Sunday, February 14, 2016

February is for Hearts

February continues here in my part of the world with snow on the ground and some cold temps finally arriving.  It seemed like Winter didn't want to come this year.... but now it has, at least for awhile.

For the last couple of years I have expanded my artwork into the area of collage.  I have found several places on line where I can get prompts for art journaling and when I do the art journaling I usually do collage.......... Sort of like the post card I showed last week.  Here is the collage I did for Valentines Day last year. It featured a Valentine given to me by my husband and I just expanded on it to make the page.   Next week I will share the collage I am working on now.

With our very cold  temperatures it is definitely a good time for a hot cup of tea..... 

Today I thought I would show one of my favorite tea cups....  made by my absolute favorite maker... Royal Albert.  If you read my posts often you know I always seem to like to talk about my Royal Albert Tea Cups.  This particular one is called Old English Rose.  It is a special one to me because it always reminds me of one of  our favorite cousins....  Helen Lawrence, who is no longer with us.  She loved this set and so I always think of her when I use it.

 Sorry about the color change in this picture.  Not quite sure why that happened.
If you visit the History of Royal Albert pages you will learn this design was used up until the late 70s.  But I think I like the earliest ones best.

 The mark on this one indicates it was made between 1939 and 1945.  

One thing about February is that it is a huge month for celebrations.  The main one after Valentines Day that I always think about is that it is National Heart Month.....  Without a heart we wouldn't be here....... but there are many other celebrations as well.  Quite a fun month actually if you celebrated them all  from the Presidents, to Black History, and even Dental Health Month.

There is a website I like to visit that lists all the special days, weeks, etc. of the year and February is FILLED.   Probably a good thing here in the northern part of our country.  With cold temps and often snow what else are you going to do but PARTY.

Here is a website you can visit when ever you want to know what special days are coming up.

             One example is that  February is National Children's Dental Health Month.
     My dentist's office even has a holiday tree  filled with Hearts and Shiny Teeth. I haven't been back again to take a picture but maybe next year.

Do any of you do holiday trees?  I have thought about it but so far haven't done it.  As they say... maybe next year.

I am joining with the following Tea Parties and blog parties.

  These may not be available every week so check to be sure.

Hope you will visit them too.


Kim said...

It seems to me there is a day earmarked for celebration every day of the year. Thank you for the link, Beth, it would be interesting to see all the different special days. I do love your Old English Rose teacup. Royal Albert made the prettiest designs, didn't they. Collage is always so fascinating with all the interesting little bits and bobs that people add; and your Valentine collage, Beth, is lovely.

Margie said...

I'm a library nerd so I loved how you incorporated the book pocket and library checkout card in your sweet collage!

I'm also a fan of the Royal Albert patterns. Like you, I prefer the vintage RA cups, but wouldn't turn away a new one! Love the brushed gold trim on your beautiful Old English Rose teacup!

I've enjoyed seeing other bloggers' Valentine trees so I may do a small one next year! In Ontario, Feb. 15th is Family Day so no work today. Woo-hoo!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

That is truly one of my all-time favorite teacup patterns as well. It is so beautiful.

Hope you had a wonderful St. Valentine's Day!

Have a blessed and tea-lightful week!

I am your newest follower. : - )

I thought I followed you before, but a bunch of my followed blogs auto stopped and I have had to renew since the GFC change. Grrrr.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning dear Beth,
Yes, February is a month of celebrations. Love your RA teacup and I have the same one! A very lush pattern and with the brushed gold trim makes it a favourite in my collection. The only collage I seem to do is with my photos and that is not often. It's wonderful to have a good hobby which inspires you. Thank you for sharing and joining me today. Have a fabulous week.


Bernideen said...

Dear Beth:
I am always on the look out for Old English rose as it is such a beautiful pattern. Your cup and saucer are lovely. I actually saw a cream and sugar yesterday but will hold out to try and find a better price. I think the gold is what makes it so "Victorian" looking. I am so glad you shared!

Amy at love made my home said...

Happy valentines for yesterday and today! xx

Mrs.T said...

I love your Old English rose teacup. It is a new one to me. Very pretty! Your collage is very fun also, something I would like to try sometime. Thanks for sharing!

Die Nähmeise said...

Dear Beth,
love the Royal Albert design also, it reminds me of the tea parties a long time ago with a girlfriend. How beautiful your collage is, I look forward to more pictures.
Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving so nice comment.
Greetings from Germany, Carmen

Schotzy said...

I am your newest follower.. I recognize a kindred spirit here... I love your choices of English china... I always go for the English pastoral in transfer ware.. I love the charming colorful village scenes, as well... I started collecting Royal Albert years ago .... everytime we'd vacation near a china outlet I'd purchase a tea cup..alas, those outlets no longer exist in Virginia, at least, where we go...Id love for you to follow me, as well... I lost a dozen followers last month with the google change about.... anyway... happy brewing and belated Happy Valentine's Day!

xinex said...

You tea cup is very pretty. The color is very romantic and so perfect for February. Stay warm!....Christine

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Your RA teacup is a beauty, Beth, and I love that when you see it, you are reminded of your late cousin. Your collage is so pretty, too.

SpicingUpIdaho said...

I dearly love Royal Albert tea cups! Your cup is so beautiful, and I know you must be enjoying many cups of tea in your cold weather! Your collage work looks lovely too! :)

Daniela said...

My sweet Beth,
I thank you most sincerely for the lovely words you left on ~ My little old world ~ as a comment, you're truly so very gentle and delicate !
I wish you a most beautiful week
sending love

Terri said...

Hello Beth,
That is a gorgeous rose tea cup. I love that pattern! February sure is a celebrated month! I do have a tree up, it is the Jane Austen tree I made for Christmas. But it looks so good up I have not had the heart to take it down : )
We have had very cold weather too, ice, snow and fog. Today though it has done an about face and now it is close to 60 degrees! What a change.

bj said...

How pretty the cup is...good, warmer weather here. Stay warm....

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

O My Goodness!! What a beautiful tea cup!! Stunning!! -7 the other day and now 50 degrees today!! Crazy Weather!!


Bernideen said...

Dear Beth:
This post with your lovely cup and saucer was one of the featured ones on my blog today! Thanks for sharing.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Beth
Congratulations on being featured on Bernideens blog!
This is such a lovely Valentine's post, what could be more romantic than rosy tea cups and sharing tea times with friends.