A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Royal Grafton Teacup For Thursday, Winter Pale Palette

I am joining Teacup Thursday with Miss Spenser and Vintage Thingie Thursday with Coloradolady today.

This is a 1940s vintage Royal Grafton, England cup and saucer that I just love. I love the combination of the gold overlay chintz and the hunter green bands and floral bouquet centers. Tea would just taste better, don't you think? Royal Grafton has always been a favorite of mine through several incarnations and always has made wonderful designs. To see more of the teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

I liked this photo and poem by Edith Sitwell, but it hasn't enlarged well, so here is the poem:
Winter is the time for comfort-
For the touch of a friendly hand
and a talk beside the fire;
It is the time for home.

After all the snow we had last week it was nice to get out the last few days and see the big world. It makes us understand the nesting instinct we have to make our homes as welcoming and inviting as possible.

A simple white palette with  family photos and beloved books.

Candles and pastel accents against white walls.

A table set with a pale palette welcoming us to a tea with friends.

Pastel colors and fabrics with complementary hues to soothe and relax.

Photos from The Cottage Journal from Hoffman Media

An intimate tea before the fireplace promising a tete a tete in a relaxed mood.

I hope your day is as relaxed and pleasant, and full of friendship and tea as you could wish!


  1. Such a pretty cup I think. I can't even imagine lots of snow, I haven't seen it since I was a child growing up in England. Now living in Australia,we are sweltering in a heat wave. It would be nice to be cool without the aircon for a little while. Next week is going to be a little cooler though. I would be happy to take tea with you in that lovely setting; I love pale pastel colours

    xx jeanetteann

  2. A teatime by the fire sounds wonderful. Lovely photos. ENjoy the end of January~

  3. Your post today is wonderful. I could just curl up and have a cup or two of tea. Thanks for making me smile. The picture and saying make me realize I need to dust and get ready for who ever may show up at my door today. (Wish we had snow.)

  4. What a gorgeous little teacups. I love the gold accents.

  5. That teacup is beautiful, I love it. And that bedroom on your photo's is awesome.

  6. All the things you shared are lovely, but I really like that teacup. Never saw one like it. The poem is very fitting for me. I just stay in by the fire during the winter.

  7. What a lovely teacup. I love Royal Grafton. Pretty rooms too!

  8. Such a unique and lovely tea cup, I've never seen one like it. How lovely it would be to sit beside the fire with a cup of tea right now!

    Happy VTT!

  9. Oooh, I passed up the chance to get a gold chintz tea cup this past December, and I am still kicking myself. Yours is lovely!

  10. Ruth, this is a wonderful teacup, so very lady like and just lovely lovely.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Glad your snow is gone and you can get out a bit. I do love to nest!

  11. I love the teacup! I saw so many pretty ones this week at the antique store. I also saw my first cube teapot. It is on yesterday's post if you would like to take a look.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


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