Friday, March 30, 2012

Something at my Door

There was a package at my door just moments ago.
How exciting to be the first to receive it in the mail.
Oh what adventures this plum colored teapot will have.
I have some special dreams for you, dear teapot.
Come along with me and we will have tea.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Teapot's Story Begins

A much needed winter vacation took me to the Oregon coast in February. Traveling with my husband, we drove more than a thousand miles, enjoying sights and scenery along the way. Spring arrives earlier on the mild coast than it does where I live, so it was a special treat to be able to see flowers in bloom and to relax in the sunshine. Quiet time always inspires me. I remembered an earlier project that I had participated in where a teapot was shared among tea lovers, crossing back and forth across America. Tea was served from its humble spout in a variety of places. It served in homes, businesses, and tea rooms from the most humble to those of great elegance. Recalling pleasant memories of this traveling teapot kindled thoughts of doing it again, but this time with a group of tea loving ladies from Afternoon Tea Across America.

Thus decided, I started looking for just the right teapot as we drove the length of the Oregon coast, stopping here and there to see sights along the way. Whenever we pass through Florence, Oregon, I always enjoy stopping at a boutique named Kitchen Klutter. Among many other things, the proprietor stocks a good selection of teapots, accoutrement's, and teas. It was there that a plum-colored teapot was selected. The clerk was helpful and interested in learning that this teapot would be traveling to many places far and near.

Anytime I am in Florence, I also like to stop by for a cup of proper tea at Lovejoy's Tearoom. It is quaint, cosy, and charming. The wait staff are gracious and willing to take time to teach the art of a perfect cup of tea. 

Florence is a harbor town that is surrounded by miles of dunes and shore. It's one of those places that sets the scene for stories and adventure. It seemed like the perfect place to choose a teapot that has its own stories to tell.

The little teapot came home with me, but has now been packaged up an sent to the first participant of the Afternoon Tea Across America Traveling Teapot Project. Marilyn, who blogs at Delights of the Heart, is the first host of this little plum teapot. She will be sharing its story here for the month of April. Be sure to stop by again and see what plans she has in store.

by LaTeaDah

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Teapot Photo Shoot

The adventures of the ATAA Traveling Teapot begin with a photo shoot on a pleasant afternoon in March. A tray prepared with fragrant tea, milk, and sugar was ready for tea-for-one on a wooden bench in a sheltered corner of the yard. Fresh flowers, ripe pears, hot tea, and sunshine; these were the ingredients for a relaxing and quiet time. But first, pictures had to be taken so the teapot adventures could be duly recorded for this blog. Calli, my kitty, was sleeping in a sunny spot when he observed the activity taking place. Usually quite shy, he made himself right at home by rubbing himself against the photographer's leg and then jumping right up onto the bench to explore the tray. Oh, the pitcher of milk looked so tempting! He couldn't resist! And I didn't have the heart to keep him from it. He lapped it up leisurely and was quite content to become the first guest presented "tea" for the Afternoon Tea Across American traveling teapot project. The teapot is now ready to be packaged and will be sent to Marilyn for adventures in the month of April. Please stop by again to read of the hospitality of this special teapot!

by LaDonna