. After it’s cooked about 15 minutes take out of the pan. Add more olive oil and add chicken breasts ( cut in half to make them thin), put a little salt and pepper on each side and cook completely.

* Cook rotini pasta (half a box) according to directions and drain.

* Add one jar of marinara tomato sauce and warm up with chicken. Add vegetables and transfer to a big platter that already has the rotini pasta cooked and drained in the family platter.

* Put cooked chicken with vegetables on top.

 

Portuguese salad recipe

* I head of red lettuce

* 1/2 of one sweet med onion

* 1/3 of cilantro chopped

* 4 or 5 Tablespoons sprinkled in the salad.

* Sprinkle a bit of red wine vinegar on it, salt and mix it all.

 PS: Since mom is visiting and does not like mushrooms, I used Zucchini and yellow squash instead.

 

You can do this dish on the slow cooker as well by placing the chicken in first then the rest after. Cook on low for about 6 hours or on high in about 4 hours. Cook pasta according to package directions separately, then serve on large dish placing pasta first the chicken on top with veggies from slow cooker after. It’s so delicious!

Herbs that I suggest you grow in the Spring: parsley, sage, thyme, basil, oregano, cilantro and mint (this one is invasive and needs to be on it's own pot).

Enjoy and if you make it, please let me know how you like it!

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June 02, 2024 — Cecilia Mason
Landon Forever School print products

Landon Forever School print products

The "Landon School" Forever school print designs are on the website for a limited time, there are over 20 products available. If you don't see what you are looking for, please let me know. If your child went to Landon, get a special graduation gift or thank you cards for the teachers with the same print.

 

June 02, 2024 — Cecilia Mason
Lentils with chicken and carrots soup

Lentils with chicken and carrots soup

Hi friends,

My recipes are tied to my family and the heart beat of my family is the kitchen. Food brings people together, it connects us and it's an expression of caring, love, of nourishing, and sometimes creativity. We love sharing not only with the family but also with neighbours and friends. This specific recipe is from my dad and by sharing this Portuguese recipe, and these intimate moments, feelings with you and your dear ones, I hope you and your family gets to enjoy some of our flavors and customs. May your beautiful table be filled with delicious good food and also by the people you love and love you in return.  I love sharing delicious recipes and table top inspiration for you and your friends to enjoy, I hope many good meals and memories will be created.

This simple and fast soup is so healthy and it only has a few ingredients! It's made of carrots, lentils, chicken, rice, cilantro, olive oil, onion, garlic and salt, I love simple and delicious food!

 I used lentils (which I soaked overnight) and put that on my pot covering them with water, and a dash of salt and olive oil, then I added organic rainbow carrots (yellow, purple and orange). Add the chicken and then the rice and cilantro last. 

Super easy and super fast equals delicious! 

 Ingredients:

- 1 cup of lentils (soak overnight).

- 1 package of rainbow carrots, cut into little pieces

- 4 chicken pieces (I used 2 thighs and 2 legs)

- 1 medium onion ( sliced thin)

- 1 cup of rice 

- 1/2 cup of cilantro

- 2 Tablespoons of olive oil

- salt to taste

Directions:

Fill a large soup pot halfway with water then put all the ingredients together and cook for about 30 minutes on medium heat. Put in the cilantro (optional, and you can use parsley if you prefer instead) in the last 10 minutes of cooking. If you have any questions, please comment below.

Placemats, napkins and dress are by Sailor Sailor.

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May 20, 2024 — Cecilia Mason
Spring - The Botanical Garden Print

Spring - The Botanical Garden Print

Festive Spring Feast!

Here is some table inspiration for a memorable family meal. Each year I take the time to decorate for Easter and use our special wedding china for the table. The tableware with the floral details in the plates and hand painted custom tablecloth bring out the abundant beauty and eye-catching centerpiece where I got the opportunity to get creative by adding birds nests. Gold accents on flatware and floral straw chargers add a luxury charm, elevated by the personalization on the tablecloth with our family's last name. A few bunnies with bows, and tea jars with hydrangeas put the finishing touches on the affair sure to be remembered for years to come.

