Tea cup Tuesday. Getting ready for Easter.

March 25, 2013

I’ve made a few quiches and other egg based yummies over these past two weeks and, instead of cracking the eggs, I blew the contents through two small holes, leaving the shell intact.

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Chloe and I thought we might paint the egg shells and hang them on some branches from the garden cherry and plum trees, which we hope will force bloom just in time for Easter.

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Any work must certainly involve tea, and, since we were going to be at this for a while, a big cup of tea was in order.

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The tea cups I chose for us are whimsical Dubout Editions Clouet earthenware cups with cat cartoons by French cartoonist Albert Dubout. I bought them years ago in Paris but now they are available in little boutiques all over the place.

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The egg shells stayed put on an ironstone oyster plate, a Sbux milk steamer held our paintbrush water and a mouth-blown glass plate was our acrylics and matte medium palette.

The trick was to not rinse the paintbrush in the tea…guilty…loads of times.

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We painted forget-me-nots and anemones and violets, forsythia, pussy willows, blue bells and a bumble bee here and there.

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Then we hung our eggs on the tree branches…

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…sat back and finished our tea.

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Happily linking up with Terri of Artful Affirmations to admire her window studio set-up, and to Martha, and sending Martha lots of love and strength. I’m still thinking about you and I care, to Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage and realising we both own identical lovely little pink vases! And to Bernideen and admiring her new shabby chic look.

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  • Reply Sophie March 25, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    un joli moment !
    et un très bel arbre de Pâques avec de bien jolis oeufs peints!
    bravo à l’artiste
    belle journée

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 4:47 am

      Merci beaucoup Sophie, un gros bisou à tu aussi. 🙂

  • Reply rajesh March 26, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Beautiful and artistic. You are very creative.

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 4:49 am

      Thank you Rajesh. 🙂 Very sweet of you to say so.

  • Reply Sabra Bowers March 26, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Just simply beautiful. You and C have lovely tea times.

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 4:50 am

      Thank you Sabra, painting with C is lovely and I love to see her developing her own style. 🙂

  • Reply iris March 26, 2013 at 2:19 am

    j’ adore la fête de Pâques
    et tous ces oeufs peint avec beaucoup de sérénité
    tout cela est très beau et plein de charme
    et les tasses décorées avec les chats de Dubout ( super )
    à bientôt

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 4:55 am

      Merci beaucoup Edith. I think it’s true, painting is a serene and calm thing to do. And very nice in the middle of our busy lives. I love those cups and they hold a good amount of tea. Bises, 🙂

  • Reply Silvina from Tazas y Cuentos March 26, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Lovely Easter eggs! I made some with decoupage some days ago.
    And very nice teacups too!
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 4:56 am

      Did you really Sivina? I’m going over to your blog to have a look! 🙂 Hugs.

  • Reply dianecayton March 26, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Having just moved from one home to another, my husband took note that we have enough cups and mugs to open our own diner. LOL. Guess I have a cup problem. I adore yours!

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 4:58 am

      Oh Diane, Robert says the same thing about my china collections. Tell hubby you’re a photographer and need them for props…that’s how I get away with it. 🙂 I’ve been following your move. Wow that was fast! I’m so happy that things worked out so well for you two + pups.

  • Reply michellepond March 26, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Beautiful work and I love this Tuesday’s teacups,

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 4:59 am

      Michelle it’s a lot of fun. I love anticipating and checking thru the props and asking C to join me. She loves our time together too. 🙂

  • Reply Artful Affirmations March 26, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Hello Veronica,
    What a sweet project for you two to share! I love seeing where you are working and having your tea. Your wood table is so lovely, and tea cups so sweet. The eggs look wonderful in the tree. You are both really good at painting flowers! This is a lovely experience to have!

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 5:32 am

      Hello Terri, and thank you for hosting. My father collected antiques heavily his whole life and, lucky me, some spilled over this way. That table is extraodinary. It’s a good six feet wide and seats 12 comfortably and the leaves fold down smoothly into a six by two foot skinny sofa table. 🙂

  • Reply JoAnn Bayne March 26, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Ohhhh so pretty – I love that idea of painting on eggs. The branch is the perfect display.

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 5:34 am

      Thank you JoAnn. Would you believe the plum blossoms started to open over night? I think they will be in full bloom by the weekend. 🙂

  • Reply Just March 26, 2013 at 5:20 am

    These are just beautiful. Lovely photos of Easter preparations. I have to mention how I love the sweet dishes, too. Deb

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 5:36 am

      Hello Deb, my fellow Canadian cat lover! Thank you so much. I’m off to see your tea cups now. 🙂

  • Reply Barbara F. March 26, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Your hand painted eggs are so beautiful! And I love your tea cups. I have never seen those anywhere. Have a happy and blessed Easter! xo

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 6:58 am

      Thank you Barbara. We think those tea cups are a bit cheeky and fun. I hope you have a happy Easter too and get lots of chocolate! Much love to you. 🙂

  • Reply Pam March 26, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Your photos are gorgeous and your lovely young lady is very pretty! The talent and creative painting on the eggs is so beautiful an then hanging them from the tree branch was a great idea. Your cute cups and saucers with tea was a perfect way to have a lovely time together.


