Monday, March 26, 2018


              Today is the day … I shall think of Spring ... 
“ I’m ready for flip-flops, green grass,  sunshine, blooming
                                flowers  and birds singing.”
                                         ( Tweet Tweet)

I’m ready to take flight and trip the light fantastic with happy memories of last years' garden .




                                               and bea-u-tiful

  YES ... I am ready for a soothing cup of tea ... Aren’t you ?

Happy, Happy, Happy 
This “ Dunoon” tea set is my constant companion in the music room. It fills me with inspiration. (Tra-la-la) ... and makes me want to sing  for Easter!!!

The china has been eloquently named, “ Desire” and was 
inspired by the Austrian Artist, Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) 
           who is reknowned as one of the centuries greatest 
                                    decorative artists. 
I purchased the teapot, many years ago, during my travels to beautiful, Prince Edward Islands, Canada. 

While there were many other exciting patterns to choose from, this one, “ Desire"captured my heart with it’s wild artistic  whimsy.

Klimts' personalized style predominately uses women as his subject matter along with a myriad of 
gold leaf patterns. 
Gold, gold and more gold inspired his Art Nouveau 
  shapes and patterns, which make it quite mystical and unique. 

The artwork intertwines beautiful forms, bodies, faces and a most brilliant color palette in a dance of secret symbolism ...  which I believe, is perfect for our relaxing  "Winter Spice" Tea. If you like ‘ apples’ or apple pie, you will love this particular Twinings' flavour.

The teapot is a perfectly oversized vessel that could admirably handle six to eight cups of tea. It is a light weight porcelain that boasts a strong handle, making it user friendly for those of us who have arthritis or weak wrists. You won’t have any problem  getting  a good grip on this "pretty girl".... Infact ... The handle is one of it's best attributes. 

      Don’t you think that the lid is a work of art all by itself ... Look at all those precious posies !

It seems, that whenever I take this teapot out of the cabinet, it becomes animated and starts to hum in my ear, which naturally prompts me to sing.

      Perhaps, you know this Leonard Bernstein song from the

                                   musical, "West Side Story". 

                                   "I FEEL PRETTY

                                  "I feel pretty, Oh so pretty 
                            I feel pretty and witty and bright “ 
                      And I pity, any girl, who isn’t me tonight
                            I feel charming, Oh so charming
                           It’s alarming how charming I feel
               And so pretty, that I hardly can believe I’m real. "

It has been a long Winter, Ladies, so ... COME ON ... One sip of the tea and you will be in “ DREAMLAND”, thinking of your Spring flowers and maybe even vocalizing along with me.






Oh my Goodness... the sun is so rejuvenating today. Teatime in your company has been exhilarating for me too.
Thank You for joining me in my songs.
Ha ha ... and you are all on key.

OOPS ... I forgot to show you the other side of the teacup.  Surprise... Surprise

 Which side do you want to drink from? ( Ha Ha)I guess, it depends of how comforting you find the cup... Which side  inspires you? Of course, not everyone is going to admit to getting excited and over the top comfortable with a teacup and a few colourful symbols .

    REALLY ... It doesn’t take much to make a person happy.        I’ve learned that it is all in the attitude and somehow...  
              Sunshine, a Song and a cup of tea with Friends
                                        does it for me.
                          What makes you happy?

                    Here’s my special  wish for you all today. 

                           SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDER
                                   Written By: John Denver

    "Sunshine on my shoulder makes me  happy, sunshine
                              in my eyes can make me cry 
         Sunshine on the water looks so lovely, 
                             sunshine almost always makes me high.
      If I had a day that I could give you, I’d give to you 
                                 a day just like today.
      If I had a song that I could sing for you, I’d sing a song 
                            that makes you feel this way."

