I love soft pastels, creamy whites, chocolate browns, dove grays . . . they feel so warm and comforting to me. I feel enveloped in softness and luxury when I wear them and when I'm surrounded by them. I embrace a more subdued palette in my clothes, my makeup, my home decor, and even my china.
I was thinking of my preference for soft, muted colors as I pulled out these beautiful aqua blue teacups and saw how nice they looked with my nail polish. Love this combination . . .
I rarely use these cups because they are so very old and delicate. They belonged to my great-grandmother's oldest sister Margaret, born in 1870. She came to the U.S. from Scotland as a young married woman, and, tragically, had to bury her two-year old at sea on the crossing over. I have never been able to forget that story, and wonder how she coped with her loss. I have two oil paintings she did that I love. I'll do a post about them some day.
My mother bought these little lace doilies in Belgium when she was on vacation there in the 70s. I have six little ones and one larger one.
I am wearing Butter London's Teddy Girl. I love the color, but it is streaky and requires three coats to adequately cover. Three coats takes a long time to dry. A good alternative, which I don't have, is OPI's Mod About You. I got a pedicure with it last summer, but haven't been able to find it in stores. Think I will order it. It is the same white/pink shade as this Teddy Girl.
Just one pecan turtle left from Valentine's Day. It came from a little store in our small town. It's made here in Michigan. We also picked up some salted caramels in dark and milk chocolate. So delicious (they've disappeared). Whoever came up with this caramel/salt/chocolate thing . . . all I can say is, thank you. So good. I also included a few pink and white M&Ms left over from Valentine's Day.
In keeping with my pink and aqua theme, I pulled two books with pretty aqua covers off my bookshelf, A Guide to Elegance and Gift from the Sea. Both are good for dipping into and perusing with a cup of tea. A Guide to Elegance was written in 1964 by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux. It is quite dated, which makes for an interesting and fun read, but some of her thoughts about elegance are still spot on.
|Aren't these colors beautiful together?|
These beautiful pink roses were on sale after Valentine's Day for $5.99!
This is some beading detail on the pink silk scarf I put over my tea table. I found this little lovely on Ebay.
As I drink my tea and enjoy the soft, beautiful colors, think over stories of those long gone, and enjoy reading, I once again realize that tea time is so much more than the actual physical refreshment. It's a time to appreciate beauty and loved ones, to think creatively about our lives, and to imagine the past and future while fully enjoying the present.
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