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


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  2. Absolutely stunning, Sheila! I have never seen a dragonware tea set! Yes, I have a little "dragon" or two who would "take tea.":-)

  3. Shelia, I've never seen dragon ware. This is a lovely tea set and very special as it holds so many sweet memories for you. You know the dragon is a very auspicious creature in Chinese culture. Dragons represent good fortune and success. ;-)

  4. What a beautiful tea set Shelia! I have never seen one like it before. Just lovely.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  5. Such a treasure. I've never seen a dragonware tea set. Hope your mother is improving with each day.
    fondly ~lynne~

  6. What a wonderful set to own. I have never seen one like it. I love that you and your Mom "took tea". As soon as I saw this I immediately thought of Peter, Paul & Mary's song Puff, The Magic Dragon. Great song choice for this post- xo Diana

  7. What a beautiful tea set. I have never seen a dragon tea set. Hope your mom is doing well.

  8. I just caught up with your blog. I had no idea of your good news and bad news -- I am so sorry. I have been sick, and now my husband has the bug, so I have been out in left field so to speak. Congratulations on the new grandchild, and all the best to your mother. I feel your pain, believe me.

  9. Oh sweet lady, I didn't think your were the dragon lady type! I love all Oriental tea sets, they're such a classic and yours is gorgeous! Loving your good news, babies are my fav news kind!...sorry about the sad one, but life is a constant up and down..isn't it?! I will send some prayers your mother's way. Big hugs,

  10. Your tea set is fabulous! Family pieces are the best too!

  11. this tea set is very unique!!!

  12. Very nice tea set. Do you know where they were produced?

  13. Love your tea set, and the fact that it was your mother's and that you had tea in it as a little girl makes it even more special.



  14. Shelia,I hope your mum is much better. Her teaset is so unusual.I would think it would be quite rare. I've never seen one like it before. I don't know how you come up with the appropriate song to your posts every time. You are so funnily sweet.Love your way with words. xx

  15. Hope all is going well with your Mom, Shelia. I am in love with her tea set! Thank-you so much for you wonderful words of comfort on the death of my sister. So so appreciated.
    Bless You,

  16. Hi Shelia,
    I couldn't believe it when I saw those dragons again after all these years! An elderly friend of mine had that set and I always thought they were so neat with the dragons and all. Her set looks like your little salt shaker though. I think your set is more elegant looking, being the brighter lighter color. Thanks for sharing and I'm your newest follower.
    Gina at Victorian Wanna Be

  17. Shelia, this is such an unusual set, and it holds sweet memories for you. Maybe the dragon saved a pretty little princess, and she wanted to honor it on her tea set.

  18. Very pretty and very unique. I, too, think it is probably rare and worthy of an appraisal, even if you decide to keep it forever because it was hers.

    Happy weekend!

  19. What a unique tea set Shelia. It is very beautiful though even if dragons spit fire and eat people. I had to laugh at your remark on that!! Hugs, Pamela

  20. Sheila, that is the most wonderful tea set - I've never seen one like it before. I'm so drawn to things with that sort of motif.

    Welcome to the party - I'm so glad you joined us this week!


  21. So glad you enjoy your Mother's pieces and you can reminise about times with your Mom. So many people just toss their family pieces, makes me sick.

  22. What a treasure to have this tea set with so many memories!

  23. There is something whimsical about dragons on this tea set isn't there? For some reason I thought of those dragon-like Aunts always cropping up in British who-done-its and Marx Brother movies...Lovely post! Lovely memories.

  24. I love everything to do with tea! This is quite interesting! I would have wondered the same thing you did as a child! But those dragons has a wonderful touch to these tea pieces!

  25. Ooohhh...I'm so glad you shared this with us. I've never seen anything like this but what fun if someday I do! I love pretty tea sets and unusual salt shakers, too! Sweet hugs!

  26. What a pretty tea set and I think it's wonderful that it belong to your mother and you are now its caretaker, Shelia! Thanks so much for linking up to the Creative HomeAcre Blog Hop! : )

  27. Shelia,
    The Dragon Tea set is exquisite!!!
    Intriquing, indeed!!!

  28. Really stunning and unusual tea set Sheila!


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