Tuesday, January 09, 2007

A Work of Heart


Kukuzo Okakura's writing in The Book of Tea provides much for education on tea ceremony and gives a thoughtful perspective on this beautiful art. It's a book I've enjoyed reading today. Several quotes that I especially found meaningful for contemplation are:

"Those who cannot feel the littleness of great things in themselves are apt to overlook the greatness of little things in others."

"Tea is a work of art."

"The simplicity of the tea-room and its freedom from vulgarity make it truly a sanctuary from the vexation of the outer world."

*The photo today is of a tea luncheon set in my personal collection. It was made by my mother, another woman who adored 'all things tea'. In addition to the careful applique and embroidery stitching, I love the tiny flowers she embroidered on the tablecloth. It's just about too pretty to use, but use it I shall. Things like this are meant to be shared with those we love. It's all a part of gracious hospitality*

7 comments:

  1. Beautiful, did you makes these?

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  2. How pretty, I happen to love that pattern very much

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  3. Wow, just beautiful !!! Clarice

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  4. LaDonna, your tea set is beautiful. I agree with you about using our pretty things. I also loved the quotes,especially about vulgarity being absent from the tea room. Thanks for sharing them.

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  5. LaDonna, the tea set is beautiful! I love the color combination and the artwork is so pretty! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  6. The tea luncheon set made by your mother is just so sweet!

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  7. Martha12:53 AM

    LaDonna,
    Your blog is always so uplifting. I look forward to it. The tea luncheon set made by your mother is beautiful and I agree, you need to use it and be filled with the happiness of her memory.
    I especially like your quote <<"Those who cannot feel the littleness of great things in themselves are apt to overlook the greatness of little things in others.">>
    Thank you for sharing.
    Martha

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