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Monday, September 10, 2012

Embellished with Flair




Recently we've been enjoying cooler temps,

and I'm beginning to sense a whiff of fall.






found this beauty while out thrifting.





She immediately 

knew just what it needed!




Now this charmer lives here at 

Hyacinths for the Soul.





Part of a fall vignette 

for the sideboard in the dining room.

~ Silver tea pot embellished with flair, 

sunflowers and a favorite piece of art ~




Sunday I stopped by Barnes and Noble 

to  pick up a few magazines 

for some fall inspiration.




Then fixed myself a tea tray.




I've had this darling tray by Mary Engelbreit for more than 

20 years, and I still smile when I pull this into service.




My husband's grandmother 

monogramed this vintage tea towel.

It's the perfect size for a tray. 




Tea cup is part of 

MacKenzie-Childs' Taylor Series




All paired with Patti's version of

silver dressed in my favorite black and white.

~ A Teapot Embellished With Flair ~




MacKenzie-Childs compote 

in Fran, a sassy new pattern.




Sables, a tasty French butter cookie, 

for a bite of something sweet. 



Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits @ Stone Gable

If you are not a crafty person like moi,


Pattie knows how to embellish with flair!

Joining

Today's Thrifty Treasures @ Southern Hospitality
Tuesday Treasures @ Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
You're Gonna Love it Tuesday @ Kathe with an E
Cowgirl Up @ Cedar Hill Ranch
Tabletop Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday Tea @ Sandi's
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm
Tabletop Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

79 comments:

  1. Wonderful tea time, Sarah! I love the shape of the pot and your tray is very sweet. Have a beautiful day and a lovely week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  2. Such a fun and fuzzy warm tea setting! ~ Maureen

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  3. I've always admired your MacKenzie-Childs collection.It's just My style.I could only afford a few pieces,your collection is fantastic.Your friend first of all, was so brave and smart to transform the silver tea pot.She is also a darling to give it to you.Hugs and blessings to you _Denise

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  4. What a lovely post, Sarah! You definitely injected some calm into my day! Your pieces are fun and whimsical and perfect for a fall afternoon tea! I LOVE the teapot and your tea towel is just beautiful!

    Have a bright sunny day!

    XO,
    Jane

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  5. ooooh I love that teapot and anything Mackenzie Childs, she did a beautiful job.

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  6. Everything is so cute..What a great Idea for the teapot:) Love the tray so much:)

    I have never see those French cookies here,they look like my kind of tea.Just right..flaky..buttery.
    Have a lovely day~
    I have my grandmother's embroidery also..some of it..

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  7. I love the painted teapot! How perfect for you! Your tea tray is sweet and those cookies look so yummy! Enjoy those magazines! Hugs, Linda

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  8. The teapot is fabulous, although I must admit that I would be a bit hard pressed to paint that pretty silver! The vignette is beautiful!

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  9. Very story book perfect! Makes me smile. Have a great week!

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  10. Wow, she painted the teapot? I have never thought to do that, but yours is absolutely adorable.

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  11. What a clever friend you have. I've never thought of painting on silver.

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  12. Hi Sarah,
    thats a luxury fun to paint the tea pot. But looks great. I enjoyed all the decorations very much. You are so fond of black and white checks. I have never before seen so many nice decorations with this pattern. It never gets boring at your home.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  13. Beautiful, Sarah.
    The fall vignette and tea tray are so whimsical, tea time with flair, indeed.

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  14. Love how you paired it with the sunflowers and painting...just perfect..and YOU KNOW I want that sweet little compote! I was emailing Deb (Mountain Breaths) last night and told her if you, she and I lived near each other we would have too much fun (and we could share all of our M-C items!!) Thanks for the "shout -out"!! Glad you are enjoying the tea pot!

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  16. Sarah,
    Exquisite embellishment!!! Perfect Autumnal vignette...I adore Sunflowers! ME and Home Companion were my favorite of favorites magazines!!! Thank you for sharing all the lovely elements in this post!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  17. What a creative and wonderful idea! That tea pot looks so cute like that. Your tray is adorable, and how wonderful you have the monogramed towel made by your husband's grandmother. Hope you have a great week, my friend. laurie

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  18. I love the long lines down the neck of the tea pot Sarah! And the vintage tea towel is a true heirloom-enjoy:@)

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  19. Sarah, beautiful sunflowers, a favorite painting, and such a sweet teapot. It doesn't get any better than that. Patti is one talented lady. Enjoy!

