Treasures For My Shop

When I imagine the type of wares that would be found in my shop, my mind conjures up images of exotic cargo carried on sailing ships from faraway places.  I imagine trunks filled with aromatic teas, scrimshaw, English ironstone and brightly colored fabrics depicting the romance of the high seas.

In my shop, there would be yards of fabric spilling out from well worn trunks, in colors that are easy on the eyes.

Scrimshaw brooches hold romantic reminders of the past and could be incorporated into the wardrobes of both ladies and men who long for the sea.

These dishes with a pattern of sailing vessels are casual enough to be used as everyday tableware yet are formal enough to include in a collection of vintage English transfer ware.

I think they would make a pretty accent displayed inside a glass fronted cabinet too.  

In my shop, stacks of tea cups would be plentiful and within reach for anyone longing for a hot cup of tea.

Or for those that prefer coffee, my shop will serve that too.  

I'm very accommodating like that in my imaginary shop by the sea.  For now, I bid you farewell, like the sailor's depicted in my teacup pattern, as I'm off to dream of what other treasures a sea faring vessel would bring to my shop.  Thanks for sailing in to see me!

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Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.  I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.  
                                                                                                                       ...Louisa May Alcott


  1. And luscious nibbles with the tea in your lovely cups whilst beautiful music plays and there are sounds of seagulls right out the shop window.

  2. I think I need to watch Jane Austen's 'Persuasion' now......this music and lovely photos have me thinking of everything Jane.....but especially Persuasion.....with her sea-fairing, long-lost love!

  3. Beautiful Lili! I love the gorgeous transferware and that scrimshaw is divine!

    Kat :)

  4. LOVE the trunk and the teacups are gorgeous. love the red and white ....this is funny...I had background music playing on my computer when I clicked on to your frenchmansbaytea spot today... so as your lovely music started playing and I was scrolling , "Sounds of Nature- Peaceful Ocean Surf" was playing ALSO and there were seagulls crying and waves breaking ....It was amazing!...felt like I was really there in your shop by the sea.... one of those moments... :-) :-) Hugs to you Lili...keep having fun...so are we! xoxo

  5. I want to work at your imaginary shop!!

  6. Ah, that cup of tea
    hit the spot, Lili,
    especially in the
    pretty red transfer ware

    Happy Valentine's Day,
    xx Suzanne

  7. Wouldn't it be lovely to live in that era for just a short while-- it seems so romantic. Your shop would be the most popular one in the town/- filled with beautiful treasures and beautiful ladies!

    The trunk is fabulous-- as are the dishes! Beautiful images-/