It’s that time of year a gain – Labor Day Weekend – when the closets get put in order and the fall decor bins are brought up from storage in the basement for an afternoon of re-decorating fun!
I always like to decorate with something light and entertaining on TV. This afternoon, I chose one of my “I Love Lucy” DVD’s to keep me company. Ed’s at work and Bethany is helping to set up for the bar-b-que at a friend’s house we’re going to later this evening. I almost have everything in place . . . and just had to stop to fancy a tea party with my newly unwrapped fall themed tea things – and share them with you!
I don’t have much – but, what I do have, I look forward to displaying each year.
This is my first fall teapot – just your average “Made in China” mass market find. I don’t know how long I’ve had it – but, do know that I picked it up at that New England icon of a home decor haven – The Christmas Tree Shop.
If you are not familiar with this amazing place because you live to far south, mid-west, or west – I am sorry for you. They recently opened a location here in South Jersey and I was thrilled to have one only a 45 minute drive – instead of a 6 hour drive!
Anyway, that’s where I picked up that little bit of fun. Had it for years! Displaying it this year on the antique library table I’ve moved into the dining room in front of our large picture window.
I recently found this sweet hand painted miniature creamer and sugar at a thrift store for a dollar each.
They are gold trimmed and the harvest colored paintings on each appear to be done by hand. Alas, they are not marked, but they still have a little oval sticker on the bottom – all lettering worn off through vintage washings.
The tea cup is a yards sale find that has little to recommend it other than that it is yellow and fits into the color scheme of things.
I have little of harvest colored tea items – sounds like something to keep my eyes pealed for in the next couple of months!
However, the teapot behind the cup is a fanciful little something I picked up at yet another thrift store (yes- we have tons in our area and I make my rounds monthly!).
The gold trim first attracted me –
. . . then the yellow flowers which I thought would be nice for fall. But, upon closer inspection, it was clear that the flower pattern was hand painted.
The stamp and numbering underneath shows it to have been unique in its way – designed by the NAPCO (National Potteries Corporation) which started in 1938 in the American mid-west – but had much of it’s ceramics, porcelain, and figurines imported from Japan. Growing through the war years it reached it’s strongest output during the 1950’s and 1960’s – of which this particular piece reminds me, because of its shape.
I might have to research the number to find out more about this particular piece – but, for me at this time – it just goes with my fall tea theme display.
By far, though, my favorite of all fall tea things is my Lady Autumn!
Isn’t she lovely! I found her at The Christmas Tree Shop, too! Years ago. I fell in love with the serenity and confidence in her face.
She speaks peace to me – and strength – due to a fruitful harvest . . .
She is our Proverbs 31 wife who has toiled and provided well for her family, enjoying the fruitful rewards thereof.
As we step into a new season – unofficially until later this month – may you know abundance in Harvest Blessings – much like Lady Autumn – in all God’s richest bounty.
Especially, the next time you take a moment to renew and refresh in the fancy of a fall tea . . .
Sharing my Fancy for a Fall Tea this week with: