Decor-a-Tea La Tea Dah of Gracious Hospitality continues to host her Blog-a-thon about tea. Each week she has given us a new theme. "This is week three, and she asks us to "Share ideas and pictures that incorporate tea and/or tea themes into home decor. Displays, art, prints, fabrics, and collection all count in this category. Do you use teapots and teacups as a part of your home decor? If so, describe how."
When I first was introduced to the Tea that Gracious Hospitality was hosting, I couldn't wait to join. I think that what I love most about the teapots and teacups that you will find around my home, are the memories that they all hold so dear. Whether they remind me of another place, another time, or the memories of sipping tea with my Grandmother, they are unforgettable.
I once climbed a very steep staircase to get to a china shop, where my teapot lamp used to live in Hong Kong. I found the perfect lamp shade in a lovely part of Toronto where all the interior decorators have shops. It's light warms my heart with the memories of living in both places, as well as lighting this corner of my kitchen.
It seems that in every corner of my home you will find teapots, teacups or something to do with tea as part of the decoration. I just love everything to do with tea. When I am not decorating with teapots, I am painting teapots or tea parties.
Tiny tea is always charming for little guests.
During the years that our family lived in Hong Kong, it was still a British Colony and it was the land of tea. Whether you were attending the proper British tea with friends in their homes or at some tea house, or sipping tea in one of the most famous Chinese tea houses known as the Luk Yu Tea House, you were learning about the intricacies of tea. The array of teapots, teacups and vessels dedicated to the art of tea was truly inspiring. I began collecting teapots and teacups because the inspiration took my breath away.
Today as I look around my home at my favorite tea sets, they bring back sights and sounds from another day. Memories of special friends who live in different parts of the world, who once shared a cup of tea. My most cherished teapot, which I often paint was given to me by a special friend Elizabeth Wu, who still lives in China.
My mother gave me this teapot with forget-me-nots on it, and little teaspoons with teapots and stacks of teacups decorating the ends. Teacups and teapots holding special memories hang from my baker's rack.
Sometimes I have been known to even decorate my garden with a spot of tea.
Of course serving tea in my dining room is my favorite thing to do. Every time I see my table set for tea using this tablecloth, I think of all the friends over the years who have graced my table for tea.
Now you can visit all the wonderful bloggers at Gracious Hospitality, and see all the wonderful ways that they decorate with teapots, teacups and everything tea. Or perhaps you would like to write a post about how you decorate with tea, and just add your link to the bottom the of the ones you will find here.
The love of tea runs in the family, My sister, Susan makes her own tea, which is shown on my table. When our family was living far away from home and I was so homesick, my sister sent us her Angel Tea and it made everything better. My little daughters believed that if they were sick, only Aunt Susan's tea made them feel better.
Have a lovely tea.
For all the unforgettable memories of yesterday, and the ones we are making today sharing our tea in Blogland, thanks to La Tea Dah, I chose the song Unforgettable, sung by Mr. Special...Nat King Cole.