Monday, April 6, 2015


When I started blogging years ago it was to share my passion for collecting tea cups, tea pots, my love for tea time, decorating,  gardening, collecting vintage linens and baking/cooking. How's that for a list?

When I look back to 2009 and the years after that,  I can see I have sold many of the things I used to own and my collecting and decorating style has become more "cottage" and less Victorian.  It seems to be where I am at in life.  Thanks to my husband, many of the dark things in my house have been painted shabby chic.

 I would love to bake something and present it each week on my blog but I never seem to have the time that is needed. .  Because I love to bake and cook I do look forward to retirement when I will truly be doing more of that.  As you can see, collecting vintage linens and crochet is one thing I do get done:

Today I am just sharing some random photos of things I collect. What teatime things do you collect?  I do hope you will share that with us below and link a post from your blog!

I will also be sharing at these parties:
Mosaic Monday
Tea Time Tuesday
Tea Cup Tuesday
A Return to Loveliness
Tuesday Cuppa Tea

I have a passion for English Bone China but you know sometimes the quirky Japanese pieces are just plain fun!


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Bernideen,
I love that sweet sugar bowl! You have so many pretty tea wares and I really like your cottage teapot. I have cut back on my baking once again because we are eating too much sugar. I was trying to bake something once a week but Hubby and I both feel we have too much sugar in our diets. So, perhaps it will be every two weeks now. At least for a while. I hope you had a blessed Easter weekend. We have Easter Mondays off here in Canada so it makes for a very nice long weekend. Thank you for joining me for tea and hosting your lovely party.


Nora @ Teacup Tales said...

Like you there are so many different things I want to do regarding tea between its collections and parties. Unfortunately work and everyday life gets in the way. :)
My main focus is collecting English Bone China and adding to a small collection I inherited. I get so much enjoyment looking for those beautiful cups online or in antique stores. I also want to continue to learn more about the different English potteries and their histories. Bernideen, the beauty and variety of your blog has been so inspiring to me. You're an amazing photographer. I'm glad you found a niche with the cottage theme. Enjoy your week! ~Nora

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I love your cottage style, Bernideen, and how it's evolved. You always share such pretty dishes and linens with us. Thank you so much for hosting your lovely party each week. When you retire, you can bake up a storm!

Anonymous said...

Hi Bernideen, You have some lovely things to photograph. I especially love the bright colors. My mom had a lot of Victorian pieces, such as her lemonade set. I don't have many crochet pieces but I do love them and you have some really pretty ones. As always, thank you for hosting and the opportunity to share and visit others.

eileeninmd said...

Your tea cups are so pretty, lovely collection! Your crochet piece is beautiful. Well done! Have a happy week!

Sandra said...

I love your list of things you like. They are mostly all on my list as well. I guess I am leaning more towards a Victorian Style for now. I love all the different items you have shared with us, and look forward to all your future posts.

MomWaldsPlace said...

Wow, when you asked what folks collect you really got them excited! What fun!

NanaDiana said...

Isn't it interesting how our style changes over time. I used to love Victorian, too, but am now more traditional, I guess.

I have several pieces of those little Japanese "windmills". Many of mine though, were made in Germany. They were gifts from my brother that passed away so I will never get rid of them.

Have a wonderful evening. xo Diana

Vee said...

You always share the sweetest things. I am glad that you appreciate the whimsical things in addition to the beautiful bone china pieces. I am working very hard not to collect things, though tea cups and linens would be some of the things that I'd enjoy collecting.

Margie said...

I always enjoy viewing your pretty teawares every week, Bernideen.

My collection of teacups and teapots grew exponentially when I finally got my own place and had the space to display my teawares! I'm partial to the vintage bone china made in England but have also acquired or been gifted some other lovely pieces from other places. I also have a weakness for tea-themed linens and pajamas (I found some cute items recently that I plan to share later this month).

Thanks for providing us a forum to interact and share our love of all things pertaining to tea!

Marilyn Miller said...

Our tastes definitely change over the years. I like more the cottage now also. Tomorrow I will link with a tea post.

Linda said...

Everything is just gorgeous, Bernideen! Happy Easter. :)

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

All your pieces are magical - I love the colors and the flowers.

Carrie said...

Hi Bernideen! Ah, vice. I really enjoyed seeing some of your collection--I think my favorite from those you shared this week is that set of Japanese windmills! How unique and cool! I just so happen to be sharing one of my collecting passions--landscape and cottage patterns. I try to make something for the blog every once in a while--but the problem is that then I have the bad food in the house--and I definitely don't need to be eating that! I hope you have a great week :)

sarah said...

Such lovely chinaware. :-)

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: My tastes have changed so much as well, since I started blogging. My blog has changed. I think that is what keeps us going, change. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Karen said...

Hi Bernideen,
That's so interesting that you are collecting more cottage china. I am becoming the same. I love white furniture and have been choosing a lot of transferware now. All of your china is so lovely today. The teacup with the pink roses is beautiful! I have the same pattern but in a different shape. Mine is called "Lady Alexander". I am retired and I don't bake enough. If I do bake I forget to take a pic and it's all gone too quickly. Two of my adult children still live at home so I still make a big dinner every night. Is it hard to sell your pretties? I don't think I would be able to. Thank you for hosting Tea Time today!
Happy Easter! Karen

Antiques And Teacups said...

I think we collect/sell about the same things...It's so nice to have such beautiful things to hand! Thanks so much for hosting and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I like your assessment of how your blog and collection style has changed Bernideen. When I had to determine a description for my gardening style for a presentation I gave, I came up with cottage/victorian. Lots of formal elements with wrought iron and other things but a casual cottage planting of flowers.
I think the windmill tea things are fun and could definitely come in handy for a themed tea.
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday and hosting your tea gathering.

Beth in NEPA said...

I enjoyed seeing your tea things collection. I too have quite a tea collection. But since I have a shop I get to switch things occasionally to get something new!!

Lorrie said...

Hi Bernideen,

I don't really collect much of anything, but my style of decorating has changed over the years, too. It's simpler now. I still enjoy china and old silver. Your pretty teacup with the roses in the first photo is lovely.

Carolyn said...

Hi Bernideen,
You have collected lots of pretty things! I think we like to collect many of the same things.
I used to bake a lot too but now it seems to be only me that has a sweet tooth so I don't want to tempt myself.

Thank you for hosting,

Jean | said...

Bernideen, I love cottage style, too. You have so many lovely things, looks very homey and inviting!


Oh my dear Bernideen, you do have the most beautiful dishes for Tea Time, my friend. I love them all...wish I could start saying, the teapot, the teacup, etc., but no; They're all swoon!!!
Thank you so much for hosting this lovely tea party and for visiting me, you made my day!

Aida said...

Hi Bernideen, love all your collection. They are so colourful and bright, always make my day everytime I drop by. Keep those pretties coming. Can't wait to see your spring garden too. Sorry that I can't link up today. I seem to miss out a lot. Maybe this week I could join you for tea.

Enjoy your week.

Storybook Woods said...

I love everything you collect. You have such an eye!! Clarice