Monday, August 23, 2010

Teacup Tuesday August 24, 2010.

Happy Teacup Tuesday!

 Once again, I am joining Martha at
 and Terri at
  for their weekly show of teacups.
 I am also joining Wanda Lee for 'Tuesday And Wednesday Teatime In Blogland'! at
and Pam at Teapots and Tea Things Tuesday

Today has been a bit of a dreary day with the skies being overcast and the occasional spattering of rain. I decided to spend some time in my bedroom (the MASTER bedroom! LOL!) and tidy, vacuum, dust and polish furniture.
With that out of the way, I made myself a small pot of tea and sat down to enjoy it and pen a short note to a new friend.

The teacup I am using was given to me by my beautiful Momma, Nancy. She died from lung cancer just a little over three years ago now on June 2nd, 2007.  I miss her so much every day ( wiping tears away) but I am so lucky that I have so many mementos of her surrounding me.

Here is a small French Ivory frame with a picture of her. "Hello Momma".

The cup and saucer were made by Royal Albert and the pattern is "Serena". I think it is from the 1950s. When I was growing up Mom would often make us a cup of tea in the afternoon and I would always use this cup and saucer. I loved the allover pink roses and little blue flowers.

It is just an exquiste set!

While I wait for the tea to steep a bit more, I look at some more treasures on my writing desk. Here is a picture of Timothy and me on our wedding day, August 27th, 1983. It was soo hot that day, almost 100 degrees in the church, sweat was pouring off of Reverand Buchanan's forehead.  Timothy's, too, I might add!!! LOL!!
Tim gave me the Willow Tree "Together" figurine a couple of years ago for our 25th Anniversary. I love it!

On the left is a vintage silver bachelor tea set that I bought at a thrift store a few years ago. I normally have it polished and sparkly, but I thought I would leave it for a change. It is the perfect size for "just a spot of tea"! The cottage white box on the right is something I put together the spring that Mom was ill. I found the old wooden box in the drive house at Mom and Dad's. It had a half-hazard green paint covering it and was full of old nails. The appliques were rescued by Mom for me from my old piano. My brother, Gord, had been keeping the piano and using it for a number of years. It was a glorious mahogany upright grand piano manufactured by the Martin-Orme Company. One night when Gord let his dog, Teddy, out for his evening walk, out went Teddy and in came a skunk!! The "blasted" animal proceeded to spray just about everything in Gord's kitchen, but the piano sustained the most damage. The skunk did make his exit, finally. Poor Gord and his family had a terrible time and spent weeks trying to get the smell out of everything. The piano had to be put onto the porch where it got drenched during a storm. The beautiful appliques peeled back and the veneer lifted. The poor thing was a goner. BUT, Momma used a paring knife and lifted all the appliques and gave them to me one day a few months after the skunk happening. I saved them until I knew where I wanted them. I glued them to the old wooden box and painted it a creamy white. Mom used it at her bedside when she was ill. She kept her nail file, glasses, mints and other little necessaries close by. I now use it for my collection of greeting cards and writing paper.

I think the tea is ready. I use a bit of sugar and milk! The sugar shell has a square scoop. It belonged to Laura Mulligan, my maternal grandmothers best friend. She is one of the women I am named after. (I am also named after my Father's mother; she was a Laura, too.)

While I was polishing the wood on my desk, I moved everything onto our bed. Of course, when you move things around, you can get distracted (I always do!). I started looking through the cards in the white box. I rediscovered some lovely vintage get well cards I had. So...lightbulb moment!!!.....I thought I would send a note to a new friend.....her pup, actually!!! Can you see who it is addressed to?? 

Now can you see??? 
I'll pop it into the mail tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

Thank you for visiting me on this lovely day.
God bless!
Love and warm hugs, Laura


  1. Hi Laura :) Your silver tea set is just lovely, and that Royal Albert teacup is truly gorgeous! I purchased my table from a seller on ebay named romancingtherosestudio. She also has a website by that same name. Nancy does some absolutely beautiful mosiac pieces. I have another table that I had her do custom work to...I did a Pink Saturday post a while back featuring items that I purchased from her.

