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Monday, June 3, 2013

Tea Cup Tuesday-Tale of Two Creamers

  Hello All!
Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday!
Today I am sharing two new finds...

I love cream and sugar china.
This pretty little creamer was sitting all alone on a shelf.
So graceful and such beautiful colors!

We looked for her sister, but to no avail.
She was very inexpensive, so she came home with me.

 Here is her only mark....351 or 356...
and maybe an incised line underneath? 
Can you all see that? 

Only one week later, after never having seen this style before...
I saw this little number sitting on a table at a flea market. 

The exact same creamer, only in white!
I spoke to the seller and he said he had fallen in love with it,
and bought it even though he did not need it. 
He thought she was made around 1905.

He had $10 marked on it...
he said, "you can have her for $5.
Now I was bringing her home too : )

She is just so pretty!
Maybe some day.....

...we will find their mates!
Until then, they will definitely be part of My Garden Tea. 

Have you seen any of their kind before? 


Here is another chair that I treated to a makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk paints. 
She was a little orange...
her stain had been applied many decades ago to look like wood grain. 
She has a good strong little cane seat. 
The ASCP stick so well to anything, I was eager to give this chair some loving care.

Now she looks like this...
I wish I could get a really good color shot of this..
she has such a fine pink coloring,
and the cream paint underneath,
looks really lovely, but doesn't show in image. 
I first applied two coats of Old White by Annie Sloan.
Then I added a few drops of red acrylic paint from my art room 
and mixed a nice soft pink. 

Two coats of this new pink color,
distressing the areas that would normally wear over time
and then waxing with her clear wax sealer. 


I have found makeup applicator circle sponges work well on the chair rungs.
Just smoothing the paint on like you would do foundation...
lol.....I loved the effect. So smooth looking, and so much easier
than trying to apply with a brush. 
Just my experience : )

I had to make a decision to paint or not to paint her lovely cane seat...
I am glad I did, it looks really beautiful, and I hope it wears well with use.

I think she looks delicious!
She is a "sit up straight" proper chair, 
and my feet touch the ground when I sit on her.

The tea tent I am making is ginormous! 

It fits over a canopy frame 10 x 10".
I am using a pile of old curtains and drapes from Goodwill.

Just a few more side projects and we will be done.
All I need is some good weather and my daughter and I 
will have our very first outdoor tea.

(would you care to guess the maker on these cups?)

Thank you all so much for all  your lovely comments!
I am working on reaching you all back. 
Thank you also for sharing with me your preparations
for your garden tea.
I am glad we are all having fun : )

Martha and I would love to see your china too!
If you want to play along, just go and create a post with your tea cup(s) and then come back here
 and then link that post with the linky below. 

Thank you for stopping by today!

I hope you are all doing very well and are having a blessed week. 



Your creamers are such a beauty and a treasure find. I totally love them! I love the stack of teacups on top of the chair. Have a great week.

Createology said...

Oh I do adore these beautiful little creamers. I hope you find some more mates. Love your chair and how pretty it is now with your paint treatment. Lace curtains and a canopy? I am swooning...

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh the two creamers are seriously wonderful - what good luck. I love all the preparations that you are doing for the Garden Tea Party. Pretty teacups.

Stephanie said...

As always your photos are absolutely wonderful. I just love the china you shared, especially the sugar and creamer dishes. I hope you have a beautiful week!

Hugs to you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Teri! I'm back in Blogland, finally, after a very long and exhausting semester with homeschool students. Gah! I've missed all the beauty and inspiration here - and especially at teatime! Congrats on your creamer finds - love the play on Dickens in the title. What a lark that you found the "twins" as you did - with the interesting color variation. Might their be a pink and yellow and green out there somewhere, too - in addition to the sugar bowls? Your chair turned out lovely - and looking forward to the garden canopy for tea. A garden tea party - Hmmmm . . . will think on that . . .

Heirloom treasures said...

Terri,I can't wait to see your tea tent. What a lovely idea. Those little creamers are just darling,no wonder you couldn't resist them. I don't know that I have seen any like them before either. :)

Edith DUTERTRE said...

attention à la casse
mais l'installation est bien jolie
bonne journée
pour la garden-party

K J D said...

Oh Terri what an inspiring post... I just love the little creamers and the chair is so pretty.

I am so enjoying these little snippets of your project!

Karen x

Maria Andrade said...

Dear Terri,
Your two creamers are lovely, really exquisite and like Kathryn I loved the title with the allusion to Dickens...
Just imagine the touch of luck that made you find the second creamer!
Those three cups piled up on your beautifully painted chair also make quite a sight!
A delightful tea, indeed!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Terri,
oh my, your new finds are so cute. I am thrilled bout the tent from stores. It looks wonderful. I gather from all this sweet preparations, that it will become the most wonderful tea party ever.
Best greetings, Johanna

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Odd to suddenly find two similar and unique creamers but all the better for your collection! In my post, I had a few friends for tea and one gifted me with a teacup that was almost identical to one already on the table. I was pleased to have them both.
I like the chair transformation, and I think the cane seat looks better painted too.
I'm working on little details for my garden party post - like you I will need good weather to set it up and haul everything down 2 sets of stairs from the deck.
Thanks for hosting.

highheeledlife said...

Terri, You have definitely shared some wonderful eye candy today! Your teacups are lovely and those creamers so lovely!!! Hope you find their partners and other pieces too! Great job on the chair... thanks for hosting each week... Hugs and blessings, C. (HHL)

Marilyn said...