    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 6:57 am

      Aw thank you Pam. With our busy lives it is so nice to spend some time together over tea. Off to check out your tea cups now. 🙂

  • Reply Bernideen's Tea Time Blog March 26, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Your painting of the flowers is really nice – love this! Also, thanks for linking to Friends Sharing Tea!

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 8:08 am

      Hi Bernideen, I’m happy I found your blog to link to. 🙂 Have a nice day.

  • Reply Snap March 26, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Fun post. I giggled about dipping the paint brush into the tea … I’ve done that too! The eggs are lovely and a great example of recycling! Easter Eggs to Quiche. Voila! Dubout Editions Clouet earthenware cups are wonderful — so much fun! Happy Tea Day!

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 8:15 am

      Hi Snap, lol, then you need a fresh cup of tea! 🙂

  • Reply Johanna March 26, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Hi Veronica,
    thank you for the kind comment on my blog. I really enjoy to visit your blog, too. Today you made me laughing a lot. Cleaning the paintbrush in the tea – thats exactly what I always do when I have a drink while painting. Therefore my tea stands never beside the colors. You ladies are artists! The flowers turned out really lovely and the eggs look great. I love that you have chosen brown eggshells. I love them also. Your cups are as cute as your cats. I saw the helpful cat in the last post. So cute. Thank you for sharing this nice Easter tea time. Have a lovely Easter.
    Best greetings, Johanna
    P.S. If you want to practise your German, you can mail me. Your German cannot be so bad as my English is.

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Lol Johanna, my German is terrible! I’m glad I’m not the only one rinsing my brush out in the tea. 🙂 I hope you have a lovely Easter too.
      Huggs to you.

  • Reply Sara v March 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Veronica, may I come stay at your house–Please? I won’t be a bother, I’ll help with housework–I’ll even do windows (and I really hate doing windows), just let me play with you and Chloe on all these cool projects and drink tea out of fabulously beautiful cups…:-) Thank you for bringing beauty and joy into my day!

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      Oh my gosh Sara, you are so invited anytime. There are five bedrooms here and just say the word and your name will be on one pronto! 🙂

  • Reply sakaco March 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Those eggs are beautiful! They made me smile! You are so talented! I wish I could do that! And your cups are so cute! Have a wonderful week!

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Thank you so much Sakaco! 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful week too.

  • Reply Lavender Cottage March 26, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I love the whimsical teacups Veronica and you ladies made some beautiful painted eggs to hang. The fact that the shells were left natural makes them even more appealing.

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Thank you Judith. 🙂 I always prefered the natural look so I’m glad you like it too. I don’t know how to dye just the egg shell. I suppose it could stand on a bamboo skewer to dip and then to dry…hmmm…nope, still prefer the natural shell. 🙂

  • Reply Martha's Favorites! March 26, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you so much for your kind words. They almost made me cry. You are so talented. Love those eggs and your tea cups are so cute. Have a wonderful Easter. Blessings, Martha

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Oh Martha, you’re so sweet. I hope everything will be ok for you. Have a lovely week and enjoy your Easter. 🙂

  • Reply Sandi March 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Hi Veronica,
    What fun; sipping tea and painting eggs! And your eggs really are lovely! How sweet they look on the tree. Thank you for sharing and coming to tea. Hope you have a lovely week.

    Easter blessings,

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you Sandi, and thank you for hosting. I’m meeting the loveliest ladies. I hope you have a lovely week as well. 🙂

  • Reply Wanda Lee March 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Hello there Veronica

    Your Tea time post is very creative and very charmingly pretty. Oh my!… I love your artwork that you hand painted on your fabulous Easter eggs as you sipped tea. All is so beautiful. Love it!

    Have a marvelous week and a wonderful Easter.

    Cheers, blessings and hugs from Wanda Lee

    • Reply Veronica March 26, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Hello Wanda Lee, and thank you for your lovely comment. I hope you have a lovely week as well. Huggs 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie March 27, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Hi Veronica,

    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a delightful comment 🙂 I greatly appreciate it! Your eggs are simply stunning! You are very artistic 🙂

    I hope you have a wonderful day!


    • Reply Veronica March 27, 2013 at 8:08 am

      Thank you Stephanie! 🙂

  • Reply Donna March 27, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Beautiful eggs! And I adore your cups and saucers.

    • Reply Veronica March 27, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Thank you Donna! I love them too. 🙂

  • Reply Patty March 27, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I have one cup of the artful cat china, bought when I was in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON many years ago. So fun to see it again. Love your eggs, they are painted beautifully, a treasure to keep for years. Patty/BC

    • Reply Veronica March 27, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Hi Patty, I’m so glad you stopped by. Aren’t those cups great? They hold a decent cup of tea. Those eggs don’t usually last too long because they are so fragile, but it’s ok; I love ephemeral things. 🙂

  • Reply Angela March 31, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Your eggs are so very pretty, what a fun creative way to spend some time. I love your tea cups too

    • Reply Veronica March 31, 2013 at 5:46 am

      Thank you Angela, those tea cups are fun, and they hold a decent amount of tea. 🙂

  • Reply Sara v April 1, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Veronica, thank you so much–I love the idea that my name would be on one of those lovely rooms 🙂 You never know, we are on opposite ends of the continent, but I could get over there some day!

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