Cottage Violets

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Touching Garden

Royal Albert's American Beauty
Have you ever thought how much fine bone china can resemble a garden? First, there is spring, with a lush vista of flower patterns, ivy in the shade, roses in the sun, peonies, iris, and all the colors of the rainbow. Then there is summer, with its bold sunflowers, fruit or vegetable patterns,  and all the bright cheery designs that thrive on sunshine. When autumn shows up the wonderful world of color turns to oranges, deep reds, forest greens to match the changing of the seasons. And last but not least Winter where white reigns supreme, and all the Christmas patterns take center stage.
I think I express myself through the china patterns I choose. I would be hard put to choose one season over another. In spring I favor Royal Albert's American Beauty, Colclough English Ivy Leaf, and Hammersley Victorian Violets. The summer is my time to enjoy Hammersley Cornflower, Royal Albert Tea Rose, and Hammersley Thistle. Autumn brings a new feel with Hammersley Morgan's Rose, Royal Alberts Old Country Roses, and Hammersley Fruits and Nuts. What would the Christmas season be without Hammersley Grandmothers Rose, and again Royal Alberts Old Country Roses because Old Country Roses offers so many Christmas variations.
 English fine bone china is never far from my heart or hands. Simply put, I love English china.I love the cool touch, the smooth feel. Here are some photos of patterns I favor. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. My little shop, Cottage Violets is always open for your viewing pleasure. Please stop by and browse to your hearts content.
Colclough's English Ivy Leaf
Hammersley Victorian Violets
A selection of Hammersley Cornflower
Royal Albert Tea Rose
Hammersley Thistle
"Touch has a memory"
John Keats

In parting, here is a little quote from me
Only when I behold our Lord will I see something more beautiful than English china
Theresa Winter

Blessings, Theresa

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Patterns of Our Life

"Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made. "
Robert Browning

I had an epiphany! Fine bone china resembles our love lives. So many patterns, and colors to entice the eye. When new, china is shiny and sparkly awaiting a journey to its first home. Lovingly wrapped it arrives, and we are instructed to "Handle With Care". We are in awe of its numerous shapes and sizes. We lovingly place it within view so that we may keep our eye on it. Sometimes we  lose interest, and the china languishes in the dust. As in any good relationship there are mishaps and miscalls. So it is with china, a little rim chip, a hairline fracture  or two.  Some lives are harder, others are easier.  You will find china that has been meticulously cared for, set on a shelf, wrapped in cotton so to speak. Then there is everyday china, slight scars on its surface from daily use. Character marks that may devalue its worth in the world's eye, but not so with the one who lovingly handles it without regard to the use marks on its surface. I have vowed that I will treat my relationship with my husband as we grow older just like I treat my fine bone china. I will remember that his heart is fragile no matter what the exterior looks like. I wil not discard him if he has "character marks" or wrinkles in his packaging (lol). I will lightly tap his soul and listen to the beautiful ringing sound that tells of his worth to our Saviour. I still love his pattern after 39 years, and will "grow old along with he, for the best is yet to be".
Following you will find several patterns from Miss Violet's Tea Cupboard at "Cottage Violets". If you haven't traveled the violet strewn lane of Harrington Woods lately, click on over to Cottage Violets and find a pattern for your life.

For age is opportunity no less
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away
The sky is filled with stars invisible by day
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

So if you think your best days are behind you, look up and see the stars!'

Blessings, Theresa

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Nurture ~ The Art of Tender Care

I was thinking of the word "nurture" today. Here is the definition:
Nurture: 1. take care of a young thing - to give tender care and protection to a young child, plant, or animal helping it grow and develop.
2. encourage somebody or something to flourish - to encourage somebody or something to grow, develop, thrive, and be successful.
3. keep feeling - to keep a feeling in the mind for a long time, allowing it to grow or deepen.
I saw a beautiful little bird's nest with baby birds in it on facebook today. It seems that each year the same birds start a nest in the same crook of the tree. In my mind's eye I saw the little mother fussing over the eggs, then fussing over the little birdies, and finally loving them enough (or doing what comes "nature-ally") to kick them out of the nest. I could see those little scrawny necks stretching to the limit for a bit of worm or nourishment. Then little wings stretching out for the first time, sometimes interferring with brother or sister nest mates stretching. Then a tentative hop to the rim of the nest for a peek at the wide world, with a quick jump back to the center in fear of that same wide world. Then a gentle nudge, and oops here we are, airborne hoping we can make it back to the safety of the nest. But wait, something kicks in and we boldly stretch our wings and it happens. We begin to soar, higher and higher, with that giddy feeling of freedom.
As you can see I changed from third person to first person in my narrative. It became so personal to me. I wonder if it's personal for you? Like me, do you desire to soar, to be free, to reinvent, renew, thrive? Well, I firmly believe it's possible. Like the old saying goes: God isn't finished with us yet!
Do you desire to write? Pick up that pen. Paint: swing that brush. Sell china: dust off the cup and saucer! You have a reason for being, don't let fear hold you back. Fear of success is just as big as fear of failure. I'll believe in you, and you believe in me. Let's soar with no fear of flying at all!
Here are pictures of some Hammersley bird china demitasse that inspire me. I hope you like them too.
And last but certainly not least a couple of quotes to keep in mind
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams
H. David Thoreau
God gives every bird his worm, but does not throw it in the nest
P.D. James

        And please remember as you nurture someone else you are touching      God's heart.
       " For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and     do minister." Hebrews 6:10

These are all  African birds from a series by Rowland Ward, Nairobi Kenya, for Hammersley China
Blessings, Theresa