Thursday, April 3, 2008

Tea and Swaps

This is week three for the Gracious Hospitality Blogathon.

This week's theme is "decor-a-tea". Well, let me just start off my post with a few excuses. I really wanted to write this post earlier in the week. However, for one it has been rainy and cloudy all week. Now don't get me wrong... I'm so glad winter is over and spring is here. But quite frankly, the light sucks and I've been trying to avoid taking photos in it. My second excuse, I still have Easter decorations out despite the fact that I have asked twice for someone to get the box out of the attic. But we won't name any names (hu-hum farmboy).
Now that I have made my excuses for being so late here are some pictures.


I managed to find a spot for these two little pretties. I love to decorate with teacups and teapots. I think they are like fine little works of art. I have two cupboards and then some full of cups and pots and a box of newly aquired teapots from my mom. Half of my cup collection I picked up from antique shops to use as centerpieces at my wedding.

(photo by Barry Benton Photography, Inc.)

The other half I inherited from my grandmother. Some of those are so old and personally I think they are all beautiful. I hate keeping all of these pretties in a cupboard. But we are in a slow process of updating our kitchen, so when we get to the cabinet-facelift portion of this makeover, the front of those teacup cabinets are going to have glass put in them. Then I can see my pretties all the time.

Now on to swaps. I joined another swap. Sarah from Gypsy Mermaid Life is hosting...

This should be fun. She is still taking names for participants if you want to play too.
And I have some sneaky peeks for Whitney, my partner for Artsy Mama's Vintage Party Swap.




I hope you like what you see so far!

16 comments:

Denise said...

What lovely tea things and great ideas, too! I like the idea of using the teacups for centerpieces. I plan to host a tea for our ladies group at church during the month of May and this is a great idea I can use ~ Thank you!
HAve a lovely Spring Day!

Sweet Necessi-Teas said...

Alisa, What a lovely tea vignette! I also think of tea cups as tiny works of art. I hope you get your glass-front cabinet doors soon!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

ellen b said...

What great foresight you had to collect those tea-cups for your wedding centerpieces! Marvelous...
I love your displays. We'll have to come back to see how the kitchen turns out! :)

La Tea Dah said...

Alisa, thank you for a lovely post! I enjoyed seeing your tea decor and loved your idea of using teacups and saucers as centerpieces for your wedding. How beautiful! And the little birds nest that's nestled under the glass dome --- very pretty! I have some tiny glass domes and you've given me an idea. Maybe I can find some little birds eggs this spring and place them under the domes with a feather or two. Great ideas you've shared. . .thank you! I'm so glad you are a part of the Gracious Hospitality blog-a-thon!

LaTeaDah

Carrie said...

The idea of teacups as small centerpiece bouquets is delightful.

Me said...

What a lovely teapot! I like the way you use the teacup to hold flowers. :)

It's wonderful that so many of your pieces came from your mom and gramma - what treasures to have.

Revee

Lori said...

your wedding tables look so pretty with the teacup centerpiece...LOVE the sneak peek of your vintage party swap...do i see goodies from Pop in there:)

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Delightful tea things and what a great idea for centerpieces for a wedding!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Such lovely tea things! What a nice idea to use tea cups for centerpieces at your wedding!

You have a beautiful blog!

Katherine

Charli and me said...

I love all of your little tea treasures.

Miss Sandy said...

I'd like to have tea with your darling little birdies! Love the vignette!

My Crafty Little Page said...

Now I want to see your wedding pictures! The bridesmaids and flower girl look like little maids in their blue skirts-so very pretty. The teacup centerpieces are wonderful. Nancy

knitsational said...

A woman after my own heart! I, too, am a little bit of a teapot fanatic. I love that pot in the pic and what lovely little centerpieces.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

A lovely tea post AND a spring inspiration post! I enjoyed my visit!

Happy spring,
melissa

Pam said...

What a great idea to use teacups as centerpieces. Your pictures came out very well, even if the light was bad! :-)

kathi-lavender, lace and thyme said...

Alisa, what beautiful tea-decor you've shared and your half and half story is precious :). I hope you've gotten farm-boy up in the attic by now :).