Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Hearts and Roses for Valentine's

Ever seen a heart-shaped hatbox? I hadn't until I got this Valentine's gift from my mom!

She was bothered by the orange accents and said she meant to replace them but didn't have time. Considering what lovely goodies are tucked inside, I can tolerate the orange just fine! (Besides, fellow tea blogger Steph loves orange, which has given me a whole new appreciation for the color.)

These cups and saucers are the small demitasse size, and with the heart-shaped saucers and the heart-shaped cups and handles, I think this is just one of the neatest Valentine's sets I could ever imagine.

And now it's giveaway time. Today's giveaway is a copy of the perfectly wonderful book "A Social History of Tea" by Jane Pettigrew. I had a heck of a time finding a copy of my own when this came out, and paid something like $40 for it years ago. When I saw this one on the clearance rack at a local bookstore recently for just a few pennies, I had to get it to share with another tea lover. It's a hardback book with dust jacket, but the top cover of the book (which you can't even see since it's behind the dust jacket) has a slight "dent" in it, so this imperfection is why it was on clearance. Other than that, it's a new, unread book, and I hope someone out there would like to have it. Just leave a comment between now and midnight and you'll be entered to win. There's no limit to the number of times you can win this week, so feel free to enter every day!

17 comments:

belinda said...

The teaset is adorable!
Valentines Day is my wedding anniversary( 39 yrs)so I really love all things red,heart-y,roses,etc.
Thanks for blogging -it starts my day

parTea lady said...

I have seen boxed sets of demitasse cups and saucers, but never heart shaped. How lovely. The book looks interesting. I have The Tea Companion and Tea-time Recipes by Jane Pettigrew. Now here is another that I'll need to add to my tea library.

Southern Touch Catering said...

What a great mom you have! We all now know where you get your kind & giving heart!

comfrey cottages said...

what an adorable presentation the heart shaped box made for the demaitasse set! i have grown to love the orange and pink combination over the years, due to the fact that all my little granddaughters love the combination of the two!lol awww your mom did a superb job on the pressie! i too am a fan of jane pettigrew. this book is in my amazon wish list! have a lovely day! hugs from leslie

Gerri said...

Can you tell me who makes the tea set? I love it and I have a good friend whose birthday is Valentine's day and I think she would adore it!
And of course, the book looks great! Please enter me! I am always amazed at all your great finds. Thanks for sharing!
Blessings!

Karen Bullock said...

What a lovely gift from your Mom, Angela. I love the burgundy/gold flourish border on this pattern. It makes it seem even more dainty!

The storage/hat box is pretty also, but, here's a thought....you could take tea themed graphics, or vintage postcards, calling cards, or victorian scrap, and decoupage the top of the box to really make it stand out. Think of the possibilities!

Steph said...

Oh, my - those cups and saucers are just gorgeous! Lovely!
I just sent you an email titled Hi, Angela....

Ginger said...

Angela, your tea set is beautiful. What a great gift from your Mother. Kind of reminds me of Old Country Roses. But I'm a sucker for anything with roses. :-) Do you know the name of the pattern?

And thanks for these giveaways. You are a sweetheart.

Kris said...

I am new to your blog but am thrilled to finally have found other tea lovers like me. This site is truly the highlight of my day. And I would LOVE to win the book, of course!!! Thanks for bringing sunshine to us all.

Lynne said...

I would love to learn more about tea. Tea brings such comfort and joy!

lynne at fairpoint dot net

Prim Rose Hill ©2008-2010 said...

I have never seen a box like that! And those teacups are sweet!
Hugs,
Sheri

Linda J. said...

That is a very sweet gift!

Dee said...

Your mama is a dear one to find that treasure. Those heart shaped teacups are beyond sweet. Thanks to you I'm inspired to tea blog too.

Carol said...

What a wonderful Valentine's gift to receive from your mom, all wrapped up in a sweet red hatbox! I sent a Valentine package off to a special young friend this morning to surprise her when the mailman arrives. It contained 2 pairs of cute socks decorated with Valentine hearts, 4 sheets of assorted Valentine stickers, and of course, some chocolate...all things she loves. It's so much fun to send little presents out on special holidays to bring a smile to someone's face.

Anonymous said...

Alright, Angela: a beautiful tea-set and a beautiful book...you are too sweet! Thanks for making this week so much fun and Happy Valentine's Day to you! Joanie

Frivolitea said...

Oh my goodness. I have been wanting that book. What a find! Please enter me in your giveaway.

ChaChaneen said...

This is sooooo pretty!