A special guest post for tea cup Tuesday

October 8, 2013

Hello everybody, this is Chloe, C, Clover…whatever my mom calls me. She’s been out for the majority of the day working so she offered me the opportunity to take this Tuesday post as my own and set up a little tea cup Tuesday for you all.

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I don’t know about you but fall is my favourite season. I absolutely love the colours of the leaves around here at this time of year and holy smokes, I couldn’t believe the sun today! Taking the season as inspiration, I searched and searched through my mom’s treasure trove of tea cups (which is hard to do without making a lot of noise) to find two that perfectly suited my autumnal theme. The two cups I chose are both Aynsley tea cups.

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I missed mom today not only because our tea cup Tuesdays are always spent together but because I have no idea how she gets me organized, manages to pick a set of tea cups, sets up a beautiful spot for tea with perfect lighting, and displays some delicious goodies to eat, all just in time for the kettle to finish boiling. Now that is a talent! Today my tea was cold…

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While finding some leaves for my photo-shoot I realized how beautiful our garden is. My mom always makes our gardens feel like magical little getaways, especially on a day like today.


I’m sure a lot of you know me and I know most of you because I always read mom’s posts and your comments. I really appreciate having someone as creative and artistic as my mom in my life because it helps me see the beauty in even the most stressful of situations.

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Although it wasn’t the same without mom today it made me realize exactly how much effort she puts into these posts. I couldn’t help but try to think like a photographer, “Hey, maybe I should go change into a cozy fall-like sweater to match this photo-shoot”, “Ok, one more red leaf here, a yellow one there and that greenish-orange one there”, “Damn selfies are hard to take with such a huge camera.” and “Oh my god! I’m blocking the light again!”

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I’m pretty proud of myself for pulling everything together to make a post. This was great and now I have more confidence to blog on my own website but man, I’ll be glad for the help next Tuesday.
Hope you’re having a beautiful day, see you soon!
– C

Linking with Terri and Sandi and Martha and Bernideen. Mom will come visit everybody as soon as she gets home.

🙂 Winner of the baby robin painting is number 18, Rara. Congratulations Rara. 🙂

The wine cellar from Narnia
Making the most of the weekend

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  • Reply Cassandra Key (@cassandra_key) October 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    You did a beautiful job with the photos! Makes me want to brew a cuppa tea now 🙂

    • Reply Chloe Belanger October 8, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Hi Cassandra!
      Thank you so much! 🙂 I’m looking forward to drinking warm tea next week!

  • Reply Patty/BC October 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Chloe, you did a fantastic post today! Beautiful choice of teacups to go with a lover red jumper! : )

    • Reply Chloe Belanger October 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Hi Patti!
      Thank you so much! I’m really glad with the way the post turned out! 🙂 It took a little while to collect all the leaves. 🙂

  • Reply Christie October 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Wonderful job, Chloe! You really captured fall in your photos. A lot of work goes into a post like this and you are right, your mom does a terrific job, and I can see that you will be well-prepared for your own blog.

    • Reply Chloe Belanger October 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Christie!
      Thank you so much! I can’t wait to get going on my own blog now 🙂 Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with my mom!

  • Reply Sandi October 8, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Chloe,
    What a pretty and colourful tea post you have shared with us. You did a wonderful job. The teacups are simply splendid in their vibrant colours and I love your pretty red sweater! Thanks so much for filling in for your mom today. She will be pleased.


    • Reply Chloe Belanger October 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Hi Sandi! Thank you so much! It did take me a while to get going but I think the red sweater really tied it all together. Can you believe it is from a thrift store for $2?! Such a lucky find!

  • Reply Hilary October 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    It’s certainly true what they say about apples not falling far from the tree. You did a beautiful job with this post.

    • Reply Chloe Belanger October 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      Hi Hilary, mom tells me you are a professional photographer! Thank you so much! Now I’m going to go visit you! 🙂

  • Reply Pam October 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Congratulations on a very successful tea time! Your photos in the garden are a beautiful setting and are so amazing. The lovely red Aynsley cups are the wonder hue of red with the autumn leaves. Great job and good tea party!


    • Reply Chloe Belanger October 8, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Thank you so much Pam! I can’t believe how lucky I am to have such a beautiful garden as inspiration.

  • Reply vastlycurious.com October 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Great Post! What do you prefer to be called? Personally I really enjoy the sound that good bone china makes as it is seated and the Red Aynsley set is beautiful. Did you know……http://www.soundsnap.com/tags/tea_cup..
    Cheers !

