Welcome friends to Tea Time Tuesday's 2nd Birthday!
I am so happy you have joined me for this very special occasion!
Two years ago this week, I took the plunge and began hosting one of the very first tea parties in Blogland. Today, we have many lovely tea parties to enjoy which just goes to prove there are many tea loving souls who enjoy tea time and lovely tea things as much as I do.
Some of you lovely ladies have been with me from the very beginning and I want to thank you for your dedication and support. Thank you Carolyn, Judith, Beth, Diann, Carrie, Sherry, and Bernideen.
Since those early days, many more of you have joined me and I want to thank you too. You all bless me every week with your lovely posts, comments, and friendship. I always feel like I'm getting a big hug. God bless you all!
Friends are flowers in the garden of life.
In honour of this special occasion, and my love of all things roses, I am celebrating with a Rose theme today.
"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck." ~ Emma Goldman
There was once a little girl whose family moved from her home town in New Brunswick, Canada to Prince Edward Island, home of Anne of Green Gables.
She was very young when she developed a passion for her auntie's beautiful dishes.
When the little girl grew up, she longed to set her own table with the same china.
Alas, it was no where to be found in the Maritimes where she lived and she was greatly dismayed!
Then one day she was surfing the 'Net and she happened to find some pieces on eBay. She was ecstatic, and with the help of her son, she was able to purchase several pieces.
Shortly after that, her beloved Auntie P down-sized and gifted her with many pieces of the lovely china.
And so now you know the rest of the story...The story behind the collection of my most cherished china pattern, Rose Chintz.
Rose Chintz was produced by Johnson Bros. of England in 1883 and their pieces bore the mark below. Vintage pieces are still available on eBay, estate sales, and auctions etc...
This pretty pattern tugs at my heart strings every time I look at it. It is a glorious bouquet of pink roses and soft blue forget-me-nots on a creamy white background, captured under a glaze, to be preserved forever. The teacups and mugs each have a delightful little spray of blue forget-me-nots and a single rosebud inside the cup.
Another pretty pattern which I want to share with you today is my mother's china, Lavender Rose. I started it for her when I worked in a jewelery store as a young bride.
When my mother down-sized, she passed it on to me. This lovely Royal Albert china sprinkled with sweet lavender roses is so very elegant and perfect for a lady's tea party or a quiet tea for one.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. ~ Denis Waitley
Lastly, I have to share my favourite 'blue' teacup adorned with roses! This pretty Veronica teacup is made by Royal Albert and is adorned with luscious robin egg blue roses and a brushed on gold trim. Robin egg blue happens to be one of my favourite colours. Sadly, the teacup has a broken handle so unfortunately, I cannot use it. However I can still enjoy its beauty just by bringing it out from time to time and setting a votive in it. It was a gift from my mother many years ago.
I think it's stunning, don't you? I love the bouquet inside the teacup too.