Monday, December 24, 2012

T'was the night before Christmas

The tree is up and the gifts are wrapped. Now is the time to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas.
I made a little tea tree. I set it up on a quilt I made years ago.
This was the fun part...finding little ornaments for the tree.
Don't you love the slices of lemon?
There's a gift waiting under the tree.
This is a tiny snowman tea set. My granddaughter loves it.
I had to have a Portmerion cup and saucer. This is Botanical.
This is Holly and Ivy.
Here are some of my Santas.
There are some Belsnickles and Santa dancing with Mrs. Claus in the back.
This is a Russian Santa.
Santas line my staircase too.
Can't forget the Nutcrackers!
This is a sweet bone china holly teacup I picked up in Homegoods. I love to hunt in Homegoods, don't you?
The pointsettia dish is so pretty! It's part of a trio.
I'll set this out for Santa before I go to bed. I'll make sure the tea is hot!

 I wish you all a joyous Christmas with family and friends. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

The End of My Commemoratives?

 Seriously, I am at the end of sharing my royal commemoratives. We shall end (for now) with Princess Diana. I have some choice tankards and mugs to show you. And yes, I love my two Diana dolls.
 This tankard is Spode bone china. They look so happy in the photo.
 This is a rather strange mug. It is quite like the one above but it is black with gold lettering. I use it to store some of my paint brushes.

This is a Portmerion tankard made in England. It has a rather unusual handle.

Diana looks wistful in this portrait.

On either side of the portraits are ladies with cornucopias of cascading flowers. The words in the ribbon are Royal Wedding, health, peace, long life, love and happiness. Sadly ironic.

Here is my bride doll!

This is a very large tankard. I really like the wedding bells border.

Here is Diana.

Here is Charles in need of a haircut.

The tankard is Wedgwood. The number is 749 out of 3,000 designed by Richard Guyatt.
Here is a "faux" Wedgwood tankard. I like it non the less.
Saint Paul's Cathedral
Even the handle is pretty. I hope you enjoyed the last of my commemoratives. I'm sure I pick up some more in the future ( especially with Will and Kate) and I will love to share them with you.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Tea Cup Thursday

This is not exactly a tea cup, it is a Wemyss Goblet. It is quite rare. It is a limited edition of 500. The first one was reserved for the late Queen Mother and the 500th was auctioned for the benefit of the National Trust for Scotland. Wemyss ware was the brainchild of Robert Heron, the owner of Fife Pottery in Scotland.  He brought back a Bohemian artist named Karel Nekola who painted in this bold manner. It became a favorite of Miss Doris Wemyss of Wemyss Castle. In 1980, to commemorate the centenary of Wemyss and the birthday of the late Queen Mother, this exclusive edition was made. This continued the tradition of marking Royal occasions. I've heard the Prince Charles himself has an extensive collection of Wemyss goblets!

The ribbons say " To honour Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and mark  the Wemyss centenary.

The loose style of painting is just lovely. This goblet was designed by Alan Carr Linford. Pictured behind the ribbon on the bottom are a pair of leeks. This is the first time I have seen leeks included in the midst of roses, thistles and shamrocks. Do you think they represent Wales?

You can see the green tails of the leeks

There are acorns too.

As you can see, my goblet is numbered 114. Royal Doulton now owns Wemyss Ware.This is truly a star in my collection.

Friday, November 2, 2012

We Have a Winner!

Thanks so much to all the people who entered our giveaway! We were overwhelmed with the number of responses! It was a strange time this past week. I just got my internet back, but don't feel sorry for me. We were spared the brunt of the storm being on the eastern tip of Long Island. My thoughts and prayers are with the people on the coast of New Jersey and in the metropolitan area by New York City.
It's a little ironic that our winner has the same name as the storm...however she spells it differently! 

So congratulations to Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tea Cup (Beaker) Thursday

Here is a beautiful mug, (or should we say beaker) in honor of Elizabeth's sixtieth birthday. The E and R are just beautiful blue flowers.
It has a lovely, sturdy handle.
Sweet, loyal birthday greetings.
I hope you can see that it is Wedgewood and designed by Richard Guyatt. It is a limited edition of 2000.
This sweet beaker commemorates Elizabeth's 40th year as reigning queen.

It is an Edinburgh Beaker manufactured by Caverswall in a limited edition of 1000. This is number 665
And this lovely little loving cup also celebrates Queen Elizabeth's 60th Birthday. Look at the sweet roses peeking out from inside.
Yes, I said no more commemoratives, but I do have quite a few more to share. Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tea Cup Thursday

I hope a loving cup passes for a tea cup today! I was very fortunate in securing many commemoratives from a friend who is liquidating his collection. I will have many more posts with many lovely examples. This is such a pretty portrait of Queen Elizabeth. I love how they decorated the edges to resemble ermine.
The back is just lovely with bright colors!

As you can see, it's a bone china loving cup made by Royal Doulton in 1992. It's signed and numbered and doesn't commemorate anything except love and respect for their good Queen.
This fantastic cup is associated with Marlborough House which is the home of the Commonwealth Secretariat.