Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tea Cup Time

Today's tea cup and saucer features a lovely floral design. The iris is pink with a little touch of lavender and pale green stems.

I love the silver trim. I believe these are the only ones I have with a silver trim.

These dishes once belonged to my mom's oldest sister, so they have a special place in my heart.

The manufacturer is Universal Cambridge, Camwood Ivory. I believe they were in business from the 1930s-1950s.

The picture below shows some of the dishes I have in this pattern. Not shown are the dinner plates, the smaller plates, dessert bowls and soup bowls. The only item missing is the tea pot/coffee pot.

Finally, one of my rose bushes decided to bloom. I'm so excited.

I really enjoy photographing flowers, especially ones I grow.

And the soul of the rose went into my blood,
As the music clash'd in the hall;
And long by the garden lake I stood,
For I heard your rivulet fall
From the lake to the meadow and on to the wood,
Our wood, that is dearer than all;
--Excerpt from "Maud" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

Thanks for stopping by!

I'm linking up to Terri at Artful Affirmations and Martha at Martha's Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday.
I'm also linking up to Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Steubenville Cup and Saucer

How's your August? Our's started out as hot as July, high-nineties, but has now cooled off. This is day three in the mid-eighties! And we finally received some much needed rain. The downside from this cooler weather and rain, is that it makes me so sleepy. All I want to do is curl up and take a nap.

The cup and saucer, I chose for this week, are on the petite side.

There's a lovely bouquet of flowers in the interior of the cup.

I love the blue on this cup and saucer. Blue is one of my favorite colors. I like how it contrasts with the gold trim and the white background.

The cup curves outward at the top, then has a few lines of ribbing as the curve comes back in. Some of the gold trim looks a little black, but I swear-- it's all gold!

The saucer has a floral motif in the center.

The cup and saucer were made by Steubenville Pottery, located in Steubenville, Ohio. They were in business from 1879 - 1959. The image above the company's name represents Fort Steuben.

I pulled out this ironstone plate to pair with my cup and saucer. This is made by the Johnson Brothers from Coaching Scenes: Hunting Country.

It's the perfect size for my store bought, banana nut muffin. For packaged muffins, you buy off the grocery-store shelf, Otis Spunkmeyer can't be beat. They are always delicious.

And I'm going to enjoy this muffin with my petite cup of tea.

Thank you so much for visting today!

I'm linking up to Terri at Artful Affirmations and Martha at Martha's Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday
and to Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Archiver's haul and Mad Tea Party Winner

A few days ago, I drove to my favorite scrapbook store, Archiver's. It's a good drive -- 40 miles from my house. There is a scrapbook store about 10 minutes from me, but I just don't like it.

I love Graphic 45 paper. They do a lot of vintage themes and Archiver's has the best selection of their paper. Here's some of the Graphic 45, fairy themed paper that I bought some time ago, called Once Upon a Springtime.

And on my last journey there, I picked up some papers from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe line.

On this trip, I bought several miscellaneous 12x12 sheets of paper for some current projects I'm working on. I also bought a 12x12 pad of paper, called "Ladies Diary". There are 24 double-sided sheets,{two sets of twelve sheets}.

I'm completely in love with all these sheets. Here are my favorite sheets found inside this pad.

And then, because Halloween is right around the corner {well, kind of}, I had to buy some Halloween paper. Grapic 45 strikes again with these vintage images they've re-purposed into new paper.

I'll  probably make cards out of this sheet.

I can never pass up owl-themed paper.

I picked up some new Halloween stamps, by Graphic 45. I love the witch flying across the moon.

Then I hit Hobby Lobby and Michael's craft store. Both stores had 40% off coupons last week. The coupons are available on each store's website. Last week Michael's ran 1/2 off embellishments and stickers by Recollections. Here's a small sample of what I picked up:

Now, it's time to put all these embellishments and paper to use!

~Mad Tea Party Giveaway~
The giveaway winner is  Ms Misantropia!

Many thanks to everyone who stopped by my Mad Tea Party and commented.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Vintage Finds

Last week, I attended the World's Longest Yard Sale.  The sale started on Thursday and lasted until Sunday. Though I loaded up on sunblock, I had too much sun on Thursday, which meant no yard sales for me on Friday. On Saturday, my mom and I hit the sales.

Here are some of the things that I found.

First up, is Anchor Hocking's Fire King. I found this sweet little bowl for fifty cents. It's the perfect size for beating eggs in.

Next is a set of four Fire King tea trays with matching cups. All are in excellent condition for their age. AH made this Primrose pattern from 1960-1962.

And I even scored the matching creamer. No sugar bowl though.

From the same vendor as the tea trays, I bought this Kodak Starflash Brownie camera. This camera was made from March 1957 to June 1965.

