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Monday, 8 August 2011

Tea Time Tuesday & Heart of the Home Party

August
Fairest of months! Ripe Summer queen
The hey-day of the year
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen,
Sweet August doth appear. ~ R. Combe Miller

A warm welcome to you, dear friends. Please come in and join me for another Tea Time Tuesday.  This is my 80th TTT and I think there's a Giveaway coming up soon!

It's another rainy day here on the Island. My, it's been a poor Summer for the beach but today is a good day to stay indoors, read and sip a cup of tea.


Two of my favourite reads are Victoria and Tea Time. I just won a free subscription to Tea Time in a Giveaway from Trisha at Sweetology ~ http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/   Thank you, my friend!  Trisha is a very generous and talented lady whose blog is pure delight. I know many of you are already acquainted with her and for those of you who are not, you must check out her blog. Every week she entertains us with wonderful tea parties and recipes. 

Hubby and I just got back from a wonderful visit with my family in New Brunswick and I must apologize for being late with some of my visits.

Sheila over at Note Songs ~ http://notesongs.blogspot.com/  is having another Heart of the Home Party featuring roosters and chickens and since I love the creatures myself, I decided to join her. I just so happen to have a few of these handsome fellows around my home, so come along with me as I share some new finds and a few of my feathered friends.

I think my fondness for roosters and chickens stems from the years I spent on my grandparents' farm when I was a little girl. I used to help my Granny gather the eggs and the birds were always strutting about the yard. Such fond memories!

This fellow stands tall and handsome above my kitchen cabinets. He is in good company as this is where I have many of my teapots displayed. He reminds me of the rooster we hear every morning beyond the trees in our back yard. All of my roosters and chickens are made of cast iron. The big guy below was once a rusty brown and I gave him a coat of creamy white and distressed him. I think he looks so much better this way.


On top of the refrigerator is a vignette with a feathered family; a rooster and a chicken. There is a little sign hanging on the basket which says, "Families That Pray Together Stay Together."


Also above my cabinets is this little lady. She is keeping company with more of my teapots just like her handsome companion, Mr. Rooster.


I also have a rooster teapot which you've all seen before.


I also have this rooster plate which I found at HomeSense in Vancouver when I was visiting my son and his family.



Now, would you like to see my new finds?
One evening Hubby and I walked into a shop where we came upon this creamy white tea set complete with a wire carrier.


Decisions, decisions...So, what would you do?

A wonderful wire carrier holding all of these pieces...6 crystal edged saucers. I like the saucers most of all. Can you see the sparklies and raised floral motif? 


There were 4 crystal-embedded teacups and 2 mugs...,


A covered sugar with its own spoon, a creamer with a broken handle, and a teapot with its missing cover; all for less than twenty dollars! Each piece has a split personality as one side is adorned with the palest green floral motif while the other is studded with crystals and a sort of medallion.

Originally priced at $86.99, it was marked down due to some damage.



The creamer with a broken handle didn't bother me too much and the teapot was missing its cover. Two teacups were broken so they threw in two mugs and I was torn! I wasn't sure if I liked the crystal/ medallion side. I much preferred the plain side but they were growing on me! I had all kinds of ideas running through my head and the wire carrier itself would come in handy. So, they came home with me.

This is one side of the teapot with its florals and two crystals.


Below is what the other side looks like. When I want to use it, I just borrow the cover from another teapot. Can you make out TEA on it?


When not in use, this is how I re-purpose it. A vine and a book snuggled next to a wire cloche, and it makes for a cute vignette in a corner nook.


I think I got a good deal!

Now, how about a cup of tea?

I was hoping to set my tea table out under our maple tree but it was too windy with the threat of rain. So, I set the table up in front of the window with the tree in the background. I have used two different bouquets; one pink and one white. My hubby prefers the pink because he thinks all white is boring. LOL

I will share both with you.

The pink rose bouquet...Can't you just smell my roses? One of my roosters has joined us for Sheila's party.


And the white Queen Anne's Lace bouquet...


