"Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come." Song of Songs

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Vintage Things

      Every day as I travel to and fro from my house to who knows where, I pass this truck. It always catches my eye...always! I think it's adorable. It's just the bones of what it used to be many a time ago, but here he sits, still telling a visual story of yesterday as he meets the passer-byes of today. Oh how I wish he could speak and tell us of the trips he traveled and the passengers he carried.

      This pot could tell a story also. It belonged to my Grandmother. As far back as I can remember, she had this filled with one kind of flower or another. She had a green thumb and I think, a green heart:)
It seemed that anything she planted grew...and grew...and grew. My thumb?...not so green, but I think I share her green heart.

"He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully"
2 Corinthians 9:6

I love overflowing pots!

      These pictures were taken last year. Sadly, there are not many flowers blooming yet...but soon!

      I have to admit that I am a little impatient. God is working on me in that area. Isn't He good to give us these beautiful gifts of flowers? He gives them to us in the form of seeds, so we will learn to sow them, wait for them to sprout and grow and bloom. In doing so, we learn to be patient. Sometimes I  cheat myself and skip the seed and sowing part...go right to the flowers!
 I'm tempted to start buying flower packs and fill my pots!

      But I have tons of seeds from last years maybe I should let patients have its perfect work and plant the seeds and wait.

"He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food
will supply and multiply your seed for sowing
and increase the harvest of your righteousness.
2 Corinthians 9:10

      This is Oliver. Do you see his name tag? He's another visitor from the past I drive by occasionally. He doesn't get around much anymore, but I can imagine he was a hard worker in his younger days.

      Don't know this guys name but I'm pretty sure he was also part of the working class. He might know Oliver because they live on the same street. I would like to think they are the best of friends.

      You've seen these teacups before. I hope you don't mind seeing them again. Out of the few vintage teacups in my china cupboard these two are my favorite.

      I put this vintage doily in a picture frame so I won't soil it, and I use it for a serving tray. That way it can be displayed without being damaged. I plan to add handles to the sides but haven't decided if I like this frame or want to get a different one. A vintage one would be nice.

I'm using it today for my tea tray.

      Tea and toast ~ English Breakfast Tea with a bit of honey and cinnamon raisin toast with cream cheese.

These plum blossoms were cut from the fruit trees in the orchard and give off a sweet fragrance.

With everything on my tray... outside I go!

It's a beautiful day today. I hope you enjoy your day (outside perhaps?) and have a wonderful tea time!

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  1. Hi Charlotte,this is a lovely post. I love everything in it. What a good idea to make a tray out of a photo frame. Would you mind if I pin it to my pinterest ideas page?
    x jeanetteann

  2. Lovely post Charlotte

    The old vehicles are amazing
    and I love your grandmother's pot.

    Your china is beautiful and I too
    love the way you made a tray from a photo frame.

    Hope you enjoyed your lovely breakfast outdoors,
    not warm enough here to sit out
    but maybe in a couple of months.

    Have good day

    x Fiona

  3. I enjoyed your post so much. I've always loved tractors, especially old ones that probably worked so hard in the fields. Your last years flowers are so pretty, and I'm glad you have your grandmothers flower pot. Your tea looks so inviting and I love your teacups.
    Thanks for sharing,

  4. I love the tractor and truck ... wonderful! Your teacups are lovely. I don't mind seeing them again ... love the feet! Pretty flowers! Happy Tea Day!

  5. Hi Charlotte,
    old things could probably tell a lot history. Nice that they got a place where they can rest for the next decades. Your tea cups are lovely. Your idea to display the doily in a frame and use it as tray is gorgeous. May be some handles from an old dresser would work great. Thank you for sharing this inspiring idea and the nice photos.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  6. Hi Charlotte,
    I have always loved old tractors!
    I get that from my father. The vintage trucks are adorable. I especially like your first photo.
    Your teacups are so pretty. Thanks for sharing your wonderful post with us and have a delightful week.


  7. Hello Charlotte
    I liked your post with the old tractors and truck. Some of the homes in my rural area have old farm implements in the front yard and I love driving by them too.
    I'm inspired by the idea with your doily, I think Michael's sells handled trays with glass that you can put things under.
    Have a good week.

  8. Lovely settings. The cinnamon raisin toast reminds me it's time for some! I haven't had any for awhile.Guess what I'll be baking tomorrow!

  9. my word your cups are gorgeous, your sentiments about your grandma warmed my heart. Lovely post for Tea Time this week so thank you!

  10. Thanks for sharing your photos. I love them all. My Dad restores old tractors, so I'll try to show him next time he visits.

  11. I enjoyed seeing the old tractors and the car. I also enjoyed the garden won't be long now! I enjoyed your sidebar photos of the tea cups and most of all, of Miss Molly!
    God bless, Beth

  12. I can't wait for warmer weather so I can sit outside for breakfast. Your tea cups are lovely and the vintage tractor is awesome. I haven't tried raisin bread with cream cheese but I think it would be delicious. I can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing. Hope you will visit Magnolia Cottage for Tea time Tuesday. Blessings,


  13. Charlotte, your post is so lovely! I loved seeing "what you see on your way".
    The tea tray is wonderful! And both of your tea cups are very romantic.
    Not long now and we will have many beautiful flowers.
    I love that saying "The Earth smiles in flowers"

  14. I don't know what I like better...the old truck or all the flowers! I am longing for spring, as I can tell you must be too.

  15. What lovely photo reflections and good to see this time of year as we are reminded that Spring will come - eventually!

  16. Hi Charlotte, I just love this post. I originally saw it when you first posted but have visited it several times since. Thanks for sharing, Tammy


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