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A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Tea Time Tuesday

Hello friends and welcome to my 10th Tea Time Tuesday post!

I would love to have you participate in Tea Time with me! All you need to do is share a favourite teacup or tea pot. A scripture verse or short story would also be most welcome and appreciated. You may use either one of my Tea Time buttons at the top of my sidebar if you like.

It is my desire to bring a little food for thought along with sharing a favourite teacup or tea pot. I would like Tea Time Tuesday to be a blessing and an encouragement to you. So please make yourself comfortable and allow me to be your hostess.

This is a week of Easter celebrations for a lot of us and so I thought I would share one of my most prized tea sets; my beloved Rose Chintz. It is the perfect china for Spring and Easter dinner.
Rose Chintz is a pattern which was produced by Johnson Brothers in England. They started their company somewhere around 1882. This particular pattern was produced between the years of 1930-2003 and is one of the most popular transferware patterns ever produced by Johnson Bros. This busy rose design incorporates large roses mixed with pretty wild flowers. There are reproductions around now but they do not bear the stamp with the green mark on the back such as the originals do.

I acquired most of my Rose Chintz from my Auntie Phyllis who received her set as a wedding gift. Over the years she and her first husband had added to the set so that she had acquired quite a few pieces.
I love it because I fancy its romantic rose design. It is like sitting in a rose garden when a table is set with Rose Chintz before you.
It also reminds me of my beloved Auntie P. Whenever I look at it, it whisks me back to when I was a little girl visiting my Auntie who always served her meals on these pretty dishes.
These are two demi-tasses she gave me.

When I grew up, I wanted to collect this lovely china myself but alas, by that time, it was very difficult to get them.
Then one day, I happened to find some pieces on eBay which simply thrilled me to pieces and my auntie generously supplied me with many of her own pieces after she moved into her condo. Would you care for a cup of tea? I love the flowers on the inside of the teacup too! A little dessert too would be nice with your tea. This is called Cool Fruit Delight which I usually make at Easter time. It is basically a concoction of fruit mixed with sour cream and marshmallows on a graham wafer crumb crust. It's just right following a big turkey dinner!

Of course, no tea or Easter would be complete without chocolate! Lindt and Hersheys is my favourite!
Before I introduce you to my participants today, I would like to share this short story with you...

This past Saturday, my hubby and I spent the day with our 8 year old grandson Cameron. My hubby had driven over to pick him up and brought him back here to our home.
When Cameron first walked into our home, he had on his jacket and his head was covered by one of those knitted hats with the braids hanging down. They seem to be quite popular these days. He looked so cute! I was so happy to see him but at the same time I was startled at how much he resembled his father, our oldest son Jeff, at that age! Cameron is quiet in nature like his father as well; a very nice young man!

Many of our family traits are passed down from one generation to another. It's uncanny sometimes how alike a child and his parent can be! When I saw how much Cameron resembled his father in his looks and temperament, it made me wonder how much I resembled my heavenly Father.

The Bible tells us that we are made in His image. I wonder, do I resemble Him by my actions, my words, and my deeds? Can people see Jesus in me? Do I live my life in such a way that I leave a sweet fragrance behind wherever I go? I hope so! My desire is to be a blessing. I hope yours is too.

"And whatever you do in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks through Him to God the Father." - Colossians 3:17

Thank you for stopping by today. Please let me know in your comment if you wish to participate in Tea Time Tuesday and I will happily add your link to my post.

Have a lovely day dear friends and I pray you have a beautiful and blessed Easter. The Lord bless you and your family!

Participants are listed in the order in which they started participating.



Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Sandi, I left a comment on your previous post just in time to get back to your home page and see this one!!! Please add me to your list for Teatime Tuesday. Here's my post:
    I'm lovin' your blog! And LOVE your Rose Chintz china!!

  2. oh dear.. my heart beat always skip each time I see your beautiful chintz china.. all so lovely!

    and by the way, I have put my post and would appreciate if you could add me for today's Tea time Tuesday meme. :-)


  3. I love the chintz, the precious momments are one of my favorites. You have a very beautiful blog.

  4. This is the sweetest post, Sandi. Your sweet spirit surely shines thru.
    I am totally and forever in love with that chintz tea set and dishes. O, I will be on the search for some of these delightful dishes. Just beautiful. have a real knack for arranging your pieces for photo shoots...they look so nice.
    Thanks for hosting and for adding my link.
    xo bj

  5. Dear Sandi, this is just so lovely! I cannot tell you the feelings of peace, joy and serenity that come over me when I visit your lovely blog my dear lady!

    It is just 'a true rose bower' and those ever so artistic photo vignettes of your beautiful Rose pattern dishes are stunningly sweet and very beautiful!.., I am delighted almost beyond words!

    Yes please, I would like you to link me up that I may also join in!

    (I had many problems with blogger earlier today,yet thankfull they have been rectified! Then I had to go out to tend to my dear, relatively recently widowed mama, who is not well)!..,

    ..,(You see dear Sandi, my precious dad died suddenly three years ago this May 30th due to an accidental severe blow to his head; he is thankfully with the Lord)!..,

    Thanks ever so much for visitng my blog today and for those kind and encouraging words! Please do also join in with my little, 24th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two' blog party this week as well Sandi!

