Monday, May 4, 2015

Serviettes and Nappies

          While reading the responses to my last weeks post....  my Australian friend referred to what we in the US call napkins as "serviettes".  My Canadian cousins also call them that.

  So that got me to thinking about another item that has a different name elsewhere. One such word (or words really) is Fruit "Nappies."  My Canadian cousins, at least the ones in New Brunswick, call the small small bowls, as pictures below, fruit nappies.  From what I could find definition wise, in this context, they are small bowls used to hold fruit and often were sold with a larger fruit bowl.
                       Here is a picture of my favorite fruit set.

I have other small bowls that are similar in size that we use to hold dipping sauce, small fruits and other side dishes.  We now call them "nappies" at our house too.

Even though I have given examples from English Speaking Countries the words are not the same. I think that is interesting.

I enjoy hearing and reading the different terms used around the world for various things.  These two, in particular, are certainly useful when talking about tea parties.  Are there others???

Walking about the garden today I discovered these Vibrant red tulips hiding behind a bush and just HAD to take a picture.

I hope you are enjoying a cup of tea today......

             Here are the tea parties I will be joining this week.  Hope you will visit them too.

Remember, these may not be available every week so check to be sure.

Monday, April 27, 2015

More flea market finds

After a couple of weeks of nice, warmer weather, this past week has been cold and I have brought in my hanging baskets at night because of the threat of frost....  I hope it will eventually get to the point where we can count on warmer weather.

Speaking of baskets, here are just some of the ones I had to pick from at the flea market a week ago. 
And here are the two I chose this time.  I plan on buying a few more as time goes on.

Below you will see the things I did buy at the flea market.  The larger teapot and cups are a birthday gift for my friend Carolyn.....  don't tell.... LOL.
The wooden tea pot shelf was a fun find, a perfect place to keep my tiny tea pots and tea sets. 

This cute little set just had to come home with me.
As did this floral one.
And this little tea cup and saucer.
And this little birdie set.  I imagine originally there were a couple more pieces including a plate 
but couldn't leave these behind no matter what might have been missing!
And here are some tea cup and saucer and a teapot that are a set of napkin holders.
And finally here is a closeup of the set I bought for my friend.

I hope you are enjoying a cup of tea today......

             Here are the tea parties I will be joining this week.  Hope you will visit them too.

Remember, these may not be available every week so check to be sure.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Good weather means a visit to the FleaMarket!!

Last week was good weather so spent time doing yard work and generally enjoying doing things OUTDOORS.....    And since the weather finally cooperated, we were able to go to our favorite flea market.  We filled the van with all of the goodies we found.  It was such a pleasure to get back there again. Now hoping for another good Wednesday soon so we can go again.  

I was looking for things for my shop of course but also trying to find lots of tea things.  Don't always buy them but like to take pictures to share with you.  I found quite a few....  and be sure to come back next week to see the "miniature" things I found.  It was a good day all around.

First though to share a few other things.  Here is a picture of some of the Daffodils in one of my garden areas.  I showed them earlier when they were just popping up.  Now they are in BLOOM.  I have the more traditional in several other garden spots too.
These are not the traditional daffodils but I don't remember what they are called.  I looked on line at the MANY various types and saw several that looked like these.  No matter... I really like them.

And here are some of the more traditional looking daffodils in another garden area.   As they begin to fade I plan to plant some pansies.

While at the flea market I bought a couple of hanging baskets.  I will show them in next weeks post.
And I hope to find more plants to put in my other gardens.  But.... I still have to do some more "winter mess clean-up.

                      Here are some of the tea things I saw in my trip to the flea market..............

One vendor, who sells tea had a good idea.  You could make up your "own" selection.  Not having to buy a whole box so you could try things out.  I liked that.  I bought a couple of new ones (to me) to try out.

I found this line up of tea pots at another table.  They weren't really old, nor were they the kind I usually like so wasn't tempted. I went by her table just before we left for the day and she only had one left.  That was good for her!

I found this floral tea pot and the green one after it at a couple of different tables.  Both were pretty I thought.

And the next two tea pots were new for sale in a "gift shop" area in  one of the buildings.  Pretty.

                So if you had needed a new or fairly new tea pot you would have been in luck!

I saw quite a few cups and saucers which surprised me.  I usually only find a couple at this particular flea market.  This first cup and saucer were part of a set of 6.  I might have been tempted if it had been a single.

And here are a couple of groupings I found on different tables.

                         I was tempted by this pretty violet tea cup but have several already.

 And finally I saw these tea type things at the same table where the lady had the lineup of tea pots.

I did buy some tea things at this sale but you will have to come back next week to see what I found.  They were mostly all "miniatures" for my collection.

