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Monday, September 9, 2013

Tea Cup Tuesday-Porch Tea, Gifts and Giveaway!

Hello All!
Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday!
We have 12 more days of summer to enjoy : )

My little balcony porch has been such a treat this year.
I will show you next week how it all looks now that 
I have added my new painted chairs (a sneak peek in this post...),
 table, flowers and cushions. 

There is something about porches in the summer
that awaken in me long forgotten memories of childhood.
It is in the smell of the breeze, 
and the warmth of the sun kissed pages of a loved book.
Candles at night flickering 
Crickets chirping and 
fireflies flitting... 

Friends and loved ones to chat with.

So priceless to me.

I am so blessed to have my friend Cheryl from England visiting this week. 
We have not seen each other for two years!

We had a little sit out on the balcony 
and these sweet biscuits she brought over
were a very nice treat...
and clotted cream fudge!
oh my!
Oh and she gave me a sweet cake plate I will share next week.

I am so grateful that she could come to stay. 
We have a really good time together.
(The little Bavarian tea pot)

Also today a parcel arrived in the mail from my friend
Dianne Buckley, who is also from England.

She is a watercolor artists, and creates cards as well as paintings.
This is such a lovely card!

And to my great surprise tucked neatly in the envelope was this
wonderful watercolor she painted!
See Emma and Betsy?
They really do look just like that!

And she was very kind to paint me so young! lol!
And put me in my favorite color shirt.
And...put me in Bertha...my tea tent!
I  was speechless other than repeating over and over 
to my family...
"Oh my!"....."Oh my!"
Thank you so much Dianne
Your honor me with your kindness.

 I appreciate both of my friends very much.

I also appreciate each of you!

I would like to take this opportunity to show my appreciation
with a giveaway that will begin today and be added to as we go along.

I love a good giveaway...

My first giveaway will be the sister match to the sweet rosey tea cup above!

 She is a new cup made by Grace Tea Ware, in China,
Many of us have Grace tea pots. 
This company creates beautiful patterns. 
This one is very vintage looking.
I just love it!
I hope you do too. 
If you do, just leave a comment that you would like to be entered 
into the drawing for the twin of the cup above.

This sweet little apple blossom tea pot was made in Bavaria,

I do not know much about this company and I hope one of you do?
I have had this dear little tea pot for about 18 years.

If you would like to join in Tea Cup Tuesday just link your tea cup
post below. Then Martha and I can come and see your tea cups too : )

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Jocelyn said...

Oh my I do so love roses on tea cups. Lovely giveaway. Thanks!

Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Uniquely Ella said...

Hi Terri, I'm so happy that your friend got to visit. I love the canvas, beautiful. Oh yes porches are so nice. Lovely tea cup, I hope someone can help you with some info on the tea pot. Beautiful giveaway, thank you.

earthen-magic said...

...uber delicious! ~ just love that little teacup! ~ blessed be! ~ dear kindred heart!...(O:

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

How lovely to have your friend visiting! And the card from your other friend is so sweet. I love the teacup and I would love to have a chance to win it. I adore roses on teacups! I really enjoyed your post, Terri. Thanks for sharing with us and have a delightful day.


Johanna Gehrlein said...

Dear Terri,
I am speachless about the skills of your friends. The cards are so special! What a honor to get such gifts. I am sure you deserved them well. Your Grace tea cup is so pretty. I am still in love with the wonderful cup, I won once. Thank you so much, dear friend.
You asked for the maker of your pretty tea pot. It was Zeh Scherzer and you can read the story in English here: http://www.porcelainmarksandmore.com/bavaria/rehau_1/00.php
Hard to believe for me that this tea pot should be made between 1880 - 1918. It looks quite younger for me. Thats timeless design. Thank you for sharing this wonderful china and for hosting this sweet event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Terri
It's nice to be back linking with you for tea. I too am in awe of the watercolour painting of you and the dogs in the tent. Your friend obviously follows your blog and pays attention to the little details.
The teacup is lovely, please enter my name for your draw. I have no information on the teapot other than to say it is pretty and the right size for one person to use for afternoon tea.

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Oh, my, how sweet of her to paint that perfect tea scenario - how truly thoughtful of her!

And all your presents from your friends, just so kind.

So glad you had a nice visit, she came so far to see you, how awesome.

I LOVE that pretty Grace teacup- though I need no teacups I wanted to say that is a generous giveaway and someone will be so honoured to own a cup that matches yours.


Karen said...

