It’s Not Like A Moving Target, Or Anything…

it’s just a teacup for goodness sake! But, I spent the better half of yesterday afternoon photographing (and editing) my favorite bone china teacup.

See, I’m having a tea party for all the women in our family for Mother’s Day, and I want the invitations to be nice. I can’t draw that well, so a photograph on the front seemed in order. Then, the dilemna: which photograph should I use?

Admittedly, none of them are spectacular, but I did have fun playing. And changing my header yet again…looking at the picture from Florida makes me sad after last weekend’s cancelled trip.

Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world. ~T’ien Yiheng

There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea. ~Bernard-Paul Heroux


There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. ~Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. ~C.S. Lewis

Blessings,

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34 thoughts on “It’s Not Like A Moving Target, Or Anything…”

  1. Same here…I like the last one. I like the shadowing. Those are beautiful! I have some hand-painted bone china I bought in Poland years ago, and I cherish the set though I use it only once a year!

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  2. The tea cup picture would make a perfect invitation. I have a tea cup that looks almost identical to that one. My grandma gave it to me. When her husband was in Korea during the war he brought back a tea set for her very similar to yours. She's gone now and I cherish my little cup. Funny how the smallest things in life sometimes make us feel the happiest.

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  3. Trish, my mother has a huge collection of tea cups. Most of them were bought in Winnipeg, Canada, as I come from a long line of tea drinking women. She's given me about half of her set, none of them match, but they're quite full of memories for me. Normally, I'm a coffee drinker, give me a cappuccino any day, but I do like a cup of tea once in awhile.Sandy, I'd love to see a picture of your set! The china from Europe is definitely the most beautiful, in my opinion.Chic Geek, it's true! My life often seems to hang on the small and lovely things in life. It's such a misconception many Americans have that bigger is better.JoAnn, a Mother's Day party is a good excuse to make little "fem sandwiches" as my husband calls them, and indulge in lots of different treats. It'll be a lot of work, but so worth it. The day that I don't have my mother will be a sad, sad day in my life.Beverly, I thought the last photo was too dark, oppressive somehow. But, I'm glad you like it. Maybe the contrast is what makes it appealing. We're not on Spring Break until the end of March, but we're not going any where. If I get motivated, I'll paint our bedroom. But, probably not. ;)Sara, I wish I could invite my women blogging friends for one!Debi, phew! Just when I was thinking I'd chosen the wrong one for my header (it IS rather larger than I'd like) because people were preferring the bottom two you came along and agreed with me. I think the second is my favorite one as well, but that one really didn't fit in the header. It took like a third of the screen, and the other 2/3s were completely bare. I'm glad we think the same, though.

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  4. I opened your blog and literally went "ooohhh" to see the new header with the tea cup. I love it. Yes, yes your time was well spent photographing the cup. Now you can also enlarge the pictures, frame them and hang them in your kitchen or breakfast area or dining room. Perfect!

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  5. My aunt gave me a tea party for my 15th BD. I loved it. We had chocolate covered strawberries and tiny sandwhiches etc. My friends and I had so much fun. 🙂

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  6. What a beautiful tea cup Meredith. I love tea parties, went to them or had them when I lived in Europe, never in the States.I love your new header and the layout of the page, but then I have mine this way, white and open.Have a real nice week friend

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  7. A tea party sounds like a wonderful idea! Have fun! I love your pictures…and my favorite is the one that you chose as your header…very beautiful! Love your cups and saucers. What's your favorite kind of tea? I'm a fan of PG Tips and for flavored tea, I like Bigelow's Lemon Lift or Constant Comment. I love all of those quotes too..especially the C.S. Lewis one..it's one of my favorite quotes ever 🙂