    • Reply Chloe Belanger October 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you Kathryn! I have so many nicknames I can’t even count! They range from Clover to Weezul Baby and Shnoodle! Thank you for that link! I will have endless fun with that! 🙂

  • Reply Romelle Broas October 8, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Nice to meet you Chloe. You did an excellent job as guest blogger. Love the pictures and your post. Your personality shine through your writing. You are definitely ready for your own blog. Now if you will excuse me, I am craving a nice cup of hot tea.

  • Reply DinoMama October 8, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Great job! I love all the photographs you took and yupe selfies are a challenge with a big camera. Hope to see you more often here =)

  • Reply Sharon Grantley October 8, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Colourful pics…beautiful!

  • Reply Rachel Lavern October 8, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I love collecting tea cups–especially fragile ones. Love your photos!

    I once worked in an office where we created mini theme parties. We celebrated large and small successes by hosting high tea instead of the typical coffee break. Everyone brought a tea cup and wore a hat to set the tone.

    Rachel recently posted The 16 Habits of Highly Unsuccessful Women

  • Reply morgandrake October 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Blogging is a lot of hard work (as is photography). A lot of people think that we just goof off and throw together something in a couple of minutes. They could not be more wrong, could they?

  • Reply michellepond October 8, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Great guest post, Chloe, and, as always, beautiful teacups. You are definitely ready for your own blog.

  • Reply Shane October 8, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    A beautiful post Chloe – you’ve had a good teacher, be it subliminally!
    The two red cups are perfect with the lovely Autumn leaves you collected.
    I’ve now realised how much I missed until I took up a camera – now it’s all about the detail – you are no exception Chloe!
    I particularly love your magical mosaic.

    have a happy week

  • Reply Carol Early Cooney October 9, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Chloe, You did an absolutely beautiful job. You have a great and loving teacher which really helps. I can’t wait for you to treat us to more of your own inspirations!

  • Reply Sabra Bowers October 9, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Chloe, this is a beautiful post. I can’t imagine having a mom who is as talented and loves beauty as yours does. You are blessed. And she is blessed to have you as a daughter, as she well knows. If you have a blog, I want to follow.

  • Reply dawnsrays October 9, 2013 at 2:16 am

    Such wonderful light, it really captures the season. Tea is always just a little more special with two 😉

  • Reply mumugb October 9, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Beautiful pictures. My garden in London is very, very small and yours seem huge! Lucky you… That said, the colours are very nice in London too this fall. Your daughter is very talented.

  • Reply Becca October 9, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Great job, Chloe!! With a little practice, I’m sure you get do it all again, with hot tea! 😉

  • Reply Bernideen's Tea Time Blog October 9, 2013 at 4:29 am

    First of all – I love your name! What a very professional and darling post!!!! So glad you linked to Friends Sharing Tea!

  • Reply Jeannine Bergers Everett October 9, 2013 at 4:38 am

    We really treasure your Mom, too. Looks like an eye for beauty and the talent to express it runs in the family. 🙂

  • Reply Catherine Llewellyn October 9, 2013 at 6:29 am

    I am so in tears proud of you dearest chloe! so touching to see a small piece of your creativity manifesting here – love and huge hugs – it’s still mostly green here – you’ve reminded me of the joy of the autumn colours when they get here XX

  • Reply Terri October 9, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Beautiful post Chloe. You tea time today is lovely. I love Aynsley, they created such fine designs. The sweater you picked really does match well with your setting and theme. Happy Autumn!
    Thank you for sharing your tea with us today, even though mom wasn’t home.

  • Reply Sara v October 9, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Hi C! You did a great job! Obviously you have inherited your mom’s amazing talents with a lovely flavor all your own–I love how you put on a sweater to match–and all the leaves around the tea cups created a beautiful contrast–soft leaves, shiny china with hard defined edges. As always I’m very impressed with the beautiful china. 🙂 Hope that you post again, it was fun!

  • Reply Daryl October 9, 2013 at 8:10 am

    you’ve done an excellent job of being the ‘stand-in’ , Chloe, i am sorry your tea was cold!

  • Reply Linda G Hatton October 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Chloe! How fun to get a peek inside your world. Your post made me feel cozy and relaxed just the way I feel when I read your mother’s posts. I love the teacups you picked out – and all the photos. Fun to read your thoughts about the process, too (especially the selfie comment). Wonderful job!

  • Reply Amanda HelmiBM October 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I could hear the Fall leaves crackling from down here in Australia. This is beautifully done Chloe. Your mum has been a good parent for raising you with such an awareness of the world and it’s wonderful to see how much you appreciate her and that you can express it. Blessings.

  • Reply Dewena Callis October 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Well done, Chloe! Your pictures are like paintings and your words shine with sincerity. A delight to read!

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