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Saturday, March 29, 2008
This week. . .
A bouquet of Spanish lavender (with some Grosso tucked into the vase as well) adds fresh appeal to a blue-lavender tea setting which serves as the centerpiece for the dining room table on a late spring day. I wish I could share the fragrance of this lovely lavender candle with you!
A small table in the family room is graced with fresh spring flowers, a small candle, linens, and tea china. The Homer Laughlin teapot is of a pattern and style that mixes well with a variety of teacups and saucers. Here is it paired with teacups in a 'sweet pea' theme for a morning cuppa. The suns rays shining through the window give everything a dreamy feel.
Sometimes my love of tea decor is more subtle and refined. This traditional setting is displayed on a living room table. A traditional (early marriage) lamp is paired with a bouquet of rhododendrons and a paperweight in teapot shape.
A quirky lavender themed teapot and teacup make me smile as they grace an old dresser in the bedroom. Filmy bags of lavender buds fill the teacup to add a sweet fragrance to the room. Did you know that lavender buds improve with age? If they seem to lose their fragrance, simply squish the lavender between your fingers to release the oils inside. Lavender is also wonderful when added to a cup of tea. Next time you make a cup of your favorite black tea, add a pinch of organic lavender to your cup and enjoy!
Friday, March 28, 2008
PS: I read everyone's posts for this week and enjoyed it so much! My book list has increased with all your great suggestions! Thank you for the verses, book referrals, and other literature related tea talk. And thank you, Kat, for the idea about creating "Tea Moons" on paper! I love that idea and will be starting my "Tea Moon Journal" soon!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Blog along with us for week two of the Gracious Hospital-i-Tea Blog-a-Thon. Please feel free to use the 'button' above on your blog. Happy writing!
PS: The white strip that showed up at the bottom of the 'button' on some posts has been removed. This one should be without the annoying white base. Our apologies for the error.
This week. . .
. . .you are invited to join in the Gracious Hospital-i-Tea Blog-a-Thon. Scroll down for more information. The topic for this week is:
March 23 - March 29
Share tea from the perspective of literature. Post a tea quote, a verse or poem, or story. Tell about a favorite tea book. This would be a good time to share how you use tea to encourage others. Do you minister to others by sending them tea themed cards to friends and shut-ins? Or another way you use 'tea' to share joy with others? I know some of you do --- so tell your story!
Emilie Barnes wrote a now well-known book in 1994 called "If Teacups Could Talk". In it, she shares her love for teacups and the hospitality associated with tea service. She states that if teacups could talk, her house would be full of conversation. . .because her house if full of teacups! She tells how even cracked and chipped teacups in her collection are precious to her, as they represent a memory of an occasion or of someone who is special to her. Her book includes many topics where she shares how tea has helped to fill her with serenity, friendship, tradition, memories, courage, comfort, beauty, celebration, and imagination. Scattered throughout the book are tea quotes, bits of information for serving a cozy tea party, tea recipes, and many beautiful pictures! Emilie never runs out of great ideas, and this book is filled with them! Have you ever thought of having a tea in the moonlight out on the lawn? Or how about asking a tea guest to bring a yard of wallpaper to a tea party, and then having them cut-out a placemat from the paper for the tea table? Unique, special, and creative --- Emilie Barnes has thought of it all with this delightful and classic book on tea!
With the first book so successful, Emilie Barnes continued the tea tradition with several other tea related books. The "Twelve Teas of Friendship" is another lovely book in which she gives ideas for a year of monthly teas with friends (2001). Tea topics range from celebrating with new friends and old, cozy relationships, caring, having fun together, milestones, togetherness, nature, shared work, laughter, memories, stories, and family. Delicious recipes, teatime tidbits, quotes, and a plethora of ideas fill this book!
In "Friendship Teas to Go" (2006) Emilie Barnes shares ideas for specific themed teas. Great recipes, ideas for decor, quotes, beautiful pictures, and prose are included for themed teas such as Country Tea, Heart-to-Heart Tea, Remembrance Tea, Neighbors Tea, Tarts and Tea, Princess Tea, Lilies Tea, and more. In this book Emilie continues her trait of writing as though she was sitting in your living room and chatting with you personally. This book totally draws you in!
"The Twelve Teas of Christmas" (1999) is a book filled with not only the essence of tea, but the true meaning of Christmas. Filled with wonderful thoughts on hospitality, this book contains a wealth of recipes, decorating and gift ideas, and much information on using tea to celebrate the holiday season. She does a great job of sharing the true meaning on the holiday in this book.
I know that this book has been a major influence in many who love and enjoy the art of afternoon tea. If you were planning on sharing about Emilie's tea books for your post this week, please do! We each come from a different viewpoint and field of experience. I would love to know how Emilie's books have influenced you. Write on!
