Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tea Sets ~ A Few of my Favorite Things ~

As I was pouring my cup of tea this morning, the thought came to me that I should share my tea things collection on my blog. ;-) I have been collecting tea cups for about 8 years now, I think. My obsession with collecting old and pretty china started early on in our marriage, I know that.
I found most of my cups at thrift and antique stores, as well as eBay, and some are gifts from dear friends.
 I decided to drink from my favorite tea cup this morning. I believe I found it at an antiques fair when we lived in Australia. It is made by Aynsley, an English company. I prefer china made in England, as it is usually much finer quality compared to the Asian brands.
The teapot and sugar bowl I found at Saver's! :-) Great deal for an English tea pot.
 This set has a subtle lavendar colored band bordering the saucer edge and cup rim, and I love cups that have flowers painted on the inside of the cup, as well!
 Some of my favorites sets, including 2 trios (cup, saucer and plate), hang on the wall in the dining area.
 Most of my tea collection is displayed in this white hutch. Which was a garage sale find in Australia for $25! It was bright blue when I bought it. Ha The tea cup and bird print at the top was a special gift from my friend, Melissa. :-) The tea pot at the top I found recently at Homegoods. They have really pretty new china there.
 More of my collection hangs in this cute little shelf I found on eBay. ;-) The gravy boat was from Saver's. I found a lot of cute things there when they first opened in our town. Not so much now.
And my newest tea pot was also from Marshalls/Homegoods. I thought the little bird was so cute!
I haven't bought any tea cups lately as the old ones are a lot more expensive than they were even a couple years ago. Thrift stores are now are charging antique store prices for them. :-( Plus, I am running out of display space. Ha

Hope you enjoyed the little tea tour. ;-)


Monday, October 15, 2012

Company :-)

We were blessed with visits from our families over the past few weeks. First, Ben's Dad and his wife, Barbara, came all the way from Australia and were with us for nearly 2 weeks.
                                We celebrated Dad's 68th birthday while they were here. :-)
                                       Teddy always likes to help blow out the candles. ;-)
                 Then my sister, Bethany, came with her children for a short, but fun filled visit.
The cousins had a great time playing together. Incuding a rainy visit to our nearby amusement park, Worlds of Fun. We still got to ride all of the big roller coasters before we had to leave when a big storm rolled in. ha
                            Nathanael decided to add some goofyness to this shot. Haha