Some Favorites

While ‘thrifting’ this spring and summer, I have found a few pretty cups and saucers. Then I realized they needed to be properly displayed so I could enjoy my vintage purchases. As you can see, I favor the cups with an interior design.

Aynsley Pansy; Coalport; Paragon Queen Elizabeth Coronation

This goes along with my ongoing reorganizing process. While recently writing posts, I realized that some of my dish-related favorites were not readily accessible. Time to change that. Cups, saucers and plates were unwrapped from their tissue paper and put on display in a vintage cabinet. I think I have a problem. However, in regards to the KonMari Method of decluttering, they all ‘spark joy’ so they will be happy to stay.


It has been a busy summer week which has included thrifting and planning a tea outing with friends. This week I shall be attending an afternoon tea at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House as in the Ford automotive fame. Below photo from their website.


Soon I shall post about the afternoon tea details at the Ford Estate.

Recently I was a fortunate recipient of a generous giveaway by one of my favorite bloggers, Linda, at “More Fun Less Laundry.” If you have not yet visited Linda and when you are not laundering, I highly recommend you peak at her charming blog. With her wonderful photos and descriptive prose, it is easy to imagine that you are on one of her fun adventures or enjoying a homemade treat at one of her cleverly decorated tablescapes.

Yesterday, the giveaway (a Bean Bag as they are called on the East Coast) arrived from LL Bean. Can a canvas tote bag be considered pretty? Yes, if it has one’s initials nicely monogramed in a pretty color. Not only is it pretty, but it is practical and functional. Soon it will be traveling with me on a lavender-picking adventure. Thanks Linda!


Sharing this week with my favorite tea party hostesses:

Have a nice week,

October Rose




Red, White & Blue

This week was easy for choosing a theme for tea. Instead of fancy teacups and china, all white everyday dinnerware is featured on a vintage soft cotton red check tablecloth.


The blue plays its role in the form of fresh blueberries served with blueberry yogurt. Too early for Michigan blueberries, but these are sweet and USA grown.


Instead of hot tea, we shall drink ice tea in what is sometimes called a ‘boopie glasses’ (balls on the feet). It may look like an amber ale in the vintage glass tumbler, but it is ice tea. Really.


The dinnerware was purchased last year from Crate and Barrel. Previously over the years, I always used different patterns of Corelle. Time for change. Today, I dressed it up with all white dessert plates (open work edge) that were purchased from Pier One as is the berry bowl. A positive thing about all white is that it is easily accessorized even with other brands. Inexpensive paper lace doilies were added. In my humble opinion the doilies do add interest and are a quick and easy accessory.


As you approach my front door, you will be greeted by a red, white and blue flower bed. The classic combination of these colors displays nicely from the street.


For a few days, the patriotic them was forming in my mind. Then I walked into LaBelle’s Antiques and was further inspired by this display.


Happy to share with Antiques and Teacups, Bernideen’s, Martha’s Favorites and Rose Chintz Cottage.

May the American bloggers have a safe, happy holiday. Thank you to our friendly Canadian neighbors who have recently celebrated their independence. On July 14th, France will have their spectacular fireworks show on Bastille Day.  France is on my mind because I will be traveling there in September for the first time. I plan on sharing a tea outing and macraons.