Monday, February 25, 2008

Tea and Violets

Good morning my good friends.

I had a wonderful week away with my sister at Myrtle Beach. We talked, laughed, went for walks on the beach, and drank copious amounts of tea. It was great!

Now I am back home and wondering what to share with my blogging family today. Well as far as I am concerned it's always time for tea and I thought we could use one of the few treasures that I inherited from my family: this teapot and plate. They were painted by one of my cousins, back in the day when it was it was the fashion for gentile ladies to take china painting lessons. They usually painted on Limoges and always painted flowers.
The colors and shading on this plate and teapot are beautiful and isn't the shape of the teapot elegant?Since I am pouring tea from a teapot with violets, I got out 2 cups and saucers with violets on them. This one is pale blue, with white inside the cup.
This one is very elegant, with the gold around the edge. I like the way teacups often have a little design inside, and it can only be seen if you are holding the cup with your right hand.
Teacups usually have a smaller version of the design on the back so the best view of the cup faces the person who is using it (provided they pick up the cup in their right hand)
This particular saucer is covered with flowers. Isn't it beautiful?
Please stay for awhile and have some tea with me. I've missed you and want to catch up on all your news! Now which teacup would you like and I forget, do you take milk? sugar?

Rhondi xo


  1. Milk please Rhondi. I was so pleased to come and check my comments only to see that you had stopped by. I checked your blog and you had not returned yet. I missed you but am so happy you had such a wonderful time with your sister. What fun to be able to get away with her.

    I love your teacups but I am left handed and never see these insides like some people do. I just adore violets. That teapot and plate were hand painted by someone in your family? What talent! It is so pretty. I was also admiring the cross stitched tablecloth under the items in the photos. I love things like this!

    Hope your Monday is a special start to a new and wonderful week dear friend!

    Hugs ~

  2. Rhondi

    2 scoops sugar with half and half!
    What lovely dishes...I am going to Murtle Beach next month, any recommendations??

  3. Welcome home! We missed you. What gorgeous teacups and pot. You have such wonderful treasures. Thanks for having tea with us today. ~Adrienne~

  4. Love your teapot and cups.
    I remember my grandma had a hand painted set it was so beautiful. when she died it was given to my auntie who was the youngest of the family.
    Glad you and your sister had a wonderful time. I don't have the luxury of sisterhood any longer. I really do miss it.So reading about those who do I am so thrilled for them.
    Have a nice day. snowing here!!

  5. Ah... lovely teacups! I've got a number of the luster teacups with transferware violets on them myself. There's just something deeply underrated about the sweet simplicity of the violet.

  6. Hi Rhondi! Glad you had fun! I love all of your pretty tea cups, but I would love to use the gold trimmed one please. And I drink my tea with one sugar and a small amount of milk.. Thanks!!

  7. Welcome back Rhondi:-)
    Oh my what a beautiful tresure you have there. Those cups and saucers are just lovely too.

    Have a wonderful day and Thanks for sharing..

  8. Hi Rhondi,
    Welcome back!
    Your tea pot is absolutely gorgeous as are the tea cups! Have a wonderful day.

  9. What beautiful treasures! I know I collect teapots and tea cups....but, I don't drink tea, can I have coffee in mine? :)

    Your trip sounds so fun! Glad you made it home safely.


  10. I'll take Earl Grey in the gold rimmed cup...two packs of splenda and a dash of milk, please, and thank you *smile*

    Hope you have a wonderful day!

  11. Hi Rhondi,
    Welcome Back!!
    Glad you had a nice time!
    Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog.
    I would really love to have tea from that beautiful teapot and, those pretty cups. If only you were closer.

  12. Thanks, Rhondi for the relaxation advice for Myrtle Beach--I think I'll follow it!

  13. Hi..glad your back and glad your visit with your sister was so good!!

    I'll take the gold cup & just sugar for me.

    hugs, Deena

  14. I'll take any cup if I can sit down and share a cuppa with you! Just a little milk please Rhondi.
    Did you cross stitch the cloth? It's so sweet.

    Glad your week at the beach with your sis was fun - pleased you're back, you were missed. See you entered my anniversary giveway - good luck!

  15. I'm glad you are back, you were missed! So glad you enjoyed your restful time with your sister.

    The tea pot is gorgeous! I love both cups, but would choose the gold trimmed one! Two lumps, no milk!


  16. the flower accents are lovely.

  17. It was so nice to see your comments on my blog and to know you were back.

    I have many violets in bloom right now, unfortunately some are in my lawn, not where I want them.

    Your tea cups are just lovely.

    Kathy b

  18. Your teapot and teacups are beautiful. Another talented artist in the family!

  19. Hi Rhondi!
    I adore violets! I used to gather them in huge hadfulls in the spring at my grandparents farm. Grandma had the usual purple violets and a big area of yellow violets that grew in her shady back yard:>) I have some violet cups & saucers too. Thanks for sharing your beauties!

  20. So glad to see you back and serving tea out of this magnificent tea pot into these magnificent tea cups and saucers. Aren't they soooo pretty! I take lemon and 2 lumps, please and thank you. Thanks much for sharing.
    Sure glad you had such a nice time on your get-away.
    hugs, bj

  21. So glad that you had a lovely time, but gladder still that you are back. These teacups and saucers are just gorgeous. Such wonderful treasures. I love when objects have a little story to them. Have a lovely day and thanks for the tea. Thank you for your comments on my blog. Blessings, Karen

  22. I love, love, love your teapot, cups, and saucers. They are absolutely beautiful! I would feel so special and spoiled having tea with you.

  23. Rhondi,
    Missed you but glad you had time with your sister...I had two sisters but both died as a result of cancer...cherish each moment you have with your sister......

    I'd be delighted to have either cup.....and sugar please....Betty

  24. Oh Betty I am sorry. That must be very hard for you. Yes I do really appreiciate my sister. She's the best!
    Rhondi xo

  25. Glad you had a great time! Love all the china but the one's your cousin painted are just spectacular!


  26. No milk, no sugar please, Rhondi! Glad you had a great time with your sister. I love your china! I have been to Limoges many, many times, I love that town. Our eldest is named after a saint and martyr who lived in Limoges in the 3th century: Ste. Valérie.
    Thank you for your kind comments on my quilting etc. So sweet!

    Have a nice day and enjoy your tea!
    Greetings, Carolien

  27. Dear Rhondi,
    Sugar, please; no milk. I'll take the first teacup -- light blue. they are all so beautiful, though! Violets are one of my favorite flowers -- they grow wild in our lawn in the spring, and I won't let the lawn guys mow them!

  28. Seeing your violets reminded me to post my violet collection.


  29. Rhondi,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. So nice to meet a fellow artist, dishaholic, book loving, tree loving, camellia grower.
    Love, love, love that violet teacup. It is simply gorgeous!
    I'll be back.
    Hugs, Laura

  30. What lovely pieces to have inherited, I love old china pieces. What is it about violets, that most of us like. I have tiny violets in my garden and a collection of violet perfume bottles, even though I hate the smell of the perfume, they tend to come in very pretty packaging! x


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