Monday, February 11, 2019

“TO MY VALENTINE"


READY FOR VALENTINE'S DAY .... 


My Hubby, Kim is away so I'll be visiting with my son, daughter and grandchildren on February the  fourteenth.  I've been gathering hearts, glue and stickers so that we can make Valentines together. 

Right now, I'm taking a break from all the packing. 
 It's time for tea. 

PLEASE JOIN ME 


From the day we are born the image of a heart  is the symbol that represents ' Love'to the mind and soul ... Valentine's Day is one of the only celebrations where we actually take the time to express ourselves. If you have a curious mind like me, you have probably researched the history of Valentines and found that it has a bloody past that led to a beautiful beginning.

 European folk traditions are directly connected with Saint Valentine's Day
In 1797, printers were already producing a limited number of cards, with poetry and sketches.
In 1835 more than 60,000 Valentine cards were sent by post in the United Kingdom.

There are so many wonderful  expressions of LOVE.

Here's a handmade Valentine
puzzle purse from (1816).


I have  tried to make one and it is not as easy as it looks.
(collected from pinterest)

Many Valentines were handmade with real lace and ribbons.

Infact, Valentine cards became so popular that by the 1900's  they were being assembled in factories.

Like this Vintage3-D valentine that 
I found for sale on E-bay.



The intricate paperlace Valentines  from Europe(below) are exquisite.

(via  pinterest)


It is getting harder and harder to find romantic cards. It's just as easy to send one via the internet, somehow that seems impersonal to me ... however ... " It's the thought that counts
( Right)

 Saddly, we do not have the time in our lives to be sentimental.  On a positive note,  I have noticed that there has been a ressurgance in the craft industry. More and more people are becoming crafty with their creative love of the arts, stamping cards, sewing cards as mixed media projects and even trading ATC cards. 

 I've even made a few Artist Trading Cards,
 but they are not nearly as
"fancy schmancy"  as in the past.


COME ... Let's pick a teacup.
          Colored roses always  look beautiful on black china, 
    so this week I selected a "pink" rose teaset manufactured 
                 in England under the Windsor trademark.
                                                   

This teacup has quite a unique shape that I love to sip tea from.


It is so beautifully trimmed with gold leaf around the rims and at the base of the cup.


      I imagine it would suit even the most modern teatime lady.


In the language of flowers, the Rose symbolizes unity and love.

Red Roses signify perfect love and respect

Pink Roses represent  perfect happiness

Yellow Roses  signal gladdness, joy and friendship.


 This yellow rose  has a tinge of red blushed within
 the petals so that must  indicate 
the  mixed meaning of  sharing  both ...

  "LOVE and  FRIENDSHIP"

                                                         
 A roses' intoxicating  fragrance somehow infuses us with
                timeless memories like that of Springtime.
               It lingers in our mind always fresh and new.



                                 What color of rose do you like best ?


                                                           Valentine's  Day  
                reminds us to embrace the fullness of life 
                              that the rose represents.

                             LIVE  and LOVE
                                      LIFE
                                       with 
                                  PASSION.



         Take the time to send a Valentine's Day card to someone.             


                                  Love comes in all shapes and sizes ,

Dear Valentine: Come away with me.
If I had a day with you and you only I would enjoy the simple things.
The things that, in the end, when time steals the rest away are the only things we'll remember.
I would paddle you across a still lake in a rowboat and read poetry to you until you fell asleep.
And I would never ever think about the hours.

Read more: https://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/view_episode_scripts.php?tv-show=everwood&episode=s01e16
Dear Valentine: Come away with me.
If I had a day with you and you only I would enjoy the simple things.
The things that, in the end, when time steals the rest away are the only things we'll remember.
I would paddle you across a still lake in a rowboat and read poetry to you until you fell asleep.
And I would never ever think about the hours.

Read more: https://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/view_episode_scripts.php?tv-show=everwood&episode=s01e1

even 
in a cup of
 tea.


Roses are red
Violets are Blue
I'm sending this cup of love
To you.


Wishing you all a....

"HAPPY VALENTINES DAY"



Tuesday, February 5, 2019

“ RED ROSES"


                                                 WELCOME TO 
                             FEBRUARY
   

                             Teatime is dedicated to the color red .
     One of my hobbies is photography ... I particularly love
                                     to capture flowers.
                                                 
                           RED ROSES make me HAPPY






 I took these pictures at the SHOGUN Gardens in
 Iwakuni, Japan.



Wandering  into a SHOGUN reality is like discovering  a gateway into botanical heaven ...
 but first you have to get past the gate.

PLEASE COME IN 


Everything is handmade.


Of course, many gardeners dedicate hours of loving  maintenance in honor
of the
gardens
 and the gifts they bring to us all.


Snapping pictures seems so insignificant in comparison to


the momentuous  task spent
cultivating and caring for the plants.
Most of the roses are vintage, so the aromatic scent in the air was intoxicating, especially in the red and pink ones.


It is nearly impossible to describe the scent or beauty of a 
rose. 
"A rose by any other name would not smell as sweet"
(William Shakeskpeare)


" Oh my luve's is like a red, red rose,
that's newly sprung in June:
My luve is like a melody that's sweetly
played in tune.
As fair thou art my bonny lass,
So deep in luve am I;
 and I will luve thee still my dear,
tho a' the seas gang dry."
(Robert Burns)


 OMG... I almost forgot ... It's time for tea.


