I've been packing up tea things for about an hour or so for our Tea and Treasures Mops Meeting tomorrow, so I've been overwhelmed with tea things this afternoon. The boys are napping and I just brewed myself a cup of vanilla tea to enjoy while I write for a few minutes. I grabbed a Ginger Bear Cookie from the jar to go with my tea. Yum.
I've been thinking about Gracious Hospitality's special Tea Time and so I poured my tea into the cup above. I have so many wonderful teacups that I have been blessed with over the years that it is hard to pick a favorite. I like certain ones more at certain times with certain teas. This cup is special though all the time.
I was in my first year of college when my Grandmother, Effie, said that she would like a teacup for Christmas. She wanted one with a large enough handle to hold comfortably and did not want one rimmed with gold. These requests did not sound too difficult, but I sure did look at a lot of cups before I found this treasure. Oddly enough, I found it at Victoria's Secret. This was obviously awhile ago, back when they sold pretty and romantic things, not the...stuff...they sell now. Luckily, she did know what Victoria's Secret was, nor did she ask.
When she passed away, the teacup came back to me where I enjoy using it and displaying it when it is not in use. It only says Victoria's Secret on the bottom, and Fine China Made in England, so I do not know the pattern's name. I've never seen it for sale again. Guess it will just remain a secret. ;)