Tea with Beatrix and Peter

I’ve been looking so forward to displaying my modest Beatrix Potter collection this season!  After reading all eight of Susan Wittig Albert’s The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter cozy mystery series and teaching a semester about her with dramatized readings of her works – so delightful to read aloud – I knew just the spot to put all my little collection!

Actually, my collection was much larger than this about four years ago.  It included a couple place settings of china with the sweet original drawings and verse from her stories, and a music box with Old Mother Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter, who danced about her as “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” played.  I had that from my children’s early nursery days when I did their newborn room in Beatrix Potter.

However, when I put them away for the season – including an entire boxed set of ALL the little books – I must have put them in a “safe place” and I haven’t seen them since – GAD!

What I have now is only a couple Peter Rabbit figures that were kept elsewhere and some items I’ve collected over the past year.  Perhaps, one day, I shall stumble joyfully upon that “safe place” . . .

So, come to tea this Easter Week, with Peter . . .

Who brings with him a sweet bundle of “rabbit tobacco” which is what we call lavender.

And, silly old Jemima Puddleduck with Jeremy Fisher Frog – that natty gentleman frog who does so love honey with his tea . . .

First, I have this sweet miniature Peter Rabbit tea set that’s just his size!  A wonderful yard sale find with all its whimsey intact!  Little bunny size . . .

With appropriate treats from Mr. McGregor’s garden!

For human fingers and lips, we’re using a new teacup and saucer design especially made for Barnes & Noble – the squared saucer giving a contemporary twist to a vintage favorite.  Each of the two cups comes with a little spoon to stir in the honey, and sports the illustration and verse from the very beginning . . .

And, the very end . . .

Of The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

I also have a sweet Wedgewood mug piece with some lines from The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy Winkle – the laundress hedgehog – and little Lucy – who stumbles upon her one day.

My figurine of Peter in his new blue jacket is displayed next to my new blue egg with white lace design.  I made it – yes – I did!!

And, I made the colorful little egg displayed in the 1940’s chicken egg holder that once belonged to my grandfather – the one that is taunting Jemima because she is too flighty to sit and hatch her eggs properly.

Actually, these eggs will never hatch.  They will also never be eaten.  After all the work involved in creating them – they will be displayed proudly for years to come!  I’ll be sharing THAT adventure in another post this week:

COMING UP THIS WEEK – DIY Eastern European Wax Egg Decorating Tutorial!!

Peter has some good reading material nearby to have with his tea today:

Another wonderfully whimsical treat from Green Tiger Press, a division of Laughing Elephant Books, with their vast collection of vintage children’s illustrations re-purposed into some of the most beautiful and inspirational gift books out there!

In this edition, a collection of vintage and antique Easter Bunny post cards are reprinted as an illustrated history of the lifestyles of Easter Bunnies.

Very clever and fun – inspiring the wonder of childhood, innocence, and imagination.

Visit Green Tiger Press  and Laughing Elephant for more like this!

And . . . before I close . . . some business to be attended to!!

BLOGOVERSARY GIVE-AWAY WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!

Such a stormy March!
But, through the clouds 
– all month – 
how blessed I was with so many sweet comments on my posts
congratulating me and entering my 
1st Blogoversary Give-Away!
So many comments, in fact, that I couldn’t choose just one name from the mix.
I had collected a number of pretties and decided to split the prizes into three groups,
and share the wins three ways!

Congratulations Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage!
Our Teatime Tuesday hostess is a sweet and gracious lady
who will enjoy some of the teatime treats coming her way!

Congratulations Jeanette at Jeanette’s Sage!
A wise woman with a garden of sage advice from God’s Word
will have a few new gardening goodies to nurture!

Congratulations Jocelyn our Happy Cottage Quilter!
Bursting with beautiful creations, may she find glorious new uses 
for some vintage tidbits and lovelies!

And, for all three – I’ll be tucking in some poetic words I pray will bless you 
in a quiet, meditative moment.

Thank you to all my new blogger friends this year – you’ve all blessed me beyond measure!
Looking forward to many posts to come!

