Sunday, October 11, 2015

You, Me and a cup of tea


Stephanie of The Enchanted Rose has recently hosted a tea cup exchange where ladies from all over the world gifted a tea cup (and other goodies) to each other. As I adore pretty, fine bone china, tea cups I thought it would be rather delightful to join in the fun, as one can never have too many pretty tea cups.

If tea cups could talk there would be a many a story to divulge. Stories of friends gathering together, enjoying a cuppa in a pretty fine bone china tea cup, ruminating on all things life. I once read life is like a tea cup, it is to be filled to the brim and enjoyed with a friend....or two.


What would we do without a bottomless cup of tea. It seems to me in life,  a cup of tea can fix just about everything. If you are feeling a little chilly, it can warm you......if you are feeling a li'l sad it can cheer you.....if you are feeling a little warm after a hot Summer's day, there is nothing quite as refreshing as an iced tea. Yes indeedy, it seems to me in this thing they call life, a cup of tea makes everything a little better.



AND......of course one of the most absolutely beautiful things in life is to drink a cup of tea in  an absolutely beautiful fine bone china, tea cup. Indeed, a cup of tea tastes ever so much more ambrosial in a fine bone china, tea cup; does it not.


Oh...and of course, me thinks there are so many times in life where a good book and a cup of tea go hand in hand. Sometimes, all it seems you need in your day is a good book and a restorative cup of tea; oh ......and perhaps a cosy fire to warm the cockles of one's heart.


Taking part in the tea cup exchange, I received a lovely parcel in the post, pertaining to all things tea and pretty, fine bone china, tea cups. The loveliest tea cup was gifted to me by Belle, my tea cup exchange partner. It is gorgeous, with dainty pretty blue, pink and lemon Spring flowers planted around the cup and saucer with 'Royal Devonshire' stamped on the bottom.






Mmmm......very pretty, very pretty indeed! If I had to choose a tea cup myself I couldn't have chosen a more perfect one....I love it!!




Accompanying this pretty tea cup and saucer was a sweet spoon, some refreshing Ceylon Orange Pekoe tea, a few deliciously, decadent chocolates which were lovingly handmade by a lady from a very old Russian recipe, some printed tea cup serviettes and a smidgen of lace. I might add each bite into these delicious chocolates felt positively sinful! Belle wrote the loveliest of letters printed on gorgeous paper, telling me about herself and her pretty little part of the world in which she lives.






I have had the best fun joining in Stephanie's tea cup exchange. Thank you, Stephanie for your prodigious effort in all that went into hosting this fun exchange.

It is lovely to meet a new kindred spirit, in Belle. It will be lovely to take a few moments throughout my day to sit and enjoy a cuppa in my pretty new tea cup. I have read that tea is rather akin to a hug in a cup. It is, isn't it...........a chat, sometimes a cry, over a cup of tea between friends can be the panacea for one's ills. Thank you Belle for my pretty tea cup....indeed, it seems tea tastes even sweeter in this pretty tea cup!



Belle......let's have a cup of tea, I'll think of you, you'll think of me!






Have the most wonderful week everyone....remember to take many moments throughout this week to enjoy a cup of tea, in a pretty tea cup!



58 comments:

  1. Oh what a delightful swap to be part of. And such a sweet and beautiful cup and saucer to receive. How genteel and peaceful it must be to drink from that cup your tea!!! Beautiful post Kim! Have a wonderful week.

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  2. Another gorgeous post Kim. Of course you have THE perfect doilies and ribbons to go alongside your pretty new cup. Enjoy. Savour every sip.

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  3. I love my herbal teas so very much too! Your tea cup exchange sounded fun and I like yours that you recieved.

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  4. Beautiful tea post! I love your new teacup...it's very pretty! I enjoyed reading your post while having my tea in my new teacup from Karren. I love Stephanie's teacup exchange swaps!!!

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    1. Stephanie's tea cup exchange swaps are a lot of fun, aren't they. Thank you for your lovely comments, Oliva. Enjoy that pretty tea cup of yours. =)

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  5. So delightful to visit your darling blog, Kim! You have received the prettiest tea cup and it does seem perfect for you! Wonderful thoughts on sharing a cup of tea and so nice to see all your pretties, too! It would be so nice to share a cup with you! xo Karen

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    1. ....and it would be delightful to share a cup of tea with you, Karen! Thank you so much for your sweet comments!

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  6. Gorgeous photos and tea cup Kim, make you want a cuppa straight away.

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  7. Such a pretty tea cup - no wonder you're happily enjoying tea already. Love all your wonderful tea-themed props you used in the photos!

