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A Cup of Spring

Hi there friends! How was your Easter? We had a fabulous time visiting the gorgeous Brasada Ranch in Central Oregon. I have so many pictures to share with you but they need to be processed, so while I'm working on all that, I wanted to show you some pretty pics of the recent teacup I found. She's a real beauty and so perfect for Spring.

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She is a lovely example of 1940's lusterware by Royal Halsey and has a beautiful pearl like shimmer. The sweet clusters of rose blossoms go from petal pink to deep garnet and are paired perfectly with swirling gold embellishments.

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She is in the shop now just waiting to be loved.

Hope you are enjoying all the beautiful blossoms of Spring!

xo,

Ivy

Tea for Two

Last week, I picked Grace up from school at noon so we could go have lunch together. She begged me to take her back to the "magical tea house"...also known as the Lady Di's Tea Room. How could I say no to that? Of course, my camera joined us...

Oh so serious...not for long...

the most lovely sweet potato soup and cheddar and tomato sandwiches...yum! Cheese on toast for Grace...

Sweet primroses blooming outside the window next to our table...

for dessert a plate of the most delicious English shortbread! It went fast...I almost missed a photo op!

Sitting there with her, watching the rain outside and nibbling our sandwiches, I couldn't help but wonder if we were making a memory that would stay with her. I hoped so. My mom used to take me out for lunches like this, just the two of us and I always felt so special. I had her undivided attention and she smiled and listened to all my stories patiently. If I can make Grace feel that same love, that same importance...then perhaps, one day, she will do the same for her child. When I so often feel that I'm not doing enough for her...it felt good to see the happiness in her eyes and hear the excitement in her voice.

A good Mom day.

xo,

Tea obsession & Tabitha Emma

Today I felt so restless. Do you ever get that? Where you just can't sit down and focus...so annoying! Finally, I decided that a trip to the book store and a cup of tea might soothe my nerves. So off I went, grabbed a stack of inspiring mags and headed home for a cuppa. While sifting through the gorgeous pages of Somerset Studio and sipping some steaming Chamomile tea, I figured I had better find the perfect tea pot to go with my lovely new tea cup. I headed to Etsy to begin the search...

I have yet to find the "one", but I did stumbled upon a fabulous Aussie artist, Tabitha Emma, who seems to love tea as much as me. Aren't these sweet? I just ordered the print below. Couldn't resist.

And of course, any good tea party has lovely treats to go with it...

Once I find my teapot...I think I will have to get this cozy for it. Tabitha makes adorable fabric creations too!

And Grace...well, she desperately wants this cake purse! Every girl needs a cake purse right? She cracks me up.

Check out Tabitha's gorgeous Etsy store and blog for more of her beautiful work! Aussie's rock, don't they? Speaking of Aussie's, tomorrow we are headed to my home town - Sydney for our Friday Escape! woo!

xo,

p.s. If anyone knows where I can hunt for vintage tea pots online let me know!

Teacup & Tulips

Last week, I had the pleasure of having tea with a lovely mom from Grace's school. This was no ordinary experience. She took Grace and I to a real (as real as it gets in my town) British tea house. We sat in a sweet little tea room. The walls were lined with a tea-cup collection (of course) and pictures of Princess Diana held center court over the tiny fireplace mantel. We were served by a darling older woman, who looked right at home and we ate fresh scones with jam and butter. The main course was cucumber finger sandwiches and cream of asparagus soup. Desert was an array of tiny tarts, slivers of cake and other delicacies. It was perfectly delightful!

Grace sat next to her little friend and they happily munched on cheese toast and sipped orange soda from their dainty tea cups. It was too cute.

If you are wondering where my photos are....well they didn't turn out. I was so excited, I couldn't focus on picture-taking and my little camera couldn't handle the low light. I promise I will go back and take some soon with my big camera!

Since then I've been completely obsessed with finding the perfect tea-cup. I went on the hunt with my friend, Amy and finally I found one. I love her...here she is...

Isn't she pretty? Paired with gorgeous, blush colored tulips she is looking fit for a princess...or just me.

xo,

Teatime + blogland

I'm a ritualistic creature by nature.

It's comforting to do something the same way each day...even if it's a small thing...like making my cup of tea in the evening. Same cup, same lovely golden honey, same pot. Brewed 5 minutes, exactly. Warm, comforting chamomile tea - Perfect for perusing blogland.

I gotta say, I am consistently overwhelmed by the sheer vastness of this new world. The volume of talent and the endless inspiration. With a hot cuppa tea, I nourish my creative self and thank all those amazing bloggers out there who bring me such joy each evening.

Cheers.

xo,

Ivy

p.s. If you want to buy REALLY good tea and you drink it a lot you must check out Mountain Rose Herbs. They are wonderful and have the most amazing organic teas at outstanding prices. Go check it out.

Images via Flickr: 1. "Life is the flower for which love is the honey.", 2. Day 357/365: Tea!, 3. care for some tea?, 4. Afternoon Tea, 5. beau-tea-ful, 6. Hearty cup of tea

I'm a ritualistic creature by nature.

Cherished Chamomile

A simple daisy? I think not! This little white flower may look simple but it was highly cherished by many cultures and is still used extensively today.

The Anglo-Saxons regarded German Chamomile as one of the nine sacred herbs given to the world by the god Woden and the Egyptians dedicated this herb to the sun and worshiped it above all other herbs for it healing powers. Hieroglyphic records also show that chamomile was used cosmetically for at least 2,000 years. Egyptian noblewoman used preparations of crushed petals on their skin.

The precious essential oil extracted from the flowers is sapphire blue and very expensive.  This oil is prized for its anti-inflammatory, soothing and relaxing properties.

For these reasons Grace & Ivy uses German Chamomile essential oil and its organic extract in many of our skin care products.

It also makes a lovely tea that can help you relax and sleep.