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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Rachell Ashwell & A Little Mad Tea Party



I don't know if it's the umbrella or what that makes me feel like this table is a little Mad Hatterish minus the hats. I did end up with an awful lot on the table. One thing leads to another. But life is so like that.




 It could be the July heat that's making things feel a little crazy. It looked deceptively cool out under the trees on the lawn. But it's a hundred degrees!

I've been wanting to showcase this tablecloth for awhile. It's an old Rachel Ashwell pattern from years ago. It has ruffles and is all pinky cheery, but it's a bit dark for her style. And it ends up being quite busy. So Mad Hatter it is! 









I got a couple of the umbrellas in the same pattern at the same time for the little girls. We use them more for sun than rain here. When you're stationed on the lawn the sun does what it wants, and you can pop up a little shade to relieve the madness.








Edith Holden's Country Diary.




We have a TON of birthdays starting now.




 I tossed in a bunch of white to soften things up.













 Vintage sheers, tea cloths, and chiffon pillows make for fun and frills.





 






The mark on my china says "Royal Pettau" Germany US Zone. It's inheritance china.

































  


































Thanks so much for stopping by!
I'm off to party now!
See you around!

Jacqueline


 


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54 comments:

Bernideen said...

Oh please come link up to my Tea In The Garden at http://bernideensteatimeblog.blogspot.com/

This is a lovely post and the teaset is breathtaking!

Olive Cooper said...

Mad or not I would jump with you down the rabbit hole any time. I found a duvet cover in a thrift yesterday that looks like your Rachel tablecloth.

Linda said...

Jacqueline....I just love that dish set...the tea pot, cream and sugar are sooooooo perfect...I want them!!! What is the pattern called???Just lovely...you know, I saw the cutest teapot at a thrift the other day...and I didn't buy it!!! Darn....why do I always do that???? Next time...it's mine...

Enjoy your evening...

Cheers!
Linda :o)

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, well I can tell you that I'm mad for this little tea party. The tea service is absolutely stunning, not to mention your oh so artistic shots. The one with the two handles captured as if they are touching. Your artistic eye is incredible! ~ Sarah
PS
I've been using the new interface, but haven't notice an issue with sidebar loading.

Antiques And Teacups said...

Beautiful! I love Edith Holden's book and Rachel Ashwell. What a lovely table and tea!
Ruth

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jacqueline: Beautiful tea service. Looks like apple blossoms. You would never know that it was 100 degrees in your garden. The photos all look so calming and cool. Love the tablecloth. My daughter wants me to do FB but I can't imagine taking more time from my life to do it..Happy Friday..Judy

Aledia said...

Oh this setting is just breathtaking! I love the soft pink and floral. Your umbrella is so pretty...hope your having a great night!

(hugs)
Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Love your pink and white china!

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, I love your blog!! I am your newest follower from the Linky party. So glad I found you.

Kathy@ http://lifeonlakeshoredrive.blogspot.com

Cindy said...

I think you know, i am massively in love with that china...
beautiful photos too, as always...

Cindy

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I can just see little girls sitting under the pretty umbrellas, protecting their fair skin from the sun and sipping tea. Iced tea when it's 100 degrees!!

June said...

Oh would I ever love to party with you!!! Everything is just lovely Jacqueline. I have always adored that RA pattern. I was just looking at some of here comforters at Target today and wishing they were ALL mine : )
sending hugs...

Maggie Ann said...

Pink and white perfection....!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What a gorgeous tea party, Jacqueline...I would just love to be there! Our family is constant birthdays in July and August, too...

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh this is one of the most beautiful tea parties I have ever seen.

I JUST ADORE IT, J!

WOW WOW WOW I keep staring at it!

One of your pics actually made me GASP.

Sheesh you sure can stage and take gorgeous pic settings. Sigh. Gorgeous!!!!

Art and Sand said...

Your linens are just amazing.

jeanetteann said...

I don't think it's too busy Jacqueline,it's all so lovely. xxoo

elvira said...

Ciao!! Quanta armonia e dolcezza in queste foto .. Adoro i toni delicati del rosa e del bianco ...!!! Sono una tua nuova amica!!! Ti seguo come fonte di' ispirazione :) ..!!!
Un bacio
Elvira

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What ever the temperatures were it all looks very cool and pretty.

Carolyn said...

I love your tablecloth and umbrellas but most of all your beautiful china!
Another lovely post.

Carolyn

Connie said...

I have recently read that Edith Holden's book Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady is back in print. I bought a copy in the seventies and I still enjoy it. I was delighted to see you using it in your pretty pictures.

A Super Dilettante said...

