Sunday, January 31, 2016

It's Been One "Sweet" Year

As I turn the calendar to February, I'm reminded of something other than Valentine's Day. At the end of the week, it will be one year since I started this blog!

Please come sit down and join me as I look back on a fabulous year thanks to all of you.

I have made some sweet cinnamon swirl bread.



Friday I came home from work and took a double take. The front yard has about twenty sprouted daffodils alongside the lawn! While I welcome these cheerful flowers now, I was hoping for them to bloom closer to spring time. Crazy west coast weather!

I will be serving a "tiny spot of tea" of your favorite tea in this Shelley demitasse teacup which was the inspiration for this blog.

Growing up I always peered into my mother's curio chest and looked at her collection of teacups, Waterford crystal and other bone china pieces.
My great aunt, an avid antique collector, began a teacup collection for me as soon as I was born. One of these Shelley demitasse cups was one of my first teacups. The other "red" teacup is featured in my first post titled "How It All Began." My mother housed these teacups in her curio chest until the day I finally had a chest of my own.


This pattern #13290 is called Sheraton. The cup is the mocha shape or also referred to as coffee can. Other Sheratons come in red and blue. It was produced toward the end of Shelley's production years near 1966, even though the backstamp indicates 1940-1966.

This pattern was made for the Canadian market. I wonder if my great aunt purchased it at an auction (which she loved to frequent). It still is in brand new condition.

As I began to arrange my teacups in the curio chest I became more and more interested in their histories and origins. I took greater pursuit in learning the names of the potteries and years of production. I was eager to share all of this new found knowledge, but few were honestly interested. While looking up teacup information, I came across several blogs and discovered there were others just like me! I was and still am fascinated with these blogs. My knowledge of potteries, tea, recipes and parties continues to grow on an almost daily basis.  I wanted to be a part of this tea community so I took the plunge and began Teacup Tales on February 5, 2015 with the intent of focusing on English bone china teacups, their origins and the tales to discover.

Some posts that generated the most views:

I have to admit I was (and still am) really intimidated to be in the company of so many talented women. Your blogs are truly works of art! I knew I would learn so much by blogging, but I never anticipated being so warmly welcomed into this wonderful cyber community and for the sweet friendships I have made. 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
Nora

I look forward to sharing my Valentine Friendship Tea Party with you in two weeks.

This sweet bread is delicious with tea in the morning. The cinnamon swirl looks like a happy face smile. Here is the recipe from allrecipes.com. It's super easy (and fast) to make.

I'm bringing my teacup to the following parties:











15 comments:

  1. What a sweet post - I love the little cup too - and the cinnamon bread looks happy and delicious. Congratulations on a great year.

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  2. Well congratulations on a year (nearly) of blogging. That is a big feat, and one you may be very proud of!

    Thank you for sharing your lovely teatime with us today. I love that patten and your sweets look sooooooooooo delicious! YUM!

    Have a wonderful week!

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  3. Happy Blogaversary! Your cinnamon bread looks so good. I love your teacup!

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  4. Happy anniversary! It's fun to have so many blog friends! Of course you know I LOVE your Shelley Mocha...awesome! I can see why it inspired you! Keep blogging! I always love to visit! The cinnamon bread looks wonderful! I am baking this morning too! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  5. Sweet Nora, congratulations on one year of blogging! You have greatly blessed my life and I am in awe of your knowledge of tea! Best wishes my friend for many more years of creating wonderful posts! Lynn

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  6. Congratulations on your 1-year blogiversary, Nora! It's wonderful how Blogland can bring together individuals who share the same interests. I've always enjoyed seeing your tea pretties and look forward to seeing more of your collections.

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  7. Congratulations on one year of blogging, Nora! It's been a pleasure getting to know you this past year and I look forward to more posts from you in the years to come.

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  8. Congratulations on one year of blogging, sweet friend. I am ever so glad you started a blog :)

    Your Valentine's tea sounds delightful and I look forward to seeing it. Hugs and joy to you!

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  9. Well done on one year of blogging. I've enjoyed your reminiscing and nipped over to read your first post as well. enjoy the rest of the week.

    Diana

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  10. Hi: I would have never guested that your cup is a Shelley. Love it! Hugs, Martha

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  11. Congratulations on your year of blogging, Nora! We're so glad you started and we're getting to know you. Your bread looks wonderful; love cinnamon! Your Shelley is very sweet. I can see why it inspired you. Thank you for sharing with us today and have a lovely week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  12. Yah for your year of blogging! I love your teacup today. It is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Happy, happy bloggerversary, dear Nora! The green on your china is standout, isn't it? It would be great for Saint Patrick's Day too! Lovely, thank you for sharing!

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  14. Dear Nora:
    I am loving your Shelley cup and saucer. It is lovely. My life has been crazy and I am responding to your link and saying thank you for sharing. I am at the grocery store coffee shop as we are in Missouri. We closed on our retirement home here on Friday. Lots of hard work and more work yet to do!

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  15. Love your tea cup so pretty. I need to make the sweet bread to go with my tea. Looks yummy. I too am so appreciative of meeting all you wonderful people through blogging. I am not a member of facebook so blogging is a blessing to me. Hugs, LJ

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Thank you for visiting my blog today. I really look forward to reading your comments. Have a nice day! ~Nora