Thursday, October 23, 2014

Friday's Favourite - Blue Willow

As a young girl, I had my own tea set like most little girls did. How I loved pretending to hold tea parties for my dolls and I. My set was Blue Willow and consisted of several other pieces besides the teapot and cups.
Sadly, this platter is all I have left of my set. I don't remember what happened to the other pieces other than they were likely broken or lost over the years.
I subscribe to the newsletter from the Royal Doulton store not far from us and sometimes they advertise some great sales. Last week they were offering a Blue Willow teapot for only $19.99. Who could resist for this low price, so I drove out to the store and purchased one. They were in the midst of unpacking lots of boxes and although we could find a stack of saucers, the cups evaded our search, otherwise I would have brought home a matching teacup.
 I've brewed tea a few times already in the Blue Willow and like its pouring spout. I've put out a couple of autumn sugar cookies to have with tea today.
I decided to use my Lennox butterfly wings teacup for a touch of pink as this is the last tea of the month to celebrate breast cancer awareness.
One of my favourite tea shops is the Blue Willow in Gravenhurst where everyone is served with their vast collection of this china pattern.
I will be linking on Tuesday for the tea gatherings with:

38 comments:

  1. Tea pot spouts are so important. No one likes one that drips! Love the blue willow pattern and your platter is very pretty.

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  3. Very pretty ! We have a lovely tea shop here in the small town of Sparta it is owned an operated by a British couple and it is wonderful ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

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  4. The tea pot is beautiful. Well worth the drive to get it. We don't have such quaint little shops in our area. Thankfully, for they are very hard to resist.

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  5. What a great teapot purchase, Judith! I would love to go to the Blue Willow Tea Shop for a visit.

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  6. Hello dear Judith
    When I started to read your interesting post, I was eagerly anticipating seeing many pieces of the tea set of your childhood... What a pity that other pieces were lost!
    The cookies look delicious.
    Have a lovely weekend!

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  7. I have teacups and plates but no teapot, yours is pretty, Judith, and that was a great price.

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  8. I love blue willow too and sadly I broke my blue willow teapot that I had brought home from England - SAD - but that certainly was a buy -- Royal Doulton and $20! You'll find the teacups . . . keep looking!

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  9. That was a great price for your RD Blue Willow teapot! I still have a blue willow tea set from my girlhood but it's all plastic and still pretty well intact. Most likely it came from Eaton's at Christmas. ;) Enjoy the weekend. Pam

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  10. That is so pretty! Love the teapot. I loved playing with little dishes too. Nowadays they're mostly plastic.

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  11. I like the Blue Willow teaset very much but this time your Lennox butterfly wings teacup steals the show, what a beauty!

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  12. Indeed, who could resist the Blue Willow teapot at that fabulous price! It's lovely, and so nice that you have a piece of china in the same pattern from your childhood.

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  13. Blue Willow has always been a favorite of mine too...:)JP

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  14. My grandparents' good dishes were Blue Willow and when they passed I brought a few pieces home with me. I treasure them. :-)

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  15. What a great find! I love the Blue Willow pattern too. I have the mugs and cups and saucers, but I'm still on the hunt for the teapot...

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  16. Oh I love Blue Willow! Always have!

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  17. My kitchen set for 18 is blue Willow. I love it. I also have two large antique lidded serving dishes.
    So glad the platter from your childhood survived.

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  18. Hi Judith. Sorry I missed connecting on Monday with a Mosaic, but I've been inundated with legal paperwork, finishing up things from my Dad's passing. I love your tea things. The Blue Willow is gorgeous!

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  19. You have a lovely collection. The only blue Willow I have is a platter that belonged to my Grandmother. I treasure it.

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  20. Blue Willow is such a pretty pattern.

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  21. What a lovely teapot, and at such a good price! I like the way its sprout comes out far away from its body, and I can see how it would pour well, Judith.

    I need a new teapot --wish this store was nearby. I will look to see if they take online orders.

