Friday, September 06, 2013

A Collection Of Tea Cups


While back in Canada for my Grandmother's memorial service
I had the sweet opportunity to take some pictures of her collection of tea cups.


It was in the morning and quiet in the house when I spent time photographing her china.


Grandma had her china tucked away in a cabinet 
so I never saw her tea cups the many times I was in her home before she passed away.
During this last visit it was like coming across a treasure chest.
I know quite a bit about my Grandma, but I didn't know she collected tea cups
and I was thrilled with the discovery.


I only wish my precious Grandma could have been there by my side
telling me the stories of each cup.
I was quite taken with her collection and wondered at the history of each one:

Who did it come from?

Did she sit with her best friend and chat over a cuppa tea?

Were there special memories behind each tea cup?


My darling Grandma loved her tea.
She would have several cups throughout the day and she always added milk to it :)
She also made the BEST butter tarts and maid-of-honor tarts to accompany tea time.


I was drawn to the tea cup pictured below
and it had become my favorite by the time I was done looking at each one.

The flowers remind me of Grandma:
pink for her beauty and feminine grace,
yellow for her happy and joyful spirit,
and gold for her nobleness as a lady.


I asked my Grandpa about the tea cups, but all he said was that Grandma liked to collect them.
My aunt once told me that when a lady gets married in Canada
she is often given tea cups as a wedding gift.


It was lovely to be able to enjoy my Grandmother's china.
I felt like I was in another world as I wondered about each cup and plate.


Thank you for stopping by and viewing my Grandmother's tea cups-
I hope you enjoyed your visit :)


Have a splendid weekend, sweet friends!


By the way, JES, a dear friend and sister in the Lord, 
featured my 'Beautiful Femininity' post on her blog today.
Feel free to visit her charming blog and say hello :)

49 comments:

Julie Marie said...

Hello sweet Stephanie... your grandmother's teacups are all so very beautiful... I do hope you are able to inherit one of these lovely treasures for your own... as I know besides the tea they would hold for you, they would be overflowing with precious memories of your grandmother... xoxo Julie Marie

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing such beauty.

Miss Val's Creations said...

The tea cups are so wonderful! These will be a great memory of your grandmother to cherish. My mom's mom was from Newfoundland and always loved her "spot of tea". Me, I need a mug of tea!

Sara Blevins said...

Your grandmother could have been my favorite friend, she sure know how to pick beautiful tea cups. What a sweet memory of her that you are spreading. Thank you for sharing and thank you for visiting my blog this morning! Blessings~

SarahGeorge said...

How lovely! What a wonderful time you would've had photographing these lovely treasures! I love the way you've portrayed your grandmother in one of those sweet cups.Have a great day friend! It's great that your post has been featured! Congrats to you!

harleygirl said...

What a nice post. I'm glad you got to see these, even if she wasn't there to tell you the stories behind each one. You have some wonderful memories. :)

Laura said...

Good Morning, Sweet Stephanie!

These tea cups are so lovely...bless you for sharing them with us today! There is just something so soothing about a cup of tea...and a kind friend to share it with. I have a few lovely ones of my own...several that belonged to my husband's mama...which are so dear to me, as she was.

Praying that you and your family will have a blessed day...
Laura

Teri said...

Dear Stephanie...so, so heartwarming! Such pretty tea cups and such sweet thoughts of your Grandmother! Sweetest Blessings ♥ Teri

Sylvia said...

Good morning my friend, I so enjoyed looking at each teacup with you, your grandmother was a special lady. I love the footed one, it is so different. I hope you were able to bring some home with you.
Hugs,
Sylvia

Debbie Harris said...

What a heart warming post Dear Stephanie. You made me cry. :(
Grandma Betty had some beautiful tea cups, funny she would just use her correlle. :)

You porrayed grandma beautifully in the discription of the one tea cup. My favorite is the one with the bright pink flower. Grandma was always so beautiful and cheerful looking in that color pink.

Thank you for sharing her collection with us today, I really enjoyed the visit. I am going to tell all your Aunts to come and see this wonderful post. They too will enjoy seeing their mothers beauties.

