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Monday, February 11, 2013

Tea Cup Tuesday-Pretty in Pink

Hello All!
Welcome, once again, to Tea Cup Tuesday!
Martha and I  are searching our cupboards and cabinets once again...
So we can share our tea cup fun with you!

This time of February, our thoughts turn to the romantic.....
I felt this pink and white frilly corset shaped tea cup
seemed to be just right for a bleak Monday morning before Valentine's

She is beautiful without even trying!
Her lovely spring like bouquets lending a very active and cheery feel.

Just a tiny treat
displayed on a background of flowers.

The sweet  tea cup was manufactured by Shelley.
A fine china company well known for their incredible art work on china.

Heirlooms Antique Center has an interesting article on the history of Shelley...
which I must say...is long, curving path from the earliest beginnings in 1822
to their hey day in the 20s with famous Art Nouveau pieces,
and their final days being assimilated by a large conglomerate
which chose to destroy all their pattern molds.  Argh!
In the 90s Shelley ended up, after many changes, under the ownership of Royal Doulton.
The backstamp indicates anywhere from 1940-1966. 
(UPDATE:  Ruth from Antiques and Teacups has informed me that the shape of my cup is the New Cambridge, and did not come into production until 1954, so I can narrow my date by 14 years!
Ruth is an expert on Shelley, which I did not know! 
How did I not know that?
Thank you for your help Ruth!

A cup of tea, a cookie and a quiet space.....
It is a loving gift to give one's self, 
or to share with another.

Today I am trying out a new tea to me, Val of Pretty Little Rough Patches sent me,
along with a giveaway I had won (sharing soon!). 
I had heard years ago that if you needed to have less caffeine in your tea,
then brew it once, give that cup to some one who can have caffeine (lol),
then brew a second cup from the same tea bag. As much as 80% of the caffeine
is in the first 40 seconds or so of brewing. Today I tried this to see...
I love black tea, and as black tea has the highest content of caffeine (20ish to just over 100 mg per cup) I thought it was worth trying.
I found the tea tasty, if only a little weaker than expected. 
And I did  not notice any negative caffeine effects...Yay!

I hope you are all doing very well and enjoying each day.
Thank you for visiting!

If you would like to join in our Tea Cup Tuesday blog hop, then create a post with a tea cup in it that you would like to share. Then come back here and link that post up below with Linky Tools.
Martha and I would love to stop by your blog too!



Gorgeous and sweet teacup! I love the cookies too, wish I had some right now with some tea with you. Thank you for hosting, such lovely party. Have a nice week.

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

Darling teacup and perfect setting + sweet Valentine treat!

Thanks for partying, Terri
~ HapPy Valentine's Day ~

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Terri,
What a darling teacup! Shelley makes such pretty teacups and each one is so special. The cookie looks good too. I must remember that wee tidbit about brewing the teabag a second time as I do not like my tea strong. Thank you for a pretty and interesting post, my friend. Happy Valentines day!


Bernideen said...

What a lovely cup and saucer - pink, blue and yellow are always so pretty!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cup! She really is pretty in pink!

Speaking of caffeine...I've been off it for some time now...and the other day at a cafe...I forgot to say the simple phrase "de-caf" while ordering my coffee. I finished the entire cup before I realized what I'd done.....!! Needless to say, I was up awake the entire night. Yikes!

Silly me.

Thanks for sharing tea cup Tuesday with all of us....I have enjoyed it from the start.

Ciao Bella

Jan Hermann said...

I love the Teacup and Saucer set you have displayed. Such sweet flowers. The cookie looks delicious, too!

Jan ♥

Stephanie said...

Oh Terri, your tea cup is so charming! It definitely reminds me of Spring with it's beautiful colors. And your treat looks heavenly....one would be perfect right now :)

Have a lovely week!


Antiques And Teacups said...

Hi Terri. Of course I love your teacup! That's a favorite pattern in the New Cambridge shape and was made 1954-1965. They are so lovely! Your photos are alwasy so wonderful! Thakns for hosting!

Micupoftea said...

Hello Terri~ Oh, I love your Shelley cup. Delicate florals, sweet soft colors. The raspberry sandwich cookie looks amazingly tempting! Yes, caffeine steeps out FIRST before flavor. Thus, discarding the initial 20 to 40 seconds of tea and pouring fresh hot water into the cup relieves you of most of the caffeine. Voila! There are YouTube videos demonstrating this easy procedure. Happy Heart day~

xinex said...

Such a sweet color and pattern on the teapot. The cookie looks so pretty too...Christine

Mrs. Sarah Coller said...

Thanks so much for the fun party...this is my first time linking up! The pattern on your cup set is so pretty. I love the pink!

I'm hosting my Homemaking Linkup Weekend and would love to have you join, if you'd like!

Have a great day!
Mrs. Sarah Coller

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Terry
I,m glad sharing my tea cup with you today

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Love love love that teacup - what pretty pictures you have shared, Terri!

Happy Tea Tuesday, my friend!


