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...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday 1 October 2012

Tea Time Tuesday's "What's In Your Cabinet?"

"Tea is a time in which we were perfectly contented with ourselves and one another." ~ Charles Dickens

Hello friends and welcome to Tea Time's 140th party! Today I am hosting,  "What's In Your Cabinet?"

I am so looking forward to having a peek at your treasures this week! Remember, you may share anything from china to silver to wood, etc. It may be a collection of teacups, teapots, dolls, plates,  silverware, jewelry, etc. Perhaps you have one special piece you would like to share such as a piece of china that has been passed down to you or found while out treasure hunting. Or maybe you have a special cabinet or a table you would like to share with us. Anything and everything that holds a special place in your heart, just share it with a cup of tea or coffee and I will come and visit you....

You all know I have a collection of teacups and teapots. You also know about my love affair with Johnson Bros. Rose Chintz and how I have acquired most of my pieces from my sweet Auntie P. I also received pieces from blogger friends, Carolyn and Patti.

And you've all heard about how I designed my china cabinet, by transforming a closet into the cabinet.

The apple green cabinet that is on my button today you have also seen before. I keep some teacups and plates in there.

So today, I thought I would show you this little cabinet. I found it already painted and adorned so prettily with the roses. I have my little mercury glass pumpkin sitting on top.

This cabinet is really a CD stand but I thought it would come in handy for some of my teacups.  I can fit quite a few teacups into this cabinet as you can see. Sixteen teacups can fit in there easily.

I also have this collection of red rimmed King's Crown glass ware.
The punch bowl set was gifted to me by my brother when Hubby and I were first married. I have four sherbets, four wine glasses, four goblets, four tumblers, four plates, a set of salt and pepper, a creamer,  and a covered candy dish.

Of all the gifts
that life could send -
The best is
That you're my friend! ~ Unknown

Now the special treasure in my china cabinet which I want to share with you today is this....

I have been searching for a red transferware cow creamer for forever but I could never find one here on the Island. I could order one but with shipping costs, it would have cost me seventy-five dollars or more. That, I was not going to do!  

Anyway, to make a long story short, a very dear friend of mine had this in her cabinet and she knew I collected red transferware {or I try to} and she gifted me with the creamer. She wrapped it up for me when I was leaving her home one day and said it was "just because." Needless to say, when I arrived home with it and I unwrapped it, I was thrilled to see the creamer! Isn't it cute?

It has Crown Devon Staffordshire England marked on the bottom. Thank you, dear friend, I will cherish it always as I do our friendship!

If I had a flower
For every time you made me
smile and laugh
I'd have a garden to walk in
        Forever. ~  Unknown

And now let's enjoy some tea, shall we? I'm serving Spiced Apple Chai today. Red roses and my little cow creamer look right at home with the Skye McGhie Florence tea set Hubby gifted me with for Christmas one year.

My red rimmed covered dish holding fresh berries and a wee angel food cake with some whipped cream on the side, make a lovely treat for tea today.

Won't you join me?

Do you recognize this?

It is featured in Victoria's latest Holiday Bliss magazine. I found my covered dish at a thrift shop years ago.

Ah, tea and a treat, and a good magazine!

All of life's moments should be as sweet!

So, what's in your cabinet, lovely ladies?

"Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence." ~ Jeremiah 17:7

I am delighted you have stopped by for tea today! Your presence always makes my tea party that much more special and I am happy to see all your tea things, whether you have shared them before or not. This tea party is all about sharing your joy of tea time and any thoughts you might have on the subject. You may be as creative, fancy, or as laid back with your tea time as you wish! Do you have a favourite teacup/teapot or mug that you would like to share with us today? I would love to see it and I'm sure others would too!

If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea or the following is acceptable too:
Hot Apple Cider
Hot chocolate
Iced tea or iced coffee
Punch in a lovely bowl
No alcoholic beverages please.

The Tea Time Tuesday button on my sidebar is available for you to use in your post or place on your sidebar if you wish. A poem, tea quote, or scripture verse would be more than welcome!
To be sure everyone has a visit, it would be nice if you visited the participant before and after your name. Inlinkz is available below for you to sign up for my tea party.

