I Love Tea Cups

I Love Tea Cups

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Nutcracker Suite or Sweet

Hello everyone,
Wow~I have been on a blogging break, and I didn't even plan it.
I posted my Thanksgiving tea and then our Holiday Bazaar at
Church was the following Saturday. The next Thursday was 
Thanksgiving and sweetheart, and I traveled to our son's
home to enjoy a wonderful holiday with our 
granddaughters and family. We had a sleepover, and 
I didn't have to cook. Yay!!! 
Before we went on our little holiday, I invited my two granddaughters
that live near us to help decorate this little tree in the kitchen. 
One granddaughter worked on the nutcracker tree, and
 the other granddaughter worked on the mantel and banner
in the living room.  It was incredible to have assistance with the
 decorations, and they gave me a jump start to decorating for the holidays. 
When we came home from our trip, I began to work on 
the big tree in the living room, and I will share that tree and
mantel next week.
My Tartan tea cup and saucer is 
Tartan by Royal Doulton
I have collected Nutcrackers for years.  I wanted to feature my
Tartan tea cup and saucer with my collection of nutcrackers.
We have a fireplace in the center of our home. The fireplace is
in the living room, but the brick back is in the dining room.
I have a large storage chest against the back side and it 
is filled with table linens.  The storage unit is a great place
to display many collections during the year.
On the other wall in the dining room is a buffet. More nutcrackers are
displayed on the top.  I have a rooster collection and the menu
on the wall is from the 'French Laundry' in Napa Valley.
I saved the clothes pin they use as a napkin ring.
This buffet is where I have fresh fruit and covered cake plates
displayed during the year. 
When I travel, I usually find a tea towel to bring home.
I found this Nutcracker tea towel and I knew I would 
display this towel during the holiday.

I found the small nutcrackers at the Dollar Tree.

A mosaic to pin

So glad you came for a visit.

Linking to:
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
NormandyLife for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes
Love of Home for Sundays at Home


  1. It's all beautiful, Betty. I love seeing your Nutcrackers, and the tartan and silver make excellent partners with the Nutcrackers. I wanted to pin the mosaic, but the link didn't work for me. It just gave me a blank screen.
    Happy Holidays!

    1. Hi Sarah,
      I just removed the pin it button. There is a save pin in the left corner. I hope it works. Thanks for visiting.

  2. So cute! Love all your decor ! Great job!!

  3. Love your Nutcracker collection. I am seeing tons of those come through the thrift shops, not entirely sure why.
    Popped by from Pink Saturday

  4. The cracker are wonderful, Have a few but you display them so nice ,Lucky you have helpers it is always more fun
    HPS Laura

  5. Beautiful Christmas arrangements! The Nutcracker reminds me of Tsaikovski... Happy Holiday Season!

  6. What a wonderful collection of nutcrackers an so beautifully displayed with their own tree and pretty tea tray. How lovely to have your granddaughters helping you to decorate your home for the holidays, this is how traditions are passed down through the generations making for wonderful family memories of good times spent together.
    Thank you for being a part of Mosaic Monday and sharing your Nutcrackers with us today.

  7. A beautiful collection of Nutcrackers, Betty. I do like the tartan pattern teacup, and your silver tea pot. How great to get together with family and have help decorating the tree.

  8. Such a lovely collection of Nutcrackers and you have them arranged so perfect with your silver. You are certainly ready for Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

  9. The tartan tea cup sure is pretty! And your collection of nutcrackers is beautiful! It's fun to find a few neat things at the Dollar tree. Holiday hugs!

  10. What a charming collection of nutcrackers! I'd love to own a nutcracker teapot.

  11. I enjoy seeing your nutcrackers and other lovely Christmas displays. The reflective lights from Christmas trees bring so much warmth to a home. I love seeing the reflection in your silver service. And wonderful to have help with the decorating! Merry Christmas!

  12. Betty, lovely collection. AND tartan teacup! I envy your red brick background. Wishing you a delightful December.

  13. Dear Betty:
    Thanks for linking and sharing your sweet Nutcracker Themed tea time! Everything looks so very joyful!

  14. Hi! I just received my very first nutcrackers (From Sarah, at Hyacynths!) You have a wonderful collection - AND such a pretty tree! Merry Christmas!


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