Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Bee Mine, Valentine!

With a mere 21 days until Valentine's Day
I've teamed up with a talented group of friends
to offer a little Valentine's Day inspiration.

Welcome to the Valentine's Day Tablescape Blog Hop
Thank you to Rita, our amazingly organized and 
talented leader and author of the beautiful Panoply
Each account in this hop offers abundant inspiration for creating 
your own holiday table and ambiance.
Links are at the end of this post.

If you buzzed over from Cecilia's Thrift Store Addiction,
I'm sure you were wowed by her thrifty find of vintage
Fire King Primrose.  It took my breath away!
For my post, I opted to inspire you to make the day special 
with a tea or coffee tray and special sweet treats.

My guy and I have been married for 46 years,
and at some point in time we began using "honey"
at times as an endearment with each other.

I never give it much thought, 
but it prompted the theme for this post.
"Honey, bee my valentine!"

I used a linen tea towel from Crown Linen Design
as a drape on my large silver serving tray and 
added ceramic details with pieces of MacKenzie-Childs.

Our MacKenzie-Childs Turkish tea or coffee pot
is a nod to my husband's military overseas 
duty stationed in Izmir, Turkey.  

The hand painted details and interesting 
shapes makes these favorites.

An early valentine arrived on my birthday.
The perfect touch to hang from the tea pot lid.

Made from felt and hand stitched by my talented friend,
Monique @ La Table De Nana.
Monique, definitely one to follow, shares beautiful 
photography of her gardens and food from her kitchen.

Cabbage Rose ~ Blooms, Stripes, and Dots

Heart shaped sugar spills from a petite sugar jar with matching creamer, both vintage MKC painted glass pieces from long ago.

What Valentine tray would be complete 
without a few Conversation Hearts?

I filled a crystal and silver jam pot with Honey Bee candies.
They are like lemon drops, but instead are honey.
They are a German candy.

I sprinkled a few Honey Bee candies 
about to echo the theme.

Off to the side is a 
stand of more sweet treats.

Valentine's Day 2022
Tell me, what are your plans for celebrating?

Buzz on over to see the wonderful 
inspiration at the links below:

Life and Linda - Love Is in the Air!
Me and My Captain - Be My Valentine
Home is Where the Boat Is - 'Owl' Be Your Valentine
Thrifting Wonderland - Valentine's Day Tea
Hyacinths for the Soul - Bee Mine, Valentine! (You Are Here)
Bleu Belle Interiors -  La vie en Rose
The Bookish Dilettante - Valentine's Day Tradition
Pandora's Box - Valentine Table for Two
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Plant One on Me

Thanks for "beeing" good friends!
Happy Valentine's Day!


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Good Morning Sarah! My bee-loving heart is buzzing over all your beautiful MKC dishes and vignette! I especially love your cup stack under your cloche! Is your sweet ‘Honey-Bee My Valentine’ vintage? I love the skep die cut design. Love your pretty stitched heart and thoughtful early Valentine from Monique too. As always, it’s a treat to join you at the table and hop with you. Happy Tuesday ♥

  2. Sarah, your vignettes are always perfect and every detail is magazine worthy. Your stunning collection of MKC is amazing and then your styling is the honey on top. What a darling birthday gift, the stitched felt heart is adorable. My hubby and I have visited Turkey a few years ago and I actually loved their strong Turkish coffee. It is always a pleasure to hop with you ♥️

  3. Have a lovely one Sarah..how sweet you and Honey:)♥

  4. This is just so pretty, Sarah. I love the pink tulips -- they really pop! And the idea of "Bee Mine" is cute. I might have to use that for the valentine I paint for Rick! Monique's stitching is just exquisite -- and perfect for a sweet Valentine!

  5. Sarah, love your sweet little bees and lovely backstory! It's always a pleasure to see your charming tablescapes. Pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  6. I adore the Turkish coffee pot and mini cups - such a sweet pattern. Your photos are so pretty, colorful and romantic - perfect for Valentines Day! Monique's heart is so special! Have a Happy Valentines Day!

  7. Oh Sarah,you always delight! What a darling post. I love your heart frame with you and your sweetheart!
    Your styling is top notch with your lovely MKC pieces and unique touches. The conversation hearts swing me back to my childhood. The honey candy and beautiful jeweled bee vignette is charming.Monique's hand made heart is indeed special.

  8. Dearest Sarah,
    Congratulations on your 46th anniversary together.
    LOVE that sweet photo of you both!
    As for the honey bee German candies, they are only about 6% honey, mainly sugar and glucose syrup.
    Wishing you both a Happy Valentine.

  9. Sarah, such a charming post. Love your vignette with the tulips. Your MKC collections always amaze me. Love the sweet bee theme. Monique made such a lovely felt heart, how special. What a sweet photo of you and Monnie. Honey candy is such a treat. A beautiful way to embrace Valentine's Day. Always a pleasure to join you.

