Monday, March 17, 2008

Teacup-a-Story


La Tea Da at http://www.gracioushospitality.blogspot.com/ is hosting a Gracious Hospital-i-Tea Blog-a-Thon through the end of May with at different theme each week. The directions and topic for the first week: Teacup-a-Story 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.
Oh my! Do I ever have a teacup collection with many stories! My journey in teacup collecting began as a young adult when my Aunt Ida gave me 12 assorted beautiful French, Bavarian and English antique teacups and saucers. She is a very special aunt, now age 94, who had given me an Emily Post Etiquette Book for my 15th or 16th birthday and started me on the path of gracious southern hospitality and hosting and entertaining. I will be forever grateful to her!
As my teacups and saucers grew into a collection, friends and family began adding to it on birthdays, Christmas and other special occasions. I began collecting English china teacup trio sets in 1995 on our first trip to England. A trio is made up of the cup, saucer and plate (a bread or salad plate) and is perfect for serving afternoon tea. On every trip to England, I search at thrift stores, boot sales and tabletop sales for trios. I also search antique malls, flea markets and yard sales at home for vintage English china trios. I have lost count of how many trios and cups and saucers I have, but they are all special because each one has it's own story, it's own special memory.
The top photo shows the 1959 Emily Post Etiquette Book given to me by Aunt Ida. The teacup trio in the bottom photo was purchased in Chipping Campden in the beautiful. Cotswold area of England.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

AJ, age 8, went off to school today in a festive mood wearing his green shirt. I received a "Happy St.Patrick's Day" phone call from our little 3 year old angel, PJ. A gift and card should arrive in the mail today for 6 year old KJ who lives much too far from Grandma and Grandpa. Friends used to tell me that having grandchildren was the best thing ever. I just couldn't imagine it being that wonderful.... It is one of those things in life you can not understand until you experience it!
 

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