Monday, February 17, 2014

FACING THE BIG ONE WITH HELP FROM BEATRIX POTTER for "Friends Sharing Tea"





There are several historic birthdays that come our way...turning 40 and then 50 and well, for me now turning 65!  The week has finally come and I can't escape.


What would you want for birthday #65?   Well, I have been dreaming of some Beatrix Potter Figurines for a long time so I now have five.  These were hand selected from a case and are from  1951 - 1989.  I just love looking at them.  All my earlier window shelf forced bloomers are down in the basement now so I did get one new tulip pot at the market to bring some springtime back inside.






All of our snow has melted but perhaps more will come this week.  I have set the table with a little vintage "children's theme" hand embroidered topper and 2 vintage cups and saucers.  My old topper has many little birds on it. The cup and saucer on the left is English "Crown Staffordshire" and is hand painted and the one on the right is English "Victoria" and hand painted.  I hope you can sit and have a cup of tea with me!






Today I am posting "Friends Sharing Tea" which is my weekly blog party about anything to do with tea or baking!  Please join in by linking at the bottom any post you may have about tea!  Please include a link on your blog to this post!





I want to share with you a wonderful link I just found especially if you collect Royal Albert because it has loads of information:
http://www.gales.co.nz/show.htm?royalalbert


Since we are stuck inside this time of year there are some fun things we can do:  reading, baking, crafting, sewing and how about this:  write a letter to some elderly non computer person.  Now that would be a lovely gesture. 
 I will be sharing this post with these parties:

36 comments:

Carolyn said...

So sweet! I adore the tablecloth!!!

Carolyn

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Bernideen,
This is our worst winter in a very long time; snowstorm after snowstorm and blizzards! I am so ready for springtime! Your tea table is such a treat set with your lovely teapot; one of my favourites, and the BP figurines. I love Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck! They are really darling! Happy Birthday, my friend, and may it be a blessed one indeed. Thank you for hosting and joining me for Tea Time.

Blessings,
Sandi

Vee said...

You are making your age look great, Bernideen! I'd never imagined. I am also turning "the big one" this year (as is John) and I'm not counting anymore either. Your tea time things are always so charming. And I am jealous to know that all your snow is so soon gone.

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

Your tea time table is just beautiful this week....that gorgeous teapot in the center of the table really caught my eye! Happy 65th birthday ....it will be my turn in late April...where does the time go! Have a wonderful week...hugs, Penny

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Dear Bernideen,
is it really your birthday party? Congratulations and many good wishes for the coming year. Your Beatirx Potter figurines are so sweet. What a fun to set a table with them. They are so carefully painted, so cute. Its really a special setting. Thank you for sharing this special moment and for hosting this sweet event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Barbara said...

It's lovely and I like the spoon with the teapot handle. Now 65 is young from someone who is finding it hard to come to terms with 75!

The Victorian Girl said...

So many pretty things-the teapot, the tablecloth and those adorable Beatrix Potter figurines.

I'm 2 years behind you on the big birthday, but have never worried about the "increasing" numbers. I just say that my children sure are getting old!

Deborah Montgomery said...

Happy birthday Bernideen! I love Beatrix Potter. And the hand-embroidered tablecloth is truly a treasure. Thanks for hosting.

Country Gal said...

All so very pretty . I also collect the little cottage tea pots have quite a few different ones some from England and some from our antique shops . Susan Branch is a big collector of Beatrix Potter . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

Country Gal said...

P,S . HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!

Ruth Weston said...

Happy birthday Bernideen! I'm a year ahead of you...faced it, and SURVIVED! As you will with dash and aplomb! I LOVE your figurines! What a charming tea table they set! Congratulations on your milestone and many more!
Ruth

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I had forgotten your birthday is this month too Bernideen, it's not on my calendar as I suppose I couldn't figure out which day for sure. Perhaps you'll send me an email with the date please?
Having the 'big one' sounds ominous, but you're only as old as you feel! Perhaps another BP figurine would ease the number, or tea out at a tearoom like I requested?
Wishing you a happy birthday no matter what you decide.
Judith

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Happy happy birthday dear Bernideen!
Don't worry it's only a number - it's all about how you feel! I've gone way past you and it doesn't worry me a scrap!
You have chosen a beautiful gift to celebrate your milestone - such gorgeous Beatrix Potter figurines!
I've fallen in love with your two little English cottage tea pots - what an amazing china collection you have - lucky girl!!! YES I still think of myself as a girl!
Joining you this week for tea
Hugs
Shane

ellen b. said...

Ahh yes 65 is creeping up on me. Happy Birthday to you and good for you to treat yourself to some B.P. figurines. I love my collection.

Beth Laverty said...

Happy Birthday Bernideen. I hit that number a few years ago and survived it. As some say... It is only a number. I love that table cloth.

kitty said...