Friday, March 21, 2008
Enjoy a blessed Easter week-end!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Today I received a plea from a participant regarding their ability to comment on some blogs. So for your consideration, I will pass on a portion of an email I received from one of our Teacup-a-Story participants. As a Blogspot user, I didn't realize this problem and some of you may not either. Here is a portion of the message:
There are a great many bloggers who use Blogger/Blogspot/Google for their blogs who do not know that they need to make changes in their comment settings to allow more people to leave comments. I'm getting really tired of writing a nice comment on someone's blog only to find when I go to post it that they have not adjusted their comment area to allow WordPress, Typepad, and other non-Blogger users to leave comments.
If I really want to leave the comment, I will go to the trouble of using the Google/Blogger sign-in that I have only for that purpose so I can tell them about changing the settings. I then have to leave them my blog URL in the comment so they can find me.
It is a simple matter to tell Blogger to allow comments from Open ID users and people who will enter their name and URL. This will link the posting back to the commenter's blog. Anonymous comments can also be allowed, but I would only recommend this if they require comment moderation before a post goes online.
Thank you for your consideration. I hope this helps ease the commenting situation. Thank you for more excellent posts today. I am really enjoying reading your teacup stories!
Have a blessed day!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Thank you to everyone that has participated in the Teacup-a-Story meme for this week. I've really enjoyed visiting your blogs and learning about what makes your teacup special to you. The teacups you've each selected are so pretty! Each one has its own character, but it's the story behind each cup that represents people or events that you cherish that makes each and every teacup meaningful to the bearer. If you have just 'found' out about the Gracious Hospital-i-Tea blog-a-thon and would like to add your teacup story, it's not too late! I would love to add you to the blogroll (in the post below). If you have already posted but haven't had time to look through all the posts of others --- go pour yourself a cup of tea and sit down for some enjoyable and relaxing reading! You will be glad you did!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
This week. . .
. . .you are invited to join in the Gracious Hospital-i-Tea Blog-a-Thon. Scroll down for more information. My regular weekly posts are below this message.
The topic for this week is:
March 16 - March 22
Share a picture of your favorite teacup and saucer; describe it and tell it's history (or make up a story about it's past). Why is it meaningful to you? This would be a good place to share about the details of your teacup collection if you have one.
Thank you, Janet, Diane, Linda, and Tari for a purely delightful afternoon!
Do you have a favorite teacup? I would love to see it and I hope you can share.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Today has shifted from sunshine to shadows, but I am in the mood for color, so ignored the blustery breezes and decided to add as much color as I could to my world. Three clay pots now sit on the front porch with sweet pansy plants and colorful primroses. How inviting they look!
I tucked two gazing balls next to the base of the Weeping Norway Spruce. The bright blue colors are most welcome next to the vibrant hues of the evergreen. The gazing balls are some I made several years ago when I was dabbling in ceramics. As long as I remember to take them in before the cold of winter, they survive well. Otherwise they crack and break. I learned my lesson the hard way.
Pretty pansies are now planted in a second Radio Flyer wagon. They side near one another in the front yard shrub bed, reminding me of a wagon train or happy parade.
Photo: Storm clouds pass over the San Juan Islands on a recent spring day, but they don't slow down those who are enjoying the nature that surrounds them.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Gwen took a scalloped quilted place mat and folded the end over. Then she stitched compartments in the place mat, making a tri-fold stationary holder with a space for a writing pen. Then she added a gross-grain ribbon to tie it altogether.
The final result is a very pretty stationary holder that can be tucked in a travel bag, stored in a pretty basket on a desk, or carried to a table so one could write a note while sipping on a hot cuppa tea.
Thank you, Gwen, for letting me share your nifty craft idea!
Recently a lovely grandmother named Beth Ann and her beautiful granddaughter, Rozzie, enjoyed afternoon tea, relaxing and sharing time together at this tea room. The tea room is a part of the restaurant which is in what was the former home of Robert and Jennie Butchart.
Afternoon tea is served her year around. According to their website the tea menu includes "warm traditional delicacies, savoury tea sandwiches and housemade sweets".
I am drawn to this photo. To me it speaks of the essence and warmth of the tea experience. Obviously BethAnn is relaxed and comfortable as she uses her hands to express a point she is trying to make. Can you see Rozzie's mum, Julie? She's the photographer reflected in the teapot.
Beautiful flowers enhance the relaxed atmosphere in the tea room, providing a homey feeling and a fresh, natural decor; so perfect for a garden tea room.
Tea anyone? May I pour you a cup? Milk or sugar? One lump or two?
Aren't these tiny window panes beautiful? I love the way they help to draw the outside garden into the room. The window ledge plants help to achieve this feeling as well.
The three-tiered tray is well appointed with a variety of yummy sandwiches, sweet treats, and raisin-filled scones with honey. Yummy!
Thank you, Beth Ann and Rozzie, for sharing and allowing me to post pictures of your lovely afternoon tea. Although I've never visited the Butchart Gardens Tea Room, I have enjoyed sharing the experience vicariously through you. I appreciate your willingness to share.
Thank you, Elizabeth Joy, for creating a project that was fun and interesting for us all! I had a great time!