Tea Anyone?




Kelli over at "There's No Place Like Home" hosts a show and tell every Friday. Hop on over and see her special treasures along with links from others who participate in this fun little activity!




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I thought this Friday I would share with you my tea collection and my special tea cups that I have found. I can not say that tea is my "first love"; but I do enjoy a cup often - especially in on cold winter and fall days. I do not collect my teas for collection alone - although I did find Tammy's collection very impressive - and can honestly say that I had never thought of collecting tea bags. I have my teas simply to drink - and also to share with guests we have in our home. Once a month, I have the blessing of hosting a ladies Bible study in my home. I really enjoy that evening.












Here are my "special" tea cups. I have them on display in my mudroom. I do use them - although since I put them out I have found that I do not use them as much as I used to. I love the nesting tea cup - the ones with a tea cup on the bottom and a little tea pot on the top. I think it is fun to brew my own little cup of tea - take it into the bedroom and enjoy while I am reading a quick chapter before I snuggle down into bed. I have also used these to serve my guests when I only have one who wants a cup. I think it makes them feel special - just exactly how I want every guest in my home to feel!







I really thought this cup was nice. It is a tea cup with it's own coaster. As of recently, I have been putting my bagged sugars into it and using it for a serving "dish". When I am done hosting company - I just place the coaster back on top and set it on my shelf - ready for the next guest God brings my way.




I really like my snowman tea cup that I found at a local thrift store. It is big - but so cute. I have not even used this one to drink tea out of yet! I think that it is cute for my winter decor. I really like it a lot.









Last but not least - is my tea pot. I was able to find a fairly inexpensive tea put shaped like an apple. I love the whistle on it when the water is ready. If you wait for a few seconds after the first little whistle - it will erupt in a harmonic whistle that has two tones. It sounds great. After I first got it - I waited even longer to see if it would go into a three part harmonic chord - it did not. (I am thinking about inventing a three toned harmonic whistler for tea pots! - - just kidding) :)






Well, that is my tea collection. Wish you all lived close and could come for a cup of tea. If we made a tea "engagement" - I would make it in the evening - (don't know if that is "proper" or not ) - when the children were all tucked in for the night - I would light a candle - have only the lamps on in the front room on - (to give a cozy feel to the room).


I would prepare for your coming by arranging my tea bags in a decorative container on the side of my stove top.




I would get the water hot and ready - then place the burner on warm - so we could have as many refills as we desired throughout the evening. My "coaster cup" would be beside my tea bags - available for your choosing if you like a sweeter cup of tea. I would place some cookies on a plate - ready for our "taste test".






Upon your arrival - I would hurry to the door to invite you in from out of the cold - - all the while anticipating our evening chat together. I would allow you to go first and choose your tea - and cookies - (because my Mama taught me well - guests ALWAYS go first :)




Then, I would pour me a cup of English Breakfast tea - (my favorite by far) - I would not need any sugar for I always drink mine unsweetened. I would probably take two cookies and join you in the front room. ( I would choose two cookies because I am of the firm belief that when eating sweets with guests - there are no calories! :)


Unfortunately, most of you do not live close - so I guess we will just have to enjoy tea together just over the blog. I still would love to know though - what type of tea would you choose for our tea together. (It is only fair that you tell me - being that you now know about my favorite cup!)



Thanks for stopping by. See you next week.


~Jane

26 comments:

Mrs. Elliott said...

Your tea collection is beautiful, and it looks so lovely. Wish I could just jump right into the picture. Hope you have a wonderful Friday!

Debbie J. said...

What a great post! Being from the south, I love sweet iced tea. But, I do think I'd like "cinnamon apple spice" hot tea, which I just bought and haven't tried yet.

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the sweet comment.

Its early here and I can hear the rain POURING AND POURING. We've had a very bad drought, so its music to our ears. Hope you can get your painting done!

Amy ~ (Life's Small Treasures) said...

What a great collection! I love the snowman one.

I also love the background music very pretty and pleasant.