Thank You for joining me for Tea

                 I’m sharing with:       Friends Sharing Tea
                                                      Tuesday Cuppa Tea   
                                                      Share Your Cup   


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Good morning, dear Zaa! I hope that you had a wonderful birthday celebration!!
Your teacup and teapot are such works of art. I've never seen anything like colorful and with such whimsy. Thank you for letting us sing with you in your music room and to sip some Winter Spice tea. I'm so glad that our voices were on key with your choices of pretty la la!! Your flower photos are beautiful sights to behold, and before long you'll be enjoying them for real.
Happy Easter hugs are sent to you!

Louca por porcelana said...

Oh my God,Zaa!Always a pleasure visiting you!Adorable flowers,beautiful china and a sweet song!But what really caught my eye was that wonderful sweet lady figurine,just fabulous...Such amazing collection!Hugs!

Zaa said...

Dear Kitty ... I always enjoy our teatime chats and visits... and you have a remarkable voice ..I’d say you're an Alto and could easily sing for an extra cup of tea and shortbread ( ha ha)The flower are from my garden and I’m so excited to muck around outside especially since the sun is out.. soon it will be tea in the garden YEAH..Thanks for your sweet visit, My Friend... Happy Easter xoxoxox

Zaa said...

Thanks Maristella ..You do have a great eye for china...I’m always delighted to visit your blog and admire your beautiful selections too..
The figurine is a a Royal Doulton called ‘ Eastertide” and is my very favourite. She is a vintage Leslie Harradine/painter ..who's artistry I have always admired. I’ve been collecting since childhood and am so delighted that people still enjoy china figurines and teacups( ha Ha). There is always a special cup of tea for you . Happy Easter, Dear Lady ...Hugs

wisps of words said...

Soooo interesting! Because I just composed a post, not yet posted, on a lovely painting by Gustav Klimt!!!!! It is of a 9 year old girl, and the only one he did, of a youngster. I saw it, in an newspaper article, and feel in love with it.

And here, I read your post, and who pops up, but Gustav Klimt and more of his beautiful art.

Thank you for a very Spring like post! We all need it. Our day temps have warmed, but nights are still cold.

And thank you so much, for your Happy Birthday wishes to me....

Creations By Cindy said...

Love all the beautiful flowers. Makes me just want to find me a garden somewhere filled with beauty and sit a spell. And oh could I enjoy me a cup of tea while sitting. What beautiful detail on your lovely cup and tea pot. WOW! The art work is so elegant. Our weather a bit crazy these days. Cold most mornings and then warms up. Rain one day and the next wind. I love Spring time but here lately it doesn't seem like Spring. Although I have witnessed new life forming on my pear tree and peach trees. Praying the frost lays low. Happy Easter. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Right now your blog makes me happy!! I love seeing those beautiful flowers. That teapot... be still my heart. Soooo pretty. I can hear it humming from here. Enjoy your week and let's hope we see some Spring weather.

Zaa said...

Thank You Luna... Im sining you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY song... I can’t wait to read your post on Klimt..hopefully it will soon be spring..Thanks for the sweet visit Birthday Girl ...Hugs..

Zaa said...

Hey Cindy ..Yes ..You can just sit in one of your newly painted chairs and relaxed ..with a cup of tea ..we can chat about the flowers... Thanks for the visit...Hugs

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Oh Zaa, what a happy, happy post on this dreary afternoon. You have brightened my afternoon with your lovely tea. I love that Dunoon teapot! Yes, it's gorgeous as is the cup and saucer. Either side would suit my fancy. Winter Spice is a favorite of mine for the evening as it has chamomile that hopefully will help me sleep. Your beautiful flowers will be here before we know it! Have a lovely Easter. ♥

Cherish happy moments said...

What a special teapot I love it! The flowers very lobely .but mine favoriet is allways the pieonies,greetings,Joan

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love this post! It is so joyful and pretty. The flowers make me want summer even more. Your teapot and cup and saucer are gorgeous. I would love to try that Winter Spice tea. Sounds lovely. So glad you came to visit my blog so that I could come back to yours.

Zaa said...

