Nancy Nikko at Home

Month: June 2019

A Shakespeare Excursion. With tea.

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…

Copeland Spode Wicker Dale

Wicker Dale Spode Copeland

Teacup Tuesday: Copeland Spode Wicker Dale 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…

Movie and a Shiver…

Cozy Suspense Movies

5 Movies to sip tea by, 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 five movies do, however. They range from a little […] 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…

Tea Leaf Reading, Tasseography

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…

A Blue and White Party, Afternoon Tea

blue and white chinoiserie invitations

You’re Invited to a Blue and White Party… Blue and White is such a classic color palette. Be it for a lunch gathering, bridal shower, or an Afternoon Tea. It’s timeless when paired with a floral or Chinoiserie motif. What I love about the Blue and White aesthetic is that it’s so mix and match-able. […] Read more…

Blue Ridge Pottery Mountain Glory

mountain glory teacup

Teacup Tuesday: Mountain Glory Blue Ridge Southern Potteries produced hand-painted pottery wares from the 1930s-50s from Tennessee.There’s a certain charm to all of the Blue Ridge pieces that comes from the imprecise brushstrokes. The company recruited women from the surrounding Appalachian hills to become ceramic artists. They trained them, and the women would work in […] Read more…

Retro Tea and the Pimento Cheese Sandwich

Pimento Sandwich Tea Lunch

Tea inspiration with an artistic bent. Well, let’s just call this Tea in the Studio. Imagine yourself an artist, working by yourself in your studio. The smell of paint thinner…thins the air. It’s lunch time.And yes, you could have that Lean Cuisine Salisbury Steak with Mac and Cheese – after all, you’re a little bit […] Read more…

Breakfast Tea, Next Stop Paris

Breakfast Tea Tray Meal

Days gone by…Breakfast Tea Tray Meal If you’re a millennial, or even if you’re a Gen-Xer, you may not remember that airlines used to serve regular full meals on almost every flight over 2.5 hours long. Not so today!If you receive a packet of nuts, free of charge, count yourself lucky. Oh, for the golden […] Read more…

Royal Worcester Royal Lily

blue and white royal lily pattern

Teacup Tuesday: Royal Lily Royal Lily is a pattern from Royal Worcester (Est in 1751) When King George III visited the Worcester factory in the late 1700s, he ordered a breakfast service in what was then called the Blue Lily pattern. Afterward, it was renamed Royal Lily in honour of his Queen, Charlotte. This is […] Read more…