Hello and welcome to the first Tuesday Cuppa Tea for February...it amazing it is here! Seems like it was just New Years Day!
As Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and I found some wonderful pink items, I decided to do a Valentine's tea this week on my tea table in the sunroom. Would you like to join me?
There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.
I set the table with my favorite vintage hand embroidered tea cloth...a teapot on one corner, teacups on another and cream and sugar on the next...
Next, I pinned up the sparkly heart wreath I got behind the table....
The canle holders are milk glass from Antiques And Teacups, and I added some red pillar candles I still have hanging around and silk pink and red fuschia bobeches...or candle rings, if you aren't familiar with that term...
Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
I was so happy to have recently found a gorgeous teapot in the Olympian Rose pattern made by Royal Patrician, who closed in 2009, and whom I miss greatly. We stocked them in our shop...first when we had our bricks-and-mortar antiques and tea items store, and until they closed online. Wonderful things! So sad they are no longer, although a few molds have surfaced made by others.
There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.
I am also using a Haviland, Limoges France demitasse size cup and saucer made in the 1900-1910 with designers GDA or Gerard, Dufraissiex and Abbot. I have had several items of this set, but somehow the cup and saucer was misplaced and has just been found...the pattern is absolutely gorgeous!
The fun things you can learn from marks! You will notice, in the mark photo below, the circle mark, which says C. Field, Limoges? This means that Charles Field, had this set made for Marshall Field's in Chicago, a landmark upscale department store...that survived until Macy's bought them in 2005. They commissioned a lot of fine china, just like Tiffany's did in the late Victorian era.
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.
Also on my tea table, is a gorgeous pink Aynsley teacup with a hand painted fruit center and heavy gold overlay from the 1950s...
Aynsley is a favorite English maker...
Aynsley opened in 1775 and was acquired by Belleek in 1997, but the pottery was closed in Longton pottery in 2014. In February of 2015, Belleek announced that someone was interested in buying it for a new pottery venture, but instead it seems to be an art pottery center, and Aynsley is no longer made in the UK. So sad...
If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.
On a lighter note, on a plate from the Haviland, Limoges set, are some mini cupcakes I ut together for tea...made them with a yellow cake mix, vanilla frosting, sprinkles and some hearts I found I had in my craft box...so I am set for a few teatimes for goodies for my sweetheart and I.
A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.
I am so glad to have you join me. The Jane Austen quotes are because I love her, and have collected them for quite awhile. That girl had a great way of putting things! I would have loved to have had tea with her! She is so funny! I am now sorry I didn't note which book they came from...guess I'll have to read them again!
For more information on any of the pieces shown on Antiques And Teacups, just click on the photos.
Here is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there! And I love to read your comments, and can find you to visit! Thanks so much for joining me for tea!