Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Cheery Winter Tea



After last year’s winter, I have not looked forward to this winter at all.  So as I was taking Christmas down, early one Sunday morning I had this urge to lighten it up a bit.


I was also making scones at the same time so naturally it was time for tea.


I recently found these tea cups and dessert plates at Home Goods and fell in love with them.  They had to come home with me!  And they were just the ticket to how I was feeling this particular morning.


I am finally learning in my older age to start enjoying my favorite things,


rather than just saving them for company.  I’m realizing I can pamper myself without feeling overly indulgent.


So I decided to create a tablescape for four and  I sat down and had a cup of tea and a scone (or two) by myself while the house was quiet and peaceful.


The rest of the family was still in bed,  but had they come down anytime soon, they would have been more than welcome to join me. 


For now, I was enjoying the solitude.  Peace and quiet.


Nice hot tea with cream and sugar or honey and lemon!





Yummmy blueberry scones with cranberry orange butter.








Eventually, one by one, they made their way down and devoured the scones. 


They’re not much for tea, unfortunately for me.  I drink alone around here!


                   Maybe I should start every weekend morning this way!       


                Now I  was able to continue putting the rest of Christmas away!


And not think about it being winter too much!


I didn’t completely eliminate winter out of the house though!  After all spring is still officially two months away.

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And just wishing it weren’t winter doesn’t make it so.

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Might as well make the most of it!

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Stay warm!

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I’m linking to  Tablescape Thursday.  Stop on by!


Thank you for visiting today.  I’d love to hear how you are getting through winter in your own way!



  1. Thanks for your visit. I love your blog and am your latest follower. I love your decor. The teacup and saucer, creamer and sugar bowl are just absolutely beautiful. Very elegant!!!

  2. I think I saw those dishes at Home Goods. If not those exact ones, I saw some like them. I remember because I wanted them. They are so delicate and pretty. LOVE the look of them on the tea table.

    I totally agree about using your favorite things. That table is just plain lovely and would chase MY winter blues away too. The lemons in the middle are a perfect touch, too.

    So glad you are up and blogging again. And as to your question about writing a book. Goodness no. Who would pay to read my meandering thoughts. LOL

  3. What a pretty winter's cheer table, your scones look delicious. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Sheila, I'm another Sheila, and I think we have something in common other than our names. I am in love with those dishes, too! If I had been in Home Goods with you, some of those pretties would have jumped in my basket, too. Oh, those are fresh and pretty. Love the napkins you selected to go with them, too. That table just begs you to sit there and enjoy. Absolutely love this. Thanks so much for sharing...

    Happy Tablescape Thursday to you...


    Sheila :-)

    As to winter, I live in Florida, and while we've had chilly and some temps, the sun is out now. And it's in the 70's.

  5. Oh, you make me realize I don't take enough time for myself! My time is spent in the bath every day. I need to make scones and sit down and enjoy the peace and quiet. This was such a beautiful and fun post and of course I adore your new cups, saucers and dessert plates. Hope you will be sharing the scone recipe. They look and sound wonderful. Next time, call me!

  6. Sheila, what a gorgeous table! Those dishes ARE wonderful -- love the colors. What really caught my eye were the two low sherbet glasses you're using for lemon slices and jam. SO pretty, and what a great idea to use them that way!

  7. Hi lovely lady.
    I love Scone with a cup of tea also !! I would love to join you sweet lady~~ Your Tablescape is gorgeous with the Beautiful dishes , you did a Great job putting it all together !!! Im your newest follower on your Blog. I hope you can come join and see my Tablescapes. I hope you have a Great Day.

  8. Hi lovely lady. Thanks so much for being my 101 follower on my Tablescapes. You made my day Im jumping up and down like a kid. Thanks so much.

  9. Wonderful way to pamper yourself and catch a little "me time" in style!

  10. I love the simplicity of your table...very pretty china pattern.

  11. Hi! Your dishes are GORGEOUS! I am so envious we don't have a Home Goods near me. Oh well, I have many other places to look for dishes such as TJMaxx and thrift stores. You have set your table beautifully and those scones look so pretty and good!


  12. Oh how pretty and cheerful things look around your house -- I enjoy the quite of morning as well. Love your lemons towering above your table.

  13. Everything looks lovely! I especially love the "red" tabletop display!

  14. Hi Sheila! Marcia told me about your blog full of beautiful table top settings. I would love to come to tea and dine out of your elegant dishes shown in this post. Everything looked simply divine! You must have a closet/room designated just to store all of your wonderful dishes and decorations for those fabulous table settings in the previous posts. I've always wanted a dish pantry like Martha Stewart so that I could store/display all of my china and dishes without ever packing anything away for storage... no such luck yet. Looking forward to following your blog... ideas and inspiration always appreciated.

  15. Hi Sheila...

    Oooh...what a lovely tea table that you have set, my friend! Your china is certainly sets a beautiful table! I love how you added the "lighter" touch with the lemons in the tall cloche...sooo pretty!

    Well my dear, it looks like you had a very relaxing time! Whew...we all need a little bit of that each day...and so nice to be able to start the day with such a time! Thank you for sharing your beautiful tea table with us...this was such a treat! By the way, your blueberry scones look heavenly! I also really enjoyed your pretty winter vignette...I love snowmen!

    I also wanted to thank you for stopping by for a visit and leaving me such a sweet note!

    Warmest winter wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  16. Hi Sheila, your tablescape looks so inviting and those scones look delectable. I can just smell them now with some of that cranberry-orange butter and a nice cup of tea with cream please.
    I like found your blog and will definitely be back for a visit as your newest follower.

  17. Oh so pretty! What a great find. I'm so glad you're enjoying using what makes you feel good.

    - The Tablescaper

  18. Hi Sheila,
    What a lovely post! Love the china! I am like you, the older I get, the more I appreciate and use what I have in the china cabinet. I am going to make some scones today. Yours look delicious and your tablescape would make a perfect tea for my tea party. Love your blog and I'm your newest follower. Please stop by sometime and pay me a visit. It's very nice to 'meet' you! Wishing you a delightful day.


  19. Aaaah, solitude and pretty dishes (and scones!)... Does it get any better than that? :-)