Monday, February 20, 2012

"CINDERELLA'S TEA"

Hurry, scurry, hurry scurry ... CINDERELLA... It's snowing , now it's raining ..Where's your umbrella?While dusting and sweeping the cobwebs from the attic of the Grand Lady, this rather lovely origami umbrella made itself known to me.. as if in a notion, that it was time to bask in the sunlight and pour a little tea.
Yes, the grand entry of the attic palace was determined to share more than one sparkling particle of dust with me...Achoo... one speck flew up my nose and another settled into place on an unopened oriental box..( sweep sweep) ... the dust danced in the sunbeams as I opened the lid of the silken case.

Glittering, radiance filled the old timbers with a flush of oriental red, that begged to be part of Teatime Tuesday. How could I resist sharing it with you all, even if it was a miniature set, that I dare say, had never been used.

I bought it seven years ago, while meandering through an old antique shop, in Kitakyushu, Japan ... Of course, it lay hidden under an untidy pile of forgotten books and novelties, waiting to be found.

Luckily, I'm just the kind of person, who dives into those untidy heaps of forget-me-nots. When I come up for air ( tah-dah) ... it's usually with something special.

This is a rather small tea set, richly decorated in Asian florals and gold. Many Japanese and Chinese sets are dainty like this one .... They are often, graciously, presented in silk laden boxes, that exude a handsome price in local stores.

How fortunate, that I managed to salvaged it from the rummage of extinction, in the lost corners of never, Neverland. I dare say that this is probably the first time the tea set has had the chance to be properly infused with green tea...mmmmm ... and what fun I had, drinking from not one, but all four cups.( Tee Hee)

First I sipped from a yellow rose, then a pink rose, then a yellow and another pink rose... oh , my goodness, it's time to pour more tea .

I did entertain myself quite royally ,with all the ladies of the noble court ... Infact I was quite content with my imaginary court, or should I say "Attic Palace" .

Cinderella, never knows, where a good dusting might take her to... " Achoo" ... especially in an attic filled with memories... I'm so glad that you came to share it with me... ( Sweep Sweep)

34 comments:

victorian parlor II said...

It's gorgeous!!!

Blessings,

Kim

Zaa said...

Thanks Kim .. J'm so glad that you stopped by for a chat.... I missed you ...Hugs

Micupoftea~ said...

ooooooooh, ahhhhhh! This is one of the most interesting tea posts I have seen! LOVE your set. I have something similar. My tea set is nestled inside a woven basket with a lid. The inside is lined with fabric also. Thanks for reminding me of this treasure I own...I will have to share it soon~

Johanna said...

Hi Zaa,
you made a cute post. I love such treasure, found by "diving into those untidy heaps of forget-me-nots". Made me smile! What a luck, you found it. It is truly a treasure and you shared such a sweet story. I hope you will have some tiny tea from it and get further splendid inspirations.
Best greetings, Johanna

Zaa said...

Thank you Micupoftea... I know exactly the woven basket teaset you are speaking of ..Please do share it soon..Exciting.... Hugs

Zaa said...

Ah Yes Johanna... Thank You for bring you lovely smile and comments to the " Grand Lady ".. We would love to share a wee spot f tea with you again soon, my Friend...Hugs

Snap said...

What a delightful post! I like to look into the dark corners in shops to see what might be hidden. This tea set is a wonderful treasure. I'd be drinking green tea from each cup, too! Happy Tea Day!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a pretty little tea set! I enjoyed your Cinderella story along with it. I think we all might have a treasure or two buried away somewhere in our homes. Thank you for bringing it out of storage and sharing with us today.

Blessings,
Sandi

Terri said...

Oh my but that is a sweet set! What color and sparkle! Do you think it is a child's tea set? I love your post and how you share your attic discoveries!
Hugs,
Terri

Pamela Gordon said...

This is a sweet treasure to find. Very pretty set. Pamela

Linda said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog In the Kitchen. I wanted to let you know that I'm not posting on the blog anymore, but am using my main blog Foxtales for everything now. It just got to be too much to keep up several blogs. The sidebar has a link to Foxtales. Linda

Zaa said...

Thank You Snap .. It's so exciting to know a kindred spirit...HUGS

Zaa said...

Oh Sandi .. I always love to share a treasure or two with you ...my Friend... Hugs

Zaa said...

Greetings Terri ...

The set is actually an " adult" set ... In Asian everything is refined and small in detail.... so for " we" western thinking people, it is very small ( ha ha)

I have been presented with similar sized cups during Japanese tea parties... ( in the past ) .... Good things often come in small packages. ( ha ha) ... xoxoxo

Zaa said...

Pamela..Please do visit again ..you are always ..WELCOME !!!!

Zaa said...

Hi Linda.. Thank You for the kind recommendation on your blog...I will be sure to follow " Foxtales" ... Hugs

Ruth...Time Was Antiques said...

What a bright and cheerful tea set! I love the vibrant colors. Lovely!
Cheers!
R

Zaa said...

Hi Ruth ....Thanks for you kind teatime visit...The colours do make one smile... I'm already cutting out the Downton Abbey Dolls ( Ha Ha)...Hugs

Ana Cristina Caldatto said...

Zaa, estou feliz com comentário em meu Blog!

esua coleção cinderela é fabulosa!
abraços!!!

xinex said...

Beautiful oriental figures and tea set! Love them!....Christine

Zaa said...

Thanks for you kind visit Ana...Hugs

Zaa said...

Welcome Christine ...S o glad you found time from your " Cinderella" work days to have a teatime visit... You deserve extra sugar....Hugs

Red Rose. said...

Hello,Zaa.
What a pretty tea set! I am very impressed to see that beautiful origami umbrella. Did you make that? Captivating!!
Thank you for visiting on my post.
RedRose

Zaa said...

Thanks for your kind visit RedRose... The umbrella was a gift from a Japanese Friend... a special keepsake from a special Country...Hugs

Rettabug said...

That is one of the prettiest tea sets I have ever seen! How wonderful that you found it all these years, making it all the more precious.
Beautiful...just beautiful!

fondly,
Rett

The Rustic Victorian said...

Oriental art is so beautiful, I have very little of it but I have enjoyed your treasures so much this morning. Blessings in your day!
Marcie

Kathryn Ross said...

Fun post, milady! Elegant tea service - small as it is - perfect size for your court who seem to be enjoying the festivities of tea in the background. That dust cloth just swept us all into your whimsical little attic teatime find - and don't I love to treasure hunt in forgotten places, too!

Joy!
Kathy

Zaa said...

Thanks Rett... How lovely that you took the time for a teatime visit...Please do come again...Hugs

Zaa said...

Greetings Marcie..How nice to see you here at the " Grand Lady"..There's a teacup reserved for you each week ..Thank You for this grand visit...Bright Blessing

Zaa said...

Dear Kathryn... Your story time visits are absolutely delightful... Thanks for the sweet chat....Hugs

Lady Linda said...

It's lovely and quite artful, like you. Thanks for sharing.

Zaa said...

Thank You Lady Linda..Your visits are aways a pleasure... Hugs

Wren said...

Fantastic...love the photos. I love the Victorian era.

Zaa said...

Thanks for your sweet visit Wren..Please do come by again soon...Hugs