sweet violet tea…

while I am not actually drinking Violet tea the Violets certainly are blooming in our garden just now…

they are popping up everywhere…

I read once that when violets mature they can broadcast their seeds as far as four feet away…

they definitely like to get around…

we have several different kinds…

in years past I tried my hand at making candied violets

it is not hard…

just a bit time consuming…

they make a pretty garnish on pound cake or cupcakes…

some years ago I planted some fragrant violets that I bought at Monticello

those did not last over the years…

not as hardy as the common wild ones it seems…

I remembered that I had an odd violet tea cup in the pie safe…

it is thoughtfully painted on both sides of the cup…

would you like one lump or two?

the rabbits were made by my Mutti…

she was the master of miniature creations…

the arms and legs can be bent…

wishing you all a lovely Tea Tuesday…

be sure and stop by Kimmie’s Art in Red Wagons for more T stops…

***Mr Magpie and I want to thank you for your precious and most kind anniversary wishes…we are enjoying each and every sweet comment***

36 responses to “sweet violet tea…

  1. My favorite flower is the wild pansies. My grandmother had them all around her garden and everytime I see one, I fall all in love with them all over again. She also loved the indoor variety of violets and I too inherited that from her. I have about 4 indoor violet plants – and ONE from her. Indoors they can live a very long time and bloom and prosper…. Love your tea cup. Have a great cloudy rainy Tuesday. Love this weather.

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  2. Love the tea cup and the miniature animals in your post today. What a wonderful tribute to your mother. And I see you are using some of the violets made it into the scene, too.

    Sorry I missed yesterday’s post. I’ll wish you a belated happy anniversary today. My computer crashed yesterday and I only got it working again this morning.

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  3. Oooh Patty – everything here is always so delightful! I love your Mutti’s bunnies, the violets and the china of your post today. Such bliss. Pen x

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  4. Absolutely delightful! The violets in your garden, on your tea porcellain and the little sweet rabbits, they give such a wonderful feeling of Spring and Easter coming.

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  5. what lovely violets & sweet little bunnies. Belated Congratulations on your anniversary! Many more wonderful years together!

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  6. Violets are such happy flowers! Your pictures of all are lovely, especially the bunnies! Lifting my cup to you, Patty!
    xox
    Karen

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  7. Amy McDonald

    are candied violets edible?

    i find it curious that violets are so concerned with spreading their …erm… joy around that they can cast it forth four feet.

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  8. How nice to have wild violets growing everywhere…sounds so happy and springy!

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  9. The violets are beautiful…and the cups. I really adore the rabbits your mutti made!!! Such treasures you have, my sweet Patty!

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  10. what a beautiful post I love violets and those rabbits that your mum made are so very precious!! happy anniversary to you and the talented mr magpie! blowing happy kisses your way! xox

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  11. Looks like spring at your house. Love the bunnies! Happy tea day.

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  12. Oh Patty, the violets and the bunnies were made for each other, they will forever remind me of your Mutti and my treasures made by her hands.

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  13. No Sugar for me (I’m sweet enough lol) love your flowers and a matching TC&S as well how divine

    love dawn xx

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  14. Kathy Kristinnson

    Violets are my fav spring flower.. thank you for the beautiful pics.. soon I hope we’ll see some here… the bunnies that your Mutti made are so adorable.. and look so at home beside that lovely teacup.. Sorry I missed your post yesterday.. wishing you another 30 years of happiness..
    Kath
    xx

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  15. I adore Violets, the flowers, the color and especially candied violets. Candied violets remind me of something that Marie Antoinette would eat. And that tea cup is just so beautiful! It seems that flowers are the themes for everyone’s tea today. I wish I could smell all the gorgeous flower scents. Thank you for a lovely tea and a late congrats on your anniversary!

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  16. GORGEOUS post. Stunning violets. And your teacup and Mutti’s bunnies are precious.

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  17. I will have to pull out the bunny your mother made for next Tuesday’s tea post, since it will be just before Easter – along with my vintage chocolate pot(we’ll pretend it’s a teapot) and cup adorned with violets. Our wild violets have not sprung yet – maybe by next week in time for the tea post?. Not to copy your post – but to use your inspiration!!! :>)

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  18. Lovely flowers and what sweet little bunnies!! Have a great day!