Having Tea with Beatrix and Peter this week with:
  Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Trisha’s Tea Party Tuesday at Sweetology
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Teacups and Tea Things at Antiques and Teacups
Trish’s Simply Sweet at Lily Rose Cottage
 

Comments

  1. I ADORE Beatrix Potter and her stories/paintings. I have a Peter Rabbit Tea-For-One set on my wishlist!!! :) Wonderful post!

  2. How charming! Adorable little teaset and such a cute set from Barnes and Noble! I love Beatrix Potter and all her characters! I hope you and your family have a beautiful and joyous Easter!
    Love, Linda

  3. I meant to say, I really like the eggs you handpainted too!

  4. Beautiful post!! thank you for sharing your wonderful collection (and I hope you recall the safe place the others are in – happens to me all the time)…

    Congratulations to all the winners!!! xo
    Hugs and Blessings, HHL

  5. I love Beatrix Potter! Mrs. Tiggywinkle is my favorite, but that’s because I love hedgehogs! I hope you find your book set! Your tea party must have been such fun…and such varied and erudite conversation and topics!
    Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea and Happy Easter!
    Ruth

  6. Hello Kathy,
    Love the miniature Peter Rabbit tea set; it’s adorable! My parents had gotten my children Peter Rabbit Wedgewood mugs and bowls when they were born. What a wonderful and fun post! I have always loved Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter! A wee bit of whimsy keeps the heart young, don’t you think?
    Thank you, dear Kathy, for pulling my name out of the hat! I sent you an email this morning.
    Wishing you and all those you love a Happy Easter!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  7. How sweet all of your little friends are. Such a shame about the missing box though. Happy Easter Kathy xx”)

  8. I just love Peter Rabbit. Beatrix Potter is one of my favorites. She was an amazing woman. Thank you SO much for the wonderful prize. We all enjoy reading your blog posts.

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

  9. Oh I love your Beatrix post! How wonderful to have your lovely collection. My favorite of yours is the mug with Mrs. Tiggy Winkle, she was always my favorite character!
    Happy Easter to you : )
    Hugs,
    Terri

  10. I loved your tea with Beatrix and Peter! I also had a giggle about the safe place the rest of your collection currently *hides* in! I’m looking for the safe place too! 😀 😀 Happy Spring! Happy Easter! Happy Tea Day!

  11. Miss Kathy, you always have all the right things to display for your posts. My fav this week is the lil lil Peter Rabbit tea set. What a nice find!

    Praying for you this week…the load has lightened but not without some strain. Like we’ve heard before ….man plans his course but the Lord determines his steps.

    And He places new things in our path! He is good.

  12. What a beautiful variety of Beatrix things. I just got a Mrs. Tiggywinkle mug. We have enough mugs (more than enough) but I am so happy it’s up there on the shelf now! :)

  13. Love Beatrix Potter – your collection is awesome. Am so with ya on putting things away where you think you’ll be able to find them again. Might as well bury them in the woods! Happy Easter!

  14. Hi Kathy,
    I just sent you another email at the address you gave me. Hopefully you will receive it this time. Please let me know, will you? Thank you and enjoy the weekend; Happy Easter!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  15. Hi Kathy, Thank you so much for the lovely comment on my blog! I am sure we will be friends. Have a wonderful Easter! Jenny

  16. Hi Kathy,
    I love your Peter Rabbit tea party post.
    I like the History of Easter Bunnies and the beautiful eggs you decorated.
    Happy EEaster
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  17. Hi Kathy: I love Peter Rabbit! Your post is wonderful. It is always delightful to visit you. Have a wonderful Easter. Blessings, Martha

  18. Oh Kathy – what a sweet post!
    I love your dear little Peter Rabbit tea set!
    Have you seen the movie Miss Potter?
    I loved how it used animations of the cute creatures to embellish the story.
    Thanks for sharing this with us and linking up.
    Lots of blessings to you..Trish

  19. Hi Kathy and Happy Resurrection Day!! ;-D
    I must have looked at this post 20 times with DELIGHT.
    What a lovely world of Beatrix collections you have!
    Many many Blessings and lots of hugs, Linnie

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