Monday, April 11, 2011

Glorious Linens

Welcome for tea on this lovely spring day.  Our hosts are Sandi from Rose Chintz Cottage, Kathy from A Delightsome Life and Pam at A Breath of Fresh Air.
I have brewed some vanilla Early Grey and there is an apricot and cranberry tea loaf for us.  The teacup is a Porcelain Treasure, hand decorated by Betty Palmer.
My collection of linens is not large but I love and use each and every napkin, tablecloth and doily I have. 
Fine linens are a combination of beautiful materials, fine workmanship and design.  Most fine linens are made from linen or cotton because they are both durable, absorbent and soft to the touch.
Both linen and cotton are natural vegetable fibers; linen comes from the flax plant.
Victoria magazine has featured many beautiful linens over the years as seen in the May/June 2009 issue.
Hoffman media that produces Victoria also has a book called 'Glorious Linens' that I purchased and savoured as I turned each page of beauty.  After seeing the monogrammed napkins, I guess my quest now will be for some with a family 'R' on.
With the upcoming royal wedding, afternoon tea is having a revival.  If this hasn't become a tradition for you, think about inviting a few friends over and get out the good linens and fancy teacups.
Thank you for joining me and I hope you'll visit our gracious hostesses.

24 comments:

  1. Judith,

    I would love to have tea with you! What a gorgeous teacup and linens. You have created a beautiful "teascape".

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  2. Hey sweetie...Had to stop in a see what you are up to... I would LOVE to have tea with you... Your linens are truly special!

    Love to you~

    Rebecca

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  3. Hello Judith,
    What a pretty teacup! I do love white teacups. Such pretty napkins you have too. I especially like the lacey bordered ones. Would love to see the lavender one up close sometime. As always, it's a pleasure to have tea with you, dear friend! I suppose you are busy getting your garden ready, are you? Thanks for joining me for tea and enjoy your week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  4. Vanilla Earl Grey is a favorite of mine - so fragrant.
    There are certainly many pretty paper napkins on the market, but nothing says that an event is to be savoured like linen napkins and table cloth.

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  5. I too love those old vintage linens - they are so special. What a fun post!

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  6. Dear Judith,
    What a beautiful blog you have! Your teacup and linens are very lovely. Thank you for visiting. I'm your latest follower. ;)
    Have a blessed week!
    ~Wendy

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  7. Just lovely linens, and I treasure mine as well. There's something about a crisp starch linen tablecloth. I love your white teacup, just screams elegance!I'll have to keep my eye out for 'Beautiful Linens' I'd love a copy on my bookshelf or table.yvette@twistedvines

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  8. Your table linens and tea cup are so exquisite. Lovely!...Christine

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  9. Its a pleasure drinking from such an exquisite cup! The cake looks delicious and the linens are beautiful!

    Hugs,

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  10. Hello Judith! This is so very lovely - and of course I see beautiful lavender color in your linen! Such loveliness! I haven't seen this book - what a delightful topic for a book - I'll have to search this one out! My last name begins with R! I can never find monogrammed - vintage with our letter!
    Thank you for sharing this very lovely - and very delicious post with A Return to Loveliness!
    God Bless,
    Kathy

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  11. Hi Judith! Your linens are beautiful and I don't think I knew about that book from Hoffman Media. I will definitely look for it. I've been given a lot of vintage linens and would love to be more creative in using them.
    Have a wonderful week! – g

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  12. Hi Judith, I too love linens and teacups. You have some pretty linens with lavender trim. I love the tradition of afternoon tea. My girlfriends and I often have afternoon tea and we always have a delightful time. Blessings,
    Pamela

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  13. What a lovely collection of beautiful napkins you have! And thanks for sharing about the Glorious Linens book. I hadn't heard of it before. Beautiful linens just make me sigh with contentment. Bess

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  14. I will have to get that linen book. I worked for a French luxury linen company and love well made, pretty linens. Your post was fun!

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  15. Oh my, your linens are so beautiful! Your teacup looks so delightful and inviting.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  16. Hi Judith,

    You've got a gorgeous blog! I love the graphics and your post today!

    HaPpY tEa TiMe TuEsDaY!
    Sarah

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  17. Your linens and tea is just lovely! I could only imagine spending some quiet time drooling...I mean gazing at the gorgeous linens in that book!

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  18. Hello Judith,
    such a nice post! The tea cup is a real treasure with that nice shape. And the tea loaf looks very tempting. I love pretty linnens to (who would not?). It is very interesting to see yours with the lavender touch and the cover of the book shows a very pretty one, too. Thank you for this interesting post.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  19. What a lovely collection of linens! The book from Victoria I am sure is glorious, I need to look it up! Thanks for sharing~

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  20. Pretty linen napkins is something I do not have many of. We always used paper because we had messy boys. I will have to look for some. Having the ladies in for tea would make napkins a necessity. Yours are so pretty. V

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  21. Hi Judith,
    This is my first time to post on your blog, although I have been following it for many months, and enjoy your beautiful pictures and thoughts that you share. For those readers interested in "Glorious Linens" book, it is available from Martha Pullen Company, and for those who do machine embroidery, companion design CD's are also available. I purchased the set, but love looking at the antique linens in the book. Thank you for sharing. I would love to join you all for tea.

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  22. Judith, Your tea setting is truly lovely. You have an eye for photographic design! The bread looks good and I want you to know that I've never heard of vanilla Earl Grey, but if you'd save me a cup I'll be over soon. :-)
    Hugs, Beth

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  23. I love pretty linens...wouldn't a tea together be special! ♥

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  24. Hi Judith, I did buy the book Glorious Linens because of your posting about it, and I received it within 5 days, have devoured it, and absolutely love it! It's a treasure full of treasures! (My only little teeny complaint is that I prefer paper dustjackets/bookcovers to the shiny all-in-one covers that remind me of the cookbooks collected years ago at grocery stores ... but I can always make a pretty cover for it later!) Thank you so much for sharing about this book! I would have never known about it, and learning about things new to us is one of the wonderful things about blogland! Have a wonderful week. Bess

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