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Shabby Roses Cottage Tea Tablescape & 3 GIVEAWAYS!

When Kalyn and Ashton were little they had the prettiest garden room.  It was one of my favorite rooms ever.  My Mom painted the ceiling with clouds. I installed white picket fencing around the room with faux climbing roses, foxgloves, poppy's and other flowers.  In front of their bedroom window, which had English ivy growing on the outside, we had an antique wicker canopied daybed.  It ran lengthwise in front of the window and was piled with loads of pillows, silk wisteria on the canopy and climbing roses up the bed posts.  It looked like an arbor with a big bench below.  The highlight of the room was a rock pathway carved throughout the carpet to look like a winding road.  Where the path diverged I had a small street sign painted which read 'Ashton Avenue' and 'Kalyn Court' indicating the names of the little paths/roads.  It was so sweet.   I used to just go sit in that room imagining I was still a little girl, gazing up to the painted sky. 
As my little girls grew, they decided they wanted something different, so away went the cottagey, garden look and in came the fun and funky look with bright colors and a retro/contemporary feel...stylish but not the same Shabby cottage garden feel.  I miss that room and all the frilly, flowery, shabby, girly things that were in it.  I wish I had pictures to share ;-(

I had a chance to create a table with a similar theme and it brought back so many memories.  Kalyn and Ashton actually did alot of work on this table and put a lot of it together.  They both said it's one of their favorites....hmmm...maybe I can re-convert them into wanting this feel in their room!
And Trevor, as you will soon see, had no problem partaking of the treats.  He's always up to something funny, or weird, or both.  Usually both.

My tablescape begins with these quilted chair pads from Patchwork Trails.  I fully intended to use these on the chairs, and even started to.  Kalyn sweetly tied each one in place for me...but then...inspiration hit and I decided these were the perfect thing to tie the entire table (top) together, so they became place mats for my cottage table.
These are not only absolutely gorgeous and so well made, but they serve as little pads to take on the a ball game for use on those hard metal bleachers.  They roll up and can be tied with the ties on the ends.  The backs are a pretty light blue denim.   I love the mix of fabrics and colors.

The girls and I set the table at the bird cage dining table I recently made while the boys and Shawn worked around the warehouse and kept trying to snatch up the cookies.  I was so honored, and so flattered that my table was featured at 5 other blogs!  It will be for sale soon.

I wanted to use transferware at my cottage table so I chose two plates by two different English potters with a roses motif.  I mixed and matched my cups using all different florals.  Some of the transferware is more red than pink, and vice-versa so I tried to stay with the more pink tones.
I layered dinner and salad plates in two patterns, Swinnerton's Kent plates:

and Chantilly Rose Lace, both available in my English Transferware shop.

My next door neighbor had these pale pink damask napkins in her garage sale and the vintage white linen with pink embroidery were purchased online.

At this setting, and around the table I placed handmade lace roses from The Golden Turtle.  I also used one of the hand made lace doilies from this shop and served these gorgeous tile cookies from Le Chic Bakery Boutique

Aren't these cookies beautifully packaged?   Each one has a different tea themed design...teapot, coffeepot, tea cup, etc.

My centerpiece was made using a wreath at the base from Willow Creek Flowers
I made a tiered plate stand with a little frosted aqua blue glass thing-a-ma-jing (don't know what it is) I found at GW.   I layered the lace doilies over transferware plates, added rose moulded sugar cubes and a rose shaped cupcake on top. 
Somebody's wants that cupcake....
and thinks he's so funny he'll actually get it

And, speaking of sugar cubes...are these not the prettiest, daintiest, most perfect little sugar cubes?  These also come from LeChicBakeryBoutique.  These are made by hand in an array of colors and shapes.  Some are even flavored.  I got some orange ones with a spiced orange flavor and cannot wait to try them.   The shop owner knew I was using these in a tea table setting and also sent these cinnamon sticks, dipped in a thin pink coating with rose shaped sugar cubes on the end and tied with ribbon.  How adorable and how nice to stir into a cup of tea, or even coffee.  Wouldn't these be wonderful for your next tea party? Cinnamon flavored coffee is my fave!

Above, the embroidered doily is also from The Golden Turtle and below, my gold demi tea spoons are from
Home and Tea Time Elegance.

