Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Time for a Cuppa


"Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
"I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended ton: "so I can't take more."
"You mean you can't take less," said the Hatter: "it's very easy to take more than nothing."
Lewis Carroll
  

Meanwhile, let us have a cup of tea...Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.
Kazuko Okakura
  

The cozy fire is bright and gay,
The merry kettle boils away
             And hums a cheerful song.
I sing the saucer and the cup;
Pray, Mary, fill the teapot up,
           And do not make it strong.
 

The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose.
George Gissing
  

Tea time. Dull grey clouds, dark driving rain, cold skies with a hint of blue all call for filling the kettle with fresh cold water, standing in front of the shelf with the varieties of tea, and brewing up a pot of warm delight. 

Tea and stitching, tea and reading, tea and blogging, tea and talking, tea and thinking. Such a versatile beverage!

These are my offerings for Vee's Note Card party. The last image would be the box cover, and you'll see I sneaked in another photo. 

You can be certain that I'll have a cup of tea to hand as I peruse the other party attendees' photos. Here's to tea!

 

39 comments:

ellen b. said...

Such pleasant comforting choices for the note card party, Lorrie! Your link at Vee's takes us back to Vee so you'll want to fix that...

Poppy said...

Hi Lorrie,

What a calm and peaceful teatime you've arranged for us, complete with beautiful poetry to complement the mood. I have read Kazuko Okakura's quote several times to myself, just now, and am taken with its whimsy!

Poppy (via Vee's)
PS: Your teacup is so very pretty!

Beth said...

Hi Lorrie, Love your tea talk and tea vignettes. Very pretty!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Ah a lovely tea post and it is such a welcome tonic for these grey days.
I'm sipping some right now.
Oh and your embroidery looks lovely. Is it a linen tea towel?

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Tea and...i do agree. Tea goes with everything for me. Lovely post.

podso said...

Perfect for "tea month" -- these are just so special. Lorrie. It seems with each notecard photo you show something you could do while drinking your cuppa. Speaking of, it's time for me to go get a cup. I like the yellow coloring or lighting in your photos--makes it look very warm and cozy! Amazing what lighting can do for a photo.

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

There is nothing like a lovely cup of tea, and drinking from fine bone China really makes the tea taste better. Lovely post xx

Elizabethd said...

Lovely photos. We have both written about Tea today!

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Beautiful, Lorrie! I especially love the combination of the china and embroidery floss.

Vee said...

You have created an event. I am enchanted. (Beautiful embroidery you are working on.)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I wish I had made myself a cup of tea before I saw down! What a lovely post and pretty stitching. I love the quilt in the background, too! Stay warm and enjoy your evening! Hugs!

Debby Ray said...

Lorrie...such pretty images and a beautiful box of cards they make! I love that patchwork quilt pillow in your header too :)

Pamela Gordon said...

Wonderful photos Lorrie. Your teacup is pretty and I'm wondering if it's a Royal Albert. Love the pretty cushions. Are you embroidering the cream cloth? It looks like meticulous work. These all would make lovely notecards for a tea drinker like me. :)

kitty said...

Oh Lorrie, I'll drink a cup of tea to your beautiful note cards. What a lovely box cover you've made for them, too. Wonderful!!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I think you've hit the nail on the head Lorrie with how versatile tea is. I'd certainly buy a box of your tea themed note cards and the box top is very nice.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

What a lovely tea cup and drinking tea goes so well with all your activities. They make very pretty note cards. Thanks for taking the time to visit me and your nice comment.

Linda Jo said...

Very nice! And I love your stitching!!!!

Mrs.Rabe said...

Oh Tea! One of my favorite things! Lovely, lovely, lovely!

Deanna

Irene said...

Perfect! Love your tea cups.

Marilyn said...

Yes! Tea goes with all those pursuits and just for dreaming.
I am now dreaming of tea and a book, maybe sitting under a quilt.
Sweet post!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I love all the cards - the settings and designs are so artistic - and the quotes fit perfectly. Wonderful time for tea.

materfamilias said...

I have some needlework I really want to get to . . . I just need some time, and a big pot of tea! Thanks for the lovely inspiration.

Susan said...

I love these images, and adore the journal. I'm feeling inspired! thanks for sharing. Your header looks very nice, too!

kyllimarjaana said...

Thanks for the comment .
Your blog is so ELEGANT . Makes me feeling elegant myself by looking at it . I try to think what I hall do for change my blog imago a bit . I'll try .

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

There's nothing like a cup of tea any time of the day for any reason Lorrie!
I love your theme this month and your creativity making these cards - each one has it's own story.
Your embroidery looks lovely - is it a tea cloth?

lindaakacraftygardener said...

very pretty choices for notecards

Blackberry Lane said...

Such beautiful images; I love the tea cup and the stitchery.

Cheryl said...

You have done such a lovely job with your note card collection. I love how the tea cup is the unifying piece in each cozy vignette! (And what a gorgeous tea cup it is!)

Friko said...

The cup that cheers!

A lovely collection of photographs.

Kathryn Ross said...

Lorrie! This is lovely! The cup is just beautiful - one of my favorite shapes and artistic design types. So feminine. And, your stitchery is perfection! Love the journal, too. I've been busy with fabric flowers and my paper art has taken a back seat of late. But, I love working in so many media types - it's hard to make time for all. However, you've convinced me - time for tea, to be sure!
Joy!
Kathy

Storybook Woods said...

Even though we are big tea drinkers year around (12 pounds), in the winter tea is our life line, our comfort, our bracing get going in the morning. Love the piece you are embroidering. Clarice

Debbie said...

Tea and winter just seem to go together in my head. You know, kind of like fall and pumpkin latte. I loved every shot you had here, and my favorite one of all is the one with the journal. Did you make that? It's really lovely to me.

Art and Sand said...

lovely photos . . . lovely words . . . a cup of tea . . . all make for a wonderful day.

Denise said...

These cards are perfect for the cold January days, Lorrie. I love your pictures and the verses you've chosen to go with them. I adore your teacup and saucer; that china pattern is just beautiful!! Your needlework piece looks very similar to an embroidered table topper my mother-in-law brought me from Ireland several years ago. It even has the hemstitch trim like yours.

It sounds like you're having the kind of rainy winter that we had last year. After a while, it just felt like an endurance contest. I hope you get some sunny days very soon, Lorrie!

Hugs to you,

Denise at Forest Manor

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Your note card offerings are delightful! And now I am off to brew a cup of tea.

marigold jam said...

Lovely post both in terms of text and pictures. By the way you left a comment on my recent post which I tried to publish and it seems to have disappeared - sorry about that! I have gone back to not needing to approve comments so things should be fine in future!

Donna said...

These are lovely!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love your collection of photos with the beautiful tea cup! They make wonderful note cards. The patchwork pillow in the first photo is very pretty, too!

Mary said...

Delightful choices for a box of cards Lorrie - a real china cup and saucer is hard to beat, and I love your white on natural embroidery - Queen Ann's Lace perhaps?
Lovely post.
Hugs - Mary