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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Tea Time Tuesday

Hello my lovely tea friends~ Welcome to my 37th Tea Time Tuesday!

Autumn has arrived and with it come the shorter days and cooler temperatures. Pumpkins and Fall displays are decorating many doorsteps and our gardens are putting on a show of reds and golds as the foliage turns colour. Soft candlelight glows within our homes and we snuggle close to the fireplace with our cups of tea in the evenings. Many of us are making plans for Christmas, including me.

Today I'm once again sharing my mother's Lavender Rose china. Made in England by Royal Albert, it is a lovely and feminine pattern. Because of my love for pink roses, the pattern really appeals to me; which is why I started the pattern for Mum in the first place who also loves the colour pink.The roses have a touch of lavender in them as well as some of the leaves and sprigs which adorn the white china background on each piece. The view of the top of the tea pot shows how lovely it is. From the gold fluting around the top of the pot itself to the leafy design on the handle, it makes for a very pretty receptacle for your tea! This tea pot holds about four cups of tea.

I love the little rosey Royal Albert marking on the bottom of each piece too!
"Tea tempers the spirit and harmonizes the mind; dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness." ~ Lu Yu

Yes, I'm still playing around with my baby pumpkins. This little pink pumpkin sits upon a white tray and snuggles up to the teacups. I'm not an orange person so all my pumpkins are pink and white. Glitter has been sprinkled upon pretty much every one of them! I'm big into glitter too.

My mother sold the family home a few years ago and had moved in with my sister. They are now moving into an apartment and therefore Mum has entrusted her china to me because she no longer has any use for it. I am happy to have it and will cherish it always.

There are many pieces, including several place settings, sugar and creamer, salt and peppers, cake plate, platters, etc. There is also a Royal Dalton figurine in the Lavender Rose pattern. Her name is SHIRLEY and she stands elegantly in her Lavender Rose frock. Her pose suggests that she is twirling as her slender arm is raised and one tiny foot is peeking from underneath her gown.

Delicate roses are sprinkled about the tea pot, teacups, and other china pieces. To sip tea from one of these fine bone china teacups is a lovely respite.
"Tea is liquid wisdom." ~ AnonymousI have a lovely Apple-Cranberry tarte with fresh whipped cream ready to serve with our tea today. It is almost like a jam filling in a shortbread crust; a very European dessert.

A Time of Reflection~

"One of the ways in which we may experience true happiness is to "sip" from the supply of talents and abilities God gives us and use them to benefit others. "Sipping" doesn't require spending great amounts of time. Neither does it require extraordinary or professional helping skills.

Helen Keller, blind and deaf from the age of 19 months, had a remarkable sight when it came to viewing life's priorities. She said, "Many persons have a wrong idea about what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."

How miraculous it is that God has built an automatic measure of happiness into every act of self-sacrifice. Take a sip of happiness by serving others! - Excerpt from "Tea Time with God."

"My servants will sing out of the joy of their hearts." ~ Isaiah 65:14

Thank you dear friends for joining me for Tea Time Tuesday today. I want to thank you all for your visits, your lovely comments, and those of you who participate, your participation. When I began my tea party meme in January, my goal was to not only share my passion for tea cups and tea pots but to also share some inspirational tidbits which would be of some encouragement to you. I hope I am accomplishing this each week!


If you have never participated in TTT before and you would like to, just let me know in your comment and I will gladly add your link to my post. Just share a favourite teacup, tea pot, or china used in a tea. You may also do coffee, chocolate, iced tea, or lemonade if you so desire. A scripture verse, poem, or tea quote would also be more than welcome. Either of the two TTT buttons near the top of my sidebar are available for you to use in your tea post if you wish. As a courtesy, please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with my other participants.


The participants listed below are in the order in which they first started participating. Here's an idea; how about you visiting the link before yours and after yours. That way everyone will get a visit. Thanks and have a fabulous day everyone. God bless you!


I am also linking up with the other tea party hostesses and you will find them below with the asterisks before their names.