Old Country Rose tea cups are so simple and yet so elegant.
                  I have a setting of six with the cream and sugar.


               I have  collected black china sets with roses
                   since childhood ...What do you collect?



                           There now, let's take out two cups for tea.
                               One for you and one for me.


 I do hope that you like "Mighty Leaf "mint tea, it's probably the only bagged tea that I truly enjoy.


In the meantime, I had a lovely Japanese napkin that I made into a paperdoll for Valentine's Day.
YES, I still play with paperdolls ... Don't you ?


My mother designed evening gowns and wedding dresses, as a result, I have inherited her love of drawing gowns on paper.(ie) paperdolls. It's a happy past-time.!!!

Though I very seldom wear red, who could resist trying on a beautiful gowns like this one 
which was displayed in the Kyoto hotel lobby. 


While looking into old boxes, I just happened to find some romantic literature from my college days and thought that they would be  quick and fun to re-read.


 " My Beloved, Classic Messages of Love",  fit perfectly into the Valentine's Day theme. It is a small book that contains  various intimate love letters and passages from famous people like, Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Robert Browning, Cassanova,
( that one made me laugh),  Napoleon to Josephine
 and( below)
 Ludwig Von  Beethoven to his Immortal Beloved... truly a tragic love affair.



"Though still in bed my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, now and then joyfully, then saddly, waiting to learn whether or not fate will hear us "
" Love me--- today-yesterday-what tearful longings for you-you-you-my life-my all---farewell----Oh continue to love me ----never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved L.."

SOUNDS LIKE TRUE LOVE TO ME !!!

You may view or order the movie, " Immortal Beloved" on Amazon or Netflix.



THANK FOR THE VISIT LADIES 



                                      May you all receive
          RED ROSES for VALENTINE'S DAY


























Monday, January 28, 2019

“LA MAISON del la VIOLET"

" LA MAISON de la VIOLET "

"I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows, 
Where oxlips and nodding violet grows"
(Midsummer Night's Dream)
"Shakespeare"


Napoleon introduced the violets to France but it wasn't until the mid 19th century that this humble flower with it's delightful fragrance became the symbol of  Toulouse... to be nicknamed the "City of Violets" 


I love violets but do struggle to keep them alive during the winter doldrums ... Saddly...They  seem to be a temperamental little species in captivity.



Parme Violets have thirty petals with a white center that is particularly perfumed. If you are
 looking for a sweet Valentine's Day gift, choose violets.

In the language of flowers, Violets represent peace, sweetness, modesty, and shyness, so it is no surprise that violets are often offered as tokens of affection, to declare love in a discreet way. 

Mid -Winter is not violet time in Toulouse 
however
I love a challenge !!! 


So I went on a shopping SPREE!!!


and found
                  "La Maison de la Violet". 
It is an authentic 1930's barge that has been rejuvenated into a charming Violet Shoppe. (Photo via a tourist ) It is moored on the Canal du Midi.

The galley is filled with violet products while the deck is a tearoom that overflows with fresh, perky violets that are FOR SALE in the Springtime. 

                                           HOW DELIGHTFUL !!!!


   GUESS WHAT I FOUND?
"VIOLET TEA"


and 
"Violet Sugar"

I take mine black but you're welcome to a little "sweetening".



I found this dainty cup and saucer at the antique market...It is so delicate and sweetly handpainted. I keep imagining Edwardian ladies in white dresses at an outdoor tea party.
The set has no markings so I'm guessing that it could be from the 1850's.

There,  now try your tea !! 



           The Noir a la Violette has a very mild flavor,infact it is not overly scented nor flowery at all.


                  Shall we continue shopping ?



Sometimes half the fun is taking inventory                                               of the myriad of items on display. Did you know that violets can be drunk as liquor, eaten in salads or even crystallized to dissolve in champagne .... I would love to try that !!!

On "La Maison de la Violet" there are so many items to chose from...


Perfume, essential oils, soap,jams, jellies, honey, syrup, vinegar, cookies and haute couture accessories to name a few.


Since it was teatime, I was selective.
Tea
Sugar
Candles
Dolls
Scented sachets
Napkins
CANDY


and last but not least


 CHOCOLATE


There were litterly thousands of shopping venues in Toulouse, but they all looked far too grand and expensive.
When I am traveling, "my cup of tea" is to research and find unique little shops like, 
" La Maison de la Violet".  


PLUS, Kim and I met the owner... She is just as cute and sweet as her little shop, isn't she!!
This is a memory worth keeping.

    NOW ... Please do relax and finish your tea.



You must be exhausted after all that walking and shopping.


"The Violet"
( Jane Taylor)
1783-1824

Down in a green and shady bed,
A modest Violet grew,
Its stock was bent, it hung its head,
As if to hide from view.

And yet it was a lovely flower,
Its colors bright and fair;
It might have graced a rosy bower,
Instead of hiding there.

Yet there it was content to bloom,
In modest tints arrayed;
And there diffused its sweet perfume,
Within the silent shade.

Then let me to the valley go,
This pretty flower to see;
That I may also learn to grow,
In sweet humility.




ENJOY YOUR DAY !!!