Monday, February 11, 2019



( via pinterest)
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. 


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.

(via pinterest)
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 ...


 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

                                                                      (via pinterest)
         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:
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:

in a cup of

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

Wishing you all a....



Red Rose Alley said...

These vintage Valentine's are so charming, Zaa. My sister first introduced me to the vintage cards many years ago, and ever since then, I was hooked. That's nice that you'll be spending the day with your son, daughter, and grandkids. It will be fun to make Valentines together. Your tea cup is gorgeous.

Well, you asked what color rose I liked best? The red rose makes my heart sing, but the Pink rose is second favorite. But really, I love them all! They are sturdy flowers and have been around for many many years bringing joy to those who appreciate them.

Happy Valentine's Day, Zaa!

love ~Sheri

Tanza Erlambang said...

gorgeous cards...
happy valentine day to you, your son, daughter, and grandkids

Louca por porcelana said...

Happy Valentine Day,dear Zaa!How sweet your post is!I love your gorgeous teacup,the pretty vintage Valentine cards and the adorable roses.I love all colors of them...Hugs!

Henny Penny said...

This is such a pretty post. I love Valentines. My mom loved Valentines. I think she kept most of the sweet little Valentines the grandchildren gave her. She stuck them in her Bible. Te me, Valentines just aren't as sweet, or beautiful as they once were. I never think of making my own until it's too near Valentine's Day. Happy Valentine's Day.

Zaa said...

Thank for the visit Sheri ...I've always loved Valentines Day ... so glad that you do too... Big Hugs

Zaa said...

Thank You Tanza.. and Happy Valentines Day to you too.. Hugs

Zaa said...

I'm so happy that you came to tea Maristella.. Happy Valentines Day to you ..xoxoxox

Zaa said...

Dear Henny Penny ... I agree ...somehow Valentines aren't as heartfelt, but we can remedy that by making our own ..but like you I often forget too( ha ha) .. Have a Happy Valentines Day ...Hugs

Himawan Sant said...

The display of flower-patterned tea looks beautiful.
Happy Valentine, Zaa

mamasmercantile said...

What a beautiful post, I really enjoyed browsing the vintage cards, they are so elegant and pretty. The cup and saucer too was a delight. Happy Valentine's Day.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Zaa, I always love reading your lovely posts, but especially today! Sending a sweet Valentine to those we love is so important. I imagine you are having a wonderful time with your grands making cards. I love the old Valentines and the one you made is so pretty. Thank you for the tea in your lovely china. Tea always tastes better in a fine cup such as your's. Happy Valentine's, my friend. ♥

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

I love Valentine's Day!! I always have even as a little kid. Our teachers used to bring in a big box for us kids to decorate with a slit on the top and we would all bring in our Valentines and wait for the big day to come. Then we would take turns playing postman and deliver the Valentines. Today's classes are so different but at least so far they allow the kids to bring in cards. I so enjoyed reading your post. I printed out your puzzle and I will see how it goes! When my husband and I moved to this house years ago he brought me a beautiful yellow rose with a tinge of color. I think it was called a Peace rose. I look forward to it blooming every year. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day and create beautiful memories with the famiy.

Jeanie said...

This is a glorious post! Just makes me happy to look at each and every photo -- all the cards, your beautiful china. I love your wonderful valentine collection! I made all my Valentines this year. Such fun. I'd love to try that puzzle but another year, perhaps!

Curtains in My Tree said...

Oh Happy Valentines day to you also

I do try to make cards also out of vintage papers etc,I like all the cards you have shown us. A friends just made most beautiful one Bernideen's Tea Time Blog

Zaa said...

Thanks for your kind visit Mama Mercantile... Your Sheep pictures gave me the " Hope" of Spring...Happy Valentine's Day...Hugs

Zaa said...

OH Martha ... I so enjoyed tea at your house today ... I was so cozy and warm. .. and I'm happy that you were able to pop over for short teatime visit here too... BIG HUGS

Zaa said...

