Blue Willow Tea Tray

Welcome to the 60th Tea Time Tuesday
Today is Blue Willow Tray just for me! 
As I recover from surgery
A lovely pink rose from my garden.
Oh, yes there is my hospital bed on the left showing up.
I cropped the photos but got locked out of one of my accounts until these will have to do.
Legend of Blue Willow
Long ago a Chinese Emperor lived in a magnificent pagoda, with his beautiful daughter. 
She loved her father’s clerk, but was promised in marriage to a wealthy merchant. 
When the young couple eloped, the emperor ordered them killed. The God’s spared them by
 turning them into the two doves you see flying on the Blue Willow dinnerware.   
Place setting on the tray with one of my favorite magazines, Southern Lady
The silverware is odd and end pieces found at garage sales.
View toward the mantel, and my spinning wheel, yes I love to spin wool, cotton, and linen. 
I now have nine Gulf Coast Sheep and their fiber is wonderful. 
See my last post for a photo of my lamb born last week.
Tea Napkin made by me
My cousin Deborah gave me this old cup years ago.
Back in my early 20’s I thought I didn’t want any country things, and would go modern. 
I had a garage sale and sold many things, including my old Blue Willow set of dishes,
 which had the teacups and not the mugs with it. I have regretted it many times.
Within a few months I came to my senses, and purchased a set of old Blue Willow.
 This set has mugs with it and not as old of a set as mine was. 
I was happy to have Blue Willow back in my home!!

 All the things including the tray came from a garage sale, 
even the fabric and lace I made the Tea napkin out of. 
with the exception of the white scarf and magazines.
The white scarf across the tray, I purchased at the gift shop at Rosalee, in Natchez, Mississippi
The scarf is really to cover your bread with.

 This view the light came out will great. For my parlor is dark.
The tray is a $5:00 garage sale find and don’t you just love the pockets on th side for book?
After Tea it turns into a little desk with the top lifting up just enough to write or read on.
 Back view of the tray
 Bird’s eye view

My Blue Willow Tea Set, I bought at a garage sale 25 years ago, for $15.00.
The lady said she had had it 15 years ,
and had brought it home in her lap on an airplane,from Holland. 
I do have the oil/vinegar, and salt and pepper shakers that came with the set.
This little bell was one of the last gifts from my Mother. I cherish it dearly! 
She gave each of the girls one, and and I happen to get two lucky me!
 Or lucky for my granddaughters! lol
I am still on bed rest, and doing very little, will see my Doctor later this week.
 I have been sleeping just about around the clock. My daddy is running a temp., and not feeling well, since his open heart surgery.  I have a sick  six year old grandson, whom lives with me,
 that may have strep throat again, so he will be off to the doctor today. Hope soon we are all well! Our Old General Store/Cafe is looking a lot better., hoping to get it open soon.
Then we shall work on the Tea Room.
 I have spent a few days there with my husband, sleeping on the sofa. 

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

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for Seasonal Sunday

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24 thoughts on “Blue Willow Tea Tray

  1. Katherine, I hate to hear that you’ve had surgery again, and I hope and pray that you will be feeling better soon and that all of you will be well. Sending healing prayer your way…

    Loved hearing that story about Blue Willow. I have never heard that before, and my mother had this as an everyday pattern years ago. She also had an everyday pattern called Brown Quail (I think). 😉

    Loved seeing your pretties, and I hope and pray all is better soon.


    Sheila 🙂

  2. Very, very pretty! I have a few Blue Willow plates but would love to have a tea set. I love your tray, too!

    I hope you, your daddy and grandson all feel better soon.


  3. You KNOW I love being invited into your Parlor, and today, you feature one of my very favorites. I still have every piece of my childhood Blue Willow Tea Set, from the forties.

    Hope all is getting better down your way!!

