Monday, January 26, 2015

My favorite grow a blog!

Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage is having a "favorite things" tea party to celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of her Blog tea party--happy blog-iversary Sandi! 

I had a horrible time coming up with a favorite, but I narrowed it down to two(ish).  One was a gift  and the other is a reminder of my dream vacation.
First, an Old Country Roses 25th Anniversary tea trio with my OCR teapot. 

The teapot (with matching creamer and sugar) was a present from my parents on my 30th Birthday.  This is still the only larger sized fancy English bone china set I have. 

But on to the main event of this part of the post:

This 25th Anniversary set with its rose arbor and cottage was a gift from my sister (and mother).  My sister tracked the set down for me.  Definitely the prettiest landscape pattern I have--and I have a bit of an addiction to landscape patterns.

I love to travel, one of the reasons I started this blog was to share pictures and stories (and tea) from my adventures.  If you've visited me before you might recognize this picture:

It first appeared in one of my favorite posts--about my trip to London and tea at the Orangery at Kensington Palace (here if you would like to read more about it). 

I didn't buy a set of these while I was over there (I found a set with a unicorn in Scotland and couldn't say no) but I regretted not getting this set so much that in the end I ordered the teacup and saucer.

This set is so detailed and gorgeous!  Lots of color, flowers and gold in interesting designs influenced by the different palaces that are cared for by the Historic Royal Palaces.  Their website describes the pattern as follows:  "This exquisite fine bone china tea set is exclusive to Historic Royal Palaces. The delicate details have been inspired by the gardens at Hampton Court Palace,

  the golden gates at Kensington Palace,

the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

and the gold border detail on the Reubens ceiling at the Banqueting House."   

As you can see, I visited all those places!  The set is also (appropriately) made in England.

Here is a better look at the front of the saucer:

Now all I need to do is get the luncheon plate!

I'm joining these tea parties this week:

Bernideen's Friends Sharing Tea

and...Grow your Blog!


  1. I can see why that teacup is your favorite - and your loving favorite OCR from your mom and sister - wonderful choices. What a trip you had in England, so awesome.

    I have never been there but my daughter married a British fella and has been there several times. I hope to one day soon! Let's HOPE! There are cream teas to find there, by golly! : - )

    My post before last is of some of my favorite pink rose chintz china in honor of Sandi's bloggaversary. : - )

  2. Beautiful teacup! I love Old Country Roses.

  3. You can't beat Old Country Roses. Your gorgeous teacup does look like the gardens from Hampton Court Place. What a marvelous trip that must have been! Happy Tea Day!

  4. I can see why this elegant teacup is a favourite, the OCR pieces are exquisite.

  5. Your Old Country Roses scenic teaset is beautiful! I also like the special one you ordered. The colours are gorgeous in it. Have a beautiful day. Pam

  6. Carrie, your OCR tea set is gorgeous! I adore the teacup with the landscape on it. It's a real beauty! The Historic Royal Palaces is beautiful as well and I love the colour. Thank you for joining me for my special Anniversary Tea Party. It's always lovely to have you join in.


  7. The Historic Royal Palaces teacup is stunning! Guess you'll just have to return to London to pick up the matching luncheon plate. Hee!

    I agree that getting gifted with a RA tea set must be a rite of passage--my parents surprised me with the OCR teapot and matching sugar and creamer a few weeks ago.

    P.S. The Good Witch is filming in my town again...but all I've seen are the orange pylons

  8. The Orangery at Kensington Palace is a favorite of ours and we had tea there at least once every year when we were visiting. I love the china and the food was wonderful too! I love Old Country Roses...such a favorite and a classic! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  9. What a lovely gift of the OCR set, Carrie. I adore the teacup with the scene on it. Also, I'm so glad that you ordered that beautiful teacup for yourself. It must be a treat to sip tea from it and to relive your memories of your trip. One day, I'd love to go to England.
    Thank you for your visit and concern for my son. Hugs!

  10. Lovely! That teacup with the landscape on it is gorgeous, probably the prettiest I've seen. And what fun to have tea in England.

  11. The teacup and saucer are absolutely gorgeous. I love those colors! And the teapot from your parents is very pretty too. England is such a lovely place to visit.

  12. What a fabulous peek at your collection - simply gorgeous! Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and I'm delighted to make my way here to your charming home.

  13. Hello Carrie, thank you for visiting my blog. I love your posts and the photos are just beautiful. I have been collecting Old Country Roses china for years. I had a friend in Virginia who collected tea cups - when she had a luncheon, she had them all available for us to use. The collection is just beautiful. I wish I had taken a photo before we left. Do you read Tea Time magazine? Looking forward to following you.

  14. Thanks for 'stopping by' my place. I'm inland but only about 30 miles from the coast, both north and south of me. I like your blog and will become a follower!

  15. Thanks for visiting my blog. (MeowTalk) I really enjoyed reading about your hobby and looking at some of your beautiful china! I'll be following your blog for sure.

  16. Thank you for visiting my blog...and I'm so glad that I have dropped by your blog...I love china and yours is beautiful! I have a teaset of Okd Country Roses that my former mother in law bought me, a piece at a time for Xmases and birthdays. I notice where you husband and I stayed at Rockville on a driving holiday in the US in 2011...each day we would ride the train into DC for sightseeing etc.

  17. wow, looks like a really nice adventure visiting all those palaces... They are grand. And the tea cups are so ever gorgeous... It really is a delight drinking tea in pretty little cups like that. Someday, maybe someday, i would be able to visit England too - wow that would be truly grand!

    P.s. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I truly appreciate that :-)

  18. Hello dear, thanks for your visit and comment to my blog, yes the guests are really satisfied with all, the app. you can see on Thanks for the nice posts about tea and flowers and other nice things. I'll come back. In minetime I become your follower. Loredana.

  19. Hi Carrie,
    I love your favourite teapot and teacups. The turquoise one is stunning! Thank you for visiting me and I so enjoyed seeing your pretties! Happy Tea Day! Karen

  20. Hi Carrie,
    I love your favourite teapot and teacups. The turquoise one is stunning! Thank you for visiting me and I so enjoyed seeing your pretties! Happy Tea Day! Karen


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