Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tea Rose


This china cup belonged to my grandmother, who recently passed away. This was her china pattern, that her mother started her on when she was but a young lass. The pattern is Tea Rose by Royal Albert, and it was such an icon throughout her life as no birthday, anniversary or special occasion passed without someone buying her yellow roses. The majority of the set is packed away, waiting for the right moment when a new home will be obvious, maybe to a future great-granddaughter or great-great granddaughter. Whoever it may be, it will remain in the family, but for now each of the women currently in our family has a piece in their home, a subtle but lovely reminder of our mom and grandmother, whom we miss dearly.

How fitting then, as Mother's day approaches, that the theme for this week's texture link up is to use a photo of coffee or tea cup along with any of Kim's textures. This time around I used her Love texture set to colour burn @75% and Luminous, with a soft light setting @ 83%. Love because my grandmother taught us so much about love and how to give it graciously and freely; Luminous because she still continues to light up our hearts each day.

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If  you're in the mood for some beautiful photos, be sure to pay a visit to the cafe today.

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I recently finished an audio version of Michael Caine's second autobiography, Elephant to Hollywood, which I thoroughly enjoyed. He's very down to earth and hasn't forgotten his roots and it was read by him. I  really prefer audio books that are read by the author. So when we came upon the film Secondhand Lions on Netflix this weekend, we decided to give it a try. It's about a boy dealing with a mother who is too preoccupied to be the mother he needs but in return he develops a relationship with his two great uncles. We enjoyed the story and it was a great family movie; have you seen it?  



~Be well friends~

23 comments:

Dandy said...

I love traditions and family treasures and this is perfect. My first Christmas married my mom started me on a Lenox Christmas set and gave me another piece this past Christmas, I love it.

Buttons said...

Oh I miss my Gramma too. I love that all of you have a piece of her set. I know how much it means to you all. I have a cup from my Gramma too. I was as lucky as you to have awesome Grandparents who taught me a lot and I miss the hugs the most. Take care. B

Jenni said...

How lovely. What a lovely piece to treasure and pass down eventually.
Jenni

Dyche Designs said...

What a wonderful treasure, beautiful image.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a lovely photo...my new desktop background...so many good memories.
Love Stalker

texwisgirl said...

Love the tea cup photo and the story behind it. And what a beautiful new header for May. :)

I have seen Secondhand Lions a few years ago but loved it. (Hubby and I joked about parking a boat in our pond, right off our deck.) :)

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

We love secondhand lion! We have it on an old VCR tape and have watched it several times.
Have a great Tuesday!!

Linda Makiej said...

Wonderful composition and texture work here!

MJ said...

That is a beautiful teacup indeed!! Ok, and all the things you do with your photos, the textures you use...you are converting me and inspiring me to try them. Do I need a special camera? No right? It's all in photoshop? Aww man, I feel a new learning coming on!! Thanks for the inspiration Andrea!!

teekaroo said...

Lovely photo and lovely memories. I have seen and very much enjoyed Second Hand Lions. My brother thinks it's the best movie ever.

Georgia Girls said...

Sweet expressions of love and tenderness. I love the texture of the candle ring added in also. It's unanimous -- Second Hand Lion is a wonderful movie.

Nezzy said...

What a beautifully fittin' post and tribute to your grandmother. The cup (and dishes) is quite the treasure. I gave Granny Waldens china to my daughter who displays it proudly.

God bless and have a glorious day!

BTW: Secondhand Lions is one of our faves! :o)

Judy said...

This is a beautiful tea cup. I collect tea cups but mine weren't handed down to me from family. What a nice post as mother's day approaches.

Mimi Foxmorton said...

How lovely to have this fragile reminder......
;)

Elle Bee said...

The photo and story behind it are beautiful. I love the reasons for the textures you chose. I haven't seen that movie. A friend just let me borrow her collection of Anne of Green Gables so I'm excited about watching that again!

Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

I just love sentimental things like this. So lovely.
Staci

Farmchick said...

How nice that you have that to remember her by.

Jenni said...

Andrea, just want to say I am loving your blog- a new follower.
jenni

Tami said...

Love love this post. You paint such a wonderful picture of your grandmother, with your pictures and stories! Secondhand Lions is a great movie, our whole family loves it!

Dog Trot Farm said...

What a lovely china pattern and how nice to have such wonderful memories to go along with it. Blessings to you, Julie.

from my front porch... said...

Oh my gosh! Secondhand Lions is one of our faveorite movies! Just a wonderful story!!

I have pieces like your teacup. It is nice to look at them and remember...
xo, misha
LYLAS

Kia said...

Saw this gorgeousness in Texture Tuesday. Well done! :)

charlottes web said...

What a lovely story about your tea cups, where they began their life and where they may end up. Very pretty image!