Sunday, March 30, 2014

FABBY: Spring High Teascape

Hello sweet friends!

       This past Wednesday, March the 26th., would have been the fourth Wednesday of each month when I host the praying of the Rosary at home; with a group of friends for the peace of our countries, families, and special needs anyone asks us to.

You can also request prayers and I will oblige with all my heart!

After we finish praying we retreat to the dining room for tea or coffee with, bread, butter, cheese and marmalade.

I usually love to set the table for them, but this time we all went to a 'cloister' of nuns that never come out and wear a vale, but they let women visit them to pray, always with a special permit from the Monsignor and a friend of ours is close to the Mother Superior; that's why we were so lucky and blessed to go inside the convent and pray the Rosary with the nuns.
We prayed the Rosary in their chapel with the sweet and young nuns and after it they had also set a beautiful table for us, with lace tablecloth and bone china teacups and saucers, where they served us rose tea prepared by them, with cookies and cake. 

What a unique experience!!!   Pictures are prohibited...sorry! After I wrote this post for you, one of my friends send me a pic from her cel phone. Look for it as you go down the photos.

Here is what I had planned for a tea scape for the last Wednesday's Rosary. 

Here is my Spring 'high tea'

I used as the centerpiece for this tea scape my "Antique Dutch, Blue-Delft, hand made in Holland" garniture set I love.
Can you believe I never placed flowers in the flower vases in the past?... and I'm loving it!

Hutschenreuther butter dishes.

Blue and white Onion dinner plate serving as a charger for the White Italian Tognana teacups and saucers, I bought for $5,50 a box of six. I purchased two boxes, of course, lol!
The salad white plates I bought separately for the twelve teacups and they matched perfectly! They are 'Corona,' a great brand of Colombian white table stone wear....and quite inexpensive too! 

The silver birds for s touch of whimsy.

The lace place mats I have for close to twenty years.

The pretty 'bombonier' with the birdie perched on the top; was made at our former ceramic company, Monte Turi.

My mom gave me this lovely linen embroidered table square a couple of years ago for my b'day.
I love the small Onion pattern box, where I keep the diet sugar for some of us.

Look how beautiful the hand decorated peacock in the Dutch ginger jar is...and there's a little blue lion on the lid, as well.

Silver birds with Green eyes, for the Spring touch.

The friends that follow me know that I DIYed this cobalt blue cake pedestal out of an Italian round platter and a small blue bowl I had...glued them together and uelah!
The 'High Tea' cloche was bought on sale a while back for $4.

Meissen two tier server and blue water goblets.

Onion pattern fruit bowl and vintage French urn.

On the wall far back, my collection of blue and white plates... some are vintage too.

Even the back of the ginger jar is so pretty and it has a little blue lion on top. 

Birds and flowers for a little Spring whimsy.

At your left in the back of the dining room is the foyer and living room.

One of my friend's sneaked a pic with her cel phone of a sweet young sister that had set our tea table with lace tablecloth and bone china teacups and saucers. Look at the honey cake and cookies they shared with us!

The convent is 400 years old.

Alejandro just brought me these amazing roses from his brother's professional 'Rose farm-Altaflor'  What a color, ha?!

Thank you so much for visiting me lovely ladies, as you always make my day!

Thanking the gracious and generous hostesses for having me at their great parties.


I will be joining:

Natasha for Say G'Day Saturday Party at,
Alma for Seasonal Sunday at,
Sally for BLUE Monday at,
Stephanie for The Sunday Showcase Party at,

Masterpiece Monday at,
Kathryn for Make it Pretty Monday at,
A Return to Loveliness at,
Cindy for Amaze Me Monday at,
Kaysi for Motivate Me Monday at,

Marty for Inspire Me Tuesday at,
Tea Cup Tuesdays at,
Sandi for Tea Time Tuesday at,
A Bouquet of Talent Linky Party at,
Danielle for Silver Pennies Sunday at,
Aimee Lee for Share Your Creativity party at,'
Create with Joy at,
Martha and Terri for Tea Cup Tuesday at,
Ruth for Tuesday Cuppa Tea at,
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at,