I hope you are enjoying a cup of tea today......

             Here are the tea parties I will be joining this week.  Hope you will visit them too.

Remember, these may not be available every week so check to be sure.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Cottages and Crinolines

I had no idea what I would do for my Tea Cup Tuesday blog post until this past weekend.  I went to Pinterest to find something I saved that I wanted to print off.  While there I saw a cute cottage embroidery pattern.  That led me to look for more and as I was looking for cottages  I came upon the theme of Cottages and Crinolines every where I looked.  Then I remembered that I owned a number of things in that category....  So here is the result of that sidetracking I did. 
              Some of these are from my personal collection.  Some I have available out in my shop.  I imagine a few of you also have some of these things, especially if you like vintage linens.

      To begin I wanted to share a very special "Crinoline lady" picture.  It is a cross stitch project my grandmother did back in the 1920s (according to the note my mom wrote on the back of the picture.)  Needless to say it is VERY SPECIAL to me....

 but now on to the other things I found.

This picture shows a number of the things I have found  to share today. 

The teapot, tiny cup and the saucer are from a set I am sure I found in New Brunswick though can't say for sure.  All are bone china by Crown Staffordshire.  I probably should be looking for more as time goes on.  The three shown here came from New Brunswick so I imagine that is where I might find more.

Here is mark.........

I don't remember where I found this tea cozy but love it and now it sits on a shelf in my china cabinet right behind the Crown Staffordshire items above.  The tea cup and saucer is a set I have in my "cottage" collection.  I am only showing you one today.  
 It was made by Royal Vale as the mark shown below.

 And this fun little wall pocket fits right in.  I am pretty sure it also came from New Brunswick in past year or so.   The mark on the back is nearly unreadable but there is a crown above the name that I think says Lancaster.  That is all I could read.  What ever, I love it.

 Here are a few linens I had out in the shop.  They didn't photograph very well but you can get the idea.

And here is a book I have that has all sorts of patterns of the "Crinoline Lady."  There are some crochet and some cross stitch.
Here are a couple of pages from the book.

And finally here are some cards.  They are all anniversary cards which is why they feature the cottage I imagine. 
 I used this card to make the logo for today's post.
 I think this final one is really a special one.......

I hope you are enjoying a cup of tea today......

 Be sure you come back next week.  You never know what I will come up with next.

Here are the tea parties I will be joining this week.  Hope you will visit them too.

Remember, these may not be available every week so check to be sure.

Monday, April 6, 2015

another use for teacups


                                     I am hoping you all had a very happy and blessed Easter.  

Last week I mentioned that I was hopeful we would get to our favorite flea market during the week.  WELLLLLLLLLLLLLL............   Not to be.  We had a surprise snow storm instead.  5 inches on Tuesday but thankfully it was almost all gone by Wed. afternoon.  It is "slowly" warming up.  And according to the forecast we won't be going this week either... Rain is forecast EVERY single day.

My daffodils are coming up, thanks to the somewhat warmer weather and all the moisture.   They are really close to blooming.  When that happens I will feel like winter is FINALLY over..... even if it should snow again............

But on to tea and things.     No real tea party this week but I wanted to share something with you.

Because I buy so many cups and saucers, sometimes a box full at a time, I come across some that aren't really good for selling since they have cracks, chips or discoloration.  So as mentioned in a post a while back there are other uses for them so you don't have to toss them.  Especially ones that are really pretty.

Here are two that I recently made into little candle holders.  I think they would look nice on your tea table.  The first one is a bone china set with no maker listed on the bottom, it just says Bone China, made in England.  It has a couple of cracks, that, while minor, wouldn't make them saleable.  So a candle stand it became!!!!!
 Put the saucer on top of the upside down teacup.  You can use "e6000" to glue it together.
     And here you have it.  Obviously you can change out the candle for your
 preferred color for the party.

And here is one made using a Peach Lustre set made by Fire King.
 Again, put the saucer on top of the upside down cup and glue together.
 And it is done. 

In these two instances I used cup and saucer sets that weren't salable and did not really want to use myself, but I think you could also use ones that are fine, just don't glue them together.  And to prevent them from tipping when lighted you can use something like that candle holder wax that they sell that can easily be removed later.  (In California I think they call it earth quake wax.. or something like that.)  The product I use is called Tacky Wax, made by Department 56.

         So no tea at this tea party this week but these could brighten up your tea table.

Join me for a cup of tea today and then visit the other tea parties that are taking place today. 
Here are the tea parties I will be joining this week.  Hope you will visit them too.

Remember, these may not be available every week so check to be sure.