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I brought the Cream Scone Mixes to the shop today! I thought the seasonal flavors of pumpkin spice and cranberry orange would be good flavors to start with along with chocolate chip. I am a real sucker for pumpkin spice season I must admit. And I pretty much like anything chocolate.

I like to coordinate the flavored teas with some sort of treat. I like to pair a chocolate biscotti or chocolate chip scone with a cup of Stash Organic Chocolate Orange dessert tea. Or a cranberry scone with a cup of Harney & Sons Cranberry Orange loose tea. The mixing and matching possibilities are endless!

The Stillroom has the Stash Pumpkin Spice dessert tea on the shelf for the kick off of Pumpkin Season. The dessert teas are best when they have a splash of milk in them. The dessert teas may or may not be sweetened or you may or may not care for the milk. I like both. This tea tastes just like pumpkin pie!

The shop is starting to look just like autumn. It smells like autumn. It tastes like autumn. It all arrives and comes together just in time to say hello to the official start of the last quarter of the year.

Hey! Guess what’s in store soon? Its the annual Antique Appraisal Fair! It will be taking place Sunday, September 27th from 10-2 AND its still only $5.00 per item. That is such a deal I can hardly even believe it! Don’t miss this opportunity to find out if you have trash or a treasure. (Although I see everything as treasure no matter).

It looks like Tarentum business owners recently got together to brain storm some ideas to promote the business district and the result is the new Tarentum Night Market! As one that remembers Tarentum back in its heyday when every store from G.C. Murphy to Isaly’s was filled with shoppers, I can tell you Tarentum was a bustling little metropolis. It housed the doctors complex, restaurants, bars, theater, bowling above the theater, mens clothing store, furniture store and a bakery and florists to name a few.

The first Tarentum Night Market event will be Thursday, September 17, 5-8. You can find the complete article in the Valley News Dispatch to read up on the initiative!

Stop in at Diamond Antiques & Gifts

311 E. Sixth Avenue


Tuesday -Sunday 10-5

Closed Monday’s to dust & restock!

Diamond Antiques & Gifts will open at 8 am on Sunday, September 20th for Flea-Tique

The Stillroom Tea Shop is located right inside the door of Diamond Antiques & Gifts. The shop carries an assortment of old, new, antiques, vintage, tea, accessories, gloves, hats and dry goods.

@lequitalee on instagram for rando pics of this and that.

It was the best of times,

it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we all going direct the other way-in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

From A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens, published 1859

The Stillroom Gift & Tea Shop opened 19 years ago, today.

This little beauty will be in the shop tomorrow! Found and rescued from the dark and lonely corner of a warehouse, I gave this pup a polish and a little bit of TLC and now it’s time to fly! The thing that usually catches my eye on these “smalls” is the tiny, ornate door pulls. The copper-lined humidor is in pretty nice shape for its age!


On the shelves this coming week!

Uh Oh! Wait! ¬†I see the mercury will be hitting almost 90 this week so I think I’ll wait until we get some real baking weather.

Scone mixes will be arriving next week!

I think it just makes sense because it is all about setting the mood for the upcoming fall season as crispy mornings slowly give way to brilliant September skies and sweater weather.

Homeschooling your brood? ¬†Maybe a lesson in high tea traditions might be fun! ¬†Or not. ¬†Just have that mix on hand for a weekend morning when your pod can gather around the morning table for a spot of tea and a sweet scone hot out of your oven with devonshire cream and honey! ¬†All you add is some heavy cream (thus the name cream scone). ¬†Even the kiddos can help it’s so easy!

A lovely scone mix and a package of good tea for the pantry is a good idea for that first morning when you have a blessed minute.

Sounds like a good plan.

Cream scones available in chocolate chip, pumpkin spice and cranberry orange! Yummo!

Next week!

Hot off the press! The Stillroom Sweet Botanical Blend is in the shop. I wish you could partake of this beautiful scent through the screen but alas, you have to stop in the shop to experience this delightfully blended marriage of herbs, spices and fragrant florals.

It has been about thirty years since I figured out just what to put into these perfumed little pillows when I was learning to create my very own fragrance in the form of botanicals and spices.   In fact, when I first opened my shop it was based on gifts from the good earth.  The Stillroom held most of what one would find in a Stillroom.  Dried roses, mints, bergamot, patchouli, lavender, lemon balm, frankincense and myrrh, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, and vanilla beans.  The list of natural scents is a long one!

I wish you could be in the workshop when I’m blending all of this. ¬†I purposely create the atmosphere before hand with some ambient space music so it is zen and relaxed and chill. ¬†Quite frankly, this is just what I need to wash away all of the incoming missiles that try and harsh my short lived buzz throughout the course of a day.

Some days it just seems like these moments of true self indulgence are so brief I forget what it’s like to just actually be in any one moment where my blood pressure isn’t going through the roof!

Me busy. lol

That’s where my cup of tea (or for me a tisane) comes in to play. ¬†Nothing like a relaxing cup of chamomile to take the edge off of pretty much everything these days.

So here’s some news that will fill your space with fragrance in a whole different kind of way. ¬†Fire up those ovens and get you some heavy cream because you are going to need it!

Soon The Stillroom shelves will be filled with mini jars of honey and Devonshire cream to go with the new scone mixes arriving just in time for the fall and winter baking season. I’m pretty stoked about these mixes from Rabbit Creek. You know them. You love them. Perfect for when you need a little something sort of fancy schmancy and hot out of your own oven!

Come in, grab an awesome vintage apron, gather a scone mix, honey, Devonshire cream, a tea cup, a sugar stick, and your favorite tea and take a minute and try to create your own quiet time.  The kitchen will smell like baked scones, the tea will relax you.  All you have to do is shut off the phone and lock everyone out of the house.

I kid.

Or do I?

All of the goodies are in transit and will be on shelves soon!

What’s the tea?

The Stillroom Sweet sachets are just about ready for the shelf!

These perfume packies are a blend of fragrant rose petals, rose buds, dried patchouli, and lavender.

To the dried petals I add dried, diced orris root. This is then blended with essential oils and warm spices to create The Stillroom Sweet botanical blend.

This mixture is put into a crock and aged for about six weeks so the dried botanicals, spices and oils can meld into every little speck of dried flower.

The result is a heady, earthy perfumed sachet that will last forever.

The scent actually gets better as the blended dried goodies age!

Please note this is not edible. Keep out of reach of tiny humans and pets!

These will be in the shop the first week of September or as soon as I get the labeling written and printed.

In the meantime it’s that time of the year for Diamond Antiques Antique Appraisal Fair!

Check back for solid deets.

In the meantime, stop in and peruse the expanded selection of tea from our East coast supplier, Harney & Sons!

Diamond Antiques is loaded with all kinds of goodies!

Tuesday-Sunday. 10-5

Closed Mondays

Store opens at 8 am on Fleatique Sunday’s throughout the summer and fall!

Marigolds are my favorite summer flower. Mixed with shocking pink geraniums they made quite an impression.




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