Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Teacup Tuesday - Week 19

Yep... It's that time once again.

Teacup Tuesday is back for an amazing 19th week and it's time for me to share yet another teacup from my collection.

It will come as no surprise when you see that this weeks featured teacup is covered in a beautiful rose pattern. This teacup is not stamped on the bottem with the name of the pattern, but it does have a stamp indicating it was manufactured by Royal Winchester in England.

The roses are such a pretty shade of pink and they blend so beautifully with the white flowers and green leaves.

Teacup Tuesday will only be continuing for a few more weeks as I am running ou of teacups to share for this event, so it will eventually have to come to an end. However, I may not end the Tuesday tea theme altogether, at least not for a while anyways.. Once I run out of teacups to show, I may start sharing my collection of teapots. Would you like to see those next??

Besides myself, I know that these wonderful ladies also share a love of all things related to tea and they would love to have you stop by for a visit to see what they are sharing for this weeks Teacup Tuesday...

Valerie @ Traveling Through
Jocelyn @ Happy Cottage Quilter
Lola @ ...and Sew On
Mary @ Mary's Tea Cottage

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Soft Shades of Pink.......

Hello Ladies...

Did you all have a good week this week? I did for the most part, except for a few minor things that I had no control over and which sort of spoiled part of my days on Thursday and Friday which I had planned as vacation days. The days were not a total loss though and it was still nice being away from work for a few extra days, so there is much to be thankful for in that.

I've turned into somewhat of a blog slacker again and I haven't been very good about posting as often as I would like to. Didn't want to go too long without a new post, so I quick snapped a few new pictures this morning to share today.

Nothing special, just some random pinkness to add a little bright spot to your day.

This lovely vase is one I found in an antique shop several weeks ago, but hadn't gotten around to sharing yet. The vase itself is cream colored and the rose is the softest shade of pink...

More pink with my sweet little bunny, a pink milkglass compote and a white milkglass vase that holds a bundle of artificial creamy pink roses...

And finally, some more pink pretties including a smaller version of the pink milkglass compote that I showed above, a cute little jar that I found at Micheal's this past spring which I have filled with some pink buttons, and a darling little planter in the shape of a baby bootie..

Not totally sure yet what this day is going to bring, but I have a strong feeling that it's going to entail some retail therapy at one or two antique shops. Gotta find some more pink pretties to add to my collections... LOL.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Teacup Tuesday - Week 18

Hello my sweet friends and welcome to another "Teacup Tuesday". I'm so glad that you've stopped by for a visit to see what I am sharing today.

Today, you're going to see two teacups, instead of just one. Why you ask? Well, it's because I actually have two teacups in my collection that have the same floral pattern. However, each teacup has a different shape and look to it, so I wanted you to be able to see them side by side to see the differences.

I must admit to not knowing the name of this floral pattern. All I can say is the I find this pattern very pretty, mostly because it's made up of my favorite flower, the rose. I adore the deep pink, almost red color of the roses.

This is the first teacup in this pattern......

This is the second one which has the same floral pattern, with the addition of a swagged border along the top edge of the cup itself as well as around the edge of the saucer...

Now, there they are sitting side by side..

That's the wonderful thing about collecting teacups and other pieces of china. A person can often find so many different pieces in their favorite pattern and not have everything look exactly the same.

Tell me, which of the two teacups do you like the most?

Now if you have the time, which I hope you do, please take a few minutes to visit of the blogs of these wonderful ladies who are also sharing something for "Teacup Tuesday" this week.

Until next time!!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Little Dishes...

I love my ice cream .... It's gotta be Kemp's Gone Fishin which is chocolate ice cream laced with gooey caramel and chunks of chocolate shaped like little fish. Yummy!!

However, being the good girl I am and trying to maintain my weight, I limit the amount of ice cream I eat to a fairly small portion. And I have a great way of doing that while getting to enjoy my pretty china at the same time.

