Sunday, February 27, 2011

Scones and Bones Giveaway Winner

The winner of my advance copy of Scones and Bones is Gwen.
Congratulations, Gwen!
This is the 12th in the Tea Shop Mystery Series by author Laura Childs.
It will be released in bookstores on Tuesday, March 1st. 
 Scones and Bones combines pirates and tea in an intriguing mystery.  

Gwen, I have your address and will put the book in the mail to you.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Tea Party

The second part of my belated Christmas gift from Mary is this pretty limited-edition collector's plate,
"Cora's Tea Party"  by Richard Zolan ©1982.

Mary said when she saw this plate at Goodwill, she just knew it was me, as a little girl, having a tea party. 
Wasn't that sweet?  Mary and I have been friends for over 40 years. 
We have shared many wonderful afternoon teas together.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Teacup Thursday — July 1981 Royal Wedding

This is a Christmas gift from Mary. 
She found this commemorative cup and saucer/dish in an antique shop when she was visiting a friend in Florida
I wanted to share it today with Miss Spenser's Teacup Thursday.
The hoopla surrounding William and Kate's April wedding is becoming exciting.
Did you receive your official wedding invitation this week?
My invitation hasn't arrived, yet. 
I plan to watch the festivities on TV in the wee hours of the morning on April 29th. 

You may need to double click on the photos above to see all the details. 
According to the markings on the bottom of the cup and dish, this is Elizabethan Fine Bone China made in England
commemorating the July 29, 1981 marriage of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer.
I watched that special event on TV, did you?

Thank you Mary for this special gift!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Scones and Bones by Laura Childs — Giveaway

Scones and Bones
Laura Childs Tea Shop Mystery will be released on March 1st

This is the 12th of the Tea Shop Mystery Series set in historic Charleston, South Carolina.
Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning becomes involved in solving a theft and murder after attending
the Heritage Society's Pirates and Plunder party with her master tea blender, Drayton Connely.

Are you a fan of legendary pirates from the days of Blackbeard?  Or perhaps a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies starring Johnny Depp?  If so, you will be intrigued amid the pirate flags, doubloons and the missing antique skull cup set with a huge diamond, that creates an intriguing mystery in this novel. 

Throughout the book, the reader will discover tidbits of tea education and tea time menu ideas.
 Several pages of favorite recipes from The Indigo Tea Shop, tea party ideas and tea resources are included in the back of the book.

You may enter this giveaway  for my advance copy of Scones and Bones by leaving a comment on this post. 
All comments must be left by 9:00 p.m. on Friday, February 25. to enter. 

(Giveaway open to U.S. and Canadian residents only)
If you do not have a blog where I can contact you,  please leave an email address in your comment.  

Friday, February 18, 2011

Teacups: Clutter or A Collection?

I recently read an article in the newspaper about hoarding, clutter, and collections and the fine line between each.  

In my opinion these teacups, displayed on our piano in the above photo, are definitely a collection.
What do you think? 

One of my family members, won't mention her  name, thinks my teacup collection borders on being clutter!
OK, I admit, there are MANY more teacups in my collection than the 24 neatly displayed on the piano, and some of them might appear to be clutter to some people... But, am I hoarding teacups? 
Absolutely NOT!  

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Teacup Thursday — A Vintage Queen Anne Teacup

~ Continuing my celebration of Valentine's Week ~
This vintage Queen Anne is a red rose pattern.  The Queen Anne markings on this teacup appear to be older than the Queen Anne I featured yesterday.  I have not been able to determine the exact dates of production, but apparently it was made 1911 - 1966.
The colors in this pattern are deep red roses with gray leaves and stems.  The cup is trimmed in gold.  I located a couple of these online, but haven't been able to find many details. 

Visit Miss Spenser's Blog to link to several blogs celebrating Teacup Thursday.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Vintage Queen Anne Teacup

This vintage Queen Anne Lady Margaret pattern teacup is another pretty rose I am featuring for Valentine's week.
A teacup and saucer like this one is listed on a well-known china website for $39.99.
I paid $13 for it in an antique shop. 
Queen Anne china is/was made by Shore and Coggins, Longton, Staffordshire. 
This teacup is perfect for a cup of tea to celebrate Valentine's week!  