Kathy for Home and Garden Thursday at,
Ma.Elena for Tuesdays at our Home at,
Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea at,
Kathe for You're Gonna Love it Tuesday at,
Martha for Tea Time Tuesday at,
Angie for Knick of Time Tuesday at,

Paula and Patty for What's it Wednesday at,
"Isabelle Thornton" Le Chateau des Fleurs at
What We Accomplished Wednesday at,
Wake up Wednesday at,
Deb for Cottage Style Party at,
Centerpiece Wednesday at,
Share Your cup Thursday at,

Debra for Be Inspired at,
Liz for Fresh Cut Friday at,
Lesly for Create it Thursday at,
It's a Party at,
Suzanne for Vintage Thingie Thursday at,
Thrifty Things Friday at,
Sherry for Home Sweet Home at,
Katherines for Thursdays Favorite Things at,
Lucy for The Inspiration Gallery at,

I will be participating in Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Savvy Southern Style

Between Naps On the Porch I will be joining Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.



Jolene said...

I love this blue pattern! Your doily placemats are adorable! The entire tablescape is adorable.

Susie said...

Fabby, Your setting is so beautiful. It would be such a grand time to have tea in your home. I love that you mixed the white with the blue/white dishes. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

NanaDiana said...

Well, I see lots of tablescapes in blogland, Fabby, but no one can outdo you with your beautiful selections of china. That ginger jar is gorgeous as is your whole table.

How wonderful that you got to go to the cloister of nuns for your prayer session. I so wish you could have taken a picture but I do understand why it was banned.

Fabby, this is a FABBYULOUS table. Wow!!!!! xo Diana

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Dear Fabby, such a precious experience to be with the nuns and pray together. Your blue-and-white table is gorgeous!

Vel Criste said...

Ooohh! I love all the blue and white and I'm sure the ladies in the rosary are always delighted and amazed at your beautiful settings dear, always so special and different! I do have a private prayer request, will email you about it! Thanks in advance dear!

Mari said...

Omg your so blessed to have visit with the gentle nuns...
I'm a Eucharistic minister and would love to visit the nuns, when I was a little girl in Catholic school, I use to love the nuns...
Ok moving on, I totally love your gorgeous blue and white china, your home is also gorgeous...


Lady of the Manor said...

OMG! Your high tea setting in blue and white is beautiful!!! Everything is perfect. I love your blue and white dishes and especially how you set your table with the 6 placemats and the small square tablecloth in the center. Very clever and effective!!! I also enjoyed reading about your prayer meeting at the convent. I know it was wonderful praying and worshipping with the sisters. Have a blessed week, my friend!

Sarah said...

There is a reason your name is Fabby. You consistently set fabulous tables. Exquisite high tea time! ;-)

Kathy Moreland said...

Oh Fabby, the blue and white is lovely! What a neat thing to get to go pray with the nuns! So sweet.

NanaDiana said...

I came back to see that picture of the nun and table. Amazing-the building looks awesome. Those roses are GORGEOUS!!!! xo Diana

Christine Graves said...

What a sweet table and I love those little silver birds!

Diane said...

Fabby, I do not know how you do it, but you always manage to take a theme (this time, blue and white) and elevate the level beyond anyone else. Your lovely pieces are definitely "swoon-worthy". Of course, I adore the piece from your china factory with the bird perched on top. I guess it is a good thing that I did not know you, when you were producing china. I probably would be living under a bridge somewhere, but I would own some gorgeous pieces!! Love learning about the nuns!!

Deborah Montgomery said...

This is all so beautiful Fabby! I love that ginger jar with the lion on top, and that tiered plate is gorgeous! And how do you keep your linens so pristine? What a precious experience to go and pray with the nuns and have them serve you tea.

SmilingSally said...

Hi Fabby,

Thanks for sharing this beautiful blue and white table setting. Who could possibly top this? I love the DIY cobalt blue pedestal. Smart!

Have a Happy Blue Monday!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, your blue and white table is lovely, Fabby! I love the placemats too. Everything is fabulous. Thank you for sharing and joining me for Tea Time.


Beth Laverty said...

What a wonderful opportunity for your and your friends!
And as usual, a beautiful tablescape. No one does it better. AND you KNOW I love BLUE and WHITE!

Miva said...


Joy H said...

