Monday, April 18, 2016

Teacup Exchange Reveal!

Twice a year sweet Stephanie from
The Enchanting Rose blog hosts
 a teacup (or mug) exchange event -
 once in spring and once in autumn.

The spring EXCHANGE 2016 marks her 8th swap event!

 It is sooooo much fun to participate!

 And to be honest, I'm not sure which I like best:
 the receiving or THE GIVING!

 It is wonderful fun to put together a package of beautiful items
 for a person one doesn't even know.....
and finding them to become a new fast friend! 

This is only my second time doing this -
 somehow in blogdom I missed knowing about this till last fall!

I participated in two swaps last fall:
with Margie and Tammy

I hope never to EVER miss again, it's that much fun!

Please allow me to introduce to you a wonderful blogger named 
Karen at the blog Beatrice Euphemie with whom I was the lucky recipient of a box full of wonderful treasures this swap! 

She sent me the most lovely items!

Of course, again, I got SO excited about gathering my own items
and packing them protectively that I completely forgot
 to take pictures of what I sent. *Sigh*

 I really can't believe I did that yet again.

I sent my package to a non-blogger named Jacqueline who sent the sweetest thank you card to me! I am so happy she loved her items.
She told me her daughter already nabbed her teacup, haha!


Jacqueline sent a pic in to Stephanie showing what I sent:

Japanese teacup, note cards, soap in cute box,
organic lavender buds (can't see in back,) little box of chocolate petite fours,
box of peppermint tea (Steph said she likes mint,) because I sent this around Easter there's a little metallic mini basket with faux robin's eggs for decor, a Tyler Candle votive (Tyler is my fav candle company)
a teapot-shaped spoon and a handmade card (tucked behind, can't see.)

Anyway, without further ado,
 here's my big reveal:

LOOK at all the wrapped treasures Karen sent!

Everything was wrapped up so pretty
 in springtime tissue paper and satin ribbons!

I had such fun un-wrapping and delighting in each surprise!

The highlight of the day was receiving 
this gorgeous Royal Albert teacup!
Isn't she a beauty?!!?

Here is the beautiful card she wrote and tucked inside the box.

And she hand-made me the sweetest heart-shaped sachet
stuffed with her very own lavender and rose petals potpourri!
 It smells absolutely heavenly..... and is so cute!

In keeping with her spring floral theme -
she sent me a HUGE lilac candle tied up with ribon & silk flowers.

As I am unsure our lilac bushes will even produce this year
after this weird weather we're having, I appreciate this so much!

Also in my package was a humungous amount of
 Breakfast in Paris tea by STASH.

This is a tea I hadn't tried before - it's lavender tea and is awesome!

I've even been able to share this bounty with a few others, too.

And Stephanie must have told her how much I adore
 triple milled French soap - she sent me TWO full size bars!

One is half gone already, I use it twice a day ♥♥♥ it!

I received not one, but THREE really cute note pads!

These are perfect for so many things-
I think I will use the SCATTER JOY one as an address and note book
about my blogging friends.

Perhaps I will use the HAPPY DAY one to keep track of
tea parties I have or attend.....and the LOVE one
may possibly end up my tea and wine tasting notebook.

And beautiful floral notecards..........

I don't believe Karen could have ever sent a package to a less appreciative recipient. I am thrilled beyond words!

If you get the chance please visit her blog, too!

Last week it snowed for 3 days -
 and today it is almost too warm to stay out too long.

 SO weird.

But I found a nice shady spot in my covered patio area
and enjoyed teatime with my beautiful new teacup
with some freshly baked white chocolate chip cookies.

Life is good. And a fun tea cup swap made it so much better.

Be sure to pop on over to Stephanie's post on Wednesday at her blog

The Enchanting Rose

to check out her linky party of the exchange/s,
 and maybe even some pics from non-bloggers who participated.

AND a reminder: as we're drawing nearer to Mother's Day: 
if you are looking to find a unique, affordable perfectly lovely gifts
 be sure to check out Stephanie's etsy shop called

It's filled with the most beautiful hand made
 lacy, pearly, girlie and beautiful items for those special mom types!

As always, thank you for your visit.


Monday, April 4, 2016

Antique Painted Nippon

I have been very busy organizing my world lately.

Today I was re-doing one of my smaller china areas,
 and had placed a bunch of my antique hand painted
 Nippon (Japanese) tea cup trio sets on the table.

I glanced at them all clustered together
and just softly sighed.....

They're just so pretty, and since I haven't shared
 any "super pretties" in much too long,
 thought I'd grab my camera and simply click away!

Not sharing any tea time yummies, nor linens or lace - 
just some beautiful paper-thin translucent china pics...

It never fails to impress me with its beauty
when everything is all laid out together. 

It's like candy for the eyes!

I am so blessed to have been able to collect tea china
most of my life - it's so awesome to surround
oneself with things that bring one joy...

And I actually use many of my pieces -
not as often as I wish to, but over the years
most certainly have hosted many tea parties!

I can't wait to have my next one-
have been really wanting to!

I think there's something about springtime and
gardens and roses and Mother's Day that just
goes hand-in-hand with a lovely feminine

When are you planning your next one?

Will it be an intimate tea for two, tea for six?
 Eight? Twenty?

There are so many options,
 themes and reasons to host a tea party!

There's something about Nippon's china-
 it's so delicate and precious,
 it's amazes me that it has been able to last this long.

I am so blessed to have such a wonderful
 lifetime collection of lovely teacups.

I never stop being grateful to sip 
with such loveliness!

I wish I could invite
 every single one of you
to tea in my home.