Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tea Cart Silver & Birch..............

 I know it won't be long before I will be changing my tea cart "decor" yet again, since Spring is just around the corner.

This one is all about winter....................it's cool, natural, colorless and stark - just like the trees in the great outdoors in wintertime.

The Eucalyptus I purchase freshly cut every year. It makes the whole room smell naturally fresh as it dries out, making a perfect air freshner. I especially love the golden color Eucalyptus, which isn't always easy to find. I simply stuff the bouquet inside a birch log vase. The birch is wrapped around a stick, and sewn up.

I have had this birch piece for over 20 years. It always works no matter what design mood or season I happen to be in at the time. It's rustic but hopefully not too "hunting cabin in the woodsish." (Certainly not when making an odd pairing with vintage silver on a teacart with candelabra, haha.) For me it works. Not sure why. Just does.

I was sincerely all set to shine this group up before sharing with Blogville.....but after snapping some test shots first I just loved that tarnished pantina shabby goodness. So I didn't end up polishing a single thing. It has absolutely nothing to do with my recent salon manicure or my laziness.

Sometimes ornate scrollwork or fancy feet just make me smile.


Dancin' on over to join Shannon for her Cozy Home Party!

Takin' my tea things for Sandi's Tea Time Tuesday!

Joining Kathy for her Return to Loveliness!

Going over to Faded Charm for White Wednesday!

Poppin over to No Minimalist Here for Open House Party!


  1. Hey, if it works-- it works. This look certainly does work! I love the unpolished silver with the birch. The whole vignette is very imaginative and lovely. Thank you for taking the time to share it with everyone at my party. Have a great day!!

  2. I love the birch piece. I so happen to think it's classy and has a Pottery Barn look to it!

  3. I like your tea cart. When I was looking for a new one, that's the design I had in mind. Instead, I ended up buying a Wells Fargo replica stagecoach - but I love it!
    I make my Victorian bundles with eucalyptus but have found if it gets wet, the colours run. The fragrance is wonderful though as you've said.
    Have a great week Michele.

  4. Wonderful winter tea cart. I love the use of the birch ... such wonderful texture. Happy Tea Day!

  5. I love your tea cart, Michele! What a great piece to do displays and vignettes on! Love your silver pieces and the tray they are on. The white birch does look like it would fit in with a lot of different vignettes and seasons. I love pieces like that ~ versatile and they work with whatever you want to put with them.

  6. Hi Michele,
    I love the scent from eucalyptus and I always had a bouquet of it in the house until recently. Love your tea cart and I would love to find one myself. Things like tea carts are hard to come by around here where I live. I like the patina of your silver next to the birch bark.
    Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea today. Hope your day is lovely.


  7. This looks beautiful, Michele. I love birch bark as well but hadn't thought of pairing it with silver. It all looks great together! I love your tea cart; what a great piece to have for seasonal decorating.

    Thanks for sharing and have a great week! :)


  8. A couple of months ago, about the time I started my blog I went to a thrift store and out to what I call their 'disaster' dept. Pretty dilapated stuff. And I found a teacart that REALLY needs some work for $15. Man I snapped that up in a flash. Its in my garage waiting for me to give it some love and now that I see yours I can see I need to get to it. Once again you have inspired me!!



  9. How lovely to use the birch bark for a winter table vignette. I love your tea cart and have one which was given to me by my mother when she bought a different one. The silver set is so pretty with the perfect patina. Happy Tea Party! Pam

  10. Very pretty Michelle. I love the texture of the bark next to the tarnished silver. Great contrast.

  11. Love you teacart and silver! The entire vignette is lovely!

  12. I just pulled out some birch candles to play around with in a little vignette. Love the silver pieces with it.

  13. I am thinking I would love fresh eucalyptus in my home - I love the fragrance! Your teacart vignette is quite lovely. I love the mixture of the teapot's patina, the birch, the cloth and the eucalyptus! Quite lovely,
    Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    God Bless,

  14. Love the birch mixed with your silver. I'm getting ready for some spring vignettes too.
    I'm your newest follower and hope you'll stop by to visit.
    Mary Alice


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