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Monday, May 11, 2009

Teatime on Tuesdays

Hello & welcome to the very first Teatime Tuesday! Hosted by the very talented & even nicer, Barb from Grits & Glamour . I have a passion for teacups, teapots & I recently bought a cabinet just to house my collection so I'm really excited about this new meme. I'll feature the glass-fronted cabinet that houses my collection in a future Met Monday.

For this, my first post on Teatime Tuesday's, I wanted to showcase the ones dearest to my heart....and they are not even mine. Every year, for Caralyn's birthday, I gift her w/ a vintage, very special teacup...she's 3 now so she has 3. So this will also serve as my 3 or More Tuesday post...hosted by Tam @ The Gypsy's Corner.

I will give Caralyn a new teacup every year, until her 13th birthday, when I will give her a teapot. I have to admit that this was one of my better ideas & how glad I am, that I thought of it before her first birthday! For now her teacups are kept @ Honey's for safekeeping...besides, this is where all the teaparties are held. ;o) This stack is her's.

This one was the first. I had originally planned on giving all cherub-themed ones but they are harder to come by than I thought & who knows if Caralyn will even have a thing for cherubs so now I just concentrate on buying her the most special one I can find. This one is made by lefton .... I am a big collector of their china objects so I thought it was fitting.

The one given to her on her second birthday is made in Bavaria, is numbered & is covered in lovely pink roses.

I think this blue one is the most beautiful teacup I have ever seen but Caralyn has put in a request thsi year for one that is pink...."all pink". She wants it "pink like the blue". It's Foley bone china in the Tulip pattern.

She was having a sleepover when I was taking the pictures & wanted to pose w/ them. She's so beautiful & has such a strong sense of self...& it gives her a magnetic personality. Even total strangers can't take their eyes off her.

For next week's party. I will share pics of our very first tea party together. Visit Barb to see all the other prized tea collections. And stop by Tam's @ The Gypsy's Corner to see the other collections shared in today's 3 or More Tuesday.


Terri and Bob said...

Oh, how delightful! I love the different cups but I love the cupid one (with the gold leaf) the best!

Lori E said...

This is a great tradition. It will create some wonderful memories for both of you.

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Cammie what a wonderful tradition. If I have a grandaughter, I just may borrow this idea - but give her one of mine instead. I need to start giving them out eventually anyway. LOL

Thank you so much for sharing in the first ever TTT. It means a lot to me. I can't wait to see your cabinet next week. Hugs, Barb

ceekay said...

That is a precious idea. I love the cup with the angel. Very different and sweet.

Martha said...

What a great tradition. And what memories she will have. And what a nice collection she will have.

FancyHorse said...

What a wonderful family tradition! They will grow more precious to her as the years go by.

Michelle said...

That is a special tradition you have started!
Great idea!

joro said...

What a nice tradition. I wish I would've thought of it!....Jo

Liz said...

Hi Cammie! She is beautiful! What a doll! I have to say that I thing the blue is my favorite. What a great tradition you have started. That was a great idea.


Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Cammie, what a sweet tradition you've started! She's precious and her collection of cups are beautiful. Thank you for sharing such a thoughtful post!

Kammy said...

So sweet !
Lovely collection, what detail !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Katy ~ said...

I'm a soft touch for rose anything; love the rose tea cup, but all are beautiful.

However, there is no more beautiful rose in God's garden than your precious Caralyn.


Tammy518 said...

What a neat idea! She was will have a wonderful, meaningful collection. I love all the ones you've chosen so far, and your baby girl is beautiful!

susan said...

What a fabulous idea and special tradition!! She will cherish both the gift and the giver all her life! Can't wait to see the tea party pics. And you are right..she's special too!

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Looks we are all in agreement that this is SUCH a great idea! I too will tuck this thought away if I ever have a granddaughter. I'm not thinking my 3 little grandsons would think it was as fun.

Thanks for sharing. And oh yes! your granddaughter is just as precious as she can be!

Carrie said...

What a neat tradition to start! My grandma and I would have impromptu parties-- with fig cookies and juice.... great memories.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Cami, your tea cups are just beautiful. Such a sweet display.

Happy Tea Time Tuesday.


Barb said...

What a wonderfully fun tradition you have started, and what a treasure it will be to her when she grows up.

Barbara Jean

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Oooh, I love Caralyn's teacups. They are just too precious and so is she. What a great idea on giving the tea cups each year. Better than the Joseph girl birthday figurines (and I really like them). Hopefully someday I will have a grand daughter that I can do this for. So far I only have sons & 1 grand son. Thanks for sharing.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a great idea, and what a wonderful tea collection she will have when she is older. I'm sure each time she looks at them, she'll have wonderful memories of her childhood. She is an absolute doll! laurie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a precious girl, Cami! Love the picture of her with the pretty teacup. Such a special idea!


Sheila :-)

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Love all your pretty tea cups! I give each new baby girl a teacup and saucer for a gift- hopefully they will enjoy it someday!


Chandy said...

Cami, I am still growing my collection of teacups, currently I have one here with me and my Nikko and Correlle ones, buried in the storage! :(

You have a great collection!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Cammie I forgot that you had asked about my birdcage- if it was a Hendrix. I am not sure- where would the markings be on it to tell? I just saw it and loved it and the great price(found cage and stand at different yard sales)


Blondie's Journal said...


This is a lovely way to commemorate each of Caralyn's birthdays. She will really appreciate this when she is older.

I love the little crown on her t~shirt! Your little princess, perhaps?? ;-D

Happy Three or More Tuesday!


Barb said...

Thank for the tip on dipping the copper in ammonia.
If i decide to patina them I'll know how to speed up the process.


barbara jean

Rose Haven said...

Cami...thanks for stopping by in response to Kayleigh's post this morning.

Love your teacups!!


Neabear said...

Thank you for visiting me today. This is a great idea for your granddaughter. Awesome! I absolutely love the one you got her this year. Just so pretty. Also I love your header picture too. Happy Tuesday. Or rather Wednesday now since it is getting late.

Linda said...

My Mother has the whole tea and dessert set in the pattern shown on this post--white with little roses. Caralynn is a very fortunate girl to have someone like you teaching her the value of these beautiful pieces of yesterday.

Miss Janice said...

What a beautiful tradition! I love them all:)