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  8. Your beautiful words went right along with your gorgeous tea cup, Kim.
    Belle certainly gifted you with a treasure of goodies, and home made chocolates, how delightful.

    Stephanie has put a great deal of love and care into her beautiful exchanges and it's such a lovely way for ladies to meet from all over.
    How wonderful that you were able to join in this time around, Kim.

    Bless you~ Debbie

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  9. You received a very pretty tea cup and many wonderful gifts to go along with it. You did a wonderful job with sharing your cup with us and showing us all your lovely pretties. With things turning Spring Like in your neck of the woods; the cup is perfect. Sit, sip and enjoy!

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  10. Beautiful post! You're right, there's nothing like a good cup of tea and a good book!!

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  11. Don't worry, I have to cups of tea every day, one in the late morning and one at 5 in the afternoon, nobedy can deny them to me :) !!!!
    What a joy my darling Kim to come and visit you here, yours are such joyous posts !

    Have a blessed continuation of the week, my dearest friend,
    sending dear love and hugs
    Dany

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  12. I totally agree. Really nothing can beat a cup of tea. Your new cup is so pretty and your lovely arrangements display it beautifully :)

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  13. Kim, what a beautiful gift package! The colors on the teacup are so delicate.

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  14. I could not have put in better words, Kim! This post is perfect just like tea. Enjoy your cuppa :)

    -Soma

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  15. SO pretty! I love the pattern on that tea cup and saucer. What a blessing that Stephanie hosts such lovely parties for women all the world over to enjoy. Happy Fall to you! Camille

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  16. How lovely, Kim. I love everything about tea, not least having it in a pretty teacup :-) And you're showing some gorgeous embroidery in this post.
    Amalia
    xo

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  17. What a beautiful post! Your teacup and your gifts are quite lovely! Blessings this day, Lynn

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    1. Thank you so much, you are very sweet, Lynn Thank you for popping by...it has been a delight to meet you. =)

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  18. I know I say this EVERY TIME I visit, but dear Kim, you make me smile :) Your sweet heart, joy for life, and love for others is so contagious, my friend.

    How I love the tea cup sweet Belle sent to you - isn't she a deightful and precious lady? The two of you are unique and beautiful and I thought you were simply perfect for one another {{smiles}}

    I am so glad you joined the tea cup adventure, dear one, and I am thankful your were blessed. This post was a beautiful all the way around. Much love to you, Kim!

    P.S. -The sweet package you sent to Mimi won my heart! You are so kind and generous!

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  19. Hi Kim, what love thoughts you have shared, along with your beautiful tea cup and saucer! I am looking forward to sitting by the fireplace this weekend with my tea and a good book. This was such a great way to meet and make new friends, thank you for sharing,'
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  20. What a truly lovely way to have posted about your tea cup exchange. Oh, and your teacup is absolutely lovely - perfect for you - your pics are totally pin-worthy amazing.

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  21. Your teacup is pretty and it looks lovely amongst the blue and white embroidered pieces. I must agree that tea always tastes better in a china teacup and brings back a touch of femininity to a world where it is being lost.

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  22. Ahhhhh. You're post is just lovely. Excellent photographs and a feeling of contentment. Thank you for sharing. ~Heather

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  23. Hello there Kim,
    I feel exactly like you about a cup of tea! I really love your tea cup and goodies you received from the exchange.
    Stephanie organizes such a wonderful exchange or everyone.
    Enjoy everything and thanks for the lovely visit.
    Julie xo

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  24. Kim, how completely perfect is that teacup for you! Belle chose well. I was honoured to have you as my sender and my gorgeous teacup is used lovingly every single day. The sweet pink lace heart embellished with pearls that you made for me, has pride of place in my sewing room, right above my sewing machine where it makes me smile each time I see it. I am so happy to have you as a new friend. What a blessing Stephanie is in all our lives. Love, Mimi xxx

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    1. My pretty new tea cup is perfect, isn't it. It was a delight and such fun to gather together all those pretties and gift them to you, Mimi. The best thing about Stephanie's tea cup exchange is the lovely new friends we meet. =)

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  25. Kim, this is such a beautiful post about receiving your lovely teacup and other goodies! It looks as though it was made for you. Stephanie does a wonderful thing hosting these exchanges and I am so blessed to have been a part of this...a first for me! Blessings and hugs!

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  26. Such a beautiful tea cup! This exchange was such a treat! Have a beautiful day!

    Alexis @ www.chemistrycachet.com

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    1. It is, isn't it. Thank you for visiting.....'tis lovely to meet you, Alexis!

