Nancy Nikko at Home

Year: 2019

Modern Victorian Pottery, Emma Bridgewater Style

Emma Bridewater Victoria pottery

Emma Bridgewater designs are perfect examples of Modern Victorian Pottery. They have a sense of vintage about them even though they’re made by a contemporary designer and pottery company in the Victorian village of Stoke on Trent, in England. Each of the pottery pieces is hand-finished. The distinct shape of the mugs have a handcrafted […] Read more…

Infusing Honey with Herbs & Spices

Bees and the all the buzz… Honey, and especially bees, are a thing these days.With a spotlight being placed on the buzzy fliers due to their diminishing numbers, more and more people are paying special attention to them. And not only that, many are becoming beekeepers. City beekeepers, suburban beekeepers, country beekeepers! I have first […] Read more…

Teacup Tuesday: Tiger Raj by Lynn Chase

Tiger Raj teacup

From artist to designer This colorful and exotic teacup pattern, Tiger Raj, by artist Lynn Chase, exemplifies her whimsical take on the animal kingdom. Having traveled extensively throughout Africa, South America and the States, Chase turned her creative talent towards tabletop settings for which dishes became her canvas. She started her company, Lynn Chase Designs, […] Read more…

Antique Malls and Flea Markets near Chicago

antique and vintage teapots

The art of the hunt… I love a day of antiquing…or maybe more correctly, the term would be vintage shopping. I don’t often buy things that have reached the 100-yr mark (that deem them a true antique)- with the exception of china. Even so, I love to browse, and I usually end up buying something. […] Read more…

Lapsang Souchong & Laphroaig

Smoky Lapsang Souchong

Lapsang Souchong, The Smoked Tea Lapsang Souchong, sometimes called ‘smoked tea’ is originally from the Chinese Wuyi region in the province of Fujian. It’s thought to be the oldest black tea in history. It’s also one of the first teas the English drank when tea became popular, and one of the teas that was tossed […] Read more…

Visiting Stratford Ontario for the Shakespeare Festival

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespeare and the other Stratford… Last week we drove up to Stratford in Ontario, Canada to enjoy their Shakespeare Festival. Although I have been to Canada a number of times, it’s always been at the other end of the country – I grew up in Seattle. So I had no idea that many of the […] Read more…

Teacup Tuesday: Copeland Spode Wicker Dale

Wicker Dale Spode Copeland

A charmer with Jane Austen appeal If ever there was a teacup that screamed ‘Emma Woodhouse,’ this pattern by Copeland Spode has to be it. Named Wicker Dale, it’s a delicate, but lively floral pattern on fluted porcelain with a basket weave pattern around the top outer third. Spode pottery was established by Josiah Spode […] Read more…

5 Movies to Sip Tea and Shiver to!

Cozy Suspense Movies

These movies span the ages, but all have a Victorian sense of spookiness to them. From cozy mystery to Hitchcockian Thriller. I love a mystery, and I love a little suspense too. What I don’t love is gore. Lots of blood gurgling out of body parts doesn’t say ‘put the kettle on’ to me. These […] Read more…

High Tea at Five…

High Tea Savory Foods

High Tea at a ‘High’ Table… Contrary to what most people in the states believe, High Tea is actually more like supper, served around 5-ish. It was called ‘High’ Tea because it was served at a high table vs. a low table – which was common for Afternoon Tea. If you’re reading this blog, you […] Read more…

How to Read Tea Leaves

tasseography

The Art of Tasseography, aka Tea Leaf Reading Tea Leaf Reading, or Tasseography, has been around for centuries. In ancient eras, similar readings were done with wine sediment. Today, people use coffee grounds from a French press, in the same way. Tea leaf reading has remained popular through the ages. Though its ‘recent’ heyday was […] Read more…