Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tea Bliss

A dear friend and I were running errands when we drove past The Guild Shop.
We both said out loud, The Guild Shop, the car turned around and
off we went to an adventure.
I've been in The Guild Shop a dozen times and there won't be a tea cup anywhere.
There are always tea pots, but no tea cups.
On this visit there were tea cups!

Clarence Tea Cup and Tea Pot

I found the little Price&Kensington tea pot at T.J. Maxx.
It makes a nice tea for one for my new Clarence tea cup.

Clarence Tea Cup Mosaic

I really like the dainty flowers and the unusual shape of the cup.

Clarence  Tea Cup Mosaic

Tea Bliss

I'm still reading The Chinese Art of Tea by John Blofeld, it is interesting, but can be very dry, so I picked up the next tea book in my never-ending book stack, Tea Bliss byTheresa Cheung. The reviews on Amazon are very mixed, but I found this at less than half price and just couldn't pass it up. The illustrations alone were worth the price! I've enjoyed scanning through the book to oooooh and ahhhhh over the photography. The book is full of tea quotes. Here are a few:

"In the taste of a single cup of tea you will eventually discover the truth of all ten thousand forms of the universe." ~ Kyongbong Sunim, Ch'an (Zen) master

"Pour me a little more tea, would you, dear? I can drink it till it comes out of my ears." ~Garek, Star Trek: Deep Space 9

"It's liquor is like the sweetest dew from heaven." ~Lu Yu (733-804), Chinese writer

"Tea is a religion of the art of life." ~Katuzo Okakura (1862-1913), Japanese writer

"Drink your tea slowly and reverently as if it is the axis on which the whole world revolves -- slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live in the actual moment. Only this moment is life."
~Thich Nhat Hanh (1926 - ), Vietnamese-born Buddhist monk and author (one of my favorites). 

I have some fun reading ahead of me, just reading the tea quotes! 

Thanks to our tea party hostesses.
These are just a few of the tea parties in the Land of Blog.

Wishing YOU well and a wonderful cup of tea! 


Pondside said...

I love a fluted cup - so nice to drink from! Enjoy your new cup!

xinex said...

Beautiful tea table. I love the plum colored teapot. Yout tea cup set is just lovely and full of charms...Christine

Ana Cristina Caldatto said...

oi que bom receber sua visita de terça!
seu bule roxo é lindo lindo!

mas a xicara chinesa é encantadora!

um feliz dia para voce também!


I love this tea table and specially the plum teapot, along with the fluted tea cup. Thank you for your sweet visit and lovely comment and yeah, I'd love a bagel with lux too! Hugs, FABBY

Antiques And Teacups said...

I love the teacup. Squared shape cups were popular in the 1950s but not many companies made them. That's an especially nice one. I'll have to find that book...it's one I don't have.
Thanks for sharing!

Janet said...

I'm sure you'll know that I love the teapot and the tea cup! They're lavender! What a great find, too.

Kathy said...

Gorgeous teacup and teapot! I just love TJMaxx! Tea and Bliss...they go perfectly together!
Hope you're having a marvelous day,

Johanna said...

Hi Snap,
that is such a fabulous tea cup. I love the design. And the tea pot goes so well with it. Thank you for sharing this beauty.
Best greetings, Johanna

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I love your teacup and the teapot is a perfect match! The fluted teacup is so very pretty and the shape is lovely. Love the pretty plum colour of the flowers too. Tea and Bliss; a perfect post! Thank you for sharing this with Tea Time today.



Charming tea pot and teacup, such a beautiful tea table, lovely! Lots of hugs. FABBY

SandyCarlson said...

Your version of the tea ceremony is really beautiful.

Kim Mailhot said...

Love the soft purple of your pot and cup, Snap ! ENjoy !

parTea lady said...

I rarely find pretty teacups at resale shops either. You found a real beauty at The Guild. Your Clarence cup has such a dainty pattern and pretty shape. Your teapot pairs well with it.

Lavender Cottage said...

The new teacup and pot go well together. Your book does sound interesting, thanks for sharing some of the nice quotes.

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Snap,
What a beautiful tea cup and tea pot. I love the delicate flowers and the color is beautiful.
Love the tea quotes you shared too.

Thank you for stopping by for tea with me too. I always enjoy your visit.
Have a great midweek.
Love your new header.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Sherry said...

I have seen the teapots at TJ Maxx like yours. They have such great colors. Your tea cup is lovely too!

Terri said...

What fun! I love it when you find what you don't expect! This new cup of yours is beautiful. I love the dainty flowers and especially love the shape of the cup. I do not own this manufacturer yet, but I have seen it before.
Thank you so much for sharing your newest find with us.

EG Wow said...

That's a very pretty cup indeed!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely teacup and saucer! My sister loves violets and I always try to find her pretty sets like this- I don't think she has this one yet.

Barb said...

Your bouquet matches perfectly with your new tea cup and the pot compliments both. Happy sipping, Snap!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Hello, Snap

I must send the final quote to a friend of mine. He is starting a medication class this evening and is a tea-lover.


Zaa said...

Your teapot is lovely ... The color is so unusual, and it goes perfectly with that pretty fluted cup and saucer... Lovely match !!! Thanks for the books titles ... I'm off to find " Teatime Bliss"at Chapters ...Hugs