Blessings and much love, mom

wilma b said...

Beautiful teacups. I'm from Canada, and while I don't know what the traditions are nowadays, back when I got married (almost 47 years now...) I received several lovely teacups as shower gifts. Alas, they didn't all survive, but a number of them did.

Another little story...I serve tea once a month with the ladies from the hospital auxiliary at a long term care facility. What to my surprise, the first time I was there, but lovely, delicate teacups were set for each resident! They LOVE to have tea in the special cups!

Vee said...

Stephanie, they are so beautiful and will always remind you of your precious grandmother. Do you have a favorite yet?

I do think Canadian gals have more tea cups than American ones, for which I am glad since both my mother and grandmother were Canadian.

Vee said...

Stephanie, they are so beautiful and will always remind you of your precious grandmother. Do you have a favorite yet?

I do think Canadian gals have more tea cups than American ones, for which I am glad since both my mother and grandmother were Canadian.

Delvalina said...

"pink for her beauty and feminine grace,
yellow for her happy and joyful spirit,
and gold for her nobleness as lady."

You are such a thoughtful grand daughter. Your grandmother must similar like Lovely lady you I'm sure. It was good story that you discover her tea cup collection.

Love,
Eva

Pamelyn Parrish said...

Your loving description of your grandmother using a tea cup will stay with me for a long time. Such beauty and peace in your words!

Elizabethd said...

What beautiful reminders of your dear grandma. The pretty turquoise cup and saucer are similar to some that I have, so very pretty!

Simply Linda said...

Good afternoon Stephanie! What a lovely post and very pretty teacups. Thank you for sharing. Blessings

podso said...

This will be the find my granddaughter will have someday as I have quite a collection of teacups as well. Each one is so unique in your grandmother's teacups--what a special keepsake for you all to remember her!

Marilyn said...

Sweet memories that will be even more so over time. Maybe someday one of these treasures will come to live at your house. Blessings to you and may YOU have a nice weekend.♥♫

Billie Jo said...

Oh so very beautiful in themselves, but even more so with the sentimental feelings that accompany them...

I so enjoyed sharing them with you, friend! : )

Have a wonderful weekend.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

They are each one so special and delicate. We definitely get our love for beautiful things from our grandmothers. I'm so glad you took photos and hope some day you have some of these to cherish. Sweet hugs!

Karen Frost said...

What lovely teacups! What a nice surprise to find them and wonder about each one and where they came from. Your description of your Grandmother as reflected in the teacup is lovely. I do hope some get passed down to you as a precious memory of your Dear Grandmother. Hugs xoxo

Jazzmin said...

Oh Stephanie, this post made me smile so much! I can only imagine how special and sweet those moments were just admiring your Grandmother's teacups, thinking about her, and wondering about her collection. Those are precious moments. And every tea cup is so beautiful. I wish your Grandmother could have been there as you looked at them, too, but what a gift to find such treasures to keep in your photos and in your heart in memory of her.

This was so pleasant to read... it also brought me back to what it felt like after my Grandmother passed away and I went in her room for the first time after- my favorite thing to look at were her books, most of all her big, old beautiful bible with lace and photos and all kinds of her memories placed in the pages.

What a blessing to have the gift of seeing these things and lovingly think of our loved ones!

Love and hugs! I hope you have a wonderful day!
~Jazzmin

Liz Hockamier said...

Even now in my 50's I still look at my grandmother's things and think of her. I am so grateful to have them and a few of the stories behind them.

Your tea-cups are precious!

Have a great weekend!
~Liz

Anne Payne said...

Such a sweet collection of cups but your words are even sweeter!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

Gorgeous set of tea cups - the one with the pansies really caught my eye!!

Sherri B. said...

It is so nice that you had the quiet time to bring out and enjoy your grandmothers tea cup collection. Thank you for sharing with us...my favorite one is the pretty blue, but I would love any one of them for my tea time.

Have a sweet weekend my friend. xo

NanaDiana said...

Oh- what beautiful, beautiful teacups and collection. Just gorgeous, Stephanie- xo Diana

kitty said...

Aren't they gorgeous, Stephanie? I love all of them and I know that they are precious to you. Did you get to bring any home?
I must have milk in my tea, too, just like your grandma. xo

Sarah said...

What a beautiful post! My grandmother is very fond of tea. She came from England to the US in the 1960's. She drinks several cups of tea throughout the day. She passed on her love of tea to all of her granddaughters. : )

Blackberry Lane said...

Hi Stephanie, What lovely photos of your grandmother's tea cups. These would be loved matted and framed for your kitchen or dining room. I know you loved and admired her so much.

God bless you this weekend.

Sue said...

A beautiful collection,from a special grandmother. thanks for sharing.

JES said...

Thank you for the sweet introduction :) Your grandmother's tea cups were beautiful! :) My grandmother left her china to my daughter when she passed. We finally saw it this summer… Lots of tears, lots of memories because we weren't able to be there. But, most of all, lots of love! Thank you for sharing yours today...

Mindy Whipple said...

Such a lovely collection of cups. It will be a sweet memory for you as you use one of your own to remember her and her cups. Have a great weekend Stephanie!

LadyD said...

This is lovely. Thank you for sharing your Grandma's collection with us and some of your sweet thoughts about her. :) You did a good job photographing them by the way, the colors and delicate feel of the China comes through in the pictures.

living from glory to glory said...

Good Afternoon, I am so happy to sit here and enjoy this sweet post on your Grandmothers tea cups.
I also have such fond memories of drinking coffee with my Grandmother. But we always used her tea cups. I never thought it odd as a child that we did not drink tea. But we always called it our tea parties :)
I have had a direction from the Lord of only being on the computer only certain days. It has given me some relief of feeling like it takes too much time away from my Hubby and family and my homemaking.
I have grown very fond of you and I look forward to many years of corresponding together.
Always, Roxy

Maryann said...

Sounds like you have wonderful memories of your grandmother...her tea cups are lovely, so delicate looking...thanks for sharing them with us

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi Stephanie, your Grandma had a beautiful collection! Thanks for sharing them . Wishing you a wonderful weekend and week. Take care.
Julie

Vee said...

Stephanie~

Thank you for indulging me with a response when, if I had only read carefully, I'd have known. That one does have something special about it. I'd have been tempted by the footed one with the unusual handle, though I don't think it would make for a "comfortable" cup of tea.

Danni Baird said...

My grandmother gave me her tea cups too and I love to look at them. Their are not as many as yours and yours are very beautiful! Isn't it fun to have something that was so precious to someone who was so precious to us?

Karen said...

Thank you so much for sharing her collection with us. I'm sure each piece has a story to tell about her life. Beautiful

Nina said...

Those cups are so sweet and special, Stephanie! I'm reminded of the teatable my grandmom used to set with her handpainted cups, and the silver spoons. We washed them afterwards carefully, setting them to the cupboard with glas doors, so they we're delighting her all day long... Thank you for bringing this sweet memory on my mind!
Blessings to your week,
Nina

Maria said...

Thank you for sharing photos of your Grandmother's lovely tea cups! What a treasure and a wonderful loving tribute to her!:-)

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful cups, how neat you both have a love for the same things, love the ones with images on the inside and the pretty shapes!

Haddock said...

A good collection unearthed. Yes if she was around you could have written posts and posts on each one.

feipeng wu said...

Thanks for sharing.
The teaset is so beautiful.
I must own one...

Green

Kate M said...

Beautifully photographed tea cups - you must have felt very close to your grandmother ding this - and what a pleasure!! You have obviously inherited her love of these fine things!!
Hugs
xx

Linda Young said...

I just read this post and I loved all the beautiful teacups and I know you will treasure them. I loved hearing about your dear Grandma. I know just how you feel, going through her things, wishing you still had her with you. I'm sure she adored you, and you were so lucky to have her! Your blog is just so lovely! I so enjoyed my visit!
Love, Linda

ketz said...

Awesome post! I loved hearing about your dear Grandma because I can relate on you! She drinks several cups of tea throughout the day.

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