These two items I purchased for $5 at a yard sale. The ladies were so sweet...AND they had tents set up, so that people could yard sale shop AND beat the heat at the same time. Although when I visited last Saturday, the weather had cooled down nicely for the day. I found a lovely demitasse teacup with matching saucer AND a miniature sugar bowl. The view of the sugar bowl is really nice...this is what's on this side...
I don't know anything about demitasse teacups...maybe you ladies could fill me in? I loved it because it was made in Germany. I lived in Germany for three years. This other item, the sugar bowl, was really sweet. I think this was designed small on purpose. I'm not sure why..but I'm thinking it's perfect for tea for one :) :) :)
One of the lady's running the yard sale said that demitasse cups are used for certain really strong Turkish or Indian teas..and sometimes for certain English breakfast teas. Now, remember, I'm still new to teas but I loved her story...so the story itself was definitely worth the price I paid :) :) :) Plus I like the design. It's like someone chopped off the first inch of the rim of the teacup :) :) It's so dainty!!!
Here's my German demitasse teacup again with the view of the miniature sugar bowl from the other side :) :) Doesn't that rose like very English? I like how the gold trim on both items match!!!
The lady also told me that these were her mother's tea things. Her mother had to move into assisted living..and they were selling some of her things that she couldn't keep anymore. That broke my heart..to be honest...but at the same time, the lady was happy that I would give those items a good home. She also said there'd be lots more teacups in the spring. So I'll definitely have to check it out!!!
Here's a view of the saucer. It has three lovely roses with a vague hint of color in the background...lovely peachy tones with a touch of yellow!!!
I was really curious about the lady that these items belonged to. The daughter, one of the lady's running the yard sale, pointed out many things of her mother's. I could tell right away that this woman was a real, trule lady. She had silk gloves and satin gloves and everything a proper lady of the day would have...she was/is a very stylish woman.
This is the backstamp on the saucer!! I love backstamps on tea things: ) :) :) It says just as much to me as the actual design itself!!!
Here's a close-up of the floral design on the outside of the demitasse. It is so lovely and delicate...just like the cup itself!!!
Here's a lovely little bouquet of pink flowers with gold and green leaves...accented with two smaller pink roses...because doesn't every secret rose on the inside rim need accompaniement? Yes, yes it does :) :) :) The backstamp on the teacup was the same as the one on the saucer....right down to the number "41" on the back.
Now believe it or not I almost passed on the teacup and saucer alltogether for just this lovely little sugar bowl. It was so cute that I just had to give it a forever home. It's got a nice background of buttercream yellow...with this lovely rose that reminds me so very much of British royalty!!!
This sugarbowl would be perfect for a single person or two people...if they're just having a cup of tea each. Oh, this is not that much bigger than a golf ball :)
Here's the backstamp...and wouldn't you know it...It's the Royal Stuart collection...cool...and you know there were some stories with that royal family :) :) I love my little sugar bowl :):)
I love the nice clear backstamp!!! I don't there can ever be too many patterns or backstamps for tea things!!! Nope...again, more is more :) :) :)
This was a bit of fun I was having with my newly acquired demitasse teacup and saucer. I knew I wouldn't be drinking tea out of it soon...and I do LOVE to reuse things for totally new purposes other than it's original intended design...on occassion, of course :) :) So here's what I came up with today. I put in this little skein of crochet thread that I purchased at a thrift shop for $0.50 cents. This particlar spool of crochet thread is about the size of a golfball..maybe a little bigger...and well, that'll give you an idea of how "big" my German demitasse is in real life :) :)
I love how the label says "Brilliant". I didn't do that on purpose...but it's very apropos to the day...tea...brilliant...lovely ladies who celebrate tea with me...brilliant...so forth and so on..:) :) :) :)
Okay...I had to include some knitting here...because asking me not to, is like asking me to stop breathing. Here are the last three days (including today) of the mystery dishcloth knit along hosted by Rachel's Knitting Corner. Click here if you'd like to participate. She has all the instructions there so you can get all caught up. I think I can pretty much tell what the pattern is now...it's so much fun...but you never know if there'll be a bigger surprise when this is finished. That's why it's a mystery :) :)Oh, fun times...ladies..fun times :) :) I really love this and I couldn't go to work this morning until I had written the instructions down...so I could work on it this evening...
Day 6 - Saturday ~ August 21st, 2010
Day 7 - Sunday ~ August 22nd, 2010
Day 8 - Monday~August 23rd, 2010
Work went really well today. Today I worked "inbound" phones...meaning that I took orders from customers who were calling in today. Plus, I resolve any customer service issues that may arise. Every once in awhile I had a "not so nice" customer...but that's par for the course and I try not to let it bother me.
Oh my shoulder was really acting up today, ladies...It was painful..It goes from my shoulder right up my neck and I can feel the tension. I think it's definitely my muscle. Pray that God would heal the pain. I'd love to go see a chiropractor...but I do not have health insurance, so right now I have to see what I can do to help myself at home :) :) :) Well, enough about that...I would totally appreciate your prayers...and vice versa, if I can pray for you more specifically, please let me know...You can always send an email or leave a comment here...whichever you feel more comfortable with!!!
I was able to talk with some really sweet customers today..and specifically I'm thinking of a couple of really sweet old ladies...that sounded like they were in their late 80s/early 90s...just darlings...and very nice!!! Every person should have nice customers like that!! So God is really good to me....even with my shoulder acting up :) Have a great week everyone!!!
Oh, I almost forgot, I started knitting my first ever Victorian knitted lace edging...out of dark red crochet cotton. I'll post a photo at some point. I have white crochet cotton...but I had to try red...and make this first try really difficult :) :) :) That's the news from Oregon today. Loads of love and hugs, Heather :)