Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Tea Time!

Happy first Day of Spring to Everyone! It is pouring down rain here and rather gloomy. I still am feeling a bit under the weather, but nothing that a cup of tea with honey wouldn't cure. Fortunately, Artsymama is hosting a virtual tea party at her blog today so we can all gather and chat while we sip a lovely brew. I just started a pot of my favorite - Ashby's of London's Apricot Tea.I have the tea pot all set up out back in my potting shed. It is cozy inside even if it is raining outside. I have a small collection of tea pots, so I will take you on a tour of them. Pictured above is a hand-painted porcelain teapot by Betty Platner who is originally from Argentina. I love the delicate roses and it fits so well with my Limoges demitasse cups and dessert plates I have set up on the sideboard in my diningroom. The photo is a picture of my grandmother setting the table in her diningroom for one of her fabulous gatherings. She was a wonderful cook and baker who loved to entertain.Here is more of my Limoges collection. This photo was taken in my "rosey" studio.This set is sitting inside the the glass doors of my secretary desk in my livingroom. It is a Mary Engelbreit tea set that I bought when she had a shop here in Illinois. I love the pink and yellow color combination.
Here is another of my Mary Engelbreit tea pots, but this one is particularly special. It is signed by the "Queen of Everything" herself. I stood in line for hours to meet her at her shop and she signed the bottom of my teapot!
This teapot is a favorite of mine because of the little bird on the top of the lid. He is so sweet and I love the soft blue color of the pot.
And finally, my Ode to France. . .those of you who read my blog know that I long to visit Paris someday and until that time my family room is decorated in shades of cream with black and white toile and little French touches throughout. So of course this tea set fits right in!I am so happy you stopped by and if you want to experience more tea party goodies, be sure to visit Artsymama's blog to see what the other party guests are up to.


serendipity said...

what a lovely collection. I'm having a day more or less like yours, wet and rainy and in the hill nearby there's snow!!!and to think last week we were in short sleeves in the 18 degrees.
crafty joan in italy

Tricia said...

i hope you feel better soon! i really enjoyed seeing your lovely collection of tea pots. my fave is the one with the birdie. :)

Anonymous said...

I love your blue teapot too! Sweet little Spring bird.

Merci-Notes said...

what a beautiful collection!! I love the diversity of your taste. Raining here also, but very sunny and bright inside, just like your Tea Party!
With Kindness

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Thanks so much for sharing your tea pots. Can we sit in the potting shed and drink the Apricot Tea?? I love that one.

Please visit our little garden house, we could have tea there, Claudette is pouring and the sun is peeking out here and there.:)


Monica said...

Hi Jeanne!
What a beautiful collection! Love those Limoges!!
Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Hi! Great day for a tea party, although I am also experiencing gloomy weather. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! It is so nice to meet you! I LOVE your potting shed, I would love to have one of my own! I think your teapots are great esp. the cream and black toile. Happy spring!

Natasha Burns said...

Love the photos and those Limoges plates are utterly divine, my favourite plates!

Sonia said...

Love your teaware collection!! Thank you for sharing and joining our tea party.

saffron said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely collection. I love em all! So happy to have shared some tea with you!

G said...

Your tea pot collection is so lovely! I really love the little birdie teapot!

Laume said...

Still trying to visit everyone... so many wonderful new people to meet. But ah, I have a feeling we have a lot in common. I love Mary Engelbreit's work. All your tea pots are just "my cup of tea". I especially like the sweet little bird topped one and the black and white toile one. There's a new French decor shop in town (in our tiny little town) and they have a similar red and white themed tea set that I would love to buy but have resisted so far. I had the pleasure of visiting Paris last year and eventually I'll be posting photos about it on my blog. Oh, and great minds think alike, I also did a show of my tea pots for the tea party. Okay, I've probably gabbed enough here, it's YOUR blog after all, not mine. Sorry for going on and on.

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