Oh my dear, this is so enchanting...out of this world. All I need now is a straw boater hat and a hammock to lie by the limpid stream and read a book after a delicious cup of tea!! Have a lovely weekend.

chateau chic said...

Love all your pinks. So so lovely!! You make it look like it's 70 degrees outside. :-)
Mary Alice

Shelia said...

Oh how gorgeous! I love your linens and the tea set! It's gorgeous. You always make such pretty!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

La Vie Quotidienne said...

What a lovely post. The china pattern is georgous and goes so well with the romantic tablecloth.

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Wow, so pretty how everything matches. Even the umbrella! Very lovely!!

Debbie

Carole said...

The tea set and fabric look like they were made for each other.

x
Carole

Pat said...

Love your little 'mad hatter' tea party! I don't happen to have any of the things you showcased...EXCEPT, Edith Holden's Country Diary and her Nature Notes book. Just wild about them too! Amazing how you made a one hundred degree day look positively cool! Have a great weekend, pat

Violets Are Blue said...

I love your china, so pretty and it goes so well with the Rachel Ashwell cloth. That pattern is one of my favorites. A friend told me it is because it has a soft milk chocolate colored background with roses. Two of my favorite things. Patty/BC

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Your china caught my eye right away on the P. Saturday page! Gorgeous set up and that Rachel Ashwell pattern is lovely!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

What a pretty post, Jacqueline! The pinks and patterns are so pretty together. I'm celebrating two years of blogging this weekend, so stop by if you get a chance and check out the listings at my Vintage Linen & Dish Auction for charity -- starts tonight at midnight EDT.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Lovely tea party, not at all mad! I love the china pattern, so beautiful.
Gorgeous photos.
Hugs,
Patti

Bella said...

Hi J,
Mad Hatter, I'm Madly in Love with your fab tea party!! What a dreamy way to spend the day!! All pink and cheery.. The RA cloth is divine, and the umbrella's wow! The tossed in whites, icing on the cake... yummy!
Happy Weekend:-)
Hugs,
Bella

cassandrasminicorner said...

Great post and interesting PINK!

Visiting for PS- hope you can stop by..

http://www.sweetposh.info/2012/07/pink-plastic-leaves.html

CailinMarie said...

darling tea party! just darling and I adore anything that feels even a bit "mad hatter" but I really enjoy that china pattern. it is precious and a little different from what you normally see. Love it.

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

HPS! Lovely pinks :) Adorable tea party!
Greetings from Australia♥
~Pernilla

chubskulit said...

How beautiful!! Happy Pink Saturday and have a nice weekend.

My PINK

Cottage and Broome said...

Oh my, I think that is one of the most beautiful sets of dishes I've seen in a long time. You are lucky to have inherited that set. I'm pink with envy!!!! Laura

Marti McClure said...

Jacqueline, What a gorgeous tablescape! Seriosly, you are very talented at putting these lovely pieces together. Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

SizzleandZoom said...

How did I miss this yesterday? I love vintage Rachel and the pink china is so sweet. The dressed table shot with the umbrella in the background-priceless and the sheer laying over the patio chair-beautiful.

RobinfromCA said...

I adore your china pattern! I also always love your wonderful linens and the RA tablecloths and umbrella are just perfect!! Not only that...you are a trooper to set this up in 100º weather - thanks!

Wishing you cooler temps!
Robin

Gracie Jewellery said...

Your table is gorgeous! Love the tea set and the linens. Happy Pink Saturday!

eJoops said...

Just beautiful! Visiting from Pink Saturday.

Pink Slushy Magic, come and see.

Envoy-ette said...

I love the journey you take me on through your photos!

Pinkim Kimberly Wright said...

How beautiful!

Custom Comforts said...

So, so pretty. Can't even find the right words to say how delightful your photos are to the eyes. Just enchanting.
Cindy

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Just beautiful ~ Alice would love it!

Judy Bigg said...

So beautiful, Jackie, love the linens and the tea set is so soft, I just love it. As always, your photos are perfect.

Pamela Gordon said...

Simply beautiful! I love that china. July is birthday month in our family too, including mine which was on the 22nd. :)

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

The dishes are lovely, and the diary ...I love that book!

Pat

Sherry said...

Love those dishes with that table cloth! The umbrella is perfect! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Honey at 2805 said...

It would dearly love to be at one of your tea parties! This is splendid and gorgeous!

Thank you for sharing this gorgeous post at Potpourri Friday!

Haworth said...

I hope you enjoyed your lovely Pink Party, Jacqueline. The table is beautiful. That print is so pretty. (And I'm glad to know other people use umbrellas in the sun, too!)

maria baez said...

This is so BEAUTIFUL!!! Want it ALL!!! It is all me. I love it!!! THANK you for sharing. Maria

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