And I found it in its original box, which as you can see is very dirty. I haven't cleaned any of my finds yet. Everything always looks better once cleaned!

Inside the box was this instruction manual for the Kodak Duaflex II camera.

Now, my favorite thing that I bought last weekend is this three shelf, cart on wheels, trolley. I love it and I only paid $2.50 for it. I'll be taking it apart soon {the shelves are screwed into place} and repainting it. I haven't decided on what color yet, but probably not white. It looks a little too hospital-ly with the white shelves for me.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today!

I'm linking up to The Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingie Thursday.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Queen Anne

This week I'm showing off a Queen Anne tea cup and saucer. It was super sunny, when I did the pictures, so anything resembling a chip, is just the sun gleaming off the china.

Yellow is one of my favorite colors. It's so cheerful and it really makes me happy.

I like the grayish-green of the other flowers, too. The gold trim is in excellent condition on the cup and the saucer.

The bottom is marked Queen Anne, with the number C 57 9, made in England.

I had some  yellow flowers that I thought would look nice in the tea cup.

Here is a poem from one of my favorite poets, Alexander Pope.

Epistle to Miss Blount, On Her Leaving the Town, After the Coronation

As some fond virgin, whom her mother’s care
Drags from the town to wholesome country air,
Just when she learns to roll a melting eye,
And hear a spark, yet think no danger nigh;
From the dear man unwillingly she must sever,
Yet takes one kiss before she parts for ever:
Thus from the world fair Zephalinda flew,
Saw others happy, and with sighs withdrew;
Not that their pleasures caused her discontent,
She sighed not that They stayed, but that She went.
She went, to plain-work, and to purling brooks,
Old-fashioned halls, dull aunts, and croaking rooks,
She went from Opera, park, assembly, play,
To morning walks, and prayers three hours a day;
To pass her time ‘twixt reading and Bohea,
To muse, and spill her solitary tea,
Or o’er cold coffee trifle with the spoon,
Count the slow clock, and dine exact at noon;
Divert her eyes with pictures in the fire,
Hum half a tune, tell stories to the squire;
Up to her godly garret after seven,
There starve and pray, for that’s the way to heaven.
Some Squire, perhaps, you take a delight to rack;
Whose game is Whisk, whose treat a toast in sack,
Who visits with a gun, presents you birds,
Then gives a smacking buss, and cries – No words!
Or with his hound comes hollowing from the stable,
Makes love with nods, and knees beneath a table;
Whose laughs are hearty, tho’ his jests are coarse,
And loves you best of all things – but his horse.
In some fair evening, on your elbow laid,
Your dream of triumphs in the rural shade;
In pensive thought recall the fancied scene,
See Coronations rise on every green;
Before you pass th’ imaginary sights
Of Lords, and Earls, and Dukes, and gartered Knights;
While the spread fan o’ershades your closing eyes;
Then give one flirt, and all the vision flies.
Thus vanish scepters, coronets, and balls,
And leave you in lone woods, or empty walls.
So when your slave, at some dear, idle time,
(Not plagued with headaches, or the want of rhyme)
Stands in the streets, abstracted from the crew,
And while he seems to study, thinks of you:
Just when his fancy points your sprightly eyes,
Or sees the blush of soft Parthenia rise,
Gay pats my shoulder, and you vanish quite;
Streets, chairs, and coxcombs rush upon my sight;
Vexed to be still in town, I knit my brow,
Look sour, and hum a tune – as you may now.

Thank you for visiting today!

I'm linking up to:
Terri at Artful Affirmations and Martha at Martha's Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday,
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
and Bernideen at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Vintage Find & the World's Longest Yard Sale

I found this item at a thrift shop for $3.00. The bowl is a beautiful green color with no chips or cracks.

The glass bowl is being lifted up by a cherub with a fish tail--   a mer-cherub!

I think he's made of brass. I've never seen a cherub like this before. There's no markings anywhere on him or the bowl. I've searched the internet for something similar, but so far, no luck.

I love his round little belly and belly button.

I don't know if you've heard, but the World's Longest Yard Sale begins this weekend, from Thursday through Sunday. I'm so excited! Needless to say, I'll be yard-saling all weekend long.

The sale follows Highway 127, from Michigan to Alabama, going through Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Thousands of people set up each year to sell their items.

Look at all this glass!

I don't really like to buy from antique dealers as the prices are usually too high. Though sometimes I do get lucky. However, I love when I come across "regular" people selling stuff.

I like to take a few things with me when I yard sale: a magnet, (a magnet won't stick to silver), measuring tape, anti-germy wipes, sunblock and lots of cash! And, of course, the most important thing of all, my list of what I need.

This week I'm linking up to The Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingie Thursday.

Many thanks to everyone for visiting!