Oh Bernideen, I'm turning 65 this month, too!! I can't believe it, either. You'll have to let me know which day your birthday is. You, Judith and I are all February birthdays.
What a lovely gift for you in the Beatrix Potter figurines. You deserve it, my friend, and a great big Happy Birthday to you. xxoo

The Charm of Home said...

Happy Birthday! I love the Beatrix Potter figures!

Beth said...

Happy Birthday, Bernideen! Glad you got your little figurines. They are sweet. :)

Karen said...

Happy Birthday Bernideen! I do hope that you were able to go out for lunch or dinner or even tea today! Your Beatrix Potter figurines are so sweet. I especially adore that teapot today. Oh, it is a beauty! Thank you for hosting tea today! Have a Happy Birthday Week! Karen

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Happy Birthday! So glad you got those darling figurines! Such a lovely tea with all your pretties.
Blessings for your 65th!
...Nancy

[email protected] said...

Happy birthday! I really had a nice time having tea with all your beautiful china. And as I love everything Beatrix Potter, it was a real treat !

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Happy Birthday Bernideen. Your post is beatuful and the Beatrix Potter figurines are such a sweet touch. It all reminds of spring. 65 is a great age. Thanks for hosting.

Ruthie Miller said...

Dear Bernideen,
Happy, Happy Birthday!!! I hope when you blow out the candles, that your wish comes true.
I am a huge Beatrix Potter fan too and I could never tire of seeing those sweet little figures. Remember the Peter Rabbit Tea I had for my grandchildren in the summer?
You made such a wonderful setting and I bet I am not the only one who wishes they could stop by for your tea and wish you the best, Ruthie

Terri said...

Happy 65th Birthday Bernideen! You are such a special soul! Here you are celebrating your 65th with a Beatrix Potter theme tea, which only goes to prove that you are as old as you feel....and you must be feeling pretty young! To delight in such whimsy and Bea! I love all your figurines, they are just so delightful to look at! I too, love Beatrix, and the world she created. You are in fine company with her : )
May you have many many more lovely years of tea time and loved ones.
Hugs,
Terri

Susan said...

What a lovely collection of Beatrix Potter pieces you have--I'm so jealous! Happy Birthday, Bernideen and enjoy your day to the fullest, XOXO

relevanttealeaf said...

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, Bernideen! The "big one" for me was turning 60. I was feeling sad at the realization that more years were behind me than ahead of me, until one day when I was out on a walk the Lord helped me realize that some people never live to see 60. I decided right then and there to be grateful for every birthday that's granted to me, and I've celebrated seven more birthdays since with great joy! Birthdays definitely beat the alternative! ;-)
I love your Beatrix Potter figurines. I don't have any, so I may have to remedy that some day soon! ;-)
Blessings, Phyllis

Marilyn said...

Happy Birthday to you! Make each day extra special. I hope you have something most wonderful planned for this very extra-ordinary day? For my 60th I threw myself a tea party for my best friends. For my 70th I took myself to San Francisco for 3 days just to celebrate myself and life achievements. Celebrate each day.
Oh I love your Beatrix Potter figurines so much and have been tempted at times, but have resisted.
Celebrate fully just who you are.

Carolyn said...

Happy Birthday and great idea to treat yourself!

Thank you for hosting,
Carolyn

Veronica Roth said...

Dearest Bernideen, I hope you have the best and most wonderful 65th year ahead of you. It's a great time to be alive, (despite the rotten winter). Your table looks like a storybook and I think that being child like and having this fantasy tea and playing with lovely figurines is exactly what I would love to do. Much love and happiness to you. :)

Joy said...

Happy Birthday! love your new figurines, and your tea table is beautiful.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Happy birthday, Bernideen. Your table is so pretty, and I love Beatrix Potter.

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday, Bernideen! Your tea table is delightful. Love the Beatrix Potter figures. I would love to join you for tea to celebrate #65. I celebrated #66 in January. '-)

Martha's Favorites said...

Happy Birthday! I love your table. Your Beatrix Potter figurines are so cute. Have a great year! Blessings, Martha

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Well, Happy Belated Birthday my dear friend! This is a marvelous way to celebrate - your new figurines are so charming - Beatrix Potter is such a delight! I am delighted to share that your post will be featured in this week's A Return to Loveliness,
Kathy

Jann Olson said...

Happy belated birthday sweet Bernideen! I love this darling tea. I adore Beatrix Potter and you have such a beautiful collection. Your table cloth is gorgeous! I love the little bird scene! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Susan Clayton said...

Happy Birthday! Blessing for the year to come. I have a small collection of RD bunnykins and a few Beatrix Potter pieces. I love them for their own sweet selves and for the memories they bring. Each was a gift from my daughters. We were very lucky to have had an old set of Beatrix Potter books which I read to the girls so often I swear Jemima Puddle Duck recognized ME. This is so darling I'm making it my Pick of the Week for SYC on my post Welcome to the World