Hi Terri,
Your giveaways are lovely. Thank you for hosting Tea Cup Tuesday. Have a wonderful week! Take care,

sophie said...

très jolie tasse avec des roses !
j'adore ces biscuits anglais!
belle journée

Deborah said...

I have popped over from Marianne's blog and wanted to say how much I love your beautiful blog :)

Bee happy x

Marjanne said...

happy you.... visits and presents and nice gifts.... I think you deserve it!! thank you for a chance to win your beautiful giveaway! I sing in!!!

Holly M said...

What a wonderful post! It really brightened my day. That sweet little watercolor of you is absolutely delightful. I think she captured your real essence. Thanks for the giveaway you are offering. I'll keep my fingers crossed!


so happy to discover your nice blog and to follow you back (LE CHEMIN DU BONHEUR) I'm so pleased also to participate to your link party.
Our friends know exactly how to please us !!
xoxo from PARIS


Cinderella Moments said...

Watercolors are so pretty. There's something so innocent yet utterly romantic about them. The painting of you is so sweet!

Millie said...

How blessed you are to have such lovely friends! I have always liked the way the Brits package those shortbread cookies. Your teapot is cute too.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

You obviously have wonderful friends! I wish I could join in the tea cup Tuesdays but I have a very limited amount of cups & saucers. We moved into an apartment and I had to downsize all my things so now only have maybe half a dozen. Your rose one would be wonderful to win and you can be sure I would be able to find a place to put it on display!

Marfi-topia said...

Hi Terri
What fun!
Sitting out on your porch with your good friend having tea and cookies!
The water colors are just beautiful, and the details are amazing ... You and your precious pups look great:)
Your giveaway is very generous already... That's a beautiful cup.

Have a great day!

Kathy said...

What a lovely gift from your friend - she's quite the artist - the teapot and teacup are gorgeous - I do appreciate you hosting and sharing,

my cup of tea said...

Hello Terri! I love it when dear friends come to visit!
Please enter me in the Grace teacup give away. It is so beautiful!

Elaine said...

I love your apple blossom tea pot, so pretty. It's great you have your friend Cheryl with you. Precious times, I have just spent a weekend with a friend I hadn't seen for over a year and it was like we had never been apart we are so comfortable with each other. Your painting from Dianne is adorable, I can imagine my reaction would be much like yours, what a generous gift taking time to make this for you.

Elaine x

Dorthe said...

Terry, hi dear,-
you was lucky to have your friend visiting and enjoying summer in your beautiful place ! I can see you two with each a lovely teacup of roses in hand,- one of which you so generouesly now gives away,to a very lucky winner! How very sweet and lovely it is ...
The cards from your other English friend are wonderful, and so beautiful too, both...how sweet to picture you and your sweeties on the card :-)
Your teapot is a sweet ,romantic piece ,too.. As far as I know, Bavaria is a German compagny.
Hope your week will fe filled with a little bit more summer, my friend,- love and hugs, Dorthe

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Glad you are back from your blogglng break! You were missed! Beautiful teapot and teacup! So glad you are having time with your friend! Please enter me in your lovely teacup giveaway! Thanks for hosting your party!


Oh my Word, such beautiful post dear Terri with gorgeous china and lovely roses...what could be more beautiful than that! Thank you for the giveaway chance; really pretty. Your friends are so talented, wow! Thank you for visitng me and for the sweet and kind comments. Thank you for the wonderful party too. Big hugs,

Shane Pollard said...

Hello Terri
Thank you for hosting your Tuesday party!
What lovely gifts from your friends - very special.

I'm hoping my post fits in - there is only one image of tea cups but for us it was all about our afternoon tea parties.
I do have to be careful about showing photos of the little ones in a blog post as you would appreciate...

A beautiful giveaway - how generous of you - thank you.

Crazy For Tea Time said...

Hi Terri,

That watercolor from your friend is really a special gift. How thoughtful of her. And how thoughtful of you to be giving away such a beautiful teacup. Please enter me in the giveaway. Here's to many more visits with close friends on the porch.


Bernideen said...

That watercolor is incredible - how to people do that? What a treasure you have now! A wonderful post here and always when we share about friends!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Roses on teacups are so delightful - and what sweet gifts from your friends.

The Victorian Girl said...

Teacups with roses--my favorite! Would love to win the giveaway!

Createology said...

Terri dear you are very blessed to have good friends who also enjoy your love of all things tea. The watercolor of you is priceless. Beautiful tea cup of roses and bliss and so sweet of you to share it. Tea Bliss Dear...

