Monday, January 2, 2012

" FABERGE TEA "

The tea fields of Japan are breathtaking...It's where I originally discovered the essence of a first and second picking of tea. The aroma and taste of this earthly foliage is branded into my olfactory nerve forever.

In North America we buy tea in a can, in a bag, in jugs, by the mug and in a cup at restaurants. In Japan, you learn the ancient art of loving tea.
It's impossible to look at the fields( above) and not be dazzled by the beauty of the tea growing in rows ... Funnily enough, I didn't even know tea grew on bushes like this so, I akin it to an educational art form. You're never too old to learn ( ha ha)

One could never imagine the difference of drinking loose, fresh tea from a handmade Japanese cup ... especially if your smelling the bouquet from a pot of Jasmine tea ...mmmmmmmmm... It is truly amazing .

That is why, I am forever hung up, on the euphoria of Jasmine. I import it from Japan in bulk, in first and second picking packages .

My husband brings me gifts of Paradise Jasmine Tea instead of chocolates ... and ... It makes me HAPPY. I love everything related to teatime, so this Christmas, I was treated to an egg- xtraordinary selection of presents ... Teacups and teapots created in the form of Faberge styled art.
Here is one of my beautiful eggshell teapots, crafted by Nova Scotian artist, Cynthia Davis. It's simply fascinating that anyone could design so creatively from an eggshell. Of course, we all know about the famous Faberge eggs owned by the Csars of Russia,(1885) but have you ever seen this delicate artform in reality !!!!

Egg history is fascinating ..... It's an age-old art that dates way back to 800A.D .. and it still delights the eye ... Isn't this a little darling !!!
Some of the eggs are intricately cut and designed with inlaid adornments. And the egg opens by use of hinges, which are fastened to the shells to form the tiny doors. This particular egg is , a goose egg which is approximately two and a half times bigger than a chicken egg. It wouldn't hold much tea though. ( ha Ha ) ... Actually it's only for ornamentation or for those who have a big imagination, like me!!!
As you can see , the lovely geisha has no problem sipping from her pottery cup and admiring the artistry of this Canadian Artist ... If you're interested in learning or seeing more of Cynthia Davis' teapots, cups and Faberge Egg creations... Contact her at : davisfabergeeggs@ns.sympatico.ca

I have another little set to show you next Tuesday... So please, stay tuned for something egg-stra sweet.

Ladies ... Thank You for the pleasure of your company today ... I'm a little giddy, as I didn't have time to make a cup of tea for myself .... So, now I'm off to share some New Years teatimes at your blogs ... May I ask, what brand of tea are you serving today ?


35 comments:

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Zaa,
Your egg teapot is exquisite! What a work of art! My uncle who hails from Britain has a SIL back in the old country who makes egg shells into works of art. They open up like little treasure boxes. He has three of them in his home and they are something else too.
Thank you for sharing your delightful teapot with us and Happy New Year.

Blessings,
Sandi

Zaa said...

Greetings Sandi ....Thanks for the egg-stra news about eggshell art collectors...I think most Britians are interested in teatime items ... I'd love to see your uncles little treasures.... Please do stop over again ...Have a Grand week...Hugs

Lavender Cottage said...

Thank you for sharing this extraordinary egg shell teapot. I've seen some egg crafts but never anything this unique.
Judith

Sherry said...

How amazing the tea fields are! Lovely tea pot too. Happy New Year!
Sherry

Zaa said...

Thanks for the kind visit Judith... So glad you stopped over for a peek...Hugs

Martha's Favorites said...

That is an amazing tea pot! I have never seen some thing so beautiful. Wow! Thank you for sharing it. I can't wait until I see the next one. Have a wonderful and blessed New Year! Hugs, Martha

Zaa said...

Thanks Sherry... Yes the fields are truly beautiful ...so happy to see you here..Please do come again.

Zaa said...

Thank you Martha ... You have so many astounding beauties too... but I'm so glad you like my little eggpot( ha ha)...I'll be looking forward to seeing you next week... Hugs

Ruth...Time Was Antiques said...

Zaa...there really was a body discovered today at Sandringham in the woods 2 miles from the main gates.....
Cheers!
R

Zaa said...

OMG Ruth .. What horrific news... I thought you were talking about a murder mystery on TV...better have another cup of tea...Try to enjoy your day...Hugs

Lady Linda said...

Lovely and so different. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

Zaa said...

Thanks for the New Year Visit... Lady Linda..Hugs

Pat's Pink Apron said...

Your egg shell teapot is wonderful! I am following you now. Pat

Lady Linda said...

