Monday, June 11, 2012

Tea by the Pond

Well, it's quite a hot and humid day, here in Indiana! I was only able to sit out by my little fish pond and rock waterfall for a few sips of tea and a cupcake. Thank goodness, it was overcast most of the time. There isn't much shade in this part of my garden, so when the sun did peek out, it got quite steamy, I did want to share some new finds and a few additions to my tea collection. So, please join me for a short cup of tea.
The teapot, I have shared before, but the teacups are new!!
 I hand-painted the teacups at a local pottery studio (Pottery Bayou) I think I matched the colors of my teapot, purchased at Goodwill, pretty closely.
 A little corner of shade from a rose tree was all I had, so it was where I sat.
 The strawberry cupcakes were left over from a friend's graduation open house she had on Sunday. Delicious!!
 A flowing fountain, surrounded by rocks, is the scenery.
 I love the checkered rug, found at Lowe's. It goes well with the checks in the coasters and on my teapot.

 The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.  ~Hanna Rion

 My garden bench is flanked on both sides by potted rose trees, which I recently transplanted, so they currently aren't flowering.


Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.  ~Hans Christian Andersen

 I found this sunflower serving plate at a thrift store, it was only $3.00
 These home-sewn coasters were only $1.75 at the same thrift store..
 Hope you enjoyed your short visit to my garden pond. I think I'll spend the rest of my day inside!! Whew!

For many of you, who have taken part in the tea party hops below, I had been posting my tea posts from my other blog, Christ in the Clouds. (You can find most of my tea posts HERE ) I am now posting anything to do with tea to this blog. Make sure that if you had followed my other blog, to follow this one, as well. For some reason, I am not able to put the Google Friend Connect on my side bar. If anyone has had the same issue and got it worked out, please let me know what I need to do. Until then, feel free to follow me on my Linky page or through RSS feed or email.

Ann
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” Spanish Proverb

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21 comments:

  1. Hi Ann, Your teapot and the cups you hand-painted are adorable! Cute cupcakes too. I enjoyed your tea today.

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    1. Thanks, Beth. So glad you came by!

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  2. What a whimsical and wonderful outdoor tea! What an awesome space to relax and unwind.

    Happy Tea Tuesday!

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    1. I really love that little area of my garden. The only thing different I'd like to have is a little more shade. Maybe a trellis over the bench or a small tree.

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  3. A lovely tea by your pond and you did a great job painting your teacups.

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    1. You are so kind to say so! I'm not a great artist or anything, but it's amazing what a little matching of the colors can do!! If you've not been to a pottery studio before, it's quite fun to do!

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  4. Lovely handpainted teacups. Beautiful work, what ever you drink out those will taste all so much better! And what a fun memory!Have a great day! x

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    1. Thanks, Yvette! I think I'm going to really enjoy lots of afternoon tea parties with this tea set! Wishing you a 'tea'rific day, as well!

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  5. Hello Ann,
    What a wonderful blog; I especially like the background! You did a fine job of painting your cups to match the teapot. The set looks adorable together. I enjoyed your tea by the pond. Have a lovely day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad you found your way here, Sandi! And I'm honored that you like how my blog turned out. From a seasoned tea-lover to another, that means a lot! Blessing, my friend!

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  6. Oh WoW! This looks lovely... can I come to tea please? It looks fab-ulicious!!! I have a thing about nice tea/coffee pots and cups... and well - the cupcakes would be gone by now if I could get into the picture!!!!!

    Hope things work out soon re: the cottage... by the way, I voted for Cairn Cottage... coming from Scotland - how could I not?

    Wendy @ ECTaS

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    1. Well, thank you so much, Wendy for voting! It was a difficult choice for me, but having everyone's feedback was SO helpful! It's interesting that many people had never heard of the term before. I'm not from Scotland, but my hubby and I are rock collectors, so in a sense we build our own mini-cairns all over. I would have loved to have you as a guest at my little teatime. Thanks for stopping by!!

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  7. Hello Ann,
    Congratulations on your lovely new blog!
    Your two new cups do go very well with your GW tea pot find! You matched them up well. The checkered covering works beautifully too. How lovely to have a garden to sit and sip tea in...even if it is hot!
    Hugs,
    Terri

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    1. I agree, Terri! I did discover that if I go out and have my tea there in the morning, the temperature is a lot more comfortable!! Blessing, my friend!

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  8. I love your teapot and teacups! I must confess, however, that I was a bit distracted by those cupcakes. :) Your fountain area looks lovely, too.

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    1. Oh, the cupcakes were delectable! I'm SO excited that you stopped over here! I really love reading your blog, so I'm thrilled that you like my post! Stop in anytime.

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  9. I especially love the tea cups! You did a great job painting them to match the tea pot!

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  10. Hi Ann,
    I love your pond and tea setting. You did a beautiful job on your tea cups! Love them! Have a wonderful week!
    Blessings,
    Lisa

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! We've had some amazing weather here. Hope you have the same!

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  11. Wow - I am impressed with this gorgeous post! You painted those cups perfectly!

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