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tuesday Teacup — Three Red Roses

~ Continuing with Valentine's Week Roses Teacups ~
This vintage teacup is a Royal Standard Three Red Roses pattern teacup. 
Royal Standard is a trade name of Chapmans Longton Ltd, Longton, Staffordshire c 1930.

Yesterday was the first Valentine's Day for AJ to give a gift to a "girlfriend."  He was nervous about taking gifts to school to give her.  I suppose he thought he would be the only one.  As it turned out, many sixth grade girls received gifts from boys. The most popular gifts were cards, chocolates, teddy bears, and roses.  AJ's gal was pleased to receive a card and a small box of chocolates at school.  The rest of the gifts were in my car ready to be presented to her after school, a Valentine pillow pet, a heart-shaped cookie from Panera and a Happy Valentine's Day balloon.
And, he was happy when she accepted his invitation to the school dance on Friday night. 
What fun!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Week Rose Teacups

In celebration of Valentine's week, I will feature some of my rose pattern tea cups.

This vintage teacup is a Royal Standard Orleans Rose. 
This was Aunt Ida's teacup, and was the first in my collection "rose" teacups.
The cup and saucer are trimmed with gold and the cup has a small foot.
Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while knows Aunt Ida, my dad's sister, was very special to my family. 
We have many memories of fun times with her.

I hope you take time to enjoy a nice cup of tea today as you celebrate today.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

A Sixth Grade Science Project

AJ's recent science assignment was to make a 3-D model of a plant cell.
We drove to Hobby Lobby one evening where he picked out a large styrofoam ball, modeling clay, and pipe stems of various colors and shapes.  GJ and I just followed him around the store questioning many of the supplies he picked out, but it was his project and he knew what he needed.   

Here is the finished project.  I was impressed!
He received an A+

He used the leftover modeling clay for a fun, creative play time on the table below. 

He had a blast making and playing with these characters. 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Teacup Thursday — A Vintage Royal Vale Teacup

Y'all know my favorite teacups are floral patterns, and I am very partial to pink florals.
In addition, my favorite teacups have a pretty design inside, as this one does. 
If I pick up this teacup with my right hand and sip from it, I can see the pretty flower inside. 
 In this case it appears to be a bud of the pink bloom on the cup.
This teacup is a Royal Vale made in England. 

Visit Miss Spenser's Blog to see links to more pretty teacups. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Another Teacup Tote

After the discussion from the special and unique teacup tote yesterday, I decided to show this one.

This teacup tote was purchased from Sweet Necessi-Teas and includes a napkin to match.
Directions say: Insert saucer in the tote.  Place padded liner (included) on top of saucer.  Place teacup right side up on top of the liner.  Tuck napkin so the lace shows.  Pull drawstring to close. 
This tote resembles a pretty Victorian-style draw string purse. 
For a different style teacup tote, go to Marilyn Miller's
Marmalady's Teas website. 
Marilyn sells the pattern for her design. 
Marilyn and I have been tea friends for several years.
Her blog, Delights of the Heart is on my sidebar as one of my favorites. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Teacup Tote

This is my favorite teacup tote.
I purchased this tote several years ago  from the former Miss Mable's Tea Room in Dickson, TN
The tag inside says Isabella's Journey™ crafted in China.
The tote is made from a pretty floral quilted fabric.
It unzips along the top.

The inside of the lid is a clear plastic zippered compartment to hold your tea and more.  The spoon came with it.

The teacup nestles in an attached round compartment in the center of the tote.

A romoveable false bottom covers and protects the saucer.
The pretty floral teacup came with the tote and is marked
Miss Mable's Tea Room, Fine Bone China, Staffordshire England.

This is a special memento from our visit to Miss Mable's Tea Room. 

I did an internet search and didn't find these totes.  If you know where to find them, plese let me know.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Tea Sandwich Recipe

This recipe for Ham and Orange Tea Sandwiches 

I have prepared this easy, delicious, open-faced sandwich of several occasions.
The photo above was taken during the sandwich-making process at the Berea Health Ministry Fundraiser Tea
for 140 guests in October, 2010.

