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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Tea Time Tuesday

May~ A month of celebrations.  It arrives at my house on the wings of birdsong and is filled with delight all month long!

Hello all my wonderful tea friends and welcome to another Tea Time Tuesday! 

Did you all have a nice weekend? The spring peepers have begun to sing their chorus behind our home and I saw our first gold finch of the season.

The month of May fills me with such delight! It is the promise of sun kissed flowers and fresh green buds  adorning the trees. Then soon, very soon, the trees will be resplendent, dressed in their lacey green tresses. I can almost hear the tinkle of fairy laughter in the air!  

The birds are busy at the birdfeeders and our resident chickadees have been chasing the sparrows all weekend. It was all rather comical to watch because my little masked feathered friends think they own the birdfeeder!  They had possession of it all Winter, you see!

"Spring had come once more...lingering along through April and May in a succession of sweet, fresh, chilly days, with pink sunsets and miracles of resurrection and growth." ~ L M Montgomery - 'Anne of Green Gables' 

May always brings a smile to my face. It's a month of celebrations at our house because we celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, and Mother's Day. May and June have long been my favourite months of the year which is why we chose the month of May to get married. So did my middle son and his wife! My hubby and one of my little grandsons have a birthday this month and of course there is Mother's Day too.

There is something magical and romantic about May. It's a time to dream! As you can see, Breena, my little fairy friend, is doing just that in my potted rose.

So, please, do come in and make yourself at home. As promised, today I would like to share a sweet little tea cup which my hubby gifted me with for Easter.

This adorable tea cup is vintage and it is made by Royal Albert. It is post-1945 and that's about all I know about it. The roses are handpainted in pink and the leaves are green. The edges are slightly scalloped and sponged in gold. The handle has been handpainted with gold trim and the cup has a footed base which is also trimmed in gold. I can't find any information on it. I only know that Hubby got it at an antique/gift shop. The markings are hard to make out and the number, I think, is 2618 with a 3 below that. If any one knows the pattern of this teacup I would appreciate you letting me know!

I love the pink posies and sponged on gold! It is such a pretty shape too.

Very dainty!

Do you ever get a hankering for something? Besides tea cups, I mean.

Well, I got a hankering for Bread Pudding! So I whipped up a concoction of cinnamon dusted bread cubes and plump raisins, then drizzled a rich custard over it. A wee sprinkle of nutmeg and popped it in the oven. While it was in the oven, I made a sauce to go over it. Yum!
If you would like the recipe, I have posted it on my Christmas Pudding blog just this morning.

WARNING: This pudding will go straight to your hips!

Would you like to try some with your tea?

The tea is steeping and I have set out another teacup for you. 

Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things. ~ Chaim Potok

Ah, tea ~ A hug in a cup! The newest issue of Victoria is out and I love the blue and yellows on the cover!

Such a fresh combination; very springtime! Most of my married life I have had blue in my home but I've never had blue and white china. Curious, isn't it? It's not that I don't like it. I love it, in fact! Somehow or other, I've taken to the reds and pinks more. Must come from being surrounded by men most of my life. A husband and three boys call for mainly blue in a colour scheme.

I just love the lacey pottery they share on pages 70-73. Maggie Weldon preserves priceless memories with delicate lace imprints of antique lace. Like footprints in wet sand, her pottery always tells a story. They really are beautiful!

{My next door neighbor used to have a kiln set up in her garage. Pity she no longer has it!}

This issue is so lovely, filled with gardens, laces, and lovely sentiments. Victoria really does appeal to my feminine nature!

Do you like lace? Lace adorns most of the windows in my home. I like to use it on tables and in little unexpected places too. I know some think it's somewhat grannyish but I cannot get enough of it myself! If you are a romantic then you must love lace! The little square of lace peeking out of my new tea cup was a gift from a friend who knows my appreciation for it.

Where there is faith; there is love
Where there is love; there is peace,
Where there is peace; there is God,
Where there is God; there is Bliss.

Next week will be my Mother's Day Tea. I hope you will join me then. Wishing you all a lovely day!

If you are participating in Tea Time Tuesday, please be sure to link back to me so that your friends may find their way here and visit all my wonderful participants. Thank you. Don't be shy about sharing your tea things! It could be a favourite coffee mug or even an antique tea spoon. I would love to see them! If you would like to do coffee, iced tea, hot chocolate, or hot apple cider, instead of tea, that's all right too.

NOTE: Saturday, May 7th, my friend Bernideen of Bernideen's Tea Time Blog ~  is hosting a new tea party out in the garden. I hope you will check it out.

I am joining the hostesses of the following parties as well~

Kathy~  - Victoria - A Return to Loveliness

Marty~ - Table Top Tuesday

Martha~ - Teacup Tuesday
Terri~ - Teacup Tuesday

Wanda Lee~ - Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Pam~ - Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Wanda Lee~ - Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee

Lady Katherine~ - Teatime Tuesday

Donna~ - Tuesday Tea

Donna and Miss Spenser~ - Teacup Thursday

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Hi Sandi.... I really would like to link to your next party, but it will have to be on Wednesday when my next post will be up... Would that be OK with you?



