Monday, October 10, 2011

Seeing Clearly for Tea Time Tuesday~

and served in a clear glass cup!
Welcome tea time friends. Today I will share in our tea time with clear dishes. I have always loved anything made from glass. Gorgeous glass, crystal and cut glass treasures just steal my heart!

Many years ago I found a pretty set for 12, in dinner plates with matching lunch plates and cups. I have always loved them especially during the holidays with decorative colors showing through the plates.

Today as I reflect on the season ahead and take a moment to relax, which is rare these days, I will share my setting using those pieces I have added to my collection.

The cup has a flower design all around and holding Autumn Spice Tea. Our treat is harvest sugar cookies with my favorite decorator's icing for cookies which I will share below.

The pretty vintage napkin in light ivory, is from a set that was my mother's so many years ago. I remember these napkins at holidays and Sunday dinners. They give much comfort placed in my lap as I enjoy Spice tea and write in my Autumn journal.

The pretty sugar and creamer are very special. When my best guy and I were married 38years ago last August, this set was a wedding gift from my hubby's first job associates. I love the set and hold these treasures dear all these many years later.

Shall we ring for more tea? These lovely glass bells are from my little collection started by my mother to me. Including them in a table setting just brings a bit of conversation and beauty to the table. And, the ring so clear~

Another special table accent for our tea are these beautiful Irish Crystal Candle sticks my dear best guy gave me for our 10th anniversary. They are beautiful holding tapers or left empty on their own and pretty as a decoration.

Our pumpkin candle holding a faux tea light is a vintage votive holder from Avon many years ago. I am sure many of you have this little treasure too. It is heavy and shines beautifully on the harvest table. The tea light is from Brookstone and they
are made to be recharged as they burn low. These lights twinkle so pretty and at night really look real with no danger of flame around pets, kids or forgetting. The pumpkin tea pot I shared in an earlier post and we are using it again today.

Tall and gorgeous is my table centerpiece made from clear glass and holds again another Autumn faux candle on a timer surrounded by a harvest candle ring. The candle has an amazing fresh scent and lights our tea table so pretty.

As I write in my journal with ideas and hopes for the season, I know I have lots to be thankful for and I wish for you a lovely tea time and may all your hopes and dreams be CLEAR!

Before you leave, I'd like to share my recipe for Spice tea and the cookie icing used on Sugar Cookies.

Spice Tea
2 cups sugar
2 cups orange tang
1 cup instant unsweetened tea
1 package Koolaide lemonade mix
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves ~ optional ( I never add the cloves and like it better)

Mix all and store in an air tight container. Mix 3 teaspoons with hot water for one serving.
Perfect to make and fill in pretty containers for gifts during the holidays.

Decorators Cookie Icing
1 Cup Confectionery Sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon milk (I use skim milk)
1 Teaspoon vanilla
Add food coloring here for the color of your choice.

Mix all till completely blended and smooth. Keep covered till you are ready to spread on cookies. Do not refrigerate. Can also be piped from a decorators icing bag. Icing will be shiny till set at which time it will dry a matt finish on the cookie. Easy storage of cookies in tins will not smear once icing is dry. So yummy good.

For more lovely tea times to visit, please click HERE as I join our hostess Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage.
See you next time and till then, I will leave you with my yellow "New Day Roses" just picked from the garden today.

Have wonderful Fall Day! and Happy Thanksgiving to all my blog friends in Canada. Blessings Always!


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I love clear glass items...all my salt cellars that I collect are clear glass. I have several sets of clear depression dishes...and some I totally know the draw they bring...that sugar and creamer is so pretty....and precious!!

Jill said...

So beautiful! I've been collecting tea cups, and vintage items and I love to see what others have done with theirs as well. Always a lovely visit here.
Have a wonderful week.


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

What a lovely setting you have for an Autumn afternoon tea.
You have so many beautiful treasures at your home.
We do have so much to be thankful for and many thanks for sharing such a lovely post and the Spice tea recipe.

Have a wonderful week

Julie Marie said...

Hi Celeste, what a beautiful tea time today... love your clear glass and seeing the yummy tea inside... the napkins from your mama are so special, and I know they hold alot of memories in them as you write in your pretty Autumn journal... your best guy has given you so many wonderful gifts, and the bells from your collection started by your mama are just charming!... love your fresh roses from your garden too... thank you for the tea and cookies, yummy!... xoxo Julie Marie

Shirley said...

Hi Celestina, I hope you are a lucky one who I get to leave a comment. It is frustrating when you get it all done and it goes poof. I enjoyed your blog tonight and I am enjoying the fall color that we are having. Your tea sounds yummy and my grandson's would say sprinkles on your cookies. They can't have sugar cookies without adding sprinkles on top of the icing. Have a great day. Your Missouri Friend.

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,

Can almost smell the spices and everything that is on your lovely table. You are right about the clear pressed glass or crystal settings. They are very elegant and create lovely reflections of light.
What a treasure you kept from your wedding day on! So lovely.
I used to have a set of six glass plates at one time, for breakfast or for dessert but they are gone... Sentimental memories.

Love to you,


The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a beautiful tea! I love clear glass to! Tang to make tea, how about that I have not heard of tang in years, but I remember there was a time I drank it all the time!


Tina said...

Beautiful season set! i love it! have a nice day,xx tina

Anonymous said...

I love clear glass cups & your tea setting is lovely!
I drink my morning coffee out of a vintage "World Mug" that Nescafe offered in the late 1970's. Do you remember it??
Have a Great Day!

theromanticrose said...

