Monday, April 29, 2013

A Pleasant Surprise

Welcome friends for tea this week.  I've created a small tea vignette on the kitchen counter.
 A gift from my daughter who knows how much I like butterflies.
Crackers and cheese to nibble on instead of something sweet.  The butterfly crackers are from Pepperidge Farms.
 I've had these wooden tulips for ages and a new bunny gets to sit on the counter beside them.
A simple tea with friends and a pretty pot of golden begonias which have since gone to my 93 year old friend Ruth.
I've been to a fair number of tea rooms and my biggest complaint is I wish they'd provide a teabag holder (for those that use a bag) instead of having to put it on the saucer or a plate as I usually ask for a hot water refill.
Recently at a small Italian restaurant in town that hubby and I like to go to for lunch, a teabag holder was put on the table for me.  It's a small mom and pop establishment and they're familiar with my request for tea and milk but the teabag holder was a pleasant surprise.
I didn't have my camera that day but my iPad was handy to share this.  
Congratulations to Carolyn Aiken, fellow Canadian blogger living in PEI who has just published a home and garden book.  If you haven't been to her blog yet, you'll love the photography and I hope you'll check out Carolyn's new book.  
I'm linking with:
Rose Chintz Cottage
Bernideen's Tea Blog
Artful Affirmations
A Delightsome Life
Please make yourself a cup of tea and join my hosts and their guests.


  1. I also like butterflies. I made some butterflies cards in my blog. You can find them in "Tarjetas".

    I invite you to see them. They can be useful for a Tea Time.

    Happy Monday !


  2. Hi Judith,
    your savory treats for the tea time looks nice. The cheese has the exactly color to the butterfly dish. What a fun to have that with butterfly crackers. I have seen those teabag holders here at sale but never saw them in a tea room. Meanwhile there exist some new technical ideas how to remove the tea bag without problems. Thank you for the tipp with Carolyns garden book. I will have a look there.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  3. What a lovely butterfly plate and crackers and cheese will go very well with tea this week. I have the same little brown teapot as the one from the restaurant. Unfortunately mine got a crack in it so it is now part of my teapot totem.

  4. What a sweet butterfly plate. So pretty. Have a Nice week

  5. Oh I love that butterfly plate! So springy
    Have a blessed week..

  6. What a pretty plate, Judith, and so yummy with the butterfly crackers and Babybels ( which we love!). I'm a tea bag lover with milk, too, Judith.

  7. I must get some of the butterfly crackers for my granddaughter who loves butterflies.
    Teabag holders are so convenient!

  8. What a beautiful plate. How fun is that? I love Baby Bel so will be right over to join you!

    Of course you love the lavender cake best! Me too, my heart stopped when she sent me that picture. So pretty and surprisingly easy to make!

  9. How beautiful that serving dish is!!!! Lucky you!!!...:)JP

  10. Hi Judith, Those crackers are so cute and perfect for a spring tea. I saw my first butterfly yesterday while cleaning out the pond. Jen

  11. Oh, I love the butterfly! I've gone butterfly crazy this Spring! ENJOY!

  12. As much as I like sweets, I'll always pick the savory first, to your tea and crackers and cheese would be my sort of treat!

  13. I love those butterfly crackers Judith. The plate is really sweet too. I have several of the tea bag holders and they come in handy don't they? Pam

  14. Do pour a cup for me! Darling butterfly dish too!

  15. Hi Judith,
    Your butterfly dish is perfect for you and holds your cheese and crackers perfectly. I eat those same blue Baby Bels. I usually have at least one a day. Your new bunny is cute and looks right at home on the counter with your wooden tulips. I have several tea bag holders and they really do come in handy. Thanks for joining me for tea and enjoy your week.


  16. What a lovely counter tea vignette. And what a thoughtful butterfly dish from your daughter to hold your tea-time treats!

  17. Nice Butterfly plate! I like the colors. And I too, would rather munch on cheese and crackers than sweets!

  18. Very pretty. I like all things butterfly with their pretty colors.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  19. Lovely tea...just enough! Just saw those little cheeses on an ad this morning for the first time. They look like a great way to keep portion size within reason.

  20. Hi Judith,
    Your tea vignette is so sweet! What a beautiful butterfly plate, and so special being a gift from your daughter!
    Thanks for sharing.

  21. What a beautiful butterfly plate!
    LUCKY! :)

    Have a great week!

  22. Lovely tea set up with the butterfly theme. I have several tea bag holders that I use when I have tea, and if you look at my current header you can spot these little blue and white china "things" next to the teacups that I inherited from my MIL. I don't know if they originally were for salt but I use them for teabags. they are just lovely to have on the table whether they are used or not. Thanks for the news on Carolyn; I'll hop right over to see her. She is such a talented photographer among other things!

  23. What a neat plate! And you found butterfly cookies to match it? How extraordinary!!!

    Love it. Nice to know you like butterflies, too. Always good to know these things.

  24. I love your sweet butterfly as I too love them..I was just sitting in the garden watching them the other day..nice post.. and I love Carolyn's blog her pictures are amazing..Happy Tuesday with love Janice

  25. Hi Judith,
    What a lovely butterfly dish! I'm sure you will find many ways to use it! I too am always grateful when eating out and order tea when the server brings a side dish for the teabag. So much better than leaving the teabag on the spoon! Wishing you a lovely evening!

  26. Hi Judith. I love your butterfly plate. I also love butterflies and want to save all the little glass framed ones which come up at thrift stores. (I'm running out of I know what you mean about tea bag plates. What's up with that? It only make sense to provide one. I love it when restaurants serve the tea pot on a little plate and then I can put the tea bag down beside that. Oh, an extra lid works well in to-go places. Have a lovely day. :)

  27. love that butterfly plate...perfect.

  28. Your butterfly dish is so colorful and pretty. How thoughtful of your daughter!
    Hugs, Beth

  29. Hello,Judith!
    What a beautiful butterfly plate! I like the color and design very much.I imagine that your kitchen must be fill with pretty atmosphere. A gift from your
    daughter is special!
    One of these comments of your friends made me smile. I have the same feeling of her “Do pour a cup for me” Judith.
    Have a lovely weekend.

  30. Love your new vignette, and that butterfly dish is terrific, especially with the butterfly crackers! Oh, and thanks for mentioning your fellow Canadian blogger's book. I just previewed it on Magcloud and immediately ordered a copy. Can't wait for it to arrive!


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