Tuesday, September 11, 2012

" HAREBELLS and TEA "



Last night I read the " Fairyland Companion" in preparation for a little Autumn inspiration for the upcoming  season...Little did I know that it would fill my night and day with the whimsical mischief of the fairies... Silly me !!





The next morning  it seemed as if  fairies had decided to come to tea.


Of course they chose my morning cup and saucer  ...what could I say, but " Thank You ".  It was a Royal York, Art Deco looking tea set, that I did not recognize from my tea cupboard ... Don't you agree that that is very peculiar indeed!!! 

Fairies are known for  tricks and pranks ....  maybe  this  is a gift from the fairy Queen... In my imagination, anything can happen !!!


I smiled when I saw all the softly brushed posies  and thought that I could almost  hear the  harebells ring-a-lin-ing ... Do you see them?.. Harebells are a very magical flower from the fairy realm of Scotland, also known as the Scottish bluebell. 

They grow wild and bloom in tiny  blue bell shaped flowers.  You probably have some of them growing  amongst the cracks of your rock gardens. The Victorians believed that the fairies  slept in the bells or used the delicate  flowers as  goblets for dew... How delightful !!! 


I admired the little cup as I sipped my  morning brew and noticed how very shy and understated the design was, almost as if it  was hiding.  Perhaps, that is why I had  never seen this china amongst my teasets.  Still, I wondered how it magically appeared upon my breakfast table.

At one time, it was said that if a maiden counted the harebells, she saw three times as the sun rises, or as the dew falls, she would see Fairies, to whom she could curtsey three times to acquire three wishes... 

Oh yes I'd like to be granted  three wishes ...Wouldn't you !!! So ... I counted the harebells on the cup and saucer...There are eleven little bells( ring ring)..  but unfortunately I'm not a maiden just an Old Maid ( Ha Ha) 

It's best, that  I just enjoy my tea and be thankful for the gifts that God has blessed me with thus far in life.


I was having such fun this morning during teatime, pondering a " FAIRY TEA PARTY "...I do hope you will come . We could all wear fairy costumes.


...and set a lovely  teatime display for the fairy cakes 


I just know that  there would be an ample supply of " Honey Nectar " for us all to sip upon.


Here... This cup will be for one of you Special Ladies, who have taken the time to play.


Isn't this the most darling little teapot... I must use some fairy dust to  bolster up the quantity of tea that it holds ... ( Sprinkle sprinkle)



Look, I've counted , one ... two... three, fairies that would love to come and have tea with you and I. 



SO my Dear Ladies ,  when do you think, our  Fairy teatime should take place? Perhaps next Tuesday. Please do let me know if you will attend and post any ideas that you might have for the party. 


" There are fairies at the bottom of our garden!
It's not so very, very far away:
You pass the gardner's shed and you just keep straight ahead-
I do hope you've really come to stay.
There's a little wood with moss in it and beetles,
And a little stream that quietly runs through;
You wouldn't think they's dare to come merry making there-
Well, they do "

written by: Rose Amy Fyleman( 1877-1957)


I'm sharing tea with :

Terri at Teacup Tuesday  (www.artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com) Please check out her gracious gift of a free  Fairy Tutorial.

Sandi at; Teatime Tuesday/ Rose Chintz Cottage ( www. sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.ca)

24 comments:

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello there and thank you for joining me for tea today. Your teacup is so pretty and does indeed conjour up visions of wee fairies prancing about! I have always loved fairies! Harebells are so sweet and I have always imagined wee fairies dreaming inside of them. The rose is darling by the way! Have a beautiful day and thanks for the smile.

Blessings,
Sandi

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Oh what a fun post! I enjoyed the fairy tea so very much! Love the teacup the fairies picked for you and alo the tiny teaset! This week I did a post on my fairy garden in a wheelbarrow. The fairies are haveing tea there also! Stop by if you want to take a peek!
Nancy

Antiques And Teacups said...

Lovely ! Teacup is perfect! Your whimsical setting is so very pretty. Bet you had a "faery" good time!
Ruth

GinaBVictorian said...

What a cute post! I didn't know anything about harebells so thanks for sharing that info about fairies with us. Your rose teapot is totally adorable! Have fun!
Gina

Zaa said...

Dear Sandi .. I know that your in that fairy realm on the " Island" .. Sweet ... Hugs

Zaa said...

Hey Gina .. There's a fairy teaset waiting for you ... Hugs

Zaa said...

Hey Ruth ... So glad you joined into the merriment.my Friend... Hugs

Zaa said...

Dear Nancy ..

I'm so please that you came to visit... and so are the fairies.Here's a little magic for you ( Sprinkle sprinkle) ... Please do come again soon... Hugs

Johanna said...

Hi Zaa,
thank you for this lovely post. I loved yoir fairy tea so much. The fairies are so nicely made, the tea cup is pretty and the tiny rose cups are so sweet. What a delightful book, that brings such cute inspirations. Thank you for sharing this fun.
Best greetings, Johanna

Zaa said...

Dear Johanna... Your presence is always welcome... I love our teatime chats....Hugs

Tea in Texas said...

Absolutely precious! I love fairies and the story of the maiden counting the bell flowers is new to me and so sweet. I love your cup and saucer with the harebells in the art deco style. The rose teaset with the fairies is very pretty. The thoughts of fairies will have me watching for them all day and maybe night time.
Thanks for sharing your visions.

Thanks, Pam

Jody and Stan said...

What a lovely tea party. It's so whimsical with the fairies and roses. It must have been a wonderful day!

Jody

Zaa said...

Thanks for your sweet visit Pam ...Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks Jodi and Stan... Your kind visit and comments are so very much appreciated...Please come again ...Hugs

Terri said...

Hello Zaa,
I think you are right...the fairies have brought you this lovely cup! It is certainly a cup for fairies with it's delicate pretty flowers.
I did not know that about Harebells! I really enjoyed reading your sweet and creative post!
Hugs,
Terri

xinex said...

Such a fun and cute post, Zaa. Your tea cup is gorgeous.Christine

Zaa said...

Hey Terri .. Actually your fairy tutorial got me going ... So you're my inspiration , my Friend.. Looking forward to participating... Thanks for the sweet visit...Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks Christine... It's always a joy to read your blog and to visit with you at teatime, Dear Lady...Hugs

Lady Linda said...

Oh my oh my oh my! Thank you for your sweet comments when I was gone for the wedding. I adore the eye glass case in your previous blog! I have been wanting to do a whole quilt like that and have it tucked in the back of my mind. A pastel crazy quilt! Your fairy blog is adorable. I want to read the book!
Take care...your blog posts inspire me!
Love, Linda

Danette said...

Dear Zaa ~
I am so enchanted by you and your delightful blog! I do believe this is the prettiest blog I have ever seen. I cannot tell you how excited I am to be a new follower. I will be keeping a close eye on you from now on :)

Zaa said...

Dear Lady Linda...
So glad that you've caught up in social engagements and stopped over for a teatime chat.. Love your visits, my Friend...
Hugs

Zaa said...

Dear Danette.. Thank you for the kind visit... I'm also happy to have found a happy crafter to chat with ... at teatime.. I'm so glad that to share projects and tea with you... Hugs

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: What a wonderful post! I am so late but I am so glad I got to see this fairy tale post. Have a great weekend. Blessings, Martha

Zaa said...

Better late than never Dear Martha... Your tea is served !!!!

Hugs