Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Today the heat abated a little and I could breathe!
I took my tea to the deck!
I wanted to use my Desert Rose Teapot found for $1 at a yard sale
 I have a teacup and saucer both thrifted at different times
The Zinnias are almost gone (heat exhaustion) but I found a few with a touch of pink for my tray
This cute bunny bud vase was 50 cents at a yard sale
Pink napkin with a napkin ring also from the thrifts.  I only have one of these rings but perfect for a tea tray.
I love the details on the teacup handle
This decorative scarf was bought at the Worlds Longest Yard Sale
According to some the Desert Rose by Franciscan Ware is the most popular American Dinnerware of all time and is still a best seller!  
This company first produced this dinnerware in California, then it was sold and was produced in England.  The Desert Rose pattern was first introduced in 1941.  A timeless and beautiful pattern.
Join me?  I'll grab another cup! 

I'm joining in these fun parties today

At Artful Affirmations
At Lady Katherine Tea Parlor
Linda at Coastal Charm



Christine said...

My grandmother had a set of Desert Rose dishes but I have no idea who got them or what. I remember them when I was a child visiting and she used them for everyday dishes. Your tea time looks so inviting.

gail said...

Linda-So beautiful. Your put everything together so nicely. I love the pattern and I love Zinnias, but I always kill them!

Julie Harward said...

That is a cute set and that looks like fun! It has not even got out of the 80's here all summer...which was all of two weeks! ;D

Wanda Lee said...

So darling!~ I just love your pretty little teaset!..,Glad it has been cooler where you live lately!

Please pop by for a visit and a cup of tea sometime!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee
@ http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com

sissie said...

Hi Linda,
I have always loved that pattern! And the teapot is adorable. I'm glad that you got a chance to sit outdoors. We finally got a little break from the humidity today too.

I thought of you today as I passed by a house where the lawn was full of pink flamingos. There was a sign that said, "you have been pink flamingoed!" Speakin of which, how's kirbee?


A Hopeful Heart said...

This post was definitely for me, wasn't it? You know how much I love desert rose. Not only is it beautiful, but it so reminds me of my grandmother and all the meals we shared at her house. I've loved having my own collection and think of her every time I use it.

I don't have the teapot, though. Do you have any idea how much those cost?! You definitely got a beyond-incredible bargain on that!!

Yes, I will gladly join you for tea...any day.

Blessings and hugs,

Jane said...

You created a very pretty tea setting. I love the teapot and cup. Great deal on them too!

Anonymous said...

Hi Linda. What a beautiful little set you have there. So far, I've found only a saucer in Desert Rose. But it's a start. We went to the Smokies about 5 years ago. Wow, it's gorgeous!

Claudie said...

Hey girlfriend...I miss "The Bachelor, and the Bachelorette". I don't watch anything anymore... anyway I'm here to tell you that I would LOVE to have a cup of tea in this pretty pink set. I have to ask....where in the world do you store all of this? You must have lots of storage space and a very understanding hubby LOL. Aren't we lucky gals?
Now on the "Smokey Mountain" side of things. I only wish I could have spent more time in them. We drove through them on our way to Jeanne's house in N.C. OH MY GOSH, and it wasn't even spring or summer. Breath taking for sure.
Hope your having a great week Linda.
Love You
Love Me

Susan said...

I love that pattern,Linda. It's very expensive, too. You got amazing deals. Your tea set up looked so pretty! Susan

Erin@likegrandmas said...

It is decided, I need a tea set:)

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

I can't believe you paid $1.00 for the pot! I remember customers looking for this pattern years ago...they would die if they knew! LOL!!!!

Jeanette said...

Just lovely, and the deals you have found. WOW~

Anonymous said...

How pretty!!! And the zinnias are a perfect touch!


Jojo said...

Linda, That is lovely! Thank you for having us over!!

Anita said...

$1?????? No that's not right, lol! Amazing! You have set a gorgeous tray, and everything is just beautiful! I love this pattern. Several women in my family collected it, but my mom's went to my niece. I have the Franciscan Ivy, and my mom also had the Apple. Love them all!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi...I enjoyed my visit to your blog! I just wanted to let you know that I am now a follower!~Patti

Terri said...

Very pretty tea pot and cup. A buck for a beautiful tea pot! Lucky you!
Thank you so much for sharing your great deals with us.


I see a new banner!! Love it! So much detail!
I would love to join you for a cup of tea with your lovely tea setting. Love the pink!
deb :)

Princesa Nadie said...

Having a tea with you has been a pleasure

My name is PJ. said...

Just lovely. All you need is a lovely book to read whilst you have your tea.

Diann said...

Hi Linda!

This is such a pretty and classic set. and it looks just perfect outside enjoying the sun!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear the heat cooled down for you a little bit. It's supposed to get pretty hot here (Central Cali) this week (108 degrees!!). I'm dreading it!
Your tea set is so sweet! What a pretty table setting you've created!
Have a great day!
~ Jo :)

Vintage Christine said...

What an incredible deal on the teapot--I too have been waiting for it to cool down just a bit so having a "cuppa" isn't going to make steam come out my ears! I'm looking forward to being able to have a cup of tea on the front porch at the condo and smell the sea air and maybe even think, "Hmmm, there's a bit of a chill in the air!" Yeah, dreaming here, but I know it will happen one of these days. My sister has all of Mom's Franciscan "Apple" dishes and accessories and she uses them occasionally. Right now she's trying to sell her home and has the table set with Mom's dishes and it looks incredible! "Desert Rose" has always been such a favorite of mine, too.

mrs. c said...

What a sweet vignette! Maybe someday we can have tea togheter! What a lovely stting.

Chatty Crone said...

It is getting a touch cooler here - loved your pink - you should join Pick Saturday. Sandie

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I have that set, I just love it. There is something so comforting about using it. It reminds me of my Mother-In-Law. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Pondside said...

That is such a pretty pattern. The mother of my daughter's boyfriend collects it, and it's rather difficult to find up here, but I've found a few interesting pieces in my travels.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Linda! What a lovely tea party for one! It is finally a little cooler, huh? I hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Rose said...

love your teapot and other iteams. you did very well in your purchases. rose

Joyce said...

Can't beat a buck for a pretty tea pot. My MIL had an entire collection of the DR and now my daughter has it. Such a classic pattern.

Atelier de Charo said...

Love your teapot, very pretty!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Linda, you did not just say that you got that D.R. teapot for $1! how do you find these amazing deals? Your tea scape is so pretty. That napkin ring is perfect with the D.R. pattern, and I'm loving the dresser scarf. laurie

Madge said...

Linda, how beautiful! You really inspire me to have a pretty tea moment in my backyard! {I stayed at a cabin in NC in April...what do you know the dishes were Desert Rose. It just about tickled me to pieces! I don't have any, but I sure admire it.}

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh, my goodness... You have a wonderful blog!
Thank you so much for sharing!
Have a wonderful Day!