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Monday, December 6, 2010

Victoria Christmas Blog Party and Tea Cup Tuesday

What a wonderful time of the year!
Hot chocolate by the fire.....
One cup for me....

And one cup for you! Oh, did you want marshmallows?

Do you like my tea cups? Tea cups are perfect for hot chocolate!

This pattern is called Old Britain Castles. I know you have seen this one before. I do love the patterns and the color.

It was almost dark when I had this tea and took the photos, so my pictures do not recreate the correct colors, some pics are closer than others.

I enjoy using this set in the fall and at the holidays.

The plates and cups have different castles on them.

This set is made by Johnson Brothers. They are a famous maker of dishes.

This set is earthenware, which is not china.
Bone china is made from bone ash and fine white clay, earthenware is made from clay and sand.
The heat temperature and processes are different for each. Bone china goes through a chemical change, where earthenware is clay that is baked hard with heat, no chemical changes take place. This is just a simple explanation, there are some of you out there who are experts on this and could explain it much better.

I have some platters that match, as well as this creamer and sugar bowl, both quite an ample size,
so you don't have to refill them very often during a dinner.

This is the matching tea pot....which I must say I adore!

I love all the scenes and details.

Thank you so much for stopping by again today. I am so glad you are here!
Below in my last post is a Christmas with Victoria blog party post. Within it is a
Free Video demonstrating how to make a Vintage Holiday Banner.

If you would like to join in this weeks Tea Cup Tuesday, just fill in the two blanks below and Mr. Linky will automatically add you to the list of places we can visit. Post about your special tea cups! We would love to see them. Please make sure you have tea cups in your post.
Thank you so much!


Marjanne said...

Beautiful, I love hot chocolat in nice cups with loads of marshmallows! And I love your pics, the nice fireplace, it looks so cosy...

debi said...

Oh, your hot chocolate by the fire looks so cozy and yummy!
And your tea set is beautiful! Love the colors, and the patterns are wonderful!

KathyB. said...

Terri, I love seeing this china ( earthenware)! Everything about it appeals to me and your setting is so inviting I think I will join you for hot chocolate and marshmallows~ thank-you!

I am now going to check out your previous post and the video, but first another cup of cocoa please?

anouk said...

Dear Terri your cups and teapot are reallly gorgeous! and this hot chocolate with... marshmallows?! sounds very tasty, it´s new for me I have to try!
A big hug.

Kelsie from Our Country Home and Studio Photography said...

Such a lovely set...I love big creamer jugs...For me it spoils the mood if I have to keep getting up to refill instead of just relaxing.

I posted something a little different for tea time this week, if you would prefer it not be a part of this weeks teatime then please feel free to delete the link.

Blessings Kelsie

Anonymous said...

Hi Terri, I love any china in red and white! I have one plate in the castle series and am always on the lookout for others.
We have a fun collecting hobby, don't we!
Hugs, Diane

Beth said...

This is a beautiful setting for hot chocolate by the fire. I have Old Britain Castles too. Thanks for explaining the difference between bone china and earthenware. And is stoneware different yet too? I really like your serving pieces too - great teapot! Merry Christmas to you!
Blessings, Beth

Cassandra said...

oh how lovely! I could love a cup of that hot chocolate! Looks so yummy! Wonderful photos!

parTea lady said...

Your hot chocolate by the fire looks lovely. I really like the Old Britain Castles pattern. The teapot is gorgeous.

Victoria said...

Hi Terri...an absolutely beautiful post..this is a set I have had my eye on for a loooong time..and hope to have it one day!! For now..it is wonderful to see the magic you have created with it here and enjoy it from afar....gorgeous and outstanding...you are marvelous!! thanks for this magical post!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Well, Terri, I am a big JB fan, so I am loving your red transferware! The hot chocolate looks wonderful in the cups! Very cozy setting by the fire! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely week.

Christmas blessings,

Marianne C. said...

Terri, your set is very nice. I didn't know the difference between china and earthenware, so thank you.
I have a small set of pink toile design on cream, made in England by Wood & Sons. They were given to me by a dear friend, and are a treasure to me.

'Tis the season for hot cocoa...and yours looks yummy! Sometimes I will add a mini scoop of good vanilla ice cream...Happy sipping!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Terri...I love this post! yes, I was posting today about tea time and how romantic it is...and besides enjoying a nightly cup of Green Tea...I am mostly a coffee drinker!

but, I must say that I have recently become a hot cocoa lover...and yes! the thought of using my bone china pretties sets me on fire with domestic delight! thanks!

I'm joining in for tea time today...on the list already!

ciao bella!
Creative Carmelina

KobysCache said...

sigh... so lovely...

Debby said...

