Sunday, November 8, 2009

Looking to the past at Bunny Cottage!! Welcome to my cottage home!! It is time for tea!!

Come on in through the front gate, dear friends and welcome to my cottage home! Today for tea we are going to use a tea set given to me by my sweet sister, Myra. This tea set is handpainted with violets and trimmed with gold. You also see a lovely handpainted egg that I think goes well with the set. I am also showing you the wedding picture of my maternal grandparents, my Grandfather and Grandmother Russell. I never knew them personally. My grandfather died before I was born. My grandmother got to hold me in the hospital where she was very ill. I was just a tiny newborn. However, I know these wonderful people in my heart of hearts. My mother told me that my grandmother always grew some flowers. Her favorites were periwinkles. Each year I plant periwinkles in her memory. Last Mother's Day my daughter-in-law, Lindy, let my granddaughter, Grace, choose some flowers for me. Out of all the flowers, she chose periwinkles. She did not know that these were her great great grandmother's favorites. I later told Grace how much I loved them and how her great great grandmother did, too. I tried to show you a close up of my grandmother's dress. The front is embellished with beautiful lace and millinery. I, too, love lace and pretty millinery. I like to think that maybe my grandmother served tea from a similar teapot as mine.

The next four photos show pictures from a bay window in my sunroom. The last pictures are of my mantle and fireplace. This week I am participating in "Tea Things Tuesday" hosted by Kim of "Shabby, Pink and Pretty". Please visit our wonderful hostess, Kim, and all the tea participants by going here:
I am also participating in "Show Your Cottage Monday" hosted by Cielo of "House in the Roses". Please visit our wonderful hostess, Cielo, and all the cottage participants by going here:
I am so glad you came by for a visit. It brightens my whole day when you do! I am thankful for my heritage and the family who has passed their faith on to me and helped to make me the person I am today. Sweet blessings to each and every one of you!


C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Vicki... your violets teaset is so lovely, and what a sweet story about your grandparents, and your grandmother's love of periwinkles, and now yours as well... love to you... xoxo Julie Marie

Elyse said...

hi vicki,

so sweet to read about the periwinkles. the top photo of your wreath is sooo pretty! everything is!


Julie Harward said...

Loved my visit with you,thank you! I also loved your pretty things and most of all the picture. I really loved how their hands were close and her dress..oh so beautiful. Yes, I believe we have much in common with those of our family who have passed away, isn't it so wonderful?!
Come say hi :D

Connie said...

That is a darling wreath, sweetpea!! Just love it. I have an old grapevine wreath I think I'll transform.

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hello Vicki! What a sweet Sunday post. Love your pretty tea set. I love your grandparents picture. Her dress is beautiful. I wish my waist was that tiny again. lol I have a thing for vintage wedding photos. I just love them. Wondered who they were, and what their lives were like. What sweet memories of your grandma and the periwinkles. Have a blessed week!


Anonymous said...

Hello Vicki,

Thanks for sharing your home with us I enjoy my visit very much. I love the teacup wreath and there are roses! (My fave) What a way to welcome guests.

Everything is just lovely. The tea set,, the egg, the china and the bunny (of course the bunny!) I also like that you put a lacey curtain in your fireplace too! :-)


T's Daily Treasures said...

You always have such wonderful stories to go with your beautiful photos. Blessings to you for a wonderful day! Thanks for sharing with us all. Best wishes, Tammy :)

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

oh My gosh.. you got lovely display.. especialy the vintage dishes.. my fave! thanks for sharing & have a good week!

Anonymous said...

Hi Vicki,

We must be thinking alike today. I am having tea also. I just love your things and the story behind them is to be cherished. We all should have things to remind us of our loved ones.


Pink and Pretty Designs said...

Hi Vicki!
I am drooling over your pink rosy teacups & that gorgeous WREATH!! omigoodness..
Happy weekend,
Sheryn xox

Sandy said...

Stopped by today for a little inspiration. I just love the tea pictures. I had a great tea party for one last week. You can see the beautiful flowering tea I had on my blog if you would like.


maría cecilia said...

Hi Vicki, so sweet how your granddaughter Grace choose periwinkles, I love to see how different tastes are passed from generations into families...
So lovely your sister Myra, she gave you a wonderful present... I want a sister!! And your grandmother´s wedding dress is something gorgeous!!!
Loved to se the wreath with roses and teacups... if one day you don´t find it, guess who took it away!!!
Have a wonderful week
María Cecilia

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Your cottage is so beautiful Vicki!! I love that chocolate pot set too, just gorgeous!!

June said...

What a lovely home you have made Vicki and it always brings me such delight to visit. I imagine that your family loves it also.
The photo of your grandparents is such a pretty one. Don't you almost wish that we could have lived in that era of beauty? They just knew how to dress and everything just seemed infused with beauty.
I had such a lovely visit here as usual.

Ana said...

