Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Delightful Tea Cups, Lace and Posies…

I am not entirely sure where my love for beautiful tea cups first began...

...I think that perhaps it all started when I was a little girl and my mother would serve tea in the sweetest mini pink tea cups at our poetry tea parties.
Since then my fascination for the intricate designs, shapes and details of different tea cups has motivated me to collect them, and now I simply squeal with delight when I spot a beautiful one!

My tea cup collection is still fairly modest, but I take great pleasure in adding a new tea cup whenever I discover one I simply cannot resist, and hopefully with time my collection will grow...


These two beautiful tea cups are so dainty and elegant, and to sip tea from them is pure bliss!
I love the light colours and the pretty little flower sprigs on the inner rim of each cup and plate...


The gold edging finishes each cup off splendidly, and I particularly love the shape of both the tea cup and the plate...


"Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary."  ~ Chinese Proverb

Sometime ago I was inspired by a lovely young lady to give each of my tea cups very elegant names...
Thus, the above tea cup is called 'Miss Catharine'...


...And this one is lovely 'Miss Emily'...


While a very dear friend of mine was in the city of...Paris a few weeks ago, she discovered a stand at a market selling the most exquisite teas...  
Knowing I love tasting different teas, she purchased a bag of rose tea for me...  
For her mother, she decided on Forest Berry Tea - what could be more exciting than drinking pink tea, my friends...?


I have yet to try it, but apparently it is quite delicious!  

And if you are in need of a little tea cup inspiration today, do visit my Pinterest page devoted to the loveliness of tea time, tea cups and beautiful tea tables!


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I thought I would show you some gorgeous lace I recently added to my little store of crafty treasures...


I don't use lace too often in my various crafty pursuits, but these beauties caught my eye the minute I saw them and, oh dear!  I simply had to get them!  
And I have a few special blog friends who have recently inspired me to love the endless delights of lace!


 ...Pink anglaise is so beautiful and very versatile!  I also bought a length of blue anglaise and used it on a dress for a Miss Lettice Rabbit the other day...

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Today I am working on a fun and simple craft project.  I am making fabric covered tins for pretty stationary storage.  I have also decided to let my sisters join in and decorate their own tins, so I look forward to seeing the end results!
 Do stay posted for a craft tutorial coming later this week!


I conclude this post with a picture of the gorgeous posy of snapdragons which are now gracing my sewing room window...look at that striking mixture of colours!

"The heavens declare the glory of God..."  ~ Psalm 19:1

May each of my sweet readers have a very blessed week!


~ He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.  Job 8:21 ~

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24 comments:

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

My love of "afternoon tea" goes back to when I was a little girl too and I had a lovely little tea set and played ladies!

Your cups really are sweet Kelly-Anne and you already know I'm a lace lover as well!

This is such a lovely post - it's 'my cup of tea'!

Wishing you a very happy week sweet friend.
Much love
Shane xox

magnoliasntea said...

Such a pretty and inspiring post, Kelly-Anne! How sweet are your rosy teacups in different shades of pink. The circle of roses make me think they are holding hands, playing a game in the cups. ;) Gorgeous.
Have a lovely Tuesday!

Mari said...

The teacups are just beautiful Kelly-Anne :0) I have a modest collection myself. For a long time, I began to hoard quite a bit of teacups and saucers, but I realized that I had way too many of them, and began to give them out as gifts to ladies that truly enjoy the pleasure of taking afternoon tea :0) what stayed behind are the ones that make me smile ... have a blessed week dear one :0) mari

Mary Hutchins said...

Teacups and lace, two of my favorite things. Beautiful post Kelly Anne, hope you have a Beautiful day!

Stephanie said...

Lace, tea cups, and dried rose buds... it can't get any better than that, sweet friend :)

My, your tea cups are quite beautiful! The pattern is so dainty, delicate, and feminine.

Your posts are always full of sweet charm, Kelly-Anne. Thank you so much for joining Roses of Inspiration. Love and hugs to you!

Sylvia said...

Love your teacups Kelly-Anne, so sanity and pink is a favorite of mine.

Debby Ray said...

Like you, Kelly-Anne, I am taken by a lovley teacup as well! I have several but whenever I am out gazing in thrift shops or flea markets I find myself looking for more. These of your are exquisite! Snapdragons are something my mom always had in her garden and I planted some last year too...what a uniquely gorgeous flower!

Vicky Hunt said...

It is always a delight to visit you Kelly-Anne! You have such a way with words and share such lovely photos. Your teacups are just beautiful as are the dried rose buds. I love the lace you purchased as well. I love lace of all types and colors. I look forward to seeing what you use it on. I have no doubt you will create something beautiful with it. Have a lovely week.

Hugs, Vicky

Conniecrafter said...

your tea cups are so pretty, love the soft color and the sweet roses inside, how special for your friend to bring back some tea for you. Oh I love lace of all kinds, have fun deciding how to use them.

JES said...

Your tea cups are striking Kelly-Anne!!! I couldn't get enough pictures of them :) Thank you for sharing you lovelies on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week!

Sheryl S. said...

Beautiful teacups and pretty lace.

Ana said...

Oh Kelly-Anne,
Your teacups are so delicate and just beautiful. Pink is my favorite color you know :-) They are just lovely. I bet that rose tea will be delish. Enjoy my sweet friend.

Blessings and Hugs,
❤️Ana

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love beautiful old tea cups! You have so many pretty things and take such pretty photos. I went to my favorite thrift store today hoping to find a 'new' tea cup but found a Bambi coffee mug instead! heehee! Hugs!

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, What a lovely teacup, so very pink and rose buds to overflowing!
By the time you marry you will have a lovely collection of them! I go through stages where I use my fancy teacups! In the mornings I still prefer a mug.
I just loved those laces you purchased!
Have a wonderful time creating and collecting your treasures!
Hugs, Roxy

Gina said...

Kelly-Anne, your teacups are lovely! Pink is becoming my favorite color! Thank you for sharing with us. I found you through Stephanie!

Amy said...

Kelly-Anne, that tea cup is beautiful!

I love anything pink and it drives my boys crazy! :-)

Pretty tea cups are perfect to have a warm cup of tea and some great conversation with a dear friend!

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Hugs, Amy

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh Kelly-Anne, the teacups are so feminine and I love that you've named them! The tea sounds delicious and what a thoughtful gift from your friend. I'll bet Stephanie loved seeing your pretty lace that you graced yourself with!

Jazzmin said...

Oh, Kelly-Anne, what delightful treasures and beauty!! Your tea cups are absolutely lovely. And it is always so exciting to add remnants and new trimmings and other things to your craft room- your lace is so beautiful and delicate.

I think my favorite photo is that of your snapdragons. How soft and vibrant they are. God is amazing to make the petals of a flower, something so delicate and femininely beautiful, while also making rugged mountains beautiful and roaring seas- his creations and their contrast amaze me so.

Wishing you a very a blessed weekend!!

Hugs and blessings to you,
Jazzmin

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, what beautiful tea cups! I too have a modest collection, some from both my dear mom and mother-in-law that are very old...and beautiful! I love the beautiful colors and delicate shapes. And what a treat to have a rose-flavored tea! I love lace and am so glad you were able to add this to your stash for one of your dear Miss Lettice Rabbits. So sweet! Looking forward to your crafting tutorial and I love the beautiful snapdragons...yes, God has given us such amazing beauty! Hugs, sweet friend!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

What a gorgeous post. I love all the pretty pinks. And the tea cups stole my heart. So dainty and feminine, perfect for gathering with a group of very special friends.

I hope you get to enjoy your rose tea. I have a very lovely rose tea from France also and it is exquisite indeed.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend,

Janet

Margie said...

How beautiful! I love that you name each teacup!

Linda Walker said...

Kelly-Anne,
Those are two of the prettiest teacups I have ever seen. I love the color and the dainty rosebuds! I too am fascinated by vintage teacups and have started to collect them. As you may have noticed I am a lace fanatic. Your lace is lovely. I will be interested to hear how the road tea tastes! Have a lovely Sunday!
Linda
Mysewehatblog

Tane Hannah said...

I love teacups as well. Delightful inventions. ♥
Beautiful post, Kel...love the last pic.
x

Mildred said...

Such pretty, exquisite cups. It's great fun to shop antique and thrift stores for special tea cups. I have a few tea sets that belonged to mother that I treasure.