Aug 23, 2010

Tea and A Good Book...

It's time for tea...

Today my tea inspiration
comes straight from a book...

 A silver tray,
some lovely bits of lace...

I love the smell of lemons
(and they sure look pretty floating in the cup :-)

pinches of alyssum and a sprig of mint
add to the delightful fragrance...

The inspiration...

A Good Book...
The Pleasures of Tea...

Tonight I am joining...

 Kathy at A Delightsome Life

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life

Sandi at The Rose Chintz Cottage

Lady Katherine

Wanda Lee

Pam at Paperbutterfly

Thanks for visiting me today!


Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Bella
Your cup and saucer look so dainty and feminine with the added lace and flowers.
Any book from Victoria would be inspiring but you've chosen the perfect one for tea today.
Have a great week.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Just beautiful and I know it smells great too-enjoy!

Tete said...

Bella, you always have such pretty settings and I could smell the lemon and mint.
I got my seeds today- what a pretty way to send them! I can't wait till spring to see them growing!
Thank you so much!
Hugs- Tete

Cabin and Cottage said...

Hi Bella! Well of course I love the white tea setting today! Such nice details in your arrangement. Looks like it could be a beautiful bridal shower tea! Lovely. JQ

NanaDiana said...

Bella-It's beautiful, as usual. Your setting is absolutely achingly pretty and you have a wonderful eye for creating an atmosphere. Now I must tell you~ Although I love the IDEA of tea and I love the ROMANCE of tea sadly, I am a coffee drinker..Strong and black..unless it is my sugar free vanilla latte from Starbucks (no other will do).

So, I will live my dream of sipping tea vicariously through here...I can smell the lemon now- Diana

Mariette said...

Dearest Bella,

Wow, you love laces and flowers and beautiful porcelain as much as I do and you even have my book...! Feels great to visit your blog; one of the best blogs as far as high content with authentic photos made at your home with your own items. That is a big PLUS!

Sunny greetings from Georgia,


Shelia said...

Hi Bella! Oh, how lovely! I love your inspiration and you're a fast learner! :)
Couldn't be more perfect!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

paperbutterfly said...

Dear Bella,
A picture perfect tea and perfect pictures. It could get no better unless we could share this in person. Thank you for sharing this with all the tea ladies.
Blessings, Pam

meemsnyc said...

that is gorgeous!! A perfect cup of tea!

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hi Bella :) You've captured the picture from the Victoria book so perfectly; love the sweet vignette with the silver tray, the beautiful linens, and the lovely white teacup, and the pretty flowers...well done! I hope you have a lovely week, and wishing you a Happy Tea Tuesday :)

Warmest hugs, Brenda

NanaDiana said...

Bella, Bella, Bella....come to my "place" in the morning and you will find a little token of love....yes you will....Diana

Victorian1885 said...

Hello Bella
Your post is perfect and you have created a mirrored image of the book! Have a great week!

High Heeled Life said...

Bella ... I can almost smell the lemon as it floats about in the sea of tea... Hugs.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

A very beautiful tea time post! Lovely vignette and photography!


Tanya said...

Hi Bella,
I got your seeds today and they were wrapped so pretty!!! You just add the most beautiful touches to everything you touch!! Thank you so very much for your sharing heart. I can't wait to sow them and will think of you always!!
Your tea today was exquisite!! Tea with lemon as beautiful as that!! Imagine!! The inspiration book was perfect...thank you for adding a lovely post to share with all.
Have a great Tuesday....can't wait to see what you have in mind! :0)
Once again, thanks for the seeds....

Mariette said...

Dearest Bella,

Just go to my blog of today, August 23, to see the link to your better looking Hibiscus Syriacus 'Rose of Sharon'... I did post three of our varieties today. But I feel too embarrassed for showing our feeble ones. They're hanging in for their life! Pieter did take several cuttings so we might start off better next time. It is the extreme heat here!

Sunny greetings from Georgia,


Kathy said...

Bella! I just love that book! You did a marvelous job recreating the photo! I bet your lemon smelled delicious! Lovely Tea & Victoria Post. Thanks so much for joining me this week,
God Bless,

Maleviks Rosenträdgård said...




Have a wonderful day

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hi Bella, I luv the setting and the tray is a great find. Thanks for sharing....Julian

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your tea tray is gorgeous. What a pretty cup and the lace and flowers are fabulous. The book looks interesting. Beautiful display. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, so lovely, Bella! Just gorgeous, my husband has been making a bunch of different tea blends lately, it is heaven! Much like your blog, gorgeous world here, happy to find you and happy to be your newest follower!

Simply Bungalow said...

Just beautiful. Happy to have found you.

Marie said...

Hi Bella- Your set up looks so wonderful, so relaxing! Is that a new book from Victoria Magazine?

Atelier de Charo said...

Lovely, the perfect tea time!

Princesa Nadie said...

Thank you very much for your lovely letter with your poppies seeds. I have received it this morning and it was a very nice surprise to me
Have a lovely Tea Tuesday

Sandy said...

Your blog and your posts are among my favorites - thanks for taking me away from it all!


Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

Ro Magnolia said...

Well, haven't you managed to perfectly replicate that picture in the book! Well done! Looks so exquisite. :)

Olga said...

This teacup setting is sooooo adorable. Fantastic pictures!

Regina said...

hi bella,
your tea setting is wonderful,
i have that book,too and i love it very.
have a wonderful teatime,

Sarah said...

Bella, this setting is perfection. Love the idea of floating the lemon slice. I'm going to remember that. This tea book is one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing this lovely vignette. ~ Sarah

Blondie's Journal said...

This is beautiful, Bella! I love the pretty tray and linens. I;ve never seen the book before but I bet it has some sweet recipes!

Have a wonderful week, Bella!