I was pondering my habit of always blogging about "What Tea Stuff I Got for Christmas" each year, but then it dawned on me that I sure enjoy seeing everyone else's tea gifts, so I hope you won't mind hearing about mine! First, my mom drew my name in the family gift drawing this year, so she asked me to pick out my gift one day a few weeks ago when we were in a T.J. Maxx. There were quite a few choices, but I settled on a pattern of dishes I've admired for some time now, these Ralph Lauren Skyler salad/dessert plates and mugs. I decided these would be my new "wintertime" dishes, and I can also accessorize them at Christmas if I choose.
My husband is good about asking for "wish list items," and I saw this tea tasting set on sale on the Elmwood Inn Teas website, and he happily ordered it for me. Once I've figured out how to use it, I'll share a review!
My friend Beth and I got to meet up for our annual Christmas visit last week, and she gave me this lovely sugar and creamer from Staffordshire, England. This is a classic pattern to me, and though Beth worried perhaps I get tired of receiving gifts with roses on them, I assured her that is never going to be a problem!
She also gave me what is quite possibly the prettiest teaspoon I've ever owned, this porcelain piece topped by a dainty rosebud.
And while Christmas decorations are still up at my house (are you one of those who takes them down on Dec. 26? Not me!), I'm looking forward to pulling out the calm, soothing, winter whites in a few days. This Royal Doulton White Linen teacup and saucer from my friend Sandra will be perfect for wintertime sipping. I love the clean, simple, unadorned design. The very picture of elegance!
Though my mom got me to pick out the plaid and rose dishes, I was not at all surprised that my pile of Christmas gifts from her included a few other goodies, like some vintage pink glasses and plates. Thanks to this gift *and* a recent surprise gift of a pink Depression glass teacup from a reader of this blog (which I'll be showing soon), I now have enough pink teacups and plates to have a tea party for four!
My mother also gave me this great old silverplate pitcher. Iced tea, anyone? I can't wait to use this.
And last but not least, I wanted to show you a beautiful piece I received as a gift from a friend who wishes to remain anonymous! Neither she nor I knew what this was when I opened it, but with a bit of online searching I was able to figure it out. Do you know what this is? If not, stop by tomorrow and I'll tell you what I learned about this beautiful and intriguing piece of china. And if you got some tea goodies for Christmas this year, I'd love to hear about them!