As I'm browsing the antique and thrift stores, I always keep my eye out for pretty china berry dishes that are just the perfect size for using to serve a small portion of ice cream. I have several of them, but these are my favorites.

I love the pretty yellow roses on this one..

One in a lovely shade of green with a beatiful floral pattern...

And just a peak at another one. I wish I could show more, but no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get a clear picture of the floral pattern on this one when I tried getting the whole dish in the picture. It was only when I took a close up shot that the floral pattern came through nice and clear...

Gotta love the fact that I can combine two of my favorite things (chocolate ice cream and pretty dishes) while still being a good girl.

Take care my friends and come visit again soon!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Teacup Tuesday - Week 17

Can a girl ever get tired of roses???

Maybe some can, but I can say for sure that I never will. Even when I'm an old lady (which by the way is light years away...), I know that my eyes will instantly be drawn to anything with roses on it, whether it be china, fabrics, papers, painted wood pieces or anything else that you can imagine being covered with roses.

More gorgeous roses adorn this weeks "Teacup Tuesday" showpiece. This beautiful rose covered teacup was made by the Crown Dorset Fine Bone China Company in England. The colors are just yummy...

Here's another shot to let you see more of the saucer....
I am lucky to own a full tea set in this pattern. The set includes a matching teapot and a desert plate. Over time, I have even acquired a few other china pieces in this same pattern, including a tiny little china box and a suger & creamer set. I don't normally show the matching pieces on Teacup Tuesday, but I just had to share these too, so you can see how pretty all of the pieces are.

Thanks for stopping in for a visit today. I hope you enjoyed your time here.

To see more lovely teacups, stop by and visit these ladies to see what they are sharing for this weeks Teacup Tuesday

Valerie @ Traveling Through
Lola @ ...and Sew On

There is also someone new joining in this week. I recently met Mary her in Blogland. Mary recently started a wonderful blog related to all things tea and she has lots of fabulous things to share with all of us. You can find Mary @ Mary's Tea Cottage. Please stop by Mary's blog for a visit to say hello and to welcome her to the wonderful world of Blogland.. I know that she would love to meet you.

That's all for now. See you soon!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Loving My Roses......

Hey Girls...

How are things going in your world? Are you glad it's almost the weekend?

I sure am. Things are going pretty good here, although some days I find myself very frustrated and overwhelmed with all that needs to be done at work. There are never enough hours in the work day to get everything done and many days I come home from work feeling like I accomplished nothing that day. Today was definitely one of those days.... LOL.

One thing that always brightens my day and brings a little peace into my world is taking a few minutes to wander around my house just to feast my eyes on some of the pretty things I have displayed. There is nothing like some pretty roses to make me feel better.

Pretty roses like those on this sweet little china desert plate....

This is a small desert plate that I've had in my collection for some time. Sadly, I don't find many pieces like this anymore. I love the light and darker pink roses. They even have just a hint of yellow too.

Or maybe some blue roses like those on this Simply Shabby Chic fabric covered storage crate that I found at Target several years ago......

I found this one back in the day when Rachel Ashwell's Simply Shabby Chic line at Target used to feature more home decor items and not just the bedding and bath items like it does now. Boy, do I miss those days. I was always so excited to see a new selection of her home decor items when they made their way into the Target stores. I wonder if now that her Shabby Chic stores have closed if she will start to expand her line of products at Target. I'm hoping so and keeping my fingers crossed.

I can't wait until her new book comes out this fall. I'll be at the bookstore buying one as soon as they hit the shelves.

Anyways, that's all for now. Time to go fix some dinner so I can quiet my rumbling stomach.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your week and have a FABULOUS weekend!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Teacup Tuesday - Week 16

Hello everyone.. Hope you all had wonderful 4th of July holiday.

