Tea Party Mantel

I wanted dress that mantel not just because February is a romantic month,

The mantel has details that require close-up scrutiny.
The mantel has details that require close-up scrutiny.

but also because I’m planning a tea party.

The gold teapot mandates the color selection.
The gold teapot mandates the color selection.

I decided to use an unconventional color scheme with golds and oranges based on Mother’s gold teapot.

A blown glass vase and beeswax candles.
A blown glass vase and beeswax candles.

I also have an interesting glass vase in ochres and oranges with a purple heart.

This white bisque vase has a sedate gold trim around the base.
This white bisque vase has a sedate gold trim around the base.

I brought the bisque vase with the 3 Graces in from the kitchen.

A small red music dictionary with a diamond snowflake and enamel trinket box.
A small red music dictionary with a diamond snowflake and enamel trinket box.

Then to fill in the empty spaces I added a few trinkets

Sealing wax, a seal, and a tin of gold ink.
Sealing wax, a seal, and a tin of gold ink.

including a sealing wax set  (which might be needed for a love letter).

I have a small collection of glass bubbles in a rainbow of colors.
I have a small collection of glass bubbles in a rainbow of colors.

Still something was missing so I pulled from my collection of glass fishing floats, the orange and red bubbles.

How are you celebrating the month of love?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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