Well, it’s time to move on to the next sport not to mention the next season.  Daylight savings is around the corner in early March and soon we will ordering fish sandwiches from the area churches and various organizations.  Paczki (pronunciation is poonch-key , or better yet, “I’d like a dozen.” are already showing up in the local bakeries and our attention will soon be turning to affairs of the heart on Valentine’s Day and soon after, Easter.

Speaking of chocolate, The Stillroom Gift & Tea shop  has Harney & Sons Chocolate and Roses tea as well as Chocolate tea in stock.   OMG! If you have not had  either of these dessert teas and you are a chocolate lover and have never had a dessert tea, this is a great place to start.   The aroma alone is just like a milk chocolate bar!  A touch of milk and a sprinkle of sugar, this is a calorie counter’s dream.  Don’t deprive yourself of this chocolate treat.  The Stillroom Harney & Sons chocolate tea and Valentine’s Blend tea are available by the 4 oz. decorative tin or the 1 oz. package.  It is a loose black tea. These tea treats are available until Easter and just like the bunny, poofkah, they are gone.  Paris  loose black tea is also back in stock.

If you are not familiar with Harney & Sons teas, it is important for me to tell you that it is a family owned top of the line tea company here in the north east.  So, through purchasing this tea, you are essentially helping the economy locally as well as this top notch tea company.  The Stillroom carries a limited amount of loose tea and Harney is the only one we sell.  Available in Rose, Chocolate, Paris and Valentines’s Chocolate and Roses.

In the meantime, the shop is slowly being restocked with our handmade, organic catnip pillows, lavender by the ounce, lavender essential oil, hand-sewn organic lavender sachets and a colorful line of greeting cards.

New to the shop and coming soon will be our really terrific Yoga DVD developed for senior citizens, people recovering from injuries or anyone who is new to exercise.  The main reason I love this DVD is because as I have gotten older, the one thing I have been noticing is my balance is really out of whack.  That is the one thing that we lose as we get older and so far this Yoga for the rest of us is helping me gain strength and balance.  For once this is something I can really get behind and be excited about.  I love it so much I decided to bring it in to the shop to make it available to you.  I’m addicted.

Also, The Stillroom Teas are now available in a basic limited assortment in Saxonburg at Mimi’s Memories on Main Street.  Here you will find an assortment of black, green and herbal teas as well as tea accessories and a few vintage pieces.  Harney & Sons loose black teas are also in stock.

The full  Stillroom Tea shop is available inside of the most awesome Diamond Antiques and Gifts.  Boasting a great group of 26 vendors we are located at 311 East Sixth Avenue in Tarentum. We are located right next to Massart’s Historic Diner, across the street from the fabulous Tarentum Station, up the street a block from Seita’s Jeweler’s and a hop skip and a jump away from Gatto’s and the Tarentum Bridge. Don’t forget to hit the Praha for those Funzi Wings and generous helpings of bar food faves.  New to Tarentum?  Check out the one and only Koski’s Corner.  They are a full service coffee shop with a complete coffee menu and a growing selection of wonderful treats including ice cream.  Pretty cool.  Looking for all of the above?  Find Diamond Antiques centrally located in the middle of the business district and under the black and white striped awning.  Diamond Antiques and Gifts is closed Monday and Tuesday (restocking days for the shop) and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday from 12-5.

It is tea weather so come on in to Diamond Antiques and search for something just for the sake of getting out of the winter doldrums and treat yourself to a fine package of tea while you are in there! Nothing like a hot cup of tea to drown our sorrows in after the Steeler’s loss.  I knew those Patriot’s would win.  Oh well. Go Pens!



Happy New Year!

It is pretty cold out there this morning and I have to get going so I can navigate the snowy roads to get to Diamond Antiques today.

I hope everyone has had a chance to decompress now that we are in the New Year.  We will be watching the Steelers play this Sunday with family.  It’s a good reason to throw a log on the fire and enjoy some black and gold tea!  What is that?  Any black tea you enjoy will cover the black tea and chamomile brews up a pretty gold.  Serve in glass mugs and sip.

You can put out any kind of black and gold cookie or treat for dessert if you really want a  black and gold themed party.  I sure hope they win!  It gives us something to look forward to not to mention the longer days.

