|July/August Tea Time, first official blue and white issue|
|Collection of blue and white china on display|
The timing was perfect, too. We just had our upstairs redone - all rooms painted and floors refinished, including my home office. My husband and I had packed up closets and bookcases filled with a multitude of treasures, clothes and books. Now it was time to re-sort and replace. That's when my July/August issue of Tea Time arrived - just in time for inspiration. And, on the Fourth of July extended weekend, after our big family gathering on Thursday, I had an extra few days to focus on the home.
I gathered up my small collection of blue and white china that had been dispersed in several plastic storage bins. Putting the grouping all together in small, antique knick-knack shelf I relocated from the master bedroom to my office really put a nice welcoming touch to the room.
|Blue Willow tea set from Adagio|
As with most of my teaware, each has a story and a connection to someone or someplace worth remembering. The blue willow tea set and tea cup were a few years' worth of Christmas gifts from my brother-in-law Bryan. He found those at Adagio Teas and they were always a treat to receive. Adagio still has the collection available (should anyone want to know!).
|Tea cups represent the range from fancy to country casual|
|Tea cup from a good friend becomes resting place for Mr. Tea|
Checking the stamp on the bottom of the saucer, I found it's from J & G Meakin, England. The pattern is Classic White Nordic, and according to Wikipedia, the company started in the mid-1800's producing affordable china for domestic and export sales. Production stopped in 2004.
|Elegant blue and white tea cup with gold trip comes from Russia|
I love the knew look in my office. I have the shelf next to a comfy chair so guests can be welcomed by the blue and white china display. I hope it brings my visitors as much cheer as it brings to me (with much credit to my kindred spirits at Tea Time).
|New corner in home office brings cheer to all who visit|