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  27. Oh Kim, What a beautiful teacup you received from Belle. It is simply exquisite and you've described so perfectly how we feel about the importance of a cuppa tea. Belle was so thoughtful for including other goodies in your package for you to enjoy. I certainly loved seeing your pretty teacup displayed on pretty linens and in sweet vignettes. We are all certainly blessed by our sweet friend, Stephanie, who organizes this with such love and kindness in her heart.

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  28. What an elegant and beautiful tea cup, Sarah! I'm glad you had an enjoyable time, as I did too. :) I am happily anticipating next year's exchange.
    I love your header, by the way. :)
    Love,
    Ashley
    creatingpreciousmoments.blogspot.com

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    1. It was fun, wasn't it. Thank you for your sweet comments, Ashley....it is a delight to meet you. =)

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  29. Such pretty pictures and I just love the purple colors! It's so much fun to see what everyone got in this exchange!

    ~Trisha

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    1. It has been the best fun, hasn't it, Trisha. Thank you for popping by. =)

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  30. What a gorgeous teacup! Tea certainly does taste better when sipped from fine bone china teacups!

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  31. Wow everything is so beautiful and your photography is amazing!

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    1. You are very kind, Marie....thank you. It has been a delight to participate in this exchange and meet ladies such as you. =)

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  32. What a beautiful tea cup and you make it looks so good! I think I have a cup now :-)
    Enjoy and have a great weekend!

    xo
    Mary

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    1. 'Tis lovely to meet you, Mary. Thank you for your sweet comments!

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  33. Absolutely beautiful! You are very fortunate ~ :) Your blog is beautiful and I'm a new follower. I look forward to getting to know you!

    xo
    Pat

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  34. Kim--what a stunning blog you have and so far from where I live--yet we are kindred indeed when it comes to tea and beautiful textiles! Your teacup exchange gifts are lovely. I am interested in that chocolate--not on my list to indulge in these days, but I do cheat for the best of it when it comes my way. Blessings!
    Kathy

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    1. Aaaah yes.....beautiful textiles and pretty tea cups...the lovely things of life. Thank you for your lovely comments and thank you so much for taking the time to visit my li'l corner of the world. It is a delight to meet you. =)

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  35. Oh yes that is a lovely teacup, the violets are a favorite spring flower of mine. - Mmmm those chocolates sound yummy. - Looks like you got some really great stuff. I enjoy a good cup of Tea myself now & then. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  36. Hi Kim, Your teacup is truly pretty, and all your photos are absolutely beautiful ! Love the ribbon, quotes, cozy fire! I feel we are soul sisters since I have the exact same teaspoon! =) Enjoy your lovely treasures, cuppa tea, and reading a book by the fire! Have a blessed day!

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    1. It's official then, if you and I have the same teaspoon, then we must be soul sisters. =) Thank you for your lovely comments. It is a pleasure to meet you!

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  37. What gorgeous photos Kim! Your tea cup from Bella is so pretty!!! Your flowers were beautiful sitting next to it! I agree that a cuppa tea fixes just about anything! Thank you for stopping by my blog to check out my tea cup! What a very lovely package you received!
    Have a great weekend!
    Linda

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    1. It was a pleasure to visit your lovely blog, Linda. It has been the best fun seeing what pretty tea cups everyone was gifted. Thank you for your lovely comments. =)

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  38. Oh my that is one very pretty tea cup Kim! Such gorgeous flowers on it, sigh... And your stitched piece is so beautiful and matching! Hugs xx

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  39. Kim, your blog is really pretty. I love the things you for your exchange...perfect for you.

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  40. What an absolutely beautiful idea .... a teacup exchange. I could not think of anything nicer. That is a beautiful teacup you received dear Kim. Your photos with the doilies & the flowers look so perfect & lovely. I adore drinking my tea out of a nice china cup ... we should use our nice china & not save it for special occasions I feel.

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  41. I so agree with a cup of tea can fix almost everything!
    Lovely pics, always a nice place to visit.
    Cheers, Anita.

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  42. Beautiful post! you're so right, Tea fixes everything..or at least makes it feel better :)
    cheers!

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  43. What a beautiful post Kim. Loved the photos with your signature frothy lace, and what a gorgeous springtime teacup! It is you right to a, well, to a "T". I love tea and enjoy it in a fine bone china cup, or even in my stainless steel lidded camping mug (so I can take it in my canoe, you see). Tea follows me around all day long ... my shadow. You are so right that tea is a comfort and can be shared with friends beside you, or even cyber friends across the world. Bottoms up!
    Wendy

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  44. What a sweet gift! It is always so much fun to make new friends.

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  45. A pretty floral tea cup a lovely gift and the flowers and stitchery too!

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