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Monday, March 21, 2011

Tea Cup Tuesday Giveaway and Swap!

Hello All!
Happy Tea Cup Tuesday!
There is plenty of fun going on here today!
I will be announcing the winner of my Birthday Gratitude Giveaway tonight!
If you haven't entered, just follow the link above to do so.

Also, I am announcing Martha and I are hosting a
Easter Tea Cup Swap! Yay!
We are both excited to do this swap. Guidelines are posted at the end of this post.

Now on to my cup of the day!

This classy gilded cup is a delight to look at!

The background color is a gorgeous pale blue of the loveliest shade.
(this may not translate in the photo above...)
The only gilding on the handle can be seen from this angle.

There is this one delicate full rose in the bottom of the cup...and just look at those gold leaves!

It sits on a gold pedestal base and has a simple gold circle around its middle.

It has a simple narrow loop handle without any rest or spur, not even gilding on the side.

This cup was created by the Royal Grafton Company, who made many beautiful pieces of china. This backstamp began to be used in 1957 and continued until 1961.
As you can see from the numbers it is patter K8381.
This fine company closed in 1972.

Easter Tea Cup Swap

If you would like to consider joining in this swap, please read the quidelines fully below before signing up.

1. The swap consists of sending a tea cup to your partner, in an Easter basket, along with other goodies you know your partner would love.

2. Once you receive your partner information, you can e-mail them to ask what kind of tea cup they are wishing for, their favorite colors, and what else they might wish for in their Easter basket.

3. Only send a cup in excellent condition. No chips, cracks, or crazing (unless your partner likes the crazing). Make sure that the inside of the cup is without any bumps or marks. Many of us use our cups and it is so nice to have a cup that is without these things.

4. Be prepared to spend $25 for the cup, and then you will be adding shipping costs to this. If you are lucky to find a perfect cup for less, that is fine. But please really do make extra effort to find a truly delightful cup for your partner.

5. You will receive your partners name in two weeks. Your package needs to be mailed out so that your partner will receive it by Easter which is the 24th of April.

6.Create the best basket you can to delight your partner! Create it in their style. If they love vintage, then make them a vintage basket, if they love modern, then go modern in their colors...
Just remember, you will be mailing it, so make sure your basket is not too big....just big enough for your tea cup and saucer and some goodies.

7. Grab the swap button on the right hand side of my blog and place it on yours. Thank you!

How fun it will be to see what every one receives. So once you do get your basket, please post about it for the following Tea Cup Tuesday so we can all see it.

Leave a comment to sign up, if you agree with the quide lines and are ready to play and are truly able to commit...we know there are emergencies, but we truly do not want anyone to be disappointed. Leave your blog address or e-mail so we can follow up with your partners name and any instructions I forgot to put in : )

Here is a basket I have started as an idea. I would still add some more goodies as per my partners wishes.

And I will bubble wrap the china well before I send it!

That is it for today. I look forward to seeing all your beautiful tea cups. If you want to play along, create a post with the tea cup you would like to share and then come back here and sign up with Mr. Linky. Then we can all come and visit you!

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit today!


Unknown said...

I just signed up Terri, sounds like fun, I had fun with the last Tea Cup Swap i did!

xinex said...

That is such a lovely looking Easter basket, Terri....Christine

Diann said...

What a beautiful little basket you have put together!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Terri,
just a short note in a hurry. Love you post. I will come back to check that swap later.
Hugs, Johanna

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

hi Terri, what a beautiful basket! and the teacup just lovely! btw is this swap open to international bloggers as well?

currently am not able to post anything on my blog due to unforeseen circumstances at work and home.. but I love visiting and do blog hopping..

will check back here for the updates on the swap :-) wishing you great day ahead!

Micupoftea said...

I cannot participate, but it sure is a fun idea ...love the bunny & basket :)

Elaine said...

Terri, what a beautiful delciate cup. That pale blue is so pretty and looks perfect with your lovely blossoms. Spring is in the air for us all it seems! I love the idea of your Easter swap, not sure if it is practical for me to take part right now though.

Elaine x

Shortbread and Ginger said...

Your teacup for today is lovely - you photograph everything so well! Love the idea of a swap.

♥ Miss Tea said...

loving your gilded teacup, Terri!! and what a beautiful easter swap you prepared already!! Thanks for hosting and sharing! x

Maria Andrade said...

Hi Terri!
Another lovely teacup for Tea Cup Tuesday but I was really struck by last week's exquisite cups that I could't comment at the time.
They are real Sèvres antiques, dating from mid-nineteenth century. The backstamp shows the interlaced initials L and P
of the king Louis Philippe who reigned in France in the forties and fifties of that century.
Congratulations for this magnificent acquisition!
Maria Andrade

Jem said...

Royal Grafton made such gorgeous patterns and your teacup for today is no exception - what a gorgeous colour!! Lovely to be joining you and Martha for Teacup Tuesday again this week :-)

Jem xXx

KathyB. said...

I am beginning to be able to recognize the makers of teacups before I read them, thanks to you and the other ladies showing their teacups.I knew this was a Royal Grafton teacup. I think I am partial to them and it is too bad they are no longer in existence.Lovely teacup, I especially like the pale blue background .