Thanks for your kind post dear friend. I'll take all the fairy dust I can get right now....you're a sweetheart.
Love ya, Linda

Susan said...

Dear Zaa....Oh, your gifts were quite exquisite. Lucky you!

Thank you so much, Zaa, for visiting my blog and commenting, too. Please come back to visit any time.

Hope your new year of life is filled with splendor! Susan

Snap said...

I am fascinated by the tea fields and perhaps, one day, I'll visit! Your egg tea pot is amazing. What a wonderful Christmas gift! The artist, Cynthia Davis, is truly talented. Thank you for the link to her work. Happy Tea Day and Happy New Year!

Linda said...

Thanks for your comment. Your blog looks very interesting. Your photos are beautiful. I love tea and look forward to reading some of your posts about tea. I hope this is an inspired year for you.

Zaa said...

WELCOME Dear Pat...I so enjoyed your blog... and hope you will visit often ..Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks for the well wishes and visit Susan .. I had fun this morning reading your posts over a cup of my favorite tea...Happy New year...

Zaa said...

Hey Lady Linda .. I'm so glad that you've saved a little fairy dust for this year...Big Hugs for a Happy New year.

Zaa said...

Thanks for the sweet visit Snap... Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year.

Maria Andrade said...

Hi Zaa,
What a beautiful landscape you show in the photos!
I also loved reading the whole text... but I was truly amazed at the beauty of the exquisitely crafted egg teapot!
Artists never stop to amaze us!
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs

Antiques And Teacups said...

What a fabulous teapot! How lovely and creative! Thanks so much for sharing and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
Ruth

Zaa said...

Happy New Year Maria.. So nice to hear from you .. Hope your s festive season was filled with love and joy...Blessings

Zaa said...

Hey Ruth .. It was my pleasure... So happy to share a cup of tea with you ..Happy New Year..

Mari said...

I pray you had a happy and Healthy New Year ;)

Terri said...

Oh lovely egg shell tea pot! Wow! What a treasure to have.
Your photos of the tea fields are gorgeous and your description of the flavors and aromas makes me want to walk through a tea field myself and enjoy a cup of Jasmine tea!
Hugs,
Terri

Zaa said...

Bright Blessings to you Mari and WELCOME ..Please do come again for a warm spot of tea... Hugs

Zaa said...

Thank You Terri... Please do visit again soon and ENJOY your New Year...xoxox

Johanna said...

Hi Zaa,
I also love green tea with Jasmine. It took me a while until I discovered that your beautiful tea pot is really an egg. What a nice artistry. I admire the Fabergé eggs and your tea pot looks really similar. Thank you for sharing and have a great New Year.
Best greetings, Johanna

Zaa said...

Greetings Johanna... I'm so happy that you stopped by for a chat... Your visits are so enjoyable...Hope you had a wonderful Christmas..Wishing you and yours the very best in the New Year...Hugs

Cindy F. Adkins said...

What an absolutely beautiful and interesting post! Your teapot is extraordinary. Thanks for the info. I hope you had wonderful holidays and Happy New Year to you!
Hugs, Cindy

Zaa said...

Thank You Cindy .. I did have a lovely festive season.. Looking forward to more teatime chats with you in 2012, Dear lady..Hugs

Wanda Lee said...

Hello there dearest Zaa,

What an exquisite egg teapot.., Wow! I especially love your amazingly tranquil photos of the tea fields also.., I agree, Jasmine tea and tea blends with Jasmine are quite exceptional.

Thank you so very much for so generously and kindly gracing our blogs with your various lovely Tuesday tea party links. Thanks also for visiting our blogs time and time again and leaving sweet words of comment and encouragement with your participation for our Tuesday Tea's for our, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday', as well as for my, 'Tuesday Tea For Two', weekly blog tea party.

Pam and I are going to very much miss you as we leave blog land for quite a long while. This is due to very important personal reasons that were unforseen; (even two weeks ago).

Dear Pam and I had a long and friendly conversation just two days ago. Upon my informing Pam that I needed to 'bow out gracefully', from blogland for the forseeable future, she requested that I also send this message of deepest gratitude and regret on her behalf also. As I bid you a fond farewell and as we both leave you and other very lovely fellow bloggers for the time being my friend.

Have blessed New Year in 2012!

Hugs and blessings from Wanda Lee, (and Pam; Pam is from her own, 'Breath Of Fresh Air', blog.)

Zaa said...

Dear Wanda Lee.. You will be greatly missed... I do hope that you come to visit from time to time . Bright Blessings for a happy and healthy New Year, Sweet Lady...xoxox