Veronica Roth said...

So lovely to have your friend visiting and to be thought of by other friends Teri. I'm still trying to shake this jet-lag but oh that clotted cream fudge would help...lol. I think I brought some back with me, where did I put it? That lovely little sketch is precious. I love it when I can do that for friends or when friends send me something out of the blue like that, actually, just the other day I sent tea and some special prezzies to a friend in Japan. Do you still have summer weather? I hope you do. I remember you had ever so much rain. So much for me to catch up on...lol. I'll say "hugs" to you now and be off to catch up with everyone. :)

sharon said...

You paint a pretty picture of your porch....I can't wait to see! How wonderful you are spending time with Cheryl, relaxing, and enjoying the last bits of summer. You know I am always impressed with your teacups and knowledge of them, and your taste is impeccable!

Sherry said...

What a lovely tea cup and a generous giveaway. It has been a while since visiting and I enjoyed my visit here today. The watercolor was lovely.

Unknown said...

The cards were beautiful! So glad you got to visit with your friend.

Sugar Lump Studios said...

So many beautiful treasures to share! I especially loved seeing the Shortbread (tugged at my little Scottish heartstrings)...hoping to get the necklace from your class made up today...90 here today eek!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Terri: Thanks for all your help on Monday. I love that picture of you. It is perfect. I can see you in that wonderful tent you created with a big smile on your face. Have a great time with your friends. Blessings, Martha

A Magical Whimsy said...

Hello, Terri
I don't stop by your blog often enough, as I am always delighted with your posts. The watercolor card is so very lovely...so sweet of your friend Dianne to paint it for you. And also so lovely your friend came for a visit from England...how very special!
The rose tea cup reminds me of one my own grandmother had and I inherited from her when she passed away. Your tea cup does look very vintage, by Grace.

Frieda Oxenham said...

Reading about your porch made me feel I was right there with you. If only!
I love the beauty of your words!

Terri Gordon said...

Hi Terri, What a beautiful post, I have been away from blogging but I saw your beautiful tea cup and then to see your giveaway! how wonderful! Hope you are doing well. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Terri

Joy said...

What a lovely teacup, please do include me in the giveaway! I love the watercolor your talented friend sent you - and the celebration shortbreads, yum! Thanks.

Victoria said...

Wowness..that watercolor painting is so beautiful and charming..very very special! Love everything you shared here..the gorgeous teapot and cups..stunning..and yummy biscuits!
So lovely and enchanting a post!
HUgs kindred!

karen hess jewelry said...

What lovely treasures, including the sweet friendship! I must have re-read your post 3 times, to take it all in! So charming ~ enjoy your visit.

BohoMind said...

What lovely card your friend made for you! And the rosey teacup looks beautiful!

Maminka Girl - Loribeth Robare said...

Oh I just love that painting of you. What a wonderful gift! I am swooning over that apple blossom teapot too. Xoxoxo Loribeth

Maminka Girl - Loribeth Robare said...

Oh I just love that painting of you. What a wonderful gift! I am swooning over that apple blossom teapot too. Xoxoxo Loribeth

Ally said...

Tea time is the perfect way to catch up with a dear friend. I can think of no better way to spend an afternoon!

I'd love to be entered to win the cup (:

johnnyp said...

I would like to be entered to win

Anonymous said...

I was over on Marianne's Leisure Lane just a while ago and she featured your blog/post and giveaway. Boy, wouldn't I like that Bavarian Teapot ... she's beautiful. BUT that teacup and saucer are quite nice too. No, I wouldn't mind being considered for the teacup and saucer. Thank you for the opportunity.
Since I was late coming over, I've read the posts after this as well. Really enjoyed my visit. I hope you enjoyed the visit with your friend from England. And, what a neat surprise in your mailbox. Very nice surprise.
Thank you, Jenn

Linda Schwartz said...

I would absolutely love to be able to win your tea cup! Such a cheery site, just love it! You might enjoy my Gypsy Tea Room blog too. Have been busy moving and relocating, but will be posting again soon. Blessings ~ Linda http://www.lindadarian.blogspot.com/

Linda Schwartz said...

Hello, I would love to have a chance in your give away. Absolutely cheerful site that you have, just love it! You might enjoy my Tea Room food blog too. Blessings ~ Linda http://www.lindadarian.blogspot.com/

Janet's Creations said...

Hi, I just stumbled upon your lovely blog. The teacup is beautiful. Roses are a favorite of mine. Please drop my name in the hat. I'll be back to catch up on what I've missed.

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