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  22. A gorgeous plate from your childhood tea set Judith.
    I'm sure I must have had one too but I can't remember it and my mother would have passed it on to another little girl once I had outgrown it!

    A tea pot that pours well is so important.

    Judith, I was so sorry to hear about the horrific shooting in Ottawa - I googled it and saw you are far enough away, thank goodness.
    I hope all your family was safe.

    Take care
    Shane

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  23. Love blue Willow pattern - it's timeless and goes with everything.
    Have a lovely week!
    Ingrid

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  24. Your new teapot is beautiful! Wonderfull you still have a piece of your childhood set! Darling teacup!
    Nancy

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  25. Your teapot is lovely. Blue willow is a favorite pattern for me. And my favorite teapots are also the ones who pour well without drips.

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  26. Oh how sweet to still have the platter...love the butterfly wing cup.

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  27. Blue Willow is really a beautiful pattern. Love your new teapot! Enjoy!
    Hugs, Beth

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  28. I would have LOVED visiting that tea shop! I love Blue Willow...it is nice that so many companies made it. There are slight variations in the pattern, but they all go so well together. I hear you about the iPad...I was using mine for the week when my computer was in the hospital and gave up on Blogger...just didn't work well. Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  29. I didn't remember having a blue Willow teaset as a child until I watched our old home movies years later. With five children in the family, I'm sure it eventually got broken and discarded. But I just HAD to find a replacement! I was working at an antique shop and the owner also did estate sales. And at one of those sales I was able to get a child's Blue Willow teaset. Talk about a happy day! I guess that's where my love of Blue Willow started because my everyday dishes for years now have been Blue Willow.

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  30. What a charming name for a Tea Shop, Judith! I would love to wander in there and have a look around before settling down for some tea. I love Blue Willow and what a darling little platter from your childhood! I too had tea sets but we moved around so much when I was growing up that my mother got rid of things in every move we made. I was fortunate to hang on to my dolls! Your teapot is lovely and the teacup too. Thank you for joining me each week this past month for my Pink Teas. Can you believe we will be into November by the weekend? Time to think about Christmas!

    Hugs,
    Sandi

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  31. I remember that my Grandma had a Blue Willow platter...I wonder what became of it. The child's tea set would have been so pretty...maybe one day you will find pieces to match your remaining one

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  32. Ahh, Blue Willow. Perfect for tea time. And I would LOVE to visit that tea shop.

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  33. Gorgeous! There's nothing quite like elegant blue and white....so pretty! I'd be in trouble if that store were near me. :)

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  34. Hi Judith,
    I love your blue willow teapot! The teacup with the butterfly wings handle is so very pretty too. I must try to link up to your Mosaic Mondays. I am just learning to create collages on pic monkey. Thank you for visiting me! Happy Tea Day! Karen

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  35. We all love a bargain. Love the shape of your new addition. It looks like it would sit well in ones hands, and pour well. Enjoy!

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  36. What a great buy on that teapot! I've had a Blue Willow teapot on my wish list for a while now but can't find one in good condition at a price I like. One of the local grocery stores, oddly enough, has them for about $35 every day, but I keep thinking I can do better than that! Love that you still have the platter from your childhood set too.

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  37. Hi Judith, while I was reading your post, I reminded my own tea set. It was blue as yours but the pattern was Cherry Blossim. I think I had it just a short time until it was broken. But when I was upgrown, I bought a tea set with the same pattern. Your Blue Willow tea pot is a nice addition and goes so well with the pink items. Lovely tea post, thank you very much.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  38. Hi Judith! You got a good deal for that pretty pot! I had a tea set as a child as well. It sounds like you have a lot of good memories associated with Blue Willow :). I skipped right over your post somehow earlier this week, but I was checking back in today and noticed the pink Butterfly Meadow teacup and I thought that was you. So pretty! I don't have the butterfly handle set with the colors. I hope you have a great weekend!

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