For height at my table, and in place of candles and just because they are soooo gorgeous and an unusual and interesting touch to my table I put these hand made lamp shades on some of my lamps.  They are so pretty and so perfect!  Susan has a gorgeous shop of vintage, Shabby Chic-ish items and makes custom lamp shades called My Shabby Rose Cottage.

More cookies from LeChicBakeryBoutique.  They are chocolate coated with walnuts on one side and the other side features a pretty...which way do I serve?

My little trike filled with dried roses and lacey ferns is another arrangement from Willow Creek Flowers.

And, my shabby chic-ey, kinda freaky kid takes the cake, er, uh I mean cup cake.
(personal note to Trev...I tink).

Ok...have I, do I, use way too many pictures in my posts?  I hope not, but I apologize in advance if I do!
Now for the winner of the cookie giveaway to Mel Mellis's Sweet Treats....congratulations to Martha at Martha's Favorites.  I have sent an email to you to let you know.  Just send me your contact info to pass along to Mhia!  

And now for MORE GIVEAWAYS!  Two sponsors for this post have offered generous giveaways to help you make your next tea party perfecto!

Le Chic Bakery Boutique is offering two prizes to one lucky cookie order of your choice and one set of her molded sugar cubes.
The Golden Turtle has offered two sets of her embroidered initial napkins:  
The winner can choose the color of embroidery and the initials!  Guess whose initials are in her pics?  S for Shawn and N for Nancy!  I will use these in another tablescape.

There will be THREE winners in this giveaway, one will receive the cookie and sugar cube selection and two will receive the embroidered napkins.

To enter:

1) post a comment
2 entries) visit Le Chic Bakery Boutique (tell me what cookies or sugar cubes you'd pick)
3 entries) visit The Golden Turtle and see all her lovely embroidered and hand made linens.
4) Become a blog follower, or if you are one you can enter again

Giveaway entries end next Tuesday, June 29.  I will announce the winners next week.

Linking to:

House of Hepworth
Centerpiece Wednesdays
Hodge Podge Friday @ It's a Hodgepodge Life
Show Off Your Cottage Monday@ A House in The Roses
Lady Katherine
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
How Sweet The Sound for Pink Saturday
Toot Your Horn Tuesdays 
Transformation Thursday
Strut your stuff Thursday
Second Time around Tuesdays
Inspiration Tuesday
Look What I made
Bargain Shopping Paradise
Frugalicious Fridays
Tidy Mom
Feature Yourself Friday
Frugal Friday
Trendy Treehouse Blog hop
Tatertots & Jello 
Funky Junk Interiors


  1. i am just mesmerized by your table settings :-)

  2. Lovely!! I am in love with the plates!
    What great giveaways!
    Hugs, Lisa

  3. I am a follower! Love visiting!!
    Hugs, Lisa

  4. Oh my goodness. Every single picture is just exquisite. I think I would definitely be snitching some of the goodies too. The china, linens and all of the accessories are just unreal eye candy. So gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining TTT. This is just unreal. Hugs, Marty

  5. I don't think you had too many photos at all! I like every one of them. How nice to have such great give aways too! Have a great week!

  6. Hi Nancy!
    Your tablescape is beautiful. It's not the color so much, but the wonderful layering and textures.
    I'm more of an Autumn color girl, but that table
    is something.
    I'd love to enter your giveaway.
    I Followed and now, if I ordered something from the La Chic Bakery it'd be the Yellow Rose Sugars and the the Tile Shaped Bird Cookies, they are both too pretty to eat, and at the Golden Turtle....That French Needlerun Black Lace Rose Evening Clutch would be to die for.
    Ok, now how long do I have to stay with my fingers, arms, legs, and eyes crossed?!? hehe

  7. Hello, Your tablescape is so lovely, and your plates are beautiful! What a wonderful giveaway you are having!

    Wishing you a Happy Teacup Tuesday!

    Warmest, Brenda

  8. So many things to comment about: your table setting is divine, all scrumptious and cottage heaven! I am amazed by should be working in magazines or doing this stuff in Hollywood! So pretty, I adore this table Nancy!
    PS And you are going to sell the famous bird cage table??

  9. Nancy just love your table setting!! You have made such a creative table with so many wonderful finds across blogland!