Tea Cup Tuesday

Tea pot and Tea Things Tuesday


Tuesday Tea for Two

Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee

Tea Cup Thursday

* Donna and Miss Spencer~

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Hi Sandi,

    I love Royal Albert Lavender Rose and I have also some tea cups and plates. As I can see in your post, the tea pot is so lovely shaped. And I did not knew how many items with this decor exist. The little Lady is fascinating. All your pictures are so sweet.

    I would love to participate with my todays post:

    Greetings, Johanna

  2. I think I just got hungery looking at that wonderful tart! what pretty pieces!

  3. Once again, another beautiful tea! The Lavender Rose china is so pretty, and the lady statue is wonderful. Oh, and I want one of those tarts!

  4. Sandi,

    I am in LOVE with your Mother's China!! OMG!! It is gorgeous and to have all of those pieces including the figurine is just so wonderful!!
    What a special treasure to hand down from generation to generation...hopefully to your expected new baby grand daughter!!!!

    Such a beautiful tea post!!

    Much Hugs,

  5. Oh, Sandi....this looks so inviting, especially on this rainy, chilly fall day! That china pattern is just lovely! I adore your embellished mini's got my creative juices flowing!
    Have a beautiful week~
    ;-D Kathleen

  6. This is one of my china patterns. I don't have the tea pot but I have a couple that have pink roses so they work well with it.

    However, I just love the shape of your teapot, it is beautiful!

    I call it my "girlie girlie" china. :)

  7. Hi Sandi, lovely post and I love the Lavender Rose pattern! The small pink pumpkin is too cute!
    Such yummy looking tarts~ Have a wonderful Tuesday. All my best for a lovely Autumn.

  8. Hi Sandi,

    This lavender is one of the evergreen from royal albert. I dont have this in my possession right now. I love yr figurine. I guess this is the first time I have even seen one in this design. Thanks for sharing. Btw, Im am joining the fun today.

    my posting :

  9. Dear Sandi: How lovely that your Mom has passed on her china to you! What a worthy recipient as I'm sure you'll cherish it forever!

  10. What a Beautiful Post !!! How true that when we are serving God, our Joy is fulfilled :) I love your pretty tea service and "Shirley". It is all the more special as it was your Mother's :) I hope you post a recipe for the pie, it looks yummy !! :) God Bless and have a Great week !!! :)

  11. Sandi, The china is really lovely. You have many pretty things, Sandi. Thanks for sharing them with us. Your tart looks delicious and pretty too. Take care of yourself and may God be with you.
    Hugs, Beth

  12. Oh, my sweet friend, your tea set is stunningly beautiful. The teapot is exquisitely shaped. What a wonderful gift from your dear momma!! And I think the lady is equally beautiful.

    Definitely, a totally beautiful pattern.

    And thank you for the lovely sweet. It was/is scrumptious.

    Anyhow, praying for you, and sending loving thoughts your way.


    PS I'm participating today, and I've got my post up

  13. Hi Sandi, What a beautiful tea set!! I have loved your photos they have showcased the set perfectly!! Shirley is as sweet as can be and a delight at the table:-)
    I am glad to be joining you for tea this week, please add me to your list:-)

  14. Hi Sandi!

    I finally have my tea post up on my blog!

    This is just such a lovely set. To have so many pieces of this pattern is wonderful. The figurine is so delicate!

    Have a wonderful day1

  15. Hi Sandi
    I feel like the Mad Hatter - late for tea! Almost 10:30 pm here and I finally made it.
    I only have the Lavender Rose tea pot that I've shown before and like to use crystal pieces with it and a mix of cups and saucers.
    It would be nice to more of this pattern and I find it touching that your mother would entrust her set to you to enjoy.
    Thanks as always for hosting tea each week.

  16. Hi Sandi, What a wonderful treasure you received from you Mom. All the pieces are so lovely, The lady is so elegant. Hope you have a wonderful tea and take care.

