Apr 7, 2008

Tea Cozies from Russia and England


When I posted late last night I didn't think I had an entry for this weeks Hospital-i-Tea (http://gracioushospitality.blogspot.com/) "Stitches-for-Tea" challenge. I don't know why, but I totally forgot until this morning that I had these two fabric, hand made tea cozies. I think both are unique and kind of cool! Here they are:

When my husband and I led a group to Russia in 1972 we brought home lots of interesting things. This tea cozy is one of them. It is fabric and all hand stitched. She's holding a tea cup in her hand.

Here she is a little closer so you can see more detail.

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A face only a mother could love!
This pretty little tea cozy was knitted for me by a dear, sweet friend. My husband and I have vacationed at the same Florida beach apartment complex during the same weeks of the summer, along with about eight other families who have also had the same family tradition, every year for 30 years. We call each other our "beach family" and we mean it literally after all these years of watching our children grow up and one by one become grandparents. Now our children come too with their families. Sweet Mary and her husband Glyn were the first people we met that first year and they took us and our children under their wings. Mary is from England and Glyn is from Wales. We've cherished their friendship all these years and consider them to be an extra set of grandparents to our children. Mary brought this precious hand knitted tea cozy to me one Christmas holiday season.

13 comments:

ceekay said...

Kathy, you crack me up. You are so correct about a face only a mother could love. Who ever saw one of those before? And your crochet one, it looks warm enough to be a real winter cap. Duel purpose! Great post girlfriend.

ellen b. said...

Both of these cozies are wonderful. I've never seen anything like the Russian one but you're right about the face :)
My parents were born in Russia. The story behind your second tea cozy is wonderful. What a wonderful friendship! Enjoy.

Carrie said...

Thanks for sharing your special tea cozies and their stories.

Miss Sandy said...

I love that grandma tea cozy! It is so unique and I have never seen one like this before! So cute!

Storybook Woods said...

That Russian tea cover is just so charming. Clarice

La Tea Dah said...

What a unique (and adorable) tea cozy! I love the tea-woman! What a special reminder of your visit to Russia! And the knitted English cozy is lovely as well. I imagine it does a very good job of keeping the teapot warm!

Thanks for sharing. . .and. . .btw. . .I enjoyed the pretty pictures of your home as well!

LaTeaDah

fireflynights said...

Your lady with the cup tea cozy is quite unique. Glad I got to see her.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

How charming your Russian tea cozy is! I could love that face and I know I'm not her mother! LOL!

Knitted cozies always look so cozy!

Me said...

I have never seen a tea cozy like the one from Russia -- it's so unique and whimsical!

Thank you for also sharing the picture of the tea cozy from your friend - it's so nice to have treasures like it. :)

Revee

Arleen said...

What charming and unique tea cozies! Thanks for sharing them with us.

Grace Yaskovic said...

I love your tea cozies!!!

A Hint of Home said...

I love the knit tea cozie. I could use one for my tea pot. They cool off so fast, don't they?
Have a great weekend.

Sweet Necessi-Teas said...

I love your two tea cozies. What great stories! Thanks for sharing.