Monday, December 9, 2013

The Second Tea of December

Welcome friends as we join our hosts for a Christmas tea this week.  Above is a sign I painted back in the 70's which hangs on the brick wall outside.
In the living room is a tabletop silver tinsel tree decorated with birds, shiny balls and Victorian tinsel.
The nativity set I painted is a music box that plays Silent Night.
The ceramic tree, also made many years ago is in the kitchen.
I'm using Royal Albert Val D'or white and gold to complement my teacup.
It's hand decorated white porcelain with gold trim.
Santa's Secret is brewing in the pot.
 Tea is set on the kitchen table, a bright place with a big window facing the backyard.
 An angel that loves the birds as we do.
An old fashioned rocking horse gifted from a friend.
Shortbread fingers from Walkers and dark chocolate hedgehogs from Purdy's that are only made for Christmas each year.  They'll both go well with our lightly mint flavoured tea.
I always enjoy the tea gatherings each week and want to thank my followers and new visitors to my blog for stopping by.
On my Mosaic Monday post this week I showed some fun vintage Victorian Christmas decor and said I'd show today what I bought at the antique barn.
Hanging on the wall behind a a display I caught a glimpse of purple.  Another lady helped me extract a very dirty and dusty plate but when cleaned up, it's a beautiful piece of purple transferware.  I think it was waiting for me to find it, don't you?
I'm joining these hosts for tea:
Terri at Tea Cup Tuesday
Bernideen at Friends Sharing Tea


  1. I really like your sign Judith. You did a really nice job on it. That tree is really lovely also. I can see you are ready for Christmas.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. Your teas are such a glorious treat to see!

  3. My hubby adores high tea for his birthday!!!
    Cheers from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  4. Oh many wonderful things in this post! I have a half moon sign I did in the 1970s for it's in the back of the closet...thanks for the reminder! I love your treasures! The tea sounds delicious. But I LOVE your purple transferware plate! A great find! The color is often called mulberry. That is so perfect for you! Thanks for sharing and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  5. Beautiful Christmas decoration and shots..Tea enhanced a great occasion!

  6. You're a talented artist, Judith. Love the little choir you painted! Your tinsel tree is pretty. Ron's folks had a tinsel tree with a rotating color wheel (set on the floor) that made different colors on the tree. Your nativity and ceramic tree are lovely too. I'd love to find one of those vintage ceramic trees! They are special. Your tea table looks pretty and I absolutely adore your "new" transferware plate!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  7. What a pretty wooden decor you painted, Judith. I love all your pretty decorations. I wish I could share some of that yummy sounding tea and some shortbread and treats with you.
    I do think the lavender transferware was meant for you!!

  8. I definitely think that beautiful piece of purple transferware was waiting for you to come along and give it a good home. It suits you perfectly! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing your lovely Christmas trees, and the special Christmas tea you've prepared. Your tablescape is so pretty and inviting.

  9. Judith, the lavender transferware plate was definitely meant for you! One doesn't often see that colour in transferware and it is lovely. I like the sign you painted and your other pieces which you did in ceramics. You have some cute displays for the holidays and I too have a ceramic Christmas tree which my son made when he was twelve. Our first Christmas tree was just like your little silver one. It ended up having a place of honour in a Christmas window display in the jewelery store where I worked at the time.
    I always enjoy seeing Val D'or china. It is so elegant and your teapot is beautiful. Your tea sounds delicious and chocolate is always welcome! Thank you for sharing your tea with us today.

    Christmas blessings,

  10. I kept waiting for the special thing you bought to appear. It fits you to a "tea." I'm sure it was fun cleaning it up and seeing how beautiful it really was. It is a lovely tea table.

  11. When I come to your site I love how you display your treasures! The darling angel with the bird is so sweet. Your gold and white china is perfect for a snowy day which we have. I love your purple transferware plate and this is a true find for the purple is very rare. Have a Merry Christmas time at tea.


  12. Love the angel with the dove. Your home is decorated so lovely,Judith.

  13. Everything is decorated so beautifully! I have to tell you though, that the purple plate is just gorgeous. What a find for you! LOVE that Rocking Horse too!

  14. Judith,
    I do think this beautiful purple plate was waiting for you, just as my sled was waiting for me-perhaps Christmas magic is truly floating about...

  15. Hi Judith,
    the Val D'or china set is very elegant and festive. And I love the little paper doily beneath the cup. That add a really seasonal highlight to the set. Very versatile to use. The purple transfer plate is really a spcial thing. I gues, not everybody loves it and so it waited just for you. It fits perfect in your purple collection. Thank you for the lovely tea with treats and have a nice Advent time.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  16. Until this moment, I have not seen purple transferware. It was definitely waiting for you.