Felicity W said...

Hi Terri,
Love this shade of pink and the blue little flower going to well with the pink.

Thanks for the information link about Shelley. I always wonder why they come with such prices.

Happy Valentine's Day!


Edith DUTERTRE said...

un bon thé de " St Valentin ♥♥♥♥
à bientôt
edith (iris)

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Terri,
your tea cup is lovely. It looks very feminine with the pink border and the cute flowers. And the heart cookie looks yummy and so nice for Valentine's day. How interesting to learn about tea brewing and caffeine. I didn't knew that and will try it here. Thank you for sharing this all and for hosting this sweet event.
Best greetings, Johanna

KathyB. said...

I love reading the history of teacups, especially because the history so often involves far more than just teacups.

What a lovely teacup. And I especially appreciate the info about the caffeine content in tea. Hmm, now all we need to do is have someone to share tea with us, I'll take the very caffeinated cup please!

KathyB. said...

I love reading the history of teacups, especially because the history so often involves far more than just teacups.

What a lovely teacup. And I especially appreciate the info about the caffeine content in tea. Hmm, now all we need to do is have someone to share tea with us, I'll take the very caffeinated cup please!

sharon said...

Your cup is so pretty and fitting for this week in February....and the tea looks wonderful, I would take the full caffeine version though!!Hugs!

BLiSsAngELs said...

what a beautiful tea cup the heart cookie just add so much tasted good too happy valentine Terri hugs wendy

Clara said...

Hi Terri!
Your teacup is so pretty and thank you for sharing the info on Shelley. I think I love all of the teacups from that company.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Hi Terri,
I love your darling Shelley teacup. I've been looking for one here in Florida, but haven't seen one so far. When my Mom and me have tea we always share the teabag. She likes her's strong and I need less caffeine. Thank you for hosting your party and have a wonderful Valentine's day.

Pellie / Penny said...

Hi Terri,

I love your teacup it is so beautiful.

I have rejoined your Teacup Tuesday after some time away but I had difficulty with you Linky tool. I filled everything out properly and when I went to put in my thumbnail picture I have no clue what it did. but it listed my email address as my title and I really don't want my e-mail address out there like that - can you help by removing my link or something??? Help!!!!!!


Maria Andrade said...

Your Shelley teacup is lovely, with that delicate pink border and the sweet flower decoration.
And the heart-shaped cookies are so inviting!
Thanks for hosting this delightful tea and for the tips about how to avoid caffeine in it.
Have a great week!

Victoria said...

HI Terri..what a super charming cup..it sings with delicate-childlike-innocence..i love it..gorgeous dainty colors ..what a gem! Love the cookie beside it too..beautiful! thanks for always sharing such interesting info and history! Love black tea..yum! Gorgeous array of photos for teatime..thanks so much for lifting my day with beauty!
Happy Tea and Valentines!

Luján Fraix said...

Hola Terri
Que bella taza!!! Muy romántica para festejar San Valentín. Acá en Argentina no somos de tomarnos en serio esas fechas, igual yo quise compartirlo, a mi manera.

Muchos besos amiga, gracias por venir a mi casa.

CEO Lisa Anne - L.A said...

Dear Terri,
Love your floral teacup and saucer with the lace trim. Beautiful! Your valentine cookies are sweet. Sorry I'm late with my comment. I ran out of time and had to go to work. Thanks for hosting. Happy Valentine's day!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hello dear friend! Love the Shelly you shared with us today. The tea idea looks like it is worth trying. Hugs, Martha

GardenOfDaisies said...

Your pink corset teacup is really lovely. Aren't blogging friends the best? We have so much we can learn from one another.

Pellie / Penny said...

Thank you so much for you swift help in my plight.


Marianne C. said...

Hi, Terri...It's been a while, so I thought I'd pop in to say "hello" and see your lovely teacups. Yes, I agree this one is such a cheery, sweet thing. She puts a smile on my face just thinking about drinking a hot soothing drink from her.

Your heart necklace is delightfully fab, indeed. I'm glad to see you are happily creating.

Blessings for more inspiration,

Marianne xo

Anonymous said...

Terri - What a great post this week! First of all, I think I'm really ready for spring so your selection with the spring colors and flowers was a true spirit lifter! Second - Shelley - *sigh* - but BOO to destroy all the molds??? What ails some folks with no respect for history and art! Now - the winner here has got to be this great new tip about the caffeine seeping out in the first 40 seconds of brewing. Clever trick, that! Must try sometime . . .

Kathy said...

That's such a gorgeous and lovely teacup - perfectly spring-like! Our little coffee shop sells that tea - I have told myself to try it - next time I'm there I will!
I do appreciate you hosting and sharing,

Dorthe said...

That is the sweetest tea cup, dear Terri, so sommerly, and your setting so beautiful. The cookie looks both yummy and lovely. And thank`s for the advice about the caffeine!
Hugs from me.

Val said...

Lovely pink ♥ cup and saucer, and I'm glad you like the tea. :)

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