As a courtesy, please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

I am joining the following parties as well this week ~

Heart and Home ~
A Return to Loveliness ~
Tea Cup Tuesday ~
Tea Cup Tuesday~
Tuesday Cuppa Tea~
Friends Sharing Tea ~
Tea Cup Thursday~
Share Your Cup Thursday~
Home Sweet Home~
Potpourri Friday~

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. So many lovely dishes! You have such a spectacular presentation here with all this pretty photos. Who would not be tempted to join you for tea, even if they are a diehard coffee drinker :)

    I have linked up, but my post is just an itty-bitty simple thing.

    Yours, my dear, is inspiring!


  2. Tea, treats, good magazines and good friends! I enjoyed the collections you showed Sandi and it was nice of your friend to gift you with the red transferware creamer.
    I stepped outside of the cabinet for my collection, no accumulated sets of china, only summer and winter china dishes.
    It will be nice to see what the other ladies share this week, thanks for hosting.

  3. Sandi, I love your King's Crown glassware. It is so beautiful! Love your Rose Chintz too, and your cute little teacup cabinet. You set a very pretty tea table today with your red transferware and your darling little creamer. Thanks for hosting this fun party. I am looking forward to visiting others to see their collections.
    Hugs, Beth

  4. I love your wonderful treasures in your cabinets, Sandi! You have everything displayed so beautifully - your posts are always so wonderful!

    And THANKS for a wonderful fun idea for tea tuesday!

    I hope you get lots of link ups, it's so neat to see other's cabinet treasures!!!!!



  5. Hi Sandi - Oh, I just love that 'Florence' set. Just beautiful. And the sweet little white cabinet that you transformed is just adorable. I love when cabinets are used for something they are not meant for. It's charming. Your dessert looks scrumpdillyishus. Hugs, Deb

  6. The CD cabinet is perfect for the teacups Sandi. You have a beautiful collection of Red Transferware and the creamer will always be so special. Have a wonderful day. hugs Jen

  7. Hi Sandi. I am not linking today, as I didn't do my china cabinet...having already said I'd post glaciers & bears from my Alaska cruise. I posted a teacup for Tuesday Cuppa Tea, but not my china cabinet so...didn't think I fit!

  8. I love your collections and your treasures. They are all so beautiful.

    Jocelyn @

  9. I love your red transferware cow creamer! How fun- and your cd case turned tea cup cabinet is so cute too. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Hi Sandi, you know I love all your pretty china. I like your 'cd' cabinet changed to hold cups and saucers. What a great idea! Thanks for hosting this fun party today. Have a lovely week! Hugs, Pam

  11. What a great idea for the CD cabinet, it looks so much better with your beautiful teacups in there. Your table looks lovely, so inviting with the rich colours.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog. Your visits are much appreciated :)

  12. You do have some very pretty collections Sandi! I love your mercury glass pumpkin! Very pretty arrangements with all your treasures. Thank you for hosting!

  13. Hello Dear Sandi,
    Love your cabinets that house your china - converting a closet is a wonderful idea. I am working on cleaning closets to hopefully have better places to store my china. Love, love, love your transferware - all looks marvelous! I do appreciate you hosting and sharing - always a Delight!

  14. Hi Sandi, I loved seeing your special cabinets and your cut CD one filled with teacups! I also love your gifted transferware creamer!! I forgot about the "What's in your Cabinet". I do apologize, but I shared my newest tea mug.

  15. I forgot to tell you that I have some King's Crown, also. I just love it. One piece I have looks like a compote dish that I bought at a Flea Market.

  16. Oh how lovely that punch bowl is - well...everything is lovely but the punch bowl screams Holidays and I love it!

  17. Your collections and the cabinets are really pretty, Sandi. I love your red transferware, the cows are very cute and love the red lass set, so perfect for Christmas....Christine

  18. Oh, everything in this post is just stunning Sandi! So many beautiful tea things and the cabinets are just as pretty. And the settings and food look wonderful.Thank you for hosting and have a fun day!