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

  6. Hi Sandi, Your rose chintz dishes are beautiful.. I always love chintz & roses so how could it be bad? I love them stacked under the cloche! Bella

  7. Please add me to your list...I wasn't sure I would get a post done, but here it is:
    Carrie - Oak Rise Cottage

  8. Very romantic setting. I love the combination with the pink dish. Wish you a romantic day and hopefully you will get some Lindt and Hershey delishes at Easter.

    Lovely greetings,

  9. Hello Sandi
    So nice to join you for tea today and I enjoyed seeing your rose chintz china, especially close up to see the pattern.
    Our oldest grandchild is also named Cameron and he'll be 16 this year with high hopes of a driver's licence.
    Have a beautiful Easter with your family.

  10. Sandi, I love your rose chintz china. Thank you for sharing the story about it. I can see that it is very special to you - you named your blog Rose Chintz Cottage and Inspirations! And your blog banner features this lovely teaset! I love how you do your photography, with white lace in the background. It makes one focus on the photo subject -as one should! Thanks for your inspirational story too. I would be glad to participate in themed teas, if I know the theme a week or so ahead of time - I prepare my posts ahead of time usually. Not sure if that is realistic for you. Great tea time, Sandi! God bless you and yours!

  11. Sandi, I am joining you today for Tea time.

  12. How lovely, both your dishes and your blog...

  13. Oh Sandi, what a beautiful post you've done today! Love all your dishes!... Dessert was delicious!.. And it's wonderful to hear the joy you find in the time you can spend with your grandson!... I have just posted my tea party at the following:

    Again, thank you! I am so enjoying this weekly event! ~tina

  14. I so enjoyed my tea time Sandi. What absolutely beautiful dishes. I LOVE them. I can see why you treasure them so and with so many pieces belonging to your Aunt, all the more special. I too have noticed how many of my grandkids remind me so of my own kids. It does pass down from generation to the next. I too REALLY want to reflect my Father in Heaven. Such an inspiring and pretty post. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Debbie

  15. I always loved that Johnson Brother's Pattern! Enjoyed my visit to your blog!

  16. Sandi,
    What a beautiful set you have there!! I love it and have admired it in your header for some time now!! And what a nice story to go along with it! It is my pleasure to be part of TEA Time Tuesday! I would have commented sooner but blogger was not excepting comments when I got home from work this morning!!

  17. Sandi darling what a tuly beautiful post. I am so in love with your Rose Chintz china. Each time I click onto your blog, I smile when the lovely set greets me. God Bless your grandson, you and all your family. Thank you for the beauty and sweet words you place here for our enjoyment.

    Love & Hugs

  18. Your photographs are so lovely as is your tea set!! I loved your dessert!
    I am swimming in sweetness from my visit! ~Theresa

  19. Your rose chintz is so very pretty, as is your delicious looking dessert!
    Thank you for sharing with us today. I hope you have a lovely Easter.

  20. I love the Rose Chintz pattern. It's beautiful! I love the little touches of perwinkle/lavender in it.

    I so wanted to have my tea photos finished...maybe I'll make it yet!

    Your table is absolutely stunning!!!

  21. The Johnson Bros. dished are very pretty and pink is my favorite color! I also like that cake stand you put your dishes on--perhaps one day I'll find something like that for my daughter. I'll be working on something for next week, so I can join in then. I'll be working on 'looking' like my Father this week. Thanks for sharing! Have a blessed Holy Week and Happy Easter. ♥♫

  22. Thank you for visiting me for Tea on my blog! Yes, we both have the same name for our Tea Time Tuesday! I have been planning this Tea Time for four years now. I see you started just a little ahead of me. My health has not let me follow my dream of hosting Tea Time Tuesday. As many know I had a battle with Breast Cancer for seven years now, with 40 surgeries. I am still recovering from my last surgery and Tea Time has given me such a lovely boost to do something with my life as I recover. I just love your Rose Chintz! So wonderful to have an Aunt to give you such wonderful Treasures! I went to an auction last year, and bought the Rose Chintz creamer. I just love seeing all the different pieces of this lovely China! I so glad you invited me over for Tea! I had such a lovely time seeing your Rose Chintz! I need to go find my creamer and see if it has the wonderful stamp! Cross my fingers! lol If not I will love it anyway! Thanks again for inviting me over for such a lovely Tea Setting!

  23. Hi: I just love your tea set. This is a favorite design of mine. I did not know about the green mark. Thank you for the education as well. I would like to be added to your Tea Time. Martha at I also want to thank you for joining our party. So many of us with the same love of tea cups. Have a blessed Easter. Martha

  24. Hi Sandi, what a pretty teaset! Love the way you have displayed your teacups in your cloche too. It's precious and I would have never thought of that.

  25. A beautiful post. Love the teaset. Blessings!

  26. Hi Sandi, Please add me to the list for Tea Time Tuesday. The china is lovely and your site if very inspirational. Wishing you a Happy Easter!

  27. How beautiful! Your china is lovely and what wonderful memories to go along with it:).

    Blessings this Holy Week,


  28. Your blog is beautiful and made me want to reach for a teacup and scone! These pictures of lovely set tables are just little ways you leave a sweet fragrance where you go, sharing the beauty the Lord has put into your life, and that is much appreciated. Glad I stopped by...wish we could share a cup of tea!

    Blessings ~

  29. Such beautiful pics, Sandi! I love this pattern!!

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful and blessed Easter!

    Happy PS!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

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I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY! ~ Sandi