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Monday, January 12, 2009

Blue Monday... It's Tea Time!

Goodness! It's Monday already! Time for Blue Monday, hosted graciously by Miss Smiling Sally! To visit Sally, and other bloggers of her Blue Monday, link to Sally's blog here...

Today I thought I'd share a few things blue from my Tea Time closet... My maternal great-grandmother was Irish, and she enjoyed her tea. Every afternoon, my Grandma Odie and her sister-in-law, Aunt Doshie, would meet at Grandma's for tea. If my sister and I were visiting, Grandma Odie would call us in to wash our grubby little hands, put on aprons to hide the grime (and make us feel dressed up.. they were always frilly little aprons), and join her and Aunt Doshie for tea. I always felt so special sitting at my grandmother's pretty little table on the sun porch. Lots of lace, prisms, glass and of course, beautiful china. I still love afternoon tea, though I usually take it alone while reading a book or listening to music that my Ricky doesn't enjoy (opera or Debussy). Here's my little blue tea cozy, and two blue luster ware cups and saucers made in occupied Japan.
I purchased this pretty little embroidered velvet blue tea cozy at a gift shop in League City, Texas on the Texas coast south of Houston.

and for those not sure what a tea cozy is... here's what's hiding inside.. my favorite vintage Hall teapot!
a close up of luster ware teacup and saucer #1...
and luster ware teacup & saucer #2... this one is my favorite!
and this little heart fob (for lack of a better description) came with the tea cozy and hangs on my china cabinet to remind me...
It's Tea Time in French Lique!

32 comments:

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Your teacups are gorgeous.. What beautiful memories.. what a delightful way to live wasn't it?
hugs ~~lynne~~

VINTAGE GIRL AT HEART said...

Oh... am I just in time for Tea!!!?? What a lovely blue set and that tea cozy is scrumptious!!
Happy Blue Monday!!!

bj said...

Ummm, I love all the blues you shared today...and...just where is French Lique? I live in West Texas and have never heard of FL...must be in East Texas?

White Iris Designs said...

OMGosh...I love the luster ware teapot!! What a grand story of your grandmother & her tea time. How special that memory must be for you!

Smilingsal said...

I enjoyed hearing your story; it makes everything you show so much more special. You have many beautiful blue things for a happy tea time. Happy Blue Monday.

prof en retraite said...

Oh Dixie...I love your story of tea with those special ladies. What a wonderful memory! Your tea cups, tea pot, tea cozy...well, all of them!...are just gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing! hugs...Debbie

char72 said...

First thought. Your grandmother's name made me think of my grandmother's name. Her name was
Effie. She had a sister named Ollie and one named Ozzie. My other grandmother's name was Icie. You don't hear those names anymore.

I love your tea cozy and the cups and saucers are beautiful.

I checked out your other blog. I hope you will consider sharing some of your inspirational posts with us on Spiritual Sundays sometime. Here is the url:
http://bloggerspirit.blogspot.com/

Dixie's Whimsey said...

thank you for the invitation Char... I just did.. blessings...

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Dixie, I so enjoyed your tea story. What wonderful memories for you to have. I enjoyed the pictures as well; the lusterware cup and saucers are very nice!

Happy Blue Monday to you :-)

Barbara H. said...

What sweet, sweet memories! That tea cozy is just gorgeous, and I love hearts and blues, so that blue heart is right up my alley.

The Muse said...

Stolen my heart...that tea cozy just whisks you away to times gone by and I became so enraptured in your family story..! I had a fun visit...!

Belinda said...

Love all of your pretty blue tea time treasures! I have to have at least two cups of hot tea every day...its essential for my sanity, lol, so these pieces are especially intriguing to me. :-)

Raggedy Girl said...

What a lovely tea and thank you for inviting me to share it.
Roberta Anne

Shari said...

Stopped by for a visit and have really enjoyed your blog - it's unique!
Blessings

Lucy said...

Those are adorable! Mind if I keep coming back to visit?

Melissa Wertz said...

That tea cozy is a silk ribbon design by Beverly Sheldrick of New Zealand. I have taken many silk ribbon embroidery and different sewing classes from her. Not sure if that is a kit she has sold, someone made and then sold again. Or if someone took the design and put it on a cozy that they made. Who knows, may have been made by Beverly herself. Many of her class samples get sold. Pretty nonetheless. Lovely post!

Dixie's Whimsey said...

Melissa- thank you so much for sharing that info with me on the tea cozy. I didn't know much about it except that it was beautiful and i adored it!

The Muse said...

LOL...I had just typed a note to My Aunt Jessie...LOL so I reckon I just had that name on my mind!
LOL

Don't reckon you are not interested in changing yours? LOL LOL
(i already made the change!) lol that is pretty hysterical...that I got caught...LOL, which I surely thought I had repaired it in time!

No offense meant, I hope you do know that ! :)

And yes, more seriously...I would be intrigued to know more about your heart strings pulling you to St Judes...but in due time...when you are ready my friend!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a cute tea cozy! And I love your china and little heart, too. Aren't family memories of doing something that special just wonderful?

XO,

Sheila :-)

LADY JANES' EMPORIUM said...

I love tea cozies! They are getting harder to find,your is wonderful! Thanks for the spot of tea! Happy Blue to you!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh I enjoyed your tea story so-o-o much ! What great memories you have.

Susan said...

Happy Blue Monday! Love your blues!

Sweetie said...

Your teapot and teacups are gorgeous. The luster ware teacups are beautiful but the teapot is my very favorite.
Happy Blue Monday!
Sweetie

jeanne said...

Oh Dixie I was so moved by your story about your grandmother having tea with you. That is such a sweet memory. Your tea cosy is beautiful, as is the teapot and the lovely tea cups. The little cute pull completes the picture. I have a cosy and I am amazed at how hot the tea stays inside the cosy. Thank you for sharing your treasures in blue.

Hugs...Jeanne

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

What a sweet story! I love your collection of tea cups!

Victoria ~ Auction Girl Vintage said...

Beautiful teapot and cups! Have a great Blue Week!

Victoria

Mary said...

Such pretty things, especially the cups and saucers, but the tea cozy is gorgeous too. I use one my dear mother made me in the '80's - it doesn't match anything I have but I just can't let it go. It's precious!!

Linda said...

Such lovely blue treasures. Thanks for sharing.

ellen b. said...

I guess I missed you on Blue Monday yesterday. I thought I had visited everyone. I love the tea cozy and your cups!!

CC said...

Such a beautiful tea set and your tea cosy is just as beautiful. I love them all. Happy belated Blue Monday..have a lovely week.

Susancnw said...

Okay, where's the gift shop in LC? My folks lived there from 75-89...mom lives in Friendswood, one sister lives in Alvin and one in Clear Lake...might get back down next summer so I need to know where the shop is...that is just too funny! I remember when there was no shops like that except Davis Recycle Shop down on Wisconsin and Main...

Susancnw said...

Forgot to say that I love the site...and the Rio Linda line is great. I hear that one lots from 10-1 here in CO