Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My favourite tea cup and Happy 101 Award.

This is my favourite tea cup.

There is a wonderful giveaway at http://belle-blanc.blogspot.com

All she asks is that you post a picture of your favourite tea cup and then leave a comment on her blog. (which is beautiful, so go and take a visit )

hauteworld.blogspot.com has handed me the Happy 101 Award, which comes with a tag.
Many thanks for this award. Go and visit Haute-world and see all the wonderful Fashion she has to share.

The tag requires me to make a list of 10 things that make me happy, so here I go.

My husband and children and family life are very important to me and make me happy and proud.

Lily of the valley and hyacinths, always make me feel happy

House & Garden
Soaking in a warm bath, and relaxing with some soothing music and a candle flickering.
Victoria Magazine
To slip into a beautiful freshly laundered sheets, with a glossy magazine.

My Mac computer and my i phone, I love and could not do without.

Walking along the beach barefoot, in the sand and listening to the waves coming in.

I love sitting around the table enjoying good food with family and friends.

Always being busy, like making a bear, or doing something around the home, makes me happy.

Traveling to new and exciting places.

Visiting all my blog friends makes me happy, thank you for your friendship and inspiration.

Now I have to pass this award on and I have looked at most of my blog friends and they either have this award or a blog free.
This time I am going to pass it on to everyone who is reading this, as you all deserve this, so please play along if you would like to.



  1. I love your teacup, it is really pretty! congratulations on your award!! I always enjoy reading your posts!!
    Margaret B

  2. Thank you Margaret, lovely of you to come and visit me today.


  3. Your teacup is lovely. I have my mother's collection tucked away. I just don't know how to display them all. Their beauty is being wasted wrapped and packed in storage.

    Enjoy the new month and all it has to offer.


  4. Carolyn, that is one (or two) beautiful teacups! Love the shade of blue. I haven't seen the others but that looks like a winner to me. I too love to read Victoria magazine - it's so pretty. And you probably know I share your love for the iPhone. I read a survey tonight where 75% of iPhone owners go to bed with it - I laughed so hard because I do that every night!
    Sharon :-)

  5. Oh, Carolyn, what an absolutely beautiful teacup!!!

    I enjoyed reading and learning more about you! Congratulations on receiving the award!

    I am now off to visit belle-blanc. I don't have many teacups but I do have one that I've had ever since I was a little girl that I just love!


  6. Hi Jo,

    I sometimes think some of the China is so beautiful and needs to be displayed.
    I have some of mine on a Hutch dresser, but when I go to use them, they always need a good wash before.

    Hi Sharon,

    Yes, it is a pretty antique cup, saucer and plate, that I was given by a lovely friend, for an engagement present. I used to babysit their two sweet daughters.


  7. Thank you Marsha, for visiting today and your kind words.
    Do go and visit belle-blanc's blog, it is beautiful and I know you will enjoy.


  8. Your tea cup is beautiful, I don't have one as pretty as that... my favorite one has a chip in it so I don't want to take a picture of it : ( ....I like the way lily of the valley smell. I have lily of the valley scented candle that I light in the spring and it makes the whole house smell wonderful and fresh....Have a nice evening carolyn...Hugs, Jennifer

  9. You are so amazing and such a kind, sweet soul.
    Your post is beautiful!

  10. Congrats on your award! Nice list of things that make you happy!


  11. Hello Sweetie Carolyn,
    Your favorite china cup and saucer is splendid! Soooooo pretty.
    I can see why you like it so.

    Congrats on this Happy 101 Award!
    Enjoyed reading what you enjoy.

    Have a blessed week,

  12. gosh, I don't actually own a teacup Carolyn. I have two which Nana Jones gave me for the girls.. they are little glass ones with gold rims and grooves in the glass. She gave them to me about 33 years ago so the girls could play tea parties.. hmmm that didn't happen!

  13. Hi Jennifer,

    I love the smell of Lily of the valley and I am sure your candle will be lovely and make the room smell wonderful and fresh.

