Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hi everyone!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

I thought I would set just a small little tea for today. I am using a soft delicate teacup Troy gave me for Christmas.

Tea’s liquor is like the sweetest dew from Heaven~Lu Yu 733-804

I am very behind on showing you my newest teacup gifts. So, I thought it was the perfect time to show this little one for Valentine’s day.



I always love teacups that have the design inside the cup.


This teacup is such a simple design but, so pretty. It is called Winterling made in Bavaria.


I used a soft pink and white polka dot pillow sham to start this little setting. I bought two of these at a thrift store for $1.00 (the pair). They are so pretty and girly.


You have to have pink roses and cupid at a Valentine tea! This cupid dish was a yard sale find for .50 cents.


And some vintage Valentines! (thanks Linda).


This sweet little china set was a find at a flea market a couple of years ago. I have loved it and used it (sits on my dresser) since I first brought it home.


Another Bavaria piece.




Oh, and I decided to give myself a Valentines gift. I am starting photography classes this week! Woohoo! I so need them!



February Tea Setting The Collectible Teapot & Tea Calendar 2112


Tea for The Boudoir

When tea arrived in the West in the 17th century, it was exotic, expensive and rare-in other words, ideally suited for a tryst. Retreating to a private room to drink tea became popular around 1830, thanks to Anna Russell (1783-1857) the 7th Duchess of Belford. Frustrated by the long gap between luncheon and dinner, she invited close friends to join her for tea and tempting tidbits in her personal boudoir in Woburn Abbey, Belfordshire, thus inventing the afternoon tea.

The above tea setting photos would a perfect tea for the boudoir.



A quick little info on how Valentine’s Day came about:

The ban on marriage was a great shock for the Romans. But they dared not voice their protest against the mighty emperor. The kindly bishop Valentine also realized the injustice of the decree. He saw the trauma of young lovers who gave up all hopes of being united in marriage. He planned to counter the monarch's orders in secrecy. Whenever lovers thought of marrying, they went to Valentine who met them afterwards in a secret place, and joined them in the sacrament of matrimony. And thus he secretly performed many marriages for young lovers. But such things cannot remain hidden for long. It was only a matter of time before Claudius came to know of this "friend of lovers," and had him arrested.

Lots of fun information regarding this can be found at the source I quoted above at The Holiday spot


Well, now I think I will go and make a cup of tea and maybe a little sweet treat. And just enjoy a few quiet moments with my book! I hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day! Thank you for stopping by!

I’m joining:

Tea Time Tuesday

Tea Cup Tuesday

Return to Loveliness

Table Top Tuesday

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Pink Saturday


Join me for Thrifty Things Friday Linky Party.

(I generally have the party post up Thursday evening at 4:00 EST)



  1. Oh how lovely.

    I *especially* love your Bavarian ramekin! I have that pattern in a complete set....my very favorite!

    Thank you for such pretty eye candy.

    CONGRATS on your photography class, what a GREAT idea. I have been saying I would like to as well, but not sure I will ever have the nerve. I am SUCH a beginner, I think I should wait a while first.

    Happy Hearts to you!!

  2. What a lovely little tea cup gift. Your pink rose set is lovely too.

  3. What a lovely tea! The new tea cup is very sweet! Congrats on the new camera and I'm excited your taking a photo class! FUN!! hugs, Linda

  4. A sweet tea table with your thrifted treasures.

  5. I really enjoyed your Valentine vignette with all your found treasures. Love the old Valentine's and thanks for the history! Happy Tea Day and Happy Valentine's Day!

  6. Nice history. I was raised to drink tea and not coffee. Your valentine Tea looks lovely. My favorite part is the white crocheted piece with the pretty pink rose subtlely placed under the cup. LOVE it. Take care.

  7. Such lovely thrifty items!

    Thank You for stopping by my blog and leaving me a sweet comment!
    Happy Valentines Day...


  8. Lovely setting you have made for your "loves" I'm certain Troy & Princess will enjoy!

  9. Oh I just love all your bavarian pieces! Great gifts and finds. Those vintage Valentines are precious! Reminds me of being in elementary school and getting Valentines from all the kids in my class! Sweet post!
    Happy Valentine's Day!!
    Miss Bloomers

  10. Another sweet tea table, Diann! The little ramekin is adorable and Troy gifted you with another lovely teacup.
    I know you're going to enjoy that photography class. I would love to take one myself but I don't have a great camera. Thanks for joining me for tea today and Happy Valentines Day.


  11. What pretty china and cupid's dish. It's a very lovely vignette. Thanks for the history of the Valentine's Day. I sure didn't know that.

  12. A beautiful tea table in honor of Valentine's Day. I just love Bavaria china. Happy Valentine's Day to you!

  13. Happy Valentines Day! Enjoy your tea and your classes.

  14. Happy Valentine's Day!
    Your table looks lovely :)

  15. Happy Valentine's Day Diann, Thanks for your visit and thanks for the lovely tea. Very pretty dishes and great Valentine history. I;ll be back someday to join your link party. I'm a new follower. Joyous Wishes, Linda

  16. Happy Valentine's Day Diann and thanks for visiting my blog. You're taking photography lessons? I think your photography is already pretty darn good. Guess you'll really wow us after those lessons. God bless.

  17. Love your post.I could use some Photography lessons myself. Happy St. Valentines day and Tea Day.

  18. Beautiful pics. Happy Valentines. Photography lessons sound like a wonderful gift.

  19. Gorgeous pictures, Diann, I too want to take photography lessons! Especially those that include editing etc...I feel I learn things the hard way! Love your teacup! Thank you for sharing the history to Valentines, I have never looked this up! Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  20. Fabulous post! I love every bit of it! Beautiful photos of gorgeous china and lovely Valentine cards too!
    I hope you have a great time with your photography classes. I would love to take more too.

  21. I know you will love your photography classes! Loved your history on Valentines! Your table looks lovely.

  22. I loved your post! It's so fun to peek in at other people's lovely things. I love your Bavarian ramekin...such a pretty find!! Happy PS!!

  23. Nice way to relax. Read a book with a cup of tea.

  24. Happy Pink Saturday Diann Sweetie...
    A beautiful share as always. I love seeing your table setting.
    Those pink polka dotted shams are so pretty. I use them on my
    table as well. Love your cupids and antique valentines as well.
    So pretty and just the perfect addition to your table.

    Love seeing your tea cups. How pretty they are. You have so many
    gorgeous pieces. Thank you for sharing sweet friend.

    Have a gorgeous weekend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  25. Ahhh, such lovely pinks for both a Valentine's Day and Pink Saturday blog party. Have a great week.


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