Beautiful, I love your blue and white china and that Ginger jar
is beautiful. Thank you for praying the Rosary. Have a great week!

Ruth Weston said...

Gorgoeous! Blue and white is always so elegant. I love your cobalt cloche and the birds, and the Delft, get the idea. Just beautiful. And what a gorgeous color for a rose! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Poppy said...

Hi Fabby,

Your home is always so happy and inspirational with beautiful vibrant colours and pretty floral patterns, both in paintings, porcelain and fabrics. What a lovely time you must have had at the convent; a spiritual and special tea, for sure.

Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful blue and white tablescape, and all the elegant touches in your home!

Have a lovely week!


Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Wow that must have been quite an experience going to the convent. What a pretty table you were treated to also! Your table setting is gorgeous. Love seeing the impact of all the blue and white. Those roses are fabulous!! said...

I hope you get to use your beautiful high tea table Fabby, you have so many gorgeous thing! I love the way you used that offset linen square in the table center, what a great looking setting! I also Loved your hot pink roses, my favorite kind!

Parsimonious Perfection said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous!! The dishes (what a steal) the dainty place pretty!!!

Terri said...

Hello Fabby,
Your account of your visit with the nuns is so interesting. A unique experience for sure. I wish you would have been aloud to take pictures. I am so curious as to how they set the table for tea.
Your table setting is beautiful in blue and white. The white lace placemats really do show off the china...the dark wood of the table adding lovely contrast. You did a gorgeous job on the table.

Linda said...

I love your tea/prayer posts!!! Wish I would have been able to visit sooner and leave a prayer request. An older mom had quadruplets - totally natural! 4 identical girls!
One (Kayleigh) was in critical condition but has now turned the corner and is doing well. Kelsey was doing well but now has a colon infection and needs our prayers. I know you have a heart for children so every prayer would be appreciated. They are the Fugate Quads if you wish to google them for more info.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love the combination of blue and white for spring. You really have some amazing dishes in your collection.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Fabby,
What a joy, after several days with severe Internet problems, to finally get to see this post!
Lovely to see all the Delft blue and other blue china on your table. And the BEST were those gorgeous roses you got from Alejandro.
By the way, my green pitcher vase was not a German Meissen but an all English Mason's Patent Ironstone Mandalay Chartreuse. It comes in more colors, like visible from the Christie's link.
Enjoy your week; as we do ours with perfect spring weather and lots of blossoms.

Miva said...


Anonymous said...

So lovely...that ginger jar is wonderful and love the china.

Bernideen said...

ANOTHER fabulous table by Fabby! Lovely again!

Iván The Trendy Surfer said...

Fabulous tables !! the blue and white is lovely!


Shelia said...

Hi Dear Fabby! Oh, that is a marvelous thing you do with your friends on Thursdays. We all need to pray more for our country, leaders and so forth. What an honor to get to go to the convent. Their table is sweet but yours is gorgeous. Always gorgeous, your dishes, glasses and centerpiece and all of your accessories. You always set the most gorgeou tables.
Be a sweetie,Shelia;)

Bonnie said...

Your table is lovely, Fabby. Very lovely. But your sweetness is more lovely. I always enjoy how you can share a wonderful piece or two that was made in your former factory and pieces someone special gave you. Of course, your flowers are always pretty too. I am partial to blue and white and never tire of it.

Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, wow, Fabby....I love the beautiful lace placemats! It's wonderful that you have been able to hold onto them and keep them in such pristine shape for 20 years!!!

I had never heard the term "bombonier", but now I know what to call those beautiful pieces when I see them. How lovely!!! Your ceramic company really made gorgeous things!

That Dutch ginger jar is fantastic!!!!! So rich looking!!!

How cool that your friend was able to snap that photo of the nun!!! I attended Catholic school for all the years I attended school, including college. The nun in the photo really looks like one from the old days. Nuns look very different here now in the U.S.

I hope your prayers with your group are able to bring comfort to those in the Chilean earthquake. I know God hears us.

Have a wonderful day, Fabby!

Deanna said...

SPRING Blessings to you!
Fabby, All looks so lovely. What a special place you have created.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Oh it is all quite gorgeous and elegant! I enjoyed it very much! :)

Tazas y Cuentos said...