    Lovely tea post this week! Wishing you a wonderful & Happy Tea Tuesday!!

    Warmest hugs, Brenda

  2. Beautiful my friend. Love the tea set (LOVELY) and the teacup is totally scrumptious. YUMMO!

    What I love the MOST is the pic of you and your beloved with that darling floppy hat. Now...THAT IS SWEET!


  3. What a lovely post. So full of memories and love. A pleasant way to spend a tea break with a new friend. A warm welcome to you.
    You have a lovely collection of pink and green depression glass.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Pam @ Breath of Fresh Air/Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday

  4. Beautiful silver. Love the teacup. Such wonderful memories you've shared. Happy Tea Day!

  5. Hello, what a beautiful post and such a beautiful tea cup, I love the roses. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day. Terri

  6. Laura, this is a beautiful teacup! Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog today. Let me know if you use the Avery full page labels to transfer prints and how it works for you!
    Best wishes,

  7. Hi Laura,
    What a beautiful teacup with lovely memories attached to it! My hubby gifted me with a Willow Tree ornie much the same as yours for our anniversary a couple of years ago!
    Lovely post!
    I would like to invite you to join my tea party too sometime. Just let me know and I'll gladly link you up. Hope you have a wonderful Tea Tuesday.


  8. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and letting me know that the teapot and cups are "Moss Rose". I was wondering how I could find out.

    Thanks so much!

  9. Very nice Laura...lovely colors of the tea set. And I specially love the bachelor tea set. Didn't even know they are called that. Stopping by from Tea Cup Tuesday.

  10. What a great post. First, thanks for stopping by my little 'tea for one' this week. A writing desk in your bedroom -- I think that's a great idea. I'm looking for a place for one for me. And that little bachelor set -- love it. My favoriate has to be the white box and the story behind it. Have you pasted the story to the bottom of the box yet? Thanks for sharing it.

  11. Your pink floral tea cup is so pretty and fun! What a lovely cup to drink from. Thank you for showing it to us today.

  12. Hello Laura
    Thank you for visiting me today..your tea cup is lovely and the memories that go along with it are priceless! Take care..


  13. Hi Laura: What a beautiful post. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. It is precious, as are you. I will say a prayer for you today. You sound as sweet as your Mom was. Blessings always, Martha

  14. Just had to stop back by and say thank you for your sweet note left on my blog! Yep! That's me..earthy NORMAL Rebecca! ahhahaha

    You made me smile early and that is always a good thing!

    Love to you~


  15. Thank you very much,visiting you is a pleasure!

  16. Hello Laura, and thank you so much for visiting me today! I will check on the issues I am missing and email you, thanks so much for the offer, and I am willing to pay whatever you ask for them... your blog is most lovely, and I am signing on as a follower... xoxo Julie Marie

  17. Hello Laura- Thank you for stopping by and leaving such kind words of encouragement. I am doing much better now. Your post was lovely to read. This is what I love about Teacup Tuesdays; the windows into other peoples lives. Your teacup is beautiful and I feel so bad about the piano. At least something beautiful came out of it in the end. Take care.

  18. Thanks for sharing such a lovely look, at least your mom left you with fond wonderful memories.
    Have a blessed day.

  19. Your Mom gave you a wonderful treasure!

  20. This is my first visit to your lovely blog. Your tea cup collection is beautiful.
    Wishing you a wonderful day.

  21. Dearest Laura, I am so glad you came to visit, I feel like I've known you for ages already. I loved reading your comment on my last post and even more this post of yours- so many memories, treasures and snap! I have the same tea cup, featured on a previous post, I too have a 'willow tree' figurine (of mother & daughter from my daughter) and a silver tea/coffee service. It's sparkling, but I have 2 old tarnished ones I like to use for flower vases. I was married about 18months before you and I feel like we could be sisters.