  17. Hi, Sandi,
    It is always a pleasure to come by for a visit, a cup of tea, and a delicious tarte, yummy!!! Your blog is always an inspiration to me. Thank you for always sharing from your heart. I love the china that you helped your mother start collecting. I am thrilled you now have it to enjoy. The sweet lady figurine is perfect, too!! Enjoy your autumn week, dear friend. Love and blessings always~ Vicki

  18. Gorgeous set!!! Esspecially love the matching lady!!!!!! Love your little pumkin too ;O)Many hugs and thank you for sharing!

  19. lovely teatime Sandi! thx for sharing ~
    Scottish Birthday Tea Party tuesday @ FHC ~ everyone welcome!
    please add to your list of parties
    if you wouldn't mind? THX!
    see you soon :)

  20. Please join me in the fun:

    Love the pink pumpkin!

    - The Tablescaper

  21. Greeting Sandi! That tea set is so sweet and delicate! And I love the dancer that matches sweet.
    The Helen Keller quote is so perfect...and thank you so much for sharing it.
    I'd love to join you for tea!
    My post is ready at:
    Many blessings, Doni

  22. Hi Sandi!
    Before I say anything my eyes keep going back to your yummy apple cranberry tart! Yummers!!!
    I've not seen this china pattern before and it is absolutely gorgeous.
    And even more special that it is a family heirloom passed down to you. I know your Mother and Sister will enjoy coming over to your house for a teaparty!
    I enjoyed my visit today and linked up to you on my Tuesday Tea post!
    Gotta love a pink punkin too :-)

  23. So pretty! I love the statue she is beautiful. The set is stunning!

  24. I am loving all of the festive fall posts today! Thank you for sharing all of your exquisite treasures with us today!
    Please link my tea party with yours today!
    <>< Concetta

  25. Dear Sandi, my fave would be the Belle figurine coz it is so rare to find one like yours in Lavender Rose. and the teaset is really beautiful and what a precious set!.. thanks for sharing.
    come and visit for the same post of Tea Time Tuesday

  26. Your set is so lovely. I love roses. I love this time of the year, it was meant to sit, relax, and drink tea.


  27. Hello Sandi :) What a beautiful Set of china that your Mother gave to you; Royal Albert does make some of the most beautiful pieces, don't they! Your Tart looks just scrumptiously deliscious, and is making me VERY hungry, lol :)

    My tea post is now up, and linked back here to you...posting a little later than usual :)

    Wishing you a lovely Tea Tuesday!!

    Warmest hugs, Brenda

  28. What a beautiful blog and very charming treasure you share. Thank you for the inspirational messages. It helps us all through the days, Lisa

  29. Royal Albert AND a pink pumpkin....I'm not sure my heart can take it!!! ;}

    m ^..^

  30. Hi Sweety!
    I'm in....but sorry! Story of my life right now!

    What a lovely set of tea goodies you have shared. The pattern looks so much like my latest tea cup purchase. I love little rose clusters! Too pretty! And that yummy tart...well I'll be right over to join you!..I so wish!

    Hope you are doing okay! Still praying for ya!

    Happy Tea!

  31. Sandi, What a pleasure to share tea with you this week. Your scripture is wonderful and love how it reflects my theme.
    It must be so gratifying to have your mother entrust her tea set to you to be cherished and cared for.
    Love the pumpkins!!!
    Have a blessed week.

  32. Hi Sandi,
    That is a lovely tea set from your mother. How is your Mom doing?
    That tart looks so good. Isn't this beautiful weather we are having?

    I am joining you for tea again today.

    Take care,

  33. Such a lovely pattern for your cups...and that you have other pieces as well. I don't think I have ever seen lavendar and roses together....

  34. Sandi,
    Me again! I had to pop by again to tell you I am on the hunt of some blue transferware dishes. I am doing a Tea at our church which I will tell everyone about in the future but I found a blue transferware plate that depicts Prince Edward Island, the home of Anne of Green Gables and shows the home!!It was #3.00 in Salvation Army. I thought of you and smiled when I bought it.

    And you are right. Our hubby's have so much in common as do we!!


  35. Your Mom's Lavender Rose china is beautiful - what a treasure to have all those pieces. It really is a lovely pattern.

