Thursday, April 19, 2018

Heirloom China Tea Set

We have enjoyed a beautiful spring. I love the delicate scent of wisteria and thought the purple color of the flowers would accent this lovely vintage tea set with violets. Yes, I was blessed to receive the teapot and sugar and creamer along with the china that I posted about here
 I'm glad you joined me today. Relax, imagine listening to the birdsong, smelling the intoxicating scent of the wisteria, the warm of the spring sunshine on your shoulders, sipping tea out of delicate china cups and savoring the taste of  delicious cupcakes.
Upon close observation the teapot, plates and cups and saucers are different patterns but they look lovely together. The plates and some cups and saucers are Embassy Ware Bone China, Fondeville, England and some of the cups and saucers are Radfords Bone China, England and Adderley Bone China also English.
Let me share a little history that I know about the china. Google says it was made in the 1940's and 1950's. My husband's Aunt Joyce from Houston, Texas, received this china from her aunt who lived in New York City. She used it for years and now has graciously given it to us. It must have been fun for Aunt Verna to collect this china in the 40's and 50's.  

I absolutely adore the shape of the teapot. It is Victorian Violets from England's Countryside made in England by Hammersly. The gold gilding is so pretty and the delicate sprays of violets make my heart sing.
Wonderful memories of picking wild violets in the woods come to my mind and warm my heart when I think about describing this sweet pattern.

The shape of the creamer and sugar are equally beautiful. The plates have a pretty scalloped and ribbed design with gold trim.

Can you imagine the taste of this decadent cupcake?
And sipping a great cup of tea that just tastes better out of a china teacup?

I was so pleased my bridal wreath was blooming to be a backdrop in the garden for a spring tea party. The pound cake cupcakes came from a little shop near my home and I have to be careful to limit my stops there. 
I love tea parties and a tea set passed down to three generations is quite special. Feeling blessed to share about it today.
Have a wonderful week.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Dessert in the Garden

I received the nicest surprise in the mail recently from Rita @Panoply. 
This lovely vintage tablecloth and napkins as well as the nostalgic milk glass cake plate were part of her purge that she offered to bloggers. 
I love vintage things and enjoy knowing their history. Rita said the cake stand came from the estate of a widow that was downsizing and her kids called her the black widow because she outlived four husbands.

I was thrilled to receive these wonderful items that she acquired at estate sales. She and her sisters have a booth at their local antique mall  in Charleston,West Virginia. If I ever get to West Virginia I plan to visit Rita and their shop.

I also received a Fiesta vase that I will use in another post. Rita thought I might enjoy this tablecloth in my garden when the hydrangeas bloom and I certainly will. However, I told her I could not wait that long to use it. Fortunately, my bridal wreath was blooming and provided a nice backdrop to show off my new cake stand and tablecloth.
My mother had a cake stand like this which explains my nostalgia about a milk glass cake plate.  My sister has it so I am very happy to have one of my own now. I told Rita I was going to make a homemade coconut cake and photograph the cake plate.  I have been craving a coconut cake but by the time I could make a cake my bridal wreath probably would not be as pretty. So, I bought one and was pleasantly surprised how good it was.
Using  fresh hydrangea leaves under the cake is something I learned from Ina Garten years ago. I also use them under Brie or other cheeses for appetizers.

 I wish Rita and I could enjoy a piece of coconut cake and a glass of iced tea together. Maybe one day that will happen. Thank you so much Rita, for your generosity and friendship. Enclosed in the package was the nicest handwritten note which is so rare these days.

Have a beautiful week.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Spring Is In The Air

Welcome to a  Springtime Tablescape Blog Hop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree @Celebrate and Decorate and join me in my garden with a springtime tablescape. Please enjoy visiting each blogger's tablescape listed on the schedule at the bottom of this post.

                      The Violet

 Down in a green and shady bed
A modest violet grew;
Its stalk was bent, it hung its head,
As if to hide from view.