    Thank you Christina for your visit and kind words.

    Many thanks Twila, for visiting me today.

    Hi Deanna,

    I appreciate your visit to my blog today and thanks for leaving me a lovely note.

    Hi Karen,

    I remember your sweet Nana and used to love going with you to visit her.
    The little glass tea party cups sound lovely.


  14. Love your list! I ♥ Lilies of the Valley, too! They are so dainty and lovely! I love them. I also like your teacup and saucer and the lovely cutwork lace centerpiece you have underneath your lovely little teacup!
    Congrats on your award!
    Ah, yes, the ol' blanket award system! I've done that myself, I think! It is challenging when most bloggers are award and tag free, LOL!
    ~TattingChic ♥

  15. I like passing it on to everyone who's reading this... :D

    Carolyn, sitting around the table talking and laughing with friends and family makes me happy, too! :)

    That photo you have of the white flowers, I saw that before, I remember it reminded me of angels bowing their little white heads in prayer.. :)

    I hope you are wonderful today! ♥

  16. Congratulations Carolyn. I loved learning about some of your 'happy things'. The tea cup is lovely. Must dig some of my grandmothers out of storage. It is such a shame not to use them.

  17. Congrats, dear Carolyn, on yr so well-deserved Award! I always so enjoy visiting yr lovely site!

    Have a great day!


  18. Congrats Carolyn on such a well deserved Award - I always love visiting yr site!

    Hope you're having a great week!


  19. Thank you TattingChic, for your visit, always good to hear from you.

    Many thanks Charity, and yes, I have posted Lily of the Valley before, because I love them so much.
    I like your description of the flowers.

    Thank you Lola and Nora, and I enjoy visiting your site too.

    Hi Amanda,

    I am like you have pretty things put away and really I think it is a good idea to actually use them.
    thanks very much for your visit.

    Many thanks Nora and Lola and I hope that you are having a great week.


  20. I love teacups and Victoria magazine and YOU and all you share
    Love Jeanne♥

  21. Hi Carolyn,
    Your tea cup is beautiful. I can imagine how much you enjoy a yummy cup of tea in that pretty cup. I think it tastes better when the cup in so pretty.
    Congrats on the award. I enjoyed reading your 10 things that make you happy. Thank you for sharing a little more about dear and sweet you!!

    Have a wonderful day and sending big hugs your way.
    How is your friend doing? Prayers continue!
    Blessings, Celestina Marie

  22. What a pretty tea cup. I have some that came from my mother and are now in a cupboard since I use a mug. Lily of the valley is my mom's birthmonth and I can't wait for spring so I can pick my own.

  23. This teacup is absolutely precious! Congratulations on your fabulous Award - very well deserved :-) Wishing you wonderful week filled with joy and inspirations. :-)

  24. What a lovely and beautiful teacup!

    Congratulations on your well deserved award and I loved reading the things that make you happy!

    Big Hugs,

  25. Hi Dear,
    I'm doing just fine.
    Love you tea cup,its just gorgeous.And congrats on the award.You just love life, and that was what your ten things you love best reminds me of.Take care,
    XXOO Marie Antionette

  26. Beautiful tea cup! And I loved reading your 10 happy things! I really wish I could experience the barefoot beach walk more frequently... I need to move to the shore!

  27. Hi Jeanne,

    Many thanks for your visit today and for your kind words.

    Hi Celestina Marie,

    It is always wonderful to have you come and visit ~ many thanks for your sweet words.
    I agree it is so much nicer drinking tea out of a pretty cup.
    thanks for asking about Lisa, she did have a setback last week, where her blood pressure was very low, but seems to be doing much better and may be out soon. I will post when she is out. Thanks again for your kindness.

    Hi Dolores,

    Lily of the Valley is my birth month flower and I love it.
    You are so lucky to be able to grow it. I tried one year, but do not think that it gets cold enough here.