  2. The teacups are so pretty. I am partial to the green one though. Congrats for all the Birthdays and Anniversarys.

    Our Granddaughter, Grandson, and Myself are Birthday babies this month.

  3. Hello Sandi,
    that was so cute of your husband to gift you this pretty little cup. And it matches perfect with the pretty one in green. I also enjoy hearing the birds singing and the flowers blooming. Spring is a great time. Thank you or hosting this sweet event and for having me for tea. Wish you a great week.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  4. Hi Sandi, Your new teacup is very pretty. I must pick up that new Victoria magazine this week. It looks interesting. It's been a pretty nice weekend here and today is gorgeous. I hope you are having a nice day too. Blessings, Pamela

  5. Hello Sandi
    Your husband is so good at picking out gifts for you and the teacup he chose is very pretty.
    I've been through the new Victoria once quickly but now I can take my time and read everything.
    Have a great week and I'll see you next for our Mother's Day Tea.

  6. Sandi,
    How lovely that teacup is! What a sweet gift. I love that issue of Victoria too. I love your fairy and the reference you made too it. Made me smile! Thanks for having us. I will have to check out the tea on Saturday.

  7. Hi Sandi!
    Your teacups are so pretty and that bread pudding looks yummy! I also really like the bowl the pudding is in! Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful day!

  8. Dear Sandi
    Comming here is always a pleasure every Tuesday
    Your Tea cup is really pretty and dainty ,I love it
    You are lucky with your husband
    Mine today is a gift from my husband too, in my birthday
    I think they know very well that things that we love !
    I would like very much join you next week in your party
    Really May is a beautiful month!

  9. Again Sandi; thank you for a few minutes of rest, relaxation and thought.
    - Joy

  10. What a beautiful teacup set, Sandi. It is very dainty. Your bread pudding looks so delish!...Christine

  11. Oh Happy Belated Birthday and the cup is such a thoughtful and precious gift. You always have the most lovely tea things. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  12. Hi Sandi, hope you enjoy your busy May with all your family celebrations. Your latest tea cup and saucer from your hubby is lovely. Thanks for hosting Tea Time Tuesday..enjoy!

  13. Hi Sandi,
    I love your new teacup! Funny,I made bread pudding on the weekend too-it is one of the few desserts Andrew likes too.
    you have lots of excitement coming up this month.
    Thank you for hosting again,


  14. Hi Sandi! OH, what a lovely post! That is a very pretty teacup and sweet of your hubby to give it to you. The other green teacup is beautiful too! I love my tea and I will have just a tad of that bread pudding. I'm already padded pretty well, so just a tad for me.
    Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  15. Dearest Sandi,

    Many thanks for your kind words and prayers last week for dear Pam.

    Last week's tea post was so lovely as usual and I am enthralled with the beauty of your lovely pretties this week, especially the teacup with the lace and also with the pink rose.., So pretty!

    Thanks also for taking part with last week's TTTT and also with my
    80th, Tuesday Tea For Two.., We always love having you join in the fun with us!..,

    Pam was much improved when they left for home last week; I'm delighted to be back in the swing of things once again with my own blogs as well!..,

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

    P.S.~ (I will be re-posting about the, May Mini Teapot Swap, for tomorrow).

  16. Sandi this is so lovely. I am so in LOVE with that rose teacup! I am so partial to teacups with roses as my beautiful daughter is named Sophia Rose after my great grandmother who was delicate and beautiful just like a ROSE! I do not have anything like that green teacup and it is so fun to think of the adventures trying to find one similar on my antique outings!

    Have a wonderful week!!! Thank you for brightening mine!


  17. Hi Sandi,

    I love your sweet pink posy teacup you got for Easter, how lovely.
    thanks for inviting me for tea, and happy birthday and congratulations for the anniversary.
    My daughter and I both have May birthdays.
    I also get Victoria magazine here, but have to wait a while to have it shipped out. I really love it too.

    Happy week

  18. What a sweet post! I love it when my husband shops at antique stores for me! Your husband picked out a beautiful set for you! I just picked up that issue of Victoria when I was in Oregon and have yet to read it...I'm hoping to get to it sometime this week!

    Have a wonderful week!


  19. A beautiful tea cup and I LOVE bread pudding which is almost a national dessert over here which I haven't had yet!!!!

    And I'll have to wait for my Victoria until I get back -- you're such a tease!

  20. Thanks for stopping by Sandi! I quickly linked up to your party! Yay! I see you also shared the latest Victoria magazine as I did! I too loved the Blues and Whites! Soooo pretty! Your new teacup is so pretty! What a nice hubby! You lucky thing you! I would drop in a dead faint if my hubby did that for me! He doesn't understand the art of teacups!! LOL! But that's okay... I don't understand the art of collecting every DVD on sale either!! Ha ha! Have a great week! Hugs!

  21. I received that issue of Victoria magazine too and am so happy to read and re-read the articles with pictures of my favorite color combination, blue & white.Of course, sipping tea from a pretty teacup like the ones you have posted today makes it even more special.

    The birds around our homes sure do make us happy and bless us with their presence, and even good weather doesn't deter them from monopolizing the feeders, does it?

