I Love Tea Cups

I Love Tea Cups

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Friendly Village

Hello everyone,
Let's get this party started. I've been enjoying this week.
  Resting and watching the Rose Bowl Parade and also plenty
 of college playoff games. I'm so excited about the new
 Downton Abby season five premiering on Sunday night.
 It has been a long wait. I've set a table for a dinner  by the fire while
Sweetheart and I enjoy the pleasures of English life at Downton Abby.
The table is set with Vintage Johnson Brothers Friendly Village.
I found two place settings at the Goodwill.
I inherited the silverware place settings from my great grandmother.
'Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire' Jack Frost nipping at your nose.

Vintage brown teapot to enjoy my English tea.
' The Ice House' small cereal bowl or dessert bowl.
The vintage stemmed glassware were my mother's favorite.
Silver chargers remind me of a silvery ice skating pond.
'The Covered Bridge' square salad plate is delightful.
Silver votive candle holders from the Dollar Tree© and the Yule Tide
Camellias are blooming profusely on the front hedge.

'The School House' dinner plate.
I love the details on these old dishes.
Looking forward to a delightful evening.

2015 is a new beginning. I'm starting my sixth year of blogging.
What a great hobby to practice my writing skills
and my love for photography.
Linking to:
  French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday 
 The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday 
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday 
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
Under The Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase Party  
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Mosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop!


  1. Hi Betty,
    Your tablescape is so very beautiful! I love Johnson Brother's Friendly Village too! Wow! Six years of blogging! Congratulations! I will celebrate two years in April! Thank you for sharing such beauty! Happy New Year! Karen

  2. Happy Bloggaversay! I had my 3rd yesterday on the first and just let it go, haha. I was too exhausted watching The Buckeyes beat Crimson Tide - what a game, I think it's the most exciting best game I have ever watched. My son in law works at OSU and he and my daughter went to 'Nawlins to see the game in person. : - ) Glad they came home happy!

    Love your tablescape, it's perfect for this time of your, cozy but lovely. The stemware is GORGEOUS, I can easily see why they were your mother's favorite!

    Happy New Year! : = )

  3. Betty, I love Downton Abbey, too. Love your new Friendly Village place settings. The nostalgia scenes are heart warming. I do remember several wooden covered bridges from my childhood. I am telling my age but I remember an ice house too. Not nestled in the snow because I am in the deep south but a building that sold ice blocks. At the time my grandmother still had a refrigerator that you put ice in the ice box.
    Happy Blog anniversary. I started blogging the same year you did. You do well with your photography.

  4. Happy Blog Anniversary! I am celebrating one, too! :-)

    I love your tablescape, and I think it is perfect for sitting by the fire and watching Downton! I can hardly wait for Sunday night. We had a Downton Dinner last year at a friend's, and it was really fun. Tomorrow, it is just going to be me, but I'm looking forward to it.

    Happy Pink Saturday to you...


    Sheila :-)

  5. I also love Downton, wish it was longer
    The dishes you have are so nice.

  6. Your table setting is beautiful. One of my friends has Friendly Village. One of the things I miss from California is my Yuletide camellias. They don't grow here in Colorado.

  7. Happy Blog Anniversary and Happy New Year! I am also looking forward to watching Downton Abby this evening. Your tablescape is very pretty!

  8. Have a lovely evening. What a treat to find so many pieces of scenic Friendly Village dishes. Happy New Year.

  9. What a lovely preparation for watching Downton Abbey. The Friendly Village dishes are wonderful - glad you found so many pieces. Happy New Year!

  10. Your table setting is charming what a great way to celebrate Downton's return. Your'e in for a treat this has been the best series yet!

  11. So beautiful!
    Wishing you a lovely new (blogging) year!

  12. Betty, those dishes are just gorgeous! I'm now going to be on the lookout for at least a cup and saucer in that pattern. It is so charming! Have a wonderful January week.

  13. Hello Betty, your tablescape is lovely.. I especially the candlelight shining on the glassware and table settings.. The scenic pattern on the dishes is so pretty. Have a happy Monday and I wish you and yours a happy, healthy New Year!

  14. Happy New Year Betty....love the antiques and the place setting.

  15. Love the tea table, especially the vintage brown teapot. It was sheer heaven last night watching DA!
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Betty.

  16. Happy New Year, Betty! I love Friendly Village and I have all the pieces you have featured. I just adore the old-fashioned scenes and the fact that they are different on each piece. The teapot is adorable too. Your stemware is gorgeous and I love the floral design on them. How lovely to have inherited your great-grandmother's silverware! A beautiful table setting! Thank you for sharing and joining me for Tea Time. Have a delightful week.


  17. I love Friendly Village, too, Betty, and you sure found some wonderful pieces at Goodwill. Your setting looks perfect in front of the fireplace to watch DA. Happy New Year to you.

  18. Hi Betty,
    I was thrilled to find this post! I have a vintage brown teapot just like yours that was given to me by my beloved mom-in-law who is no longer with us. I treasure it. And, your schoolhouse plate, I found one like it in an antiques shop just before Christmas and am delighted with it. I hung it inside a Christmas wreath and I love how it looks. I am feeling inspired to polish my mom's silver and use it for a special dinner. Beautiful post.
    Happy New Year!
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  19. Lovely tablesscape with your Friendly Village.

  20. What an enchanting little tea table. Having your own Camellias must be wonderful. Especially since many of us are under blizzard warnings. It is definitely a day to stay by the fireside with tea.

  21. I do love Friendly Village, and yours is the perfect setting for it by a fireside! Lovely setting! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  22. Your tablescape is very beautiful and cozy! Thanks for sharing

  23. Love Downton...and love your Friendly Village place settings! What a cozy setting there by the fireplace!
    I have similar tastes and so this was quite thrilling for me to see! :)
    Happy Winter...and New Year!

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  24. I'm a fan of DA and your Friendly Village china!

  25. Love your dishes and the camellias are gorgeous! I'm a huge fan of Downton Abbey...so glad it's a new season!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  26. What a beautiful table Betty and a wonderful, homey pattern that is beloved. So glad your shared your fireside appointed table as it is quite wonderful!

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  29. I really enjoyed this...the dishes are beautiful :) And such a cozy setting.

  30. I inherited my mother's Friendly Village and I just love it. I use it regularly.

  31. I did it! I found a cup and saucer in that pattern on Ebay. It is now residing happily in my cupboard. What a charming pattern. I just love it!

  32. I am in love with this Betty! I am so happy to have discovered yet another beautiful and inspirational blog! Thank you so much for sharing such lovely photos and the Johnson Brothers!!!


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