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