    I think your pink sparkly pumpkins are much nicer than bright orange too.

  36. This tea set is so pretty! And to have something matching from Royal Doulton is so unusual! I have a piece from my grandmother that I'm sure she found in Canada when she visited a long, long time ago. Blogging is good for bringing memories out of storage! Sometimes, I just take things for granted and don't appreciate them as I should. Thanks for sharing with us. ♥♫

  37. Dearest Sandi,
    I had to post to you again today - I wanted to let you know that I have a teacup that matches your set that is on your title page - everytime I see my little cup I think of you! Then I realized that I also have the same teapot that is on the picture of teapots and books - I love that pot - my beloved Nanny gave it to me for my daughter when she gets married! Then I also discovered that I have the same teacup as you - until I looked on the bottom and it said "Dusky Pink Lace" from the Old Country Roses collection - it still reminds me of you!
    Have a blessed day my friend!
    <>< Concetta

  38. Hi Sandi: What a stunning post. I love the tea set. Just beautiful! How much more delightful that it is from your Mother? The pink pumpkin is so cute. Everything was just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your treasures with us. Please remember to include me on Tuesdays, I love a tea party! Blessings, Martha

  39. Oh, Sandi, so glad I found you (on blogfrog)! And just in time for TTT. I used to have tea (or whatever beverage) parties for my family on Sunday after church. They loved the finger foods and tea cups. Thanks for the reminder. Will try to remember to participate in TTT next week. blessings on your day!

  40. Hi Sandi...
    Your tea set is lovely and I really LOVe the lovely little roses all over the nice!!!! The apple-cranberry tarte reminds me of a European dessert called the "Linzertorte"...very similar :) :) :) I'll make sure and visit the link before and after mi they get visits, too!!! THanks for the suggestion :) :) :)Thank you for letting me stop by for tea!!!! Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  41. I am now hungry, the luscious dessert at the end of your Teatime looks so yummy, and perfect with tea.

    Your Mother gave you such a precious gift, and she most certainly knew you were the perfect person to give it to. Everything is so lovely.

  42. I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to play yesterday but I was out all day monday and yesterday and didn't get in until late - hopefully next week..

    I do like the Helen Keller quote and, as always, your post is beautiful presented. Judith (Precious Moments)

  43. Hi Sandi, your pictures are truly soothing to the eyes and the spirit. So much grace here....I love it!

    Hope your apple crisp turns out great. Isn't it such a wonderful dessert to make and eat? ;-)

    Have a blessed and peaceful week.

    Barb ♥

  44. Royal Albert is my favourite ... this tea set is gorgeous..and I want it!

    thanks for sharing!

    ciao bella


  45. Hi Sandi,
    Oh I have so enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. I love your tea time vignette and your precious treasures of china from your mother are gorgeous. I know you cherish these treasured pieced.
    Your yummy goodie looks so good. Now I am hungry!! LOL

    I would love to join in, perhaps after the holidays, as right now I am very busy with lots of painting for Christmas.

    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment and following. I am blessed by your visit.
    Have a wonderful evening and Blessings always,
    Celestina Marie

  46. Hi Sandi,
    Oh I have so enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. I love your tea time vignette and your precious treasures of china from your mother are gorgeous. I know you cherish these treasured pieced.
    Your yummy goodie looks so good. Now I am hungry!! LOL

    I would love to join in, perhaps after the holidays, as right now I am very busy with lots of painting for Christmas.

    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment and following. I am blessed by your visit.
    Have a wonderful evening and Blessings always,
    Celestina Marie

  47. What a lovely post! I have many, many teacups and I do migrate toward the ones with a more simple pattern. Sometimes, if the pattern is too cluttered, it's not always calming!

    Thanks for sharing! I was ready to pull a Poppins and leap into that dessert! Yum!

    Karen June Miller

  48. Sandi, you are so talented with your placesettings and your camera.Your Mom's teapot is so pretty with the ruffel on the edge.I would love to be apart of your tues. parties.Denise

  49. I haven't heard of a Tuesday Tea Party before. What a lovely idea!


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