Monday, May 29, 2017

Tea at Holland Park Garden Gallery

During a recent visit to the Holland Park Garden Gallery, I was delighted to see various tea-themed items for both the garden and the home.

Small teacup planters with flowers for $19.99.

I'm stalking these huge teacup planters ($34) until they go on sale.

An impressive collection of For Tea's Sake artisan and wellness teas. 
I'm tempted to go back and sample some of the herbal blends.

These colourful tea sets are perfect for summer.

"Let's have tea" in these fun mugs!

Teabag holder
I was good and didn't bring anything home with me!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

A Contemporary Victorian Tea Set

Happy Victoria Day to my Canadian friends!
In honour of Queen Victoria's birthday, I'm sharing the "Priscilla" tea set that I received from my relatives a few years ago. This contemporary ceramic set was from Bombay Canada.

The small teapot serves 2-4 cups of tea.

One of my four teacups and saucers.

Left: Tea Caddy
Right: Cream and Sugar Set
Not pictured: 3-Tier Dessert Tray

The elegant medallion labels give the Priscilla pieces a dainty touch.

Victorian tea time never goes out of style!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Come Dance in May!

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a May Tea Dance hosted by Hamilton English Country Dancers (HECD) and Dundas Museum and Archives. The HECD performed at the museum before, but I had been too shy to participate. At the May Tea Dance, I stepped out of my comfort zone (ha!) and joined the English country dancing. So what if I have two left feet and didn't know any of the steps?!?

Source: Internet
FANTASY: I was Elizabeth Bennett dancing gracefully at the Netherfield Ball.

Photo Credit: My Mom
REALITY: This dancing newbie (in the purple top on the left) bungled up some of the steps. 

A caller taught us the moves and prompted the dance figures. There were also a couple of fiddlers who provided live music accompaniment to our dancing. The experienced dancers were very welcoming and forgave my missteps. I really enjoyed English Country Dancing (a great low-impact exercise!), but some of the circular formations made me a little dizzy!

Artsy Tea Table #1

Artsy Tea Table #2

Our artsy tea table.

Dancing worked up my appetite for tea and light refreshments.

Source: Internet
May I have this dance?

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Cherry Blossoms

I've always loved how tea can transport us to far-off lands.

Cherry Blossom Organic Green Tea by Lemon Lily
"One sip and you'll be whisked away to Kyoto for the Cherry Blossom festival." 
(From: Lemon Lily)

I sipped the tea from the "Kimono" teacup that Lyn sent me at the 2016 spring teacup exchange.  I'm not usually a fan of floral teas, but I enjoyed this pleasant tea with a hint of cherry flavour.

Since I couldn't physically travel to Japan to enjoy their cherry blossoms, I went to the next best thing: Centennial Park in the Valley.

Taken in April 2017
In 2014, thirty-seven cherry trees were planted at Centennial Park in honour of Hamilton's missionary, Martha Cartnell, who overcame barriers to female education in 19th century Japan and founded Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin--the first school for girls in Japan.

Taken April 2017
The Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin School's generous gift of cherry trees symbolize the students and alumni's gratitude to Martha Cartnell for her legacy's incredible impact on generations of girls and women in Japan.

"Expressing Our Adoration and Appreciation With These Cherry Trees" 
(Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin - 130th Anniversary Year in 2014)

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Discovery Walks

If you're reading this, it means that I survived my work's 4-week challenge to "get moving." Since I'm allergic to gym workouts, walking was my main form of exercise. These outdoor strolls led to some fun discoveries...

The bibliophile in me geeked out over this super cute Little Free Library.

Kuma's Candy store specializes in Japanese candy...

...and bubble tea!
Because I'm a purist, I ordered papaya milk tea.
It's important to stay hydrated during a workout, right?!?

I also brought home these tasty (but pricey!) matcha candies with condensed milk inside.

The flags at McMaster University were flown at half-mast to mark:
1) National Mourning Day for the Canadian workers killed or injured at the workplace;
2) the passing of Peter George, the University's longest-serving President. 
Rest in peace, Peter George.

A cross outside St. Paul's Anglican Church.

The physical activity challenge is over, but I hope to continue these walking workouts!

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Art & Tea

Earlier this month, I attended the free preview of the Dundas Valley School of Art's Annual Action.

This is the first time I attended the auction which showcased over 1,400 original artwork by art masters, as well as local established and new artists. I didn't see the pieces by Picasso and Renoir, but it's possible that this philistine missed it? Naturally, I was drawn to the tea-themed paintings.

"Wake Up Tea" by Lisa Feit

"Lost Teapot" by Hilda Nieboer

"White Tea Pot Still Life" by Laurie Wonfor Nolan

I didn't catch the artist who created these Three Stooges chairs.
Larry, Moe and Curly are definitely conversation pieces!

Wendy, this paddle artwork is for you: "Hope is the Thing..." by John Doherty

 This year's art auction successfully raised a record-breaking $100,000 to support the DVSA.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

2017 Spring Teacup Exchange

In the spring, a teacup lover's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of The Enchanting Rose's Teacup Exchange.

A massive THANK YOU goes out to our wonderful hostess, Stephanie, for all the time and effort that she spent organizing the 10th exchange which has expanded to over 200 participants from around the world!

I was paired up with Jacqueline from New York. 
Since Jacqueline doesn't have a blog, I'm sharing what I sent her here.

Jacqueline is interested in the Victorian era so I sent her a Victorian-themed package. 
I received the vintage-style kitchen linens on my last birthday and managed to find the same ones to give to Jacqueline.

I sent Jacqueline a teacup from my own collection. 
After much contemplation, I selected this teacup decorated with yellow roses. During the Victorian era, flowers were used to relay secret messages. Back in the Victorian times, yellow roses stood for jealousy. Today, yellow roses symbolize friendship. 

"I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." (From Casablanca).

The lovely thank you card from Jacqueline.

I was beyond thrilled to receive this wonderful package from Barbara in Texas.
I was humbled and touched by Barbara's thoughtfulness and generosity. She even handcrafted items that were tailored to my obsession interests (TEA!) and favourite colours (purple, yellow, and turquoise).

Tasty goodies to accompany my cups of tea.

Vintage napkins embroidered by Barbara.
How sweet are the tea-themed designs?

Barbara confessed that she had difficulty parting with this pretty Hammersley teacup decorated with sweet peas (we've all been there, right?!?). Lucky for me, she overcame her internal struggle and sent this beauty my way!

Thank you for the gorgeous teacup and wonderful goodies, Barbara!

The Magnificent Seven

Please visit The Enchanting Rose to see the other fun teacup and mug swaps!
Click on the image to go to the link-up.