Your Easter basket is so pretty , a grown-up sort of Easter basket!

Marjanne said...

Your teacup of the day is beautiful and the basket soooo cute!! I am looking forward to the result of your give away!!!

Fábio Carvalho said...

Your teacup of the day/week is just lovely!! But I have to be honest here; the one on the basket in even more beautiful!!
wishing you all the best,

debi said...

Terri, your teacup is exquisite! Fit for a queen!

I would love to participate in your Easter Teacup swap, it sounds fun!


Elaine A said...

Hi Terri -

Your tea cup for today is just stunning! ANd what a lovely surprise that beautiful rose inside the cup is. GORGEOUS!

Elaine Allen

The Tablescaper said...

Sounds like a wonderful way to get to know our fellow tea cup lovers better!

I love your featured tea cup. I'm a huge fan of pale blue and would love to see this baby in person. the photo just didn't do it justice.

Your Easter basket looks adorable! I can't imagine what you'd add.

- The Tablescaper

The Tablescaper said...

Oh, just in case I wasn't clear, yes, please sign me up for the teacup swap!

- The Tablescaper

PS The earlier you get the info out the better. Teacup searching isn't a quick endeavor and Easter isn't that far away!

Anneke said...

What a great basket and what a great swap idea! I won't be joining the swap, but I wanted to tell you how much I adore looking at all those beautifull and special teacups you show us! Thanks!

Victoria said...

Yay Terri...Fabulous..Beautiful tea cups..oh my the pale blue..lovely..I love the flowers near it..so pretty and charming..wonderful post and pictures!Fabulous about the tea swap..lovely idea! I wont be able to play this time..but Enjoy..Myabe in the future if you have any again! Shine on..you are so wonderful!have a beautiful day and Happy Spring my friend!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like fun, count me in.I love any kind of tea cups and etc.
Country at heart

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Your teacup today is lovely, Terri! I cannot participate in the Easter swap unfortunately; would love to but it's not practical for me at the moment what with having just had a Giveaway myself. Your basket is really sweet! Happy Spring to you, Terri!


Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Terry
I am very glad sharing with you the first Tea cup of The Spring
Your Easter basket is pretty and lovely and your Tea Cup really Beautiful!

Sylvia said...

Thank you Terri for your kind comment ! I love your teacup,very elegant indeed !
Happy Spring!

Eileen said...

Your photos are so lovely ~ I just adore the tea cup you shared. The swap sounds like fun, too. :)

Awishdream said...

Lovely teacup! perfect for Easter!

Kathy said...

Love the teacup, love the blossoms - everything so bright and lovely! I wish I could participate in this swap, but have a couple of other things going at the moment - such a wonderful giving opportunity - looking forward to seeing all the baskets!
God Bless,

Fishtail Cottage said...

Thanks for popping over & leaving me a sweet comment about the cupcakes! My kiddo’s wanted to try this idea & then taught me how! If I can do this….anyone can. Lol! I see so many clever ideas out there in blog land (like your site) & I worry I would mess it up! Appreciate you coming by w/kind words! xoox, Tracie

Concetta said...

I would love to participate in the teacup swap!

lynn said...

i would love to sign up.. this will be my first teacup swap. i have been watching and see all the gorgeous creations you ladies have created and cant wait to join in on the fun.
your basket is so beautiful, im sure whoever receives it will be delighted.
big ladybug hugs

lynn said...

oops i forgot to add my email to my post. for joining the tea cup swap for easter :)
thanks so much

Sylvia said...

Dear Terri,
I would love to participate in the Tea Cup Swap; sounds like fun !!!It is going to be my first Swap so I am excited !
Thank you for this great idea!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a beautiful basket and tea cup!! Stunning!


CWhite said...

I would love to participate on the Tea Cup swap; this looks like such fun!

Unknown said...

I would love to be in this swap I will start looking for a basket! Sign me up Terri

Love Dawn xx

CWhite said...

Oh, Terri! Do you need my email address for the swap? It's staff@designphotoinc.com. I am excited about participating!

Cynthia White

Trisha said...

I would love to be a part of this teacup swap! Your basket is darling and definitely a good inspiration!


Farah said...

What a cute basket you have Terri ...
Tea cup is like always a beauty... I love the outer side very much, clean and delicate wit white and golden...
If you love to play with colours and flowers? Please visit me at

Karie said...

Sounds fun to me. Sign me up for the tea cup swap. Karie
My e-mail is kjchiccreations997@gmail.com

Maria Andrade said...

Sorry Terri, I have to make a correction to my first comment. When I mentioned King Louis-Phillipe I made a mistake regarding the period he reigned in France. It was a decade earlier, in the thirties and forties of the 19th century, so your cups may be a bit earlier than I thought.

Lisa said...

OHH how fun! I'm joining in...I love beautiful tea cups and have quite a large collection.

Shannon said...

Hello There! I am hoping I can still enter this wonderful tea cup swap! Your basket is just beautiful! I just love it! My e-mail address is shannon.linde@yahoo.com,in case I can still join in the fun!

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