Fancy for a Fall Tea!

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:

Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Wanda Lee’s Tea for Two at The Plumed Pen
Wanda Lee’s Tea Pots & Tea Things Tuesday at The Silken Purse
Trisha’s Tea Party Tuesday at Sweetology
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Trish at Lily-Rose Cottage on LACE Wednesday
 

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.

Comments

  1. You have inspired me to get (hubby will do the lugging..) the bins and start the autumn decorating!!! Your Lady Autumn is beautiful , her features really are peaceful. The more wonderful thrift finds I see ~ the more I’m going to start taking a look around our area… hopefully they will have some treasures just waiting to be discovered… happy Labour Day .xo HHL

  2. Hello Kathryn,
    beautiful fall table. The china is really perfect for that time. Love the pumpkin tea pot. Thank you for sharing this wonderful setting.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  3. Hello Kathy,
    My friend, your Autumn teapot is a winner. Wish we had a Christmas Tree Shop here but alas, we don’t! I like your Proverbs 31 lady/Lady Autumn too. As always, your tea is wonderful with lots of thought provoking conversation. Thank you for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  4. Hi Kathryn
    I don’t usually think to pull out the autumn decor until about mid September and like HHL, should start looking for thrift stores near me too.
    You have some really nice, and different pieces particularly Lady Autumn.
    Happy Labour Day.
    Judith

  5. You have many pretty Fall items. I love the creamer and sugar bowl. I guess it’s time I get out a few things too. Makes for a nice post. Enjoy your Fall tea-parties and sending love to those gorgeous cats. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

  6. You are really on the ball! Your newly decorated for fall home is lovely. All your fall things so sweet. The sugar and creamer are really pretty with the fruit painted on them.
    I will be getting my box down around the end of September….usually jumping right into Halloween decor, then Thanksgiving items.
    Thank you so much for sharing your yellow tea cup with us too! I think it is a lovely cup!
    Hugs,
    Terri

  7. It IS all lovely. But I too must admit an affinity to Lady Autumn. Her dignity, along with your definition as the Proverbs 31 wife definitely won me over. Looking forward to fall!

    Blessings, Debbie

  8. Kathryn, everything is so pretty! It is hard to beleive it is almost fall already, but it is definitely feeling like it here. 47 degrees here this morning! Have a beautiful day! Twyla

  9. I love your fall tea. The colors are lovely. Your Autumn Lady and Harvest Blessings, pumpkins … all brought a smile to my face. Bring on Autumn! Happy Tea Day!

  10. Hi Miss Kathy,
    Your tea is most inspiring. I love your Lady Autumn and your tea cup finds are precious. I have a tea pot very similar and enjoy decorating with it too.
    How fun to keep company with one of my all time favorites “Lucy” as you inpack your treasures. She keeps me company while I paint at different times too. Your thrift shop finds are amazing. It is wonderful what can be found when treasure hunting. I am about ready to make my dedicated trip to thrifting too.

    Love all your pics and so enjoyed tea with you today. Hope your Labor Day BBQ was fun and you have a great week ahead.

    Blessings and joys always,
    Celestina Marie

  11. Hi Kathy, your pieces are so colorful and lovely. I really enjoyed seeing them and you have inspired me even further for fall decorating.

    Your finds are wonderful! Happy Tea Time.

    Barb ♥

  12. I loved reading your blog ..OMG… What treasures you have found!!!…Lady Autumn will certainly the ” Goddess” of inspiration for a beautiful Fall display… The whimsy of your Thrift finds warm my heart with their colors..You certainly do have a brilliant eye for hidden treasures that relay a story. Thank You for your kind visits and wonderful sharing ….HUGS

  13. What great Tea Pots you have! Beautiful!

    I Love Lucy is one of my all time favorite old TV shows. Great way to work around the home and have fun while doing it.

    Welcome Fall!

  14. Love your fall pretties! The little sugar and creamer set were a steal. I love thrifting too!
    Thanks for following and your kind comments. I am following back and look forward to visiting your blog. Annette

  15. Just love your fall harvest design creamer and sugar china, they set off your harvest blessing tablescape beautifully!

  16. Hello Kathryn,

    What a delightful array of Autumnal decor! The teapots, cream and sugar are just perfect!
    I just love Fall decor and your harvest blessing theme just comes to life with each little treasure and decorative touch!

    Many thanks for joining me in the celebration of my 100th Tuesday Tea For Two and also our 71st Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday!

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

  17. You have some lovely autumn things. And so many nice things you have found on your treasure hunts! Have a wonderful tea time!

  18. Kathy,
    I love your harvest colors especially Lady Autumn and the handpainted teapot. I like to collect watercolor paintings and your teapot caught my eye. I usually get started on fall decorating around, oh, Halloween! LOL! Love the I Love Lucy shows – they are hilarious.

    ~Jean

  19. http://prinetimeprinepen.blogspot.com/2011/08/heaven-or-hail.html

    I think this should answer your question! :)

    Debbie

  20. Oh I love your tea sets, they are all so wonderful…what a collection.

    I just watched The Lucy 50th Anniversary Show the other night…wow, it has been 50 years since the show started. It was such fun and such joy…we really don’t have that clean and funny shows now days..what a shame.

    Thanks for stopping by my post today and Praise God He spoke to you through it….what an awesome God we serve that He even uses us to speak to someone else…how humbling.

  21. I am really feeling Falls approach today! Your teapot and setting is perfect. We are fortunate to have a Christmas Tree Shop within an hour’s drive. I am not able to go as often as I’d like – it is a marvelous store! Thank you for sharing your Fall treasures with A Return to Loveliness,
    God Bless,
    Kathy

  22. I love them all but Lady Autum is the big winner..wow how neat!! I love decorating for Halloween…that will be on the agenda in the next few weeks! Take care and thanks for sharing this with Tea Party Tuesday. BTW…I LOVE..I LOVE LUCY!!! I grew up watching that w/ my Nana who babysat me….good times.

  23. Dear Miss Kathy, What beautiful fall tea items. I love the colors, the print and how lovely they look together. I visit the Christmas Tree shops a lot and never came across anything this pretty.
    I’m now following you and hope you come to visit..
    Enjoy time…

  24. Lady Autumn is very lovely indeed!
    So are all the hand-painted items you manage to gather together in this wonderful display!
    I have a soft spot for hand-painted china myself :-)
    LOVE your Fall colours, Kathy!
    Hmmm..now I want to get some out too!
    Spring is here for me now – but I’m really enjoying my northern friend’s new season too lol!
    Thanks for linking up today.
    Have a great week in God!
    blessings..Trish

  25. This was so much fun, and so pretty. Yes, Lady Autumn is a picture of serenity and beauty.

    My sister used to put on a formal tea every year. I don’t think she’s done it this year. You’ve reminded me to talk to her about it!!

    Sometimes we just need something more than a quick Starbuck’s on the go!

    GOD BLESS!

  26. Joining from Lace,
    I love your Proverbs lady teapot she is lovely, I particularly love the wheat sheaths, she looks so serene, I love the whimsy in your pieces, thank you for sharing your beautiful things with us..
    NEll

  27. I enjoyed my trek through your lovely autumn filled home. The creamer and sugar bowl are just beautiful and what a find! Now I am even more eager to get the “Fall Box” down from the attic space. Thanks for sharing all your lovely pieces.

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