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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

"A joyful heart is good medicine." ~ Proverbs 17:22

Monday, 1 August 2011

Tea Time Tuesday

"The serene philosophy of the pink rose is steadying. Its fragrant, delicate petals open fully and are ready to fall, without regret or disillusion, after only a day in the sun. One can almost hear their pink, fragrant murmur as they settle down upon the grass: 'Summer, summer, it will always be summer.' "  ~ Quote from Victoria magazine by Rachel Peden.

Welcome friends to my 79th Tea Time Tuesday! 

I hope this finds everyone well and happy. I am counting my blessings especially these days because the results of my biopsy were negative so I can breathe easier. Thank you to all who prayed for me and inquired about my health. I am truly blessed by your friendship and I am thankful to God for all of you as well as my family and friends.

This is my first tea party for the month of August; another month to celebrate Summer and all the beauty of the season. My roses keep blooming and I keep bringing them indoors. They are so fragrant and fill the room with their delightful scent.  How I wish they could bloom all year round!

I had already prepared my tea post for today and then I received a lovely surprise in the mail. So I will share that other post with you next week and today's tea post will be about my lovely surprise. This worked out well too because Hubby and I will be out of the province later this week and I'm trying to get posts prepared ahead of time.

Jocelyne @ Jocelyne's Tea Parties ~ http://jocelynesteaparties.blogspot.com/   had a Giveaway to celebrate her birthday back in June. Isn't that a lovely thing to do? And I was the winner! Our postal service had held it up  for a couple of weeks but it arrived safe and sound. I had no idea what I was coming only that it was a surprise. Do you like surprises? I do; especially ones as lovely as Jocelyne's!  This is what she sent me...

A beautiful rose snack set made by Burton & burton called Romantic Rose ...

Isn't it pretty? The teacup sits on this sweet tray which has an indentation for the cup to sit in. I just love it!

Also included in her sweet package was a lovely hand-written card, a pretty white doily tucked inside the teacup, as well as an adorable gold spoon with a teacup on the handle....

...and a little framed scripture verse. I am thrilled and awed by Jocelyne's generosity!

"Sing to the Lord a new song, sing to the the Lord, all the earth." ~ Psalm 96:1

Now, I want you to know there is another very good reason why this snack set is such a lovely surprise. I already had this sweet tea-for-one set which matches the snack set. It is adorned with the same lovely pink roses.

I also had these pieces; a lovely scalloped cake plate as well as a handled tray, all in the same pattern. The pieces I have are all Coventry Garden by Skye McGhie and the Burton and burton snack set is a perfect match. All of these items are made of porcelain. Don't you just love it when this happens? They were all made for each other! It's as though Jocelyne looked through my tea things and  chose this especially for me.

Thank you, Jocelyne. It has been a true blessing to receive this. I hope you will pay Jocelyne a visit. I know she would love for you to stop by!

I never dreamed of 'meeting' such lovely friends when I first started my blog! My blog began as a creative outlet of sorts as I was no longer writing bulletins for church and I missed it. My church bulletins were a little different than most, you see. Most bulletins I've seen are very business like and have mostly church stats, news and upcoming events in them. I wanted mine to be special so I added short stories, poetry, prayer requests, and little tid-bits that would be of interest to those reading them. Anyway, I missed writing them and so, I decided to take a deep breath and create this blog instead. So glad I did!

Now, how about some tea?

The day I created this post, I had had an early morning appointment and I had not had any breakfast. When I got home, I was hungry, so I made myself a cup of Ginger Peach tea, a fruit cup of peaches and strawberries,  and a boiled egg. I used my new snack set and how pretty it looked with my roses and rose petals strewn about the table. 

I got nasty habits; I take tea at three. ~ Quote by Mick Jagger
{Sorry, I couldn't resist. This quote made me smile!}

Not only did everything taste good but it was pretty too! Tea was delightful using my new Romantic Rose snack set! And of course, Victoria magazine is never very far away when I'm sipping tea!

If you would like 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.

NOTE: I will be out of the province this week so I may take a little longer getting around for my visits.

