Tuesday, October 6, 2009

~Everything Tea~

Happy Wednesday, and welcome  to my  tea cottage.  I should have posted something white for Kathleen’s White Wednesday, however, some time late yesterday afternoon or early evening, my internet stopped working.  I played with it all evening, and again this  morning, but still no internet.  Finally, a light bulb went off, and I called my service provider to find out what was going on.  As it turns out, my granddaughter has been using my computer…she’s in a year round program at school, so stays with me during vacations, while mom and dad are at work, and she has a bad, bad, bad habit of twirling on my swivel chair.  She’s done this before, so I should have suspected right away…the cords on the back of the computer had been disconnected…no doubt, as she twirled, her feet hit the computer, which is sitting on the floor, and knocked the power cord loose.  So I didn’t get to post my whites for today, but I do have my white cabinets from yesterday, so I hope that will be okay.  I think I had to do double duty last week  for both as well…she was here last week, too, and just keeps me sooooo busy!

Be sure to visit Kathleen for more White Wednesday inspiration!  Just click on the lovely lady to the right, and she will escort you to Kathleen’s blog.


Welcome to my tea cottage!  I’m joining Kim at www.shabbypinkandpretty.blogspot.com for another Tea Things Tuesday party.  Click on the pretty teacup to the right to visit Kim and other lovers of all things tea!


A few days ago, I visited Kathryn at http://bonafidesouthern.blogspot.com/, and she was sharing all of her china storage areas. That inspired me to do the same, so today, I’m showing you a few places that I store my tea things, starting with my “tea” armoire.  I bought this armoire at an antique store about 10 years ago, long before I had a collection of teacups.  I was told that it was made in America around 1920, but who knows?  I don’t care…I just know that I like it very much and it holds a lot of teacups, teapots, plus serving plates, etc.  It isn’t always this messy…I do put things in order quite often, however, after I’ve had a tea, they tend to go back in there somewhat disorganized, since I just want to get it all off my dining table and put away.  Its always so much fun to take it all out and set up, but when the party is over, time to put everything neatly, or not so neatly, back in their place.


This is the top of the hutch I bought and painted in June


and this is the entire china cabinet and hutch…

 china hutch

after rearranging things a little…not sure what happened with the color on this photo…not too good…the wood floor underneath looks warped and rotted, but it’s not, honest.  I think I like the arrangement on the top photo best.

kitchen shelf 2 

Not sure if I posted this sweet cabinet before or not…I bought it at my favorite store, Room With  A Past, a delightful store full of shabby furniture and accessories.  I love the chicken wire!  I’ve also rearranged this one several times with different colors of teacups.  I’m trying to decide whether to paint the kitchen green or yellow, so I just stare at the teacups to see what appeals to me the most.

nook area with light on

After two months, I still have those yellow swatches on the wall…will I ever decide???

mimi haley jessie at tea


I took my granddaughter, on the left, and her friend, in the middle, to tea at Christmas a couple of years ago.  They asked to be excused to the ladies room, and when they came back, they were donned in these darling hats!  It was a great day.  Hmmm…I’m looking at that pink, white and black thing kinda in the middle of  the girls, and have absolutely no idea what it is!   Oh, my granddaughter just came in and told me that its a snowman and his hat…silly me.

I hope you enjoyed this mini tour of my tea cottage…I enjoyed showing you some of my tea things…I’ll have more next week, so be sure to come back for another cup of your favorite flavor of tea…the tea kettle is always on, and you are always welcome!

Please pray for our blogging friends…so many are struggling with cancer and other health issues…some have had major tragic accidents, while others are facing family issues and financial burdens…they need our prayers.  Pray for our president, that he will turn to God for direction as he serves this great nation and the people that live here.

God bless everyone…God bless our troops and their families.  God bless America, land that I love…stand beside her and guide her, allowing her light to continue to be a beacon for the world, a beacon of freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  




  1. Very beautiful collection, Mary.
    Thank you for sharing.
    I LOVE teapots, and you have some really pretty ones.
    Your granddaughters are darling!
    Have a wonderful day!

  2. Your cupboards and your collections are very beautiful and your granddaughter and her friend are charming. The view out your window is very pretty, it looks like a wonderful place to sit and relax with something yummy and family or friends.

  3. I have enjoy looking at your pics. They look so beautiful. Your granddaughter is a doll. Sometimes I wished we could keep them little at least alittle longer.


  4. Hi Mary...That hutch does look just like mine! There are a lot of similarities! I think they look great painted white. Everything looks so pretty at your house, not to mention how pretty you and your granddaughters are! That is a beautiful photo of you!~Hugs, Patti

  5. What beautiful places you have to store your china!! I especially love that darling little shelf with the chicken wire. You've displayed everything beautifully, but isn't it nice to have that armoire too that you can put extra dishes in? Thanks for sharing!