  10. Sarah, this post really moves me. It's so full of your own personal history and romance, so beautiful. We also use the term honey, but pronounce it HON-knee with great emphasis on the HON, lol. 46 years is a beautiful life of love, of collecting treasures, of sharing life's ups and downs. I am so happy you are part of this hop to invite us in for a peek of your exquisite collections and style. Wishing you a beautiful Happy Valentine's season!

  11. So cute and whimsical Sarah! Love all the details especially the honey bee! We’re just a little behind you at 42 years!

  12. I love how you honored your husband's service to our country with the M-C Turkish coffee pot. I also love the honey bee elements, too. The teacups under the cloche is a cute idea! But my very favorite elements are the M-C mini sugar pot with the heart-shaped sugars and heart-shaped spoon. I love them, Sarah! :D Very sentimental and special tablescape, Sarah. Thanks for sharing your creativity and your heart with us!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Ricki Jill

  13. Oh so sweet Sarah and my eyes are popping looking at all your MKC pretties! Love the Honey Bee theme with sweets and treats and pink tulips and macarons! The framed photo of you and your honey and hand stitched felt heart are so special...your Valentine vignette is trully full of love ❤️

  14. Sarah, you always set a unique table that captures the holiday! The MacKenzie-Child Turkish dishes are special, as is the little wool felt heart with embroidery.
    As a former military wife, I want to express my thanks to both of you for your military service :)

  15. All your MKC treasures sure make for pretty vignettes, Sarah. Monique's handmade heart adds a special touch. My favorite thing about this post was the picture of you and your Chef in the pretty frame. Happy Valentine's Day!

  16. Sarah, this is such a charming tea tray, full of pretty details and Valentine touches! The colors and patterns give it a sophisticated spin, and the checks are a perfect wintry touch. Honey and bees are a sweet touch!

  17. Sweet Sarah, you have so many pretties. I adore anything with a bee theme, and you have managed to perfectly work it into a Valentine's Day setting. Your vignettes are beautiful, and I love all of your MC pieces especially the teapot. I hope that you have a Happy Valentine's Day!

  18. Gosh what a great collection of McKenzie Child pieces! Such beautiful pieces. What a sweet gift from your friend to give you a darling felt heart! Everything is so amazing.

  19. Sarah, you have created some beautiful vignettes here!! I especially like the little tea cups in the cloche!! So special!!! I hope you have a beautiful Valentine’s Day!! XOXO

  20. I am smiling as I stroll through your post Sarah, with your lovely signature styling vignettes. How picture perfect for celebrating Valentine's Day. The honey-bee theme melts my heart, from the darling photo of you and your honey to the lovely detail in your vignettes. I do love how you mix your MC patterns for such a wow presentation. Well done my sweet friend............

  21. Hi Sarah, what a beautiful job incorporating your great MKC dishes into such a warm and whimsical setting for the table. really enjoyed all the detail in your individual vignettes. So much to see and take in. Loved it.
    Lynne, Thrifting Wonderland

  22. Sarah, you know I am all abuzz over all your bee elements. Always enjoy seeing pieces from you extensive collection of beautiful and unique tableware. So sweet to have included the pix of you and your honey! Didn't know he had served in Turkey --- please thank him for his service.

  23. What a beautiful vignette. Your MKC pieces never cease to amaze me. What a treasure. The bee and honey elements are lovely. (My honey and I use the "honey" term also) I recently came across a Turkish coffee pot...not MKC..but I couldn't resist the intrigue of it. I know I am a romantic and find romance in most everything. :) I also like that you included a pic of both of you. (sigh)
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

  24. Sarah, your display of your MKC collection is making my heart beat faster. I adore MKC since I am all about whimsy most of the time in my creations. The mix of patterns and colors really warms my heart. It is perfect for expressing love at Valentine's Day. Your hand stitched heart is a beautiful detail and the cute little bees and Valentine's Day reminders are so special. It is so wonderful to hear the loving regard you have with your husband of 46 years. Many,many more years to you both. Happy Valentine's Day.

  25. Sarah, Your table setting couldn't BEE any cuter than it is. You did a good job, HONEY! Love it. xo Diana

  26. Hi Sarah! Oh, your table is just delightful and I love your honey theme! Now you do have the most beautiful pieces of MC! I'm just amazed at all of the pretty pieces you have! Thanks for sharing your sweet table.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  27. So fun and full of whimsey! The pastel colours against the black and white check make for a very romantic setting! The heart shaped sugar is so fun! Love the photo with your honey!! Such a nice touch!

  28. Always a pleasure to visit with you Sarah. Your vignettes are filled with treasures. What a heartfelt birthday gift, the stitched felt heart from Monique is adorable. The honey-bee theme melts my heart, and such a darling photo of you and your honey. Joe calls me Princess and I call him Dear. I know, we are silly. Since we were married on Valentine's Day, Joe has a warm getaway planned for us. xo

  29. Hello dear Sarah... what a gorgeous table! I am in love with every detail. I hope that you have a fabulous week!


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