Tuesday, April 28, 2015

SPRINGTIME TABLE for "Friends Sharing Tea"

Last night I set the dining room table with a pansy theme.  Last week I shared a personal sized cream and sugar and so I am also sharing a little Tuscan Pansy set today.  I now have these 2 sets that are personal sized and here is one on my springtime table:

We still don't have a lot of blooms going on but I have seen some lilacs around town.  One of the things I have observed is that lilacs bloom at different times,  even in the same area. There must be many different species - early bloomers and late bloomers.

 The Crab Apple trees are blooming in my subdivision right now.  I love the pink ones and I believe the white ones are the flowering - non - fruit bearing ones.  Over closer to the mountains I have seen some flowers blooming in yards but here at my house it was spitting snow yesterday morning.  I do see that plants are coming up so I am excited about that.

I have some love English Crown Dorset Pansy
 dessert plates I am sharing:

I would like to invite you to link anything about tea
 to this blog party at the bottom. 


A little poem from 365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know:

I'm sending you love and tea,
To warm your winter's day
Think of me as you pour your cup
And all the good things we would say.
If we could be together now
Instead of miles apart,
We'd sip our teas and memories,
The sweet warmth fills the heart.
Susan Young

A Loving Recipe for a Perfect Cup of Tea

1 - willing friend who loves to sit and share
1- grateful heart to have a friend that cares
1- beautiful garden to show us God is near

I will be sharing this post at these other parties:
Tea Time Tuesday
Mosiac Monday
A Return to Loveliness
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea

I hope you have a pleasant week.
  Join me in prayer for a world in great turmoil.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


When creating a great pot of tea, stir the tea gently before pouring it through the tea strainer and into the teacups.

from 365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know

Today is "Friends Sharing Tea" which means you are invited to join this blog party by linking a post from your blog that is tea related at the bottom below.  

This morning I set up a little display on my tea cart.  I wanted to share the Paragon Cream and Sugar and talk about it's size.  Have you noticed while out antiquing these little personal sized cream and sugars?  They are very fun.  Personally, I have just two sets but .  I have talked to ladies who collect many of them.

Isn't it amazing that parts of our country are in full blown springtime and then parts are still a bit chilly.  We are still in the chilly category but in spite of the snow lately I found a few blooms in the garden this morning and made a small bouquet. I see that the plants coming up have survived repeated snow on top of them. 

These teacups are English Bone China and the one on the left is a Queen's.  The one with the rosebuds is a Salisbury. 

I hope your week is pleasant!

I will also be sharing at these parties:

Mosaic Monday
A Return to Loveliness
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Home Sweet Home

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Today we went for a ride south down to Pueblo, Colorado.  We drove by the 37 room mansion built in 1893 which was the home of John A. and Margaret Thatcher.  I took a couple photos to share and will let you know they serve Afternoon Tea in the Carriage House for special events several times a year.

The home (museum) was not open to visitors today.

Here is the carriage house where teas are held:  the next tea is a Madhatter Tea coming up.

Rosemount Mad Hatter Tea Party: will be held on Sunday, May 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Carriage House Restaurant at Rosemount. Cost is $30 per person and all proceeds will benefit the museum. The Mad Hatter will be on hand and a "Best Hat" contest will be held. There will be door prizes. For more information contact the museum at  1-719-545-5290. This would make a great Mother's Day gift!

After noting how lush and green these photos are, I thought I better mention it is 10 degrees warmer in Pueblo than where I live and springtime was definitely advanced here.  Last night it even snowed a little during the night where I live!

Monday, April 13, 2015

A PASSION FOR PANSIES for "Friends Sharing Tea"

I've never met anyone who didn't like pansies.

Every spring I look forward to their arrival and
 I'm quite sure you do too!

Today is "Friends Sharing Tea" and I am glad you
 joined me as I am sharing a few Pansy teatime things.

This is one of the Afternoon Tea Trays my 
 had made for me:

I love tea strainers and different gadgets
 and find them entertaining!

These two teapots are newer from China.  I have never found a vintage English one yet. I gravitate to vintage things. I love the look of something old, worn and I never let crazing stop me.  Do you know what crazing is?  All those tiny crackling marks on a really old teapot are crazing.  It means it was loved!  

These two cups and saucers are English:

I would like to thank each of you who participate in my blog party.  I recently realized that sometimes I have left comments on participants blogs but clicked the "sign out" button at the end so you never got the comment.  I guess it is not good to leave comments when one is tired and not so alert.

I also share at other parties:

Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Home Sweet Home
Sandi at Tea Time Tuesday will not be having her party this week due to a death in her family.  Please keep her in our prayers.

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!