  6. What a beautiful dining room and hutch! Great pic of you and your darling granddaughters! I would have thought they were your daughters! Cindy

  7. Beautiful display!


  8. Hi Mary,
    Oh, I just love your china and the cabinets are wonderful. Love the one hanging in your dining room! It is adorable with the chicken wire!


  9. Hello Mary,
    Very nice post with pretty furniture and tea items! Like seeing what you have worked on. Super.

    Have a lovely day and may we all be praying for our Prez. and country. So many are so very, very Liberal in their thinking.

    God bless you,
    d from homehaven

  10. Hi Mary,

    Love all of your pretty tea things. Your cabinets are so pretty all decorated with your treasures. :)


  11. I love all your cupboards and shelves! And I love your tea collection, all so pretty!

    But nothing tops the beautiful girls! Nice picture and the tea with them sounds wonderful! They look adorable in the hats!

    I love how you remember to pray for all those in need. Beautiful spirit, Mary, you're an inspiration always!
    Love you,

  12. Your home is just gorgeous and all of your tea cups and accessories are beautiful. Everything is displayed just perfect. Hugs, Marty

  13. Hi Mary,

    I'm in awe over that beautiful armoire full of all of your gorgeous china. What a wonderful piece of furniture to have to hold all of your tea things. And seeing the sneak peak of your kitchen/breakfast room makes me want to see more!! It looks like such a cheerful and cozy spot to sit and have tea.

  14. Hi, Mary,
    I enjoyed my visit at your tea cottage very much!! You have so many beautiful tea cups, tea pots and accessories. I love the way you have them displayed. I bet your granddaughters had a terrific time at the tea party wearing those cute hats. Happy Tea Things Tuesday to you, and God bless you!! Vicki

  15. Hi Mary,
    Everthing looks so lovely. Is the second to the last picture of your breakfast nook? I love the bay window, the chandelier is gorgeous and your little cabinet is darling. And what a beautiful collection of tea sets you have. You really do love tea huh? :-) Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday.


  16. Hi Mary,
    You have a wonderful way to store all your beautiful tea things, mine just seem to get settled and then off we go for another adventure. Little girls are so fun. I bet your granddaughter and her friend loved their tea time. Happy Tuesday!

  17. Love your cabinet full of your tea treasures it is just beautiful. Love tea parties.

  18. Mary, your pictures are lovely....all the storage areas are so pretty. You are just filled with elegance and grace....did you know that?

    You are!

    Hugs, Barb ♥

  19. Hi Mary! Oh, just look at all of your tea things! I love your tea storage cabinet too! No matter if it's messy inside because you can shut the doors! Your painted cabinet is also beautiful as well as the sweet little shelf! OH, you have lots of pretty places to store or show off your treasures!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  20. Your tea cabinet looks like a work of art.

    Thanks for the reminder of all the prayer needs before us.

  21. Mary, You have a beautiful collection and I luv the way you display them. Hugs, Connie

  22. I really could use a tea cupboard like yours! My teacups and small dishes are in a pie safe! I have things all over the place. Yours is very organized and your china is lovely!

  23. Hi Mary,
    as promised stopped by your blog again. what a marvel is your china. I'm not so much into ta but indeed crazy about china. When my mom passed away last year got some nice china from her but whenever I go to a fleamarket or second-hand store can't help looking at china with floral design - could stand in silence and stare in admiration for hours. today was one of those days and even fell in deep love with a gorgeous tea set. Got to back tomorrow and buy it (60 Euros well spent I believe). meantime I'll delight my eyes and soul by looking at your china over and over again (at least it won't cost me a cent LOL).
    Come visit me again for a small chat (my comment today turned out pretty much like a novel - LOL again)!
    Take care!

  24. Squealing here....oh, I love all your hutches and tea items...I love it!! So pretty. Thanks for visiting me today...come back soon!

  25. Hi Mary,
    I loved seeing all your pretty tea things.Your granddaughters are so cute and I love your cozy dining area.
    Take care,

  26. Very pretty display MAry.
    Too cuties there also so sweet in thier hats!

  27. You have so many beautiful tea things and your display cabinets look gorgeous.

  28. Mary, your cabinets are beautiful!! And you have filled them with so many lovely treasures...what a pretty sight to see!
    Your kitchen is soooo pretty and cozy, I think I could just sit there looking out your window for hours. What a beautiful view!
    Thanks for stopping by, and for your oh-so-sweet comment.
    Hugs, Debi

  29. Thank you for expressing an interest in participating in our, The Plumed Pen's, second weekly, "TUESDAY TEA FOR TWO" blogging teaparty~ all are welcome!..,

    *So sorry you had difficulty reading in the sections on the page where there is a gap in the background!~ we will fix that error; thanks for pointing that out!