Have a great day!
~Amy

Lady_MSnow said...

THose are really nice tea cups. :D

Kimmie said...

My daughter (8) and I enjoyed popping in and seeing your show and tell. You have some lovely tea gadgets!

thanks for sharing!

Kimmie
mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

Hootin'Anni said...

I like mint tea...made with the sun brewing it!!

The snowman teapot is simply the cutest!!!

Susie said...

Fun post and I enjoyed seeing all your lovely things. I also enjoy hot tea especially on a cool day.
I love lemon lift herbal tea!
:)

Becky K. said...

How fun!
Just this morning since it is cold and rainy here I made a cup of raspberry tea to enjoy with Cinnamon Bun oatmeal.
I enjoyed this post very much. Thanks for "tea".
Becky K.

Penless Thoughts said...

What a fun show & tell. I actually felt like I was right there ready to enjoy that cup of tea with you. The tea cups are great and I love the pictures of the steaming teapot and steaming tea in the cup:o)
Susan

ellen b said...

Thanks so much for the Tea Party! You have been a most gracious host. I enjoyed seeing all your Tea goodies! Blessings..

Kristy Jo said...

tea is definatly up there in my favorite things... LOVELY collection!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Thanks for the invitation to tea! I would like the blue "Tea for One" teapot/teacup, and is that a holiday tea, with the sled on the front? That is probably nice and spicey! I LOVE the snowman teapot, and your apple tea kettle, too cute! I could almost hear the kettle whistling!

Thanks,

Katherine
P.S. - I have a large tea collection! I'm also into loose teas! Stop by sometime for a cuppa!

diana said...

what a nice collection. i think tea cups and pots are fun to collect because there are so many different kinds for all kinds of personalities.

thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend.

Miss Eagle said...

Jane, I have long been of the view that it is not only the people of Japan who have a Tea Ceremony. :-) :-) :-)

Beautiful photographs showing the symbols of friendly hospitality!

Thank you for visiting my blog and taking a walk through my garden.

Blessings and bliss

Lana G! said...

Thanks for having me for tea! I enjoyed my cuppa!

smileymamaT said...

Hi there! I do believe I'm visiting for the first time. I love tea cups, I find old single cups at garage sales, my hubby thinks I'm nuts. :) I just love your apple teapot!

Mrs. C said...

I wish I were closer so that I could join you for tea. :)

Blessings,
Mrs. C

Mommy said...

Thanks for sharing all of your lovely pretties.

The apple tea kettle is my favorite! I have my kitchen decorated in apples, and so I found that to be so neat! I have never seen an apple tea kettle before.

Thanks for sharing. :)

PEA said...

I so enjoyed my tea with you, how delightful it all was:-) I love your collection of tea cups and that apple tea pot is the most adorable I've ever seen!! xo

Daughter of the King said...

I think this is my first time at your blog...but I do think we could be tea drinking friends real fast....
I will be back..
Deby

Jendi said...

What a nice Show & Tell. I would love to have tea with you! :)

You seem like a very gracious hostess.

Anna S said...

Wow, this makes me want to stop by your house and have a cup of tea with you :)

Sondra said...

Oh, I want to come over for some tea! I just love your teapot. How inviting it all looks.

Sharon said...

Can I come over for tea? It looks warm, cozy and inviting! I love all your tea cups. What a cute show and tell!

Hugs, Sharon

Anita said...

I didn't have much time for visiting the show & tell participants on Friday so I'm doing so this afternoon:-)

Oh yes pleeeease! I'd LOVE to have a cup of tea with you! Thank you so much for putting the kettle on!

Wow, what a huge tea pot & tea bag collection you have, very impressing!

Have a great Sunday - although it's almost over!

Best wishes from Germany,
Anita

Sharon said...

This is a wonderful post and I enjoyed seeing your collection!

Now I know we're not suppose to covet anything, but where did you find that beautiful apple tea kettle?! My kitchen is decorated with the apple theme and I would love to find an apple tea kettle!