    Your tea table is so would be fun to sit down and enjoy tea there. I really like the rocking horse! There's just something sweet and endearing about them.

  17. Hi: I have never seen purple transferware. It is stunning. Can you just image a whole table set in these beauties? Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Martha

  18. Oh, how I love the soft colors of your Christmas decor, and I would so love to be at a teatime as you have proposed! Also love your new transferware plate -- yes, it practically had your name written on it, didn't it! My favorite thing, though, is seeing all the wonderful handmade things you have fashioned over the years!

    P.S. I do indeed use my tea and toast sets, usually when I'm wanting to slow down and give myself a little treat, even if it's just cookies and tea.

  19. Love all your Christmas decorations.

  20. I hope, Judith, that you are still painting -- what lovely and fun decorations you've made. The Royal Albert tea pot is so elegant and lovely with your teacup (love the doily). Your kitchen table is lovely and the perfect angel for bird lovers! What a lovely Merry Christmas tea. Happy Tea Day (and I love your new lavender transferware).

  21. Have I told you that your lovely blog has helped me throughout my withdrawal of my magazine obsession? You always have such lovely photos and great narrative to along with them.

  22. Lovely tree and tea Judith, I also like your Royal Albert Tea Pot. Thank you for the Christmas Tea. I use paper doilies all the time and notice when others do as well.

    Shortbread are a true favourite of mine and I have to try this brand as I saw it in the store this week and well If I don't get any cookies at the Christmas Baking Exchange tomorrow night I might have to pick up a package. Thanks

  23. Oh dear Judith, you are very talented! I love your sign from the 70's and the painted Nativity it's so cute too! Lovely tree and the teapot is gorgeous as well. Gorgeous decor all over. Thank you for your sweet and kind visit.

  24. Yes- that plate was waiting for you and calling your name! This post is so sweet and I especially love the plate and the angel!Thank you for sharing all with Friends Sharing Tea.

  25. I am such a plain jane compared to your talents!...:)JP

  26. All such pretty Christmas decorations! I've never seen a purple transfer ware plate ... only you could have found such a treasure ;) Wendy x

  27. Hi Judith, I have enjoyed a lovely time catching up on your gorgeous post for the Christmas season. Your little fur baby is a doll and so cute watching the frog. What a great pic. My Miss B did the same and used to place her head on the arm of a chair or sofa this way. Just memories.

    Love your home for Christmas. The very first pic you painted from Pat Olsen sure brings back many painting memories. I painted many a design of hers when I taught decorative painting in the 80's and 90's. Those designs are still so perfect for today. You are a gorgeous decorative painter and so talented.
    Your tree is beautiful. Love the sweet nativity in pastels too. So pretty. The plate is the perfect treasure.
    Blessings for a wonderful Christmas and thank you for your visits to me and your kind comments.
    Enjoy the day. Hugs

  28. Everything is so cheerful and welcoming Judith -- and the bird-loving angel is absolutely wonderful. I don't have room for a lot of decorations these days, but if I found her twin I'd make a place of honor!

  29. Hello Judith,
    What a lovely white tree! It looks so pretty there by the window. Your white and red themed tea is lovely. The tea cup has such a fancy shape, I love it!
    And your new transferware plate is gorgeous! I love finding dusty dirty items and then washing them up to see that they are indeed treasure!
    Yay for you!

  30. A lovely and elegant teatime, Judith, in the midst of your perfect Christmas decor. So much you've shared here is wrought by your own two hands - and imagination! Isn't that always the best in our decor? Bravo on your purple transferware plate. I don't think I've ever seen the like - definitely NOT in purple. Yes. It was waiting just for you.

  31. Hi Judith, so nice to visit again and view your pretty décor for Christmas and your gorgeous painted works too.
    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. Have a great weekend.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  32. It was nice to join you for tea today and I love that purple plate!


  33. What a pretty tea Judith. I love Purdy's chocolates, which can't be purchased in the Maritimes, and I depend on my sister to send me from BC. I still love my ceramic Christmas trees and have 2 white ones out for the holidays. My big green one is in the attic as I have no place to sit it. :( I love the purple transfer ware plate you found at the antique store. It's beautiful and perfect for your home. Hugs, Pamela

  34. Your tea time is delightful - love love love y our purple transferware plate, never saw purple before. (Just too perfect for you!)

    I am in awe of your painting talents, you just never cease to amaze me, Judith!

    Merry Christmas to you, my sweet friend. xxoo

  35. That tree takes me back to my childhood in the 60s when tinsel trees were all the rage.


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