Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tea for two in the cabin……

I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday. Be sure to visit both for some wonderful blogs.
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Normally in the cabin, tea would be served in a nice mug. Nothing fancy! But you see I found these cups and I had to do something special with them. The saucers are reticulated. I was not able to find a definition of reticulated that applies specifically to china or silver except that reticulation forms a network or a pattern and, in this case, an open pattern.
There are a couple of rules in the cabin that make tablescaping a little less formal and difficult to pull off as nicely.
1. No ironing
2. No silver polishing
Note the pink cloth is not ironed and the silver teapot is not polished. The napkins came already ironed! The monogram is a W and Wilson is a family name – works well.
First, I saw this cup. It is footed which is somewhat unusual.
Then I saw this one.
So, I decided a tablescape would be in order.
It has been too hot to bake in this little cabin so I let Hannaford’s do the honor.
The cake plate is pressed glass with a “zippered” effect. I used a glass goblet for a spooner.
This pitcher caught my eye at Deb’s Flowerbed Farm in North Bridgton on one of my first visits this summer. The flowers unfortunately have not liked the heat and I wasn’t able get as many as I would have liked. The pitcher is from Hanley, England.

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Happy Tablescape Thursday and Happy Pink Saturday. See you at the So Long Summer BlogBBQ!
Have a safe weekend!


Pam said...

It's all gorgeous as usual. Your beautiful cups and saucers remind me of my MIL who collected unique ones. I love that cake plate and the goodies on it also! Very nice post!

A Garden of Threads said...

Wonderful tablescape for tea. Hannaford's goodies look so yummy, I do like the jam thumb print cookies. Have a wonderful weekend.

Bella said...

It looks absolutely delightful! Everything is so pretty. I just love the cups and that pitcher.

Snap said...

Lovely post! Everything is pretty and yummy!!!!

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

I just love how the dishes sparkle in the light. Tea and dessert fit for a queen!

Vee said...

I could sit right down happily and enjoy a cup of tea (maybe iced) in such a lovely setting. Your tea cups are beautiful and Hannaford's is a great idea in lieu of baking...way too hot for that!

podso said...

It's all loveliness. And I think I prefer the non polish of silver!

Jackie said...

I love it all Carol and wish I was in the cabin to share it with you!! The china is most unusual. I love the quirky way you have taken the photographs. All very artistic. best wishes, Jackie in Surrey, UK.

More Entertaining Women said...

Oh, what an absolutely charming setting. Reticulated china is a beautiful thing. Love the rules; much easier to stick with when it's hot, as it's been here, as well, for too many weeks. I'd love to come in and sit down at this table for a chat with a dear friend. So happy to find your blog!

Natasha said...

Yum! Those cookies look delicious. The dishes are so pretty too-I love the details on the rims of the plates.

Hope your day is gorgeous!

Best wishes,

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Those tea cups are very pretty! And I'm a big fan of the "no ironing" rule:@)

Rettabug said...

How PRETTY, Carol! Soooo delicate & feminine!
If I had a local bakery that could make such beautiful pastries, I wouldn't bother to turn on the oven either. LOL

Anonymous said...

Carol, your collection of pieces is wonderful and just perfect for your selection of goodies. I want one of the thumbprint cookies!

Mimi said...

Gorgeous and those thumbprint cookies look delicious! Have a great weekend.

Entertaining Women said...

Lovely tea setting...I think that Miss Dashwood is coming down the path to sit at your table. Hope that you enjoyed a blessed get away at your cabin. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Anonymous said...

The delicate pink flowers in your Hanley pitcher and the uniquely footed tea cup & saucer are beautiful -- just like my Gramma would set out for a summer tea on Three Mile Pond. Lovely table. I always look forward to your postings. Rebecca

Maggie B said...

Hi Carol,
Your tea table looks so inviting, I would so enjoy sitting back and sipping tea with you in your lovely cabin.
The baked goodies look scrumptious!
Have a great weekend, my dear.

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Cabin or home everything you do is lovely and your pictures are amazing. I laughed at your rules, "no ironing or silver polishing!" Glad you're truly relaxing. Have a good one...

Sweetladyelaine said...

I love your no ironing rule! I hate to iron, I always have. Love your tea table. It is so pretty. I love teacups and own so many...yours are beautiful! I hope when I get through this move to WV, I can share some of mine. Thank you so much for sharing your cabin with us.I just loved visiting with you!

Anonymous said...

Those tea cups are very pretty!
Beautiful blog!
Nice weekend and best regards from Croatia:)
Zondra Art

Bill said...

Hi Carol,

Everything looks wonderful. The teapot has a beautiful shape (somehow it looks both sturdy and graceful). I like that it's unpolished -- gives it that prized "old family silver" look.
I thought of you when I included Essex Maroon in my post this week. The cups you gave me are mingled with the rest, so now I think of it all as Carol's china.

Warmest regards,

Anonymous said...

Divine. I'm your newest follower.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Carol, Just adore those sweet tea cups and saucers. I have some with the lusterware finish on them too. And that pitcher is just to die for!!



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