The Flowers are from The Fresh Market

 

Since this is the year of the"Bow", the bunnies are happy to comply by wearing some bows. The Botanical Garden Tablecloth adds all our favorite elements that we enjoy seeing such as the birds, flowers and of course bows.  Notice how the theme is all tied together, even the birds from the tablecloth connect to the birds nests on the centerpiece!

I took the time to personalize and add our last name to this tablecloth, this adds a special touch to any table. I design these for birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions.

 

The dishes are a great color collection inspired by the famous embroideries of the Castelo Branco region. First produced in the 17th century in the central Portugal town, rich embroideries are creafted in silk tread on linen using a unique slack stich. The Portuguese  artists take classic motifs and translate them into timeless and elegant dinnerware. are from Vista Alegre, a royal porcelan manufacturer of Portugal since 1824. Entrepreneur and visionary Joao Ferreira Pinto Basto founded the company and it's part of the Aveiro district.

The placemats are from Ballard Designs

Here you can see me paint the tablecloth print.

There are so many pretty blue and white details with a very light touch of yellow inside a few flowers giving it a delicate look.

 These are all the different ways that you can style your napkins. I designed the on purpose this way. I can call these tea towels as well since they come in a very large size of 22" X 22' made of 100% cotton.

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March 26, 2024 — Cecilia Mason
Cherry Blossoms and Easy Roasted Portuguese Chicken

Easy Roasted Portuguese Chicken Recipe

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Hi Friends,

The Cherry Blossom Trees are starting to bloom over here and I always enjoy creating a table with a theme! There's plenty to decorate and celebrate with cherry blossoms and anytime you can add pink and flowers to your table, it becomes a memorable occasion, besides the Japanese festival Hina Matsuri (Girl's Day) is celebrated this Sunday March 3rd and that is another reason to celebrate!

"Cherry blossoms lovely pink hues represent a time of renewal, optimist, and surely are a beautiful spectacle to behold bringing us joy." C. Mason

 

Cherry Blossoms and Easy Roasted Portuguese Chicken

 

In the background you can see my recent tulip paintings!

Here is the recipe: Easy Portuguese Roasted Chicken Recipe

I say it's easy because you just put everything together in the oven at the same time.

Ingredients:

One cut up chicken or chicken pieces (about 6, I usually do thighs or leg quarters)

Ingredients:

One cut up chicken or chicken pieces (about 6, I usually do thighs or leg quarters)

4 garlic cloves, cut up

3 tablespoons of olive oil to drizzle

2 bay leaves cut in half

1 tablespoon of fresh oregano

3 tablespoons of paprika

2 pounds of potatoes cut up ( I like cutting up the small red ones in half)

1 green pepper and one yellow (sometimes I use a bad of frozen different color peppers)

1 can of crushed tomatoes (or you can use organic fresh tomatoes)

2 tablespoons of fresh parsley

1 yellow onion medium

4 or 5 carrots (or a bag of baby organic carrots)

salt and pepper to season

Put it all in a large oven pan, cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

Then remove the foil and cook an extra 10 minutes to brown the chicken. 

Easy Portuguese Roasted Chicken

Easy Roasted Portuguese Chicken Recipe

This meal will feed a crowd, enjoy. If you make it please tag me if you post a picture, I would love to see it!

How about this darling tablescape? Did you notice my linens in there? The "Famille Rose' table runner and napkins goes so well with the cherry blossoms table.

Cherry Blossoms Tablescape

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February 26, 2024 — Cecilia Mason
How to style a hutch with Bordallo Pinheiro Dishes by  Ceci Mason

How to style a hutch and Portuguese Cinnamon Bread Recipe

How to style a dining room hutch 

Styling a hutch is an opportunity for you to showcase your vintage or new collections of your decor. I use mine in the dining room to display my favorite dishes and I alternate them with the season. You will even have more storage once you display your beauties, so get them out showcase them and use them.