Ciao Celestina!Adoro i servizi in vetro!Accostati alla zucca stanno molto bene!Baci,Rosetta

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Dear Celestina,
I like clear glass too {especially when it's pink}! I like how the light bounces back and forth from one lovely object to another. It's especially pretty in candlelight! Your table is so pretty and so cozy. Spicey tea and cookies; yum! A perfect combination for the season. Love your Autumnal centerpiece with the candle too! Thank you for sharing with us and joining me for tea.


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

PS~ I forgot to mention that I have a collection of bells too! Yours are gorgeous! Sandi xo

Ruth Welter said...

Celeste, thanks for your sweet tea recipe, I would like to try this one. : ) I wish we lived closer, I would love to get together for tea.


Ginny said...

What a delightful tea party! I like all the glass too, and your faux candles are adorable. Everything looked so pretty and inviting. I imagined me sitting with you and enjoying the autumn tea and cookies!

Snap said...

I love glass anything, too! Wonderful fall tea with your pumpkin tea pot. Your spice tea recipe is very much like the one I use. I always start looking for the recipe the first of October, can never find it and end up googling for a recipe! Happy Fall and Happy Tea Day!

Wanda Lee said...

Dear Celestina Marie,

This is just so pretty and festive for Autumn.~ All of your crystal and teatime pretties and treasures nestled amongst the Pumpkins..,

..,So sweet for your honey to gift you with that lovely crystal cream and sugar along with the other thoughtful gifts, even a wedding day gift from all those years ago..,

So precious and romantic of him!

~ Sunlight through glass and crystal, even sweet tea and cookies; who could ask for more? ~ The 'stuff', that truly teatime dreams are made of.

Thanks for sharing this bliss with us dear lady.

Please also know that you are always most welcome and always invited to link up to our teas for our little corner of, 'Tuesday Teatime In Blogland', as well. ~ The more, the merrier!

Hugs, Wanda Lee

Red Rose Alley said...

Celestina, I always love your tea posts. The spice tea sounds so good, and sugar cookies are my favorite. We always make them at Christmas time. Your Autumn journal is so cute - and I, too, have many journals. Love the cinnamon sticks on it. My sister always has cinnamon sticks in her kitchen, and every time I go over there, I can smell the sweetness of it. The glass bells and the pumpkin tea pot are so pretty. Your Fall table looks so warm and inviting. It's always a joy coming to visit, and I often get wonderful ideas from you.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Celestina
I like all the clear glass you have out for tea today, it does catch the light to sparkle.
I saved only a couple of bells from my mother's collection, they're a nice reminder of her.

Kerri said...

I love your crystal and cookies with sprinkles! I looove extra sprinkles :)

I injured my back so wont be on blogging much. I tried painting but I can't sit for more than 10 minutes at a time and I am just completely uncomfortable. I did want to pop in for tea time with you.

Happy Tuesday!


Deni said...

Que luxo amiga!!!Is bealtiful!!!!!kisses.

Createology said...

Very pretty setting. There is something about those old clear glass luncheon sets we all had and got rid of. In fact I just bought a set of four plates and cups not long ago at our local hospice gift store. Thank you for sharing your recipes. Autumn is emerging and all the colors are lending infinite inspiration...

Micupoftea said...

Happy Belated ANniversary! Lovely pieces, lovely setting! The recipes look delicious, thanks for sharing them. The pumpkin teapot is so festive~ Happy Oct.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a beautiful Fall teascape!!
Love the tea pot and the centerpiece!!
I usually am a hostess for the Harvest Tea at our church ( unfortunately I could not get off of work this year) but an older woman told me a few years ago to get clear plates and this way, what ever color you placed under them, that was the color they "assumed". I have done this ever since and it works! Whether it is different colored chargers or placemats or a tablecloth, the clear dishes pick up the color of what is underneath. She saved me so much money because I then did not have to get dishes to go with every theme I did over the years...


Anonymous said...

Lovely. Special. Welcoming. And you mention using orange Tang in the tea...oh, Celeste, I haven't thought about Tang in years! It was a staple in our pantry when our girls were small. The recipe sounds wonderful! Hmmm...perhaps with orange/cranberry nutbread too!

Did I see "green" hanging over Texas on the Weather Channel? I hope so!

Hugs, Diane

Unknown said...

Thakn you for your words of encouragement. It means so much to me.

Wanda said...

Hi Celestina, your spice tea recipe, reminds me of one I had ages ago we called it Russian tea it also had tang and cinnamon and I can't recall what else. Have a great day. TTFN

Patti said...

What a beautiful and graceful tea table you have set for us. Tea with you is always a delight...your gentle, hospitable spirit shines forth brighly, my friend.

I love bells! And yours certainly are beautiful.

The spice tea mix sounds delicious. A perfect choice for an autumn day.

By the way, do you know about Pinterest? (It's a "virtual" pinboard, where you pin different things that you love.) I have added a few of your beauties to my "pink" page...the link goes back to your site. If you want more information, look for the Pinterest banner underneath the "about me" section on my blog. If you click on it, you will go to my Pinterest page and see what I'm talking about.


Anonymous said...

Celestina, this is gorgeous as usual. I could almost smell the wonderful aromas. Love the glassware.
PS-Miss Beazy look adorable in her thundershirt.
Enjoy your weekend.
Much love.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Sweet Celeste! I'm finally getting back into the swing of things, couldn't wait to come catch up on all of your past posts. I'm so glad you are enjoying your Fall cross-stitch I made for you. You were too sweet to mention it! Your glass plates and cups are so pretty ~ very inviting for a cold damp day like we had today! Thanks for sharing the recipes, too. Hope to chat soon with you.

Much Love,
Angelic Accents

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..