You found some lovely pieces. And I can't wait to see the tent covering. Wish I lived nearby because I think I'd crash your tea party.♥♫

Brenda said...

What an awesome tea time! I love the story of your beautiful treasures. They were meant to be yours!! The chair is so elegant and the tea sets divine. I love the big roses on them. Your outdoor tea will certainly be the best.

Cynthia said...

Gorgeous post, those creamers are stunning. I have never that kind before and the colors are perfect! Thanks for sharing them. Also the chair looks really good and I love it displayed with the tea cups.


Victoria said...

Wow..so pretty..I am excited to see your tea tent..I know it will be enchanting and dreamlike! gorgeous pink chair..oh so fab!! Beautiful creamers ..so darling!!

Dorthe said...

Hello dear Terri,
Such lovely and wonderful creamers! How strange to find two in one week and never having seen them before !!
Your chair is just beautiful now, in a favorite colour of mine , and the cups on top are so amazingly beautiful,too.
Hugs and love- hope your day is pretty and fine!!

The Tablescaper said...

Love those creamers. They are so unusual.

- The Tablescaper

Michelle said...

What a great find (lucky you!) on those beautiful creamers! I love the chair makeover. And how very brave of you to pile your tea cups on top of one another! ~Michelle

sharon said...

Everything is coming along gorgeously! Pretty in pink , I should say stunning, and the china is so beyond pretty! I would love to see a shot of all your china together...that must be a beautiful sight! The tent is going to be dreamy!

escargotine said...

so beautiful


Thank you for hosting this lovely party! Big hugs,

Jann said...

Such a nice post--everything, including that wonderful chair you painted, (and you did such a fantastic job), is just lovely!

Denise said...

Lovely story about the creamers.Chair and cups of course are also very pretty :) I enjoyed your post.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

This has been so much fun following you as you plan for your garden tea party! I can't wait to see it! Thank you for hosting and wishing you a wonderful week!

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

Love those cuties! and they're in a good home while waiting for their mates =) Can hardly wait to see that ginormous tent !

Just had to share my JoY !

I have to wish my very 1st grandbaby, a grandson, a HapPy Birth Day ! Conway Joshua arrived safely and healthy today !

I've posted a wee Shelley cuppa to celebrate if you'd care to join me!
same issue with the pink tablecloth not showing though it is there under the lovely white cloth... =)

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Oh those little creamers are gorgeous. How delicate the patterns. And that chair is a little treasure..

Thanks for hosting Terri..

debi said...

Oh Terri, what a find your little creamers are, they are absolutely breathtaking!
And your chair turned out beautifully, can't wait for the tea party.

KathyB. said...

What are the chances of finding 2 lovely creamers in such a short period of time, and at such different places ? Obviously they were MEANT to be yours.

I was weeding my garden today in anticipation of your garden party. You have me intrigued by your preparations Terri.

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Terri your matching/non matching creamers are the SWEETEST! I'm not sure I've seen one like it either. What a neat find...a week later!

Thanks so much for having me in your Teacup Tuesday!

Don't forget about my giveaway! Ends this Friday. :)


Felicity W said...

love the french blue creamers.
thanks for sharing

janice15 said...

A lovely post, funny that you found both creamers like that..I hope you find there mates too, they are very elegant ... happy Tuesday with love Janice

Marianne C. said...

Terri, the creamers are so pretty! How funny and blessed to find both of them, and for such a good price. I love the pretty painted flowers on them. So cheerful and delicate - perfect for teatime.

The chair looks wonderful and very happy stacked up with teacups.

Thank you for sharing these beauties, and speaking of beauties, the peak at the tent your making looks very pretty, too.

Marianne xo

Kathy said...

I just love your creamers - so exquisite. Your pink tea is amazing - love how you styled it with the teacups. A tent for teatime out of curtains - inspired! I can't wait to see this it sounds lovely. I do appreciate you sharing and hosting,

Veronica Roth said...

Hi Teri, I've been away at my cabin for a few days but still wanted to share my tea as I thought of you and all the gals. I'm absolutely charmed by the little creamers you found, and at such a fantastic bargain! They remind me of some opulent French court. Maybe they were lined up, about 20 of them, in front of tea place settings under crystal chandeliers. Lol. Love this chair too. Now I want to go to a goodwill and paint chairs. :) Hugs to you my tea friend.

Frieda Oxenham said...

What beautiful synchronicity to discover not just one but two of these lovelies. And love the chairs and the lovely way you've portrayed them with the teacups. That's going to be some teaparty!

Beedeebabee said...

Hi Terri! Those little creamers are so pretty, and I just love how you painted that chair. I can't wait to see the canopy your creating. I know it's going to be dreamy. :) Have a fun weekend! xo

earthen-magic said...


Crazy For Tea Time said...

Those little creamers are so pretty. I've seen similar ones, but nothing quite like those. I hope they're reunited with their sugar bowl mates, but if not, at least they have each other :0). I'm also very much looking forward to seeing pics of your garden tea. What a nice project to share with your daughter. --Lucinda

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Terri,
the creamers are beautiful and I love how the chair turned out:)
Can't wait to see your tea tent.
Have a lovely Sunday.

Anonymous said...

You always feature the sweetest finds!
Those creamers are so delicate and dainty looking....thanks for sharing. I'll have to have a peek at all the Tea Cup Tuesday links...it's doing well.

Ciao Bella

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