Ah, a typical winter afternoon here in Oregon. It's very dull and gray with rain and wind keeping those of us who don't have to venture out, inside! I had a delightful bible study this morning and I'm waiting for Otto to come over while his mommy does a few errands in Troutdale. The woodstove is going and it's very cozy in my little house.
It is Thursday, so it's Tea Time Thursday. When I take down my Christmas decorations in my tea room, I just go ahead and put up the Valentine decorations. it always cheers me up and I love the Victorian goodies and the feel in my tea room. Of course, the dolls like it too and it cheers me up in the dead of winter.
This lovely piece of furniture is called an etagere. It's kind of like a what not shelf...often with open shelves, a small cabinet area and a mirror. It was a birthday gift to me years ago from my Jimmy from a shop long gone in Troutdale called the Green Door. Oh, I loved that shop. I took a tea class there one night and sat in front of this etagere with the little tea lights burning. I couldn't get my eyes off of it. I went home and told Jimmy. He took me down to look at it a few days later and the owner told us it was sold. That was fine, I just wanted to show him. Well, a week or so later, it was delivered to my door as a birthday gift! I have so much fun decorating with it and I do love it.
This is the top view of it with it's decorations for the Valentine season. It's full of treasures and like the Victorians, I like my "stuff".
You can see more of it and the bottom shelf in this photo.
I decided to do something different on the bottom shelf this year. Of course, I have to start with a Tasha Tudor book. ALL FOR LOVE is a wonderful book and perfect for this time of the year. I thought it would be really fun to display an assortment of tiny doll sized tea sets. I have a passion for them! It's just an extension of my love for all tea time goodies.
Some are new and some are old. Some are from my childhood and some are recent gifts and estate sale finds. One can never have enough tiny tea sets! Of course I have to thank my dolls for letting me steal away their tea sets for awhile. I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my tiny tea sets today. Stay warm and toasty and have a cup of tea .