Tuesday, October 22, 2013

SHARING MY TEA SWAP for "Friends Sharing Tea"

This week I am sharing a tea swap I participated in recently.  I am a part of the yahoo group known as Brunch Scones Tea. (check it out if interested)   Besides sharing recipes and information, there are several swaps each year.  I sat down at my kitchen table yesterday to have a cup of tea and peruse my just unwrapped new gifts which came from a sweet lady name Carol in Florida. Among other things, I now am the proud owner of an orange chenille pumpkin!  It is really fun!

I decided to use my bittersweet teacup and saucer (I already own) while studying my treasures.  The tea is delicious and came this summer from Prince Edward Island.  It was a gift from Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage.  It is a black tea with wild blueberries.  It was so good I told my husband he will want to try it too!

Back to my Swap Treasures:   This lady is 
really talented and decorated the tin herself: 

 Even the card was very fallish.  I also received a lovely tea towel and sticky notes which I use regularly - so this will be great.  Then there was this darling quilted wall hanging with old vintage sewing items decorating it. Wouldn't that be terrific to have a sewing room and hang this on the wall?   I sew in my basement and that works too but I can dream - right?

I decided to put the pumpkin outside
with some other fall decorations:

By the way - did you see the article which starts on the cover of last Sunday's Parade Magazine?  It is all about the resurgence of craft making!  I found it very interesting!  I was interested because I made a lot of crafts in the 70's and here I too am sewing again too!

Friends Sharing Tea is your opportunity to share something about TEA.  This is such a beautiful time of the year - perhaps you have something about a fall tea to share.  I love the colors of fall just like you!  Link at the bottom and be please include a link to this post on yours as well.

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kitty said...

What a fun swap, Bernideen! I know you're enjoying your new items from Florida. It's so exciting to receive a package by mail, isn't it? Thank you so much for hosting, dear friend, and enjoy your week. xo

Jann Olson said...

Oh my gosh Bernideen, I love that towel and sewing caddy. I think I have to try and make one of each. What a fabulous swap. I am sure you gave wonderful gifts also. I need to check this group out. lol! My friends and I were just discussing how crafting has came back big. Who knew? lol! Happy to be joining today.

relevanttealeaf said...

What lovely, creative swap gifts you received, and so perfect for fall! Love your Bittersweet Teapot and Teacup too, as well as your front porch decor.

Millie said...

Oh, how I love that bittersweet teapot!

[email protected] Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a grand swap, Bernideen. You received some lovely things. The chenille pumpkin and the tin are very cute. I'm glad you enjoy the tea. I'm glad too to hear that crafting is making its way back. I also did a lot of crafting, ceramics, and tole painting in the eighties and nineties. It's very theraputic. Thank you for sharing your goodies with us and enjoy your day.


Lavender Cottage said...

A cozy autumn tea this week Bernideen, the bittersweet china perfect for it. The items you received from the swap are nice and I like how the tin was decorated - Carol is a talented lady.
Just last night my friend and I were teaching a group of young mothers (all in their 30's I'd imagine) how to make cards with stamps and punches. I enjoyed the crafts I did back in the 70's.

Clara said...

Hi Bernideen! I do love fall and your pretty bittersweet teapot and teacup go so well with the season. You received some wonderful gifts. I love the sewing items wall hanging and the chenille pumpkin.

Veronica Roth said...

You are a really lucky girl to have a tea swap. I did a little tea swap twice now thru a lovely blog called a butterfly in my hair. Tea is such a friendly thing to share, isn't it? I can't believe that yoru new friend Carol decorated that little tin, it's wonderful. I wish I knew, (or had time), how to do things like that. Lovely. Hope your week is a good one. Hugs.

Karen said...

Hi Bernideen,
I love your fall decor on your front step. It looks so inviting! That pink teapot is just gorgeous! Thank you for hosting Friends Sharing Tea today. Have a great week!

Carolyn said...

The swap sounds like fun! I love your bittersweet tea set.
Good to hear crafts are making a comeback ~ I used to do a lot myself.

Thank you for hosting,
p.s. enjoy that P.E.I. tea!

Susan Clayton said...

The sewing caddy is adorable. And I LOVE the pumpkin. I think I squealed when I saw it! What a lovely treat! Have a great week. Angels to you!

Beth said...

Your table looks beautiful. Great tablecloth, beautiful tea set, and I love the tin and chenille pumpkin.

Terri said...

What a cute pumpkin! I think this will come in handy for a little while : )
The tin is altered so creatively. Lovely swap gifts!
I do love your tea cup and tea pot. Such a nice pattern for fall with that coloring. I also love that shape for a tea pot.

sandy said...

What a darling pumpkin! You received some lovely treasures. You look all decked out for Fall with your beautiful table setting!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello dear Bernideen
Thank you for hosting your lovely tea party.
What wonderful swap gifts you received - I love that chenile pumpkin - very clever!
I always love being part of your "friends sharing tea"!!

KathyB. said...

What sweet gifts ! I love the autumn colors , this is my favorite time of the year. The pumpkin is an especially nice gift. I am going to have to check out your link.

The teapot & teacup are beautiful. Except for your blog, I have never seen a pattern like this . Perfect for all this season's table-settings or sipping tea from as your gaze out the window at the ever changing weather this season has to offer.

Johanna said...

Hi Bernideen,
that was a fabulous swap. How sweet are all the goodies are! Just the right choice for a lady like you. You decorated all so nicely. I love your beautiful bittersweet tea set. Its really outstanding. Thank you for hosting and sharing this Tea for Friends.
Best greetings, Johanna

Marilyn said...

I did see that article and remember being crafty in the 1970's.
Have tried to stay a little crafty all along, but sometimes life
gets in the way.

Debora said...

Hi Bernideen!
I wanted to come by and personally thank you for visiting my blog and for the kind comment. It's always just so exciting to see that notice...'comments waiting for moderation.' What a charming blog and gift shop you have. I especially love that autumn leaf teapot. Oh I could cozy up on the sofa with a friend and sip tea from that pretty pot! I'll be back for more visits.

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

What a treasure trove of delights! Lucky you! I love chenille pumpkins, too. A few years ago, a friend gave me three of her vintage chenille blankets and used them to make chenille pumpkins, which I sold to shops. They sure make a lovely decoration for fall. As usual, thanks for all the inspiration!

Susan said...

My tea cups are packed:-(( I love seeing yours and that tea pot is the cutest ever for Fall tea, XOXO

Antiques And Teacups said...

Hi Bernideen...I'm joining late this week. Was at the coast for my sinuses for 3 days and no internet access. I love you bittersweet set. And what special gifts you received in the swap. Wonderful! Perfect for you! Thanks for linking with Tuesday Cuppa Tea my friend!

Angela McRae said...

What a great swap! That tin is amazing, and I think that is one of the prettiest fabric pumpkins I have ever seen! Love the quilted wall hanging, too, which is "sew" appropriate in light of all the sewing you've done lately.

My Cottage Diary said...

Very sweet things! I was "crafty" as well in the 70s. My mother had a yarn shop at the time, and I actually made many more things in my 20s than I have since then. I dabble now and then, but I'm eager to do more again as time allows and when I retire. Blessings to you Bernideen! Bess

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

What a beautiful swap! Very talented - love that we're on the cusp of a trend ;)
Thrifting, crafting, collecting and remaking things are definitely popular now! Love it! I am so Delighted that you shared with A Return to Loveliness,