Monday, August 23, 2010

Heather's Seventh Tea Time Tuesday & Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday for August 24th, 2010.

Hi everyone..OH, so excited, because it's Tuesday...and you know what that means...tea ;) :) :)...and all of us fabulous ladies out in blogland really know how to "party down" when it comes to showing off all our tea things :) :) I really look forward to this a lot!!! Here's what I have for you today. I found these items at a couple of yard sales earlier this weekend!!!

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 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 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 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 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'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 :) :) I really love this and I couldn't go to work this morning until I had written the instructions 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 :)


Becky said...

OH Heather - So sorry to hear that you are in pain. I hope that it will ease soon. I get that when under stress - it is definitely NO FUN!

I'm glad that you are enjoying your job; I actual have a Harry and David Savings card in my wallet.

Your tea cup, saucer and sugar bowl are all so lovely!

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hello Heather :) What a sweet little demi cup you found; love the soft pink roses, and the sugar bowl compliments it very nicely. I know you will cherish these pieces, knowing the history of them :) It makes them that much more special.

Wishing you a wonderful & Happy Tea Tuesday!!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

xinex said...

Your teacup and sugar server are so cute and dainty. I am so sorry your shoulder is hurting, will say a prayer for you. Hope you feel better soon...Chistine

Snap said...


It's no fun to be in pain. Hope it gets better soon. Love your treasures that you found at the yard sale and how special to learn a little about the woman who owned them.

Happy Tea Day!

paperbutterfly said...

I am so happy that you are enjoying your new job. Customers who are pleasant are a joy and help us see the others with grace.
Have you tried putting heat on your shoulder or soaking in a hot tub, maybe the stream of warmth from the shower. Hope it feels better soon.
Thank ing for joining the party today and sharing the teacup and it story.
Have a wonderful week.

Blessings, Pam

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Heather,
What a darling demitasse and sugar bowl you got yourself! I so enjoyed the stories behind them too. I think there are several reasons for a demitasse; one being if you only felt like a half cup of tea, this was what one used. I have two Rose Chintz ones which my aunt gifted me with. Thank you for your wonderful post; always a pleasure to visit you. Happy Tea Tuesday!


Terri said...

Hello Heather,
I am sorry to hear that your shoulder and neck are acting up. I hope your treatment helps it soon.
Your yard sale finds are fab! The demitasse cup is sweet, and the ladies were right about what one would drink form them.
How special to hear the story behind the cup. And the other piece really is pretty too. Lucky you!
I can tell you had a really good time finding them.
Thank you so much for sharing with us today. Your knitting is coming along really well.

Beth said...

Heather, Your knitting is beautiful. You are a talented lady. You got a great deal on your demitasse cup, saucer and sugar bowl. They look great on your tablecloth too! This is a pretty vignette - you did a really good job on the photos and the story. Hope and pray your shoulder gets better soon!
Hugs, Beth

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Heather: I am sorry you are not doing well. I will pray for you. Your tea cup is very cute. What a sweet deal. I am glad you could join us, even in your pain. God bless you lovely lady. Martha

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Heather...

My friend, I love your little teacup and sugar! You're absolutely right...the teacup is really exquisite...beautiful pattern and such pretty colors! Thank you for sharing it with us today!

I'm so sorry to hear that you are having troubles with your shoulder! I often do as well! But...I do believe in prayer and that the Lord can heal!!! I have already lifted you up before the Lord, sweet lady!!! Feel better!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Sheila said...

Hi Heather,
I'm testing my comment abilities. I'm so glad you are enjoying your job. You posted some lovely tea things!! Love the smallness of this weeks things. I didn't start this months dishcloth but seeing yours makes me think I should have!! Did you get my email about the crochet hotpads? I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. Hugs, Sheila

Jill said...

Love that little tea cup and saucer. So sad she has to sell her things though. Sorry your neck and shoulder is not feeling well. Mine gets that way too. Have you ever tried a homemade rice pack? You heat it in the microwave and lay it on the area giving you problems? You sew the rice inside. It does help. I hope you are feeling better soon. Thank you for the thoughtful comments you left on my blog. New York was great and I still have more pictures to share! Blessings to you.

Amy said...

Love your pictures.

If you ever get to Galveston, let me know. I am only a 45 minute drive. I'll come down and meet you for lunch. It is really beautiful. I am so glad that they are rebuilding after the hurricane. What a mess that was.

Have a blessed day.

Chatty Crone said...

I'm sorry about your shoulder too - I'll be praying too!


agypsyangel said...

Oh how I love the teacup, I have just started collecting but the crochet thread is beautiful. I have crocheted for many years.
The knitting is wonderful; I cant seem to knit.
Have a wonderful day.
Thanks for sharing.
Kim :)

Camille said...

Dear Heather ~ So sorry about your painful back...nasty business! How beautiful it is to hear you praise the LORD through it all! May HE give you the grace you need day by day. It sounds like work is going well over precious that you have had some lovely customers. May you have the wisdom and patience to deal with the not so nice ones! :)

Blessings to you!
In Him,

P.S. I know this post was really about your tea things...I think your little cup and saucer and sugar bowl are very sweet! What a lovely find! :)

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Heather,
Oh they have one for tea and tea parties!!!
That would be cute, don't you think?

Counting Your Blessings said...

I don't know a thing about demitasse cups or tea but I know when I adore a tea set! I have a couple sets of rosy china that I just love. We use them everyday at our house. I love them so much that I can't stand the thought of hiding them away in a china cabinet.

Sorry to hear about your shoulder. Aren't chiropractors a blessing from the Lord?! And when I can't afford to go, resting - ice & heat - and stretching seem to help. And in the meantime, I'm praying with you for healing.

I enjoy so much getting your comments on my blog. I rarely get around to visiting everyone but I wanted you to know that your words encourage me!

Blessings... Polly

parTea lady said...

Lovey teacup and sugar bowl you found. I like that pretty blue color that you are knitting your dishcloth in. Hope you are soon feeling much better.

Nancy Y said...

Heather, I hope your feeling better soon. The tea cup and sugar bowl are beautiful! I love the color of the crochet thread! Great Finds!
Have A Wonderful Weekend!
Nancy :)