Monday, May 30, 2011

Royal Albert "Prairie Crocus"

Welcome friends, I have been waiting for you to join me for tea.  This beautiful teacup and saucer, made in England, is from the Royal Albert Provincial Flowers Series with this one being Prairie Crocus.

This set has wonderful lavender, pink and blue Prairie Crocus flowers – the flower for Manitoba.  The stamen are nicely detailed with soft, buttery yellow and touches of mocha all on a striking black background.

The Gainsborough shaped teacup is softly textured and gently fluted.  Lavish gold gilt on the handle, rims, and foot of the teacup.

A peek at the bottom of the teacup.

This scallop crochet lace handkerchief is monogrammed with my initial in a lovely feather font.

For my centerpiece, I have filled an ivory embossed pitcher with soft pink tulips, sweet pea flowers and bright ranunculus roses.  With its delicate flowers, evocative of butterflies in shape, the sweet pea’s history can be tracked back to 17th century Italy, when a Sicilian monk, Franciscus Cupani, sent its seeds to England.  Doesn’t this cottage bouquet look delightful?

The votive candle holder I have selected for today’s tea time is an antique silver mercury glass.  This unique finish has a great vintage feel.  The deep pink amethyst color has a stylish embossed fleur-de-lis design which is pretty and chic.  I love the way it reflects an era of romanticism.

“Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.” ~ Catherine Douzel

Thank you for joining me and to our wonderful hostesses.  I am linking this week with the following ladies:

Tea Time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage
Tea Time Tuesday @ Lady Katherine’s Tea Parlor
Tea Cup Tuesday @ Martha's Favorites
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Friday Pretties @ I Love Pretty Little Things
Friday Favorites @ Simply Sweet Home

Teacup & Saucer:  Royal Albert “Prairie Crocus”
Handkerchief:  Scallop Crochet Lace 
Centerpiece:  Ivory Embossed Pitcher
Amethyst Votive Holder:  Barreveld International


Polished Moxie said...

Absolutely beautiful teacup and your flower arrangement made me smile. Lovely, lovely setting.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Donna,
Your tea cup is simply exquisite. Very, very lovely and your bouquet as well. Thank you for sharing your pretties and stopping by to have tea with me. Enjoy your day.


Chris said...

Your tea cup is beautiful! I have never seen one like it! Your tea time is just lovely!

~Chris~ said...

What a beautiful Tea Set. Very elegant.

Life Full of Sunflowers said...

Absolutely beautiful !!!

Jennipher said...

Donna, it's beautiful. Thanks for having me for tea!

KarinsArtScrap said...

donna beautiful pictures and your cup and soucer are gorgeous.

greetings karin

KarinsArtScrap said...

o donna with leaving comments, only sign your name and password, not tohold on your password, than you can give comments.

greetings karin

Belle said...

Everything looks so pretty and inviting. I love the elegant look of the tea cup.

Unknown said...

Oh How pretty and unusual. I do like the foot as well

Love Dawn xx

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Donna, What a lovely tea cup. I love the colors and details. The shape is unique and adds such elegance. Your candle cup is such a pretty accent too.
So nice to meet you and visit your lovely blog. I too joined in with my first Tea Time post. It is so much fun to visit now that blogger seems to be cooperating a bit better. I could not leave comments all last week and I still can not sign into my blog, but unchecked stay signed in and that has made a difference.

Have a wonderful day.
Celestina Marie

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Donna, thanks so much for visiting me through Tea Time Tuesday. Your tea cup is so pretty and I have never seen one like before. I scrolled down your blog and admired your beautifully planted flower pots. I hope you are having a great day! Blessings, Pamela

Becky said...

What a gorgeous tea cup, very elegant..

Terri said...

The Royal Albert Provincial Flower series is gorgeous, and I love the one you have! The colors are so vivid and dramatic and make for a gorgeous cup!
Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Donna,
thank you for your sweet comment at my Tea time Tuesday.
I came a bit late but I was so busy today. Your tea cup is outstanding. I love those Royal Albert tea cups with black ground color. The colors and gold decoration look really dramatic againt the black. And you have chosen the perfect matching items.
Best greetings, Johanna

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Donna
I love the colours of your teacup and the hanky with your initial is so pretty. It was nice to join you for tea this week, thanks for sharing these beautiful things.

Carrie Sampsel said...

What a beautiful set. I always enjoy looking at your teacups. I think I'm going to have to introduce my mother to your blog. She would just love your teacups, flowers and gardens as well. She has taught me well. lol

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Donna: Your cup is so beautiful. I am so glad you shared it with us. Love all the the flowers. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

Wanda Lee said...

Hello dear Donna.

Ooh my!.., What an exquisite teacup!.., so especially lovely with those rich colors and flowers!

Thanks for joining us for this week's TTTT an also for my 84th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two'. We hope you'll join us as often as you are able; we love having you partake!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

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