    I have been gone and came home to my beautiful pillow that I won at your last giveaway!! It is so fun and looks great in my hubby's study. I hope to have a bit of time to do an entry about it and a few other things I have won recently! Being so blessed , please don't enter my name in this giveaway - need to spread the love around!

    bee blessed

  10. Your tablescape is exquisite - layer upon layer of loveliness. I like your chair pad placemats, the beautiful transferware, lovely florals and yummy looking treats.

    What a great giveaway. I would love some of those Pretty Pastel Tile Cookies from Le Chic Bakery Boutique and the monogram napkins from the Golden Turtle are perfect.

  11. What a lovely giveaway! I wanted everything in the Etsy store!

  12. What a fantastic giveaway! omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. Love the VINTAGE VICTORIAN SEWING MACHINE Pillow - Black with White Embroidered Design - 14 inches by 14 inches from Golden Turtle

  14. Love the Pink, Gourmet, Cinnamon Sugar Sticks for your Tea or Coffee, One Dozen from Le Chic Bakery.

  15. You can NEVER have too many photos. I enjoy every detail that you put into your Tablescapes. Thanks for the giveaways...crossings fingers and toes.

    From Le Chic Bakery can a person chose....everything is sooo darn cute.

    From Golden can a person anything monogrammed...would probably chose monogrammed napkins because I could use them during Tablescape Thursday.

  16. BTW....I am a follower! Enter me in again! Please!

  17. Beautiful setting, and those lamp shades! WOW!

  18. As always, your tablescape is beautiful. You always add and do the unexpected (self made tier) and the tricycle w/ the lamps on the table. I love to be inspired by your imagination. Once again, great job!

  19. From Le Chic Bakery Boutique....I just love Pretty Pastel Bird Heart cookies with Pearl Bead Polka Dot Trim. Im planning a tea party for my daughter's Sweet 16 this September. We've started to acquire some cute items and some great tea party ideas. Those cookies would be so adorable especially since we are trying to incorporate a bird theme as well. Woohoo...wish me luck!

  20. The Golden Turtle has some great items. I would love a set of Monogram napkins. Ironically the letters used for the post is an 'M'...maybe thats a sign for Melanie. lol Doesnt hurt to wish...there are lovely tho, hope I win.

    As for becoming a follower. I dont have a facebook but I do check your blog daily anyway...its easy because I feature you button on my page as one of my favorites. Thanks for all the great posts and giveaways Nancy.

  21. You always have the prettiest things in your posts! I loved every pink little piece.

    That cake looks very pinchable-I wish I'd gotten there first!

    Best wishes,

  22. Oh Nancy, what a pretty table you have set! So frilly, romantic and beautiful.
    All your sweets look amazing. I love your tea cup and your rose plates.
    Thank you so much for sharing today.

  23. Nancy, SO very pretty and I'm in love with the sugar cubes! I must have them!
    xoxo Pattie

  24. Nancy what a beautiful table setting, the whole thing looks absolutely delicious. And I can understand why the young man looks ravenous!
    Tina xo

  25. WOWZA!! What a totally fantastic tablescape!!
    The colors are just enchanting and those cookies are to die for!!
    Now when your girls are older and out on their own, you can recreate that gorgeous garden room for yourself!!


  26. Hi Nancy!
    My goodness I dont know when I've seen a sweeter tablescape!
    You've mixed and matched to shabby cottage perfection!! I love everything about it right down to that now missing cupcake :-) Who could resist that!!
    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful display!
    Hugs and Smiles,

  27. Oh, this is all so lovely! Thanks for a fun post!

  28. Now THIS is a WOW table...just beautiful and full of summer.
    And...that's a precious young man!! Glad he got his treat!! :))
    xo bj

  29. There is so much eye candy here! It's hard to choose what to comment on. The cookies are so adorable. Makes me want to bake but I can never get them to stay with the stamped shape. Thanks for sharing the aqua blue and pink.

  30. I think the tea tile cookies are the best, but I wouldn't say no to the walnut crunch dipped in chocolate!

  31. The embroidered napkins are exquisite! White on white especially

  32. This is as pretty a tablescape as I've ever seen. LOVE the place mats. Gorgeous. From the bakery....the Bird Heart shaped cookies are my pick! So pretty and unusual. What a lovely shop The Golden Turtle is. I'm going to fav it. I've been a follower for a while. Very nice giveaway!

