Tea Time Thursday! I hope you have had a nice week and are looking forward to spring. Do you know that we "SPRING AHEAD" this Saturday to daylight savings time? I personally do not look forward to the event and wish we didn't flip back and forth with time changes.
My teacup for this week is a pretty rose pattern by Royal Albert. It's so delicate and perfect for spring. The weather has been chilly, wet and dull here. I haven't decorated for Easter yet....better get at it!
I love all the little rose buds on this pattern. Pink and pretty and dainty-trimmed in gold with a decorative gold border.
I found this little tray with a rose fabric under glass. It perfect for a tea trivet although, I think it was a sweet little dresser tray. It seemed to be just want to join the cup and saucer and some little fabric sewing pieces that are from England. I used to sell these at my shoppe. The pin keep little lady has a tape measure in the bottom of her dress, the rectangle holds needles and the tiny square houses a thimble.
The black wooden darner has a delicate sterling silver handle and was an anniversary gift from Jimmy.
This book, SEWING TOOLS AND TRINKETS, by Helen Lester Thompson is wonderful if you are interesting in vintage sewing items. Lots of pictures and information. Lots to drool over too!
This is a photo from the book showing some examples of sewing birds. The beaks open and hold the fabric for sewing, especially when sewing a hem or a seam. The last picture is my sewing bird. We actually found it at a doll show. It has a little pin cushion right under the bird. From the information in the book, I think it English and was made sometime in the 1800's.
Here's a poem that I discovered in the book about sewing birds by Estelle Zalkin~
"Behold a willing warbler
Contrived so cunningly
The hems you turn
We'll hold quite firm
No pinned on your knee."