Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Welcome to the " Dancing Lily "  Cottage . The Green Fairy  greets everyone who visits the studio to browse  and enjoy a cup of tea.  It's been three years since the renovation began . Today, it is my pleasure to share Teatime here in the my Studio Cottage. 

"Oh , What a beautiful morning".... The little finches are frolicking at the  bird  feeders, where they gather for their morning, thistle seed treat. Chippee, the chipmunk is chattering away,  looking for his morning peanut....OOPS sorry I forgot little fellow.

My mother , Grace, thought  that a croissant with a heaping helping of rhubarb jelly and sharp cheddar  would be perfect for a casual  morning tea.  HMMMMM ..... She's getting quite creative with her old age ( Ha Ha) What do you put on your croissants? I prefer lemon curd  on mine !!!

Its so nice to have you joined us for our  morning tea in my newly renovated " Dancing Lily" Cottage.   I've chosen a  very pretty cup and saucer for you, called " Dogwood" by Royal Stafford.

Make yourself comfortable . Things are still alittle sparse in the living room, but I do have a few family pictures up, including my Great - Great Grandparents and my grandfather, Thomas Mitchell, who was a Cameron Highlander.

Here's a nice cup of tea for you. Royal Stafford is definitely a Victorian China ... Look at that elegant gold pedestal on the bottom of the cup. It's very regal indeed ... definately fit for a princess or the lady of the house . Many of these historical tea sets and tablewares can be seen in the  Victoria and Albert Museum in London. However today, it's mom and I rallying over who will drink from which cup. 

I do take , quite a lot of pleasure choosing  my morning teaset ... Don't you !!! Funnily enough, it does seems that most of my  teacups and saucers share a kindred spirit to the colour pink... as if you didn't already know that !!!( Ha Ha)

I just never realized  how many pink tea sets that I owned ... nor that I had painted two houses in mauves, pinks and  greens.

 Then there was my" Fairy Garden ", which was also in mauves, pinks and of course, green.

No matter, I feel calm and relaxed with these mellow auras.  How about you !!!! Looks like I'm a little bit off today, but really, it's the camera.( ha ha)... or is it the floor. One never knows when an old Victorian might be tipsy !!!

This pretty pattern boosts a merry ring of white dogwood blossoms for the tea sipper to admire. It also possesses that wonderful old world charm  that Royal Stafford is famous for. Historically, the company was originally known as Poole Pottery originally based at Cobden Works, Longton, Staffordshire, England.

It was founded in 1873 on Poole Quayside, where it continued to produce pottery by hand before moving it's factory operations away from the quay in 1990. Production continued on the new site in Sopers Lane until it's closure in 2006.

Recently the pottery production has reopened at it's new factory in Burslem, Staffordshire and the Poole Quay pottery studio and shop has also reopened, where new and exciting design teams offer limited editions and one-off pieces.

It's an exciting revival for this beautiful Victorian heritage based china... but truly, I am delighted that I possess some of the older pieces with their magnificent  floral artwork and generous gold gilding.

Thank You for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed your  peek into my 125 year old cottage studio space, the " Dancing Lily " . Come to visit me again soon, Dear Ladies.I'm off to work on some crazy quilting, which will be our teatime show and  tell next week.



Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

You have a lovely home and thank you for inviting us in. Love the teacup; very pretty! I like the lady figurine too. I always enjoy my visit with you. Thank you for coming to tea and enjoy the rest of your week.


GinaBVictorian said...

Your house is beautiful! Love the wall color! And that teacup-gorgeous!
Thanks for inviting me to tea, it was lovely. Gina

Zaa said...

Thanks You Sandi ...Teatime with you is always a pleasure...hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks Gina...I'm so happy that you came to visit me in my new studio.... Your new needlepoint stool is gorgeous... Hugs

Johanna said...

Hi Zaa,
I love all your photos. The studio is so elegant with the colors and the furniture. How nice to have such old photos of the ancestors. And the tea cup fit perfect into those rooms. Thank you for all the lovely details of this tea time. Its always nice to visit you.
Best greetings, Johanna

Maria Andrade said...

Hello Zaa
Thanks for the nice tour around your beautiful house... with tea included!
These Victorian interiors are very attractive to me, too.
And I loved to know about the Royal Stafford company, the maker of that stunning cup and saucer you shared with us this week.

Zaa said...

Thank You Johanna... I'm still decorating the studio and should have it fully opened by Christmas the meantime we can enjoy tea in the living and dining room of the cottage...Hugs

Zaa said...

Welcome Maria...

I must admit that I learn so much from your blog , so you inspire me to go the extra miles to find info on the china companies...So glad that you were able to join me in my newly renovated studio cottage... Hugs

Terri said...

Ooooh your rooms look so divine!!!
And your tea is lovely. Your dogwood tea cup is really sweet. Royal Stafford is a fab company, I am happy to hear they are in business again and making more china. The handle on the tea cup is lovely too!
Thanks so much for sharing your home with us and your tea.

Constance said...

Such a beautiful cottage! The color on the walls is perfection. And I would love a cup of tea, thank you!

Lady Linda said...

The teacup is so pretty and just calls to me. I love the colors and the pattern. Your home is beautiful.

Zaa said...

You are so welcome Terri ... It was my pleasure to have you for a teatime visit...hugs

Zaa said...

Thank You Lady Linda.... The cottage has a lovely ambience that lends itself to both the studio and teatime...I'm so glad that you stopped over...Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks Constance... I've set a cup of tea on the table for you...Hugs

Anonymous said...

I am delighted with your new space, sweet friend. Such a beautiful color for the walls, I loved your mauves.
The rhubard jelly is one of my favorites, it puts water in my mouth.
I'll take one more look at that anusual chair. ;)
Thank you for sharing.

Zaa said...

Dear Sol..Thanks for the teatime visit... send me a email with your address as mine were wiped out with hacker last week... Hugs

Susan said...

Hello Zaa...Such a dear cup! So delicate and lovely. Love the design on your post sides, too.

Yes, yes, I must admit I DID have fun in the ice cream parlor. Had a small scoop of peach ice cream. (I could probably eat a gallon at a time but that would be QUITE a disaster.)

Thanks for your visit and comment on my blog. Susan

Zaa said...

You are so welcome Susan... Please do come again soon...Hugs

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

I am so glad you joined A Return to Loveliness, your home reminds me of some of the lovely Victorians here - we have some who are renovating and trying to keep everything 'period' it is a marvelous thing to do. I love your teacup - pink is so serene. I'd love to try your mom's recipe for croissants - it sounds wonderful.

Zaa said...

Thank You Kathy ... It's so very nice to visit with you Dear Lady ... Let me know how your like the rhubarb and cheddar combo ( Ha Ha) ....Hugs