I had used this lace doily in an earlier post with silverware in it and I decided to tie it up with some Queen Anne's Lace for a softer look. I am so happy that these wild and lovely flowers grow abundantly around here in fields and along the roadsides! Free for the picking.




The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort and refinement. ~ Arthur Gray


....Butter tarts...Yum!


The breeze was blowing the lace curtain because I had the windows open. Somehow I don't mind how this turned out because there's something charming about lace blowing in the breeze, don't you think?


Well, there you have it. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my newest finds. I love finding a bargain, don't you?
I know I said my posts would likely be shorter since I'm on vacation but they are just as long as before. LOL. Thank you for stopping by for tea and having a peek at some of my feathered friends too. Next week, I have yet some more finds to share with you.

"And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary." ~ Galatians 6:9

I would love for you to join me for Tea Time Tuesday! All you have to do is share a favourite tea cup or teapot, a coffee mug, or something tea related. If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea or the following is acceptable too: apple cider, iced tea or iced coffee, hot chocolate, lemonade, or punch. The TTT button on my sidebar is available for you to use in your post or place on your sidebar if you wish. A poem, tea quote, or scripture verse would be more than welcome! Please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

I am pleased to join the following parties as well~

Sheila~ http://notesongs.blogspot.com/
Heart of the Home Party - Roosters and Chickens

Victoria - A Return to Loveliness

Table Top Tuesday

Teacup Tuesday
Teacup Tuesday

Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee

Tuesday Tea
Tea Party Tuesday

Lady Katherine~  http://ladykatherineteaparlor.blogspot.com/
Teatime Tuesday

Trish~  http://angelwingsandapronstrings.blogspot.com/
L.A.C.E.

Miss Spenser~  http://missspensersblog.blogspot.com/
Teacup Thursday





Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

51 comments:

  1. Love your roosters! Wish I could find some like that around here.
    You got a great deal on your tea set with the carrier. I would have brought that home, too. Little oops don't bother me and everything needs a home and extra love.
    Hugs- Tete

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  2. Hi Sandi, I enjoyed seeing your chickens. Last spring I saw some red plates (square) with roosters on them and I seriously considered purchasing them but didn't. I believe you made the right decision in buying the cream white teaset. I think it's lovely!
    Blessings, Beth

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  3. Hello Sandi, I enjoyed your post today as always. Your chickens and roosters will surely please Shelia. I love the pretty white tea set you got at such a great bargain! Very nice. I wish you blessed week. Pamela

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  4. Hi Sandi, the white tea set is truly lovely. I know you will enjoy it for many years.

    Thanks so much for hosting.

    Barb ♥

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  5. Hi Sandi,

    What a gorgeous set and for such a wonderful price too! I'm glad you purchased it. I think you would have regretted it later. Very pretty chickens and roosters. Thank you for hosting this week.

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  6. Hello Sandi,
    Congratulations to your 80. Tea Time Tuesday. Time is running so fast. Tea Time Tuesday is a big mark in my week. I lov all your iron roosters, hens and chicks. You did a fine job by painting them. And your new tea set is fabulous. The lid of the tea pot is perfect. I would have thought about it if you hadn't mention it.The crystals are nice, but you are right, the other side is very nice, too. And the Queen Anne Lace is a nice addition. Thank you for the wonderful tea and for hosting this sweet event.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  7. Hi Sandi
    I like your rooster pieces, something I don't have a hankering for, but like to look at the collection others have.
    Darn good buy on the cream tea set, breaks, chips and all!
    I've subscribed to Tea Time for almost a year now and I like it as much as Victoria, great magazine with lots of good ideas and recipes.
    Happy 80th TTT!
    Judith

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  8. Hi Sandi,
    I loved the roosters and your new tea set was a real bargain!
    White china is always beautiful and this was a good addition to your china collection.
    Hugs

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  9. You got a good deal on the tea set with carrier, it's really pretty. And Ilike your white roosters. I can imagine how heavy they are.....Christine

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  10. Your white rooster is the twin to my green rooster!! That butter tart looks mighty yummy!

