How about I give away, hmmm. ummm, let me think, uh, well...let's just say $100 gift certificate to English Transferware, my Etsy shop? Sound good? Well check the details at bottom of the post because you can submit several entries...just follow the simple rules!
This week I'm linking up with some of my favorite tea and table memes. I'm featuring my very favorite transferware pattern. It's by Spode and called Byron. If any of you have read my first post I wrote about how I started collecting and then selling transferware. As my collection was growing and I was on the lookout for pieces to trade up to, buy and sell I ran across a platter in this pattern. It was one of those things where I knew I HAD TO HAVE IT. It was on an Ebay auction and I was bound and determine to win...and I did! I bought my first piece in this pattern from someone in Australia, and often I still buy from there. It seems to be more readily available there and in England than other places I've found. The first piece I purchased was this large serving platter:
I was so excited when this arrived and I displayed it proudly in my kitchen, and still do. I scour online marketplaces to find additional pieces in the pattern all the time. Most every piece has a different scene, usually pastoral in nature, reflecting early English farm life. The brown transfer is handpainted in various shades of blue, pink, taupe, rust, brown, green and gold.
Today I'm serving tea and my Coconut Cream Cheese frosted Lemon Cake using some of my Byron collection.
I used a single, lace trimmed gold window sheer slightly gathered atop my heavy marble chest.
I fanned vintage, embroidered napkins at one end and laid my Barenthal cake forks atop. I just got this set of French Mabre flatware and I love it! It normally sells at $125-165 for a 20 pc set for four. I got two sets for $125! I bought two extra sets in this same Bordeaux color as well as Vert which is a marble green (about the color of my marble on the table). If anyone wants these they're yours for $67.50 plus $12.49 shipping for a 20 piece service for four set. Just send me a separate email if you'd like to purchase. It's hand washable but that's fine with me. I love the marble look of the handles and the ornate detailing this offers.
I've always loved this large figurine of a boy and his dogs and his attire seems to fit right in with that of the people seen on the Byron pattern. I placed him next to a fruit topiary I made a loooong time ago...boy do I need to dust that sucker! Please don't blow this pic up and see how dusty it is!
I always have these tortoise shell amber lamps on this table. They cast such a soft glow and add an almost candle like ambiance. They are wrapped with an oil rubbed bronze finish and leaves that wind up and about the shade from the base. I really like just about anything amber.
Here's one of my Spode Byron teapots. To give a bit of height I placed it on a candle stand meant to hold a large pillar.
Creamer and Sugar on a handled tray.
1 small box instant vanilla pudding
1 C vegetable oil
1 C Mountain Dew
1 stick butter
2 1/2 cups coconut, flaked
1 8 oz. bar softened cream cheese
1/2 cup Mountain Dew
3 1/2-4 Cups powdered sugar
Mix cake ingredients well and pour into well greased and floured cake pans, bake 20-25 minutes at 350
For frosting, melt butter in saucepan over medium heat, add coconut and cook until it is slightly golden. Remove from heat and add cream cheese. Mix. Add Moutain Dew. Mix. Add powdered sugar and mix well. Frost cake. This is yummy! You can also substiute orange cake mix for lemon and orange juice for the Mountain Dew in both recipes for an orange flavor.
The winner will be randomly selected by a numeral generator. I use http://randomizer.org/
A tea thought:
If you are cold, tea will warm you; If you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.
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