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Monday, February 27, 2012

Tea Cup Tuesdays-Violets!

Hello All!
Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday!
Martha and I welcome you to tea cup hop with us today. 
We enjoy collecting tea cups, we have fun sharing them with all of you, and we Love getting to come and visit you and see your beautiful tea cups!

One of my fondest childhood memories is of picking violets in the lawn in spring.
I can recall going out to the side yard, peering through the new green grass, hoping to see the first signs that the violets would be blooming soon.And when they did, I would keep a few with me all day in my pocket
just so I could look at them and smell their heavenly scent.
I loved their beauty and the scent.
I still do. 

This cup took me back to these sweet memories, so I thought I would share her with you.

She may look a fairly plain Jane from the front.

But inside, she is full of beauty!

She has a sweet handle with a good size thumb spur, and a little gold detailing.

The color is a bit off, it was a rainy day here, and little sun.
But you can see the purple violets against her mint background.

And Yes, she is a Paragon! Could you tell by the look? I am guessing that if I checked every cup in my home, many of them would be from this fine company. Herbert Aynsley and Hugh Irving began the Star China Company in 1897. Mr. Anysley being the great grandfather of the many who began Anysley China, my second favorite porcelain manufacturer. In 1919 the company changed the name to Paragon. Today it is part of the Royal Doulton group. I am guessing that this cup was created around 1938.

Here is my newest favorite Violet....

Maybe you know her?

                      Violet Crawley                        
Dowager Countess of Grantham 
(Image from HERE)

Thank you so much for visiting me today. I love reading your comments and visiting you in return.
If you would like to play along, just create a post with a tea cup in it that you would like to share. 
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Oh! I almost forgot!
My Celebrating Milestones Giveaway is still going strong.
I will choose 3 winners on my birthday March 12th, so there is time to enter!
Just go HERE to leave a comment, you only need be a follower.

Have a creative week!


Cinderella Moments said...

I love violets too. They are truly classic. That teacup is precious. The treasure inside is just gorgeous. I loved Downton Abbey! It was a great season.

Charlotte said...

Very special people are showing violet teacups today! I love this one...especially the flowers inside the cup. The color is very pretty. You continue to share such beautiful teacups each week!

Thank you for the history on the company, it was very interesting. I like to know the story behind vintage things.

Vicki said...

Hi, Terri,
Your violet teacup is sweet as can be! I loved hearing your childhood memories of gathering violets. Thank you for hostessing our tea party! Vicki

Anonymous said...

Loved your post. When I was a girl living at home I woke up every bithday morning (April) with a violet teacup filled with violets on my night stand. One of my best memories. We live in the mountains of Colorado and our grounds are covered here with violet and white violets. Ellen

EllenaElizabeth said...

Interesting info re: The Paragon factory. Thanks for sharing your photos. I always enjoy looking at your china etc.

Ana Cristina Caldatto said...

Terri fiquei imaginando sua colheita de violetas na primavera,

sua xícara violeta é bela,

bela dama condessa de vileta!
quero convida-las a conhecerem o Lounge Coffee,

MomWaldsPlace said...

Don't tell my new Royal Albert February Plate, but your tea cup has the best violets I have seen. Shhh...

Farah said...

Hello Terri,,, its simply beautiful violets the cup inside is looking so pretty ...you always have gorgeous china ...
Hope you will enjoy a visit at
With love

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Dear Terri,
Violets are so special with the dark color and the strong scent. I love them, too. Your cup is beautiful. The mint fond ist like mirroring the sky and the Violets are so natural. Thank you for showing this springy tea cup and for hosting this sweet event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Dorthe said...

Oh Terri,
everytime I see a little sweet and beautiful,cup, I want to buy it to be a part of your cosy "tea party" but I have no place for adding cups, to what is already here, on my shelves in the kitchen-(and everywhere else,lol) so I have looked the other way, and just smiled ,thinking of you.
This violet cup, is surely so beautiful,Terri- and so funny they sometimes made all the decorations inside.......

KathyB. said...

The violet teacup reminds me too of my childhood and picking violets, lots of violets, on the way home from school to give to my Mom.There was a huge field I would pass to and from school and in each season it seemed to be full of whatever would grow and thrive wild.Violets, daisies, dandelions. All made lovely bouquets for my Mom, she told me so.

Beautiful teacup Terri!

Donna Heber said...

Hi Terri,

I just adore your Violets teacup. So pretty and elegant. Thank you for hosting our lovely party and for having tea with me.

F.T said...

These cups are so unique.

Plastic card Holders 
Plastic cards

Sweet Pea said...

Terri, this story could come straight from my life too! What a wonderful cup.

Snap said...

Love your minty green Paragon with the violets. Cant beat Paragon! Happy Tea Day!

Victoria said...

Yay Terri..we both watch the same shows..I love Violet on D.A!! One of my fave shows!( and Doc Martin of course!)
Beautiful cup...and your special memory is so sweet and heart-touching..I can totally picture you as a little girl! Hugs..
Wishing yu a wonderful day

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Terri,
Oh, your teacup is a gem! I love violets too and guess what? I have shared violets this week also. Spring must be on its way! Thank you for sharing another sweetheart of a teacup and enjoy your day.


Brenda said...

Your tea cup is very beautiful today; inside and out. It just reminds me not to judge by the outside, because within is where beauty lies.
Violets are truly a calming flower.
I enjoyed the history you shared with us today. Aynsley is a favorite of mine.
Thank you for having us over today. Tea time was great!

Anonymous said...