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  11. Oh my Sandi where oh where do I start! Thank YOU for the thanks here! I am so so so so glad you received this copy of Tea Time it is packed full..did you see the peach hats, how cute! You will love it for sure. Now on to that tea set. Can you believe I have been searching all over the internet for this set?! I saw it on a post at Aiken House Gardens a while back and fell in love with it but have not found any place to order it online. I could hardly believe it when I saw you present it today how amazing!!!! It has found a good home. CUTE roosters today too. HAve a fantastic week.

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  12. Pretty tea sets and great roosters! Love the plate:@)

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  13. My favorite 2 magazines too! I'd whole lot rather see a tea party than visit a tea plantation. I have to say - I am not a chicken/rooster decor person. This is a very popular motif I know. I did however just visit my son and daughter-in-law and they have 5 chickens so we had eggs every morning and they tasted SO MUCH BETTER. This was a fun post you did!

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  14. Hi, Sandi! I do so love all of your peeps. Love the white ones. They look perfect with your pretty things, and I love the teapot, too.

    Dropping by from Shelia's to wish you a very Happy Cockadoodledoo Hen and Roo Day! Is there such a thing??? ;-)

    Love from the other Sheila :-)

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  15. Such beautiful vignettes you have created. I'm just loving all of your white roosters and your bargain white tea set.
    Marianne :)

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  16. Sandi,
    What a great deal on the tea set! It is adorable. I also love your white roosters. Thanks for having us! Have a great week.
    Sherry

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  17. That is the sweetest tea set with sparklies on it. Love it. Also love your cast iron roosters. Joni

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  18. Oh, Sandi! what a beautiful post! Your tea set is so pretty with all the sparkles on the pieces. Now your white Rooster looks so lovely on your tea table! I love it and so elegant.
    Thank you so much for coming to my party.
    You are the sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  19. Very pretty tea set and love your chickens. Kathi

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  20. Hi Sandi,
    What a treat to visit your tea time and find so many pretties and roosters too. What a fun party. I love your white roosters and the red plate is gorgeous.
    You found such a gorgeous white tea set on vacation, and my goodness, what a great deal too. There is something so beautiful with a table set in white. You sure made the right decision to purchase it.
    So enjoyed your tea today. You always make it very special my friend.
    Thank you also for the anniversary wishes and kind comment. Good Luck in my giveaway.
    I will be on a little vacation but will visit again when I return. So glad you enjoyed a nice time away.

    Blessings always,
    XO Celestina Marie

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  21. What a find!!! The tea set with carrier!

    Beautiful table settings...

    Betty @ Country Charm

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  22. Your tea table setting is beautiful. I don't blame you for buying the damaged ones, I would have also. They are still cute. Loved your little chicks and roos. Thanks for sharing. Karie

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  23. Hello Sandi,
    Your post is so lovely. So many things to see! And your new tea cup set is amazing! What a bargain! I adore the shape of the cups.
    Now, the butter tart has me drooling....oh how I love a good butter tart and tea!
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  24. Great chickens. You did a nice job with the painted one. What a great find with the tea set. :-) It's my first time linking to Tea Time Tuesday. Thank you for hosting.

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  25. Sandi, I so enjoyed my visit. Your tea set is lovely. Great find.

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  26. How wonderful you won the subscription to Tea Time. Don't you love it? I hope you continue to enjoy your holiday...even if your posts don't grow shorter. We're glad they don't!
    Ruth

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  27. Hi: I love your new tea set. I have never seen one with crystals before. I am also a rooster fan. Thank you for sharing your beautiful things with us today. Love it all. Blessings, Martha

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  28. Ciao, ti ho vista da Celestina...il tuo post è bellissimo!!! Baci,Anna.Vado a mettermi nei tuoi follower.

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  29. I often think that some of the loveliest finds are a little imperfect. And, of course, that red rooster plate caught my eye too. Thanks for sharing.

