Monday, March 29, 2010

Easter Tea Party

I just love tea parties so I put together a Easter Tea Party for two! 

I found the cutest teapot at Hobby Lobby 50% off with the matching plates and mugs.

On my trip to Fredericskburg last week I purchased these napkins and placemats on clearance and thought they would be perfect for an Easter table.

I found this adorable cake stand at one of my favorite stores in Wimberly, Texas..Blue Willow.  I wanted to put my cloche on it, but it didn't fit so I thought the teapot looked cute on centerstage.   

This mug is so cute with the butterfly on the handle.
The saucers were purchased at Goodwill and are actually soap dishes marked Pier One on the bottom.  They must contain lead as they say not to be used for food items...but they make perfect little saucers for my mugs. I thought I might find a use for them since they were only $1.00.   

This bunny was also $1.00 at Goodwill.  I thought it was so pretty and would go with almost any spring setting. 

These little egg cups are also perfect for candles and I purchased a set of four last year at Tuesday Morning for $3.00.

More sweet bunnies at the tea party

I'm linking with  Rhondi for Tea Party Tuesdays,   Marty at Tabletop Tuesdays,
 Susan at BTNOP for Tablescape Thurdsay and Beverly's Pink Saturday.  

Have a blessed Easter celebrating the Risen Lord!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Pink Saturday-Historical Houses, Pink Flamingos and Easter Trees???

Last week my hubbie and I took a little rest and relaxation trip to Fredericksburg, Texas and tried to escape the cold temperatures  and snow in Oklahoma. We stayed in the Adams Travis house two blocks off Main Street.    

The home is historical and beautifully decorated with antiques and accessories and we enjoyed our visit so much.  

I just fell in love with the front porch!

These pink flowers were blooming outside the back porch...they look like tulip magnolia blossoms.  

On Main Street, Rathskeller's is a wonderful little restaurant in the basement of the old hospital. I'm a nurse so of course I wanted to try it!
The food was wonderful and the people were so friendly.  I spied something right away that I knew I just had to post for Pink Saturday.    

These pink flamingos were outside the basement window by our table and just made me smile.   They are so quirky and unexpected

Maybe they were hungry?

I love quirky and unexpected --I  guess that's why I still have my Christmas -I mean -Easter tree up!

After breakfast I did have fun finding a few new Easter ornaments
in the cute little shops along Main Street.  The shopping there is incredible!

I found these adorable little stowaways in the bottom of my shopping bag when I got home.   Apparently the shop owner includes a little surprise with your purchase.   

I had to laugh at their tiny little faces...they are just precious!  The shop is called

Hope everyone has a great Pink Saturday and finds fun in the unexpected!

Monday, March 15, 2010

St Paddy's Day Table

St Patrick's Day is almost here and I finally finished my tablescape.  

These square plates and bowls from T.J. Maxx are from Portugal and were the inspiration for the table. 

The placemats and napkins were purchased at J.C. Penney's at 75 % off several years ago and the color is a great match to the lighter shade of the green shamrocks.  

I had purchased several tablecloths with different shades of green but they didn't look right with the softer tones in the plates.  My friend even let me borrow a few of her cute shamrock tablecloths, but again they were too bright for the plates. I just used my old standby white cutwork tablecloth.     

I found a great pitcher with handpainted shamrocks at Goodwill.  I think it looks great with daffodils from my yard.  I'm so excited that something is actually blooming in my yard!

I found some little green shamrocks to decorate the tablecloth with and used  simple votive candles in  crystal glasses  for some candlelight. 

In reading about St. Patrick,  I found that he used the shamrock to explain the trinity of God .  I love that the shamrock has a spiritual meaning as well as the symbol for good luck.

I found this vintage picture already framed in an antique shop and thought it was perfect to add to my table.  The angel has glittered wings and is being  showered by shamrocks.  

I hope everyone has a wonderful St. Patrick's Day filled with fun, great food and friends!  I'm off  to Fredericksburg to the Texas hill country to spend time with great friends, music, food and shopping!   

I'm linking this week with Kathleen for the Saint Paddy's Crawl and Marty for Tabletop Tuesdays  and then on Thursday for Susan's BNOTP for  Tablescape Thursday.

I also found Janmary's St. Paddy's Day Carnival to link with much fun all the way from Ireland!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Pink Saturday-Spring Forward

We spring forward this weekend and  change our clocks for daylight savings time.  I am so excited as this means it's almost time to start planting my garden.  In Oklahoma the last freeze is still around April 1st...

so until it's safe I am just planning new flower combinations for this year's garden and getting inspiration from Buchart Garden in Victoria, British Columbia. 


I loved my visit several years ago to this wonderful garden and can't wait until I have the opportunity to go back again.

Pink feathery Astillbes

The climate and conditions are perfect for gardening and the flowers are some of the best specimens I've ever seen.

I'm looking to forward to "springing forward" even though I lose an hour of sleep I know it signals that Spring is almost here!! 

Happy Pink Saturday!  Go visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for more inspiration.  

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Shamrock Teapot Tablescape -Blessing of a Friend

This year I decided to look for dishes for St. Patrick's Day to tablescape with.   It was a little harder to find pieces than I expected but I did manage to find a few pieces that didn't look  "cartoonish".  I'm actually in love with Belleek Irish China but it's so expensive and not in my budget.    My best friend heard me talking about my search and that I had not found much and she surprised me with this beautiful teapot she found on the internet! 

Isn't it beautiful?  It's made in Japan, although it reminds me of the Belleek teapots that are so expensive.  It has a beautiful iridescent pearl glaze  and appears to be vintage.   I just love it!   I collect teapots too so I was thrilled to receive such a wonderful gift.  I've been blessed with such a thoughtful friend. 

Thanks Val!

I rearranged the top of  my piano to feature  the teapot and added a green majolica plate.  

Here's another look a my St. Patrick's Day tablescape/vignette.   

I'll be posting part 2 of my tablescape next week!

Irish Blessings!  

Wishing you always -

Walls from the wind

And a hood for rain

And tea beside the fire.

Laughter to cheer you,

And those you love near you,

And all that your heart might desire!

                                                    ~author unknown~

I'm joining Chari at Happy to Design
for Sunday Favorites..go by and visit.