Another beautiful post, Terri..

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh Terri,
This is so precious!!! I love this post--and it must have taken forever to do...you are amazing at all this!!!!

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous teapot! I love Johnson Bros. but only have one coffee cup that I just picked up this fall.

Thank you for visiting my blog and inviting me to join the party. I linked up.

Princesa Nadie said...

I love your Tea Set with that english castles today with a hot chocolat
Thank you ,I love it!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Oh this is great...of course, I LOVE red ;) :) Plus I found a really sweet little dish...perfect for a nice dessert or to place a cup of tea...at a yard sale, of course. It's actually extremely similar to what you have shown here :) :) The plate I have says "Merrie Olde England...British Anchor... plus some other stuff. It's a really cute village scene. Anyway, I won't give it all away...but Your dishes reminded me so much of that :) :) They're beau tiful...and yes, cocoa with the prerequisite marshmallows ...also lovely :) :) :) Have a great week. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Ana said...

What a beauitful set Terri. Do love that red desgin! Thank you so much for the delicious cup of hot chocolate :-)Oh and also thank you so much for your sweet comment and for becoming a follower...It is always so exciting to meet new blogging friends. Hope you come and visit again soon. Have a wonderful evening.

Hugs and Kisses,

Elaine said...

I think hot chocolate tastes even more delicious in teacups. Your pattern is lovely and beautiful for the holidays.

June said...

Hi Terri,
Your tea set is really beautiful. The entire set! I would love to sit here by the fire with you and sip my cocoa and chat.
Do you think I could have a few more mashmallows??? I have a thing for them!
Thank you so much for your visit and your dear words.

Home and Heart said...

You must be a wonderful hostess! Your home and cups are lovely!!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

red transferware teacup with hot choc and marshmallows just yummy! especially on cold weather like this and also this season of sharing.. just perfectly cozy and warm! wonderful feeling Terri!. have a great day!

Rella said...

mmmmmm, this looks divine! the photo by the fireplace is so inviting and gorgeous. I'll take a few marshmallows, please.

xox Rella

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Terri,
I posted the shoes and hope you'll come over and see them...I know people will be visiting!!!

Unknown said...

Lovely . last night I made hot chocolate and yes I remembered the marshmallows . The fire place is being repaired right now, but hope I it is done for X-mas

Fixing My Thoughts said...

Can't get enough of the red transferware so many are sharing on their blogs. Yours is extra-inviting filled with hot chocolate! So glad you shared your tea cups with us! Bess

Dosha said...

I absolutely adore your 'castleware'! Thank you for sharing a bit of Old World to brighten my day.

Farah said...

Very lovely Terri...hot coffe with marshmallows are so tempting and in such a nice cup... great collection... ans thanks a lot for describing the difference of china and bone china... these are the new information for me...
I would love if you come and enjoy the fragrance of sweet potpourri heart at

Teri Ercolani said...

Your blog is warm, wonderful, and inviting. I can't wait to see your future posts!!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Terri: I love your tea cup. I wish I had a whole set of these. I only have one. It is one of my favorites. I had forgotten I had it. They came out with my Christmas stuff. I will post my next week. Hope you are doing well and getting everything done. Blessings dear friend. Martha

Kelsey said...

Thank you for the kind comment on my blog.
I noticed after I posted, that I also have a Joy frame & quote on my tea table (in my first 2 pictures)!
Joy ... a great theme!

Anonymous said...

What a pretty post with your red dishes! I have just a few pieces of these dishes and do so love them. They all are in imperfect condition but show them off with pride anyways!

I do so hope to join you some Tuesday- I do love a good tea party!

bee blessed

Lovey said...

Wow! So very beautiful! The hot chocolate with marshmallows...oh yum I want some...Such a wonderful collection of china.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

It is so calming and beautiful to come here. I am so glad you create. Your vision is so dear and delicate. Thanks friend. Blessings.

Nina Macaulay said...

Wow, I just had a wonderful journey through your blog.
Thank you!
So many beautiful tea cups!!
My mum had a love for tea cups, when ahe passed away I got her collection. I am very inspired by your beautiful photographs to get mine down from the loft.
I just had to sign up to see moe of your beautiful creations too!
Please pop by my blog if you have the time some time :O)

Regards Nina x

Sugar Lump Studios said...

beautiful post and such a gorgeous set. I love seeing the warm hot chocolate in the cups...it will be a high of 13 degrees in Michigan today!

Faye said...

What a gorgeous set of dishes, Terri!

Pinkie Denise said...

Hello Terri
I love your beautiful China, my sister has the same set. I have been having a cup of white hot chocolate with a splash of peppermint with my children. What a decidant treat! Thanks for the visit Denise

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