Here I am again. It is still quite cold out but we haven't had near the snow some areas have had so life pretty much goes on as usual.
For this week's tea party I started the planning when I found this little teapot wall pocket which I am using as a napkin holder.
The perky little red and white polka dot apron will be useful!
As will this red and white basket pot holder. Actually this item was usually made with two smaller round pot holders that fit inside the basket but they didn't come with this one. And I wanted to include it anyway.
And how about some nice floral dish towels.
For the cup and saucer I picked this interesting Cat Tail pattern that was sold by Sears and Roebuck.
The Cat Tail china was made by Universal China Company (Cambridge, Ohio) and distributed by Sears. They were inexpensive and considered every day dishes.
Not only could you buy your dishes with this design but the Sears catalogs offered many other items with that design to make sure your kitchen was COMPLETELY coordiated. They sold china, things like mixing bowls and canisters. Also linens, glass ware and tin ware (called Pantry Ware) such as bread boxes and trash cans were available. AND you could buy a table and chairs set with the design as well. I have seen a number of different things in this pattern over the years. If someone was really industrious they could do their entire kitchen in the design. It would be a fun and useful collection.
If you want to see more check out a sears catalog from that era. I imagine there are some on line.
I got a lot of this information from The Encyclopedia of American Dinner ware by Jo Cunninham.
I hope you are enjoying this weeks Tea Cup Tuesday. Here are links to some of the other sites.
Rose Chintz Cottage
Be sure to come back on Thursday when I will be showing some of the sewing projects I am working on at present including The Fellowship of Flowers.