Ham and Orange Tea Sandwiches by Shelley and Bruce Richardson
16 slices pumpernickel bread
2 cups ground cooked lean ham
1/2 cup finely-chopped celery
6 Tablespoons mayonnaise
32 mandarin orange sections
Fresh parsley

Combine ham, celery, and mayonnaise in a bowl.  Mix well.  Remove crusts from each slice of bread and cuto into diamond shapes.  Spread a layer of ham mixture over each slice of bread and garnish with fresh parsley and orange sections.  Makes 32 open-faced sandwiches. 
Note: from Linda — I have used deli ham for this amount.  I always spread my bread with a thin layer of softened butter before adding the ham spread and I cut my bread in rectangle slices for convenience when making large quantities.  Be sure to drain the orange sections before placing on the sandwich. 

I recommend the Richardson's TEA 101 Seminar to anyone planning to open a tea room.
The seminar is currently held at the Historic Gratz Park Inn in Lexington, KY, the Horse Capital of the World.    

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Elmwood Inn Recipe Books

 Bruce and Shelley Richardson operated the Elmwood Inn in Perryville, Kentucky as a tea room from September 1990 until July 31, 2004. 
I live just an hour east of Perryville and visited Elmwood Inn frequently for afternoon tea with my family and with freinds. Our older daughter Melissa and I attended the Richardson's Tea 101 weekend seminar in 2001.
December afternoon tea at Elmwood Inn was one of our family Christmas traditions. 
We miss the Elmwood Inn afternoon tea experience.  

Bruce, Shelley and Ben Richardson continue to be very busy in the tea business with their writing, speaking, publishing, tea blending, wholesales of teas and books, and more! 

A Year of Teas at the Elmwood Inn is my most-used tea recipe book.  You can probably tell that from all the bookmarks in my copy above.  This book contains some of my favorite tea sandwich recipes.  It was the first of the Richardson's books, originally printed in 1994. 
It is the first book in my tea library of 250+ books that I turn to for inspiration and menu planning when I'm hosting friends or family for afternoon tea.

As the popularity of the tea room grew, Shelley Richardson's recipe collection expanded. 
A Tea For All Seasons was the second recipe book , published in 1996.
Their last recipe book, The Tea Table, above,  was printed in 2003.
All of these books contain great recipes.  
All the recipes were served to thousands of guests over the years at Elmwood Inn. 

Be sure to visit the Elmwood Inn Fine Teas website to see all their books,  teas, and tea products.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Teacup Trade ~ The Gift I Sent

Sharon at Faith, Hope and Cherrytea sponsored a Valentine TeaCup Trade

This is the teacup and gifts I sent to my swap partner, Marilyn P.
Marilyn doesn't have a blog, therefore,  I am posting the gift here. 

I chose this beautiful floral Stratford English bone china teacup from my collection to send to Marilyn. 

In addition, I sent a tea towel, an assortment of Harney and Sons individually wrapped tea sachets,
a tea kettle kitchen timer, a porcelain teapot trinket box,
a teapot shaped measuring tape,
and a Woman of God tea-themed book of devotionals. 

I sent these gifts nestled in red tissue paper, trimmed with heart decorated ribbon. 

Thank you Sharon at Faith, Hope, and Cherrytea for coordinating this special Valentine TeaCup Trade!

Note from Linda:  I forgot to take photos of the gift items before sending them to Marilyn.  The tea towel was a little different from the one in the photo above.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentine Teacup Trade

I participated in a Valentine TeaCup Trade by Sharon at  Faith, Hope, and Cherrytea

I received this beautiful Royal Dover English bone china teacup
 from my TeaCup Trade partner, Marilyn P. in Washington. 
Yellow is my favorite of all roses!  This beautiful yellow rose teacup is perfect! 

Marilyn also included the delightful book,
The Twelve Teas of Friendship
by one of my favorite inspirational authors, Emilie Barnes.

Also included was a  package of  Northwest Blackberry herbal tea, a lovely handkerchief, a pretty card, and a refrigerator magnet of Elenor Roosevelt's quote "A woman is like a teabag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water" from the Attic Secrets Tea Room where Marilyn and a friend visited in preparation of this special gift-giving event. 
Marilyn, I am overwhelmed by your generosity! 
Thank you so much for the yellow rose pattern teacup and the lovely gifts.
My very special Aunt Ida, who started me on my teacup collecting journey, was never without a pretty hankie. 
  The book, The Twelve Teas of Friendship is perfect for my blog "Friendship Tea" and for the friendships developed through blogging and this Valentine TeaCup Trade
This has been so much fun!

Marilyn does not have a blog.  I will post my gift to her after she receives it. 

Thank you Sharon at Faith, Hope, and Cherrytea


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