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!
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.