Monday, June 22, 2015

Bye Bye Birdie

Hello, Summer!

This week, I'm sharing a teacup that I acquired last month. The teacup's pretty blue colour immediately caught my eye at the thrift store.

This is the first teacup in my collection which features an avian design, "Early Bird". With a capacity of 280 mL, the cup is slightly larger than a standard teacup which suits this tea drinker perfectly!

This cute teacup was designed by the Dutch designer, PIP Studio, whose motto is: "Happy Products for Happy People".

This box of infusion de calafate was a souvenir gift from a friend who had visited Patagonia.

During her travels in Argentina and Chile, she sent me a couple of postcards, including this one from Cape Horn--the southernmost tip of South America. 

In the pre-Panama Canal days, Cape Horn was the treacherous trade route travelled by the clipper ships.

The calafate berry is also known as the Magellan Barberry and found throughout Patagonia. You can learn more about the calafate berry here. According to local legend, "He who eats calafate must return."

Photo Source: Internet

Top: Yellow calafate flowers
Bottom: Blue-purple calafate berries

Steeping instructions were not provided so I let the teabag stepped for 5 minutes.

The fruity scent and taste of the calafate berry infusion were very mild, but pleasant. 

Now that I've tasted the calafate berry, I must be destined to visit Patagonia!

I'm joining the following parties this week:


  1. I really like your birdie teacup. The shade of blue is so pretty and the size is perfect for tea lovers. Lately I've been into collecting bird decor and it's not easy to find teacups with bird designs on them.
    Isn't it wonderful to receive tea as travel gifts? The berry tea sounds like a nice choice for summer time. There are so many flavors of tea out there to explore. Have a nice tea week! ~Nora

  2. It's very pretty! (I was in that musical many, many moons ago in high school). :-)

  3. What a pretty tea cup. I have a similar mug with a bird design. It's one of my favorites. Hugs, Diane

  4. Margie, Patagonia and the Panama Canal are both on my wish list of places to see! I have a friend who travels the world and sends me postcards too and I love them all. And your pretty new cup was a fabulous find! Linda

  5. Haha, it's in your cards to travel to Patagonia is it? :-)
    You found a pretty teacup Margie, I didn't notice the branches on the inside at first and the bigger the teacup the better!
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  6. Hi Margie,
    What a pretty birdie teacup you found while thrifting! The tea sounds like a lovely blend and that was such a thoughtful gift for you to enjoy.

  7. Hello Margie,
    your new teacup is really beautiful. What a lovely shade of blue! PIP Studio sounded familiar and after some googling I remembered that their products are sold in Finland too, and there are many very pretty items indeed.
    The Magellan Barberry sounds like a very interesting plant. I hope you will visit Patagonia one day! :)

  8. I love that cup and saucer. I really need to start looking in thrift stores for lovely cups and saucers like yours.

  9. Hi Margie! What a pretty thrift store find! I really like the pale blue, and the bird of course! That sounds like an interesting tea, especially if it guarantees you a vacation there someday ;)

  10. what a sweet little teacup. I love birds...and tea

  11. Early Bird is a very sweet cup - I'm a bird lover so it appeals to me too!
    I've been on the lookout for a 'larger; than normal tea cup to use for breakfast when I usually have at least two cups!
    Margie, I was hopeful of finding a Shamrock cup when I was In Ireland but I saw only one and it was a tacky souvenir one. Once I return home. I'll look on TradeMe which is the Kiwi equivalent of Ebay!
    Thank you for popping in to my blog!
    Shane x

  12. Your tea cup is delightful, my friend! I so love birds and anything with birds on it makes me smile :)

    Happy Wednesday! Hugs!

  13. I have a similar teacup from PIP ... love their colors! Great thrift store find. Wonderful gifts ... especially gifts of tea!

  14. Hi Margie,
    What a sweet little Dutch teacup. I love the pale blue colour with the little birdie on it. Such a dear treasure! Happy Tea Day Friend! Karen

  15. Your teacup is quite pretty! Such a cute bird ... love the little details around the saucer rim and the handle too :)

  16. Margie, Patagonia! Tea is a world wide passion. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

  17. I love your Pip Studio teacup! I bet that tea tastes very good in that cup. I just got my Pip coffee mugs.

  18. PIP Studio pieces are very popular here. That Breakfast sized teacup is darling. I am so glad you shared it.

  19. Oh Margie... What a delightful tea cup! I am simply in love with the gorgeous bird design...and the colour is just so beautiful too! :)
    What lovely sounding tea! Thank you for sharing a little information about kind of your sweet friend to bring you a souviner gift!
    Recently a friend of mine visited Paris...she brought back a bag of rose tea for me...I have yet to try it, but I am visiting her next week and I am taking some along for us to drink together!
    Have a blessed week further and a wonderful month of July!
    Hugs and love,


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