I am pleased to join the following parties as well~

Kathy~ http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com/
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness

Marty~ http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/
Table Top Tuesday

Martha~ http://www.marthasfavorites.com/
Teacup Tuesday
Terri~ http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/
Teacup Tuesday

Wanda Lee~ http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com/
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Pam~ http://breathoffreshair-paperbutterfly.blogspot.com/
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Wanda Lee~ http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/
Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee

Donna~ http://thehomemakingarts.blogspot.com/
Tuesday Tea

Trisha~ http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/
Tea Party Tuesday

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

Trish~ http://angelwingsandapronstrings.blogspot.com/

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

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


Crafty Gardener said...

What an adorable snack set you received, and how lucky that you already had pieces that match it.

Johanna said...

Dear Sandi,
I think we all are happy to hear about your good news concerning your health. What a wonderful sursprise was this sweet giveaway from Joycelyn. That is such a fabulous snack set and so wonderful with the matching items. Joycelyn made this parcel with so much love, as only a dear person like you deserve. Enjoy your giveaway and have a wonderful time.
Best greetings, Johanna

Wanda Lee said...

So lovely dear Sandi, I hardly know where to begin!

Thank God for your good news regarding your health!..,What an adorable snack set; all so pretty with your lovely roses!

God bless from Wanda Lee

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

I wanted to pop by and invite you to check out my give-away since your tea parties are part of what makes blogging so magical for me.


Blessings Kelsie

Becky K. said...

I am so happy to hear that your biopsy was negative. Whew! These things can really make us stress.

Your new snack set is adorable....and that it matches one you already have is very sweet.

Becky K.

Marydon said...

Sandi, you set such lovely table settings for us to enjoy. Isn't Jocelyn the most wonderful!! I adore her.

Your biopsy is great news, mine came back negative also. Thanking God for good news, askign Him to lift those that are having medical issues. May He heal them all.

Have a beautiful week.

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Sandi
Jocelyn's surprise came at a time when you needed a lift and it's nice that you already had some pieces that match.
I'm so glad you're feeling better and that your worries are over.
Thanks for hosting tea each week.

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

Sandi, again blessings to you for your positive results, I know how stressful that can be. Your gifts are beyond amazing from that sweet blogger, she definately chose right for you dear lady! Enjoy your tea and have a fun week.

Barb~Bella Vista Cottage said...

Hi Sandi, again, we are so grateful you are okay.Praise God!!

Your tea pictures are so lovely and I just adore the gorgeous flowers.

Thanks so much for hosting.

Hugs, Barb

Kathryn Ross said...

Sandi - Such a lovely gift you received amid all the prayer and good wishes - and how God has blessed you! All your roses today are lovely! ANd, I really enjoyed hearing about your interesting spin on the church bulletin. What a wonderful ministry that was - but how much moreso is your blog!! Enjoy your trip and hope to hear from you soon!
Miss Kathy

Wanda Lee said...

Dearest Sandi,

I have something special for you to claim over @ my http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com blog.

Know that although the other dear fellow bloggers have inspired me greatly..,

..,You were the one who initially inspired me to create this little blog gift, prior to adding the other dear ladies names!

~ You have always been so kind and faithful;(as have they)! Especially with your kind consistency in showing forth the love of God and you have touched me greatly in your kind, compassionate, faithfulness. (Even when I did not always have the strength to visit you as quickly as I would have much preferred)!

Hugs and love from Wanda lee

xinex said...

Congrats for winning, Terri. It is a very lovely set...Christine

Beth said...

Hi Sandi, Love the giveaway gifts you won! Everything is really pretty with your pink roses. Enjoy your vacation!
Blessings, Beth

Mildred said...

What a thoughtful gift. Your photos of all the pieces are so pretty! Wishing you a blessed week, Sandi.

Bernideen said...

so glad to see you won the Tea and Crumpet Set - just lovely! I so enjoyed your post with all your pretty things!

Ruth...Time Was Antiques said...

Hi Sandi. Have a good break. Your roses chi8na is lovely. What a wonderful gift! I have been neglecting this, the 2nd of my blogs...but I'm going to improve!
Ruth (also Antiques And Teacups)

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Sandi,
And, how blessed we are that you started your lovely blog. You bring so much spirit and joy to blogland.
Just adore your snack set surprise gift. So gorgeous and so wonderful that you already had pieces to match.
Your roses are beautiful and go so well with your new pretties.
Joycelyn is a sweetheart to make your gift so special.

