A Walk Down Memory Lane

Sandi from
Rose Chintz Garden
{a very lovely blog}
is having a "What's In Your Cabinet" Party
for Tea Time Tuesday.
She would like us to share a special treasure.
I am going to share a tea set that I have had for 19 years
and is of great sentimental value to me.

The tea set is 'Little Bo Peep' and is made in Germany by Ruetter.

Grab a cup of tea or coffee because the story is about to begin....

I was a young girl when I received this tea set for my 7th birthday from my sweet parents.
At the time I was living at Summer Hill Road in Southampton, Ontario - Canada....
the perfect place for a child :)
Our home was located by Lake Huron;
in fact we had to only walk down the hill and there was the beautiful lake.
We spent many summers frolicking in the water and playing on the sandy beaches.
Such sweet memories!

When I look at the tea set I think of my time in Canada
and I begin to fondly reminisce about all the blessed moments I had in Southampton.
Even as I write this, I am teary-eyed because I miss it terribly.
My mom and I spent many hours and years around this precious tea set.
I remember filling my cup with more sugar and milk than tea
and I remember it being the BEST tasting tea :)
And of course we would have cookies, tarts and pie,
all the tasty treats a little girl could ask for.

My mom taught me how to hold a tea cup, pinkie out of course :)
She taught me how to pour tea and serve guests
all with the 'Little Bo Peep' tea set.
I am now a mother to a darling young boy
and he and I will enjoy tea together
using the same cups and plates that I used when I was young.

Linking up with:
Tea Time Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Tea Cup Tuesday
Heart And Home

Sandi would love for you to join her.
Happy Monday!


Beth said...

Hi Stephanie, Your teaset is adorable and has such sweet memories for you. It's so nice you are carrying on the tradition with your son. Also wanted to say I love your blog background and header - beautiful!!!

twinpeakprimitives said...

I loved your today post :)
Little Bo Peep is my favorite pattern and so nice to see it in your memorabilia!

Thanks for such lovely sharing with us:)Enjoy the Party!

Delvalina said...

omg!! how beautiful they are! for 19 years?!?! SO ADORABLE! I wish I could be there join the tea party....:)
How blessed your son and husband! having you as lovely mother and wife.


Anonymous said...

Hello Stephanie,

What a charming tea set!

This really is a precious story, and you have me nearly teary-eyed over it. I can picture the beautiful moments you had, relating to similar life experiences of my own.

It must have been magnificent living by Lake Huron. My own mother grew up very near Lake Michigan, and I have enjoyed a few visits there over my lifetime, each one providing spectacular memories for me.

I love the North, and although I have lived in California for a long time, I spent much of my younger years in the Midwest, about six spent in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and I always consider myself a northern girl.

It was a joy visiting you today!


Antiques And Teacups said...

How wonderful that you still have the teaset! How very special! The design is so cute! Thanks for sharing the story abehind it as well...sp fun! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea as well!

Life and Breath and Everything Else said...

What a beautiful memory. It must bring you so much joy to use this same tea set with your own child. A very heart-warming post.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Stephanie,
What a charming post! I love your little Bo Peep tea set and the touching story that goes with it. I think it is just wonderful that you are carrying on a tradition with your little boy! It will make for some lovely memories for him too.
So you were a Canadian when you were growing up? How lovely to have lived near the Lake! I am blessed in that I am surrounded by water and can enjoy the beach anytime throughout the summertime.

Thank you for joining my party today. I enjoyed learning about your precious tea set and the lovely memories that accompany it. Have a beautiful day.


Sandra said...

What a lovely post Stephanie. Not only do you have a special teaset but a special memory to go with it. I know you'll enjoy sharing it with your son as well.

It was also wonderful to hear of your sweet memories of Ontario. I think it's a pretty nice place to live, too. :o)

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Tea greetings from Ontario. The Little Bo Peep tea set is adorable; how nice that you are training your son in the art of taking tea with it.
I really like the doily in the centre of the table, it adds a touch of elegance.

Sherri B. said...

I loved hearing all about your childhood and the tea set. I could taste the tea of my youth when you spoke of more milk and sugar than tea. That is the way I was permitted to take tea...in a proper teacup, of course. How special it was for you to have your very own and now have those very special moments with your son. xo

Tea in Texas said...

This is a wonderful story and that is what every child should have is a childhood of sweet memories. I love the part about you and your mother sharing the set and the treats and pies she made for you. The lake being so close to your house gave you even more lovely places for your family to share. The teaset is perfect for your sharing with your own son for there will be more memories for you. The Bo Peep set is darling and you can see what good care you took of it while playing tea party. P.S. My son loved tea time at his Mimi's.

Thanks, Pam

Anonymous said...

I've never seen a tea set like this one before. Very unique and delightful! I love the pictures on the dishes. I can see why this set is so precious to you. In my estimation, it's one of a kind!


Debbie said...

How special it was to see and read your post today! Yes, so many sweet memories... I remember you all dressed up in your pretty frilly dresses and acting like such a sweet young lady. Such joy!
With much love! <3

Lottie Lee said...

Hi Stephanie,

What an absolutely beautiful post! What a lovely thing to be able to share with your child. I'm sure that he'll appreciate the memories as much as you did! It's a darling tea set, too!

Keep up the lovely work with your blog- I have you bookmarked so I'll be back lots to check for updates!

Best Wishes,
Lottie Lee


P.S. Thank you for checking out my site too and your thoughtful comments the other day! You're such a doll!

CEO Lisa Anne - L.A said...

Hi Stephanie,
Thanks for sharing your personal story of how you and your mother enjoyed tea together. What a beautiful tea set from your mother. That's so nice that you are sharing the same traditions with your son. Have a wonderful week.

Terri said...

Beautiful! What a sweet tea set, but the very best part, is your memories! How wonderful that you had such a fine time as a child! That tea time was included is a bonus! Yay for you!
Thank you for such a beautiful post.

Zaa said...

Such a beautiful post Stephanie... and such wonderful memories to share... How very delightful and precious are the memories connected to this sweet teaset...HUGS

Trish said...

Hi Stephanie, thank you for linking this lovely post to Heart & Home!
What a very special tea set you have there!
It's easy to imagine the wonderful times you and your mother would have shared over a cuppa from this sweet china.
It's absolutely delightful and I'm sure your little fellow will enjoy it as much as you did!
I have 2 grown sons who still love their cup of tea from special cups :-)
Have a very blessed week..Trish xx

Ruthie Miller said...

That is a lovely story, Stephanie. The teaset is very special but the memory even more so. I think that star crocheted piece you have it sitting on is magnificant.
Thank you for sharing, Ruthie
come visit at:http://www.ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com

Cynthia said...

What a lovely, lovely post. I used to do tea time with my little boys. They are both grown up now, and one is the proud daddy of a little girl. I cannot wait for her to get just a little older so we can share tea time together. I read your love story, and it brought tears to my eyes. How beautiful that your Travor waited patiently for you to declare his love. I'm visiting from Artful Affirmation's Teacup Tuesday. Have a blessed day!

WendyBee said...

Oh how lovely! Pieces with sweet memories are the best. I served tea to my little boys and now they are big. But 15yo needed a little TLC tonight and accepted a mug of Sleepytime with milk and honey, with a slice of banana bread (and a kiss) on the side.
See? Serve him tea and sweets now, and he'll allow a tender moment in years to come. Train them up in the way they should go....

Barbara Neubeck said...

I enjoyed reading your lovely post. Your teaset is so sweet, I've never seen this pattern before. Thanks for sharing your memories.
Have a good day
Barb from Australia

Kate M said...

What beautiful memories and such a beautiful tea set!

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