Hey Mary Ellen..You really do know your tea ... a nice comforting cup will hopefully assist you ... I’m so glad that you took the time for a visit... Have a Happy Easter, my Friend... Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks Joan .. So happy to have you for teatime.... and enjoyed the flowers... now if only the snow would disappear so that Spring could pop up around us... at least we have the sunshine ..... Have a Happy Easter .

Zaa said...

Dear AnnMarie.. I can never pass up a good recipe blog like yours... Thank You for visiting my blog ....Please do come again soon...Hugs

NanaDiana said...

What a fun post, Zaa. I love all the flowers but also love your unique china pieces...and teapots! You have pieces I have never seen before and I know they put a smile in your heart when you look at them.
I hope you have a wonderful night- xo Diana

Zaa said...

Thanks for the visit Diana ... Enjoy your new job ... Please do come again for tea soon.. Hugs

Rosie said...

Just popping by to say thank you for visiting and leaving a comment on my blog. All your garden flowers are so beautiful as is the tea service. Such a delightful post, have a wonderful Easter:)

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Spring time is such a lovely time of year. I so enjoyed the flowers. Your tea set is so beautiful and unusual. How special to have it and enjoy a lovely tea. I hope your birthday was extra special. Thank you for your sweet visit.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Oh that little lady is stunning!! I love the colors at the bottom of her dress! I'm out scouring my beds every day now watching for signs of green as the herbs and crocuses are the first to pop out of the ground around here and they are there!! My lilac bush buds are big and fat and just waiting for a string of 60 degree days to make their appearance . . . thank you for sharing tea and a song with us!

Debby Ray said...

What a stunning tea set. I don't think I have ever seen one so very unique! I enjoyed my tea time with you today...such gorgeous photos of many lovely flowers! And yes, I am ALL about flip flops (I never put mine away for winter) and running barefoot in the grass...SO ready for warmer weather! Thank you for visiting me as well. May have a most blesse Easter weekend!

Marilyn Miller said...

What a pretty teapot and cup, I love them.

Red Rose Alley said...

That is the coolest tea cup and saucer. I've never seen anything like it before. And the tea pot is just as unique and whimsical. Your porcelain lady is lovely with the swirls of colors at the end of her dress. The Winter spice sounds wonderful. Yes, I love spiced teas, and I'll have to look for it when I'm out.

What makes me happy, you ask?....this blog post. : )


Zaa said...

Dear Rosie.. Thank You for visiting my blog ...I thoroughly enjoyed visiting yours and hope to see you again soon...Happy Easter

Zaa said...

Hey Linda... I’m so happy to connect with you again ... Please do come again soon...Happy Easter.

Zaa said...

Thanks Lauren .. Your visit are always so welcoming... and happy ...I can’t wait to see the first crocus popup ..but first we need to get rid of the snow ( ha Ha).. and I’m envious over the lilac..My favourite...I can smell them from here... Have a Happy Eater , My Friend. xoxoxox

Zaa said...

Hey Debby ..We must be flip flopping kindred spirits... I too love wearing mine ( ha Ha) It was delightful to have you for atea and a song..Come again real soon...Hugs

Zaa said...

Hi Marilyn..What a joy to tour the tearoom with you ... but I’m so happy that you still had time for a teatime chat and visit here too... Have a Happy Easter ..Hugs

Zaa said...

Dear Sheri ... Thanks you for the sweet teatime visit and chat... I’m honoured that you enjoy my post... because I so enjoy having the time to share with you, my Friend....Have a beautiful and Happy Easter ..xoxoxox

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

You are killing me with that tea pot! It is absolutely gorgeous. I’m impressed that you use it. For whatever reason (and I’m not like this with most things that I own), I tend not to use my best tea pots. I should, I know, but I so worry about something happening to them that I don’t use them. I am going to make an effort next week to get out one of my favorites and put it to use. Wonderful post!

Stephanie said...

Hello, my dear friend! Visiting your blog always brings a smile to my face...I always enjoy seeing the beauty you share with us. My oh my, what a lovely little tea pot! It's quite pretty and unique.

