Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tabletops and Teacups...A Favor and A Giveaway Signup

     My baby girl, Nike (my kids were runners) is in a contest over at Fifi Flowers. She is picking 6 dogs to paint for a wonderful cause that will help sponsor service and guide dogs. Our Nike is a 14-year-old Beagle and thinks she runs the show around here. This picture was taken a year or so ago, when she could still jump high on her own. I couldn't find her one morning...and when I started searching, I found that she had jumped up on our bed and "tucked herself in". You can tell by the look on her face, she knew that she was in big trouble. I know she won't be with us much longer and having her be chosen a part of this project would be such fun. However there are other darling dogs in the running as well. If you have a moment, please run over to Fifi Flowers and vote for 6 dogs (Nike is number 3). This is the last day to vote.

     I've decided to use this antique washstand that I recently moved into my daughter's room as a place to display some of my favorite things I want to share with you. Last week, it was my tiny child's tea service. Today, I'm showing you my teacup collection.

     When I first got married, every Christmas my mother would give me a teacup and saucer. Her mother had done the same for her. After 8 Christmas packages, she said I had enough to have the ladies in for bridge and everyone would have a different teacup. Well, I've never had ladies in for bridge, sorry mom. I have had them in for tea or coffee and on occasion I have pulled out these teacups. They always make for great conversation.

The Lilly of the Valley cup and the Yellow Rose
are both Regency English Bone China, Made in England.

The remaining 6 are Queens Fine Bone China,
 Rosina China Co. Ltd., Made in England.
Some have pattern names, some don't. Above are
Yultide, Wildflowers and one with no pattern marking.

The white flowered cup is marked December-Christmas Rose,
the soft pink and yellow blossom cup
 and the bird cup have no pattern name marked.

     I added a vintage pink runner, a silver footed tray that was my mother's and some very delicate paper napkins along with my Hobby Lobby bargain bird and a few flowers to pull it all together.

Don't forget to sign up for my giveaway.
Just click here to read all about
it and to get your name on the list!

I'm linking today to:

Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday

Lady Katherine @ Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor for Tea Time Tuesday

Please visit our lovely hostesses.


dee dee said...

I just love all of your beautiful tea cups!
One of them looks just like one my mom has!
Dee Dee

Cindy said...

I posted a vote for your sweet dog! I love all those teacups!

Hugs XX
Moore Whimsies

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Your lil'Niki has MY VOTE!!! She is as CUTE as can be, and "She KNOWS she's not in trouble when Mom goes and gets the camera!!! AND telling her she's a bad girl in baby talk just looses the punch...
Your teacups are "wonderful"...
Hugs, Donna

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh she is adorable and definitely has my vote. Your teacups are all gorgeous and you've arranged them in such lovely vignettes. I need to remember to stack some of mine. I looks gorgeous. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Kathleen said...

What lovely teacups, Sue, and such sweet memories!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Sue, what a cutie, has my vote! I just love teacups and yours are just beautiful!


Blondie's Journal said...

Nike is the cutest. She has my vote. I wish I had heard about it, I would have entered Milo and Layla!! ;-D

Love your pretty china!


xinex said...

What a great collection os tea cups, Sue. Your mom has good taste. Nike is so cute, he got my vote of course...Christine

Anonymous said...

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Lynn said...

How cute is Nike! She looks like she is a well pampered pooch! Your tea cups are beautiful, what great memories-enjoy!

bj said...

Oh, your tea cups are just beautiful. What a nice thing for your mom to do....I love every one of them.

I just emailed to see why the salad dressings are so long in coming. I probably won't be doing another giveaway for that company. I am sure sorry.

Now, gotta scoot over and vote for your precious dog..
xo bj

Relyn Lawson said...

I really, really love the cup and saucer tradition. It is lovely. I may have to borrow that one from you.

Red Couch Recipes said...

What a really great idea to get such lovely tea cups! My mom used to give us a setting of our silver pattern. When she died, my sister (Purple Chocolat Home) helped finished it up! Joni

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sue, I just voted for Nike. Keeping my fingers crossed. I didn't even know about the contest. I would have entered Bailey. I guess I will pay to have one done.

Lady Katherine said...

Nike is so sweet under the covers! I love your Teacup collection! What a wonderful story, that they are all from your Mother! Now keep them out and have a Tea! If it only just for you! It makes you feel so special! Love the tray too! Thank you for joining me for Tea Time! I hope Nike wins!

Monica H said...

Your doggie is so sweet tucked in your bed. I have a 55 lb. sweetie who dos the same thing. I've seen her literaly pull the covers back, get comfy and go to sleep on Mr. H's pillow. It's hilarious.