  19. What lovelies !!! You have a brilliant collection ... the creamer is darling and what a wonderful friend. I love the how you store some of the teacups and saucers in the small cabinet ... it really is the perfect size.

    Thank you for hosting your fabulous gathering of ladies each week...xo Hugs, C. (HHL)

  20. Hi Sandi,
    You have a beautiful collection of china and transferware in your cabinet. Love what you have done with your CD cabinet..such a lovely cabinet to store teacups! Wonderful treasures! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week.

  21. Lovely to visit again, I have not been over for awhile but glad I stopped in today. Lovely posts, as always. Very inspiring to me

  22. Hi Sandi,
    Nothing makes me happier than visiting your blog and seeing all the loveliness that resides here.

    I just love all of your pretty tea cups and dishes. That cow is the cutest ever and I'm so glad that your friend gave it to you, that's so sweet.

    As for what's in my cabinet...not much of anything right now since I'm still unpacking.

    My kitties are doing pretty good and getting used to their new home.
    You are so sweet to ask about them.


  23. Dear Sandi, I am so glad you thought of the idea of "What's in your collection?". I love your rose chintz china which Aunt P. and friends have sent you special pieces for your collection. The way you display is lovely. A little cow creamer from a friend is a wonderful story and so meaningful to you. That is a pretty tea table with the red transferware and the cute cow creamer. This has made me stop to think how fortunate I am to have sweet people in my life and how blessed I am to be able to enjoy my collections. I so enjoyed you sharing your collections and story.

    Thanks, Pam

  24. Sorry I meant "What's in your cabinet?".

    Thanks, Pam

  25. So excited for this party Sandi! Love all of your wonderful cabinets. I had an area at my previous home that hubby put an old door on and I used it to store special dishes. Loved it! The CD holder turned cabinet is a clever idea. Love your cow. What a sweet friend indeed! I do not have red transferware, but would die to have a bit. Thanks for the fun party and congrats on the magazine feature. Well deserved!

  26. HI: I have gone gaga over your post today. Love the idea of the CD cabinet for tea cups. I am always trying to find new places for them. I just loved everything you pictured for us today. Thank you, for the great tea! Hugs, Martha

  27. Hi Sandi, Love the cow creamer, it looks great with that tea set you have it with. I don't know that I've ever seen a cow creamer with the cow laying down, the one's I see are always standing up. So that makes yours extra special, and the fact that your special friend gave it to you. Lucky you! Gina

  28. Sandi your tea treasures are always so beautiful. I love it paired with the pretty cranberry glass. And nothing goes better with tea than berries and cake. :-) I love the way you have used a CD cabinet for your teacups! That is such a smart idea!

  29. Hello Sandi,
    What a lovely packed full of eye candy post you have shared tonight! I adore your cabinets full of china! The red transferware looks so totally amazing together like that, and your new little cow creamer is so beautiful! What a collection!

    Your tea time setting too is very lovely and romantic!
    Thank you so much for taking the time to create such a fine post and for sharing it with us all!

  30. Sandi, you have shared so many wonderful things today!
    Like everyone else, I love the cd cabinet conversion!
    You are really creative.
    I'm glad you finally got a pretty cow creamer to compliment your transferware.
    It's sweet and lovely!
    It's been fun to see more of your beautiful things today - thank you for being such a generous hostess!
    God bless your week, dear friend.

  31. Hi Sandi,
    I'm a bit late this time, but as delighted as always with your fantastic tea showing so many treasures inside the cabinets.
    You always give us a treat!
    All this beauty is good for the soul!
    Thanks, dear friend.
    Have a great week!

  32. Sandi, your post today is just beautiful with your Johnson Brothers Rose Chintz china, red rimmed King's Crown glassware and the gorgeous Red Transferware. Congrats on your newest piece - the cow creamer! I LOVE it all!
    Two of my friends transformed their closets into lovely china cabinets. I would love to do that to the coat closet in the living room, but don't think I'd be able to convince hubby to give up the closet! All your cabinets are lovely!
    Your tea-time treats look scrumptious!
    Thanks for such a fabulous party!

