Monday, September 29, 2014

Our favorite flea market.

      On Monday Sept. 29 I had to have  hand surgery and so for the next few weeks my blog will be a bit different.  I am actually writing these posts prior to the surgery.  I will have my right hand in a cast for 6 weeks and really don't know how I will do without the use of my dominant hand so I am just doing this in preparation.  I will attempt to add little notes just prior to posting each  time, to keep you updated.

       Last Wednesday we made a trip to our favorite flea market in  Leesport, Pennsylvania.    As always we are able to find lots and lots of good stuff.  This visit was no exception.  I should also add that the weather was absolutely beautiful... warming up nicely into the mid 70s so we were able  enjoy a relaxing and comfortable walk about.

I saw several  tea things and the ones I bought I will show now but feature in later posts.  I also found a couple of things I didn't purchase as is often the case.

These are the pictures taken at the vendors stands.  When I feature them I will do a lot better at the photography.  This first little violet tea set also features a creamer.  I found it in another part of the table after I took this picture.  I bought the set.

 And the price was so good on these three tea cups I had to buy them too!!!!


I didn't buy this Old Country Roses tea set because the person that was selling it was off somewhere and never came back the several times I checked.  So I gave up on it.  I have an awful lot of OCR anyway.  But this child's set was pretty cute.

And finally I saw this cottage tea pot.  As I already have one didn't think I needed another!!!

Because it is fall................ there were lots of pumpkins and other decor but my favorite this time was the gourds.  There were baskets full of them.  Here are three assortments I found.


 I like to decorate with them so bought several of different sizes.

And finally I wanted to show this one vendors stand..... Not because of what she was selling but because I loved the background.  Backing up to the cornfield really seemed appropriate this time of year.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Some fall stitchery

Today I am going to be sharing some of the fall stitchery I have been doing.  Some very recent, some a bit ago.  I have to do a lot of stitching quickly now because I will soon be having surgery on my RIGHT hand which means it will be in a cast for a full 6 weeks.... so probably no stitching by hand.  I do hope I can use my sewing machine after a few days.

Fall will always be my favorite season and that is probably why I enjoyed doing these projects.

Meanwhile here are some of my projects.................
This first picture is of some little cross stitched items I did awhile back..... I just got them framed   and so I put them up for the season.



And here are the current projects.  One is already in its frame, the others will be turned into pin keep pillows I think.


I have enjoyed working with wool quite a bit this summer and here is a little candle mat I made that is now part of my fall table centerpiece.



Not needlework but still fall decor.... this is what is by our back door, welcoming guests.
     I still have time to do a bit more stitching so I had better get back to it.................................

Be sure to check back a blog post to see my Tea Cup Tuesday entry about fall.  And come back again next week for another Tea Cup Tuesday entry.   Even though I  have a hand in a cast I have been working ahead so I have entries ready until the middle of Nov.   I hope to be able to edit them a bit as use of my hand allows before each is posted.  We shall see................

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall has arrived in all its color


Fall will always be my favorite season.  I know winter is coming but fall is such a welcome relief after a hot summer.  In Maine I always loved the first smells of the season like smoke from wood burning stoves.   Here in Pennsylvania we don't have much of that nor quite the heavy dose of color but it is still a lovely season.   The colors come in subtly at this time of year.  A bit here and a bit there. 


My Black Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia)  are still blooming strong as fall nears.


This is the centerpiece on my fall table.

For my tea party today I wanted to choose a cup in saucer that said fall but the closest I would come was this one that was the second one I bought while in New Brunswick in August.  The colors are more muted and seems appropriate.   If you follow my blog you know I really love the Royal Albert Tea Cups and this is no exception. 


And the sugar and creamer have fall colored Chrysanthemums.
 They are from Paragon.



 And here is the mark.............

And how about a plate of Snickerdoodles.   I always think of my daughter when I make them.  She really likes them a lot!  I made these for my husband and I and honestly they didn't last a day.


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I am joining Sandi's tea party today for this special Autumn Tea as well as the others in which I usual take part. 
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Lots and Lots of Tea Cups and Saucers!


