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Celebrating the Joy of Living & Home Making ~

Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday 15 August 2011

Tea Time Tuesday

"I love things that bear the touch of time; chips and all - they're more beautiful than perfection." ~ Victoria magazine

Hello my lovely tea friends and welcome to my 81st Tea Time Tuesday.

Vacation is over and it's back to work for Hubby today. Sad to say, our Summer vacation did not offer us our frequent visits to our gorgeous beaches this year because the weather just wasn't warm enough. We did however spend the entire day there yesterday and it was so appreciated after a cool and wet Summer. We did enjoy many outings and daycations the few weeks he was off though. I will share some photos later in the week of some of the places we have visited.

While Hubby and I were visiting my relatives in New Brunswick, my cousin and I went junking one evening. While browsing one second hand store, we found some wonderful treasures! Wanna see?

But before I show you what I found at the thrift store, I want to share this little beauty I found at HomeSense. A sweet footed dish with basket weave detail and a little birdie perched on it. It is made by Gracie China and can be used for all sorts of things; candy, compote, cookies, fruit, flowers, etc... I have decided to float some roses in it today.

At the thrift store, I found this...

Pretty? I wonder whose table it once graced.

Was it the center of many tea parties?

Perhaps it was once a wedding or an anniversary gift.

I thought it very cute and elegant too; lots of lovely detail and ornamentation.

I cleaned it all up and arranged it on my silver tray which also needed to be polished. I do like the patina of silver but today I thought I would share it in all its sparkle. The tray was an Anniversary gift a few years ago. 

I placed a doiley on the tray then I set the coffee/teapot in the upper right corner of the tray. In front of the teapot I placed two teacups. In the upper left corner, is a vase of flowers. In the bottom left corner, is the cream and sugar. A napkin is placed in between the c/s and teacups. On the napkin, the silverware is placed with the handles pointing out towards the guests. This is usually the proper way in which to set a tea tray.
I have sprinkled some rose petals around too. It looks and smells wonderful. I have not included a receptacle for holding hot water which should go between the vase of flowers and the teapot.

I am using Judith's ~   silver sugar tong today as well as two teacups, Rose Chintz by Gracie China and Rose Bud by Maxwell and Williams.

I thought these teacups looked pretty with the rose petals.

My mother's Oneida silverware is a pretty good match to the silver teapot, cream and sugar. Notice the little flowers.

The flowers are almost identical!

I have no idea who made the silver tea service as there are no marks on it.

I am loving the little feet!

Ah, silver and roses!

I was quite pleased to find this silver service as I had been looking for one for quite some time. It was a great find at a great price too. I'm afraid my photos don't do it justice. It truly is a pretty thing with a mirror finish!

If I should invite just one special guest to join me for afternoon tea, I'd pick someone who knows all my faults and even still, loves me.

This Summer has been such a disappointment beach wise but it did offer us a few trips to antique shops and such. My roses have been in bloom longer than usual too. So, it would seem there are blessings to be found even in our disappointments.

Next week, I have even more finds to share with you.... Isn't this fun?

"Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart." ~ Psalm 37:4

I am delighted you have stopped by today and I hope you have enjoyed seeing my new finds.
I would love for you to join me for Tea Time Tuesday! All you have to do is share a favourite tea cup or teapot, a coffee mug, or something tea related. If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea or the following is acceptable too: apple cider, iced tea or iced coffee, hot chocolate, lemonade, or punch. The TTT 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! 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~

Victoria - A Return to Loveliness

Table Top Tuesday

Teacup Tuesday
Teacup Tuesday

Wanda Lee~
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Wanda Lee~
Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee

Tea Party Tuesday

Lady Katherine~
Teatime Tuesday


Miss Spenser~
Teacup Thursday

Home Sweet Home

Vintage Inspiration Friday

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi