Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tablescape Thursday: Tea Tray



Welcome to another "Trayscape Thursday!"  Yes, I know -- it's not really a tablescape, but it's all I could manage again this week.  :)




This delicate porcelain cup and saucer belonged to my mother.  I think I've told you in the past that she loved dishes.  She had a collection of these, which she proudly displayed on the hutch in the dining room.  I often wonder where she got them, because  there was not a lot of money around when I was growing up, and I can't imagine her  going out and buying something as frivolous as this delicate piece.  It is Fan China, made in Japan.




I've already shown you this small Lenox teapot and creamer, which also belonged to my mother.  I love them because they are perfect for a single cup of tea.




The tole tray was a birthday gift from my husband, a few years ago.  The flowers -- the last of my Mother's Day gifts.




I feel like I've been cheating the past couple of weeks, showing a "trayscape" rather than a tablescape.  But I've got so many unmatched pieces of china that I use quite often for a cup of tea here, or a piece of cake there...  And I don't often set a full table and have dinner parties.





And I just love to set a pretty tray!  ;)

As always, many thanks to our wonderful Tablescape Thursday hostess, Susan.  Please visit Susan's blog, Between Naps on the Porch, for more wonderful tablescapes.

48 comments:

  1. How absolutely beautiful!

    Sandra

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  2. I love your pretty tray! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful evening!

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  3. Love your tea tray scape. That tea cup is so pretty! I also love your photographs!!

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  4. beautiful tray!!! :) I love that china

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  5. Your tea trays are absolutely appreciated! It is a great diversion from table settings, and by the way, I have seen and I have done a lot of mix and matching of dishes. You can try that, even if it is a dinner for two.

    I just love your tea cup so much. It is just stunning! Do you think maybe your mother had thse passed down to her? Oh, the things I would love to ask my mother if she were still here. But you have a wonderful keepsake there, my friend.

    Have a great week! :-D

    xoxo
    Jane

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  6. I really love seeing the beautiful tea tray and gorgeous flowers! Cindy

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  7. A beautiful tea tray! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

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  8. I think your Tea-Scape is beautiful!

    Laura

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  9. You're not "cheating" -- it is adorable and I covet that pot and creamer! It is really pretty!

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  10. oh Mary, you can do more with a tray than I can do with a whole table! LOL!

    I had to snicker when you said the daisies were the last of mother day flowers. I have them on my post too, also the last of mother's day flowers. :)

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  11. O, my dear Mary...there's nothing prettier than a Trayscape...I love what you can do with them. You have so many pretty things. Remember, there's no RULES in Blogland. That's one thing I love about it!!
    hugs, bj

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  12. It's not cheating if it's on a table!

    Lovely, Mary. You have the most beautiful dishes.

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  13. Wow I love your teacup! I would love to see where you store all your beautiful treasures. I see things on your site I have never seen out WEST. Liz

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  14. Mary, That is so beautiful and looks perfect for tea!

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  15. Hi Mary! Oh, I love your little tea tray! What ever you put your hand to turns out lovely. The cup and saucer are so delicate! Love your tray!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :P0

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  16. I love your treyscapes, keep em coming!

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  17. Your Moms cup and saucer is so pretty and you are so lucky to keep it in the family. It all is so girly pretty:)
    Joyce

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  18. I love pansies! They are even prettier on a teacup!
    Michelle

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  19. Your trayscape is beautiful and looks like a magazine photo! I think I could even handle a trayscape this week, maybe... ☺ Diane

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  20. That teacup is the prettiest I've ever seen - thanks for the pretties to look at.

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  21. Mary- what a lovely tea! I love black tole trays and the cup and saucer is lovely!

    blessings
    mary

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  22. I love your tea cup and saucer. It is so pretty. I have a large tray like yours too, but mine is on the wall.

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  23. LOVE the set up in the first photo... perfect for a painting!

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  24. Beautiful, delightful, makes me happy little tea time. I love your photos!
    I'm new to your blog and I love it...
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  25. Beautiful trayscape. I love it! Keep them coming. The tea cup is fabulous as well as the Lenox teapot & creamer. My hubby loves Lenox. He thinks it is so elegant. And he is always right! lol.

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  26. How sweet! The Lenox teapot is a true treasure. Thanks for sharing.

    Charla

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  27. Your photos are warm, elegant and welcoming. No matter to me if it's a tablescape or trayscape or whatever you choose to call it...these are precious and peaceful :o)

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  28. I love your trayscapes Mary! I don't set my table all frou-frou very often, but we can all use a tray for a snack or treat or tea almost every day without making a big mess to clean up:>) Your little treat trays are always lovely and we get to see bits of china that may not ever make it to table because they are orphans. I would love to see you continue trayscaping!

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  29. Setting a pretty tray requires thought and some skill, too. And I always love to see what you've offered us.

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  30. Very beautiful... I always admire your photography ! Your collection is beautiful too !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  31. Your blog photo at the top is perfect for today! I'll be right over for a cup of tea! It's so dreamy and inviting! Stop by and see my table setting, if you like what you see, be sure to subscribe to my blog by clicking on "Follow" in the right hand column. This way we can inspire one another frequently! Be sure to stay a while when you're there and enjoy the experience!

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  32. Oh I just love your tea tray! And that china cup is just lovely! Such a pretty tray.

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  33. Hi Mary,
    Lovely teacup. I always enjoy seeing your table settings. I adore china and all teacups so I enjoy this very much.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Elizabeth

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  34. Beautiful. Lovely photography.

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  35. Cheating??!! Are you kidding? Your trayscapes are fabulous eye candy and a beautiful reminder to all of us to take a little time out of each day to slow down, reflect and enjoy a cup of tea.

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  36. Hi Mary. I love your trayscapes! They are so quaint and beautiful. They speak of peace and love and beauty. Thank you for sharing them with us. I love the cup and saucer you've included in your trayscape today! ~Arleen

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  37. You set a lovely tray. And a table as well. And not only that, but you're a terrific photographer. French-kissed is correct: fabulous eye candy!
    Brenda

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  38. I am lovin' that tray.

    Janet

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  39. They just don't make china like they used to.

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  40. That cup and saucer is the sweetest thing!

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  41. Lenox cream and gold is so elegant.

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  42. A scape is a scape and we love anything you put together, Mary! NOT going to call out the Tablescape police today! What you did is lovely...mine was less than remarkable, for sure!
    Hugs,
    Mona

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  43. Beautiful! I love that tea cup!

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  44. Mary...this is beautiful! Your Mom had exquisite taste...I love the darling cup and saucer. It's truly beautiful! And I love your wonderful tray...what a lovely, lovely gift! Trayscapes are very much allowed on Tablescape Thursday...we love 'em! :-) Susan

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  45. Mary, this is so lovely! I love to set a pretty tray, too! I call them "por-table-scapes". A tablescape is a tablescape is a tablescape!
    and yours are always beautiful!
    ;-D

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  46. Are you kidding? I just love your "trayscape". It is so dainty and pretty. The tole tray with the yellow flowers and black background...just perfect! Thank you for sharing these precious treasures! Have a great weekend!

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  47. Well, for the record, I love your "Trayscape"!!! I really like the inviting simplicity of it all, great photography, enjoyed your blog very much.
    Tried my hand at Tablescaping for the first time and enjoyed it totally.. xoxo~Kathy~ @ sweetup-northmornings.blogspot.com Stop in for a cup of tea any time...

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