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Monday, November 29, 2010

Transition Tea

It is Tea Time Tuesday once again. My how the Tuesdays fly by. I am calling this my Transition Tea because I am in the midst of holiday transition, from autumn and Thanksgiving decorating to winter and Christmas decorating. We have been gone for almost a week and there is a lot of catching up on all the needful chores along with the fun of decking the halls with boughs of holly and baubles. Since I have not had time to bake, and no time to sit down for long, I made some tea in my new / old teapot, and sipped it out of one of the accompanying teacups. ( Do you like the Christmas tea cozy I made ?) This is one of 6 Japanese Lusterware Teacups and saucers I won in a bid on E-Bay. I have fallen in love with Lusterware and this inspired me to check out the china on sale via E-Bay. I have never bid or bought on E-Bay before, but I found this set and the price was very right. I bid, won, and received a whole snack set with teapot, sugar and creamer, plus the cups and saucers of this Lusterware and will feature it all in another Tea Time post. Some of the Lusterware was marked 'MADE IN JAPAN', some was not. I read this in an article on Lusterware by Harry Rinker. "Sometimes all pieces in a set are not back-stamped. The profit margin on ceramics was slim, and a factory could save a little labor cost by not marking every piece in a set." I also found some pieces marked with lettering that seemed to be gibberish, clearly read letters spelling nothing I could understand. I like my black, peppermint, or green tea straight. No cream or sugar. "The teapot must be boiling hot when the tea goes in. And the tea should steep four or five minutes. Thin slices of lemon pricked with cloves are all right; so is colored sugar. But for a family tea, we pour it out and drink it without anything in it. Just tea." Gladys Taber
Pour yourself a cup of tea, put the Christmas music on and visit these ladies for more Teatime Tuesday offerings~
"A cheerful heart has a continual feast." Proverbs 15:15


Anonymous said...

Good Morning Kathy, Your header photo is so pretty. I love your teapot and lusterware cups and the tea cozy you made is so cheerful. Your love of your home, family and pets shines through in every post. I cherish every visit to your blog.

Maggie said...

Hi Kathy,
The lustreware is very pretty but my! your white poinsettia has stolen my heart.
Maggie in Normandy.

Deanna said...

Kathy, I love your header!
Beautiful snow gently falling down.

We haven't had snow so far, but expecting it next Monday. I had better get the cold weather gear out.

Lovely time having tea with you this Tuesday!
God bless,

Dolores said...

Did you take the header picture???? It is absolutely the sweetest of winter pictures..... I love it!!!!

Beautiful tea set..... but I'm in awe over the picture with the kitty!!!

Stay warm...

Vickie said...

Morning Kathy! Sounds like you've got alot to do, but having a break for tea-time is a "can't-miss"! Especially with your Lusterware cups! Nice job on the tea cozy!

How did you get your clay pots that white-ish color? Naturally aged, or buttermilk? I'd love to do some of those little pines, too, but don't want the look of new clay pots!

Well, enjoy your tea and have a cuppa for me cuz I have to work today.

My, but the gophers are keeping us busy - we've gotten two more in the last week, and more mounds to work on! We finally started getting a little rain and that always gets 'em movin! I need to update my count!

myletterstoemily said...

the tea cozy is beautiful! you might be
happy to hear that milk undoes the
benefits of green tea! so you are drinking
it the healthy way!

merry Christmas!

PeregrineBlue said...

thank you kathy for the well wishes. i have jotted down your address to write to you from chile, such a fun and adventurous country. i love your now blog header. i will miss all my cozy tea friends.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good afternoon Kathy,
How pretty your header picture is! Kitty looks to be enjoying it too. The Lusterware is wonderful; love it! I always did like the sheen of Lusterware; ever since I was a little girl! Anything which reminds me of bubbles or iridescence, I love! What pretty photos you have shared with the white poinsettias and evergreen trees; very cozy and festive! Your tea cozy is very nice too. Thank you for joining me for Tea Time and I hope you're having a lovely week.


Terri said...

What a beautiful lusterware set! The color of blue is gorgeous. Thank you for explaining why not every piece of a set has a backstamp on it.
I love your Christmas tea cozy.

Susanne said...

I've been out of town as well and finally put away all the fall and dragged out some Christmas. Thanks for your comment on my post about the Bachman Idea House. You're right, there are so many ideas but I did make a couple book trees they had on their mantel.

paperbutterfly said...

I have never tried buying anything on e-bay! This set is stunning! Love the colour!
Alot of us are in transistion, this time of year, with one thing or another. Your heading is
pur-rect. Is that your sweet kitty? Thank you for your comments today. It is humbling to know.
Have a blessed week.

Connie said...

Oh my goodness, that looks like a lot of snow. Makes me cold just seeing that header picture.

Your lusterware is very pretty, Kathy. Good day for a hot cup of tea today! :)

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Kathy: I love your lusterware! Very pretty! I promise to take a picture of myself soon. I love beautiful things and I just don't think of myself as beautiful, more fat than anything else, so I avoid pictures. For you dear, I will do it. Yes, I do wear my jewelry. I use to wear it a lot. As you know, I have had a hard year and wearing jewelry was not high on my list. However, I am doing so much better, so some of the jewelry is back. Right know, I am wearing only the real stuff. Believe it or not, I have to feel really good about myself to wear the costume. I am weird, I know. You would think it would be the other way around, but no not me. Anyway, I am sure this is too much information, but you asked! Love you lots, Martha

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

such lovely lusterware collection! never see in that colour. lovely!

Pondside said...

Tea with you always looks so serene and peaceful. I like my tea - English breakfast, Earl Grey, Irish breakfast etc - with milk, but herbal teas, well they should just be clear for me.

Paula said...

I love the tea set, Kathy- sometimes there are some really good finds on ebay, I've found a few myself. (Okay, too many! haha)

I really love the tea cozy, though- did you have a pattern? I've been wanting to make one like that out of some really cute chicken fabric I found, but I can't seem to find a pattern. (and I don't want to ruin the fabric!)

Unknown said...

I have some Japanese lustrewear to sell if anyone would like it. The colors are the same, the shiny blue and beige with a small rose and a Japanese looking building painted on. My mother recently passed away and it was my Grandmother's. It is not our kind of thing but we would like it to go to someone who would like it.