Wednesday, April 22, 2015


This is sort of a strange title but its how I've been feeling lately. Occupied!
I didn't set a full table this week, only a vignette. I have been occupied and ran out of time!
Plus these gorgeous teacups are Noritake, from Occupied Japan!

I wasn't quite sure about the meaning behind "Occupied Japan" so I looked it up.
I thought I'd share it with you.
Occupied Japan is a term used for the time period from 1945 (after World War II) through April 25, 1952; it was during this time that the Allies "occupied" Japan. Japan needed to rebuild their economy after the war, part of the agreement to allow them to export goods out of their country. But there was a catch, they had to mark 50% of all items with "Occupied Japan" or "Made in Occupied Japan."
This could be done with a paper label, cloth label (as on scarves, doilies, clothing), engraved, handwritten or stamped.

A little history lesson long with tablescaping....................... who knew!
On to my beautiful cups!

This crystal creamer were a gift from my Aunt Moni years ago. 

And the sugar bowl and teaspoons were a gift from my friend, Gretchen & my Uncle Chip.
The sugar bowl & creamer match! I was lucky!

I use them alot! 

A new thrift item is this pretty pitcher.....I loved the scrolling!
And it is blue & white, my favorite!

Another treasure.........I hold dear. My Aunt Emily gave me this perfume bottle years ago!

When I spotted this lustreware teapot at The Thrift Store, I had to have it! 
So many of you were doing lilac tablescapes. (That's the actual name of the store)
Are you like that?
The teapot is sitting on hand-painted plates made in  Japan.

My birdies are sitting on Goodwill plates that only say "Royal limited", on the back.
They have roses all around.....

 I have only four of these pretty cups. I didn't look them up yet either. I will in due time!

Isn't she pretty? That my Swarvorski bracelet she is wearing!

A full picture of the whole table.

Well, I certainly have pulled out all the thrift store stuff today. Glad you stopped by for a peek! 
I will be looking forward to hearing from you.........

Blessings My Friend,

I will be joining:

Tablescape Thursday at BNOTP

Share Your Cup Thursday with Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson



  1. Dear Elaine, Your table vignette is so charming. I love the historical information that you provided. I did not know this. It looks like you are expecting the ladies for tea time. Very nice gifts from your friends and relatives too. Beautiful.

  2. I am glad you had the time to do this. Turned out just so very lovely. Love, Love, love the lady bust.

  3. Elaine, thank you for sharing your beautiful thrift store finds. I love that blue and white pitcher, too. The handle is so interesting - and I'm smitten with those dots. You are so blessed to receive both creamer and sugar pieces that match. They are lovely! I know what you mean about being occupied. So much to do, so little time! My mom has some things marked "Occupied Japan". She explained it to me once, but I forgot. Thanks for explaining it again! I appreciate you pausing to post your vignette. It's very pretty!

  4. Putting all of your lovelies together made for a gorgeous vignette! Love the teacups and enjoyed the history lesson about occupied Japan. The teapot ant the pitcher are both fabulous finds! I'll be setting a blue and white table for May. Thanks for sharing with SYC.