Thursday, May 1, 2014

FABBY: Rosary Prayer - April Tea

Hello sweet friends!

      As many of you know, I host a Rosary prayer with a group of friends the fourth Wednesday of every month, therefore it was yesterday and I took some photos of the Tea table, and I also explained before that it's a simple tea gathering, not a regular high-tea as we usually like to do.

I served homemade Brioche bread from my blog friend April, who always shares the greatest recipes at, "Dimples and Delights"! Store bought Sesame-seed buns, along with Dutch cheese and home made strawberry and blackberry jams, with tea or coffee.

I also decided I will be serving in different dishes every time and for the April's Rosary my choice was the red English transfer ware; which they all loved!

OK, here it is.

  Happy May First to all of you!

The tablecloth I used for this tablescape is this lovely crocheted one mother made for me many years ago and she also made for my two daughters, and her Dil in other lovely patterns also.

I acquired my red transfer ware complete tea service for twelve place-settings, two years ago brought from Europe by the Antique store specially for me.
Some of you who follow me know that I've been collecting, in the past 7-8 months the blue and white transferware as well, because Alejandro prefers it for the dinner ware and I obligued, very easily, as I love it so much together! He paid for the 12 each of the dinner plates, soup bowl and salad plates, so I couldn't be happier!

Bakery store bought delish sesami-seed buns.

The centerpiece flower vase was made at our former ceramic company.

The sterling tea spoons were used at my Mother's First Communion reception for 24 my grandma hosted for her when she was only 7 years old. Mother is now 84!

Anyway, my dear mom gave me a set of 12 tea spoons...and since I have the ivory and silver butter knives, they go perfectly together at tea time!

The butter knife-rests are silver 'Dachshund' dogs...which are so cute!

The tea service contains two teapots, two creamers and one sugar bowl, plus a tray and two salad bowls; one is shown here with the bread buns and the tray with my brioche bread.

This is the third time I made this delicious Brioche bread from our blog friend, April, who has a great food blog named: "Dimples and Delights." If you haven't visited yet, go now, don't miss her recipes!

My home made blueberry jam.

The teacup and saucer up front is a vintage Wedwood and the one in the back is a new made one, I think. I have six of each.

The flower-vase in the centerpiece was made by us at our former ceramic company.

At left both home-made blueberry jam and at your right the strawberry one.

I pulled out the marble tray in the Antique Belgium buffet to set the tea chest, glasses and water some ladies always seem to request, including me, lol..

My best friend gave me the tea chest with pewter work on top for my 50th. birthday and was made by her very talented sister.
The glasses are etched and are Bohemian from the Czech Republic.

Thank you so much sweet friends for your visits, as you always make my day!

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

FABBY: My Italian Buffet is Clean!

Hello sweet friends!

I didn't have much to do this Sunday, so I've been in my hands and knees cleaning my Italian sideboard and glass hutch!  I've been putting it off for quite some time, so the day finally arrived when I materialized my 'good intentions!'

Here it is, all spick and span, inside and out!  I'm very proud of myself, as this poor darling was the dirtiest, I think ...and the last one I cleaned in the past two months.

Here you have it...sparkling!

Here is my Italian style side board with glass hutch, all cleaned, inside and out, taking the last piece for dusting and cleaning the glass doors and shelves.
I am so happy I finally did it!

Glare all over as it's shining, the glass and mirror background.

I always wanted the glass hutch to hold some of my crystal things and antique tea sets, and the silver tea set I bought in Astoria-Queens many years ago. 

I like to keep it looking light and ethereal; without china.

I fell in love with the entire dining set twenty two years ago when hubby gave me for my 40th. birthday, as a surprise! I explained sometime ago and the friends that follow me might remember the story behind it.

I fell for the gorgeous work in this entire piece and the glass hutch really got me!

I love tassels!

This beautiful piece is great for using it as a serving buffet in the sides of the glass hutch.
See how it goes with the lovely marquetry in the dining table?

My entire reticulated dishes for twelve are in the left under cabinet, along with my Mil's French stemware.

The center part is containing a couple of chinas...the one for sixteen piece servings and the upper one with our oldest china from the 70's for twelve settings, among other things.

Look at part of my pink croc shoe, lol!

I took out each drawer and cleaned and dusted too... this one was a little tough and very tiring...shish!

Look how clean and neat it looks now!

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