Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall has arrived in all its color


Fall will always be my favorite season.  I know winter is coming but fall is such a welcome relief after a hot summer.  In Maine I always loved the first smells of the season like smoke from wood burning stoves.   Here in Pennsylvania we don't have much of that nor quite the heavy dose of color but it is still a lovely season.   The colors come in subtly at this time of year.  A bit here and a bit there. 


My Black Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia)  are still blooming strong as fall nears.


This is the centerpiece on my fall table.

For my tea party today I wanted to choose a cup in saucer that said fall but the closest I would come was this one that was the second one I bought while in New Brunswick in August.  The colors are more muted and seems appropriate.   If you follow my blog you know I really love the Royal Albert Tea Cups and this is no exception. 


And the sugar and creamer have fall colored Chrysanthemums.
 They are from Paragon.



 And here is the mark.............

And how about a plate of Snickerdoodles.   I always think of my daughter when I make them.  She really likes them a lot!  I made these for my husband and I and honestly they didn't last a day.


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I am joining Sandi's tea party today for this special Autumn Tea as well as the others in which I usual take part. 
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Lots and Lots of Tea Cups and Saucers!


 Our annual trip to New Brunswick always includes a visit to a HUGE annual flea market in Sussex.  We have actually been attending that flea market for well over 20 years.  We use to go when we still lived in Maine and continue to now that we live in Pennsylvania.  Just a bit longer of a drive.

One thing I can ALWAYS count on is seeing LOTS AND LOTS of cups and saucers!!


 Lots of variety in these first two groupings!




 The middle grouping in this picture of cups and saucers were ALL Shelley.  I don't know what the back ones were.As usual they were pretty pricey for my pocket book so didn't get any.  But do love looking at them.



And here are some miscellaneous makers.  This is where I found my lily of the valley cup and saucer set I showed you last week.


 I actually only bought 2 cups and saucers at the entire flea market.  I like to think it is my extreme will power....  Don't know for sure but I DID behave.

So if you needed cups and saucers this was the place to be!!!!
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Monday, September 8, 2014

The tale of two Cups and Saucers

This is a cup and saucer I found at the Sussex, New Brunswick flea market last month. 
Since I love lily of the valley on tea cups I had to have it.  

This is from Royal Stafford
And...here is the mark.

When I got it home I realized I had another similar one.. but from another maker!  The designs appear to be identical.  I know some of the designs were passed back and forth between makers.  I think I prefer the Royal Stafford cup shape best but I think they are both pretty special.


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Monday, September 1, 2014

Traveling through New Brunswick

This is not really a "tea party" today.  More a report on the tea things I have seen recently.

This years traveling to New Brunswick and Maine allowed me to find many neat tea things.  So for last week, this week and the next few weeks I will share some with you.   As we travel around, I  am  always on the lookout for tea cups and tea things and other things that might interest you.

While in New Brunswick, we visited a favorite little shop.   My husband's family is from Saint John and some of the little towns along the Saint John River and the Belle Isle River.  While driving on the River Road along the Saint John River in a little place called Central Greenwich we always try to stop at a fairly new gift and antique shop that is located in the old Women's Institute Building.  The WI may still be upstairs I don't know but downstairs is the shop.  It is called Hidden Gems!


       I should add, right here, that one of the places I learned to quilt,  with our cousin Laura, is at that   Women's Institute.  Many Many Many years ago.  Now it houses this special little shop in the lower part of the building.
You can buy cinnamon buns, jellies and other such food.  Also soap, antiques, knitted goods and antiques.  I am going to show you some of what I found and it includes a number of tea related items.
Outside the shop you can see the many "upcycled items" they have for sale.  The owner likes to make art using rusty barbed wire and here is one example... And he used old furniture for other purposes..
 I took the rest of these pictures of items outside the shop because the using of so many "old" items   was inspiring, I thought.



Inside the shop there are a variety of things for sale including handmade soap shown here on a very vintage stove...........

And..............  to the real point of this post.................... lots of tea things......................

 The New Brunswick Tea Company has this interesting display....  And I will show close ups of some of the items.
This was a  little cup and saucer set I saw from The Bell China Company.  I had never heard of them but thought the set was pretty.


 And here is a teapot from Japan made by the Robinson Design Group....  Never heard of them either but doesn't it look like Old Country Roses from Royal Albert!!!



 And I loved them lovely sugar, cream and tray set from Hammersley.  I do love violets!


And here is a random showing of some of the other items.  

It is almost too bad they don't make this into a little teashop.  It would be a lovely setting. But I suppose that would be too much to ask.

And here is one last picture.  They have a stream going back the back of the building and it very soothing to stand by it and listen to the running water!

We did enjoy our visit.... and look forward to going back again next year!


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Traveling Notes



    In my last blog post I "served up" Blueberry Scones.  That was actually in anticipation of our annual trip north to the land of wild blueberries (the best in my opinion.)  They are always being harvested at the time we are there so we can always find plenty to bring home.  I DID in fact.... a 5 pound box which I was able to separate and pack into 17 one cup freezer bags for future use.... for scones, muffins, and other treats during the year!

     We are now back home from two weeks of traveling in Maine and New Brunswick.  Besides happily visiting friends and family I managed to get to a few flea markets.  I did actually buy a few things for myself and a few things for my shop.  But I also took a LOT of pictures some of which I will share with you today. There will be more as time goes on.
   
    This first group is primarily from two of the flea markets we always go to in Searsport, Maine.

 The first table I found had a variety of tea things.
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 I enjoyed seeing them but the prices were a little steep so I only bought the little OCR teapot in the middle to add to my own collection of OCR which is ever expanding.   Here is a closeup.

I also took a closeup picture of the other teapot though I didn't purchase it.  I hope someone else found it to their liking that day.


 Once again I thought of Martha from Martha's Favorites when I found these mustache cups.   Quite a variety I thought.  Since I don't collect them I left them for someone else.
Next I found this Nova Scotia Tartan cup and saucer. It is my favorite of all the Canadian Provincial Tartans.  I forgot to find out the maker of this particular teacup.  I have never been to Nova Scotia but it on my list. 


And finally for this day I saw these pretty Made in Japan items.  A cup (mug?) and a sugar bowl.  
I actually saw lots of non tea items that day as well and took lots of pictures.  My favorite was this bird feeder made out of a glass luncheon set.  I though it was pretty cute.  I have some of these luncheon sets  so may try to make one in the future.  The people that had this on their table make a lot of interesting goodies out of old glassware.  I always like to visit their table to find out what new ideas they have come up with this year.


I have lots more pictures to share and will do that in the coming weeks.  I hope you enjoyed seeing the things I shared today.



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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Simple Little blueberry tea





Today I am having a simple tea party featuring some blueberry flavored tea and some blue berry scones!  Blueberries always make me think of Maine where we lived for many years.  I particularly love the wild blueberries though they are hard to find in other places.  High bush blueberries have to suffice.





 I chose this pretty little handpainted Colclough cup and saucer because of the pretty blue flowers.
  
Here is a close up.....

 And here is the mark.




To hold the scones I have this wonderful glass compote with handpainted flowers on the edge.  I really treasure this and it will NEVER see the inside of my shop.



IT was very hard to photograph but here are three pictures of it.  



 This is the closeup of the painting on the border.  It is so dainty.  I love it.
 

Thanks for joining me  today and I hope you will visit the other Tea Time blogs as well.

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