However a big hutch with several empty selves can be daunting. I place the larger plates on the top then go down the shelves with smaller plates for an eclectic look. Then I place the smaller vases and candlesticks on the sides and always add fresh flowers for the final touch. I find that it makes such a lovely addition completing the look. I also added my napkin print design called "Linda's Garden" I have some othe products with this design and you will love it! You can see the video down the blog and follow me along for more tips.

How to style a hutch by Diga Linda Ceci Mason

Portuguese Country Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe

This bread makes the house smell so good. This is my fast version of "Folar" a traditional cake we have in Portugal for Easter. You can make extra and give as gifts. Everyone will love it. Mix everything and Voilá!

Ingredients

2 cups of flour

1 cup of sugar

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

2 small eggs

1 cup of sour cream 

8 Tablespoons of butter melted warm not hot

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/3 of sugar

Combine the first 5 dry ingredients, mix well then add eggs, sour cream and butter and mix until its all blended.

In a small bowl mix together the last two ingredients (cinnamon and sugar).

Spray a 8"x4" inch loaf pan ( I use glass). Pour a third of the batter into the pan then sprinkle a third of the cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Repeat that two more times and put the rest of the cinnamon/sugar mixture on top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes at 350 or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for about 8 minutes before flipping. Enjoy.

 

Layer the mixture

 

Sprinkle with the rest of the cinnamon and sugar mixture

Turn it upside down

 

You can do this process in a different platter so it does not leave crumbs on the dish that you are serving this on.

Then flip it again, I have to say that this cake disappears so fast out from my kitchen!

Yummy!! Final result, enjoy!

(fun fact, I was a baker when I was single in Portugal)

Happy cooking and Baking!!😄

How pretty is this "Linda's Garden" design print? Just so perfect for Spring!

Linda's Garden Table Runner by Diga Linda

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 Linda's Garden print napkins by Diga Linda

Check out all the other times that I offer with this darling print.

Watch me style my hutch here.

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(fun fact, I was a baker when I was single in Portugal)

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February 20, 2024 — Cecilia Mason
Love your stove! More room, more to style!

Love your stove! More room, more to style!

Hi friends!

Ever since I got my new stove top, I have been asked where I got it and all the details about it!

I have to say that I was fortunate to find someone who actually builds these from scratch and although my stove is a standard size, I was able to customize the color and that made my day!

I not only can have more room in my kitchen to display my home decor, but the stove is an ideal place for me to display the tea towels that I hand illustrate/paint and sell on my booth and online on my website!

Therefore whenever I am advertising a new design and I style it on my stove, people ask me about it, so I decided to do a blog on it. If you can please comment on it (by clicking on the blog you will see an area to comment)!

The color of my stove top goes with my kitchen home decor and when I have people visiting (mostly on the weekends), I flip the tray upside down and use it as a charcuterie board! It's big and it fits beautifully on top of my island! 

It makes me feel like I have a really cleaned and organized kitchen displaying my Royal Chinoiserie Tea Towel on the stove handle and when I display the tray on top of the stove, and it's truly a statement piece, I am absolutely in love with  it!  

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I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I don't make or sell these, but HERE is the link where you can buy it! Please let me know if you have any questions, I hope this helps you get yours in the color that you like!

Royal Chinoiserie blue and white tea towel

 

Stove top with Diga Linda Napkins

Stove top with Diga Linda Napkins

Stove top with Diga Linda Napkins

Stove top with Diga Linda Napkins

 

Stove top with Diga Linda Napkins

 

Stove top tray

 

I styled it with my "Vincentina Coast " napkins here but you can use a tea towel as well!

We were having friends over for burgers and I just placed everything on the tray before taking it outdoors. If you are interested in seeing any other tea towels, please go HERE

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xo Ceci, artist and founder of Diga Linda

VALENTINE'S | GALENTINE'S FLORAL CRAFT ALRESCO

VALENTINE'S | GALENTINE'S FLORAL CRAFT ALRESCO

This Valentine's is fast approaching and I would like to share a darling craft with you. I used the Blue Hydrangeas tablecloth for this project and the pink hydrangeas go here perfectly!