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  19. What a perfect setting for tea 🙂 the little bunnie are so cute! happy t day Patty

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  20. I love it when the sunshine goes your way, because I get to drool and go “ooh” and “aaaw” over the pictures of your beautiful garden. Really, I promise my mom and I would give an arm and a leg for having such a delightful garden ❤

    On a totally unrelated note, my dad is currently on your land for a business trip, yay! (well, "your land" as in the US, he's actually visiting Dallas and Tucson).

    Oh, and ever more unrelated… I *am* wearing a helmet for my bike rides 🙂 (it's not the most fashionable thing, but oh well).

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  21. I love those little ‘heartsease’ violets and what a pretty cup.

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  22. ooo how i love violets and your mutti’s creations are just so darling & special…thank you for sharing your sweet mutti…i hope i get some voilets in my garden this year….i love the seedcasters so…xo

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  23. The white violets with purple hearts are beautiful!!! I have some wild ‘forest’ violets (the colour is violet too!) in the garden. They are real tiny, and grow just in between(? now what I mean?) concrete slabs… I love those little, brave flowers for blooming in places no other flower would dare!

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  24. Who need sugar when the tea is so sweet?!? Ohhhh, Patty! You’ve unknowingly brought back a ton of memories from when I was a child. We would go to the field by my Grandmother’s house and pick tons and tons of violets – bunches so fat, our chubby hands could barely hold them. When we picked as many as we possibly could, I’d present them to my Grandmother (who’s favorite color was blue), and she’d go to her “good” cupboard and choose a small crystal vase to water them. Ohhhhh, Patty! She was always so happy to see those flowers! Thank you for reviving this cherished memory!!! Hugs, Terri xoxoxo

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  25. fully jointed miniature handmade rabbits! I LOVEIT!!! and violets are my favorites too of course and I the tea cup is special..Thank you for sharing a beautiful tea post…have a good week!!

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  26. Are your cups safe in the pie safe? I’m so glad! And your Sweet Mutti creations are such a treasure! It looks like storybook teatime … Half expecting to see Peter Rabbit and Mr. MacGregor pull up a chair 🙂

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  27. this was an “ooohhh” post! those sweet bunnies! and the violets – beautiful. we’ve been getting snow flurries daily for the past week so i don’t think i’ll be seeing my violets for a while…so glad you shared yours! and belated happy anniversary – lovely photo!

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  28. Marilyn Rock

    One lump for me please 🙂 Love violets and yours are gorgeous. The tea cup – just gorgeous! xxoo

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  29. Hi Patty,what a beautiful tea post you have presented today, I’ll take no ‘lumps’ thank you but I love your pretty tea cups. Muttis’ little rabbits are the cutest, sweetest little creations, the whole scene reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, you just need a mad hatter and a massive clock. As for violets, my very favourite flower along with Daphne. They both have the most exquisite perfume. I haven’t done a tea post for a while but hope to be organised next week. Happy Tuesday Tea to you.

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  30. Darn…I missed tea again, but I am sure glad I get to visit yours! So pretty Patti! I love the violet cup, and violets, they are all over my yard, but not blooming yet…please push the warm weather this way!

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  31. Oh Patty, those bunnies your Mutti made….beautiful sigh. Before I read who made them, I immediately thought they had a German look to them. What talent…the size and bulk of the fabric would not be easy to work with….treasures indeed. Love that you featured them with your beautiful violets and those little pussywillows. Sweet post. Xo, Sue

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  32. Stunning photos! Years ago I baked a white chocolate cake and decorated it with sugar-coated violets. I brushed them with lemon juice and sprinkled sugar over them. It was so pretty. You reminded me that I need to do that again.

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  33. Oh, Patty,
    That was so dear. I love your little creatures but I especially love that old violet cup.
    Hugs.
    Suz

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  34. oh i see my tea has gone cold again… so sorry i missed this! your mutti’s rabbits are adorable and perfect in every way.

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  35. Thanks for sharing the violets and bunnies. I have one of those sweet bunnies that your Mom made…it belonged to my Mom…such treasures.

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  36. First of all, what a treasure to have your bunnies from your mom. They are exquisite — really remarkable workmanship — she just nailed the faces! And the violet cup, the violet photos — all perfect, as always. What a lovely spot to visit today!

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