Time for tea.

September 17, 2013

This semester Chloe has some afternoon classes and that gives us time for tea and elevensies on Tuesday.

I ran some errands this morning and came home to find C studying in the sunshine.

Do you see the fluffy red cat ball on the floor. These cat toys are fantastic. They are layers of felt stuffed with cat nip. Eventually my cats rip it to shreds but it takes them a long time. Do you know these toys?

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I made us some tea in extremely special tea cups. These two sweet little cups were a welcome home gift from C. Aren’t they the sweetest?

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One is this beautiful Royal Albert cup with these blue daisies.

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And the other is this amazing yellow rose Aynsley cup.

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Isn’t my girl thoughtful? I stopped at a little bakery and bought a rum ball (C’s favourite) and a macaroon (my favourite) for our tea.

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I stayed for a second cup with a couple of my books. One is this little cat note book C bought for me (also a welcome home prezzy) and a second amazing book, which I bought in the UK.


This book is by printmaker extraordinaire Angie Lewin. It’s so amazingly awe inspiring because it showcases Angie’s designs, techniques and sketches and has glimpses into her studio and process.

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I think I’ll stay for a third cup and take some notes. πŸ™‚

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Sharing with Terri and Martha and Sandi and Bernideen and running off now to get some time in the studio while the light is so nice. I’ll come visit everyone when I lose the light. πŸ™‚

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  • Reply vastlycurious.com September 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Lovely post! Whatever is an elevensies please ? πŸ™‚

    • Reply Rita McGregor September 17, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      I’ve never seen that cat toy. What pretty tea cups!!
      Happy Tuesday. πŸ™‚

      • Reply Veronica September 17, 2013 at 4:48 pm

        Hi Rita. Thank you so much for popping by and leaving me your addy. Now I can come see you. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica September 17, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      Ah, elevensies are an 11am in-between breakfast and lunch bite. It’s traditional in England. πŸ™‚

      • Reply vastlycurious.com September 18, 2013 at 4:29 am

        I love the word!

        • Reply Veronica September 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm

          It’s a good ‘un. Hope you use it from now on. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Pam September 17, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    What a lovely thought of having tea. The beautiful photos of your daughter and the tea time is so pretty. I’m glad you shared two beautiful cups and saucers from your daughter. Have a special week!


    • Reply Veronica September 17, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      Hi Pam, thank you so much and thank you for popping by. I’m off to see you now. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sandi September 17, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Veronica,
    What a sweet and thoughtful daughter Chloe is! I just love your new teacups. I’m especially fond of the Aynsley yellow rose one. Your tea treats sound good too. A lovely tea time shared with your loved one and thank you for sharing it with us. Enjoy your week.


    • Reply Veronica September 17, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Hi Sandi, Chloe is really one in a million. She has an eye for pretty things she knows I’ll love. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Christie September 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I had to go and make a cup of tea after reading your lovely post! I have not seen those cat toys before…my cat would love it. Are they for sale online?

    • Reply Veronica September 17, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      I’m so glad you had a nice cup of tea. I’ll see if I can get the manufacturer and link it up. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Terri September 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Hello Veronica,
    What a dear time to spend with your daughter. You do have the savoring of life down pat! I am so glad. The tea cups your daughter gave you are wonderful! I do love each one! The blue flowers are lovely on the first cup, and the Aynsley is totally gorgeous too!

    • Reply Veronica September 17, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      Hi Teri, thank you so much. πŸ™‚ I’m off now to see all the tea time gals. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lavender Cottage September 17, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    How thoughtful of Chloe to gift you with a couple of pretty new teacups. I love the book cover with the black cat on it.

    • Reply Veronica September 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Judith, I’m very lucky with Chloe, she’s sweetie. She bought that book because it had our Milo on the cover. It’s a brilliant little note book. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Martha September 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    You have a good girl there. Love the tea cup with the large yellow roses. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

    • Reply Veronica September 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      We both are lucky with our children, aren’t we Martha. πŸ™‚ I also love that yellow rose cup because yellow roses were my grandfather’s favourites. Hope your week is going well dear one. πŸ™‚

  • Reply dawnsrays September 18, 2013 at 2:34 am

    I have never heard of those cat toys but they sound amazing! we just sprinkle cat nip in a box or on the scratch post and let them have at it, lol
    Those tea cups are so darling! I usually drink out of a mug, but it is nice to have a cup and saucer to hold on to once in awhile.
    Happy tea to you!!

    • Reply Veronica September 18, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      My cats won’t use scratch posts Dawn, they prefer the door edges! πŸ™ But they do love things like driftwood or cardboard or the inside of baskets. I have this piece of cardboard which has catnip layers in it! They shred that too. πŸ™‚ PS, I usually drink out of a mug too, especially first thing in the morning, but I’ve got all these lovely tea cups and it’s fun being girly once in a while. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Daryl September 18, 2013 at 4:01 am

    there’s a cat tpy maker called Yeoww … fabulous shapes filled with catnip, pretty hard to rip apart … we’ve a shark, a lemon and i believe a tomato shape …. love those cups/saucers and my friend when it comes to creativity, you dont need to take notes!

    • Reply Veronica September 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      Guess what Daryl, I make my own catnip toys! I bet you’re surprised…lol. Years ago I bought a cute stamp with a cat on it. I meant to make some cards or something, and then, when an old cotton sheet tore, I used the good edge bits to make some catnip pillows. I only made one mistake; I grew the catnip. Boy oh boy home grown, dried, is so much more potent than store bought! Anyway, I stamped them with the cat stamp, (taking care to use vegetable dye), and they absolutely sold out for year after year when we had an in-home Christmas craft fair. I should make more and send some to you. πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for the lovely ego boost my New York sweetie. πŸ™‚

  • Reply ebbandflo (@pomomama) September 18, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Your post st instantly made me lower my shoulders and relax πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica September 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Nice! I love that Amanda! πŸ™‚ Thank you for telling me.

  • Reply Maria Andrade September 19, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Veronica,
    What amazing photographs, starting with the one of your sweet Chloe studying!
    Now I know what elevensies are, but I still don’t know what catnip is πŸ™ The fact that we live an ocean and a continent apart sometimes really shows…
    The cups are beautiful and so are all those hydrangeas and the special containers. A delightful tea, indeed!

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