Good morning Vicki,
Here I am for our weekly tea time. :-) Love the teaset and matching egg, but most of all love the story of your grandmother and the periwinkles. And what a beautiful wedding dress. Oh! And I love, love, love your sweet fireplace. Beautiful lace curtains. Thank you so much for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful day.

Hugs and Kisses,

Stella said...

Your teacup wreath is lovely. Your teaset is beautiful with all the flowers. Yor mantle is so sweet the way you have decorated it. Thanks for sharing all your pretty home.

Atelier de Charo said...

Love your cottage, that wreath is amazing!!!

Pauline said...

Dear Vicki, what lovely treasures you've posted for us to see. The tea set is very lovely and the egg goes well with it :o)
I enjoy hearing about grand parents as mine died before my parents met each other. The floppy bunny over the mantle is cute too :o)
Have a great day and God bless you too.

Carolyn said...

I came for tea! It all looks so pretty-I love all your pretty china too.

ellen b. said...

Hello Vicki, How very sweet this post is. I really think the story about the periwinkles is so precious. You have some lovely tea things around your cottage :0)

Patricia said...

Your cottage home is beautiful. I love all your Pinks. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you enjoy your week.

Tanza said...

Hi Vicki,
What beautiful pretties you have shared !! I LoVe the pictures of your grandparents .. very sweet post and soo many wonderful memories !! This is so important to remember and pass down to our children .. so happy you shared with us !! Have a happy week ...
hugs ~tea~xo

Maria said...

Hi Vicki! I hope you had a nice start to your week!
Your tea things are always so inviting!
I also adore your embroidered table linens.

The story of the periwinkles is so awesome... love it when things work out just right...
in God's perfect timing~
All the best for a sweet week ~ Maria

Anonymous said...

Oh such lovely pictures!! I adore all your pretty china! The picture with the 3 cups stacked--lovely!!

Periwinkles-- can I confess that I don't know what they look like when grown in the garden! Are they more a vine? I will have to see if they grow here in Colorado!


andsewon said...

Very pretty pictures!! Such lovely china pieces you have about your cottage. The story of the violets touched my sweet!
Great post enjoyed it ever so much!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Such a lovely cottage home all decked out in roses, lace, and pure sweet splendor! All beautiful! Have a great week! Hugs, Coralie

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Hi Vicki,
I absolutely love the picture of your grandparents, so sweet! Happy Tea Things Tuesday!

Mary said...

Hi Vicki...I'm here for tea, and I'm never disappointed...your tea cottage is so very welcoming. Your post brought tears to my eyes...I never met my grandparents. My granddaughter asks me every so often if I had grandparents, and I tell her, yes. Then she asks me what they were like and I tell her that they were wonderful and loved me very much. Even though they never told me that, I know its true. What treasured memories you have all around you...what a blessing they are.

Have a wonderful Tuesday, Vicki...God bless.


koralee said...

Everything is always so sweet over at your place....I adore the teacup wreath. Thank you for your lovely well wishes are such a dear!

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

What very pretty teaware. It would be such fun to drop in for tea! Have a great day.

Shabby Kim said...

Oh Vicki, once again I'm just amazed at all of the beautiful hand painted china pieces and other accessories you have in your home. I'm just loving these chances to see all of your gorgeous things. And that photo with the stack of 3 teacups? Wow!! The roses on those cups are so pretty and I love the raised texture on the cups and saucers.

Thanks again for sharing all of your beautiful pieces with us.

Candy said...

Oh My but I had to click on that first tea set and linger over the soft delicate shades of perfection. I must give it first prize for my humble opinion.
Blessings on this Tuesday evening ;-)

Erica said...

I love all your vintage dishes, adorable picture of your Grandparents. You have such nice things.
Thanks for visiting my Blog.......Blessings.


Tea time at your house is always so lovely! I love the old wedding photo of your grandparents, her dress is so pretty. I think it is no coincedence about the periwinkles but a wonderful blessing!!

bellaboo said...

Have just come across your blog.I collect china and lace,so I loved your post today.I would dearly love to live in a cottage,instead I make my house cottagey,and choose vintage over modern.I also love to talk to my Mum about her family and to have photos of them all around the house.Have never heard of periwinkles but love the name!


Duchess of Tea said...

Darling, I am here for the second time today to look at your darling blog. I love all the beauty it contains. Thank you for sharing all your lovelies with us.

Love & Hugs

Carol Anne's Boutique said...

Ohhhhh Vicki your violet tea set from your sister is so very stunning!! I especially love the picture of your grandparents and your story about your grandmother & her periwinkles. It just touched my heart so much.
I love family photographs and I just treasure the ones I have so very much.
Love & Hugs to you dear friend~
Carol Anne

Candace said...

Your home and your tea things are very lovely and I especially enjoyed your sharing of your heritage. I am starting to do geneology, and it is so important to look to our roots.