Thursday, June 7, 2012

Tea Parties

Sepia Saturday:
Ah, trying to remember tea parties.  Mine were with little china cups and saucers, on a quilt laid over the grass, serving my dolls.  China you ask?  Yes, with "Occupied Japan" imprinted on the bottom.  Of course none of them lasted to my adulthood, because I was a normal boisterous girl with a younger sibling.

OH, there were some tea sets which I threw for my own granddaughters a few Christmas's ago.  Let me see if I can find pictures of them for you.... here we are.









But rather than tea party pictures, I offer a collage of my relations.  Most of these people have gone from life on this earth, though I think my cousins may still be around.  Sadly out of touch however.

My parents and sister (baby) and myself upper left.  1946 DallasThen me on 6th birthday with cake.  Houston
Then an interesting shot of my mother's mom (center of clipped photo) with her Uncle Jack and father "Daddy Webb" who died when she was small.  1926 near San Antonio
Upper right are baby sister, cousin Claudette, myself and cousin Sandra. 1947, Houston
Lower left is great uncle Chauncey Sweet, a banker in Galveston (uncle of my Dad's mother, maybe in the 20s, I never knew him)
Then my father standing behind his parents and myself sitting Dallas, (1946 probably)
Then my mother's mother and myself at around1944, Dallas.
Lower right, my mother's mother's mother taken before1931, probably San Antonio.  I was named after her.

It's fun to shuffle people's pictures into a collage.  We sure had lots of Texas blood in our family!


18 comments:

  1. Your grand daughters are sure lucky to have such a talented grandmother. Those tea sets are wonderful.
    I enjoyed your family photos.
    Nancy

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  2. I remember getting a little china teaset as a young girl; shame on me though cause I gave it away. I was a "tomboy" through and through. I'd rather climb trees and play in the dirt with the boys. I love that second little tea set, the blues and greens are lovely together. Love your old photos too!

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  3. I love your little tea sets, particularly the blue-green one.

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  4. Thanks everyone, for your comments. Makes me wonder if I should make another tea set for children. Nah. It takes all the work of a full size one, and is a bit harder actually with tiny handles.

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  5. These are wonderful! I enjoyed meeting your family too. Isn't it sad that the cousins who we were so close to growing up sometimes fade away? My cousins on my Mom's side are in close contact, but not those on my Dad's side.

    Kathy M.

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  6. I have my mother's old tea set--at least what is left of it.

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  7. I had a wonderful tan with flowers tea set when I was little. It survived my childhood but my mother passed it on to my daughter when she was 3 and it didn't survive my children. For a long time I had the teapot but somewhere it disappeared. Thank you for reminding me of that.

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  8. This brings back memories. I wonder how many little girls play tea sets now?

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  9. That is a great photograph Barbara, so full of people all with their own stories and lives - a visual tea party if ever there was one. And the tea sets you made - wonderful, so creative.

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    1. Thanks Alan, glad you've got internet access. This is such a fun site, and I get to meet people from all over. Now am just waiting for someone who's had "Occupied Japan" china also.

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  10. I envisaged tea cups flying through the air when you threw them them for your grand daughters. Kid's tea sets these days all seem to be made in China and plastic of course.

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    1. Right, us potters are throwing clay things all the time. Fortunately at that stage it's wet and mushy!

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  11. The collage is in itself very creative, but the teasets are something else. What a legacy!

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  12. Those little tea sets are wonderful. I hope your granddaughters appreciated them.
    Barbara

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    1. Thanks, I finally got your messages out of my spam folder, where it said your message had all the "signs and symptoms" or something like that, of spam. I made sure it heard my feelings on the subject.

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  13. I managed to save my tea set from childhood but I will wait a few more years to let my daughter see it. She has already broken the plate of a china set, sigh, so I replaced it with a metal set.

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  14. Beautiful tea set, all the more precious that it is made by your hand.

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