Thursday, November 13, 2008

Show and Tell Friday...

Happy Friday!!! It is time again for Show and Tell Friday over at There is No Place Like Home.

Come along inside... We'll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place.
~The Wind in the Willow~

I have a special fondness for tea cups. I enjoy the images they provoke: good conversation enjoyed over a cup of tea, reflection, relaxation, introspection, comfort, quiet...

Today I will share some of the tea cups I have collected. The first one below is a simple cup from Garden Ridge that I just adored and picked up one day.

Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.
~Author Unknown

All the cups below have special stories attached to them. My husband's grandfather bought antiques and we are fortunate enough to have some of the saucers and tea cups he had in his collection. The yellow rose tea cup and saucer:
The tea cup and saucer from Japan:
The tea cup and saucer with the dainty pink flowers:
And my favorite from my husband's grandfather's collection, this precious pink and white footed cup and saucer:
Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.
~Catherine Douzel

Take a look at these six dainty perfect little cups below. These have a very, very special story, a story that in fact came as a beautiful surprise to me as an adult. My grandmother loved to go 'garage sale-ing'. She would take me with her on Saturdays (or Sairdees as she pronounces it in her leftover Alabama drawl) when I spent time with her in the summer. I remember finding many treasures on these Saturday's with my grandmother. Treasures such as dolls, books, and toys.

A little over ten years ago, after I was married, my grandmother gave me a box filled with six items wrapped in old brown paper bags. I unwrapped them to find these six sweet little cups. In discussing the 'gift' she told me that I had in fact picked these cups out at a sale on one of our Saturdays. She says I insisted I wanted them but I was just a little girl, younger than five years old. So unbeknown to me, she bought these, and put them away for more than 20 years and then presented them to me as a young woman starting a home of my own.

What a treasure these are to me. Not only are they a beautiful addition to the display in my dining room china hutch, but every time I look at them I am reminded of the wonderful memories of time spent with my grandmother.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my special tea cups and saucers as much as I enjoyed the precious memories as I wrote about them. Now go visit Kelli to see more Show and Tell links today!


Debbie @ said...

Wow what a treasure to you from your grandmother. That is a wonderful story, I know you must really treasure them. Love your teacups, and the little metal rack you have them on.
Have a blessed day!

ceekay said...

I love teacups also. I really like your holders too that you display them in. Have a great weekend.

Jules said...

I love your teacups! They are beautiful! I almost bought one just like the one in your top picture from our local tea shop this past week. I love that design and color. Thanks for sharing your treasures!

A Hint of Home said...

Your collection of tea cups are so pretty. I like how they are displayed.

Jean said...

You have a wonderful tea cup collection. What a fabulous treasure your Grandmother saved for you all those years! Great story! Jean

Mrs. Miles said...

Ohhh these are all so lovely - and they each have a memory!

I bet my friend Gina will love these too - she's on the show and tell blog roll too as CraftTeaLady - she's into teacups as you are!

thanks for sharing!

Jan and Tom's Place said...

A wonderful story about your 6 little cups!! I love teacups and saucers and have ALOT of them!!!

hip chick said...

Oh what a special story. I love it. And, the teacups are beautiful. Little girls under five do not always pick out the prettiest of things.

Susie Homemaker said...

What a sweet Grandmother you must truly treasure them. All of your teacups are wonderful...enjoy them!


Kathy said...

The cups are all beautiful but I LOVE your story about the garage sale cups your grandmother saved for you! What a treasure!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

The collection is very pretty but your stories of Grandma and the fact she picked up those teacups for you and then saved them til the right moment, just melted my heart and brought a tear to my eyes. How very special they are and how special your grandmother must have been. Thank you for sharing a bit of her with me.

Kelli said...

I love teacups, too and I enjoyed seeing pretty collection. The rosebud pattern is so sweet!

"Dove" said...

I dearly love those sweet little cups from your Grandma. Very dainty and sweet!