  4. I love deeply the blue willow decoration; it reminds me my grandmothers’, on sundays afternoon, when we used to visit her, when I was little.
    Your set is so beautiful!!! I have some blue willow pieces, but they are not as beautiful as yours.
    all the best

  5. what an absolutely gorgeous blog you have! you are so clever – I have just started a blog The Curiouser and Curiouser blog, showing items that I find unusual old and unique – that I have made, picked up cheaply or I’ve found, I hope you like it xx

    ALSO I’m trying to put a button on my blog for Teatime Tuesday but can’t find the link to paste into my widgets 🙂

  6. I have always loved the Blue Willow pattern, Lady Katherine. So classic and I love the story. Beautiful set up. I hope you are feeling much better….Christine

  7. What a pretty tea set. I am partial to the blue and really like the bell. It makes it so more special that it came from your mom. I will have to keep my out for a tray like that. I can’t believe you went to your General Store! 🙂 But I’m sure it was nice just to hang out with your hubby and see what was going on. Blessings on you today.

  8. Blue Willow is so fab. I’m glad you came to your senses (LOL!) so soon! My sister hated all the “oldy moldy” stuff until she was in her 50s, so I got it all from the family…she wanted Danish modern. NOW she is very sorry!

  9. Lady Katherine, I pray that you will be in full recovery soon! i absolutely love your blue willow teaset and the story is so heartwarming! I’m in love with your spinning wheel, reminded me of a sleeping beauty! thank you for hosting even when you’re recovering! Plenty of Blessings for you! Susan

  10. Blue Willow is among my favorite patterns and I am glad you did come to your senses regarding it. Looking at the things you have chosen to surround yourself with I cannot imagine you thriving in a modern style environment.

    I am sorry to hear you are still bed-ridden but you sure do manage to get a lot done even when in recovery .I will pray for you all.

    I love your blog and always leave feeling as if I have spent time with a friend, and indeed I have, a bloggy friend!Maybe I feel an extra kindred spirit with you because we are both Kathryn / Katherine who love keeping sheep, chickens, spinning , our husbands,tea time with our grandchildren….thank-you again for hosting this weekly time of online tea times.

  11. Hello!
    I love Blue Willow – I found a coffee pot at Goodwill – so very excited to find it – my other pieces have been collected hear and there – love the story!
    My father-in-law has a mini farm and we just had a baby calf born – and yesterday a goat – how I’d love to have lambs – I’d probably move out there 🙂
    Thank you for hosting this lovely party,

  12. Hoping for your speedy recovery Lady Katherine! I had never heard the legend behind Blue Willow. That was neat. Everything is beautiful! Thanks for having us.

  13. Hi Lady Katherine
    It has been a while since I have dropped by. So sorry about that! It’s sometimes hard to get to everyone’s blogs. I wish I had more time to spend on my computer but alas, there are only 24 hours in the day! I hope you are feeling better soon. I loved your story about the history of the Blue Willow pattern. I was just in Home Goods today and I saw the pattern on some displays they had. Now I know the story! Yay! Take care and God Bless! Hugs!

  14. This is so charming! I love blue willow!
    I sure wish I had something to add to your party! It looks like such fun!
    All Things Heart and Home
    (ps…hugs and prayers for a quick recovery…)

  15. Dear Katherine,

    I’m so sorry that you and your family are ill. Praying you all recover very soon! Lovely tea post. Thank you so much for hosting. Love the beautiful blue and white china. Your photos are perfect.

    Donna @ Comin’ Home

  16. So sorry about all the sickness you’ve had. I pray for rapid recoveries. Your tray is lovely. I too got rid of my Blue willow and still regret it! Your tray is charming.

  17. What a wonderful find that great bed tray was Kathrine! Your Blue Willow looks so pretty on it, and what lovely linens. The bell from your mother is such a beautiful treasure. I have decided there is nothing you can’t do! You raise sheep, chickens, etc. Spin, host teas, woodwork, sew ~ you are constantly creating beauty around you. I hope you and your father and grandchild are all much better soon. Thank you for linking up. laurie

  18. I love this pattern Lady Katherine, Blue Willow, I hope I can get one soon, at least for 1 to pamper myself with tea and buisquits…you’ve given me such a great idea…why not, just me?!
    Have a happy Easter.

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