Have a most wonderful evening, my friend. Love and hugs to you!

Jeanie said...

Oh Zaa, I love Klimt and that tea set is just too beautiful! How special you'd feel drinking from that! And the flowers take my breath away and set my longing-for-spring heart singing!

Zaa said...

Dearest Pattie .. You deserve to enjoy your best teapot... because you are special RIGHT !!!! ...I love your visit dear Lady and I love your fabulous recipes.... Have a very Happy Easter .. xoxoxo

Zaa said...

Dear Stephanie ... It fills me with JOY to know that you are coming to tea... I so enjoy your teatime and cherish our little teatime chats and blog time together... Please do have a Happy Easter.. Hugs

Zaa said...

Hey Jeanie ... I’m so happy that you stopped in for a sip of tea... I so enjoyed your carrot basket and thought like you ...maybe I could make that ( ha Ha) ..but I’m sure it would not be as fabulous as yours( Ha Ha) ..but I still want to go shopping with you girl.
Please do have a HAPPY EASTER, my Friend.. xoxox

Margie said...

A cup of tea also makes my happy, as well as pretty teawares. What a unique tea set! I've seen artwork on mugs, but this is the first time I've seen it on a teapot or teacup. PEI is on my bucket list and hope to visit it one day. Happy Easter!

Zaa said...

Hey margie .. You will love PEI...It’s absolutely beautiful !!!! Thank You for the kind visit and teatime conversation... You are so WELCOME... Happy Easter xoxoxo

Lea said...

Zaa, thanks for stopping by, always nice to meet another blogger. What a lovely post! Happy Easter to you!

Zaa said...

You are so welcome Lea... Please do come again for another teatime visit....Hugs

Michele said...

What a lovely and wonderful post!

Your china is so unique - I have never seen anything like it before. It truly is whimsical!
And anything at all that prompts one to sing - especially for Easter - is a blessing, indeed!

Thank you so much for visiting, and for your kind comments.

Have a truly blessed Easter. : - )

Zaa said...

Thank You Michele... It is very nice to meet you and to share some tea with you .... Happy Easter

Angie Schneider said...

I love the tea pot! So beautiful, Zaa. This year we have an unseasonably cold spring and those flowers simply make me happy. Thanks for sharing and Happy Easter!

Crystal Grandeur said...

Thank you Zaa for your visit and for your wards. Yes flowers are beauties of the world. Loved going through your post. Happy Easter to you. Love Sujatha:)

Zaa said...

Thank You Angie ... I’m so happy that you stopped over for a Easter Tea visit... Please do come again soon...Hugs

Zaa said...

Happy Easter to you too Crystal... It’s always nice to have you for a a teatime visit and chat... Hope your day is a HAPPY one. Hugs

Bernideen said...

Dear Zaa:
What a lovely teatime you have set up. The little figurine is especially cute. Thanks for sharing and linking. It is still cold here in Missouri and we are very anxious too!

Chris Lally said...

What an incredibly creative post! Loved every word and gorgeous photo!! Your sense of humor is the icing on the cake.
And no, not all of us (me) sing on key, but that shouldn't stop anyone from joining the chorus.
Happy Easter!!

Zaa said...

Dear Bernideen ...So glad that you came for tea...I know its still cold outside, but hopefully the chat and tea have warmed your spirit.... Have a HAPPY EASTER. ...Hugs

Zaa said...

Hi Chris... Thank you for visiting for a song and a little tea... You will find that I am quite forgiving in the singing department and have the temperament to enjoy all voices no matter what tone( ha Ha)..I enjoyed your beautiful work...Please do come again soon...Happy Easter.

Chronica Domus said...

Yes, I absolutely agree, sunshine and a cup of tea, oh, and springtime blooms in the garden is a my favorite recipe for happiness.

I can feel your enthusiasm and joy from your writing. Enjoy your cuppa!

Zaa said...

Thank You Chronica... I’m so happy that you joined me on such a happy day for tea... Please do have a lovely week..