    May, may she give us here in the Pacific Northwest a wee bit of much needed sunshine!

  22. How sweet of your husband to go into an antique store for you and pick out this cup! It is a really pretty cup with those hand painted roses on it!
    Spring really is special, I so agree! It is just so full of promise!

  23. HI, Sandi,
    I just dropped in to say Hi!
    Love your Tea Party pics. Sooo pretty.
    May is so lovely I wanted to wish you a Happy Spring!

    Many Blessings, and Hugs from Naples NY, trudy

  24. Lovely! The Royal Albert Chintz is beautiful! And the bread pudding looks yummy! I love it, but don't make it because know why...I'd eat it all!
    Hape a great day...I'm late today. Sigh...

  25. Hi Sandi,
    How sweet of hubby! such a great guy...I love reading Victoria, have you found that the prices of Magazines are getting crazy..I use to buy several at a time when I went to the store, but now I pick and choose just my favorites.
    Have a sweet day and big hugs, Elizabeth

  26. Hello Sandi,
    Thank you very much for your visit to my blog and the kind comment you left there.
    Your choice of teacup for today is very dainty indeed! It´s so cute and fresh.
    best wishes

  27. Lovely post and photos. I had to do a brief post as I have lots of custom floral orders with Mother's Day.....and an event at my store Saturday.....

  28. Hi,
    I came across the link for your site while browsing another site ... it caught my eye because Rose Chintz are the dishes I grew up with. I "inherited" some of them from my mother and also bought the Summer Chintz pattern from Johnson Bros. and mix and match them. Just love all the tea things on your site :)
    Aggie Fegan

  29. Hello Sandi,
    This is such a lovely post. Love May and June too - June is our anniversary month -
    I think I saw a few dishes at Tuesday Morning today - I wish I'd paid more attention to the pattern. Will have to go back by!
    Love Bread Pudding - one of my favorite recipes is Paula Deen's version.
    I made a feeble attempt at copying one of those lace dishes using clay - may share it after I paint it - I thought that was a fascinating article! Thanks for sharing this with A Return To Loveliness.
    Always a Delight,

  30. Hi Sandi.....I think that I have that very same tea cup somewhere in my stash! That pudding looks divine and I sure could use a sugar rush right about now:-)

  31. Hi Sandi
    What a lovely tea cup your hubby presented you with.
    And the table arrangements are beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice week!

  32. I have joined your Tea Party Tuesday,, I'm a two week newbie and fumbling along,, I did a copycat of Victoria Magazine,, I hope you don't mind but it was sitting on my table when I saw yours and it was just too tempting.I love you photos (mine are a bit sad) I hope to improve,, I can paint pictures much better than photograph them,, I'm having so much fun,, thanks again,,

  33. Hi Sandi: Always a pleasure to join your party. Your cups are beautiful. Love the gift your hubby gave you. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  34. Your teacups are so pretty! Love the pic with the square of lace! Lovely post!

  35. Thankyou so much for following my blog and for your kind words,,

  36. I just loved the tiny pink roses on your teacup and saucer. I have been enjoying the new "Victoria" magazine, too. Your dessert is so tempting!

  37. Hello Sandi,

    I just discovered your lovely blog and everything about it is so beautiful and inspirational. I am a Christian too, and also a lover of all things "tea", from the beautiful china teapots, and cups and saucers, to hostessing a little tea parties any time the mood strikes my fancy.

    Thank you for sharing your faith and lovely thoughts with all of us.

  38. What a pretty post. I love all of your lovely dishes. The colors and patterns are so soft and charming. Congratulations on all of your special events this month ~ it sounds like a busy one.

  39. Hi Sandi,

    What a gorgeous teacup from your darling husband! You have set such a beautiful tea table with your pretty tulips and scrumptious bread pudding. Have a great week!

  40. Hi Sandi, I so love that lace and the pretty roses on your tea cups! How pretty!

    I'm running as usual. Graduation party is almost here! Have a great week.


  41. hi Sandi

    Yes, your comment finally came through:)

    First - I LOVE bread pudding and your recipes sounds and looks divine!

    Your month of May sounds like ours - 6 b-days and Mother's Day. Happy Anniversary!


  42. What pretty teacups. That was so sweet of your husband to give you one for Easter :)

  43. So many delightful treats in this post, Sandi! I love the teacups - a beautiful way to welcome May. We are finally having some sunshine and enjoying being outdoors. Georgianna

  44. I too am a major fan of Victoria, but not only do I adore blue and white, I have a ton of it! LOL. I'd love to have you join us at Seasonal Sundays this Sunday, particularly since it's Mother's Day.

    Thanks for your comment on my tea pots for a royal breakfast. I've since posted a lot more of our royal breakfast and thought you might like to come back and take a look.

    - The Tablescaper

  45. I just love your post Sandi! Thank you for always making us feel special and pampered at your cozy tea party. The little green cup reminds me of Martha's button!
    Have a wonderful weekend and blessed Mother's Day.

  46. Such sweet tea cups and just love the fairy photo, so soft and pretty! Your header is so pretty Sandi!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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