Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tea Time Table

     I saw a vintage children's ice cream table and 4 chairs on eBay 7 - 8 years ago, (prior to having grand children) and the cost was $600.00.  I watched that one sell., and I was astounded.  We began searching for individual chairs and a table, and purchased each, one at a time.  They were in various stages of disrepair.  I sand blasted them, and JC did the powder coating.   He made new seats from scrap lumber, left from building our house.  They were all then stained and finished.  The chair seats range in height from 10 1/2" to 11 1/2", and are all a bit different. I checked eBay this morning, and ice cream sets this size are going for $90.00 to $660.00.  Whether they will sell or not, who knows.
     I had a child's china tea set on the table for display.  Another of our grand daughters was visiting, and climbed up to "take tea."  She began "clinking" 2 pieces together, and we quickly realized that china would not work with those who are 18 months.  One piece was chipped, but that's still a memory.  JC, our daughter and grand daughter went shopping that afternoon and purchased a plastic Disney princess tea set for grandma and one for grand daughter to take home.
     The little one you see in the pictures is now 5, but those were taken over 18 months to 2 years.  Pieces of our tea set have disappeared over time.  We still have the tea pot, sugar and creamer, 4 plates, 3 cups, and 2 spoons.  Little ones love to carry pieces around.
     I was a red hat queen at one time.  We all seemed to drift apart, though I still have my red hats.  This grand daughter and her 3 year old sister love to wear them, and I always have to join in.
     The two bottom pictures are of a pair of chairs we found at Round Top last spring.  The seats are 9" high, but they are great for bears, and most of the time, bears are the ones taking tea.  Friends were visiting over Labor Day with their children who are 2 and 4.  I looked up at one point and the little 2 year old had these small chairs in the den at the ottoman.  She was sitting in one, with a bear at her side, playing a game on Mamma's I-pad.


  1. It looks like you two red hatted ladies were having a great time! The Disney tea set makes a wonderful first set of "china". Isn't it truly special to have these moments with our grandchildren!
    Thank you for joining in Tea Cup Tuesday!

  2. What an adorable child that enjoys having tea parties. Very cute post.

  3. The table and chairs turned out beautiful, and how rewarding to have found and refinished them to make this treasure! those little girls will have many, many happy tea times sitting there. Great job :)
    Happy VTT!

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Like you, I thought the tea-cup was a mustache cup, but it doesn't have the opening so that the man can drink. It only has small holes which would make the tea go everywhere if you drank from that side. It was someone else in the shop that told me the holes were just to help drain the tea bag. You would have to remove it before drinking.

    I love the stove in the last post!

  5. How the little ones love things like this. Have not her of an ice-cream table though. So cute.

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  7. Oh, how cute is she! And the table and chairs are perfect! Love the hats as well. Thank you for sharing and thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world. Would love it if you would share this darling post at my Make it Pretty Monday party which goes live at 8am CST on Monday. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  8. How sweet! I added you to the linky. Can you send me an email please? Thanks!

    1. I so love that pic with the black hat and glasses. Makes me smile! Come visit us again.

  9. Morning! I just found you from Connie's Grandparents Directory. I can't wait to see pictures of your granddaughter now that she is a big Five! I will return! Happy Grand parenting.

  10. Gram,
    Oh, how sweet of you to stop by On Crooked Creek for a visit!
    The shampoo bowl was my MoMa' her beauty shop, then it belonged to me. . .in my beauty shop. My MoMa thought "one of you girls should be a beauty operator"! I was the obeident child...but I didn't care for it one bit. I wanted to help others find the beauty that lies within. . .therefore the switch to Teacher!!!
    I have kept it for sentimental reasons and TODAY, my MoMa has been gone 18 it brings back wonderful memories of her and the times we worked together in her beauty shop right after I gratuated from Fort Scott School of Cosmetology!!!
    Do stop by for a visit again soon!

  11. Wow! I had no idea they were so expensive. You did a great job on these. :) What a sweet little girl. I love the Annie Hall look she is sporting in the third pic. :)


  12. How sweet! And how clever of you! Love the pics!

  13. Oh how darling - doesn't get any cuter!

  14. Gram, I enjoyed all three of these posts. You and JC are incredibly clever at restoring wonderful old things.

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    I hope that helps! Thank you for entering the giveaway and for following along on Facebook. Hugs to you!

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  17. How cute! Love the hats. Good memories for you and them! Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you have a lovely Easter. xo