My inspiration for today's theme came from a gift of jasmine and white teas from Carole.
The tins are gorgeous and the loose teas taste quite exotic.
When I first opened her package and found the teas, I immediately opened a tin and brewed up a pot. I tasted, trying to guess the flavor, hmmmm, jasmine? Green? Tasted very different. Then it occurred to me to look at the tin (for the first time!) and saw it clearly labeled, "WHITE TEA". Duh! I have to laugh at myself. I have never had white tea before, so having a tin of it is a treat. I always order hot tea when we go out for Chineses food. I love jasmine tea with Chinese food!
My cherry blossomed teapot was an incredible thrift store find. The plastic spout protector was still on (never used!) The pot pours beautifully and holds a lot of tea. I think I had to give about $4.00 for it (a major splurge for me!) but it was an amazing find I could not pass up. You know how some thing will speak to you and won't leave you alone until you pick it up and buy it? This teapot was one of those things.
The teacup is another thrift store find-- one of my widowed/ orphaned cups, paired with a plain saucer. The cup is marked Haviland, Limoges, found for 25 cents. Are you kidding? Limoge for a quarter?! I would be stupid not to buy it! The saucer is Bavarian china.
The candy is also from Carole. :)
You know I am saving the wrapper for some collage project!
The cup reveals its secret when held up to a light. The china holds a delicate "water mark" all the way around the cup. I think the cup is quite old because its walls are very thin and fragile and the gold is all but rubbed off its handle.
And I paid 25 cents for it!
I still can't believe some of my finds.
I hope your day holds something exotic (or just out of the ordinary) today. Maybe a thrift store find of the century? Maybe something you haven't tasted before, or not in a very long time, that unlocks long forgotten memories...
Me, I may have to go out for Chinese food.