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  20. Sarah, The painted tea pot is so unexpected and fun and it "plays" so well with the MacKenzie-Childs pieces and the Mary Engelbreit tray. Love it! I'm going over to see Patti @ Pandora's Box.
    Hugs,
    Babs

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  21. A lovely tea time. Your tray would still bring a smile to my face even after 20 years. I miss the Mary E. magazine, I really enjoyed it.
    The teacpot transformation, spectacular!
    I might have to steal this little idea if it is ok with you.
    Have a happy week!
    Kelley

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  22. Oh boy! That is so darn cute! She did a fabulous job on it too! I am so jealous!! Love your vignette! I'm in love with the MacKenzie Child's tableware! I'm going to pick up a piece here and there. It will be random since they are so expensive! Love your cup and compote!

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  23. Ok, I am totally jealous, this is fabulous. Looks like a fantastic still life painting. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  24. I recall seeing the teapot featured when it was painted, lucky you to receive it.
    Your tea table looks inviting.

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  25. Beautiful post Sarah.the painted tea kettle just awesome. lovely Sun flowers on the lovely tray.thank you for sharing ....:):)

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  26. Sarah...it all looks wonderful and so inviting. It has just the right Sarah touch. ;-)

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  27. That teapot is so perfect for you, Sarah (or for Debbie, at Mountain Breaths)!! I'm going to be on the look out for an old silver one. It is stunning with your sunflowers! Aren't you enjoying the cooler temps??

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  28. I LOVE that teapot and how perfect for fall. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  29. I LOVE that teapot and how perfect for fall. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  30. I was thinking where can I get myself one of those check tea pots - and you painted it! Now that is something different, I love it looks great. I have started a bit of a tea pot collection myself my latest purchase was fluro pink with flowers on it I love it :)

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  31. It certainly is beginning to feel cooler! Glad you are enjoying a new pot with a lovely transformation! It so perfect with with your Mackenzie Childs china and the cute tray makes for a special tea time. I am also reading the fall magazines and enjoy all their tips.

    Thanks, Pam

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  32. Is this an actual MacKenzie-Childs piece, or did someone paint a silver teapot. I am in love with this! It even has the smushy yellow ochre on some of the white squares. I wish that I knew what kind of paint that they used. Of course, the sunflowers were mandatory! How's that new baby boy? Our Honey Bee is due tomorrow, if she decides that she is ready to make an appearance. We'll see. Cherry Kay

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  33. Sarah! I have a serious case TEAPOT envy! So brilliant for Patti to embellish it with checks and it pairs so beautifully with your MC mug, sunflowers & ME tray! I makes enjoying tea and cookies that much more sweet :)

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  34. Wow! I am really iompressed with that work. So pretty andlooks so good mixed up with the real MacKenzie Child's dishes. Beautiful tea setting, Sarah!....Christine

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  35. Hi Sarah!
    Did you get my email? You won my giveaway. I need you to pick your prize and send me your address...
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  36. Hi Sarah!
    Did you get my email? You won my giveaway. I need you to pick your prize and send me your address...
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  37. I love Mary E. designs, use them in my classroom!
    What an interesting painting...really cool!
    ♥Linsey

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  38. It's a beautiful teapot. I love how you used it with the ME tray. Wonderful tea setting!

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  39. Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for your comments on the pumpkins...I have loved Romantic Homes and Sothern Lady for many years..I adore your new teapot and I must say, I wish it were mine!
    It's a beauty! Have a wonderful evening!
    ~Shirley

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  40. What a cute way to paint an old silver teapot! It makes a great vignette. Visiting from A Delightsome Life. Pamela

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  41. OOh I wonder if she stitched the hardanger below the monogram... it's all quite lovely. Painted the teapot???? Oh it just looks so charming and cute. Love your vignettes.. xo marlis

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  42. Sarah l love the your teapot and what a lovely vignette. Perfect for end of summer early fall. Sunflowers are a favorite of mine. We still have miserable hot days. I've noticed a little cooler in the morning and evenings. Still waiting for the first fall weather. Everything is still so green from all the rain and no signs of fall yet. Lovely tea towel from your grandmother, beautifully displayed with your MC.
    Enjoy your weekend.

    ~Emily

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  43. An absolute ADORABLE setting. I love every single thing in it....and the teapot....OMGOSH...TO. DIE. FOR.

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  44. What a clever friend! That teapot is darling! It's a beautiful shape for the checks. Your yellows with the black just pops! Love the quilt too. It's all so pretty and cheerful!

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  45. That teapot brought an instant smile to my face!!! What a great idea! I know I would never have the patience or skill to do something like that, but I am so glad someone else has it in them! :-) It goes SO well with the Mary Engelbreit tray and MacKenzie-Childs pieces!!!!

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  46. So much to love! Especially the black and white teapot with the colorful compote! They really look so cute together!

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  47. What a cute idea for a thrifted teapot!