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  8. Oh, the teacup with the roses is a fitting harbinger for spring, somehow, isn't it? Your comment made me happy as you sighed. :)Brittanie, I definitely think I should make some chocolate covered strawberries! Thanks for the good idea, and what a wonderful aunt you must have to give you such a special party.Madeleine, I've never had a proper tea(!) can you believe it? I wonder what I was thinking that I didn't partake the last time I was in London. Could it have been that I was 20 something and didn't know any better?! I like an open, white page as well. We're birds of a feather.Robin, The Book of Lost Things is certainly bizarre, isn't it?! We'll have a lot to talk about. (I wonder what drugs he was taking while writing. ;)Gina, it seemed like a good way to honor mothers as well as gather the women. My mother never likes going to restaurants because they're so loud, and one feels rather rushed. I can see her point, so I always try to do something nice for her.Chris, I'm afraid you're much more of a tea connoisseur than I am! While I do enjoy Lemon Lift, Earl Gray, and Constant Comment, I've not heard of PG Tips. All I know is that I like my tea strong with lots of cream. Just like my coffee!And, every time I think of tea I think of C.S. Lewis. Not only for that fabulous quote, but because Lucy and Mr. Tumnus had tea in Narnia. I'd heard that story at such a young age, it's always the image I get when I think of having tea.

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  9. Yet another thing we have in common, oh kindred spirit! I have a collection of individual tea cups and saucers. I'll send you a photo via email.Want my vote? I like the second photo the best. I'm big on cropped shots and this one is quite lovely. Wish I could be there for the fun! I was actually toying with the idea of a trip to Chicago that week. Elizabeth Berg is reading at several bookstores in the area. I think she's even in Naperville the first week in May. Check her blog for dates.

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  10. Lesley, if you come you better let me know! We have a small bookstore which is really quite famous: Anderson's book shop, which actually had J.K. Rowling after the first Harry Potter was published and before the mad craze. I'll check if Elizabeth Berg will be a guest there. Anyway, I'd love to meet up with you.Your vote on the photo means a lot to me; I actually like the second one best, too, but as I said it wouldn't fit in my header. I'm looking forward to viewing your collection.

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  11. The cup is beautiful as is the photo and of course, the thought. How wonderful of you! I love the poetry around tea time, there's something so special about it, that it even convinced me to drink tea until I actually liked it…But no go, man I hate tea. lol sorry, I'm a coffee girl 😉 Love your post!

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  12. Tea Parties – Wow! I love the tea cup, and my favourite photo is the one in the header. What a beautiful set. I enjoyed the quotes also. Enjoy the party, it a divine idea. I also wanted to let you know that I, like Sandy, have awarded you the 'I love your blog' award… even more so with the tea cups!

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  13. I love the blog header, Bellezza! I have a collection of tea cups, too, and I love using different ones. The last quote was the best – "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. ~C.S. Lewis"I want to go home right now and have a cup of tea!Happy St. Patrick' Day

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  14. I think the picture turned out lovely and your header is so refreshing. I love the idea of a Mother's Day Tea. I might have to steal that one from you. It'd be fun to do that for all the "girls" in my family.Hugs, Susan

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  15. The selection you made for your present header is the correct one. It makes for a striking page. The Count is really impressed by your blog. It is elegant. Count Sneaky

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  16. Thanks, all, for your sweet comments. The new banner rather does put me in a Spring mood, and I hope it brings some joy to you when you look at it.Now, does anyone want to help me address the invitations? 😉

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  17. I love your china! A photo of a teacup on an invitation to tea is so great. I should hope to be so clever. And I like the photo you used for the header. There is something about asymmetrical pictures that suits me. Perhaps because I am a little off-balance myself. 😛

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  18. Just sneaking in here to tell you that I am so sorry! I totally do not have my book read! I didn't plan on the weekend turning out the way it did, and I left in such a hurry I forgot the book home! I'll have it finished this weekend, though, for sure!

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  19. Kaliana, no worries! I've got about twenty pages to go myself. It's a weird one, isn't it? We'll have a lot to discuss, I'm sure! Have a good trip wherever you are.

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