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  30. what a beautiful collection of roosters u have! love the bouquet and as usual you have a stunning tea set collection and what a lovely new addition tea set with wire too! congrats on winning the giveaway and I always enjoy visiting and joining tea time tuesday with you, thanks for hosting! Blessings, Susan

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  31. Hi Sandi,
    Pretty post! I love tha sparkly teaset as I also couldn't resist it when I saw it marked down so much.

    Thank you for hosting,

    Carolyn

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  32. What a wonderful post! Congratulations on your Tea Time subscription! Trisha is a Delightsome person! OH my, I fell for your latest find! Imperfections and all - too, too beautiful! Gorgeous paired with your white, rustic roosters -always a delight to visit you and to share this tea time on Tuesdays! Thank you for sharing your marvelous post with A Delightsome Life,
    Kathy

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  33. I love the simple elegance of the white setting. The one with the curtains blowing is my favorite

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  34. Dear Sandi
    All what you show today is lovely!
    Hugs

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  35. I always love every single thing you post! The chicks are adorable and I love the white!!! Thank you so much for hosting another fabulous tea party!
    <><
    Concetta

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  36. Sandi, your white dishes and accessories are so pretty. I also adore your gorgeou white roos and chicks. How fun. The basket with the little chicks strolling in the bottom is such a creative display. As always, everything is lovely. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  37. Sandi,
    I will start with the butter tarts. They look just delicious!! I am rather new with the tea cup events and love postings when people go into great detail. You really taught me a lot!

    Your new dushes are oh so lovely. I adore the roosters, and love them all in white. I have pink walls so i like the white against the pink. It is so pretty.

    I would love to have you stop by!
    http://katsuijewelry.blogspot.com

    Fondly,
    Suz

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  38. What a fabulous find for the white teaset, it was a realy bargain.

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  39. Two of my favoite mags and your roos and wonderful :)

    Blessings!
    gail

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  40. Those are my favorite reads too and the Queen Annes Lace with your tea set is perfectly charming... Funnily enough we just visited PE!...What a magical place...chickens rooster and all... Thanks for sharing...HUGS

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  41. Love the whiteness of your post.

    - The Tablescaper

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  42. Hello Sandi~
    ahhhh, your post was exceptionally lovely today! All the white dishes and the charming display rack was photgraphed so nicely. What a cheery rooster pot. Love how you lay the flowers on the table. :)
    shawn

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  43. You certainly do have a couple of roosters around your place! I totally agree! :)
    Mona

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  44. Sandi,
    I love this sweet little set that you have shared with us here today!!
    I adore both sides!!
    And I love your hens and chickens and roosters!! LOL!!
    No house hould be without them!!
    LOL!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  45. Hi Sweet Friend!
    I am so remiss in getting over to see you. Have been somewhat busy, you must come see my latest post to see why...and hubby was in Germany/England for 2 weeks and I just kept busy, since I missed him. I guess I wasn't doing much via computer then.

    Anyway, I have been praying for you and wondering how you have been. Write me soon as I want to know!

    Your post are always so dreamy and lovely. What a STEAL you got with that lovely set. I am a mix n match girl and could see you having so much fun with it all. And I see you already repurposed that sweet teapot! Just wonderful!

    Hugs and Love!
    Lorena

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  46. Lots to get caught up on after vacation! You adore you rooster dishes and tea set...how fun. My friend raises chickens in MT and would love these.
    Lady Linda

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  47. Thank you for the nice hot cup of tea and a goodie! It's nice to get out and visit now and then, isn't it? Also...thank you for sharing you Roo's with us...

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  48. Hi Sandi,
    Your roosters and tea set are lovely.The stand for the tea set is unusual and pretty.
    I always like the beautiful flowers you use in your tea settings.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

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  49. Sandi I think you got a great buy with your new teaset!
    I like the saucers most of all too.
    What a gift to have Queen Ann's Lace growing wild near you - one of my favourites for it's delicate appearance.
    Your roses are beautiful and I love the way the breeze floated the lace curtain across your table.
    So very pretty!!
    Thank you for always sharing such wonderful LACE with us :-)
    God bless you, my friend..Trish

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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

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