Diamond Antiques is open and ready to pack up Christmas and freshen up for the fun days ahead.  The Stillroom is gearing up to replace all of the lovely handcrafted things you have come to enjoy and will be adding a few new/old pieces.  All of the tea has been restocked and the Harney & Sons chocolate tea will be here in time for Valentine’s Day.  The shop will be adding Paris in loose form too.    That tea is loose so you will need filters or strainers, which are now in stock too.

What’s new for 2017 at The Stillroom?  More loose teas from Harney & Sons!  I look forward to the Rose scented tea.  In addition to the Paris and Valentine’s Day tea blend, we will be getting a true chocolate tea too.  This isn’t a Valentine’s thing for me.  I just really, really enjoy chocolate, pretty much in any form.  The advantage to drinking the chocolate in the form of tea is that is is lower in calories that a chocolate bar.  I guess it’s good to maintain some control or whatever.

That’s about it for the update.  Come on in and grab some tea for that black and gold tea party!  It can be fun.  I did one many years ago when I first opened my shop and it was interesting coming up with a black and gold main menu and dessert.  Use your imagination and keep in mind that the Steel City is black and gold all year around.

The Stillroom teas are now available at Mimi’s Memories in Saxonburg.  Same prices, same great quality.  Proud to say tea prices have remained the same since I opened in 2001.

Wrapping it up

Christmas shopping at Diamond Antiques is in full swing and that means a few things will be sold out this week.  The crystalized ginger is sold out and there is one nutmeg grater left as of this writing.  The Stillroom has holiday tea all year around so there is no rush there.  The White Christmas ginger mint is sold out but will be restocked on Thursday.  Tea wallets are down to just a few.  Just thought I’d throw that out there.


There are still a few shopping days left and it is going to be a balmy week around Pittsburgh.  Diamond Antiques is having a month long sale so be sure to stop in and take advantage of good weather conditions along with great savings.  You will be sure to enjoy the creativity, artistry and energy that the vendors put in their spaces.  It is a relaxing and casual way to shop for antique, vintage, new, old, well loved, gently used stuffs.  No wonder we have been voted one of the best antique and gift store!

Candles, hand lotions, sweets, tea, home decor, toys, dry goods…the list is endless, really.  This store has some of the coolest, unusual and hard to find goodies in stock.  If we don’t have it, we will direct you to local places that you can call and check.

Remember, any item priced over ten dollars (except items marked “firm”), will be marked down according to the vendors discount.

Diamond Antiques and The Stillroom within will be open Wednesday through Friday 10-4, open until seven on Thursday and Saturday, Christmas Eve, until 4.  Closed Christmas Day.

Reopening for the last week of the year Wednesday through Friday from 10-4 , open until seven on Thursday and  New Year’s Eve until 4, closed New Years Day.

On behalf of all of our hard working vendors, thank you, thank you, thank you!

Have a Merry Christmas and to all a good night!




(re: summer) It has been a long, hotter summer and I must say I am enjoying the cooler temperatures. The Flea-tique will be wrapping up this month, and the farmer’s markets will be drawing to a close. So go and gather your eggs, buns, halushki, cookies and pepperoni rolls because once the harvest is done, […]

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The Antiques Appraisal Fair at Diamond Antiques was a smashing success!  What a fun and very informative event to attend just before the seasons transition.  If you google Diamond Antiques the search will take you to the Facebook page and you can view some of the valued treasures that were brought in for evaluation.  The vendors at Diamond Antiques and Gifts are always so excited for this event.  When this one is over, we know it is time for us to present our best to you for the upcoming holiday season.

The Open House was really, really nice.  The evening was festive and fun as people turned out for this annual customer appreciation gathering!  The food was fabulous, the shopping was fun and the shop was filled with smiling, happy faces!   The building was transformed into a beautiful and nostalgic atmosphere and a good time was had by all.

THE NEXT BIG THING – All of the mom and pop shops very much look forward to Small Business Saturday on November 26th so please mark Diamond Antiques on your calendar.  Here you will find over 25 vendors each with special treasures both old and new,  primitive and modern, practical and quirky and TEA!  Yes, there is a terrific tea shop located within the walls of Diamond Antiques and Gifts!

DECEMBER- In December there will a a month-long sale!

