Handpainted teacup

April 16, 2014

Just got back from a visit to Colorado to see my mom and sister and her family.

Crazy weather there, too. In the 70s for three days then one night down to 18, and a couple inches of snow on the ground! Back home in Michigan, we received another snowfall, and are officially over the all-time record set back in 1880-81 of 93.6 inches of snow. With 3.1 inches of snow Monday night, we are at 94.8 inches! This has also been the coldest winter since 1911-12, and the fourth coldest on record.

It was great to see everyone, and my three nephews are a blast. We went to a place called Dart Warz, and, trying to be a cool aunt, I ran around obstacles, shooting nerf discs, and actually hitting a few of the "enemy."

My husband took the day off today, being April 16 and all. He has survived another tax season! We are going to a movie this afternoon, but I wanted to get in a quick post, and show off a beautiful handpainted teacup my mom has.

It was painted by a neighbor when my mom was a child growing up in Massachusetts. She doesn't know exactly when, but knows it was prior to 1945. She's never used it, because she's not certain whether there was lead in the paint that was used. Aren't the colors beautiful?

We did drink tea out of these beauties, however.

These are Shelley teacups.The blue-handled one is called Blue Rock, the green-handled one is Rosebud, and the pink-handled one is Rose Spray. They have a lovely, delicate feel to them. They are sitting atop a woven placemat my mother made on the loom you see in the background.

Looking forward to getting back to my regular blogging schedule and visiting with you all.


  1. You were a good sport to run around with the nephews Deborah. The painted teacup is pretty, a lot of work to create all those shaded flowers and the Shelley cups, gorgeous - all of them!

  2. It was so nice that you spent time visiting family. The tea cup is so pretty and so sre the other ones. I love the woven towel your mom made too. Enjoy the movies!

  3. Gorgeous teacups - I adore the hand painted one. It's lovely!

  4. The hand painted tea cup is so pretty and nice to know who painted it. I read somewhere that women would get together in the evenings and paint plates and tea cups. I have seen a few in the local antique malls.
    You've had a cold winter for sure, hope the thaw is on the horizon.
    Welcome back!

  5. What a beautiful tea cup - a lovely work of art! How nice to spend time with your family and nephews. It's been a crazy winter everywhere this year. I hope this summer makes up for it. How lovely that your mother weaves - I love her pretty mat. The three flowered tea cups are such sweet reminders of spring. Hope your movie was fun. xo Karen

  6. You were in Colorado?! That is where I live :) What a blessing to spend time with your family and may I just say that hand painted tea cup is gorgeous!

    Have a blessed Easter!

  7. Such lovely tea cups indeed! Whenever I go to an antique store and find a cup I absolutely adore it is most often a Shelley. Glad you had such a nice time with your mom and family. Have a blessed Easter!

  8. How nice you got to visit with family and get a change of scenery! I love the painted teacup....but I have yet to meet a teacup I don't really care for. And once I buy a pretty teacup, it is really hard to ever want to part with it.

  9. I'm so glad you were able to get to CO for a visit. As always...beautiful teacups...

  10. All those teacups are lovely, Deborah. The hand-painted one has such pretty colours and I always enjoy seeing Shelley. Glad you had a nice visit. Happy Easter to you and your family!


  11. Glad you got to go visit! The hand painted teacup is gorgeous! Looks like it might be Dogwood blossoms. The Shelley teacups are all just darling too. I bet your hubby was ready for a break! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  12. So glad you had a good visit - this teacup is absolutely beautiful! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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