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Celebrating the Joy of Living & Home Making ~

Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday 20 August 2012

A New Teacup for Tea Time Tuesday

"The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose." ~ George Gissing

Welcome friends to another Tea Time Tuesday ~

Some ladies love clothes, some love purses and shoes, others love jewelery, and so on! I have always loved pretty china! How about you? It just makes my heart go pitter-pat!

When I was a young bride-to-be, preparing to set up housekeeping, I started collecting china and glassware.
I had a nice collection but once my little ones started coming along, I had to get rid of many of my beloved pieces. In those early days, we moved around a lot so I ended up giving much of it away, including my tea sets. *sigh*

I knew someday I would start collecting again. It was only a matter of time....

Fast forward to our present day.... Our children are all grown up and on their own so it's just Hubby and me once again.

Little by little, I have found some very nice pieces; my most prized collection being Johnson Bros. Rose Chintz

I do however hanker after transferware; especially the red.

I have a collection of teapots above my cabinets and teacups in the cabinets. I must count my teacups one of these days to see how many I have. I met a lady in an antique shop this summer who confided in me that she had over five hundred teacups! Can you imagine that?

I know I don't have nearly that many. Maybe not even fifty. I wouldn't have any place to store them for one thing. Do you know how many teacups you have?

This Summer, I have been fortunate to find several teacups which I have had on my 'Treasure Hunt' list. And last weekend, I found yet another teacup which I have been searching for!

This lovely teacup is Royal Albert's Serena. Yes, Betty, I finally found one! Isn't she pretty?

The Serena mark...

I just love this vintage cup with the lush pink roses accented with blue anemones and colourful posies! The fern just adds to its charm along with the gold rims. Inside the cup is a small bouquet on both sides. Whether you are right-handed or left-handed, you have something pretty to look at while sipping your favourite tea.

It is a flared and waisted style called Melvern and I find it very classy.

The timelessness of china and lace never fail to enchant me~

I found a battenburg lace runner when I was away visiting my relatives. It cost me all of two dollars at a thrift store. I love this intricate lace adorning the pure white cotton!

I have set my tea table with this runner and two of my new teacups. One for you and one for me....Serena and Lady Carlyle.

A lovely peach tea steeps in the teapot. Would you like a cup?

This time of year, we can enjoy all kinds of fresh fruit and berries. Right now peaches are in season so I have made a Peach Crumble Pie for our tea.  

My roses are all done so I have pink roses from the grocery store.

Juicy peaches topped by a lovely crumble and fresh whipped cream is a real treat this time of year!

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

I still have a few favourites on my 'Treasure Hunt' list, one of which is Royal Albert's Blossom Time and another is American Beauty as well as a few others.  What pattern are you hankering for these days?

"Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart." ~  Psalm 37:4

I am happy to see all your tea things, whether you have shared them before or not. This tea party is all about sharing your joy of tea time and any thoughts you might have on the subject. And for the summer months, I would love to see your teacups and teapots indoors as well as out in the garden, at the beach, on a park bench, etc...

Also I would enjoy seeing your teacup and teapot crafts as well as recipes and any stories you might have to share about tea time. So, let's have fun this summer with our teas. Get out there and be as creative, fancy, or as laid back as you wish!

I am delighted you have stopped by for a visit today. Your presence always make my tea party that much more special! Do you have a favourite teacup/teapot or mug that you would like to share with us today? I would love to see it and I'm sure others would too!

If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea or the following is acceptable too:
Hot apple cider
Hot chocolate
Iced tea or coffee
Punch in a lovely bowl.
No alcoholic beverages please.

The Tea Time Tuesday button on my sidebar is available for you to use in your post or place on your sidebar if you wish. A poem, tea quote, or scripture verse would be more than welcome! To be sure everyone has a visit, it would be nice if you visited the participant before and after your name.

Inlinkz is available below for you to sign up for my tea party.
As a courtesy, please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

I am joining the following parties as well~

Heart and Home ~
A Return to Loveliness ~
Table Top Tuesday~
Tea Cup Tuesday ~
Tea Cup Tuesday~
Tuesday Cuppa Tea~
Tea in the Garden~
Tea Cup Thursday~

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi