Monday, February 8, 2010

Tea and Tea Cups

Curling up under a quilt with a steaming cup of hot tea and a book has been my antidote to the endless gray skies and cold weather that have inhabited the world outside my windows. In this picture you can see one of my favorite tea cups and also one of the first I had in my collection. When I open my cupboard there are multiple kinds of cups and mugs to choose from, depending on my mood. There are thick old diner mugs, one that is tiny, perfect for enjoying a "half a cup" of coffee. Several are hand thrown pottery mugs including one made by a wonderful friend in her pottery studio. I have a pair of tea cups with matching lids I use for herbal teas. The most special part of my collection though is the set of mismatched tea cups I inherited from my grandmother. She ran the china and bridal registry part of their jewelry shop and at her house she used the extra pieces from the store for her everyday dishes. When I was preparing to set up my own house, she and I went through her "extra", extra pieces and I chose twelve settings of china for my future home. Now that she is gone I love to look at all the beautiful patterns and remember my Mamaw who used fine china to serve every meal because that's what she had. Whoever thought making do could be so elegant? So when I am feeling elegant or missing my grandma I get down the stacks of miss-matched tea cups and saucers and search through them for the perfect one for that day and brew myself a cup of tea. Comfort in a cup!

7 comments:

Elece Hollis said...

Beautiful! Oh, I wish I could write like you.

Melly said...

What sweet thoughts to remember. And I notice your lovely embroidired napkin too. xxx Melly

Nicole Benjamin said...

such sweet memories and thoughts, thank you for sharing this!

Larissa said...

Beautiful post. cups are so different from other dishes because we cradle them in our hands - and are warmed and nurtured by their contents. i Love that you are comforted by the pieces your grandma gave you - i wish i had more things from my grandparents. you have a lovely space here.

stitching under oaks said...

how wonderful that you have those special treasures. I have a lot of my grandma's tea cups too...they really are special to me. (thanks also for your last post...I made some snack mats and posted about it, linking to your blog.) Thanks Audra.

Kristin said...

I love mismatched sets! I agree, nothing better than a hot cup of tea, a blanket, and a book.

About to make some apple muffins. Will let you know how they turn out.

Heather said...

I love this post. What wonderful way to both keep your grandmother in your daily life, and to hear that she served every meal of fine china. That is very special