    Thank you so much for visiting me Couture Millinery Atelier, I loved visiting your beautiful blog.

    Hi Karyn,

    Many thanks for your kind visit, always great to hear from you dear friend.

    Hi Marie Antoinette,

    Glad to hear that you are doing fine and thanks for your visit and kind note that you left for me.

    Hi Haute World,

    Thanks for your visit and passing the Award on to me.
    I enjoy visiting your fabulous blog and all the wonderful Fashion you share with us.


  28. Hi: I have that same tea cup in black with pink. I love it too it is so pretty. I am going to go visit to see what I can see. Lilies of the Valley are also one of my favorites. I want to thank you for your well wishes. I will let you know what happens with these doctors. Thanks for caring. Martha

  29. Beautiful teacup!

    And so nice to learn a little more about you, too. :-)

    Thank you so much for your prayers and kind words, it means so much to me.

    Have a wonderful Wednesday,

  30. My goodness Carolyn, if I were judging this yours would win hands down. That pattern is one of the prettiest ones I have ever seen. That is my favorite blue color ever. It is so cool to see what makes you happy my friend.

  31. Oh I love a lot of the things you do. I really do love your teacup...so so pretty. xoxox

  32. Your teacup is so pretty Carolyn.
    I enjoyed reading your list!
    Congrats on the award.
    Chat again soon,

  33. Hi Martha,

    I will keep you in my thoughts and I hope that all will be well, with your health.
    The pink and black tea cup must be beautiful - is it a Coalport?

    Hi June,

    It has been wonderful visiting all the other blogs and what gorgeous cups everybody has.
    thanks so much for your visit, always great to hear from you.

    Thank you Anne, for your visit.
    Wishing you all the best for your Medical test and the new booth.
    Exciting times for you!

    Many thanks Koralee, lovely of you to visit me today.

    Thanks Rosemary, I enjoyed seeing your finds from the Antique market.


  34. Hi Carolyn...
    Oh, I just love your tea cup..so pretty! Love the color..such a lovely blue.
    Oh, lilies of the valley smell so wonderful in the spring.

    Have a wonderful week,
    Hugs, Nancy

  35. Aren't most of us addicted to Victoria! How did that magazine ever go out of circulation once! I hope all is well with you and that tomorrow holds nothing but beauty. Congratulations on your award too!

  36. Carolyn amor, I love your favorite teacup, it is beautiful...although I am not surprised, you have such lovely tastes! Thank you so much for visiting me and leaving me such a sweet comment, you always make me smile and feel better :) How I would love to see some of your bebe dolls, we should do a post on this no? :) I still haven't been able to find those lil silver balls, I found them in pinks, and bright colors...someone at Michaels told me that they don't sell them in the US anymore, I have no idea why...they are so pretty. Congrats on the award dear friend...in my book you deserve them all :) Besos, Rose

    ps...how did you know who to visit on the Favorite Cup giveaway? I am kinda hittin and missin :)

  37. I loved reading your list of things that make you happy.

    I must admit there are many on your list that also make me happy :-)

    Leeann x

  38. thank you for your visit Nancy, always great to hear from you.
    Lily of the valley does have the most beautiful scent.

    Many thanks Sares, and best of luck with your new venture ~ it will be fun.

    Dear Rose,

    Thanks for your visit, and your kind words and friendship.
    Next time I see some of the little silver balls I will buy some and post them over to you.
    About showing your favourite cup, I saw that both June, and Kim had shown there's, so I thought why not play along, for some fun.

    I hope that you enjoy the rest of the week.

  39. Thanks for your visit Leeann.
    I loved the beautiful merchandise you bought for your shop ~

    Enjoy the rest of the week

  40. Gorgeous tea cup and post! I love lily of the valley too!

    Congrats on your award, darling!


  41. Carolyn, very beautiful cup, thank you for participating, I also make bears (ok I paused a long time) you have a lovely blog, hugs Mira!

