Thursday, February 24, 2011

TeaCup Thursday

A lovely pattern very much all over the cup and saucer.
And the colors are calm and neutral.

Something to keep in mind when having to mix and match
various patters for a large (6 or more) tea gathering, which I seem
to have at times.

It is another Royal Patrician, out of Stafordshire, England,
which has since gone out of business.

Please companies, please don't stop making fine bone china
cups, saucers, teapots etc.

I sometimes feel a big desperate
and want to go online and buy up what I can.

Does anyone else feel that way?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

And now.... back to the Library Tea Presentation

I've mentioned before that I was asked
to do a "etiquette and tea party"
presentation at our local library.
Some of it has been covered in
two previous blogs.

Now I have pictures, so here it is again.
The pics are as good as a library meeting
room's lack of decor can be.
But you'll get the idea and
the guests were unexpectedly thrilled

over tea foods and a demonstration.

Behind the scenes.......
Me preparing 6 pots of tea and "plating" 6 serving plates of assorted foods
while my wonderful friend did an informative and interesting talk about
giving tea parties, etiquette, helpful hints, etc.

There weren't any library event pics taken of the speaker but this is Tricia,
public speaker "extraordinaire", with her granddaughter Hope.

We so enjoyed our experience,
so if any of you in the local area

would like to have our presentation,
just let me know via this blog in the
comment section or by email, found under
my profile info.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tea Cup Thursday

For today's Teacup Thursday I am going to feature

my Bone China"Red Toile" teacups.

I keep them in on this very special "Teacup and saucer rack" in my Formal Dining room which has become my working "Tea Room" of sorts. The rack is nice because it holds FOUR teacups and saucers nicely.

These little Teacups and Saucers are so CUTE that I thought that you would enjoy them since Valentine's Day was just this Monday.
They are made by "Royal Patrician"
and crafted in England.

It's a sweet little pattern.....
and I enjoy having them in the Red color for
holidays like Christmas and Valentines.

Doesn't the Red Toile print go really nicely with this Valentines display of old Vintage Candy Boxes. The boxes were mine and were given to me at various ages when I was a child by Mom, Dad, and others.
And now I make my special fudge and give it to my grown children in these vintage boxes. They know to return the boxes unharmed. (grin)

The really fancy, lacy, red one was a gift to me as a little girlby my grandmother.
I still treasure the box and think of my her when bringing it out every year.
Did you notice the metal Russell Stover's "ELVIS" Candy box? From my husband, also an Elivs admirer.

Just having a few pieces of special "Tea Cups" make excellent
vignettes and displays around the home.
There are so many ways to use Teacups and Saucers
besides just drinking out of them.

I always have fun decorating for the Holidays and
I love to use Teacups and Saucers and
other Tea elements when I decorate.
Thanks for stopping by today for a visit!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Teacups and Library Presentation

Since today is "Teacup Thursday"
I will give you a short and sweet posting.

We are expecting "extreme" weather today so I am bit distracted along with that and many other things today it seems.
So please bear with me!

Today I am showing you a sweet little teacup and saucer that isn't bone china...shame on me, but it is porcelain.

When I owned my own Tea Business and Tea Room...I sold Teacups and Saucers of course,
along with other Tea items, accoutrements, floral arrangements, and various Teas.
These little Tea cups and Saucers I used to serve out of and I also sold them.

They really don't have a name that I can recall, but they were sold under the name of
"A Special Place."

Customers couldn't always afford "Bone China" when they wanted to purchase a Tea Cup and Saucer for themselves or for a gift....and I couldn't afford to supply my Tea table settings with all the real stuff either.
So I "mixed and matched" dishes like so many Tea Rooms do.

Here is another photo of how they looked when positioned on a little Tea Caddy.
Notice the Tea didn't match the set exactly but I always was able to keep them some what similar. The one in the back is the same ideal...they matched, but they weren't the exact same pattern as the Tea Cups and Saucers.

Here is a front view of them hanging up on the little Tea Caddy....
People really like the Tea Caddy's as well. I have given them as gifts even as recent as this past Christmas and they make wonderful presents!
And now........a short update on the Library Tea Presentation that I was in charge of last Saturday.

Things went WONDERFULLY.......

Although I forgot my camera...only because I had a million things on my mind to make this "Traveling Tea" work out nicely for our local Library who had asked me to do this.

So I am awaiting photos to come to me from the lady that was in charge of this class. "Ms. Catherine" was THRILLED at what we did and took photos and is sending me hers.

Tricia, one of my Tea Sister's came along and gave the (verbal)
"Tea Presentation" and did beautifully!!
I was so proud of her for this and how well she did.

I did all the Tea "behind the scenes work" this all worked out nicely!!

We had 15 women in attendance......and we were very please with how smoothly things were handled and how sweet the ladies all were.

I know that "A GOOD time was had by all"....including the "Worker Bees" who were very blessed to be able to do this!!
~More later my friends~