And yet it was a lovely flower,
No colours bright and fair;
It might have graced a rosy bower,
Instead of hiding there.

Yet there it was content to bloom;
In modest tints arrayed;
And there diffused its sweet perfume,
Within the silent shade.

Then let me to the valley go,
This pretty flower to see;
That I may also learn to grow
In sweet humility. 

Jane Taylor (1783-1824)

Jane Taylor also wrote the childhood poem," Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."

This lovely china was given to me by my husband's aunt. It had been passed down to her from her aunt and she has used it for years. Now, I am honored to use it, as well as her tablecloth and the thumbprint glasses.

Spring is a happy time of new beginnings and refreshes our spirits.

It was a beautiful spring day warm enough for an Alfresco outing in my garden. The grass has greened up, the azaleas are especially pretty this year and the bridal wreath, and dogwoods are blooming here in south Alabama. Easter is just around the corner and egg hunts are planned around our community. Seeing the children scamper hunting eggs is a delight. Spring brings new life and beautiful blossoms and is such a time of renewal. Spring brings us Easter for a time of renewal and appreciation for the Savior of the world that gave himself for our sins.  

Be sure to visit all the blogs below for a Springtime Tablescape Blog Hop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree from Celebrate and Decorate. 
 Spring is in the air!



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

It's No Secret That I Love Flowers!

It is fun to create quick vignettes for Instagram and Facebook.Most all of the pictures I'm sharing today have been posted on Instagram recently. Would you consider following me on Instagram if you don't already? 

Wild Azalea growing in the woods near my house. I fondly remember, talking walks in the woods near my grandparents home as a child, cutting branches from this most fragrant tree. My kitchen smells wonderful and this fragrance is so nostalgic for me.

Wisteria growing wild near my home has a etherial fragrance. I have enjoyed arranging it in several different vases and vignettes recently.

I brought these tulips all the way back home from Texas. 
Purple has been speaking to me lately. 

This is my DIL's gorgeous china! 
This is her beautiful orchid. She has the perfect light for orchids and they do well for her.
You are invited to a Springtime Tablescape Blog Hop everyday next week. I am posting the schedule below.  My table is Friday. Hope you will stop by.
 Rustic & Refined | Celebrate & Decorate | Living With Thanksgiving |  Me and My Captain

Have a great weekend,
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Dallas Arboretum and grandchildren activities

My husband and I spent ten days recently visiting our son in Dallas. My previous post shows a picture of some area bloggers that I enjoyed meeting while I was there. While we were in Dallas it basically rained every day we were there. But the rain stopped one afternoon long enough for a short visit to the Arboretum to see the daffodils and tulips. 

 Rain for days had affected all the flowers but they were still very pretty.
 The color combinations of purple hyacinths and daffodils were striking.

A new area with potagers had been built since I was there in June. Beautiful varieties of lettuces and vegetables were thriving. This area has a stunning view of the river.

Even though most of the tulips had not opened you could tell how beautiful it was going to be.
The sun did not come out for a week while we were there. If it wasn't raining it was cloudy and very overcast skies so the tulips had not matured and few were open.

My little granddaughter likes to make pictures like her grandmother!

My grandson is a cub scout and the Pine Wood Derby was held while we were there. It was a special time for three generations to work on a Derby car together during the week that lead up to the race.
Our grandsons car. Would you believe there are videos  available about how to build a derby car now? The tracks are even computerized these days. My husband was amazed how things had changed since he was a cub scout and raced a car in a derby.
Our son took our granddaughter to a father/ daughter dance while we were there.  I was disappointed my pictures did not turn out because they were snapped in such a hurry.

The sun came out on the last day we were there so we were able to go to the lake and sail the kids boats their Granddaddy had made for them. Everything was wet and they had a great time playing outside as evidenced by their appearance.
Wish we lived closer and could see our kids more often. Our next trip out of town will be seeing our other set of grandchildren. Have a good week.