Monday, June 28, 2010

Tea Cup Tuesday, #18

This week it is bathroom teacups! No, not everyone has a bathroom decorated with tea cups,  and no, I don’t brew or serve tea there. But the guest bathroom makes a nice place for some extra cups and saucers to rest.

This tea cup a friend found at her church rummage sale for me. It has a nice silver handle and very round, shallow bowl. It says Made in Japan.

The bottom cup was a new gift from one of my book club members. I was dealing with some difficult issues, and she brought tea and tea cup to remind me not to steep in my worries. It is a lovely shade of blue and with such beautiful birds. This sweet little bird sits nearby and seems to go with the cup.

This cup and saucer are marked Windsor Ware from Johnson Bros, Made in England. About ten years ago, DH was sent to Windsor, Canada to work for six months. He entertained himself on the weekends by taking drives or bike rides across the countryside. The Windsor area was beautiful, and I got to visit a couple of times. One Saturday he was driving around and saw an elderly woman having a small rummage sale on her lawn. He stopped and poked around. Although the cup did not look like something I would choose, she only wanted $2 for it, and he thought it interesting. I agreed when I saw it and have enjoyed having the touch of brown added to my cache.

In this same bathroom, there is one tea pot. This was a birthday gift from a group of friends. It is a lovely pot, so spring-like and holds a large quantity of tea. It is a little difficult to brew in unless each cup is poured through a strainer. It is best to brew the tea elsewhere and decant to this one for serving. I do not use it a lot for tea, but do enjoy its beauty.


Sherry said...

What beautiful teacups! I love the Johnson Brothers one and the one with the sweet birds on it. I think it is a great idea to put teacups in the bathroom. They would great anywhere!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I have never seen tea cups in the bathroom. They are beautiful. I love the Johnson Brothers one. What a great idea to put them in a guess room. I think I just might copy that idea from you. Have a wonderful week and thank you for sharing your treasures with us. Blessings, Martha

Olga said...

Such beautiful tea cups. But I just love the tea pot; it's adorable.

Martha said...

I think tea cups in the bathroom are great! What a good idea for extra cups! And I do love all your cups! A pretty collection!

And we've been to Windsor as well -- it's a lovely town!

Ah, yes, it is the Kress Tea Room that closed -- it's been closed about two years now -- she had a 50% off sale a year or so ago. the antiques are still in there -- she came down this weekend and reopened with 70% off -- there is not a lot left but what is is a good bargain -- there was a chair . . . but I don't really have a place for a chair . . . .

So you've been to my little town on the prairie! If you come again, you'll have to stop by Linderhof for a cup of tea!

irishoma said...

You put a smile on my face as I sit sipping my tea--in my office, not in the bathroom.

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

Hi Bookie!
How clever you are! Teacups in the bathroom!! Super idea! Display with little soaps or potpourri too.
And I love your friends advice about not to "steep in your worries" I'll definitely write that one down!!
Thanks for sharing your treasures today!
Tuesday Hugs and Smiles,

Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

Hello, I too have some pretty vintage cups displayed in our bath, up on a vintage shelf that I painted white, so all the pretty rose patterned china I have on it really "pops" out at you. It's a splendid idea :) You've shown some quite lovely cups that you have, and I really like your teapot too.

Happy Teacup Tuesday to you!

Warmest, Brenda

parTea lady said...

Your teacups are all lovely. What a thoughtful hubby you have to buy you a teacup for your collection. That blue and lavender teapot is unusual and also very pretty.

Tina Eudora said...

Lovely cups and what an incredibly novel way to display them! How wonderful to have friends and family who know what you like and remember you when they see something appropriate!
Have a super day!
Tina xo

Terri said...

I love how all your cups have a history, and that you remember them : )
I especially love how your friend gave you the cup and suggested not to steep in your troubles. What a great friend! The birds on the cup are lovely too.
And your hubby picked such a wonderful cup! Good man!
Thank you so much for sharing your tea cups and histories.

paperbutterfly said...

There really is no wrong place to display such pretty teacups. I use a missed matched creamer and sugar to hold lipstick and makeup pads in.
Any excuse to use our pretties.
Thank you for sharing.

A Hopeful Heart said...

Actually, I think teacups in the bathroom is a good idea. (I have one---only one--in the bathroom, which I will be posting in a couple weeks).

What a lovely gift from a friend, and especially her encouragment to not steep in your worries.

I LOVE the teapot. Is that Marjorie Bresslin's painting (I think that's her last name)?

Anyhow, thank you for sharing...and for reminding us that the bathrooms of our houses ought to be just as pretty as the other rooms.

Patti (Fill My Cup with Beauty)

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

I love teacups and your teacup are just lovely.. esp the Johnson Brothers. I also love your idea of putting teacups and teapot in the bathroom. apart from using it as decor, it could be used for trinkets. thanks for sharing.

Bella said...

I've never seen tea cups in the bathroom, but those look great. What a good idea. I love that bottom one particularly - and the little display stand. I would love to have one of those. You asked about one of the tea cups in my post - yes, that one tea cup is very shallow and wide around. It's quite old; very thin, from Germany. It's not something I would trust to just anyone to use, if you know what I mean. :)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Beautiful tea cups! I like tea cups anywhere!! Tea pots too!


Appleshoe said...

They are all lovely teacups, but the one from Japan takes the prize. It's beautiful. (Also my Mum has a Teacup nightlight and soap dish in her bathroom).Take care

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

I love all your teacups... even in the bathroom! I could only dream that my DH would pick me up a teacup all on his own!! LOL! Hugs!

Charlie said...

Ahhhh teacups in the bathroom! I love it! They are all beautiful. The last one is my favorite.