Monday, July 26, 2010
HOW MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH CUPS BEGAN!
Hi Ladies! I have very special tea cups to show you this week. This is our 21st Tea Cup Tuesday. "A Love Affair to Remember!" That's is all I can say about the very first tea cup that started this collection. It was given to my by a very dear friend. It has gone through earthquakes, kitchen remodeling and husband and is still as lovely as the day it was given to me. It is this beautiful cream and blue trio made in Bavaria. This trio was given to me about 28 years ago on my birthday. I was young and dumb and did not know a thing about tea cups or that I would one day amass such a large collection. Notice the pedestal shape and the ornate angular handle. It was love at first sight!
Exactly one year later, I received the second cup, from the same friend. It is a Haviland, Limoges. Demitasse cup. A fluted and molded cup and saucer with a handle shaped like a ribbon. It has beautiful floral and gilt decorations. Can you see why I just love Limoges? No body does it better! So my love affair with tea cups began!
Cup number 3 is also a Haviland, Limoges. Demitasse as well. It is a round cup with a looped handle in a beautiful teal color. This was one of the first cups that I added to my collection. My collection began to take off from here.
Last, but not least in any way, is this blue Lusterware from Bavaria. Most Lusterware was made in Japan, so this one is unique. It is a shallow cup with a slightly angular handle. It was an Estate sale purchase. I hope to show you some of my Mustache cups next week, so I wanted this week's cups to be very dainty.
This last picture is of a beautiful gift sent to me by a dear blogger friend, Susie. The art work is original. I have been looking for a frame for the pink one. She is a great artist, http://itch2stitchdotcom.blogspot.com/. If you get a chance, please visit her and tell her I said "Hi!". She does amazing work.
The tea pot is an Aynsley. I think it is beautiful! Well, ladies, you know what to do with Mr. Linky. Join early or late, just join and spread the word. Don't forget to visit my dear friend Terri http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/, my partner in this party. I could not do it without her! Send her a special blessing when you visit! Lots of hugs and love, Martha