Friday, May 31, 2013

Dragons Take Tea


Hello, Dear Ones!
I wanted to share this little tea set that is my Mothers.

 I brought it home because it's special to me.
I don't remember my Mother ever having a tea party 
but when we had tea together she called it 'taking tea'.
 This style is called dragonware because of the raised hand painted dragons.
There are lots of different sets of dragonware out there.
I think maybe they were produced in the 40s or 50s.

 Now when I was a little girl I was so fascinated with this little tea set.
I would spy with my tiny little eye these dragons 
and wonder why dragons would be painted on these pieces. 
Taking tea was a girly sweet thing to do and dragons spit fire and ate people! 
Just didn't make sense to me.

 Anyway, now that I'm older I've adjusted my thinking 
and dragons are okay painted on each piece.

They have a  pearlescent look to them and are gold trimmed.

 Look at these dainty little tea cups! 
They have ruffly little feet!

 Here's the big bad dragon!
Although, I think he's kinda cute now.
And, probably not a 'he' but a 'she'! ;)

 Now I know a little salt shaker doesn't have anything to do with a tea set 
but this has always sat with the entire group! 
I must remember to ask my Mother where she got it and why just one?
It's a little different in color and style but I think I'll keep it with the dragonware set.

So, Dear Ones, dragons can 'take' tea, don't you think?

I'm joining My Romantic Home for Show and Tell
Mockingbird Hill Cottage for A Favorite Thing
Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Puff The Magic Dragon

Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea 
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee 
 Little Jackie Paper loved that rascal Puff 
And brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff, oh
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea  
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee 
 Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea 
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee
Together they would travel on a boat with billowed sail 
Jackie kept a lookout perched on Puff's gigantic tail 
Noble kings and princes would bow whene'er they came 
 Pirate ships would lower their flags when Puff roared out his name, oh
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea 
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee 
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea 
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee
A dragon lives forever but not so little boys 
Painted wings and giant rings make way for other toys 
One gray night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more 
And Puff that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar
His head was bent in sorrow, green scales fell like rain 
Puff no longer went to play along the cherry lane  
Without his life-long friend, Puff could not be brave 
So Puff that mighty dragon sadly slipped into his cave, oh
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea 
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee 
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea 
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee
 ~ sung by Peter, Paul and Mary