"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Saturday, January 28, 2012

"Grandma Dolly's Teapot" (Featured at C.S.I.)

C.S.I #3's clue of the pretty decorative tea saucer reminded me of Grandma Dolly's teapot, so with enthusiasm and inspiration, I set out to solve the case and created this layout.

During our visits with our English Grandma Dolly, she would set the table in English fashion for her five American grandchildren at tea time. We weren’t particularly interested in tea and it wasn’t served to us at home, but she made it such a special event that we would actually look forward to it during our visits. Interestingly, those children sitting for tea at Grandma Dolly’s house were not the same children who ate every meal together at home. The ritual of tea made us sit up straight, speak civil to each other, and actually enjoy each others company. We were so civil to one another that I don’t think our own parents would have recognized us. It was at Grandma’s house where we learned to drink tea with cream which we found quite tasty. The menu primarily consisted of tea with cream, small sandwiches which consisted of white bread, sweet butter and corned beef, toast and jam, and biscuits. During one occasion, she asked if any of us would like a biscuit. Four of us promptly declined the offer, and the other, the most adventurous of the five said, “yes’. We sat sipping our tea and chatting until Grandma Dolly appeared with a pretty decorated dessert plate and placed it in front of the brother who wanted the “biscuit”. When the four of us saw those two tantalizing cookies sitting on top of the plate, we all looked up at her incredulously as if she had deceived us. We told her we wanted a cookie too. She reminded us that we all declined her offer of a biscuit. We replied, “Yes, but we didn’t decline an offer of a cookie”. After that occasion, when she said something that didn’t quite sit well
with us, we’d interrogate her further until we understood her English.
Thank you for stopping by.


  1. what a great memory to have, my nana was English too and had her tea sets hehe :) Love this to bits!

  2. What a beautiful tribute to your Grandma! I love the elegance and careful details.

  3. I love your story. What a beautiful memory of your grandmother. Your layout is absolutely stunning!

  4. I just love this Joyce!!! The colors, design and your eye for detal!!!

  5. This is soooooo clever and cool. your tea cups are very inspirational. I also love your use of the soothing palette.

  6. Just found your blog today and I love it. I am English and love what you created in honour of your grandmother.

    I am now a new follower and will be back, thanks for sharing, Maureen