  42. Thank you Carrie.
    Lily of the valley is a wonderful flower and one of my favourite.

    Hi Mira,

    It was great to discover your blog and many thanks for visiting mine.
    Also lovely to see all the wonderful teacups, from all the people in the blog world.


  43. Thanks for visiting my blog! I now want to do your #1 happy thing...fresh sheets with a glossy magazine!


  44. Hi Carolyn!!!

    oh what a fun and perfect post !!! and that lily of the valley...oh what wonderful memories that brings back to me....

    you can read why it means so much to me by heading to this old blog post...


    Hugs and thank you for the memories...I can't wait till my plants come up this Spring....and I can relive that wonderful memory!!!

  45. Very pretty little teacup and setting. Your happy things make me quite happy too. Many blessings to you, Tammy

  46. Hi Twila,

    Many thanks for visiting my blog and it was good to discover yours.

    Hi Diana,

    Isn't Lily of the valley beautiful and glad that you will soon have some growing there in Spring.
    Just off to look at your post.
    Glad that you could relive the happy memories.

    Many thanks Tammy and blessings to you.


  47. That would be my favorite tea cup too! Gosh, it's lovely.
    Congrats on the award, Carolyn!
    Lilies of the valley are my very favorite flower too.
    Nice to learn more about you!

  48. beautiful images- I love the bathroom and Lilly Of the Valley makes me happy too- the scent is heavenly. I can't wait for mine to bloom. Lovely post Margaret :)

  49. Hi Carolyn~ Love your ~happy~ list! Your teacup is gorgeous! Hope you are having a happy week!! ~Mandy

  50. Thanks so much, Barbara for visiting me today and your kind words.

    Many thanks Paperbird for visiting and you are so lucky that you can grow Lily of the valley.

    Thank you Mandy, I have had a happy week and it is now the weekend!
    I hope that you are having a great week too.


  51. Sweet Carolyn, I've had such a busy week, so haven't had a chance to stop by! Your post is so perfectly you - lovely, gentle & pretty things. Hope Victoria has had a successful week job hunting.
    Millie ^_^

  52. Lovely teacup! I can see why it would be your fave. I love your list of things to be grateful for.

  53. Hello dear Carolyn! Mira had such a good idea with her giveaway...your teacup truly is one of the prettiest ones I've seen yet!!!

    Lilly of the Valley are one of my favs because they remind me of my childhood home...my parents have oodles and oodles of them on the one side of their house and to this day, my mom brings me a big bouquet of them every year when they are in season!

    Hugs ~

    :) T

  54. All wonderful, the Lily of the valley is a magnificent flower and my wife's favorite - so much wow for such a wee flower.

    Good luck with the mosquitoes at night!

  55. What lovely post, Carolyn! Maybe I'll share some things I like too, it was lovely to read yours! By the way, love love love that bathroom- I had saved the very same picture last night ;)))

  56. Thanks very much Millie, for your visit and kind words.
    Always great to hear from you.

    Many thanks Gwendolyn and blessings to you.

    Dear Tracey,

    It was such a wonderful idea of Mira's and to meet a lot of lovely new blog friends and see all the pretty teacups.
    How lucky to have your Mother bring a big bunch of Lily of the Valley and know how happy that would make you.

    Hi Peter,

    I can see why it is your wife's favourite flower, they are such a small flower with so much beauty and scent. Thanks for your visit.

    Hi Monica,

    Many thanks for visiting me today and your kind words.
    Isn't the bathroom so beautiful, I loved it too.


  57. Hi Carolyn!
    I love your teacup but I really love hearing about the things that make you happy. They all sound so sweet and simple. You have such a sweet heart!
    Congrats on your award, you deserve many as your blog is so beautiful and warm, always a welcome to come and visit here with you~

  58. Thank you Jodie, lovely to have a visit from you dear friend.



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It always makes me happy to read your comments
and I look forward to visiting you.

Carolyn xx