Start by getting some wine glasses (you can find them at the dollar store along with the doilies), turn one upside down and draw a circle around it. Then cut out the paper circle, draw a heart and place it inside the wine glass. All you have to do is insert the flowers inside and style them on top of the table, enjoy! 

 

floral craft alfresco by Diga Linda

 "Just living is not enough...one much have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."

~ Hans Christian Andersen

 

Hydrangeas Floral Craft Alfresco by Diga Linda

FLORAL ABUNDANCE IN MY GARDEN

In early Spring a profusion of hydrangea blossoms in lilac and pink start to form! 

 

Hydrangeas Floral Craft Alfresco by Diga Linda

 Gather some flowers from your garden.

Hydrangeas Floral Craft Alfresco by Diga Linda

Fill a basket with fresh-cut stems to adorn your tablescape and gift friends the wine glass with the blooms at the end of the lunch so they can take it home.

Hydrangeas Floral Craft Alfresco by Diga Linda

How darling is that look? Your guests will be delighted, they will love these floral beauties!

Hydrangeas Floral Craft Alfresco by Diga Linda

 TIP FOR FLOWERS TO LAST LONGER

If you add one tablespoon of bleach and one tablespoon of sugar your flowers will last almost one month as long as they are in room temperature (on the cool side) and to ensure that, change the water and clip the ends diagonally.

doily with a heart

You can draw hearts for Valentines on the doilies. For St. Patricks you can put a little clover in there etc, love this so much! This idea is perfect for indoors or outdoors.

Hydrangeas Floral craft alfresco by Diga Linda

When Mother Nature blesses you with an overabundance of beautiful flowers, I make a list of who will be getting these delightful blooms before they get spots on them! If I keep cutting them, they will keep on blooming until November!

Hydrangeas Floral craft alfresco by Diga Linda

You can find peace in flowers with these soothing and tranquil colors, such as blues, lavenders and pale pinks that you see here. Flowers are also symbols of friendship, love and affection. Just by looking at them, one feels joy and more relaxed.

Hydrangeas Floral craft alfresco by Diga Linda

My pup Chloe sometimes pops up in my pictures, lol!

How pretty is this "Blue Hydrangeas" tablecloth that I painted entirely by hand? Click the button below to see tablecloths and table runners in the store.

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Today I did a fabulous collaboration with some friends and we had an amazing guest "The Flower Magazine" click the picture to see it!

Hydrangeas Floral craft alfresco by Diga Linda

Below are the friends that joined me today and of course our guest on Valentine's Eve. "The Flower Magazine!"

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February 12, 2024 — Cecilia Mason
HOW TO CLEAN SILVER VERY QUICKLY!

HOW TO CLEAN SILVER VERY QUICKLY!

How to clean silver:

Silver is one of the most precious metals on earth right next to gold! Jewelry, coins, flatware, so many things contain silver and when this beautiful element is cleaned it reflects it's luster and beauty!

Believe it or not the Egyptians used to prize silver over gold! Silver begins to tarnish as soon as it is exposed to air and then it becomes dull and discolored! One of the keys to cleaning silver is that you never want to scrub with carbon fiber cloth as these will cause permanent damage, use a microfiber instead. Also never put your silver in the dishwasher! 

There is a very simple way to clean silver and it just takes a piece of aluminum foil, soap and water!

- Place a piece of foil inside a bowl ( I actually put a couple of pieces of foil inside a big pot or use a foil tray (some people wrap their silver in the foil because it needs to touch it).

- Put boiling water and baking soda inside the bowl (for each cup of water add one tablespoon of baking soda).

- Add the silver 

- Let silver touch the aluminum foil and let it work (about 10 minutes) or it could be done faster than that, check it! Mine on the video below took only seconds (hope you have instagram, if not comment below and I will see if I can get another way to show you the video)!

