Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Lefton China Teacup


Just a quick post of photos so that I can link to the parties of the Lovely Tea Ladies!  I inherited this Lefton teacup ... I'm thinking from my grandmother, but it could have belonged to one of her sisters.  The cup feels fairly thin and delicate.




My great grandmother's necklace is very fragile.






This old ceramic coffee pot is unmarked.



















[God] who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Philippians 1:6

Just carrying on ... with a little help from tea and books!
Bess

I'll be linking up to the following blog parties:

Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Terri at Artful Affirmations for Tea Cup Tuesday
Martha at Martha's Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday
Wanda Lee at Silken Purse for Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Thank you, Gracious Ladies!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cancelled Stamp Art


Hello Dear Followers, Readers, and New Visitors!

I have wanted to share these little exquisite works of art with you for some time, but had to find them first!  Some years back I put them in a "safe place" (I thought), and I spent several hours this past week looking for them.  Of course, such things are always in the last place we look, but a short and sweet search would be more pleasant than long and arduous!  Ah well, I was able to weed out oodles of papers I don't need anymore.

Here they have their original protective covering.

These beautiful cancelled stamp flowers, embellished with pen and ink, were created by a Miss Jessie Nolan.  The two larger works are dated 1968 (on their backs).  I've had them for years and am not sure whether they were my grandmother's or great aunt's.  I scanned them hoping to share more detail:

The original of this measures 5" x 7".
Something new is going on when one clicks on a photo, but if you
click on the photo, then click on the "Image from..." link,
then you can enlarge the photo once it comes up.  I hope.
The original notecard measures just shy of 4" x 6".


The original measures 6" x 9".

The demitasse cup is a Russel Wright:


A few more snapshots:


The "ribbon" on the notecard is in pen; the ribbons
on the other two works are made from cancelled stamps.








I hope you've enjoyed seeing this cancelled stamp art ... something that would be much more difficult to create now that cancelled stamps are so few.

You, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
Psalm 92:4   (NRSV)

Determined to sing for joy even on Monday!
Bess

I hope to be linking this post to the following wonderful places/posts. Please go visit them, you'll be glad you did!

Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Cielo at The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Kathy at A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Martha at Martha's Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday
Terri at Artful Affirmations for Tea Cup Tuesday
Wanda Lee at Silken Purse for Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
Mary at Very Merry Vintage Style for Share the Love Wednesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Thank you, Gracious Ladies!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Just Chillin'


While at the office today I thought of a vignette for, hopefully, a quick post tonight.  Once home I hurriedly began to arrange things, but unfortunately by 6PM there was no decent light in any of my usual spots.  I didn't want to wind up with untrue colors by using the flash, so I put everything away for another time.  I'm guessing evening photography using natural light isn't going to be an option for the next several months.  I'll have to hope for good light on the weekends.

I am sorry to miss all my usual blog parties this week.  I will have to plan more efficiently!  Well, I'll take my cue from "Kallie" and will cast my care and try again later.  (Kitties seem to photograph nicely with or without the flash!)

Give all your worries and cares to God,
for he cares about you.
1 Peter 5:7   (NLT)

Have a blessed middle of the week,
Bess

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Little Early


In blogland we're thinking about the beginning of autumn, and the squirrels think it's autumn, but sadly the leaves on our maple trees are acting as if it were late October here.  This is the result of the hot, hot, dry summer we had.  We did water, but as we drive around town, we can see that wasn't enough.  The heat seems to have been especially hard on the maples and evergreens.  I heard someone call it "scalding."  

At least the maples were absolutely gorgeous for the two autumns before this.  I will look at those photos and also enjoy what color does develop this year!

I so enjoyed the many lovely posts and tributes I read this weekend.

Hoping you have a very beautiful and colorful autumn in your neck of the woods,
Bess

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Cups, No Saucers




In word processing/editing there are such things as widows and orphans when a single line begins or ends a page.  They are generally avoided for appearance's sake.  I'm not sure whether cups without saucers are akin to widows or to orphans, but they are still lovely in their own right.  So today I share with you my cups that have no saucers.


























Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.  Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself
from being polluted by the world.
James 1:26,27

So grateful for cooler, hot tea kind of weather,
Bess

I hope to be linking this post to the following wonderful places/posts. Please go visit them, you'll be glad you did!

Kathy at A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Martha at Martha's Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday
Terri at Artful Affirmations for Tea Cup Tuesday
Wanda Lee at Silken Purse for Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
Mary at Very Merry Vintage Style for Share the Love Wednesday
Thank you, Gracious Ladies!