The Classic Rose in a Teacup and Cosy

"Won't you come into my garden? I would like my roses to see you."
                                                                                              ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The rose is the classic garden flower as well as this month's birth flower. I love garden roses and their wonderful scents. Our garden has two rose bushes: Blue Girl (featured on the left) and Fiesta. Our rose tree is Mellow Yellow. Right now there are just buds on it so I didn't include a photograph.

When it comes to teacups, many feature rose designs. This Mother's Day I was gifted by my own mom with a Shelley teacup in the Rosebud pattern. Needless to say I was thrilled! She knows that I'm always looking for Shelleys. I appreciate her efforts in trying to find one locally.

I just love the sweet flowers as well as the green handle and trim. Such a feminine teacup!

The classic Dainty shape by personal favorite

The Rosebud pattern #13426 was produced after 1960 which was right before the factory closed in 1966.

Another classic that is perfect to serve with a casual tea is chocolate chip cookies and milk.
The cookies will be served on a new Royal Albert plate in the pattern Rose Confetti.
This plate along with other new patterns from Royal Albert are now produced in Indonesia. It's a Home Goods find.

Finally we need to have a rose cosy for our teapot. Most of my friends have never seen a tea cosy before. They stare at it when I cover the teapot. Growing up in an Irish household, the tea cosy was and is an everyday "essential." Are you familiar with tea cosies and do you use them? Is it just an Irish and English custom to use them?

Here's an up close look at the cosy. It was an Etsy purchase from a UK store that is no longer in business. It's lined in petrol blue silk from Cambodia with Cath Kidston rose fabric.

Thank you for letting me share my rose teawares with you today. As always I appreciate your visits.


  1. What beautiful roses you have blooming! Your gift is perfect with the dainty roses. I collect Shelley china and love this pattern, also. Your tea cosy is just the lovely addition to the roses cup and saucer. Hope you will take a peek of my Birthday party post this week! Blessings to you!


  2. I love Cath Kidston. That tea cup is gorgeous.

  3. I Nora...of course I love your Shelley! And I love the Cath Kidston tea cozy too...perfect with your pretty roses. I have pink roses this week too! Have a wonderful week!

  4. Hi Nora: I love the Shelley! It is always a favorite of mine. The Royal Albert plate is so cute. Thank you for joining Tea Cup Tuesday. I always love to visit you. Blessings, Martha

  5. I haven't seen a tea cosy for a very long time, they used to be quite common in this part of the world. Your Shelley teacup is so pretty as is the royal Albert cake plate.


  6. Hi Nora,
    Wasn't that a special gift of the Shelley teacup from your dear Mom? It's such a pretty, feminine pattern and looks so pretty with your RA plate. Yes, I have a couple of tea cosiess, also, and love them. I made one as a gift recently and I need to make some more. Happy tea day!

  7. Nora, I love your Shelley! Love the sweet roses and the dainty shape. I will have to share my Shelley again one of these days. Yes, I have a tea cozie which a blogger friend made for me. It covers a teapot which sits at my tea/coffee station. I would like to have another one because they really do keep the tea nice and hot. Thanks for sharing and joining me for tea.


  8. What a sweet tea-cup, Nora. It`s shape is so adorable and unique. Deb

  9. Your gifted Shelley teacup is beautiful! I'd love to own one of those beauties, but haven't had much luck finding them locally.

    Your plate and tea cozy are also lovely. I have some tea cozies and need to use them more often!

  10. I also love everything roses Nora. Thank you for sharing your beautiful images with us. I am visiting from Roses of Inspiration. Have a lovely week :)

  11. Hello, sweet Nora! Ahhh.... the beauty and charm of roses :) Your rose items are absolutely delightful and the tea cup is quite the beauty! I love Shelley China and have a few tea cups among my collection.

    Thank you so much for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. It's truly a blessing to have you at the party. Enjoy your week! Hugs!

  12. I love your tea cozy and all of your beautiful things! It makes a house a home to have pretty items to use every day! Sweet hugs, Diane

  13. Nora:
    That is one of the most popular Shelley's to collect. I love that one and your tea cozy is delightful. Your Mom was very thoughtful to find what you wanted.

  14. Lovely post.... I always use tea costs... especially when I have company over for tea... ' Blue Girl " is one of my favourites.... Your beautiful teasers and rose dishes are just my teatime style...I'll be over in five minutes... ENJOY your day ...Hugs

  15. Hi Nora! Very pretty Shelley! I do have two tea cozies (both were actually made for me). They are a life saver at tea parties since you can prepare multiple pots of tea for later, and they stay warm! I usually just use a towel over the teapot though so I don't get the cozies messed up when I'm having a small pot for myself.

  16. The Blue Girl rose bush is stunning. I love your Shelley tea cup ... such a thoughtful gift. I love tea cosies and have just a few. I love to look on etsy at all the different ones available. Enjoy your day.

  17. I love your post Nora!
    We always used a tea cozy for the tea pot growing up too. There were no such things as tea bags all those years ago but here was always a fresh pot of tea to be enjoyed!
    Rosebuds is such a sweet cup.
    I've wanted a Shamrock tea cup for a while and I looked for one in Ireland, there was one in a tourist shop but it was cheap and tacky - not at all what I had in mind. When I get back home I'll have a look on TradeMe - the New Zealand equivalent of Ebay!

    Cork was beautiful, do you get back home often? I can understand how you would miss it.
    I love the Irish people and their humour or 'the crack' as they call it! They welcomed us everywhere we went and made us feel at home.
    I'll be doing more posts soon but life is busy here as you can imagine with 3 young girls in the house!

    Thanks for popping in and Dia dhuit!!!
    Shane x


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