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  48. Wow what a great idea painting a teapot. Ordinarily I might not have the heart for it but I just found one last week and I love the shape but it has some sort of oxidation on it that won't come off. I would not have thought of painting it without you showing off this little gem. I'll have to check out the tutorial!
    Thanks,
    Liz

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  49. How cute is that tea pot, Sarah! It just says you! What a wonderful gift! Love the vignette, too! Hope you are having a great week!!...hugs...Debbie

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  50. The painted teapot is adorable! You have a flair for making it all work in such a pleasing way.

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  51. This is such a clever idea! The teapot is just adorable -- and perfect in the setting you arranged for it. I will definitely check out Patti's blog!

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  52. Congratulations for winning the painting from French Country Home! Love your tea pot idea... very clever.

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  53. Hi, Sarah! It's good to be back, and it's so good to hear from you! I planned on stopping by, but your comment brought me right over, and as soon as I saw that darling teapot I remembered your wonderful collection of MacKenzie Childs--what a perfect match!! Beautiful vignette you created! Orange with blue and white...yes, I need to go there, and I think I have the perfect runner for it. I may need to add to my "Versatile Blue and White" series. :) ~Zuni

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  54. Love that teapot! Very MacKenzie Childs!

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  55. That teapot is gorgeous - especially filled with the sunflowers. Anything of ME's never fails to make me smile.

    Judy

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  56. What a perfect teapot that patti found for you, Sarah! Did she paint the checks on it or did it come that way?

    I have not taken out my autumn decorations as yet as i usually wiat until the month of October to do that when the temperatures are cooler and the leaves are beginning to turn. Now I know I'll be going over each and every decoration with a critic's eye deciding what will move with us and what I will have to throw away or donate. I have so much for Christmas I will need a truck for that alone...lol!

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  57. Love the teapot dressed in black and white. Great vignettes.

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  58. The black & white teapot is so clever - I never would have thought of that. And the monnogrammed tea towel - what a treasure. You know, the word "sable" means "sand" in French. Wonder if they call those cookies "sables" because of the dusting of sugar on top? We have a cookie called "pecan sandies" with sugar on top??? Linda

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  59. I am loving the transformation of the teapot! It is so perfectly done. I haven't seen the new Fran pattern in real life yet but it does look like fun! Your yellow and white quilt is a perfect backdrop for your tea tray. I'm hoping to go into the M-C store in NYC soon, so maybe I'll have pictures to share. Linda

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  60. The Mary E. tray is a real treasure! And I love the magazines you got. I hardly ever buy magazines any more but these are very tempting! Love the cute pitcher, too. This is a fun time to decorate!

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  61. Sarah, I love this post so much! Two of my favorite things: Mary Engelbreit and MacKenzie-Childs. I love the new patterns in the Taylor series, especially Fran! Precious little compote. :D

    Patti did an amazing job on the cute little teapot. She is so sweet, too!

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  62. SARAH! I LOVE THAT CHECKERED TEA POT! But I am confused, in one pick, it has not checkers...is it the same pot?

    We have an AMPERSAND store in our area and they specialize in these beautiful kitchen wonders in black and white check.....too far beyond my price range but I would love to have a piece one day!

    Thank you for your kind comments and visit. You face is always a lovely sight to see! BISOUS, Anita

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  63. this is such a fun and happy tea! Love the teapot and that tray. This whole post just made me smile!

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  64. Oh, I love that teapot and the butter cookies! I enjoyed your post.

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  65. I am in love with that teapot. I have to find one and do something similar. What a beautiful look.

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  66. I am going to be on the lookout for a silver teapot to paint. I want one like yours! I always appreciate the inspiration you share at Potpourri Friday!

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  67. What a great tea pot. So neat!Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  68. Sarah, your painting is on its way to you. I hope you enjoy it, oh so very much. Have a lovely weekend. Carolina Elizabeth

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  69. Your friend was very creative with the teapot...Love It!!

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  70. Hello Sarah, love the teacup, teapot and tray - so very lovely for fall! I love the expression on the little girl in the artwork! Such a lovely tea-time post - I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  71. Okay Sarah, how did she do this? I want to try this idea! Sooo cute! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  72. Wow, that must have taken a lot of patience. But it WAS meant for YOU! So pretty, and the towel is wonderful!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

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  73. You are featured today at Potpourri Friday!

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  74. This is brilliant! I collect Mackenzie Childs. Can't wait to paint and old piece of silverplate. Love it!

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  75. The teapot is amazing and beautiful. This is a beautiful and inspirational post. You pictures are wonderful. I would love it if you would share it at our WIW Linky Party. I hope you can join us.

    Paula
    Ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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  76. Gorgeous...always love seeing your beautiful MacKenzie-Childs pieces!!

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  77. The silver teapot/coffee does take on a MacKenzie Childs look!

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