THE STILLROOM -INSIDE OF DIAMOND ANTIQUES is fully stocked now with a really great selection of all of your favorite teas, accessories, vintage hats and gloves, tea wallets complete with holiday tea assortment, bulk lavender, lavender essential oil, lavender sachets, patchouli rose sachets, organic handmade catnip toys, nutmeg and nutmeg graters, candied ginger, honey sticks, rock candy, violet candy, green tea latte candy, locally made cards and children’s books.  In addition to the tea, The Stillroom Gift & Tea shop maintains antique touches and vintage charm throughout.

The Stash Holiday Teas are all stocked up and this season I will be featuring all of our dessert teas so come in and see what that is all about.

The Stillroom is located inside of Diamond Antiques at 311 E. Sixth Avenue in Tarentum, PA.  We are next to Massart’s Historic Diner, across the street from Tarentum Station, up the street from Seita Jeweler’s and a few blocks from the Tarentum Bridge.

Shop, walk, eat and enjoy our little corner of the world!

The store hours at Diamond Antiques and Gifts are Wednesday through Saturday from 10-5.  Thursday’s until 7 and Sunday’s from 12:00 – 5:00.

The shop will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Diamond Antiques will be open Christmas Eve until four. Closed Christmas Day.   Open New Year’s Eve until four and closed New Year’s Day.

Here is a news flash that just happened.  We’re baaaaaaack! The Stillroom now has a second location inside of Mimi’s Memories on Main Street in Saxonburg!  Mimi’s is located in the heart of the village of  Saxonburg at 225 West Main Street  and the number is 724-524-1717.  The store is open Tuesday through Friday from 10-5 and Saturday from 9:30-3.  Now, how about that?


Since my last post, my little dog Pip passed away.  Her demise was a bad heart that just couldn’t keep ticking.  That early Saturday morning turned into a very sad day for us.   I mourned her loss for a couple of weeks and the silence in the house was deafening.  No silly antics, no begging for toast in the morning, no more barking at the mailman.  This was just too much and I needed a little bit of chaos around here again.  I decided to see if I could find a senior citizen dog from the animal rescue league that needed a good home and some attention.


Angel: Day 1

Enter Angel. Angel was rescued from a person that hoarded animals and her background was just awful.  She was used for breeding purposes  and had very little human affection offered to her.  We think she is between 8-10 years old . She had to have an emergency spay and most of her teeth pulled while she was in  the care of a couple of different shelters.  She first arrived at a shelter north of our area in February of this year before being transferred to the Camp Horne Rd. facility in May.  When I saw her picture online I just knew I had to give this girl a chance at a normal doggie life for as long as time would allow.  Long story short, after more than a few weeks  of having to pick her up with a blanket so she wouldn’t try to bite me, Angel has so far turned into such a sweet girl.  She still wants to kill my husband and son but we are working on that  She just attached herself to me and is over protective but since she’s only 5 pounds of crazy, we think we can handle it.  We have nothing but our love and time for her rehabilitation.  She now goes by “Little Dog.”  Our home is complete.


Angel (aka “Little Dog”): Living the dream

Man, when the dog days hit, they hit hard.  Just because the temperature is going to soar to the mid nineties this week doesn’t mean you stop drinking tea.  It sure seems like some icy, cold, refreshing, thirst quenching tea is in order, wouldn’t you say?  This brings me to the strawberry pomegranate tea that you can find at The Stillroom Tea Shop.  There are  few beverages I enjoy more than iced tea and I have to tell you, this is the one!   It is herbal and  light and sooo strawberry and it brews up so pretty in pink.  I love anything strawberry and the scent always takes me back many decades.  I can remember buying strawberry incense and strawberry scented candles at The Stone Fox boutique that was located by what is now the Heights Pharmacy.  It was pretty radical for a shop like this to pop up in town. I was a middle school kid existing in a coming of age cross between the soulful sounds of Motown, the beach sounds of surf music and the psychedelic  phenomenon that was Inagoddavida which was a mind blowing 17 1/2 minutes long.  It was a very confusing time musically speaking and stylistically speaking.  Straight legs or those crazy bell bottoms?   The one thing I did know for sure though was that I loved strawberry everything including actually eating strawberries and brewing strawberry tea and pouring it over ice on those long, hot summer daze.

The White Peach Oolong would be my second choice in the iced tea line up.  Oolong is made up of tea leaves that are withered under the strong sun and then gathered before curling up.  It is so delicious especially when you float a fresh slice of peach in the glass, you will wonder why you waited so long to try it.

