Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine Tea Time

Happy Valentine week to my tea friends!  Just a little tea to celebrate Valentine's day close to my warm fireplace on a cold winter afternoon.

I am using a tea set I found at different thrift stores.  All the pieces were made in the USA by Taylor Smith.  They were not named, but they look a lot like my other dishes by Taylor Smith  stamped English Abby.

The teapot is so sweet and petite.  Love the round handle on the tea ware!

The creamer has flowers on it instead of the English scene.  I wonder if  it was  part of a tea set, that would be so pretty.

I made chocolate cake hearts for the tea time sweet.  Also, Little Debbie's (cut with a small cookie cutter) topped with my homemade raspberry jam.

This week I will be joining the following parties:  Tea Time Tuesday,  Friends Sharing Tea, Tuesday Cuppa Tea, and Teacup Tuesday.

I will be taking some time off from joining all the lovely tea parties for now.  God Bless and thank you so much for all your wonderful comments you so graciously leave me.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Favorite Teacups and Teapots

Welcome!  Today I want to congratulate  Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage on her fifth anniversary of her lovely Tea Time parties she so graciously invites us to every week.  When Sandi first mentioned her special anniversary tea, sharing our most favorite teacups or teapots, I tried to come up with a favorite, but there are so many wonderful memories connected to my tea treasures, I couldn't choose just one.  I know on top of the list though would be the cherished gifts from loved ones no longer with us.

My precious daughter's gift of this teapot holding so many   happy memories of the day antiquing and enjoying lunch together.


The teacup from the Grand Hotel my daughter gifted me with and the wonderful weekend we had together on Mackinac Island.

My paternal Grandmother's teacup I am so thankful to have.

My maternal Grandmother's tea set.  I remember so well as a child seeing this set in the very china cabinet I now have.

I am using my Grandmothers tea set for tea time today. The colors are so fresh and spring like, a little pick me up on a cold grey winter day!

The teapot is fill with a couple cups of English Tea Shop "Sleigh Ride" tea. An organic green tea.  We certainly have enough snow for a sleigh ride!

The pistachio macaroon's are in a vintage bowl that was my mom's. It's the first time I have been able to find them here and they are very good!

I guess that is why I like tea time so much, a time to use a favorite teacup and teapot that holds so many wonderful memories for myself and others.

Thank you so much for visiting me and for all the lovely comments you gift me with.  Wishing you all have a wonderful week!

I will be joining the following parties this week:  Tea Time Tuesday,  Friends Sharing Tea, Tuesday Cuppa Tea, and Teacup Tuesday.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Friendly Village Tea

Hello and happy January to you!  For tea time this week I'm sharing a tea at my log home I enjoyed with my friend Joyce before the holidays were over.  I used  my collection of Johnson Brothers Friendly Village dishes.  I know many of you have the same pattern.   We live where there is lots of snow in the winter, so this set is perfect for me to use all season.

My sister and daughter-in-law gave me the teapot and teacups a few years ago.


I forgot to take a picture of the pumpkin soup I served first with the chicken pot pie and pumpkin scones!

Dessert was pumpkin pie, molasses cookie wedge, snickerdoodle cookies, and mince tarts.

Lastly, on top of my china cabinet is a thrift find recently.  A Charles Dickens music box, The Old Curiosity Shop. The roof opens up for storage and holds my teabags.  The scene on the small plate next to it reminds me of my farm cottage.  The pattern is Welcome Home by J&G Meakin.

Thank you for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful week!

I will be joining the following parties this week:  Tea Time Tuesday,  Friends Sharing  Tea, Teacup Tuesday, and Tuesday Cuppa Tea.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tea For Christmas

Welcome dear friends to tea this week.  The time of the year to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus.  The reason for the Season!

I am using some of my collection of transferware for tea today.  I love the old fashion prints of  the sweet visions of long ago.  The large plates are a thrifty find named Winsor by Ridgeway of Staffordshire, England.  The smaller plates are Johnson Bro. from TJ Maxx.

The teacup in the front right is a Currier and Ives.  Made in the USA by Homer Laughlin, named View of  New York  an American subject..

This next teacup is marked Stratford, Scenes of the Shakespeare Country, British Anchor, England.

I am so glad you could join me for tea!  Wishing you a blessed Christmas season and a very happy New Year!


I will leave you with a poem I wrote to my dear 94 year old Mother back in  2003 about my childhood Old Fashion Christmases.

My childhood Christmases in the early 1950's were filled with excitement and joy.
Snow glittering beautifully outside our door, icicles hung from our windows so crystal and clear.  To our wonder, Jack Frost was here.
It was shivery cold outdoors, a winter wonderland, but our home warm with the love that was there.
The Christmas tree shimmered with tinsel and lights.  The many ornaments were so sparkly and bright.
The presents were wrapped lovingly with care,  placed under the tree for Christmas morning to be here.
Carols were sung and Christmas music was played.  The story of Christmas close to our hearts and very dear.
I remember the smell of our house so clear, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger.
I snuggled in bed on Christmas Eve full of warmth and wonder, very thankful indeed.
I knew then as I know now, I have only to thank my dear momma and daddy for giving those wonderful Christmases to me.

I will be joining these lovely parties this week:  Tea Time Tuesday,  Friends Sharing Tea, A Return to Loveliness,  Teacup Tuesday, and Tuesday Cuppa Tea.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

December Tea

Sharing a moment of tea time  I enjoyed a couple of years ago at my farm cottage.

May you find a few moments to relax with a cup of tea and enjoy precious Christmas memories of your loved ones.

Thank you so much for visiting and wishing you a blessed Christmas season!

I will be joining the following lovely parties this week:  Tea Time Tuesday,  Friends Sharing Tea,  A Return to Loveliness,  Teacup Tuesday,  Tuesday Cuppa Tea, and Share Your Cup Thursday.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Collecting Brown Transfer Ware

Hello everyone!  I hope you are having a good November!  Lots of my friends out in blog land collect transfer ware and after seeing yours I fell in love with the comfy and homey feel transfer ware gives me.   I have been buying bits and pieces at thrift stores, but never a whole set of brown transfer ware at one time.  A few weeks ago we went to my grandson's hockey game about two hours north of us.  We were early  and  found  a thrift store with this beautiful set of dishes!

I decided to do a autumn tablescape at our log cottage  using this china and some of my other transfer ware pieces.  So pretty for fall!

I have a set of five plus of this pattern.  It is made my Johnson Bro's and the pattern name is Windsor Ware, made in England.  I think I was lucky to get the set for sixty dollars!

I'm going to love drinking tea from this cup!

I would love to find a teapot to match, but for now I'm using my thrift store Chantilly teapot by T. Furnival & Sons.

I also found the large soup tureen  at a thrift shop for only twenty dollars, including a couple of smaller tureens without lids with small hair line cracks.  They are marked Yosemite by T & R Boote, England.

I love the ladle!

The large pitcher is marked Noir E + Blanc, from TJ Maxx.

Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you all have a wonderful week!  We are expecting ten to twelve inches  of snow tomorrow!  I am not ready for that!

I will be joining the following lovely parties:  Tea Time Tuesday,  Friends Sharing Tea, A Return to Loveliness, Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Teacup Tuesday,  and Share Your Cup Thursday.