My Birthday Teacup

Hi everyone!

Yes, my birthday was a couple of weeks ago but, I just haven’t had the time to do a pretty tea for you in awhile so, you haven’t seen my birthday teacup from Troy.

Troy gets me a new teacup every year for my birthday. He tries to find one that is not only pretty but, one that is different from any of my others.

This is the one he found for me this year.

Autumn 2011 056The beautiful gold floral design on the off white bone china is so pretty And then the added pale green is just a lovely touch of color.

Autumn 2011 058Autumn 2011 059This is my first piece of Colclough China. I had to do a little research t check out the company. 

  Colclough China company is famous for its pottery and porcelain ware. Founded in 1890 by Herbert Joseph Colclough, the company has undergone a series of name changes and mergers (Ridgway, Adderley, Booths & Colclough Company Ltd. and Ridgway Potteries Ltd) before it finalized on ’Colclough China Company Limited’ in 1937. It was the first company that manufactured dinner as well as tea ware, and today it stands as an indispensable item in most households. The company received the royal license to manufacture the Royal Vale china in 1913 and has gained world wide recognition for its bone china and other ware. The Colclough China Company was one of the first companies to produce fine bone china in the everyday market and these were sold individually rather than in sets. The company ceased production in 1996.

I am also using a new to me teapot. I found this one at a Lions Thrift Store. It has no maker on the bottom, just some numbers.

Autumn 2011 060I thought the creamy off white and pretty gold details worked well with my new teacup.

Autumn 2011 061Love the design and the lovely aged crazing going on.

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“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” C.S. Lewis

Autumn 2011 064Autumn 2011 065The pretty gold votive holders has a yummy warm vanilla candle burning.

Autumn 2011 066Autumn 2011 067Vintage glass creamer and sugar bowl.

Autumn 2011 069If you are a tea lover, you are probably like me and have several tea boxes or tea tins. 

Autumn 2011 071This is my bamboo tea box. Troy bought it for me a couple of Christmas’s ago.  It was filled with wonderful fruit flavored teas. I continue to fill it with fruit teas. So, this tea box is designated for fruit teas.

Autumn 2011 073I thought we could have an almond poppy seed muffin with our peach tea. Autumn 2011 074

“Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?”

C.S. Lewis

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“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” C.S. Lewis

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I decided to use a few of C.S. Lewis quotes regarding friendship throughout this post. Having tea with friends is one of life’s most simple pleasures in my opinion.

Autumn 2011 076This was my segue into cooler weather tea settings. It is pear season right now and I thought that was the perfect fruit to add to our teascape. I love layering lots of fun darker and warmer textures to our tea today. Lots of pretty natural and richer color tones.  

I hope you enjoyed stopping by for tea with me today! Have a wonderful day!

I am joining:

Tea Time Tuesday

Tea Party Tuesday

Teacup Tuesday

Return to Loveliness

Tea for Two



  1. What a pretty cup and I like your teapot too!

    Susan and Bentley

  2. Very pretty Diann, I love the gold detailing on your new tea cup-enjoy:@)

  3. Such a lovely cup and saucer. The gold detailing is just divine. That muffin looks pretty amazing too.

  4. Once again Troy has found a beautiful teacup for you! He is such a keeper! Love that old teapot, such character to it. Ah, it is time for the cooler weather and warmer colors of fall soon. Wish I could stop by for tea with you! hugs, Linda

  5. That is a beautiful tea cup. What a thoughtful gift.

  6. I love your new teacup and teapot! And yes I have so much tea! I really need to host a tea so someone can enjoy a cup :-)

    Jocelyn @

  7. Hi Diann, thank you for the sweetest tea party. Your hubs has lovely taste in the cup and saucer her chose for your birthday Happy belated birthday.

    Hugs, Jeanne

  8. I love the tea set! It is gorgeous!

  9. What a pretty little tea cup and tea pot! You've set a sweet little table and thank you for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  10. Your new teacup is beautiful and it works so nicely with the new-to-you teapot. I just love the way you displayed your tea scape, with the vintage linens, pears, vintage creamer and sugar. I must say that muffin looks yummy, too.

  11. Hi Diann. That was a lovely post. The new cup is gorgeous. troy did a fabulous job. Looks like we both have September birthdays. Take care. Susan

  12. You birthday gift is beautiful. Troy is so very thoughtful.
    You teascape, new word, is lovely as well. Great teapot and the muffin looks yummy.
    Have a great week,

  13. Happy belated birthday! Isn't it so fun to have a collection? You display everything so perfectly!

  14. What a wonderful birthday gift. The cup is just lovely. I really like light pink and green ... one of my favorite combinations. Your *new to you* tea pot is great with your new cup. Well done. Happy Tea Day!

  15. Lovely cup! Beautiful b'day gift. Belated Happy B'day:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  16. Hello Diann,
    That Troy certainly has a good eye for teacups! I really think you should keep him! :) That is the same teacup that my hubby almost got me. He got me another instead which I will share next week. I do love yours too! Anything with green on it appeals to me and the gold is just beautiful! A wonderful birthday gift. Love the new teapot too and what a nice match to the teacup. Thank you for sharing your cozy tea with us and enjoy this nice day.


  17. That's a pretty teacup. I've been thinking I should start collecting tea cups and saucers.

  18. Oh Diann,

    I just adore each and every detail of you exquisite teatime vignette! In fact I could happily get lost in the details as I visually drink in each and every one!

    The pears are such an exquisite touch amongst the other lovelies! Simply a masterpiece!.., I want to be there!

    Happy Tuesday Tea's and have a marvelous week!

    Hugs, Wanda Lee

  19. How pretty this is...the whole table setting is lovely. Thank you for sharing this with us. Have a happy day!

  20. Hello Diann,
    I think your 'birthday teacup' from hubby is simply beautiful!
    I really love the delicate pattern and the gold colouring.
    It matches your lovely teapot so well too.
    What a wonderful tablescape you've created with them!
    Thank you for linking this up to LACE today - it's very nice to 'meet' you :-)
    Have a blessed day..Trish

  21. Dianne, Happy Birthday! I hope you had a very enjyable celebratoin of YoU!
    The tea cup Troy gave you is fabulous! I do love a gold pattern, and this one is really lovely! I love Colclough as well. The tea pot is so gorgeous! It all looks so pretty together and all your food looks delicious!

  22. Sorry for my tardy visit..but clearly I am glad I did not miss this wonderful post. Your choice of quotes was so nice to read and your warm lovely pictures very inviting...such a nice sentiment and I thank you for sharing.

  23. Hi Dianne and Happy Birthday. Good choice on this year's birthday cup. Love the soft green against the gold, so sweet. Blessings...Lu

  24. You lucky Gal! Happy Belated Birthday - your husband did a fantastic job! Love your teapot too - beautiful design and crazing! Poppy seed muffins sound perfect right now. Thank you for sharing your beautiful birthday -tea post with A Return to Loveliness,
    God Bless,

  25. Happy belated birthday my friend! Your hubby is so sweet, he did a great job, wow! I love your teapot and teacups, I also like your polka dot plates too. Lovely. Hugs, FABBY


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