My third in the top three brewed iced teas is the Breakfast in Paris.  With a blend of black tea and a touch of lavender and lemon, this will make you happy the mercury is about to burst!  I add a few tea bags to a mason jar, (nothing complicated about that) and set it on the kitchen window sill and voila (translation, there you have it)!  I get a frosty mug and fill it with ice and this fabulous brew.  The mug also serves as a cold compress on your forehead if you are unfortunate enough to not be in air conditioning, at the beach or near a pool  at the height of the season

The lovely Stillroom Tea Shop is located inside of the awesome Diamond Antiques and Gifts Shop.   Diamond Antiques and Gifts is located at 311 E. 6th Avenue in Tarentum, (look for the black and white striped awning).  If you enjoy the dog days of summer and want to step back in time, come on into this historic building  where you can enjoy all of the nostalgia  that will take you anywhere from the late 1800’s through the 1900’s all the way up to now!  You will find tea, hats, gloves, tea accessories, lavender by the ounce, lavender essential oil, catnip toys, cards, shabby chic, mid century modern, rustic, primitive, quirky, collectible, wicker, a soap maker, a lotion maker, a wood worker, and a group of very creative and awesome collectors.  Our group scours the outskirts of our fair city to bring you sweet memories and so much more all under one roof.  Do it soon because you know once August hits, we are in the waning days of summer.

When you have shopped until you can’t shop no more and when your dogs start barking, you can refresh and dine in any of the local eateries from the historic Massart’s Diner to the beautiful Tarentum Station.  (Yes, it was actually a train stop back in the old days) .

Pretty soon all of the fair weather outdoor fun will be a memory and we will be looking to foggy, damp mornings, kids at the bus stops, crossing guards, high school football and Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas.









Wedding Tea

“There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.”-Martin Luther

Wedding season is here and The Stillroom has Harney & Sons Wedding Tea in stock.  This special tea is a beautiful marriage of exotic Mutan White tea with lemon and vanilla to taste. Combined with a kiss of pink rosebuds and petals to represent the bloom of new love, it is also as pretty as the bride to look at.  The individual teas are packaged in a delicate white silk sachet and make a beautiful presentation for a tea themed shower or bridal table.  The Stillroom carries the lovely silver tin with vintage style design and features 20 tea sachets.

This tea is also available in the same vintage inspired tagalong tin that holds 5 sachets.  With advance notice, The Stillroom can order these tagalongs with the name of the happy couple along with the wedding date.  What a lovely shower favor they make. Very, very nice!

I can’t believe that we are already going into the half way point of our new year.  We are approaching our first summer holiday this weekend and the weather looks as if it will be very fitting with temperatures reaching the high 80’s to almost 90 if the predictions hold. The greenhouses will be bustling with happy gardeners picking and choosing flowers and enjoying the sunshine.  The anticipation of a new garden with the hope of harvesting fresh tomatoes and herbs is palatable in more ways that one!

“To the nines” is an English idiom meaning “to perfection” or “to the highest degree.” The Stillroom is located inside of Diamond Antiques and let me say the antiques and gift shop is “decked to the nines” for the summer season.  We are awash in red, white and blue and look forward to seeing you in the coming months.  The days get a little lazier and Diamond Antiques and Gifts  is such a great place to take it slow as you meander through the vendor’s booths to look for that special something to decorate you home or patio or porch.

I mean if you are looking for anything from a farm table made locally by Scott or a vintage glass and pitcher set to hold your iced tea, (shameless plug) I’m pretty confident that you will find your summer treasure at Diamond Antiques and Gifts.

The store is located at 311 East Sixth Avenue in Tarentum.  We are right next to Massart’s historic eatery, across the street from the fabulous Tarentum Station, a couple of blocks from Seita Jeweler’s and Gatto’s Cycle Diner.  We have the black and white striped awning above our door.

Diamond Antiques and Gifts is open Wednesday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday’s from 12-5, Thursday evening’s until 7p.m.

Don’t forget we are also open at 8a.m. on Fleatique Sunday’s . This monthly event takes place the third Sunday of the month and runs from May- October.

In the meantime, stop in and visit The Stillroom Gift and Tea shop located right inside of the door of Diamond Antiques!

Just because winter has left us doesn’t mean tea season is over.  It is now iced tea season and we have a great selection of teas for you put in a jar and set in the sunshine.

The livin’ is easy.