Tuesday, March 5, 2013

THE HUNT FOR LINENS, TEAPOTS AND ENGLISH CUPS AND SAUCERS for "Friends Sharing Tea"



Hello to all my tea loving friends and those who share a 
passion for collecting teacup and saucers, teapots, and the like!












  Last weekend I was out antiquing and picked up some English teacups and saucers at reasonable prices.  I decided to keep three and sell the rest at my shop. 




 I also found an English Sadler teapot and this lovely pink tulip cross stitch table topper.   I got this topper from the same dealer where I found the German wildflowers tea set last summer.  One of my cup and saucers has the same pattern as the teapot.  Another topper I found is pink embroidered clover with little blue flowers.







Today is "Friends Sharing Tea" and bloggers are invited to link at the bottom - really anything tea related.












 I absolutely love old linens and frequently find them.  They come in many different color themes and include seasonal ones, 50's printed styles, embroidered florals and fruits, appliqued teacup/teapot motifs and then plain or solid color embroidery and cutwork ones too!  You can layer them over other table cloths, etc.  Even card tables look lovely with linens.  Like my grandmother, many women in the 50's sat and watched televison and embroidered.





I do hope you will join in the fun and link at the bottom here and please include a link to this post on yours.  Thank you!  Also, someone else found some goodies last weekend....

34 comments:

kitty said...

What a beautiful tea table you've set, Bernideen. I love your hand embroidered topper and also the clover piece. Your tea cups are lovely and I adore how you've displayed your teapot on the cake stand with the gorgeous doily hanging over the edge. What a pretty Spring display.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Your tea cups and tea pot are so beautiful!! What a lovely setting to invite Spring to your table.

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Rosewalk Cottage said...

Your teacups and tablecloths are so pretty. I especially love the square shaped one.(teacup)

NanaDiana said...

What a beautiful post about your tea setting. I just love it. xo Diana

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

I love that tablecloth! Thank you so much for hosting...hugs, Penny

Lavender Cottage said...

Pretty embroidered linens, and I'm sure those ladies from the 50's would be happy to know how much we like them.
Your tea table looks like spring with the colours of the china, linens and flowers.
Judith

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh Bernideen such a beautiful post.

What gorgeous treasures you found, wow so so pretty!

Thank you for hosting.

Have a beautiful day, my friend!

Beth said...

Your tea setting is so pretty. Love the doily on your cake stand! Your new teapot and teacups are all lovely. What a pretty, springy tea!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Stunning tea table you've set here, I love, love it!! Your tea pot and tea cup are gorgeous. Wish I was there with you and have you pour me a "spot of tea"(like the English say). Thank you for hosting, I posting an adorable 3 tier for tea time too! Big hugs,
FABBY

relevanttealeaf said...

Love your new teacups [especially the square shaped one], Sadler teapot, and embroidered linens. It's looking like spring and Easter are just around the corner at your house! Lovely photos! ~ Phyllis

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Happy Tuesday Bernideen.. How lovely your recent finds. The setting for tea is just the prettiest. Very inviting.

[email protected] Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, how lovely! You have found some beautiful things for both your home and shop.

I haven't been out in weeks and I long to get to one of my favourite shops in town. She has lovely vintage things there right now and I would love to get in and have a look around. Soon, I hope.

Blessings,
Sandi

Magnolia Cottage said...

Dear Bernideen,
I love your pretty vintage linens and floral teacups and teapot. Beautiful spring tea vignette. Thanks for hosting.
hugs,
Lisa

Marilyn said...

Nice finds! I love the square shaped teacup.

KathyB. said...

I share your love of vintage ( and not so vintage) linens. I have woven, stitched, and collected linens for years and every time I see or use linens on my table I take time to consider and appreciate the work, often a labor of love, stitched into every linen. I also hope anyone who would dain to use my hand stitched linens would pause even for a second to appreciate them.

Your teacups are so pretty, and I do appreciate the cross-stitched lines you pictures.

Thank-you for hosting this tea time Bernideen.

Angela McRae said...

What lovely pieces you found! I especially love the squarish shaped teacup because it's so unique. Must be great fun to shop for yourself *and* your shop all at the same time!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love seeing all of your pretty things...especially those bunnies! And look at that little crochet scarf on your pedestal cake plate. I've never seen anything like it! Love the little crochet chick, too! Everything is delightful!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Bernideen, You have found some very lovely teacups and linens - I too like to find vintage ones, espcecially ones that seem to be well loved. Beautiful tea party, I appreciate you hosting and hope you have a blessed week,
Kathy

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That Saddler teapot is gorgeous and perfect for spring!

Micupoftea~ said...

Oh, what a lovely post! So festive, so charming. Love all the Springtime decor. What gorgeous cups. Thx for hosting....time to blog hop :)
SHawn

Snap said...

Wonderful finds! the teacup with the 6 (or is it 8?) sides really caught my eye! I love older linens and had to giggle when I read your comment about the 50's. I do that now -- counted cross stitch -- except I'm not watching the tv ... just listening!!!! :D :D Happy Tea Day!

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

Such pretty things, Bernideen! Those teacups are so enchanting. I share your love for Sadler teapots and have a few of them. Thank you for brightening my day with such beauty.

sandy said...

OMGoodness! Everything is so lovely and SHOUTS of Easter! Love your linens and new teacups too!
sandy :)

Terri said...

Hello Bernideen,
What a cozy tea setting! With your beautiful tablesetting and the snow outside the window, it really does look inviting. I love those old embroidered tablecloths. Finding them is always a thrill. As well as tea cups! And you have done very well! All three are sweet. The square shaped cup is unusual as well as beautiful.
Thank you for hosting.
Hugs,
Terri

Johanna said...

Hi Bernideen,
you always find the best pieces. Congratulations for finding such treasures. And your combination is again perfect. Thank you for the cosy tea time and for hosting this sweet event.
Best greetings, Johanna

xinex said...

So sweet and adorable!... Christine

Two Cottages And Tea said...

What wonderful treasures you found and displayed so beautifully! Yes, collecting tea related items is so fun and addicting! There are so many beautiful tea items at such reasonable prices here in Florida at the antique malls! It's so hard for me to pass them by!
Nancy

8)(8 said...

Just so pretty! I always find it hard to figure out which linen to pair with which china.

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

lovely linens and exquisite cups, Bernideen. Just prior to Christmas I found the same teapot at a local charity shop but with pansies as the floral section.. Luved it :)
Thanks, as always, for hosting..

Tammy said...

Lovely! I can't wait for spring! Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

Carolyn said...

It all looks so fresh and pretty!Those were all lovely finds.

Thank you for hosting,
Carolyn

Villrose said...

Beautiful! I love old linen and takes care of a lot after grandmother and aunts.

Miss K said...

I love your blog! My Grandma takes me to the British Tea Pantry in Michigan, and I must say it is a treat! I will be reading your blog often!

Kristen

Jann Olson said...

Bernideen I love that table topper! I adore vintage linens but don't run across them that often. My cousin gave me a printed one that was one her mother had never done. I started it a few years ago but put it up. I really need to pull it out and work on it. Love all of your lovely teacups and the doily on the cake stand. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann