The Traveling Teacup Cools Down In So Cal

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Wonder what a So Cal traveling teacup is? Today, find out how the traveling teacup cools down in So Cal.

so cal traveling teacup with iced tea

Today, we are taking a bit of a side-trip from the regular blog happenings here at My Wee Abode, and joining in on the fun of the Traveling Teacup.

If you are new to this blog hop series, our hostess is Barbara from Mantel and Table. Barbara came up with a super fun and lovely idea to send a teacup all over the… Well, you can read more about it on this bon voyage post.


Our visit today involves our little hot beverage cup and saucer that just arrived at MWA from the beautiful Pacific North West via Kim at Shiplap and Shells. Kim shares her happenings with the teacup through visiting different areas of her lovely cottage.

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The Traveling Teacup Arrives in So Cal

When the sweet little teacup arrived in So Cal (aka Southern California), I immediately decided that it would get a new traveling vessel at the end of our visit!

so cal traveling teacup in worn out  box
This worn out box will get a refresh when it leaves the extreme temps of So Cal!

When I opened the box, this is what I was greeted with!

pink floral cup and saucer in packing and a box

It’s lovely, even in bubble wrap and packing peanuts (which, BTW, coordinated with the lovely pink flowers on the cup!)

I’m sure the little teacup and saucer had a bit of a shock when they arrived from the cool PNW, only to be ‘hit-in-the-face’ with 100 degree So Cal temps!

A So Cal Morning Visit with “Friends”

The mailing address I often use is my sister’s address, as it’s a little precarious to receive packages at my townhouse community.

My mom lives with my sister and brother-in-law, so it was fun to unbox the teacup and introduce “her” to some of my mom’s treasures!

so cal traveling teacup on teacup shelf with other teacups on wall
Our ‘traveler’ visiting one half of my mom’s collection.

I think ‘she’ looks rather happy to be visiting with so many friends!

floral teacup and saucer on teacup rack

My mom has received a teacup and saucer for almost every Mother’s Day since my sister and I were in our late teens. Usually, we included a custom floral arrangement, as well.

Barbara has several of the same teacups that my mom has, as well. It was a little surprising that Mom does not have our traveler in her large collection.

so cal traveling teacup on teacup shelf with other teacups on wall
The second half of the collection. Each rack is on either side of the white brick fireplace.

Several years ago, Mom let us know that her collection was ‘complete’, so we started gifting her different things. πŸ˜‰

Do you see any cups that are ‘sisters’ to yours?

Morning Coffee With Mom

Since we were at Mom’s ‘place’, we decided to grab a ‘friend’, and have a cup of our fave beverage…


so cal traveling teacup two teacups with hands holding the handles

Yep, Mom and I like a good cup of coffee in the morning, and this morning was no different.

My favorite cup in her collection is “Jewel” by Lenox (c. 1957-69). (It’s a coincidence that the name is also my family nickname). The outside blush color is complemented by the creamy off-white inside the cup, on the handle and pedestal.

blush teacup with silver edging and turquoise dots

And, my fave part is the retro turquoise sunbursts (AKA “atomic”) that are actually raised on the cup!

Several years ago, Mom asked us which cups we want to inherit. And of course…

so cal traveling teacup bottom of teacup with name printed on it

The details of ‘true’ teacups and saucers are always amazing to me!

floral teacup and saucer with coffee inside
The lovely single bloom inside the “star of our show” is a sweet surprise for the ‘drinker’.

And the pink-trimmed single-finger handle is enhanced with a little round ‘bead’ attached to the cup.

so cal traveling teacup handle closeup

One more photo (and one more cup of coffee) before we leave for a busy day…

floral teacup and saucer with coffee inside

A Busy and HOT Afternoon for a So Cal Traveling Teacup

As we headed to My Wee Abode from my mom’s, I realized that this was not going to be a ‘hot’ beverage day. Lots of DIY and blogging work was on the agenda, and the thermostat was rapidly approaching the 100 point!

After working a bit on the coastal bathroom makeover, I was way overheated! It was time for some desk work and a cool snack.

so cal traveling teacup with sliced nectarines inside

Teacups… they aren’t just for drinking anymore! Who knew?!

For those that don’t know, the virtual Haven Conference kicks-off on Thursday, and I’m heading up to the PNW on Wednesday to retreat with my sweet friend, Jessica from Jessica Welling Interiors. We will be visiting her family’s beach cottage on Camano Island. (Don’t worry… we’ll be smart and safe.)

highlighted schedule on table with teacup on the side

Summer, summer fruits it wouldn’t be summer without ’em. (Okay, be honest… are you singing now? Who remembers that commercial jingle?)

so cal traveling teacup with sliced nectarines inside

Lots of work was accomplished this afternoon, with blogging activities, photos shoots (this one specifically), editing of photos, planning my conference schedule, and opening happy mail.

At this point, it was TOO hot to do anything but sit and try to relax in front of the TV.

The So Cal Traveling Teacup Relaxes in the Not So Cool Evening

My beverage of choice in the evenings is usually a hot cup of decaf coffee (Peet’s is my favorite… any flavor. It tastes just as good as ‘leaded’ coffee).

However, this evening the temperatures were extremely hot, and a hot cup of anything was just not going to cut it.

So, the traveling teacup cools down in So Cal in many different ways. Including with my fave COLD beverage of choice…


so cal traveling teacup with iced tea
so cal traveling teacup with iced tea

The pretty little teacup was filled several times with some of my favorite unsweetened bottled ice tea from Pure Leaf… And I was up until 1am!!! πŸ˜‰

And so we wrapped up our busy little day… drinking a cool cup of ice tea and watching Christmas in July on the Hallmark Channel!

so cal traveling teacup with iced tea

Now It’s Your Turn

Be sure to visit all the stops of the traveling teacup, and stop by for updates to the list, as well:

Are you a teacup collector? What is your fave pattern? Do you see one in my mom’s collection that is part of yours’ too? Let me know in the comments!

The next stop on the journey is back to the other side of the country, but not quite to the east coast! See you in Ohio via Finch Rest, my floral friend!

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so cal traveling teacup with iced tea

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    1. Thanks, dear friend! I wish it were stopping with you! You would have so much fun at the lake with it!

    2. Hi Paula – I’m so happy you like the series! Our little teacup has been to 7 stops now! πŸ˜‰ All the stories are on MANTELandTABLE.com, and I’d love to welcome you over there to check them out! I’m hopping over to your blog now too – it looks beautiful! Thanks for following along!

  1. I just love this blog! You’re Mom;s teacup collection is amazing an beautiful. And such a great idea of the traveling teacup. It was great seeing you and your Mom yesterday and I hope you have a great time at the “Conference”. Thanks for the hug – lol. Love ya!

    1. Thanks Melan! It was really good to see you last week, too! Let’s do coffee soon! Thank YOU for the hug! Heheeee!

  2. This is so great Julie! What a wonderful stop for our teacup – so many new friends!! πŸ’— And it’s so sweet of you to replace her box and to even fit her into your crazy fun schedule! πŸ˜‰ Next year for sure at Haven! Thanks so much for being a wonderful teacup host!

  3. Is it possible the cup had a more interesting day than I did. LOL! I loved reading about this, what a clever concept. Your mom’s tea cup collection is gorgeous! I am pouring over my schedule for Haven as well. Maybe we’ll be in the same chat room for a session!

    1. Dang… did you see me at all in any of your sessions? I didn’t see you! Did you enjoy your mentor?

  4. Your Mother’s teacup collection is so wonderful! I have a similar teacup display case in my home, I bought it many years ago from a shop in New England that hand made furniture called Yield House. They would send catalogs to my home of “early American” type of furniture which was very in style in the ’70s. I have a lot of Irish Belleek china teacups and accessories in mine.

    A traveling teacup idea is very sweet. I’m glad you were able to share time with your mother while taking photos of it.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Pat. Yes, my mom enjoyed the morning, and I think she thought it was interesting watching me take all the photos. πŸ˜‰ The first rack was given to her by my dad. He found it in a store somewhere. After several more years of collecting, she wanted another one and we couldn’t find one to purchase, so my brother, a finished carpenter, made one for her!

  5. Hi Julie! I so enjoyed the teacup and saucer’s visit to you there in SoCal.

    I am so sorry it is scortching hot for you there. We had upper 90s and sooooo humid all last week – and then several huge thunderstorms followed by perfect weather for 4 days in a row now. This is mid Ohio. It is NEVER perfect weather here. So I am trying to enjoy it as much as possible!!!!!

    My fav pic of yours is you and your Mom’s hands enjoying your cuppas. My own sweet momma has been gone for 25 years on July 23rd. So enjoy every single one of those moments you have with her. β™₯

    I have been collecting teacups for 30 years. I sure enjoyed your mother’s collection! I love she wrote which daughter gave her which ones. : – )

    Thanks for the smiles!

    1. Thank you for dropping in, Michele… and for the lovely comment! Yes, my mom has a lovely collection. I bet yours is huge and gorgeous, too, after 30 years!

  6. It looks like the traveling teacup loved visiting you! And yes, I agree. The cup got a very different weather experience! Looking forward to the Haven conference. You are traveling at the perfect time! It is going to be gorgeous this week! Be safe!

    1. It was INDEED gorgeous! I still am dreaming about the weekend! I hope I can visit again… super affordable!

  7. What a sweet idea! This traveling teacup reminds me of the Flat Stanley my son sent off from school and we watched as it made its way around the world. Love your mom’s teacup collection and I imagine you had a fun day together. Will check out the other posts on the teacup tour. <3

    Enjoy Haven!
    Barb πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, I agree about the Flat Stanley nod, Barbara. And my mom’s teacups are definitely a good memory in our lives!

  8. That is such a cute idea and how fun to have been a stop for that beautiful tea cup! Your moms collection is beautiful and I love that you and your sister do that for her. I have only a few cuts and treasure them. Hope we get to meet up in person next year at Haven and return big hugs!

  9. I love learning about the traveling teacup, Julie….what a fun concept! And seeing your Mom’s teacup collection was fun too since I also have collected teacups for many years (and I also declared the collection “done” since I was running out of room!). I spy one or two of the same ones that I own – she has some beautiful teacup!

    1. Hehe! I still wish we could give her more… now that we can afford more expensive and well-made teacups. There are a couple of Lenox now, as well as some others that were nicer as we became adults! πŸ˜‰

  10. I don’t know how I’m just seeing your blog for the first time! Excited to get the cup. I don’t have the collection that you’ve got! That’s amazing. Can’t wait to see more of you blot with coffee this morning.

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