Hey Nancy .. Thanks for the recycling inspiration...I remember making Valentine boxes too...I Loved it ... Good luck on the puzzle... I'm getting help from the Grandchildren ( ha Ha)... Hugs

Zaa said...

Hey Curtains... Thanks for your sweet visit and I'm so glad that you had time to create that lovely Valentine.. Happy Valentine's Day...Hugs

Stephanie said...

Such a sweet and beautiful post, my friend. It was so good to visit with you this afternoon. I hope you have a delightful Valentine's Day! Hugs

Zaa said...

Welcome Sweet Stephanie... I know that you had the most wonderful Valentine's tea... and hopefully you received some lovely roses for Valentines Day....BIG Hugs

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I love seeing all the vintage Valentines, dear Zaa! They are like little works of art! How wonderful to spend the day with your loved ones making hand-made Valentines and sweet memories. Lovely roses and beautiful teacup, too. It's so hard to choose a favorite color rose....I think I just love them all. Sending you hugs and wishes for a wonderful Valentine's Day! xo Karen

Nancy's Notes said...

I love vintage Valentines and yours are wonderful! A sweet post on a lovely day, thank you!

Jean | said...

Zaa, that 1816 puzzle purse is quite something! I'm not very crafty, so I know it's too complicated for me. Teacups and roses, just beautiful. I've always been partial to yellow roses, but really I like them all. Have a wonderful day!

Creations By Cindy said...

Awe, love your Valentine cards. So pretty. You always make me really want to STOP what I am doing and have a cup of tea. Happy Valentine's Day. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Zaa said...

Thank You Karen ... Wishing you had a beautifulmValentines day in your cozy home ..Thanks for the sweet visit...hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks for the visit Nancy ... I hope you're not still up( ha Ha) ... drinking tea girl!!!! Big Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks Jean ... I'm just trying to get my courage up to try that swirly cheesecake recipe... then we can have it for tea next time....Hugs

Zaa said...

Hey Cindy ... I'm so happy that you stopped over for a cup of tea... I'm still dreaming about that chocolate cupcake ( ha ha)...xoxox

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I loved your ❤️ Day post, sweet friend! Of course, your gorgeous teacup made my heart go pitter patter. I always love a pretty design inside the cup, but the saucer is too pretty to hide. I bought myself a bouquet of pink roses this year, just because! I definitely love pink or red roses. I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day, filled with love. 💕

Zaa said...

Thank You Kitty... I'm so glad that you treated yourself with love on Valentines Day ...BIG HUGS

Conniecrafter said...

So special that you made cards with kids and grandkids, I do love all the vintage you have shared, hubby and I like to make cards for each other, the one he made me this year was quite creative. Hubby gave me some two tone yellow and orange roses, I love peach roses the best but they didn't have them.
Love your shaped tea cup, there are so many interesting shapes and styles out there.

Zaa said...

Thanks Connie.... Oh what fun that your hubby likes to make cards too... Yes... peach roses are so pretty especially when they are open( gorgeous)...SO happy that you came for tea..Have a lovely week-end...Hugs

Deborah Montgomery said...

Such a lovely post! I love vintage Valentine cards. My favorite roses are white, but my husband got me pink this year, and I do have to say I quite like them. For some reason, I don't care for the red. xo

Sue said...

A beautifully written post, your valentine's card are so lovely, I remember making mine when I was younger using the lace paper. I love roses all colors as long as they are fragrant. Thank you for visiting me.

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh Zaa, this was such a wonderful Valentines post.
My good wishes.

All the best Jan

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Oh how happy I am to have happened upon your blog! Such a joyful, beautiful, delightful charm you have! I adore all things tea, and was delighted to see your gorgeous teacups, I love the rosy pink on black, beautiful! And how intricate and amazing to see the work people put into their Valentines in the 1800s! Incredible. It is fun to make the artist trading cards, I haven't done any in a while. I hope you had an incredibly lovely time with your children and grandchildren, blessings!