Praise God that your biopsy was negative and you are okay. Prayers have been answered and for that we sing!! Love the quote in the pretty little frame.

Have a wonderful time away and enjoy breathing easier that your test went well. God bless your health!

Blessings to you sweet friend.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Sandi, what a lovely gift you received and how nice that it matches some other pieces you have!
Enjoy your trip away! Blessings, Pamela

HHL said...

Sandi I'm so happy to read your great news .. to good health... and what a beautiful surprise you received. Your pieces are all beautiful and your fresh rose sparkles with joy!! So many wonderful things to celebrate on this tea visit ... Happy Tuesday Tea , safe travels, ..blessings.xo HHL

Diann said...

Oh Sandi! What a beautiful giveaway to win! It is just goreous!

Marianne C. said...

Sandi, I'm extremely happy about your good news! God bless you always!

Talk about serendipity! What a delight that you already had the same pattern, and what a lovely gift! How wonderful to receive such surprises. No technology that I know of can replace the joy of discovering unexpected pleasant surprises in the mail.

Your post made me happy!

Have a glorious time,

Sherry said...

I am so happy to hear you are well.I missed your post about that. Such a scary thing to get tested for, so relieved you are okay. Your snack set is lovely! What a sweet gift. I am always so happy to visit and hope you have a great vacation. Thanks for having us!
Your Friend,


Congrats for winning and for your good news about your health! Wow, I love good news like this, Sandi. Your fortunate to have pieces that go with your new things, too pretty. Lots of blessings. FABBY

The Tablescaper said...

I'm so please with your good news. Lovely rose tea. It would be wonderful if they bloomed all year. Just think, your good news will keep reblooming.

- The Tablescaper

Jocelyne's Tea Parties said...

What a sweet post! But this is to be expected from such a sweet lady! I had no idea you already had matching pieces ~ it was a gift put together by the urging of the Holy Spirit. God surely shows his love for us in many ways. I am so glad you like it and so thankful for the healing you have received! Much love ~ Jocelyne

♥ Miss Tea said...

Hi Sandi,

what a beautiful snack set you recieved! and you have the tea for one to match it as well! how perfect is that? loving the design and pattern, what a wonderful surprise and thank to the LORD for your good result too, i wish you and your husband a lovely time out in the provence! thanks for sharing and hosting again! Blessings, Susan

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a beautiful set you received! Just gorgoeus!!


Micupoftea~ said...

Hello Sandi! Well, your post is just delightful, as usual~ What a special treat to receive such a meaninful and thoughtful gift in the mail. Your fruit cup and boiled egg with tea sounds like the perfect light meal. SO glad you are well and enjoying the beginning of August~

Terri said...

Hello Sandi,
I am so thrilled to hear that your biopsy news was good! Yay! That is fantastic!
Love the rose sentiment as well as your gorgeous photos, and what you won is really amazing! What a lovely surprise that was!

Wildflower Cottage said...

What a lovely surprise! That snack set is quite adorable, feminine, and beautiful! The little frame that held the scripture verses was lovely as well. :)

I enjoyed stopping by for tea with you today. Those berries sure looked good with your peach tea. :) One day, I'll have to think about joining you for tea, except my tea will be hot cocoa, tee hee. :)

I LOVE your blog! It is simply delightful! :)

Charlotte said...

I'm glad you won the give-away:) How exciting to receive such lovely things!

I think your roses are so pretty. It is nice to have fresh flowers to bring in the house...gives the feeling, and scent of being outside.

So happy you had good news from the doctor...don't the roses smell sweeter after good news!

Hope you have a blessed day today, thank you for sharing tea:)


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Sandi, congrats on the win and the good news from the doctor about your health. Your setting is beautiful as always and the flowers are beautiful. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...


Kathy said...

Hello Sandi,
I am so glad your test came out negative! Great news! Lovely win - how wonderful that it matches your tea for one set! Lovely with the roses and I love the quote from Victoria! I hope you have a very blessed vacation!Thank you for sharing your post with A Return to Loveliness,
God Bless,

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Sandi
You are really lucky as you have got a beautiful set
I love it!

Martha's Favorites said...

Sandi: What a wonderful blessing from God. A good report! God is so good to us. I am so glad you got your gift, it could not have come at a more wonderful time. Blessings and good health my friend. Martha

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