Welcome to the 46th Tea Time Tuesday
Here in the South on a cold icy day a hot cup of Tea warms the heart.
January is National Hot Tea Month! 
Tray before adding the food
I used a vintage Tea Towel,and napkin,
 given to me from my sister, Gloria
I used a vintage doily, I found years ago at a garage sale. 
This Florist Teapot was given to me near 30 years ago, by my sister-in-law Judy,
I have never used it before today, it still has a price sticker of $15.00 and from MCRAE’S
Sitting close to the wood heater in the family room in our 100 year old Craftsman’s Bungalow 
An afternoon for knitting, with the icey day outdoors 

A perfect afternoon to read The Muse’s lovely book of poetry,
while enjoying a tray of Tea

Yes, I’m just about ready for my Tea, first check on the sheep, which will lamb soon

A pillow to lend comfort as I enjoy my Afternoon Tea, in the family room
My Tea Tray set on the ottoman. My knitting is on another ottoman,
 my husband uses to sit on while loading wood into the heater.

Small sugar and creamer go with my Spring Teapot Set
Ham Sandwiches on round whole wheat bread, a little cake, with cookies with Hot Tea
I adore this small tray so much, I bought two on sale for $5.00,
 my daughter, Jennifer brought me another a few weeks later. Now I have three!
The red tray my daughter Suzette, bought two for me.
How I love to sit and sip Tea, while reading The Muse’s lovely book. 
The scarf will have to wait another day, for I am lost inside of this lovely book.
My family room decor is Native American Indian, 
I made the frame of the Native American Indian print is in.
 The print of the woods was my 90 year old neighbors. 
It reminds me of the back of our farm where our land ends.  I painted old end tables.  
I sprayed two old gold lamps black, 
and added black trim beads around the lamp shade rim.
I studied long ago to be a floral designer, and at the time I was given this Florist Teapot, 
I had no idea I would one day own a Florist, many years ago.

The reason I am using this Teapot today, 
I wanted to share my Good News!
A Dream has come true for my family, 
We now own an Old General Store, with a Cafe, 
and many rooms to add more, 
one room shall be a Tea Room! 
The name of the store shall be Leesburg Mercantile
Thank You for Joining me for Tea Time Tuesday
As Always Save A Cup Of Tea For Me!
Lady Katherine
I will be joining:
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life
 Susan at Between Naps On The Porch
Michael Lee at Designs By Gollum
Laurie at Bargain Hunting With Laurie
The Tablescaper
for Seasonal Sunday
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  1. Lovely tea setting, Lady Katherine! I really love the tea snack tray, very pretty and the teapot is beautiful. I can’t believe this is the first time youve used it….Christine

  2. Katherine, that looks like the perfect tea tray to me, especially with that book of the Muse’s poetry on it! I ordered mine, too, and can’t wait to get it. 🙂

    Here’s hoping you are doing well and staying warm and cozy this winter…


    Sheila 🙂

  3. Charming and warming and welcoming, as always, Lady K.

    I hear you’re having ice and snow, so it’s doubly wonderful to think of you there, your feet up, with a nice book, that lovely tray of dainty goodies, and a teapot, hot and brimming.

    Stay warm and dry, and have a cup for me.

    I’ll be there to have one of my own, in that lovely Tea Room, later in the year when it’s open to receive guests.

    Have you named it yet?


  4. I’m thrilled for your new store- all the Mississippi girls need to have a get together there!Before you get so busy with this project we need to go on a buying trip-you know you will need a few things! LOL!!!

  5. your tea tray looks wonderful … it all looks so deliciously cozy … giving me the idea to pamper myself tomorrow … when there will be freshly fallen snow on the ground … what better time for a treat of tea and a good book?

    congratulations on your store … how exciting! i’m looking forward to hearing more about it!

  6. Congratulations on your new venture … a mercantile and tea room … how very exciting!! And your tea setting is so inviting. Speaks of what winter is all about, quiet time by the fire. Thanks for sharing.
    ~ Lynn

  7. What a pretty tea tray. And the little ham sandwiches look so good. The teapot is just adorable.
    I do hope it was ok for me to link with COFFEE instead of tea. It’s a Granddaughter Breakfast. :))
    I hope you are feeling ok. Let us know how you are feeling.
    A store !! How fun that is going to be. Who will work it? And, you can have a tea room that will be so pretty.
    Take care, dear one.
    xo bj

  8. Hello,
    Your tea and knitting look like the perfect things to do in a cozy spot such as yours. We have ice too – keeping people housebound for a while.
    Hope you’ll be safe and warm,

  9. Chiming in again—I tried to use the e-mail address that’s listed on the Mississippi Belles application site, and it won’t send.

    Here’s the e-mail—hope it’s not out of place to just put it here:

    Dear Lady K.,
    I hope you’re staying warm and dry during this storm I see all down thereabouts. We’re still getting a steady fall, up to about three or four inches so far, and not predicted to stop til 7 p.m. (we’re an hour ahead of you).

    Keetha says it’s wonderful, and I told her I hope her little boy gets to build that RAREST of Mississippi art: A Snow-White Snowman, for all Southern children just scrape up everything on the ground, trying to get enough snow, and ours always had so much dirt and so many sticks, all our snow-people looked like Cookies ‘n’ Cream!

    I just wondered if it would be possible for me to become a sort of absentee member of The Belles—I hate to miss out on such a great gathering of nice women, and though I don’t know if I’d ever be able to attend any meetings or outings, my heart is still there, and I write about “home” all the time.

    I enjoy so many of their blogs, and feel that I know most of them already, especially you and Janie in Vicksburg and Molly. I’d be honored to have my name on your membership roll if you don’t mind a faraway Mississippi girl—we’re in the Heartland, now, and have been for exactly 20 years, this past Christmas Day.

    Best to all of you, and you STAY IN OUT OF THIS COLD, you HEAR??


  10. Hello Lady Katherine,

    Those snacks look yummy and are making me really hungry! That’s such a cute cottage teapot! Love it!


  11. I feel the need for a sandwich and cookies now. The snack tray is so nice and even nicer with the goodies placed on it.
    Love the stove you have, makes the room so nice and warm, I used to have one similar to that.
    Hope you show the finished knitted piece you are working on, beautiful color.

  12. What a lovely post. I’m near Leesburg, Fl but I guess your tearoom won’t be here. Best of luck with it. You have a very special talent making a pleasant setting.

  13. Katherine, I got distracted when I was posting the other day, and I must have missed your BIG NEWS! How wonderful for you! I’m thrilled for you as I know this has been a dream of yours. Congratulations. I hope it is a huge success…

    Happy Tablescape Thursday!


    Sheila 🙂

  14. Katherine,
    I am so glad I got referred over to your blog! This is one reason I started blogging to find others around me and those that were interested in the same things as myself.
    I’m in northern MS and personally ready for this weather to take a hike.
    Congrats on your recent purchase and oh how fun it will be! I’ve always wanted to start my own tea house and even began buying tea sets off Ebay, garage sales and Goodwill to supply it. Just don’t know if it’ll ever happen. Well any excuse to buy dishes is a good excuse…my motto 🙂
    Anyway, I’ll be visiting you again for sure. Drop by if you have a chance.

    Many blessings,

  15. I’d say that you are totally prepared for a long winter’s day. The small tray is wonderful and perfect for your tea. I’d eat all those goodies and go straight into a nap…the knitting might never get done! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  16. Looks like the perfect way to spend a winter’s day. Thanks for bringing it to Seasonal Sundays. Congratulations on your news. I can’t wait to see how you design your tea room!!!!

    – The Tablescaper

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