Wednesday, November 26, 2014


WELCOME Ladies ... to my rather late teatime.  The kettle is whistling and the tea cups are on the table awaiting your visits. The music is rather loud, so  feel free to join into the spirit of the song  any time.

Paper faces on parade...
Hide your face,
so the world will
never find you!

I  have found something special to share with you  today .

Yes , I'm listening  to  the lyrics of " Masquerade " from  Andrew Lloyd Webber's " Phantom of the Opera which perfectly describes todays ' Paragon',  cup and saucer.

It's an unusual tea set, that  is filled with artistic folly.  I was originally attracted to the  imperfect  colorations that ooze around the pattern . Is it a mistake? ....or is it an Artisan creation?
As the song goes...

Every face a different shade ....
Look around
There's another mask behind you!

              The china seems to have been created somewhere  between 1939 and 1949,
                                              according to the " Paragon" markings chart.

Forgive me for smiling  but ...
It looks like pink icing has stained the inside of the cup in such a delicious manner,
                                  that  I won't have to add sugar to taste the sweet imperfections.

While the scalloped edges balance the set quite nicely, each piece seems to stand alone. The saucer, itself, is another work of art, imprinted with a textured leaf or petals resembling a  lotus blossoms. I am  wondering, if more than one artist created this curious  little gem.

I  dare say that most people would not buy this set due to it's peculiar
attributes ... It is a continuous version of the song " Masquerade"... and I love this irregular creativity.

Flash of mauve ...
Splash of puce ....
Fool and king ...
Ghoul and goose
Green and black ...
Queen and Priest ...
Trace of rouge ....
Face of beast ...

It reminds me of the  Arts and Craft Fairs that I attended last week in Montreal. 
What a creative frenzy of synergy.

There is a  distinct difference between an Artisan Fair and a Crafters' Fair 
One is more  professionally focused with higher priced goods while the other is more creatively focused, in a homegrown and cutsey fashion,  plus,  the prices are cheapers.

I was so happy to find this original blend of tea,  created in Quebec, Canada.
Loose tea just seems to release a little more flavour into the teapot.

                                         Hopefully, you can imagine how it smells and tastes
                                                                      FABULOUS !!!!
                                                 Not to mention the sweet packaging can.
                                                                              AND ...
                                                                 It's my colour  ( Ha ha)

Look at all those  yummy ingredients......
 black tea, lemon peel, essential oil of 
Italian lemon and chrysanthemum.

There is a lot of great information and steeping tips inscribed on the can too (for instance)
Instructions:  1 teaspoon percup .. steep for four 

Would  you like to see what else I bought? 
Yes, I splurged and purchased two silk poncho shirts and a scarf from"Caspian Design, Hand painted Designs on Silk"
The purple one is a Christmas present for my mother and 
the blue one is a Christmas present for me ( (ha ha)

The  garment colours were amazing!
Each  of the Caspian designs is a stunning display of colours and originality. I have always loved the art of " tie dye"  so the soft melding of the dyes on shimmering silk is personally exhilarating  to me. 

Made of 100% genuine silk, each piece is individually hand painted and signed
 by the Canadian Artist, Majid Sadri. HA HA ...Nothing like wearing and artist's name ...too funny, but so appropriate for an Artisan Fair. Artist definitely don't get enough credit for their  wonderful talents.

Of course ... No two items are ever the same at an Artisan Fair.... It's a Artist thing!!!!
Later we continued the " Masquerade " journey while  attending a good old fashioned 'Crafters Fair, where we had tea and cookies and bought many,many adorable ornaments for the children.  I'll show them to you when we decorate the  Christmas tree.
It was so much fun !!!!

The most special piece of artwork was from my Grand-daughter, Auriane, ( 2 years old) who created this"Welcome Grandma" picture  for me, on the day I arrived.

You can't buy this  kind of art. 

                                                                         Faces ...
                                                           Drink it in, drink it up,
                                                               till you've drowned
                                                                       in the light
                                                                      in the sound

            LADIES  .... Don't forget to don your " Happy " faces and  feel free to masquerade
                                              around in curious teatime places this week ...
                                             You never know what treasures you will find.
                                        THANK YOU for joining  me  for a late cup of  TEA

Today I am joining:Rose Chintz Cottage, Martha's Favorites, Tuesday Cuppa Tea&Bernideen's Teatime Blog


Ruth W said...

Lovely teacup! I have always loved that pattern, and it does go so well with your quoting of the song. The teas all looks delicious! I am sending you an email.
Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Stephanie said...

There is always so much beauty here, dear friend. Your tea cup is beautiful and the lady is just gorgeous!

Have a wonderful day. Hugs!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a pretty teacup! I find the imperfections make it unique and the colours are so lovely. The figurine is lovely too and the little artist at the end is adorable! Thank you for joining me for tea and enjoy your day.


Celia M. High Heeled Life said...

Oh you had me at Limoncello... what a brilliant idea for tea. You have shared a lovely tea with us. and your Grand-daughter, Auriane's art work is so darling!! hugs and Happy Thanksgiving, Celia M. (HHL)

Zaa said...

Thanks for your visit Ruth .. I shall forward to your email...Hugs

Zaa said...

Hi Stephanie..I'm so glad that you stopped over for a quick chat...inbetween your book reviewing blogging.."Motherless" sound like a fabulous read...Hugs

Zaa said...

I agree Sandi...It is the creative imperfections that make it so beautiful...Thanks for your thoughtful visit...Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks Celia... I was happy to enjoy some tea with you today...Hugs

kitty said...

Oh what a fun post! I love visiting my tea party friends. Isn't the teacup exquisite?? What a work of art, to see all the detail. I love the darling figurine, too. I wish I could share a cup of that delicious tea with you and we could talk about your granddaughter's art work and your pretty silk pieces. I'll bring the pie!!

Zaa said...
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Zaa said...

Oh Yes Kitty ... I'd love to sample a piece of your delicious pie...Thanks for the sweet visit...Hugs

Bernideen said...

That is really beautiful and very unusual. Happy Thanksgiving and so glad you shared!

Zaa said...

Thanks Bernideen... Wishing you a joyous Thanksgiving week...Hugs

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous teacup! The tea sounds wonderful.

Zaa said...

Thanks Marilyn and please visit again soon..Hugs

Beth L. said...

Beautiful post today. THat teacup is lovely. And I do like your figurine too. And that tea sounds intriguing. I am just beginning to experiment with new tea flavors. A new one to try.

Carrie said...

What a great post. I really enjoyed reading the lyrics as I went along and you introduced the teacup set. The figurine was a great match.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

That teacup is lovely! Thank you for including the Paragon stamp chart... I have a Paragon tea set that I bought recently. I think it's not very old, but I'll wheck thanks to your chart! I love tea and I love limoncello, so I'm pretty sure I'd love that tea!

Zaa said...

Thanks for the visit Beth and please do enjoy a second cup...Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks Carrie and please do vista for another teatime chat again soon...hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks Magali.. You're always welcome to drop in for tea...I enjoyed your blog very much... Hugs