  33. I love this idea! I wish my kitchen table looked that cute all the time!

    Kristin.Brown106 AT gmail DOT com

  34. The turquoise molded sugar roses are so unique! I love them.

  35. I love the heirloom white table napkins with the black embroidery too!

  36. Nancy, you've once again created a gorgeous table, full of details and beautiful things. I love all those fancy goodies, and your kids are just so funny! All of the linens are just breathtaking.

    In my tablescape this week, I've included some of the transferware I won from your giveaway a few months ago. I'd love for you to check it out.

  37. This is such a gorgeous tablescape – I’m sure it took a lot of work, but I’m also sure it was worth it ☺
    jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

  38. I’m following your blog on GFC as Jenny!
    jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

  39. The golden turtle has so many wonderful items – I absolutely love the vintage Victorian sewing machine pillow!
    jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

  40. All the cookies look gorgeous (and yummy!) but I think my favorites are the Walnut Crunch, Chocolate Dipped, Bird Heart Cookies and my favorite sugar cubes are red rose sugar cubes!
    jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

  41. Love your clever use of the cushions for placemats! What a beautiful setting. Those rose sugar cubes are amazing, as are those cookies layered on such pretty doilies. Now I'm craving a cupcake too. Well done, Nancy! (and thank you)

  42. This is the prettiest, girliest table ever! Just wonderful!

  43. What a pretty feminine table...any young lady (even an old lady)would be happy to sit at it.

  44. How pretty this is! Love the "placemats" and those pretty lamps -- everything looks so wonderful.

  45. What an outstanding table! I don't know where to begin - the chair pad placemats are adorable. The dishes, so elegant and so pretty, the cookies and cupcakes, delish! What lucky young ladies to have such a great mom. What a wonderful GIRL table!

  46. My whole family just nearly died laughing at the pictures of your son!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is just the cutest thing and so funny!!! Please count me in on this giveaway! My mom saw your pictures of the cupcakes and tea set up and she was jealous!

  47. Rasberry sorbet sugar cubes look mouth watering good!

  48. lovely and equally charming tablescape. all those cookies are so adorable you'd hate to eat them!! lol love the lamps too, so pretty!!
    Everything looks delightful.
    Blessings, Nellie

  49. i am so smitten with your cookies and china combo, just fantastic!

  50. This post is a sugar plum fairy tale sweet as can be delight! So girly and rosy and just so beautiful!
    I'n not sure where to begin!!!
    The lace looks so pretty on the table and sets a frilly backdrop for all the lovely pink/red transferware. I'm checking out that Chantilly design on your transferware shop!

    The detail... the rose wreath centerpiece, the tiered plates you made, the chair pad placemats, the sugar roses, the tea spoons and cinnamon sticks and the beautiful yummy cookies all add up to a sugar high of perfection.

    You really out did yourself, Nancy! And I am so glad that you did.

    I see Treavor got his cupcake. Cute and funny boy! Bless his heart!

  51. You do amazing tablescapes! So many fun details and layers. I love it all. The dishes are so pretty and I love love love the napkins and the rings. This is totally shabby chic! Love your centerpiece as well and thanks for linking up today.


  52. Okay, I've scrolled up and down your post several times, and each time, I see something else that I love. Such a beautiful tablescape! LOVE all the pink and white.

  53. Love this table setting. The placemats are to die for...makes me want to get my sewing machine out and try to stitch some up myself.
    I'd love to be entered in your wonderful giveaway. I am already a faithful follower even though I don't always leave a comment.

  54. I would choose the lighthouse cookies for sure, and I think those sunny yellow sugars would be perfect for a future tea.

  55. Very pretty table with lots of nice details. Love the idea of a gardenroom for the girls. That table would match there so pretty. Great idea to create the tiered plates with the flowers. Love it.
    Greetings, Johanna

  56. What a beautiful tablescape! There is no such thing as too many pictures! :)I love the fact that the place mats are chair pads, awesome! The cookies really do look tasty!

  57. Hi Nancy...

    My friend, you always create the most gorgeous tables!!! I just adore this pretty table with all the sweet elements that you and your girls chose! Loved the pretty patchwork mats...they set of that beautiful red transferware beautifully!!! Ohhh...and what a lovely centerpiece! Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous table with us...this was such a treat! And by the way...your daughter's bedroom (when they were younger) sounds so pretty...just dreamy! I would have loved seeing it!