Fabby, siempre me dejás impactada con tus mesas. La verdad que es fantástico lo que hacés. Cuidás hasta el último detalle y ponés un esmero que explica el excelente resultado. Felicitaciones!

Ann Krucek said...

What a beautiful table, I love all the blue and white pieces. How wonderful that your prayer group was able to share in something special with the Sisters.

Carrie said...

This is a beautiful tea with the blue and whites. Your dining room is lovely! I love the lacy placemats under the dishes.

Jann Olson said...

Fabby, the blue and white is gorgeous together! Love the birds and the High Tea cloche. How wonderful that you got to go to the cloister of nuns! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

All The Pretty Dishes said...

Love your exquisite tablescape--so many beautiful things. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving your lovely comment.

Jacqueline said...

Fabby, what a wonderful experience and I am sure glad she sneaked a picture! It was just lovely.
Yours is spectacular. Your blues are amazing and they look so beautiful together. I love your two tiered server. He is just stunning! Hope you have a lovely week!

LV said...

Mity fancy tea party. What you and friends are doing is very nice.

LV said...

Mity fancy tea party. What you and friends are doing is very nice.

Candy S said...

I always love a blue and white table scape and this one is particularly lovely. The peacock ginger jar is the prettiest one that I seen for a while. Your collection of blues and whites is really spectacular..... Candy

Judy Biggerstaff said...

We all love it Fabby. Your blue and white is just so stunning and what beautiful pieces you have for your table. Your doily placemats are lovely.

Jewel Sauls said...

What a lovely blue and white table! That ginger jar is just gorgeous. Such a wonderful occasion. A 400 year old convent - wow - the history! PS I love those roses!!!

Entertaining Women said...

You well know that the blue and white loveliness makes my heart go pitter pat! Everything is just beautiful. Of course, the jewel of the collection has to be the magnificent Meissen tiered serving piece...oh my word! I love the thought of going to pray with the nuns...such a blessing for them and for you all. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

Anonymous said...

What a perfect Wednesday, prayer followed by a beautiful table, serving one another in love and fellowship. Doesn't get better than that.

JP said...

Such is all so gorgeous. You are very lucky!

The Tablescaper said...


So wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays. Looking forward to having you join this weekend as well!

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Babs R said...

Your blue and white tablescape is gorgeous! It's wonderful that your prayer group was able to say the Rosary with the nuns.
Love the beautiful roses your husband brought home. Have a good weekend.

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

What a lovely and elegant table setting! Such beautiful dishes. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely weekend! ~Deborah

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful table and beautiful reason for your high tea...the blue and white table is exquisite as always and I so love the table square that your mom gave you...and those roses!...breathtaking!!!

Liz Hockamier said...

Hi Fabby,
Thank you for sharing this wonderful post for Fresh-Cut Friday. It is perfect! Of course your table is beautiful, as always!!

But what really touched me is the reason. I love it that you gather with your friends to pray for our country and other requests. And the fact that the nuns invited you is such an honor. How sweet that they set tea for you! I love the sweet picture. :)

Have a great weekend! :)

Heidi Fuqua said...

That table is absolutely beautiful. Visiting from Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party

Art @ Home said...

What a gorgeous table in the pretty blues and whites! I love blue and white. :D

I can't believe you've never used the vases before. I think their shape is so unique and pretty!

I enjoy your elegant tablescapes so much, Fabby. You truly have beautiful things and a gift for putting together lovely tablescapes.

Linking from Fresh Cut Friday,
Ricki Jill

Rosemary and Thyme said...

OMG Fabby. This table is spectacular and stunning. I don't even know what to focus on because every detail is gorgeous. The square topper is exquisite and the placemats are simply perfection. I love the blue and white theme. And your home is very elegant. What a blessing to be able to pray with the nuns. Blessings to you amiga. Keep me in your prayers..



Patricia Krank said...

What a gorgeous table you set with all of that wonderful blue and white china. Fabulous Fabby you are!

kitty said...

What a beautiful blue and white high tea, my friend! The whole setting is exquisite.

The Charm of Home said...

Such a beautiful high tea Fabby .Thanks for sharing.