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Monday, May 10, 2010

A wee little tea set

My sweet Grandma Jingles (as affectionately called by my children) recently sent me a package. She had decided to move again into an assisted living facility and had to downsize a bit. She thought that I would probably adore and treasure the child's tea set she played with as a girl.

granny's dishes 017 Treasure indeed. These wee cups are over 80 years old.

granny's dishes 006 I adore the sweet bluebird that adorns the dishes.

granny's dishes 007

I am overjoyed that the dishes were well loved and have a few chips and cracks. 

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Also nestled in the package was this set of small glass dishes. I guessed that they they were salt cellars but the larger dish had me wondering. A quick call to granny revealed that this is also a child’s play set. She said her older sister, Edna, had one as a girl and my great grandmother, Emma, would give them tinned peaches to fill the bowls with.

granny's dishes 018 I love the hobnail texture.

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The small picture that I placed within the vignette is of  the “Laura” plantation in Louisiana. Which reminds me that I still need to share all of my New Orleans adventures. 

granny's dishes 031 My last final is on Wednesday. Oh happy day. Life is just full of treasures. Even with the chips and cracks.



Karen said...

Laura, I believe your little tea set is lusterware, made in Japan. I just love it!! I have a small collection. It's fun to hunt for.
Ladybug Creek said...


What a wonderful gift, Grandma 'Jingles' gave you. The miniature tea set is beautiful. Hope you enjoyed your Mothers Day doing something you love with those you love. Thank you for the beautiful card. I'm almost finished with 'hell' aka school and will touch base soon.


Shelia said...

Oh, Laura! What a darling precious treasure of a tea set! That's amazing to see it looking so good and all together from your grandma! Oh, I'm just thrilled for you! It's so lovely! I love how you've set everything up!
You've been in my thoughts and I hope your doing better Dear One.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lou Cinda said...

What a precious sentimental heirloom!! The wee tea set is beautiful and I LOVE the vignette!

Knock out that last final girfriend and then take a break!!

Lou Cinda :)

Carrie said...

Love the tiny teaset. The glass bowls are so neat.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Awwww those are just adorable. How sweet of her to send those your way. I really love how you placed them under your cloche...very good idea. Take care and have a great week ahead. Hugs to you and your sweet granny~ xoxox Susie

Lisa said...

What a keepsake! I love miniature's. There's just something about tiny treasures that make them so special. Good luck on your finals...I know you'll hit the ball out of the park!:)

Linda said...

Oh my, Laura, I ADORE this tea set!! What a priceless treasure you have.

I only have a few pieces remaining of my childhood tea set, but I treasure them. I've looked on eBay for years, to see if I could find the similar set so that I could complete what I have, but there were many different china sets made during the 1960's/early 70's when my sisters and I received ours. So, not as unique and antique as the one you have - but equally loved. ♥

Thanks for sharing the memories. :)

April said...

OH! tiny tea sets AND bluebirds! Two of my favorite things! i will be singing the rest of the day now . . .
happy mother's day(late!) to you, Laura!

Maija said...

Such wonderful and meanigful treasures!!!!
Come to my blog and be my friend for a giveaway!

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

I love anything old whether it has chips and cracks or not! What lovely treasures you have gotten and so much more special!!

Jingle said...

Oh, how wonderful! That tea set is absolutely fabulous!!!

Lisa said...

I don't remember these specific bowls, but I do remember Grandma Edna putting tinned peaches in little bowls for us to eat and play with when we were little.

Before Grandma passed, I worked with her on a book of her life that I gave to the cousins one Christmas. I'd love to send you a copy.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!! What a treasure!!! Just absolutely BEAUTIFUL! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Those are absolutely adorable, Laura! You may remember that I bought a few little china tea sets that I found at Goodwill, but now I need someplace to store them. I have something temporary for now.

Good luck on your exam! Now get out of blogland and go study! : )

Liz said...

I love how you set your treasures up in tray vignettes. Cute idea! I hope you had a wonderful Mom's day with your kids. I was thinking of ya and how hard yesterday would be for you.
Keeping you in my prayers!

Marydon Ford said...

I actually had that tea set ... love it ... but had to weed out all my treasures, alas!

Good luck with the finals!

Have a wonderful week.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Craftymoose Crafts said...

The colors have held up so well on these sweet, old pieces! What a treasure, indeed!

Good luck on your finals!

MarySue said...

Loved the way to displayed those treasures...what a talent! Best of luck on your finals.

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

What a precious treasure to have! I can just imagine the little voices as tea was shared and childhood imaginations expressed over tea time!

The Boston Lady said...

Best of luck on your finals Laura! The Maven came away quite successful in hers, much to all of our relief(s).

Love the tea set that your precious Grandma Jingles gave you. There is never anything more precious than something that has been passed along with love.

Please let Mr. Decore know that Mr. Tennis did not hum said song while in boxers, because he was asleep. And as Mr. Decore should know Mr. T is never denied!!!!

Appreciate all your positive comments! Having fun with this bloggy world and your blog is still one of my inspirations.

Karen said...

