Monday, November 23, 2009

"Abundant Blessings" of tea!


A week ago, I got the miraculous news that out of 93 entrants I had won the lavish "Abundant Blessings" giveaway from Bernideen's Tea Time Blog! By the end of the week the wonderful package of goodies had made its way from Colorado Springs to Newnan, and I have been celebrating ever since.

Although I haven't been to Colorado (yet!), it certainly feels like I got to visit Bernideen's famous shop and toss whatever lovely things I wanted in my basket. Like this incredible embroidered tablecloth highlighted with metallic threads ...

... a new tea book, a 2010 tea calendar and a brand of drip catcher I've never tried before ...

... Bernideen's own delicious Apple Cider Tea mix (the first thing I tried), some cranberry scone mix, and something I have been craving this fall, some Harney and Sons Cranberry Autumn Tea!

And last but not least, this wonderful harvest-themed teapot! The new decor prompted me to redecorate a small table in the dining room so it will look Thanksgiving-y for family visiting this week. First, I elevated the teapot by placing it on one of the clear glass mini-cake stands I got a few weeks ago.

A pumpkin which wasn't carve-worthy has retained its shape, so I put it atop this old favorite cake pedestal I've had for years. I love that I can change the ribbon out to match whatever the holiday I'm decorating for.

Of course one thing leads to another when you're redecorating, and I realized the pastel chintz teacups hanging overhead would have to go. I plundered through my "tea cabinet" in the kitchen and gathered cups in tones of cream, peach and brown.

I think they blend with the new display just fine. (I don't particularly want a housekeeper, but I would dearly love to have a photo stylist!)

But then I realized I had placed a dish of potpourri *behind* the teapot and it really wanted to be in *front* of the teapot.

There. Done. Oh, except that I think I need a little more color back there. How about an old silk flower arrangement fetched from a cabinet out in the garage? Yes, that works.

Done. Really! (And thanks again for the fabulous giveaway, Bernideen! Your generosity was certainly an "Abundant Blessing" to this home!)

14 comments:

Frivolitea said...

Wow! What a fabulous prize and you did a lovely job of setting up your display!

Meredith Leigh Knight said...

Sweet! I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving!

Mary said...

Angela, you lucky girl, you! What beautiful gifts from Bernideen...the teapot, tea, book, scone mix (that is delicious, by the way!), and your delightful teacups on display over the table makes for a very inviting "tea time" in your home...I'm on my way!

Happy Thanksgiving...God bless!

Mary

parTea lady said...

What a great giveaway you won. I like your Thanksgiving tablescape.

Southern Touch Catering said...

Angela, what a wondeful gift and a wonderful job displaying! You really don't need a stylist, you have a great eye yourself. How lovely. Oooo, I could just eat it up, it looks so pretty.

Ginger said...

Congratulations on your lovely prize. Since you are so generous with your own giveaways, I think it's very fitting that you won. Enjoy!

Marilyn said...

What a wonderful assortment of tea gifts. Congratulations! Happy Thanksgiving and I love your arrangement.

Deberah Williams said...

Great prize and very pretty photos. I like your photo styling.

Celestial Charms said...

What lovely gifts. This is a great time of year to be able to enjoy all of them. Have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.
Maureen

Linda J. said...

Congratulations on winning a fabulous giveaway!

Karen Bullock said...

Angela, I don't think you need a photo stylist. Your lovely autumn vignette looks so inviting. And how sweet of Bernideen to offer all those goodies as a prize. I think we'd all love to travel to her store to do some holiday shopping!

Here's hoping you and all who enjoy your blog have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Jason Witt said...

Those are some beautiful decorations. I like the rack for hanging teacups and saucers. That's the welcoming kind of furniture.

Bernideen said...

So glad to see you enjoying everything! You have brought so much happiness to others through your blog - I am happy for your win! I love your side table and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

thesewingroomandmore said...

That is absolutely lovely! What a beautiful way to enjoy such festive pieces! (I said "festive"... LOL!)