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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tea for one, milady?


You'll have to forgive my reference to the nobility. It's in the air. I just came off of a one day marathon of watching the whole current season of the British series Downton Abbey.


If you don't live in London, or you are busy on Sunday night, you can still get it on U-Tube. But watch out! I started in the evening and couldn't stop until the end of the last available episode. I looked up and it was almost dawn! 


The show is a compelling and stunningly beautiful "Upstairs, Downstairs" drama. Full of milady this and milady that. I found this thanks to a recent post on the beautiful blog Fleur de Bee. She'll tell you more about it.



And then there is the upcoming royal wedding. People complain about the irrelevance (or worse) of the royal family. But it's like studying mammoth life without having to guess, or mess with carbon dating! Personally, I love visiting living museums.




So yes, milady would enjoy some tea for one, on some creamy English china, with a few vintage linens on the side!



In fact, everything appearing in this production is antique/vintage, with the exception of the luscious quilted placemat by Williams-Sonoma. How else can one afford such oppulence from a bygone (almost) era?   . . . Do pour me a cup will you, Mr. Stevens?



















Thanks so much for stopping by!
Ciao! for now!

Jacqueline
 (as in Queen)

I'm joining Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
The House In the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday



47 comments:

  1. Set another cup, dear, and I'll be right over!
    Love the dishes!
    Hugs- Tete

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  2. This TRULY is a setting for a Queen! LOVE it and your story. I TOO drift away with those beautiful English stories. SO BEAUTIFUL. I know I'm lost in the WRONG ERA! I also LOVE mixing up all my wonderful things and YOU have created a masterpiece, LOVE every detail... Thank you for "Taking me Away" with you...
    Hugs, Donna

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  3. Thanks for this delicious tea, my dear "Queen"!

    Hugs
    Charo

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  4. Elegance abounds in your lovely tea ... but the reticulated plate is over the moon gorgeous.

    Have a beautiful & blessed Thanksgiving holiday.
    TTFN ~ Marydon

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  5. This should fall under the category of community service. No matter what, we can count on you for a cup of tea. It's the next best thing to being there.

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  6. Gorgeous post! I love it all and I love British TV!

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  7. Oh, I wish I could join you. What a gorgeous, soothing setting for tea.

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  8. love the brown and white, such wonderul photos~

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  9. Another great post- i enjoyed it very much! I am going to check out the youtube.
    I loved your previous post also-love the toile chair and the peek into beautiful home.

    Carolyn

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  10. I'm inspired to get a nice cup of tea and pretend I'm royalty. You setting is beautiful, and of course, I LOVE the embroidered white on white linen.
    Patricia :o)

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  11. So simple and beautiful! I love the white on white dishes and I love to watch English movies.
    Cindy

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  12. Gorgeous setting as always. I love the creamware. You have such pretty things and display it so well.

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  13. Beautiful! Would you mind either commenting on here or sending me an e-mail at cindymeguiar@yahoo.com and tell me the patter for the cup and saucer! I feel certain it is Staffordshire but love that particular pattern and wanted to look for it on E-Bay.
    Thanks!

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  14. What beautiful layers and textures!

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  15. Answer to Cindy: The saucer is indeed Staffordshire. "Liberty" by J&G Meakin. The cup I think is Myott, one of the various "Bouquet" patterns. I don't know patterns well, I just mix them like crazy. Teacups are often not marked. Hope this helps. Jacqueline

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  16. OOPS CORRECTION! Now I am thinking the cup is a Johnson Bros. Bouquet pattern! Good luck with that! JQ

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  17. So lovely! Thank you so much for taking your lens close to the details. I loved looking at each one. Tea, especially in this setting, sounds fab.

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  18. Refined and proper yet soft and creamy! This is white done right.
    I lived in England as a young girl and went to a private boarding school... we had high tea every day! However I did not have such a pretty setting as this!
    I love the touch of wheat.
    Beautifully done, milady Jacqueline!
    Yvonne

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  19. Jacqueline, every inch of this post is making my heart sing. Love those layers of white in the textiles and the china. Beautiful doen't begin to describe these photos. Thanks for serving tea, milady!
    Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Sarah

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  20. Oh how beautiful! Make that "Tea for two"!

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  21. I LOVE creamware though I only have one piece, a lidded bowl. Your set is lovely. It makes me want to join you for tea.

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  22. VERY pretty, and very timely with news of Prince William's proposal! I am enchanted with the whole idea of the royal family, and this pretty set up gives me a boost!

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  23. Hi JQ, Lovely and perfect right down to the silverware with acorns!!
    Bella

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  24. It's all beautiful, I love the spoon so pretty!

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  25. Oh, oh, oh! Oh, so beautiful - calming and serene. Wish I could pop over to enjoy a cup with you. I'm always up for a good story so I'll have to check into your recomendation.

    - The Tablescaper

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  26. What an absolutely perfect table setting you have created just in time for the holidays. I just love all of the different textures. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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  27. Love your dishes and WS sure has some pretty placemats!!! I too love British story lines and all the pomp that goes with them. Your setting is truly a wonderful sight for the eyes.

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  28. Found matching cup and saucer. It is Johnson Brothers......Thanks!

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  29. Oh so pretty. Love your gorgeous teacup and dishes, and then the linens are just stunning. Would love to join you. Beautiful setting. Hugs, Marty

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  30. Jacqueline, you must have been a queen, or some member of royalty, in another life. You just do this so well! Gorgeous dishes, so full of elegance.
    Brenda

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  31. Your creamware is just awesome! What beautiful images, love all of the texture. I love the royal family, and now a wedding. It has been a long time since there was something to celebrate. It is just wonderful!
    Sherry

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  32. Leeds Creamware is so at the top of my wish list. Your creamy English ware is gorgeous, as is the brown transferware. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

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  33. Beautiful table...the dishes are lovely.

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  34. Hello:)
    Beautifuel cup..I love it...I love old english porcelain:)
    Have a wonderfuel day..
    eddaHugs from Oslo,Norway

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  35. What beautiful creamware, I'd love to take tea with you. Thank you for sharing your beautiful place setting. Have a bliss filled weekend!

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  36. Love your creamware.
    I don't know what the fuss is all about...we have royalty here in America...they're called movie stars! Talk about a fuss over nothing. Give me the Royal family over the Cruise family any day!
    Debbie

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  37. Dear Queen, how beautiful your table setting is and what a lovely way to have tea for one and perhaps I could join you too? teehee! lovely dishes..
    have a great weekend and happy thanksgiving!

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  38. Beautiful! and your photo shots are amazing!
    ~ Julie

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  39. Always beautiful, JQ! It just makes me want to raise my little pinky in the air!
    love and hugs,
    Debra

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  40. What gorgeous tea sets friend!! Thanks for sharing, I'm visiting from Common Ground & I love you blog!
    Smiles,
    Susie

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  41. How beautiful! I love the white plates and linens and textures. Just lovely!

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  42. Is such a joy coming here! Love love all your dishes and pretty vignettes.... thank YOU for bringing us here and for participating in our "SOYCM"! A "special" SOYCM is coming up soon, so come back to hear all about it! ;)

    Cielo

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  43. Found a similar cup by Johnson Brothers on E-bay. It has arrived, not exactly the same as yours....but similar colors.Also........have watched several of the Downtown Abbey episodes since you posted this.......LOVE them. Thanks for sharing!!!!

    Your blog is a constant source of inspiration for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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