Two Happy Teacups
What do we
have to be thankful for this Holiday season….The Talking Teacup of
course! In just a few short weeks we have met so many wonderful new
customers and friends. Our Open House on Nov. 1st was
much more of a success than we ever anticipated. That morning, as
we were putting the final touches on the tea room, we said; "Do you
think anyone will come?" Well, boy did they ever! You all just
kept coming, like the line from a movie "Build it and they will
come". Over 300 old and new friends turned out that day. All our
cuts, sore muscles, plastering, painting, tiling, cutting, etc.
faded away as our dream finally become a reality. Our Holiday
Blessing is from all of you. Thank you so much for your
enthusiasm, encouragement and support. We're thrilled to be part
of the fabric of such a wonderful community!
A word about Tea
Did you know that tea makes a wonderfully inexpensive beauty
treatment? Here's one idea:
To refresh your skin, add a handful of rose petals to a pot of black
tea. Let the roses and tea steep for about 15 minutes, then strain
the tea and roses and store the liquid in the refrigerator.
Later, splash the rose - scented tea on your face for an instant
pick-me-up! You'll come out smelling like roses and tingling like a
crisp cup of tea!
This, as well as additional tea
related beauty products, can be purchased at The Talking Teacup Gift
Our Teacup Girl Has a Name!
We're happy to announce the winner of our "Name our Teacup Girl"
contest! From the 318 entries submitted, 11 people suggested the
name chosen for our Teacup Girl. Each of those 11 entries was placed
into a Teapot and the winning name was then drawn.
So who is our lucky, creative winner and what's our Teacup Girl's
new name. Well, congratulations go to Bob Brunnet of Lansdale for
being our winner! The name for our Teacup Girl will forever be
Thank you to everyone who submitted a suggestion. There were many
cute and clever ones! Some of our favorites included: Little Sip,
Tea-na, Chalfontea, Mrs. Chatea, Hot Shot, Anita Cup of Tea and Miss
Water is warming, teacups awaiting.
Favorite old chairs anticipating,
For new customers to enter,
Sit, sip and stay,
And feel the day's dilemmas
Slowly slipping away.
Water now singing, teacups revealing,
Favorite delights so very appealing,
For new friends have savored,
Flavor, fragrance and fun
Now ready for the day's dilemmas
Fondly feeling redone.
Stories to warm the heart
Life and a cup of tea.
When things in life seem almost too
much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the
pickle jar and the cup of tea…
Grandma sat silently with her
family, celebrating the occasion of her 93rd
birthday. The dinner now done the dishes now cleared, she slowly
rose to make her birthday wish. Beside her was a small tattered
case that she carefully opened and from it pulled out an empty
pickle jar. With fading eyesight she proceeded to fill the jar
with stones and in a soft voice asked her family to tell her when
the jar was full. "It's full now grandma!" her family finally
shouted. She then pulled from the case a box of pebbles and
poured them into the jar. She shook the jar lightly and as the
pebbles rolled into the open areas between the stones she asked her
family if the jar was full. They agreed it was indeed full.
Next she pulled out a box of sand
and poured it into the jar. The sand, of course, filled up
everything else in the jar. She asked once more if the jar was now
full and her family replied "yes!" She then picked up her cup of
tea and with a slightly shaking hand poured the entire contents into
the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The
family laughed. The jar was full once again.
"Now," said the old woman, as the
laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents
your life. The stones are the important things - your family, your
children, your health, your friends, your favorite passions - things
that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life
would still be full."
"The pebbles are the other things
that matter, things like your job, your house, your car. The sand
is everything else - the small stuff."
"If I put the
sand into the jar first," she continued, "there would be no room for
the pebbles or stones. The same goes for life. If you spend all
your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room
for the things that are important to you. So my dears pay
attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play
with the children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your
partner out to dinner. Visit your friends. There will always be
time to clean the house and wash the dishes. Take care of the
stones first, the things that really matter. Set your
is just sand."
Just then, one
of the grand kids spoke up and asked what the tea represented.
Grandma smiled. "I'm glad you asked my dear. It just goes to
show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always
room for a good cup of tea."
If you've joined
us for Tea and had occasion to sit in our main dinning room you
might have noticed the original, circa 1820's, built in cabinet.
The cabinet has open shelves
on the top and those shelves hold a variety of teacups and saucers.
On a plaque across the top shelf is written:
Teacups Could Talk…
You might have wondered what was
the significance of that statement and all those different teacups
in that old cabinet. Well, wonder no more!
While we were renovating the 250
year old Farm House which now houses our Tea Room and Gift Shoppe we
decided that we wanted to use the built in cabinet for something
different, something special beyond simply holding extra linens,
table cloths and china.
During the many months we were
planning our Tea Room, we observed that nearly everyone has an old
china set somewhere at home. Some sets are proudly displayed,
others are used almost everyday, some merely sit packed away in
boxes. Those china sets all have a story, a connection, for their
owners. Perhaps they belonged to Grandma, or to a Great Aunt.
Maybe they were your mom's or a gift for your wedding gift.
Whatever the story, if those teacups could just talk, what a story
they'd surely tell.
Well, now's their chance. We
invite you to bring in your favorite teacup and saucer and to write
down its story. We'll proudly display your teacup in our built in
cabinet and print a few of the stories in each newsletter. You're
welcome to use your teacup when you come in for tea and of course to
bring it home whenever you want. If these teacups could talk …
Well, now they can and we're listening.