Good afternoon dears! Would you like a spot of tea? For that is what this post is all about… well, okay, not tea really, but my collection of miniature tea services. (I also have a surprise at the very end, which I hope will spark your interest!) I have heard many bloggers say this before, and I can’t believe I am about to say it but… You might as well get down your favorite cup, and pour yourself a nice hot drink–coffee is acceptable–and stay for a while, because I am going to share with you my darling collection of tea sets… There. I said it! Now on with the post!
As a tiny little girl, I remember receiving birthday presents that turned out to be–what I thought at the time were the most taboo and untouchable shelf decorations–fragile little tea sets! Who knows why it was a tea set instead of a more practical plastic doll, or even a plush teddy bear, but the fact remains. I, like a magnet, attracted quite a collection of tea sets until I reached the age of twelve. And suffice it to say, I really did love those tea sets, and still do, although the memories of exactly how they came into my possession are rather foggy.
My Grammy, who was an artist in watercolors and housekeeping, was, I believe, the one to blame for the start of this collection. She had glass and china all over her house, and I think she must have seen an inkling of delicacy in my handling of precious objects, and thus I think that is why I was given the tea sets at such a young age. The Poppy service above is probably the pinnacle and my favorite of the collection, what with my great love for all Poppy flowers! And thanks to Charlotte’s camera, which she swears has an affinity for the color red, the bright hue has been captured almost a little too well! Don’t you just love the print?
Grammy of course had no idea that years after she gave me this Cardinal set, we would move to Ohio. I think the holly berries state well enough that it is really just a Christmas set. But I must say, she couldn’t have picked a better one than a Cardinal Christmas service to be transported across the states to our new Cardinal State! The spout isn’t even real, which just tells you how tiny this little service is!
This simply decorated service has grown on me over the years, and now holds second place to that of the Poppy. Why? Didn’t I tell you earlier in my last post that I love polka dots? The charming black dots amongst the girlish flowers tugs my heart back to the old days in which I would play with my dolls for hours on end with the girls. So, more than anything, this tea set holds a great sentimental value, and thus I treasure it dearly.
The sets above and below are very, very similar when it comes to color scheme! I don’t know why, but it seems to remind me of a washed out 80’s living room, what with the faded pink and and pastel turquoise. Mom has bad memories of those days, but I really don’t know… I seem to like the idea of having white walls, a faded pink-stained table and chairs, and pastel turquoise accents here and there as my dining room decor… You may say yuck if you please, but I am still in the works trying to figure out if I really like such soft, plushy colors for my own home. I’ll sit on it. And as for Brigi and Charlotte? Well, they can puke outside when they visit my house if the need arises. They absolutely hate the idea of 80’s pinks and pastels! So yes. Now you know that this is one of my deepest darkest secrets that I thought would be appropriate to share when I came around to discussing these two tea sets. You’re one of us now! Haha!
Because it is Delft china, the gorgeous hand painted windmills could not be passed up, so Charlotte and I decided it needed as many photos as it could get. With my affinity for Delft, this set ranks as third favorite. A favorite because it is Delft and a gift from Dad when he came home from a trip to Amsterdam, and third because the tea pot lacks a (working) spout, and is thus incomplete in my mind. I would be all Dutch if I could, just for the sake of having the famous Delft Chinaware in my family’s heritage! I love it so! Honestly, there is no other color blue like it, and the china is some of the best in the world! I am just thankful that I got to visit a real windmill when our family visited the Dutch town of Holland, in Michigan! It was the icing on the cake for that particular trip!
Last and least (in size) of all is this precious little rosebud tea set. Surprisingly, this bitty tea set has a working spout on its tea pot, making it ideal for a little doll house family! I believe this set to be oldest in the collection, but only because of its minute size. Could you imagine me as a little toddler being given one of the more elaborate sets in the collection to start out with? Hehe. No, Grammy knew better. 🙂
Okay… what is this Creative Writing Contest ad doing up here? Well, let me tell you!
Long story short: Last year I was visiting a friend’s blog, and noticed on his sidebar an advertisement for this website called Kingdom Pen. My friend is a passionate novel writer and happened to be the Chief Editor of Kingdom Pen. During that time, I was thinking about writing a novel myself, and so when I found Kingdom Pen I was very intrigued! Well, the dream of writing fizzled due to the demand from vocal performances, and so I forgot about Kingdom Pen. However, before the dream died, I did pray and ask the Lord if I might be able to help Kingdom Pen somehow, and help my friend grow the awareness of this wonderful writing tool that the Kingdom Pen website is.
After the start of this year, surprise surprise–I was asked by my friend if I would like to join the Kingdom Pen Team to help with Marketing! I realized that the Lord answered my prayer, but I still took time to think and pray over it a while before deciding to accept the position. In the end, I did.
And now you know why Kingdom Pen is being advertised in this post! For those of you who have never heard of Kingdom Pen, I can tell you that it is a sort of forum for Teen Christian Writers who can submit their own short stories, novels, poems, articles, and even films for the public eye to see! Kingdom Pen also once published an e-magazine on a quarterly basis, featuring many of the well written material submitted by its numerous subscribers. Sadly, the e-magazine is currently not available due to a computer hacking that took place last summer, however it is our hope to get it up and running as soon as may be. One of the last perks is a simple weekly newsletter you will receive upon subscription, which will update you on Kingdom Pen’s latest and greatest.
Lastly, I will say that Kingdom Pen has gone through a few growing pains in the past several years due to changes in Staff members. However this doesn’t mean that Kingdom Pen is on the way out, rather it is on the way up! With a brand-new Staff, and and complete recharge in its vision and mission, Kingdom Pen has a bright future ahead. I would love it if those of you writers who are interested, would check out the website, and if you like what you see, then please subscribe and join the growing community of Christian writers! Kingdom Pen is here to help aid you in publishing your writing for the public viewing, as well as being used as a tool to make a God-honoring difference in our society’s reading and writing habits. So what do you say, will you join us in our mission to advance the Lord’s Kingdom through the pen?
Which tea service do you like best?
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Love in Christ,
Jessica, the eldest sister & singer