Sunday, May 22, 2011

My Recent Vintage Finds

I had a great weekend of treasure-hunting. I spent most of Saturday shopping and searching for vintage treasures with a friend and my daughter. I came home with probably a couple dozen finds, but here are a few of my favorites that I cleaned up and wanted to share.

I found this classic white teacup and saucer made of fine China. I love the extra curvy details of the saucer. Secret: it's not really a matching set... but you wouldn't know from looking at it. I love it and am excited to add it to my collection.

Then I found this great antique wooden bobbins. I have wanted some of these for awhile and was excited to find this pair. I just love the way old wood looks - worn and used with patina that shows its age. I think I am going to  put these in my living room.

Another find I have been on the look-out for is a two-tiered silver serving tray and I found one of those this weekend as well. I have a one-tier tray in my shop and plan to add this one soon.

Finally, I fell in love with this beautiful blue glass snifter. It is my favorite color of blue and I have really been into glass lately, so I had to have this piece. My daughter wants it for a fish bowl, but I was thinking it could possibly work as a terrarium. I haven't yet decided if I'll keep this one or put it in my shop, but for now it's out and I'm admiring it. 

Which one is your favorite?

Monday, May 16, 2011

An Afternoon Tea Party

I have been away from my blog for a bit (just over a month), but the ideas haven't stopped flowing. I attended a Sunday afternoon tea yesterday with a friend and that was it. The cup over-floweth and I couldn't not post! So here it is with pictures and all...

It was held at a former bed and breakfast and it was just beautiful. 

Aside of the great architecture of the old house which is something I always enjoy and admire, the decorations for the tea were so sweet. 

Each table was decorated differently - some elegant, some bright and cheery, others subtle and feminine. I am currently planning a tea party for my daughter's birthday next month (her idea) and I was able to get a lot of ideas for it.

The flowers were cheerful and I am looking forward to putting arrangements together to decorate our tables. I have decided to do a table for the kids and a table for the adults using different schemes and colors. 

We admired the pretty desserts as we enjoyed peppermint, lavender, and rose teas along with scones. Then came dessert which included many options of cookies and candies - a great end to the tea in my opinion (sugar addict). 

We were able to tour the home after the tea party which was an enjoyable end to a very nice afternoon.