Monday, March 21, 2016

Creating a Seasonal Basket Vignette

Happy Spring! Can you believe that it is finally here? Our spring was welcomed by an inch of snow, but today the sun is shining, the temperature is rising, and it promises to be a wonderful day.
I have been putting all of the wintry things away until next year and getting out some of my favorite little spring things.
Yet again I am corralling them in a basket, this one on the round table in the great room. There is a bit of a story about this basket. My family pretty much knows that I am mad for baskets of all kinds, and I threaten them to within an inch of their lives if they ever try to throw one away. My oldest son approached me with this one that he and his wife had gotten for Christmas full of snack items. Normally, he said, they would have kept it, but it was a shocking, and quite bilious pink color, so they wanted to get rid of it as quickly as possible. I tried to work with the pink, but it was truly awful, so I just bought paint that looked “basket-y,” painted the basket, and now no one is the wiser. Isn't it cute? And it is really sturdy too. My guess is that I could actually lift it up holding all of these rather heavy items. I wouldn't, mind you, but I think I could.
No matter the season, I love to have afternoon tea. It is always such a lovely excuse to put my feet up and rest a while. The soft pastels help with this endeavor and make it feel even more like spring.
The sugar cubes are those that I made, infusing tangerine into the sugar, and they are wonderful with a cup of tea. To learn how to make your own, go here
The little spoons are Apostle Spoons that we picked up at Portobello Market during a trip to London. Aren't they just the sweetest spoons you've ever seen? I adore them, and I love to look at things that I adore, so keep them out in this little shooter glass that works well as a spoon holder. Yes, I do have to run polishing cloths over them now and again, but to me, it is well worth it.
The cookies are not homemade, but I will be making some especially for spring afternoon teas at some point this week, as well as Benedictine Spread for tea sandwiches, and if you've never made this before, then you must keep watch for this easy, refreshing, and delicious recipe. 


Valerie CottageMakingMommy said...

What a beautiful tea basket.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

What a delight to have homemade sugar cubes. Your tea vignette is perfect to relax in the afternoon. The spoons are adorable. Thank you for sharing at DI&DI.

Rattlebridge Farm said...

Your spoons were a fantastic find! Love how your basket contains everything and creates a little world.

Marigene said...

You do the best basket vignettes of anyone in have a knack for knowing what and how to place things so they look great.
I am waiting on the Benedictine spread...I have only tasted Benedictine a couple times many, many years ago and it seems like it was herb-y.
Have a wonderful week, Pattie.

Pondside said...

Your 'tea basket' is very sweet - and what a good idea.
I love baskets too, and had quite a collection. In a fit of downsizing I got rid of most of them and have regretted it daily ever since!

thel day said...

I love your post with afternoon tea in a basket. What a great idea!
Your sugar cubes I must make. The spoons in a glass, a great idea
Your pastel colors welcomes Spring.
I am your newest member. Have a Happy Easter and Spring. Thelma.

Lulu said...

Tea in a basket....I like that! Your apostle spoons are something quite different as well as a nice touch.

Angelina PeoniesandOrangeBlossoms said...

Love this basket vignette. The spoons are cute and I love the little bite size cookies!! Happy Easter and thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

Olivia Reinvented said...

This is such a pretty basket vignette. The cookies are the perfect touch.

Thank you for sharing with us at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

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Angelina PeoniesandOrangeBlossoms said...

I featured your post on my blog from Thursday Favorite Things!