    Have a wonderful day, my friend!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  58. Hi Nancy...

    I'm just coming back from Le Chic Bakery Boutique...ohhh my goodness...sooo many pretties!!! Everything looks and sounds absolutely delicious! It really was had to narrow down a choice of just one cookie and one sugar! Hehe! But...I would love to try the pretty pastel bird heart cookies! Sooo pretty! And...I loved the perfect pink harmoney heart and rose sugars...simply exquisite!

    What a fabulous very sweet of you and Le Chic Bakery Boutique!!! Thank you!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  59. Hi Nancy...

    Just lil' ol' me again! I just had to come back and leave a little note in regards to the beautiful embroidered napkins at the Golden Turtle...they are absolutely gorgeous!!! I would love to win those!!! Pure heaven! Hehe! I also wanted to tell you that I have been a very happy follower of your delightful blog for some time now! I always enjoy my really are one of the most creative and talented ladies in blogland, Nancy!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  60. What a lovely tablescape. Great idea to use chair pad covers for placemats. Nicely done girls. I loved seeing Trevor (cute guy) he so reminds me of my son's actions and now I have three grandsons so it just keeps me smiling. I loved the heart cookies with the sugar pearl trim and the pink harmony sugars would work with many themes. I became a follower so I will be visiting again. Thanks for a fun post.

  61. Loved your girlie tablescape! Trev had the right idea...I would have done the same thing. I am new at this and will be coming back!

  62. Everything looks very beautiful! I like the Pink Tea Tile Cookies; I bet they taste delicious too!

  63. Such a pretty and pink tea! Your table is gorgeous and so are all your tea goodies!


  64. Everything is so pretty. Thank you for your daily emails. I love everything on the website. The Tile bird cookies are especially cute. The black and white cinnamon sticks look yummy.


  65. Lovely tea! Makes me want cucumber sandwiches!

    Here from NFF - hope to see you at Dropped Stitches!

    xo Erin

  66. So beautiful! I am sure the lovely setting adds so much to the experience! Patsy from

  67. Everything is just truly wonderful. Those pastels and all the textures and the cookies and the flowers and the lamp and the....truly everything is gorgeous!@


  68. Happy Friday! I am stopping by via the linky party.

    Your photos are great~made me laugh.

  69. Very, very pretty. Please enter me.

  70. I love the turquoise sugar roses. Beautiful.

  71. Love the Golden Turtle. What pretty items.

  72. What a gorgeous blog and a beautiful tablescape....Your pictures are amazing...I am adding you to my sidebar...and will visit you often

  73. This would be great to win.
    jswandrn at gmail

  74. Gorgeous, Nancy, down to every last detail.

    Hugs, Barb ♥

  75. I love the cookies! I think I would probably pick the molded bird cookies!

    Deborah in NC

  76. I love your pictures, but the ones of your son is just too cute!!

    Deborah in NC

  77. The Golden Turtle's Heirloom napkins are just lovely!

    Deborah in NC

  78. I am already a follower of your pretty blog!

    Deborah in NC

  79. I love the tea setting! My tea parties never looked like that when I was a kid!

    I've love to win the giveaway!
    I'm a follower!


  80. Beautiful tablescape!! Loved looking at ALL of the pictures! Can't wait to look thru the rest of your blog.

  81. Those are beautiful!

  82. I feel like I was treated like royalty at your most luscious and lovely tea-party, and was totally entertained by the jester! Everything from linens, to cakes, cookies, and china is just scrumptious! Thanks for the invitation to follow you...I accept!

  83. I am a bird lover and would like the heart shaped bird the white version, with the bottom dipped in chocolate, sensational! The monogrammed napkins are just so classy at The Golden Turtle...very fun finds! Thanks...

  84. Oh my gosh... I'm overwhelmed with pretty. But I have to just say.. those plates are to die for! Gorgeous!


  85. So sorry I have visited in a while, I fallen and pulled surgery loose. Still seeing my Doc for it. I love this table!!! As I started to read, I could just see your daughter's room. Oh, I know it was so wonderful! My mind was there with you! lol Oh, but then I saw you wonderful table, so many lovely Treasures! I love the lampshades!! The napkins the placemat/seat pad! Great idea! The dishes love, love! The wreath, trike!!! Adore! I also adore the pictures of your son! So funny! He made me laugh a lot! The Tea stirrers are great!!!!!! The cookies look wonderful, I love the blue sugar dust and the chocolate walnut heart! Thank you for joining me for Tea Time Tuesday, I know I have missed something, I just love all your wonderful Treasures on your lovely table!