    We have extended our lttle blog tea party by a day,(to include Wednesday, because I am waiting for a dear friend to join us tomorrow)..,

    I think you would perhaps enjoy my little, GIVEAWAY GIFT; of my little gift enclosure cards featuring images of little Teddy bears nestled in pink chintz teacups.., Invite your friends, if you would care to and feel most welcome to come in over, where I'll post a little surprise as a thank you for expressing an interest..,

    I'm love with what i see!; Your collections, displays and exquisite taste are nothing short of FABULOUS!!!~I adore your blog!

    CHEERS from SILKEN PURSE, at The plumed Pen, blog

  30. Mary, what a beautiful post, I absolutely love your teapots and china and you have them displayed in such a charming way....your home looks so inviting.
    Beautiful picture of you and the girls, and the prayers you add to your post are wonderful. So enjoy visiting with you...:-) Hugs

  31. Good morning Mary, I too pray for all of our blogger friends who are sick and suffering. I also pray for our country. You have the most beautiful collection of tea things. Your cabinets are so pretty. I wish I had some thing to store my tea cups in. I really like that little one because my space is so limited here. Something like that would be perfect. Your teacups and teapots are just lovely. I hope you have a great day ♥

  32. Hi Mary,

    I am close friends with Debbie at Heart Choices. She's my sweet sister-friend and I saw you over there and thought I'd come on over to visit. I don't think I've visited before. Your blog is very welcoming. Loved the photos you shared and your grand daughter and her friend are precious.

    I agree with your paragraph of areas to pray. I pray diligently in those areas as well.

    I look forward to visiting with you again soon.

    Blessings and love in Jesus Name.


  33. I love your cabinets, both of them are so pretty! Your granddaughter looks so cute with the pretty hat on.
    Have a blessed day,

  34. Great pictures. ....Mary, if I have your email address I have lost it. However, just send me your mailing address. That is what I need to send the book. Don't put it on the blog. Go to the upper right hand corner of my blog and click on the email and send it that way. Clif

  35. Hi Mary, I returned to say thank you for your warm words on my blog post. I was very encouraged by your heart.

    I look forward to sharing with you and getting to know you better online. Blessings dear sister.

  36. Here I am again! Mary, the book I reviewed today is a good book but the theme is not about horses. I'm not sure what I said to make you think that. LOL It is about a young girl preparing to be a Dr. and having to decide where God is leading her. Be sure and send me your mailing address so I can send the other book to you.

  37. You are not the one with the eye-brain coordination problem--it's me. I just had to come back to tell you this. Earlier when I saw the picture of you, your grand-daughter and friend, I saw it to read, grand-mother and friend. I thought you were teasing them because of the way they were dressed. I was writing a comment about that when I saw Ginger's comment (my nephew's wife) and realized that you had said, "grand-daughter." I changed it real fast. LOL ....I hope you saw my comment about the book and are sending your mailing address by email.

  38. Pretty pictures. I especially love the little wall hutch in the kitchen and like how you displayed everything.

    Regarding the green or yellow, how about both? What about painting the area below the chair rail green and above it yellow? The chairs would pop against the green and stand out. I haven't seen any of you swatches but I am sure you can figure it out. Good luck. Let us know what you decide.

  39. Beautiful dishes, I am very impressed with such beauty


  40. Oh my! How amazingly beautiful! Plenty of room for gorgeous floral china dishes! Your arrangements are just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  41. http://annkschin.blogspot.com/2008/11/patchwork-quilting-with-grandma.html

    ame via Queenmothermamaw's site. Your quilts are beautiful. Your niece is lucky to have an aunt like you.

    I made only one quilt, it is a chinese patch work, not padded, and used as a duvet cover.

  42. Okay I have to tell you that I'm having a bit of hutch and tea cup envy! LOL. Beautiful Hutch and I am drooling over your tea cups and tea pots and all things tea! Lovely, just lovely.

  43. Hello! I'm catching up after a week of jury duty! Found myself going back in time on yours and LOVE this post! Oh GIRL! You have beautiful hutches and cabinets and tea things! (drool) I could spend an afternoon just looking at every single wonderful piece! I love how the drawer handles are different on the bottom section of the one big hutch. And a big beautiful Armoire for tea storage. I think that is a wonderful idea! I'm going to go downstairs and look around my house and see where I could add a piece like that . . .
    Thanks for sharing!! This was wonderful!
    Have a good weekend!
    Karen @ Some Days Are Diamonds