Gift and Thrift Teatime

I still can’t stop thinking about my trip last week to my friend, Jeannette’s flower farm at Jeannette’s Bloomers!  I posted all about it this past Pink Saturday HERE, and noted that, in addition to giving me the generous benefit of her floral and gardening knowledge, plus a few quality perennial seedlings and young sprouts to help me make something out of my front garden mess that I posted about on Blue Monday HERE, she also gifted me THREE handsome teacups!

I found them standing like good little soldiers relegated to a future as a floral arrangement container.

I couldn’t help but point out that teacups with quality backstamps should be set apart for teatime tables laden with proper treats and lace cloths beneath.

A lovely pink rose pattern from Royal Vale . . .

A truly vintage yellow and white rose pattern from Rosina . . .

I think our dear Prunella liked this one the best because it matches her dress today!

But, my personal favorite is this sweet green ivy pattern by Queen Anne!  I just love the traditional shape of these Queen Anne cups, don’t you?

Jeannette gifted these three quality cups to me and I determined to trade her three from my own collection that might be better for floral arrangements – possessing not a backstamp of distinction.  I knew I had at least two to the purpose – but would need a third.  So, I stopped at one of my favorite thrift shops for vintage china and was not disappointed – finding just the thing to make a trio for trade!

BUT – that wasn’t all I found!  A vintage teapot in a unique elongated shape, boasting a bouquet of yellow roses captured my attention.

It made me think of one of the teacups I’d just gotten from Jeannette with the same color scheme and roses.  What a nice compliment for a tea-scape!

The backstamp on the pot sealed the deal for me – under $10!

The Arthur Wood name dates the pot to pre-1940’s when the name was changed to Arthur Wood and Sons.  Noting the “Donegal” marking on the pot (upon which I found no information), I thought of Ireland and put it with my Irish Belleek creamer and sugar and loved how the creamy hues worked well together.  They are displayed with the yellow and white rose cup and the ivy cup which also features tiny yellow buds in the pattern.

My Rosina pink rose joins more pinks on display in my tea cabinet for the time being.

However, I expect I shall take her off the shelf with a nice teapot match later this summer when my own front garden long stemmed pink roses might be ready to harvest for just the right touch in table decor.  Stay tuned for a future teatime on that score!

Oh!  Speaking of my front garden!  Here’s the before and after shots in just one week.  Taking the fruit of my tutorial visit with Jeannette, her knowledgeable advice, and a few of her own pieces for transplanting – coupled with three flats of geraniums gifted to us by my daughter’s young man, AND a cartful of half price foliage from Walmart – only $20 for all – the results are hopeful . . .



There is still a great deal of weed tending to do, but I can’t help but hope that sipping tea on my modest front porch overlooking a colorful English cottage wildflower garden alive with birds and butterflies amid a warm summer breeze gently wafting by tinkling windchimes . . .

May just be in my future after all . . .

Sharing my Gift & Thrift Teatime today with:

 Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Teacups and Tea Things at Antiques and Teacups
Trish’s Heart & Home at Lily Rose Cottage

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at and blogs at


  1. Your friend was very generous to give you these gorgeous teacups; my favorite is the one you picked, with the green ivy. The vignettes from your garden are pretty.

  2. I think that is one of the very best things about gardening, there is always hope! And it looks like hope is becoming reality for you in your garden. I can definitely picture you sipping tea out of a floral teacup in your garden as you meditate on your writing.

    I like the ivy teacup best too, what a good idea, trading teacups to suit.The teapot does go with the rose teacup , and I’ll stay tuned for your teatimes.

  3. Oh Thank you! You have brought back wonderful memories of my Grandmother’s tea service – the Queen Anne she had the full set. I think she instilled in me my love for china. I have to walk past second hand china stores with my eyes closed sometimes, if I don’t want to bankrupt myself!

  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I cringe everytime I see wonderful, quality bone china teacups broken for mosaic pieces, drilled for bird feeders or otherwise destroyed and lost forever to their original purpose! Can you tell I am passionate about that??!! Well done, my friend! And thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  5. Hello Kathy,
    You have a wonderful friend to gift you with those teacups. I like the Queen Anne best too. That teapot is very sweet; love the shape!
    Your garden is looking good already. Mine is in such disarray, that I’m beginning to think that we will not enjoy too many blooms this year. The crows really did a job on it this year! Thank you for joning me for tea and have a lovely week.


  6. Wonderful gifts from your friend. I think I like the Rosina the best but they are all wonderful. ..and the three you found for trade … well done! Your garden is coming right along. Happy Tea Day!

  7. What a beautiful trio of teacups–they are very pretty, as is your lovely new garden. It’s filling in very nicely!

  8. Hello Kathy~ How nice, a swap! I like the ivy cup especially as it is different from the more common florals. Oooh, your elongated teapot is just lovely. I like the unique shape. Enjoy the end of June, and thanks for stopping by for a visit.

  9. How nice a friend you have to be so kind parting with those beautiful teacups. I do like the gold with the almost matching teapot you found. xo

  10. Hi Kathy, thanks for linking up!
    Your trio of teacups is lovely and your friend is very generous to give them to you.
    She knows they have a good home and will be appreciated fully by you.
    I think it’s great that you sought out 3 others to bless her back with!
    The ivy pattern is very pretty indeed.
    As your front yard is going to be when the new plantings take off!
    I love the Adirondack on your porch.
    My hubby makes them and they always look so nice and country-fied in any setting 🙂
    Hope you’re enjoying lovely summer days in your part of the world this week.
    lots of love and blessings..Trish xx

  11. Your tea cups are adorable. What a sweet gift~ Love your little garden too! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  12. Hi Kathryn,
    What a great friend you have to gift you with the lovely teacups! I agree with Miss Prunella that the yellow rose teacup was made for her! You did alot of gardening and it really looks great and yes, do sit and enjoy a cup tea and keep on dreaming! Wishing you a lovely evening.

  13. You are too much, Miss Kathy! Just love how you went out to buy a third to make it a proper trade! How neat she makes floral arrangements. She must have a ton of FUN making them! (I Know I would)

    Your teapot is just lovely! Good find. SO glad you have the Beleek to go with it, too!

  14. Your teacups are lovely and your teapot is just wonderful!

  15. Hi Kathryn,
    Your garden is looking regenerated and full of promise of beauty to come.
    I liked all the teacups..but i liked the teapot the best.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  16. LOvely Lovely Gifts and friends… Tea for three !!!!..How very special to glean the info from your friend Jeanette…obvisously she’s a tealover and sweet lady to gift you with three beautiful sets… I lone the ” Queen Anne’s Lace ” cup and would venture to say that tea in your sweet garden would be magic;…ENJOY your week!!!…Hugs

  17. Hello Kathryn,
    I am delighted for you about your new tea cups!
    Three fine vintage cups! Royal Vale, Rosina and Queen Anne! Three of my favorite companies!
    Each one is lovely, and I am sure you are going to use them well.
    The new tea pot is a real find. Wood tea pots are real treasures. It is very pretty too!

    Your garden is truly looking better. I love your bird bath. The pretty flowers bring lovely color too.

    I hope you are having a good summer.
    Happy July!

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