Oh how I adore tea sets! You are so lucky to get this one, it's so beautiful. I love the way you display it. Happy end of spring semester. You made it my sweet friend, rejoice in your success!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

What a sweet gift from Grandma Jingles. You will treasure that, for sure. I know that just made your day and you sure deserved a special treat! Love & blessings from NC!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Laura,
What a darling little tea set! I love anything that has been well 'loved;' a sweet and thoughtful gift! I am so happy you stopped by and would love to have you join my tea party! I will add your link to my post and as a courtesy, I would ask that you please add my link to yours so that others may find their way back to the participants. Thank you and I wish you a beautiful day.


Martha's Favorites said...

Wow! Your tea set is stunning! Everything is so beautiful. I would like to invite you to join Tea Cup Tuesday today. The link is up. I know the ladies would love to see your stunning post. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Laura, what precious and wonderful heirlooms. I love the teaset it is just gorgeous. So pretty and the little glass hobnail bowls are so unusual and pretty. I know you will always treasure these pieces. I am so happy for you that school is almost over. Congratulations. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Debbie said...

What a nifty idea to display the tea cups under glass, it looks so pretty!

xinex said...

I love all the treasures you got from Grandma Jingles. They are priceless! The tea set is so cute...Christine

Sherry said...

What lovely gifts! Your tea set is wonderful. I love the little bird on it. The hobnail glass is also very beautiful. What pretty displays you made with it all.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What precious treasures, especially being from your grandmother! Wonderful to keep them in the family and pass them along to the children eventually.

Everything looks so pretty, I like the way you have them displayed in the tray, cloche, etc.


AshTreeCottage said...

Hi Laura! Thank you for coming to visit me. Your tea set is so precious, and even more so because it was loved and cherished by someone special. Beautiful set and beautiful post!

Susan and Bentley

Marydon Ford said...

Laura, Sherry was hospitalized yesterday.

Hugs, Marydon


Hi Laura, You are so blessed to recieve this gift from your sweet grandmother. I love how you displayed them, your vignettes are beautiful. Thank you for visiting and leaving your kind comment on my "Table Top Tuesday", Vintage Rose Floral Centerpiece.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laura, this is so precious, and what a wonderful keepsake. I think the dishes found the perfect home with YOU!

Warm hugs...


Sheila :-)

Terri said...

Your grandmothers little tea set is the prettiest I have ever seen! Lucky you to have been blessed with it. The crystal dishes and her story are amazing as well.
Thank you so much for sharing with us today and joining in Tea Cup Tuesday, I have enjoyed visiting you.

Msartist said...

This is so, so special. I had been given only a few pieces of what was left of a larger but similar set of children s tea set. Just wonderful you will cherish them forever!
All my best, Theresa

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Laura! What a beautiful little tea set!!.. and over 80 years old! What a treasure! I love things with a history, handed down full of memories and stories, from generation to generation! Beautiful!

Joan said...

How absolutely wonderful!

kim said...

Love those little teacups with the birds on them. Great tray with old items. Love that look.

Shabbyrosetreasure said...

What a sweet and oh so thoughtful gift from Grandma "Jingles", I can only imagine what she must be like. Childrens tea parties are so delightful... I also like the way you put the tea cups under glass! If you have time stop by and say hi!

bunny said...

WOW! Treasure indeed. Your one lucky gal to acquired your grandmothers tea set and a beauty it is. Thanks for sharing...please to meet you.


Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Yes, your mini tea set is definitely luster ware and the mini tea sets are quite collectible so you really have a treasure here!
I collect luster ware and I just love the sheen it has!!

My Cottage Charm said...

I'm SO glad is school is almost over for you, I know what a rough time it's been. I hope that mean old professor learned something from you this year....that you can go through some rough stuff and still be a gracious, but tenacious! :-)
I love your little tea set, so sweet and loved. I ADORE what you children called their grandma...Jingles is just the cutest thing! My mother in laws name is Bonnie and when I was pregnant with the 1st grandchild in the family, she told me she wanted to be grandmother. When my son was old enough to talk, he called her grandma rabbit (because he thought her name was bunny, not bonnie) the name has stuck and now all 8 grandkids call her grandma rabbit and she loves it! :-)
Blessings to you my friend!
Love ya

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just PRICELESS my friend...loved seeing your sweet tea set...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Laura, I bet your heart just sang when you opened the box with that tea set! And I also bet your Grandma was so excited to send it to you! Also - whoooo hoo! school is almost over for you , wonderful!

Manuela@TPOH said...

How wonderful that she passed those treasures on to you! The little tea set is so charming! What a sweet Grandma!


bj said...

This is the most PRECIOUS set..both..and to think they are so old...and belonged to your granny. Just wonderful. You set it all up so pretty.
I am happy that you still have your grandmother.
Love, bj

Lara Harris said...

How sweet :)

tales from an oc cottage said...

Oh! The tea set on the tray is just precious!

m ^..^

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

super precious treasure! love it! thanks for sharing and have a good week!

The Tablescaper said...

Oh your little tea set is adorable. I have some that were my grandmoms! You remind me to bring them out.

- The Tablescaper

malia said...

what a treasure! i love the name grandma jingles too... (-:

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