Hi Terri

Yesterday I was busy listing some items in my shop and when I got to the crochet tea cups, I made a point of telling myself......'Post about this tomorrow and sign up on Terri's linky list!" and so here I am.

I'm number 16 on the list.
Your cup is beautiful...and I love visiting with you!
Off to peek into the other links.

Ciao bella
Creative Carmelina

Elaine A said...

Hi Terri -

I also love violets, and lilacs, and lavender and violas - LOL! And at one time or another have grown them in my yard (until the destroyer pulled them up, my husband - the man can't tell a flower from a weed, sigh). The only thing I left are 3 lilac bushes.
I love that cup, I actually have a few of them. They belonged to my husband's grandmother. She gave them to me years ago, and they are so very pretty. I treasure them especially since she gave them to me instead of to one of her granddaughters.

Elaine Allen

Maria Andrade said...

Hi Terri,
My garden is alresdy full of violets and so I can enjoy them in nature as you used to do. My sweet memories of violets remind me that a bunch of them was the first gift that I got from my ex-boyfriend, now my husband, maaaaaaaany years ago!
The Paragon violet cup is a beauty, like most of your cups
I'm also following Downton Abbey here in Portugal and I'm really enjoying it.
Thanks for the lovely tea.

Cynthia said...

I love the violets in the cup, and the Dowager is also a favorite of mine!

Lululiz said...

That is a truly exquisite cup, I adore the violets. The violets inside the cup are so beautiful.

Julie Goucher said...

A lovely violet tea set. I am another Downton Abbey fan & am looking forward to series 3(due to be broadcast in the UK during the Autumn)

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Hi Terri
I'm not into tea cups. The only set I have is one that my daughter bought for me at a garage sale when she was about 8 and I cherish it.

BUT..I LOVE violets with a passion and I love this set.

Have a great T-Day!

Anonymous said...

Terri, I love both violets! ;-) Maggie Smith is just the best!

Me too....picking violets as a child. One of the first things we did in the spring when it was so good to get out in the warmth of the sun again!

XO Diane

Anonymous said...

Well, Terri, this must be the time of violets on the mind! Sandi featured them, too, and being February, I suppose it is appropriate - the amethyst color - my mother's birthstone. I'm thinking flowers, too, this month - but featuring the lily of the valley.
A lovely cup display today, milady!


ArtSings1946 said...

I do so enjoy reading your blog ... these teacups remind me of my beloved mom ... wish I had a couple of these myself.

Happiness to all.

Holly M said...

Although plain on the outside, this may be one of my favorites yet. I remember when I was young, my mother would sugar the violets we gathered, and place them on top of cupcakes. What a treat they were. Holly M.

Linda M. said...

Terri, You violet tea cup is beautiful and yes I know of Violet Crawley I enjoy her characters. Have a great week, Linda

CEO Lisa Anne - L.A said...

Hi Terri,

Your violet tea cup is lovely and I enjoyed your memories of gathering violets. Thanks for hosting. Enjoy your evening, blessings


Antiques And Teacups said...

We all have violets on our minds..horticulturally and culturally! Lovely teacup!

Unknown said...

Violets are so special. You know its Spring when you find the little purple violets blooming in the grass and the piney woods. My grandmother Lynch loved to hunt for violets every Spring, they bloomed usually in March where we lived in Alabama. Some flowers would have soft darker colored petals, she called these "velvet-eared violets". Thanks for sharing the pretty china cup.

Linda Vincent said...

Oh what a sweet memory Terri, made me smile. Gorgeous cup - perfect for spring. It fits in well with the lovely weather here in England today :-)
Hope all is well with you...
Linda xx

Kathy said...

Hello Terri,
This violet covered teacup is beautiful! I was out picking violets and flowers earlier this week when I should have been cleaning the garden! Thanks for hosting -
Have a great day,

Lucille said...

A pretty cup. As you say, plain on the outside but beautiful on the inside. I adore anything violet, lilac, purple. Lilac is the colour which suits me the most when it comes to clothes. As if you need to know that! (Insert a big grin, okay!)

Thank you a million times for that link to Downtown Abbey. I have not had the privilege of watching it yet. I adore Maggie Smith. She is such a commanding woman in the roles that she plays. I adored her in The Secret Garden. It seems to me she was born to play all the roles she is assigned to.

I shall certainly explore that link!

Catherine said...

What a fun post, I luv Violet as well. Am so hooked on Downton Abbey. And Maggie Smith steals the show. What a wonderful career she has had.

Werna Gail said...

Happy soon to be Birthday....my first born was born on March 13, 1960. I think March babies are so loveable. I have a cup much like this one and yes the little violets
are so sweet. BE BLESSED

Rania K. said...

Lovely tea cup!! Love those violets inside the cup!Thank for the chance!! And happy happy birthday...soon!!

sharon said...

Your cup is divine Terri! I still have violets bloomimg in my garden with temps in the 20's here at night. Pa. is cold, so I really appreciate them. They are so pretty to put in a bud vase, to keep nearby.
Thank you for sharing your beauty with us...and i love how you are so knowledgeable of the china, I am learning a lot!

Lady Linda said...

I adore violets. Mine haven't come up yet but I am waiting! I think we are all ready for spring.

Terri Gordon said...

Hi Terri, That is a beautiful tea cup, I always love the violet ones, so pretty. I hope you are doing well. We miss you. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Terri

Mrs Frizz said...

Nothing at all plain with this tea cup, it's absolutely gorgeous - love purple ... now this one is extra special.

Unknown said...

this cup is completely elegant!

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