Monday, April 25, 2016

Sharing a special tea set (or is it coffee?)



Spring is definitely here.  The weather varies from day to day as the season makes its transition.  In the past week we have a couple of days of rain, some cool temps and some warm days.
Everything is getting greener and tiny leaves are showing up on all the trees.  I do love this time of year!  It is like we get a fresh start.

Today I am sharing a special set of Polish Porcelain pottery I found at a flea market a while back.  I almost didn't buy it but quickly changed my mind when I realized how much it looked my very favorite china, Royal Albert's Country Roses.




At first I had only wanted to take a picture of it to put on my blog but the more I thought about it the more I knew I needed to get it for myself.  And of course you know I did!

I realized, after I bought it, that it probably was a coffee set since the pot was a "coffee pot" style, not a teapot.... and since the cups were so small, perhaps it was for "demitasse."  And after checking around the internet I determined it is definitely a coffee pot and demitasse cups and saucers. But what ever it is, I like it and I now own it!!!  (LOL)   The cups could be used at a child's tea party since they are small.
 Here is the set all together in the hutch...........

And below are closeups of the various pieces...... starting with the cup and saucer
Creamer
Sugar
Teapot or Coffee Pot

Here is the mark.



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Monday, April 18, 2016

Third week in April



Since we are well into spring now  there are pretty little wild violets sprouting up in my yard.  Even after mowing you can still them.  Since I love violets and have been enjoying them I thought I would feature them here on Tea Cup Tuesday.  
This is another one of the Cup and Saucer sets I found at the flea market a couple of weeks ago.  Didn't buy it but did take pics.
 Sorry about that shadow.  I just couldn't get a decent picture in that view but I wanted you to see the shape.
 In this picture you can see the side better.

 And finally the mark.  It is Old Royal Bone China made in England.  A search of the internet didn't give me any specific info.  Perhaps one of you reading this will know.


And finally, here is a pretty little Violet tea set.  I was snapping pictures so fast I totally forgot to check out the mark.  It is a very dainty sized set.  The china itself is pretty sturdy though.

So, I hope you have enjoyed all the pretty violets.


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Monday, April 11, 2016

2nd full week of April


For this tea cup Tuesday I am sharing pictures of some tea cups and saucers that I saw at a Flea Market some time ago.  Because I can't buy every single cup and saucer I find I do at least like to take pictures to remember them by.
The cups and saucers for this week are ones I found all at one table.  
 This first set is a hand painted beauty.  It's mark says that it is from Occupied Japan.  If you want to know more about occupied Japan and what it means check out these sites.
  http://www.occupiedjapan.net/
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupation_of_Japan



Another interesting cup and saucer set is this one.  It is apparently one from Avon collectibles.  Unfortunately according to the mark on the bottom it is not useable for drinking tea, just for putting on a shelf and looking at it.



Here is a nice Royal Albert cup and saucer.  RA will always be my favorite bone china maker!  This one must have been older... it doesn't have the name of the pattern on it.  I think it is awfully pretty!


And finally here is a little, probably demitasse type, cup.  It was made in Japan.  
I have never seen the mark before. But the cup is very pretty.  I tried to find out about this type of china but never did.  Maybe someone else out there knows something about it.


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Monday, April 4, 2016

A Springtime Tea

 The Calendar says it is spring.  But there are still some flurries in the forecast.  Each time the season changes it seems hard for it to take full control. So patience is necessary.  Meanwhile though the yard is beginning to look like it needs mowing.  That is a GOOD sign.

The following is a springtime tea I set up last year.  I decided I should share it again because I really liked it and I know many of you probably haven't seen it.   

The tea set itself is a pretty glass set of teapot, sugar and creamer. 


 This teapot is special because it includes the infuser for the loose tea...............................


I decided to use the pretty little hand painted Nippon plate for my sweets. 

And this Colclough hand painted cup and saucer.

 And finally, here is closeup my garden journal.  I like to fill it up to refer back to each year.

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Monday, March 28, 2016






Spring is Here... and we are getting April showers a few days early.    As I drive around town I am enjoying seeing daffodils everywhere.  AND everywhere I look I see Forsythia in full bloom.
In addition I have noticed some of the flowering trees are doing their thing.  Down the road a bit are some VERY pretty Tulip (Magnolia) Trees.  It feels like they are a little early. But I am enjoying seeing them.



This week I am showing your a little Japanese Tea Cup and saucer I found at a local flea market a while ago.   I though it was very pretty.  Not my usual style so didn't buy it.  But you KNOW I had to take a couple of pictures just to show you of course.




I thought they were very pretty.

  Also here are a couple of pictures of things I saw when we when to a flea market a couple of weeks ago. (On one of those lovely March Days we get occasionally.)


The temperatures are beginning their subtle climb so hope we can back there again in another week or so.


I still didn't get to do ANY sewing this week as life continued to get in the way.  I  hope to get back to it in April. (wow that is just a few  days away!)  But by then the patterns for my block of the month quilt will be available. And I hope to get going on them.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring


 
Spring is HERE and even though the weather folks were calling for a big snowstorm to welcome the season we were thankful it didn't materialize.  A drive around town yesterday let me see all the daffodils that are blooming in various sunny spots.  And the trees are budding.  Our grass has greened up so much it won't be long before we hear the sounds of lawnmowers.

Since it is Spring I decided I needed to find my prettiest spring like teacup and saucer to share with you today.  I love this pretty little tea cup and it definitely reminds me of spring.




 





I didn't get to do ANY sewing this week as life got in the way.  I imagine I probably won't be able to again until April.  But by then the new blocks for my block of the month quilt will be available.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Tea Party and some more quilting.



 
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 Happy St. Patrick's Day
Since I am married to an Irishman you KNOW we will celebrate the day one way or another.
He probably won't want a tea party but I will still have one for myself!!


I actually only have one cup and saucer set that is really suitable for St. Patrick's Day.  It is of course Royal Albert and called, appropriately enough, Shamrock.



But mixing it with a few other things I think it will work just fine!!




I started on the patterns for the second month of my current Block of the Month project called Simple Traditions Quilt along.   I decided I would enjoy seeing the "progress" so I made up a master background and am adding little pics of the squares as they are completed and placing them where they will go.  I did this on another quilt along a while ago and really loved seeing my progress.  By October this should be all filled in.

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