  33. Sandi
    Your red transferware is gorgeous. And you have a real gift for display!
    I have a newer Churchhill collection, but I prefer the older
    dishes, of course.I'm enjoying your party too.

  34. Dear Sandi ..I love peeking into cabinets( ha Ha)..OMG what a happy collection of chintz and Kings ware you have on display... each piece is so special and I know well loved and lovely to look at ...Thank You for sharing all this beauty ..ENJOY your day !!!!...Hugs

  35. Sandi I's an addiction and I am one of you. No it's not a hoarding thing but I do enjoy my pretty dishes. Even the most ordinary meal becomes something special presented and served on pretty dishes and btw my official policy is "they are not being reserved to show off only or for special ocassions or guests. Mine are meant to be used. The memories are made in the using. I now have 4 punch bowls-one for each of our girls.That's enough-no more :^)


  36. I am happy to join your tea party, as always so inviting :-)
    Thanks for sharing it with all of us.
    Mini lovely hugs

  37. Dear Sandi,
    the Kings Crown glass ware is so versatile. It looks great to both, to your pretty Chintz pattern as well as to the gorgeous transferware. Thats the right colors for autumn and winter, warm and inviting. Thank you for opening your cabinet for us. This was a wonderful tea time. And thank you for hosting this 140th tea party (whow).
    Best greetings, Johanna

  38. Hi Sandi!

    i'm so in love with your china cabinets! I love your beautiful collection of china too and how lovely it is to be gifted something so lovely, the cow creamer is a darling! it's a great idea to use the cd cabinets to store teacups! those photos are just beautiful and I wish i had my own china cabinet!


  39. What a stunning post!! I love the red transferware, it is gorgeous!! Your dishes are lovely, each and everyone, you certainly have a gorgeous collection! I posted my Belgium buffet with "some" dishes, from last March, where I placed some, but I do have more in lots other cabinets. I wanted to join with my silver collection too. I'm also joining with this week's tea set up in our fall den. Thanks for hosting yet, another great and special party at, Tea Time Tuesday.

  40. Sandi thanks for overcoming and leaving me a msg on Down the Lane-that blog was "my first love" [first effort] While i have been doing this more than three years I still have tech problems-sorry.
    I think I signed on as a follower of yours a long time ago..the title draws me in~ I love knowing I have an 'audience'in the readers and followers


  41. Oh Sandi, how DID you know that I adore Johnson Bros Rose Chintz? Sadly, I don't own one piece of it!

    Beautiful sharing from you today... all of it. So much to look at.

    Thanks for hosting!
    Such fun to share our love of china!

  42. Thank you so much for hosting this lovely tea party! I just now have some time to join in all the fun seeing whats in our friends cabinets. Your litte CD cabinet is so sweet! I would never have thought to use it for holding teacups! I'm going to be on the look out for one now seeing I've been collecting more of them recently. You have such a beautiful collection of treasures from the special people in your life. All blessings!

  43. Your red transferware is lovely!! Following you now and joining your party! Thanks for hosting!

  44. Hi Sandi,
    your dishes are all beautiful. I love your cupboards too! I can see your teacup collection is expanding!!!

    Thank you for hosting,

  45. Dear Sandi,
    You always have stunning pictures and again today. My favorite is the close up of your green cabinet with all that lovely pink china keeping each other company.
    All the best, Ruthie from:

  46. HI!

    Saw your party mentioned over at Janns........coming in late and I don't do tea very much but I did think that the party looked fun and am sliding in very late for the fun of it ( though I did put your button on my sidebar! :)

    You have so much loveliness going on here!

  47. I have a blue and white transferware cow creamer that I received one Christmas. It sits in my kitchen window above the sink so that I can enjoy it everyday.

  48. Hi Sandi....Lovely post. I love your little glass pumpkin on the cabnet with the beautiful roses on the front....and your china cups look right at home in it.
    Have a good day
    Barb from Australia

  49. Hi Sandi,

    Such a beautiful post! I love your collections, and I also love the red transferware cow creamer, how sweet of your friend to do that.
    Your treat looks spectacular.



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