  86. Hi new sister! I am so happy to meet you and hope we become true sister friends in our sorority journey. I apologize up front that this message is a "cut and paste" message to all the sorority sisters because I wanted at least to become a follower of all of you and take a moment to say hello. For those who may not know my youngest son was killed last week and we buried him on Tuesday. I had started my project before that tragic event and am not finished but I did post what I've done on it so far. If you have visited me already I thank you and if not I invite you. I am just not quite at the point of being able to think of something to say individually at this time. I will soon hopefully be able to be active and visiting everyone. Love you already, Mollye

    June 27, 2010 11:12 AM

  87. Hi Nancy...what a beautiful post...sooo many lovely things to ogle! I love your tablescape. Ashton and Kalyn's room sounds sooo wonderful...just perfect! Wish you had pics of it to show!
    LOL at the face coming over the table and eyeing the cupcake...kind of scared me for a sec. LOL I love the pic where the cupcake is being devoured! Wish my son was still at home...I'd catch his antics regularly! LOL

  88. How lovely! If this tablesetting is anything like your description of the girls' bedroom - it must have been a dream. Love the details, the dishes and the sweets!
    I'd love to win one of your giveaways!
    God Bless<

  89. Hello again! I am a follower!

  90. I visited Le Chic Bakery Boutique - I love all of the cookies, molded sugars - but, if I had to choose at this moment it would be the pink medley molded sugars.
    I loved seeing a tea set similar to mine used in the pictures.
    God Bless,

  91. I'd love to get my daughter and her fiance a set of embroidered napkins with their initial W. The color I'd have to see what they get :)

  92. How fabulous! Please enter me :)

    samyrocks92 at msn dot com

  93. I love-

  94. The Golden Turtle has beautiful linens!

  95. Soooooo Prettyyyyy! ;) Love love your table with all the pretty pastel colors etc.... and I'm so happy so see your shabby chic-ey so cute one finally able to eat his cake! So very cute! Please give him a huge hug for me would you!


  96. I am so in love with this tablescape! So jealous of your ability to grow such pretty flowers for your tablescapes, too. I have managed to just about kill my one Hydrangea this year....and it's in a pot!


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Decorating with Blue Transferware and a GIVEAWAY!

If you haven't already been over to Enchanted Home, you'll want to go over after you finish this post because the wonderful Tina, who authors the incredibly gorgeous blog,  has a great post up about decorating with dishes plus she's hosting a giveaway to my online shop, English Transferware!  Details at the end of the post!
I know Tina loves blue and white (just look at her header and you'll know!) and has a collection of her own. In honor of Tina, I've decided to share some of my favorite images of rooms decorated with and often around blue transferware collections.  You can see more rooms decorated with blue transferware on my Pinterest board.

To me, Charles Faudree is just about as synonymous with English transferware as he his with French Country Decorating...he seemed to always find a use for it in his incredibly detailed decorating schemes.  Isn't this bedroom charming?

I love this next image from Decor Magazine.  Look how the blue pieces are hung directly o…

Children and Their Pet Rabbits ~ Antique Oil Paintings

Have you ever known a child to resist a bunny rabbit?  They're so adorable.   It seems that at some time we've all had as our own, or known someone who had, or bought for our children, a pet rabbit.  I remember surprising Michael, Ethan and Jonah (before our other three came along) with rabbits one year at Easter.  I determined that, for us, owning pet rabbits was a better thought than idea...but that's another story.   
Nonetheless, children and their pet rabbits have long time been a favorite subject of painters. Though I am more keen to having a painting of an animal than actually having an animal, I can't resist the charm and pure innocence in the paintings I'm sharing here.   I adore each of these beautiful works of arts, and I hope you do as well.

The Favourite Rabbit, by John Russell (1745-1806)
Feeding The Rabbits by German artist Heinrich Hirt (1841-1902)

Children Feeding Rabbits by Joseph Moseley Barber
Little Girl with Rabbit by Hermann Kaulbach 
I have this p…