- Unwrap the silver (if you wrapped it). You will see that the tarnish has transferred to the foil!

- Take it out, rinse with soap and water then clean with microfiber cloth.

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Famille Rose print by Diga Linda

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Tobacco Leaf print by Diga Linda

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Casa Bela print by Diga Linda

casa bela by diga linda

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February 06, 2024 — Ceci Mason
Afternoon Tea At Valverde Palace of Seteais in a fairy tale town of Sintra Portugal!

Afternoon Tea At Valverde Palace of Seteais in a fairy tale town of Sintra Portugal!

This past Christmas I have the privilege to visit the Palácio de Seteis Valverde and attend the “Queen’s Tea” in  Sintra Portugal. The Palace was built between 1783 and 1787 on the orders of the Dutch consul Daniel Gildemeester. The lands were granted by the Marquis de Pombal (who ruled the Portuguese Empire at the time). They built on a hill so that the consul could enjoy a glorious panorama of the Sintra hills. The Palace of Setais has been one of Sintra's top luxury hotels since it opened in 1954 is where back in the day all the Portuguese nobility lived and there’s lots of palaces all around the region. In the Christmas season the Palace of Setais is one of the most enchanting places to experience in Sintra. People call this Sintra the fairy town. 

At the palace the Queen's Tea starts promptly at 5:00p.m. each day and the service is open to the public and guests on the veranda ( which is a room covered with glass, chic and refined but relaxed), adjacent the hotel's restaurant. The menu includes traditional English scones made with raisins soaked in rum, Portuguese pastries like the traditional Sintra quijadas, madeleines and other sweet pastries. The three gourmet tea sandwiches which were salmon with red onion and cream cheese, prociuto and brie which match the grand delicious setting. We also got to choose which tea we wanted and it comes in a pot, and they kept coming by and refiling our tea cups. We all chose our favorites, mine was cozy chamomile and it tasted delicious.

Queen's Tea at Palace of Setais in Sintra Portugal by Ceci Mason at Diga Linda

Queen's Tea at Palace of Setais in Sintra Portugal by Ceci Mason at Diga Linda

Delicious traditional sweets.

Queen's Tea at Palace of Setais in Sintra Portugal by Ceci Mason at Diga Linda

Queen's Tea at Palace of Setais in Sintra Portugal by Ceci Mason at Diga Linda

Vistra Alegre hotel dining set. 

Queen's Tea at Palace of Setais in Sintra Portugal by Ceci Mason at Diga Linda

Hand painted walls everywhere bring you back to the 18th century!

Queen's Tea at Palace of Setais in Sintra Portugal by Ceci Mason at Diga Linda

Queen's Tea at Palace of Setais in Sintra Portugal by Ceci Mason at Diga Linda

Timeless the blue and white ceramics here!

Queen's Tea at Palace of Setais in Sintra Portugal by Ceci Mason at Diga Linda

This was such an enchanting room with it's hand painted walls and whimsical pastel colors. So many details on that grand piano!! 

Queen's Tea at Palace of Setais in Sintra Portugal by Ceci Mason at Diga Linda

The Pillement room, with original alfrescos  de Jean-Baptiste Pillement. It's one of the most beautiful rooms at the Palace.

 

Queen's Tea at Palace of Setais in Sintra Portugal by Ceci Mason at Diga Linda

Many famous people have stayed here like Richard Nixon, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Maria Callas, Agatha Christie and the list goes on. 

Did you know? The British afternoon tea popular ritual was actually inspired by the little known Queen of Portugal "Catarina de Bragança (Catherine of Braganza in English). Think about that next time you are drinking tea at a beautiful place! 

Queen's Tea at Palace of Setais in Sintra Portugal by Ceci Mason at Diga Linda

Here you see the Palace's Fine China collection from Vista Alegre. 

Back in 1662, when Catherine of Braganza (daughter of Portugal's King John iV) married the British King Charles II and brings with her a very large dowry that includes spices, money and treasures from the lucrative ports of Bombay and Tangier. This union made her a very important lady, she became the Queen of England, Ireland and Scotland. 

