Mix and match for tea cup Tuesday

August 6, 2013

It’s 4pm in England and I’m having my tea, thinking about mix and match and hanging out in the garden.

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For my tea I made a lovely mixed up bowl of fresh Greek yogourt, dried fruit and nuts and fresh peach slices drizzled with a little Agave syrup. It tastes even better for being in this beautiful Alfred Meakin celadon green desert plate.

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I’ve bought some lovely glass beads and silver bracelets for my daughters to mix and match. These are not Pandora or Troll beads or any other type of that expensive “of the moment” jewellery, but these are silver and hand blown glass and affordable fun.

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And the beads remind me of special little treasures, like this little Foley Tulip tea cup.

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The thing I really love about this combination is that the cup is pale blue while the saucer is pale green and together they reflect off each other giving depth and unusual colouring. A sort of deliberate mix and match.

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I’m thinking about taking out my oils and painting a small canvas later this week and so brought this little painting of the chalk downs and fields to contemplate. I painted this a couple of years ago now.

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I’m looking at my sketches in my sketch book, these done with watercolour. I know I love to sketch on odd bits of paper but a pure white piece of paper in a beautiful sketchbook is so lovely to work on sometimes, isn’t it?

And guess what fell out of my sketchbook! My friend Dodi’s beautiful photograph which she gave me for my birthday a few years ago…

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And my friend Matt’s beautiful photograph which he gave me for Christmas. Isn’t that shot amazing?

I love other artist’s work, and I especially love collecting works from my friends.

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And, speaking of mix and match, this might be the ultimate mix and match. I saved this orphaned tea cup and saucer from the mixed porcelain bin at the little antique store in Burford. They have nothing to do with each other at all. The cup is Royal Doulton and the saucer is marked with a blue M and an embossed “Minton” dating the saucer to 1926.

But don’t they look lovely together?

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Not linking with Terri today because the brave girl is having a whole month off from blogging, but linking with Martha who is showing the most exquisite black lacy and red rose tea cup I’ve ever seen! Way to hit the mother load Martha!

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  • Reply freeasthewind24 August 6, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Very interesting the mixing and matching. What good pictures you have. I dont think I am in your league at all. Had put my passion of creativity on the back selve for over 30 years and am still rusty. Love looking at what you are doing xxx

    • Reply Veronica August 9, 2013 at 12:15 am

      Thank you Free. 🙂 It’s taken me a long, loooong time to believe in myself as an artist. It’s a hard thing to do. Hold on and keep going. I’d love to pop over to your website and support you. 🙂

  • Reply Karen August 6, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Hi Veronica,
    I love your pretty mismatched teacups and saucers. They look perfect together! Also you photographs are lovely….your sketches are too! You are such a talented lady? Are you missing Canada? It looks so interesting in England. I hope that you are enjoying your time away. Take care,

    • Reply Veronica August 9, 2013 at 12:20 am

      Hi Karen, I do miss Canada, but I love Oxfordshire and value all the time I have here. I think the best sum-up is Robert painted a couple of tiles for me and they are in the bathroom where I see them all the time and they say, “We are here and this is now”. I try to always keep that in my mind. 🙂

  • Reply Martha August 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Hi Veronica: You are such a good artist. Love the pastels. Your cup is so beautiful. Hope you are having a wonderful time during your visit. Sending hugs, Martha

    • Reply Veronica August 9, 2013 at 12:22 am

      Hi Martha, thank you so much. I’ve been so busy designing a garden for a friend and there are still so many things I want to accomplish here on the house and garden with Robert, and each time something gets knocked off the list of things to do it feels very good. 🙂

  • Reply Bernideen's Tea Time Blog August 7, 2013 at 4:05 am

    What an interesting and artistic post you have written Veronica. Loved seeing your art and your friends photo. Beautiful job on the mix and match cups and saucers as well as your flowers!

    • Reply Veronica August 9, 2013 at 12:28 am

      Thank you Bernideen. 🙂 And thank you for hosting. I hope your summer is lovely and warm.

  • Reply Judy August 7, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Hi Veronica. You are a fantastic artist. I envy anyone who can paint like that. Even you dish of yogurt and peaches look like they came right off the canvas. Beautiful dragonfly photo too. Thank you for visiting me..Happy Wednesday..Judy

    • Reply Veronica August 9, 2013 at 12:29 am

      Hi Judy, thank you so much. 🙂

  • Reply michellepond August 8, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Lots of wonderful mixing and matching: colors and patterns, friends and work. I’ve been working on some visual pieces this week so I’m very conscious of mixing and matching right now. Of course, you already know I love Teacup Tuesday!

    • Reply Veronica August 9, 2013 at 12:30 am

      Thank you Michelle. Yay, you go girl! I’m really looking forward to seeing your visual art. 🙂

  • Reply Diana August 8, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I am such a fan of your work. <3

    • Reply Veronica August 9, 2013 at 12:31 am

      Hi Diana, thank you so much. 🙂

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