I had a wonderful and very relaxing weekend with Friday spent visiting a few antique shops where I found some pretty new things (see my previous post) and Saturday afternoon and evening being spent with friends gathered around a fire pit where we barbecued steaks and corn on the cob and of course feasted on those yummy, gooey chocolate smores. What a perfect way to spend a weekend. I wish every weekend could be that relaxing and fun.

The long weekend is over though and things must get back to normal with work and all of life's other adventures. To get things back on track, let's continue with this weeks "Teacup Tuesday" post. I must say that the weeks are just flying by and it's hard to believe that it's already been 16 weeks since I started sharing my collection of teacups with all of you. I'm still not done yet, although the end is finally in sight as the number of teacups I've yet to show from my collection is quickly dwindling and there will only be a few more weeks before I run out of teacups to share.

This weeks featured teacup was made by the Paragon China Company. The pattern is called Victorian Rose. It has lovely pink and white roses against a spray of pretty moss green leaves. I was lucky enough to find a matching desert plate in this same pattern as well. Maybe someday I will be really, really lucky and find a matching teapot to make a complete set.

The colors are even better in person than they show in the photos. As I'm writing this and looking at the beautiful pattern on this teacup, I started imagining how lovely this delicate floral pattern would look on some bedding. Very Shabby Chic. Can you picture in your mind what a pretty bed that would make?

Thanks for stopping in for a peak at this weeks featured teacup.

Jocelyn @ Happy Cottage Quilter is also sharing something for Teacup Tuesday this week. Please stop by Jocelyn's blog to say hello. I know that she would love to have you stop by for a visit.

I'll hopefully be back with something new in a day or two. Until then, take care and have a great week!!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Some New Treasures....

Hey Girls.... Happy Independence Day!!

It's all the sudden decided to rain here today, not too long before I plan on heading out to spend the afternoon and evening with some friends to celebrate the 4th of July. I'm hoping the rain will pass quickly and that the sun will come out again. It's not much fun barbecuing in the rain.. LOL

While waiting for the rain to stop and before I leave, I just wanted to share with you the wonderful things I found yesterday on my day of antiquing. Luck was with me and I found several cute things.

First, is this cottagy cute creamer that has a floral pattern with my favorite colors of pink, green, yellow and blue. Got this one real cheap for only $3.00. It's not in perfect condition as it has a few cracks in it, but that didn't stop me from buying it. I knew that even though I couldn't use it for it's intended purpose, it still fits in perfectly with my style of decorating and makes for a wonderful display piece.

Next is this pretty little china basket with a pink rose and a some purple and green...

A pretty embroidered linen dresser scarf and some star shaped pink and cream crocheted doilies.. A girl can never have enough of these..

And finally... a milk glass vase and bottle with a stopper. I love collecting these milk glass pieces. They are always easy to find and are very inexpensive. I love the vases and have them scattered throughout my house filled with artificial flowers to add pops of pretty color to my rooms.

It was a fun day shopping and I can't wait until I can do it again.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend. See you soon!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Just Because...

Because I've been so busy with work lately and because I haven't been to the thrift stores and antiques malls for several weeks, there hasn't been much time for blogging and not much new to show, so my blog posts have been lacking somewhat lately except for my Teacup Tuesday posts.

So, just to share something a little different, I pulled some old photos from my archives to share today. I'm pretty sure I've showed these before, but they are still worth seeing again.

A snapshot of a few things on my overcrowded but still pretty desktop in my office at home....

Some of my collection of yellow pretties (I just love the soft shades of yellow !!) ....

A vintage potholder and a few floral oven mitts that I have hanging on my kitchen/dining room wall to hide the cord that runs from my phone to the outlet where the phone is plugged in...

Tomorrow is a company holiday, so I get to sleep in for an extra hour or two, then I'm heading out to the town of Buffalo, MN to visit one of my favorite antique shops as well as to visit a few others there in town that are holding their once a month "Occasional Sales" . I'm hoping to find lots of new goodies to add to my collections. Wish me luck!!!

Have a safe, fun and happy 4th of July....