Monday, June 13, 2016

Unexpected Beauty

Hello All!
It is lovely to be back with you for Tea Cup Tuesday!

I have missed so many teas with Dear Martha
and all of you, that I feel fortunate to be here with you today.
How is your spring? 
Summer is just around the corner : )

I spotted this small group of dishes sitting on a Goodwill shelf. 
It was the coloring that drew my eye. 
Hard to capture on camera,
but they are a lovely blue/green coloring.  
I do not normally see china like this at my GW.  

Only one tea cup set...

They seem a little bohemian to me with the unusual coloring
and the interesting burgundy detail around the edge. 
The orange flowers and some parts of other flowers are 
actually raised bumps of paint. 

I will not be drinking out of the tea cups though,
they have seen better days. 

Maybe they are this cracked and worn because some one 
loved them so much they used them every day.

I am sure I can find a good spot for them, 
or a use for them that will suit...and add beauty at the same time.
Maybe a bird's nest inside one,
or turn them into a bird feeder? 

They brought a smile to my face, so I brought them home : )

From the two backstamps we can see that this pattern is called
 "Chelsea Sprays".
What a sweet name. 
There are many Calyx Ware patterns by Adams.
I have seen many online but have not see
Chelsea Sprays.

It is Calyx Ware and was made by the Adams company of England.
They are a very well known old company. 

This is plate's backstamp, it is a bit more clear.


My family is doing a little better and we 
are encouraged with our increased health lately.
We have found a new protocol for our
genetic disorder and it seems to be actually working!
Fingers crossed as this is just one of many
many protocols we have tried.
We appreciate so much all your prayers,
cards and good healing wishes! 

Since Easter, I have been doing a little crafting,
some new glitter houses, a painting and lately
I have been working on a new Jane Austen 

There are lots of steps to making a glitter house,
I begin with a picture of a house I love and 
then try to make a paper mock up.

 Here she is with some stucco.

Now she had a chimney!
Coming along..... 
She is actually almost done
and I will share her closer to Christmas.
I named her Brambly Cottage,
But I am not sure it is the right name for her
now that she is all pink. 
I am working on the Parsonage next and 
she is half way done.  

It is quite fun working on Christmas crafts
in the June heat! lol! 

I am visiting as many tea parties as I can today : )
Martha and I got to catch up on the phone last week,
and it was a delight to speak with her 
and hear her good news.

I am hopping over to 
Sandi's for her No Place Like Home party,
then to Bernideen's for her BTTCG party 
and of course over to Martha's place 
for Teacup Tuesday 310!  

Thank you very much for stopping by!

A candle to remember the many who just lost their lives in Orlando.
 My heartfelt sympathy to those who are grieving.


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter, Happy Spring!

This is the time of year that that I love...
beauty arises from the Earth,
trees burst into bloom,
and the birds sing just about as happily as one could imagine.

Sitting outdoors and sipping a cup of tea
is a lovely way to be present with Spring.

This dear old cup has a feeling of age 
and wear...
Which I love. 
And I don't mind the crack.
It has seen many springs. 

You can't buy or hurry age, or takes time.
It is this that gives the cup a real feeling of value. 

Maybe like
I have just turned 57 years old,
(this cup is much older though...)
I have some years behind me and wear and tear.
The years have been full 
and surprisingly not what I expected when I 
looked forward at the age of 20.
I thought I knew exactly what my life would look like.

But I have learned, and one thing I know for sure
is that appreciating the beauty of the Earth,
and of all Earth's inhabitants, brings me joy.  

So this Easter I am appreciating the natural spring
beauty all around me...

and I am appreciating my family and friends.
There is an old saying...
"friends are the flowers in the garden of life"
(I would add my family in with friends)

They certainly are beautiful.

This is the only mark on this cup.  
I have no idea of it's age. 
Do you? lol? 

...wishing each of you of beauty and love... 

Thank you for coming by for tea!



Monday, February 22, 2016

Feeling Blue

Hello All!
Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday!

Interesting that we think of "feeling blue" as 
describing feeling down or depressed.
Blue seems to be so cheery, doesn't it?
Especially when paired with white.

How about a cup of tea
with me? 

I have set up our table with two blue tea cups,
One for you and one for me : )

We have pretty blue napkins today,
a gift from Dorthe, thank you!

Two oatmeal cookies for you,
one for  me...

Made by my husband,
he is a sweetie.

Which tea cup would you like to use today? 
(chamomile tea today, I hope that is o.k.)

I love both so pick away : )

The best part of having tea,
can be sharing it with a friend.

We could chat about the weather,
or family,
what we are passionate about,
or what we are creating lately...
(may be the same!)

It is the last week of February, 
can you believe it?

I have  been doing a little painting,
a little sewing and a little

How about you?

I hope you and your loved ones
are all well.

I hope my blue and white tea
helps cheer your day as well as mine : )

Thank you for stopping by for tea!
I enjoyed visiting with you.

Martha is hosting T.T.
and has already begun decorating for Easter.
She has some lovely tea cups today to share.
Thank you Martha

 I am joining Bernideen's BTTCG blog party
Sandi for No Place Like Home.
And Judith for Mosaic Monday.
also, with Ruth for Tuesday Cuppa Tea.
 Thank you for hosting ladies!
 (for some reason this part will not enlarge!)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine Candy

Hello All
Happy LOVE Day!

Today I am sharing eye candy, 
The only kind I can have, lol.

I cherish this sweet trio from Martha, 
Being a gift of love, it makes it 
perfect for Valentine's day. 

Rosina and romance go hand and hand 
with this lovely rose set.

Pink and white, 
very Valentine to me!

Roses of the softest blush pink....
and matching tea cup....

 Pink, with gold trims....

 Rose bouquets...sigh...

Pink beauty, soft and romantic.


and below... 
the sweetest Valentine cup I own,
filled with warm aromatic English breakfast.  

How Do I Love Thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being an ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,--I love thee with the Breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!--and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
Elizabeth Barret Browning 

May the LOVE we share today

Thank you for stopping by for tea!
Wishing you all the best day possible.

Martha was unable to post T.T. this week, 
She and her son are in need of prayers
and healing wishes as he i
experiencing more health issues.
Our hearts and love go out to them both!     
I am joining Sandi for No Place Like Home.
And Judith for Mosaic Monday.
also, with Ruth for Tuesday Cuppa Tea.
Thank you Ladies! 


Monday, February 1, 2016

Cottage Mugs

Hello All!

How about switching it up this week...
from tea cups to tea mugs.

These two were bargain finds,
and are cheery all on their own.

A scoop of spearmint and a scoop of peppermint...

A good magazine to help one dream of summer gardens!

a bit of local honey....yum.

garden dreaming...

I wouldn't mind staying at this cottage!

or up in that room above the hollyhocks...

Tea brings moments of respite,
and silly 

Mugs with such lovely images really do
spark my imagination!

Thank you for stopping by for tea today : )
I love that you did!

I wish you all a good day!

Martha has the linky for Tea Cup Tuesday
I will be heading over to visit her and 
see what gorgeous china she shares.
Thank you Martha!   

I am joining Sandi for No Place Like Home,
and Bernideen's for BTTCG
hoping to be able to link to more if I can... 
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