The legend has it (and everyone know the story very well at the hotel), that when she went to join her future husband, she was traveling with loose-leaf tea and the crates were market: Transporte de Ervas Aromaticas (which means in English ~ Transport of Aromatic Herbs), which they abreviated T.E.A.

Anyway one thing is true, Portugal already had a direct trade line to China since they already had Macau as a colony ( they took over in 1557, making it the first European colony in East Asia) and tea was already very popular in Portugal among the aristocracy.

Tea was being consumed in England, but they were getting it from the Dutch and was very expensive. They used it only for medicine at the time. After Catherine arrived with her clothes and furniture, she was the focus of attention. Ladies longed to be around her and be part of her circle! Her mid-afternoon pick me up tea drinking habit was encouraged in court and it spread.

Queen's Tea at Palace of Setais in Sintra Portugal by Ceci Mason at Diga Linda

It was such a sweet and memorable moment, enjoying all those sweet pastries with the family by the fire on a cold winter afternoon. The property is beautiful and we even saw peacocks rooming around! If you ever go visit Portugal, you make sure you visit this Palace, it's quite an enchanting getaway!

What a delight it was to see a Tobacco Leaf lamp at this Plalace! 

Setais Palace

I have a large collection with this print that I painted entirely by hand, learn more below!

Tobacco Leaft print

tobacco leaf table runner

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February 02, 2024 — Cecilia Mason
You Make me Smile Tea Towel By Diga Linda

Wisdom sayings and Roses!

Although I started this new year in a different country (Portugal), I am back to the US and after being under the weather for quite some time at home, I had time to reflect and do some planning for 2024. I think that at the beginning of each year we all reflect on the joys and (not so joyful) times we had in the previous year and after a mental inventory we try to improve so we can have a better year than the one before. 

With so much time at home recently, I had the opportunity to go look at some books that I rarely have time for and one of them is an old one called "Life's Little Instruction Book". Here Brown gives hundreds of suggestions, observations and reminders on how to live a happy and rewarding life!

Little wisdom book

His advice is both filled with wisdom and also humor, which I think is much needed nowadays. This book is filled with notes from the heart. Below are some of his wise points:

 Wisdom notes for blog

To download the printable version, click HERE

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and I wanted to show you a lovely print "You Make Me Smile" filled with Roses that never go bad! 

Shop the set of 2 napkins HERE

you make me smile rose napkins by diga linda

 

These pillows below have a great price point, just click HERE to learn more.

you make me smile rose pillows by Diga Linda

My tea towel completes my kitchen.  I love my custom stove top and it feels like I have more space in the kitchen to decorate, specially to put more flowers in the kitchen. Also if you are interested in information on where to get my custom stove top, look at the bottom of the blog.

Learn more about the Tea Towel HERE

you make me smile roses tea towel by Diga Linda

 

It's such a joy to have a drink in my "You Make Me Smile" Roses cup! I can't help myself but feel joy! Learn more about this mug which comes in 2 sizes HERE

You make me smile roses mug by Diga Linda

 How darling is my tea towel styled by @maryalice.home on Instagram?

You Make Me Smile Roses Tea Towel styled by Mary Alice

 

This print is just darling and perfect for Valentine's Day. If you are craving more of this print please shop below.

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Passion ginger jar tea towel by Diga Linda 

To get one of these custom stove tops made for you, please email Rebekah Davis at Becca83davis@gmail.com 

You can also reach her on Instagram @rebekah.davis.180

 

Also how darling are these pieces from Jaye's Studio?

This is the Ginger Jar Garden Party & the Horizontal Square Cachepot planter

If you would like to shop at Jaye's Studio use coupon code LINDA15 for 15% off at checkout.

Jays studio

 

Diga Linda Blog by Ceci Mason

Diga Linda Blog by Ceci Mason

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February 02, 2024 — Cecilia Mason