 Our annual trip to New Brunswick always includes a visit to a HUGE annual flea market in Sussex.  We have actually been attending that flea market for well over 20 years.  We use to go when we still lived in Maine and continue to now that we live in Pennsylvania.  Just a bit longer of a drive.

One thing I can ALWAYS count on is seeing LOTS AND LOTS of cups and saucers!!


 Lots of variety in these first two groupings!




 The middle grouping in this picture of cups and saucers were ALL Shelley.  I don't know what the back ones were.As usual they were pretty pricey for my pocket book so didn't get any.  But do love looking at them.



And here are some miscellaneous makers.  This is where I found my lily of the valley cup and saucer set I showed you last week.


 I actually only bought 2 cups and saucers at the entire flea market.  I like to think it is my extreme will power....  Don't know for sure but I DID behave.

So if you needed cups and saucers this was the place to be!!!!
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Monday, September 8, 2014

The tale of two Cups and Saucers

This is a cup and saucer I found at the Sussex, New Brunswick flea market last month. 
Since I love lily of the valley on tea cups I had to have it.  

This is from Royal Stafford
And...here is the mark.

When I got it home I realized I had another similar one.. but from another maker!  The designs appear to be identical.  I know some of the designs were passed back and forth between makers.  I think I prefer the Royal Stafford cup shape best but I think they are both pretty special.


Thanks for joining me  today and I hope you will visit the other Tea Time blogs as well.

I have joined with the following Tea Cup Tuesday Tea Parties.

During the summer months some of these may be on vacation. But check to be sure.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Traveling through New Brunswick

This is not really a "tea party" today.  More a report on the tea things I have seen recently.

This years traveling to New Brunswick and Maine allowed me to find many neat tea things.  So for last week, this week and the next few weeks I will share some with you.   As we travel around, I  am  always on the lookout for tea cups and tea things and other things that might interest you.

While in New Brunswick, we visited a favorite little shop.   My husband's family is from Saint John and some of the little towns along the Saint John River and the Belle Isle River.  While driving on the River Road along the Saint John River in a little place called Central Greenwich we always try to stop at a fairly new gift and antique shop that is located in the old Women's Institute Building.  The WI may still be upstairs I don't know but downstairs is the shop.  It is called Hidden Gems!


       I should add, right here, that one of the places I learned to quilt,  with our cousin Laura, is at that   Women's Institute.  Many Many Many years ago.  Now it houses this special little shop in the lower part of the building.
You can buy cinnamon buns, jellies and other such food.  Also soap, antiques, knitted goods and antiques.  I am going to show you some of what I found and it includes a number of tea related items.
Outside the shop you can see the many "upcycled items" they have for sale.  The owner likes to make art using rusty barbed wire and here is one example... And he used old furniture for other purposes..
 I took the rest of these pictures of items outside the shop because the using of so many "old" items   was inspiring, I thought.



Inside the shop there are a variety of things for sale including handmade soap shown here on a very vintage stove...........

And..............  to the real point of this post.................... lots of tea things......................

 The New Brunswick Tea Company has this interesting display....  And I will show close ups of some of the items.
This was a  little cup and saucer set I saw from The Bell China Company.  I had never heard of them but thought the set was pretty.


 And here is a teapot from Japan made by the Robinson Design Group....  Never heard of them either but doesn't it look like Old Country Roses from Royal Albert!!!



 And I loved them lovely sugar, cream and tray set from Hammersley.  I do love violets!


And here is a random showing of some of the other items.  

It is almost too bad they don't make this into a little teashop.  It would be a lovely setting. But I suppose that would be too much to ask.

And here is one last picture.  They have a stream going back the back of the building and it very soothing to stand by it and listen to the running water!

We did enjoy our visit.... and look forward to going back again next year!


  Thanks for joining me  today and I hope you will visit the other Tea Time blogs as well.

I have joined with the following Tea Cup Tuesday Tea Parties.

During the summer months some of these may be on vacation. But check to be sure.

Hope you will visit them too.