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Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Tea Time Tuesday, A Blogiversary, and the Winner of My Giveaway

"Because nice matters." ~ Nancy Lindemeyer

Hello everyone and welcome to Tea Time Tuesday.
Today is my 3rd Blogiversary and I am so happy you have come to help me celebrate! My  Blogiversary Giveaway has come to a close and I have a winner. I want to thank you all for entering. You have all made this Island girl feel very special and you are all very much appreciated.

I had my sweet hubby draw the name from the teapot and I am pleased to announce that the winner of one of the teacups is~

Carolyn @ Aiken House and Gardens
CONGRATULATIONS CAROLYN! I'm sure you are all familiar with Carolyn and her fabulous blog. Carolyn is also an Islander and she has been with me from the very beginning of my blogging days as well as a regular participant in Tea Time Tuesday.  Thank you Carolyn!

Three years ago I branched out of my comfort zone and decided to create a blog. I never dreamed anyone would be interested in my little blog and I am so glad to discover that over six hundred of you do actually like it. Then on January 26, 2010, I began my Tea Time Tuesday and it has been growing ever since.
You are amazing and I am blessed by your friendship!
To my tea friends, you are so special to me and I am honoured once again that you have come for tea with me today.

FRIENDSHIP is precious, 
not only in the shade,
but in the sunshine of life. ~ Thomas Jefferson

A week ago, the Island held its yearly 70 Mile Yard Sale and Hubby and I spent most of the day going from one sale to another. I brought home a few little treasures which I will share with you in the coming weeks.  I got four teacups and saucers, a red rimmed King's Crown creamer/jug, and an aqua glass jar; all for about thirty dollars. I did pretty good, eh?

So today, I am going to share one of my cups with you; this beautiful English china teacup.

It is a rich tapestry of colour, adorned with lots of gold, a rich cobalt blue, and persimmon coloured roses; perfect for Autumn. The pattern is called Oxford with the initials C L on it. The garlands and bands of gold adorning the cup and saucer remind me of a wedding cake; very elaborate. It is a stunning cup, really.

I know I've seen the initials CL before but do you think I can find the maker? No way. I've been searching the internet since I brought it home and can find nothing.

"Tea is wealth itself,
Because there is nothing that cannot be lost,
No problem that will not disappear,
No burden that will not float away,
Between the first sip and the last." ~ The Minister of Leaves

A cup of tea?

Blueberry muffins, fresh from the oven.

Cranberry muffins, also fresh from the oven. I was in a muffin baking mood.

I'm having a blueberry muffin myself with a cup of orange tea... Have you noticed the beautiful Autumn themed doily underneath it all? I received that as part of a Giveaway last year from the gracious Bernideen.

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

On this rainy afternoon, it's so nice to enjoy a warm and inviting tea in the glow of candlelight and the sparkle of crystal as it reflects itself upon the wall.

Frosted with sparkle, these baby pumpkins...

....and a Victoria issue of Holiday Bliss magazine puts one in the mood for the holidays. Already there are visions of sugarplums dancing in my head.

It's a good idea to keep your words sweet - you may have to eat them someday.

Do you have a pretty teacup you would like to share; perhaps a favourite coffee mug or a teapot? I would love to see it! Tea Time Tuesday is all about friends gathering together and having fellowship over a cup of tea or coffee. If you wish, you might prefer to serve apple cider, iced tea or iced coffee. Hot chocolate, lemonade, or punch is always welcome too.
Should you like to participate, 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 too! Please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

 "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." ~ Psalm 19:14

I am joining these lovely parties as well~

Blue Monday

Victoria - A Return to Loveliness

Table Top Tuesday

Teacup Tuesday

Teacup Tuesday

Wanda Lee~
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday

Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday

Wanda Lee~
Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee

Tea Party Tuesday


Miss Spenser~
Teacup Thursday

Friends Sharing Tea

NOTE~ I have been having issues trying to leave a comment on some of your blogs. Please know that I will visit you and I will leave a comment if I can.

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Sandi, your are such a sweetie. Love you & your shares daily. Hope to have many more years of enjoyment with you.

    Have a beautiful week ~
    TTFN ~

  2. Sandi:
    Your tea cup is beautiful and it does remind me of by gone days but I don't know who had that pattern. It is so regal isn't it? Love your blogs and thanks so much for every one of them....Auntie P

  3. Hello Sandi,
    may I congratulate a tiny bit too early? Happy anniverdary to your for your blog. The amount of readers is a clearly sign how lovely your blog is. I enjoy every tea time because you always share every week with beautiful china a lot of coziness and friendliness. Thank you so much for that. Your new cup is very charming. Alas, I have no clue what CL means. May be Martha or Terri knows. Thank you for hosting again this fabulous event and I hope you will celebrate your anniversary tomorrow with a nice tea.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  4. HI Sandi! Congratulations to you on your 3rd blog anniversary. I am very blessed to know you and enjoy your posts so much. Your sweet personality shines through every word. Your new teacup is really pretty and very similar to one I have but not the same maker, just the same colours. All the best to you and I look forward to many more Tea Time Tuesdays with you! Blessings and hugs, Pamela

  5. Hi Sandi
    Congratulations on 3 years of blogging.
    Your new teacup is pretty and I look forward to seeing your other treasures. How I'd love to attend a sale like that.
    It has been a real pleasure joining you for tea each week and I look forward to many more gatherings.

  6. Happy Blogaversary, Sandi!

    I have always loved that shade of blue on your tea cups.

    Happy Blue Monday.

  7. Congrats on your blogiversary again, Sandi! I love that tea cup set. Such a beautiful classic design, pretty colors too....Christine

  8. Dear Sandi
    Today you show a very beautiful Tea Cup,last summer I got one very similar ,I posted it on August
    Really precious!
    I am very glad visiting you every Tuesday

  9. Sandi, the crystal and silver are so beautiful and the pattern on the teacup is stunning. I totally love your teascape. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  10. Beautiful teacup Sandi! And your little glittery pumpkin is so pretty! thank you for hosting and have a wonderful week!

  11. I worked on a post for your party today, but didn't get finished. I'll save it for next week.

    The teacups are so pretty. How generous of you to part with them.

  12. That is such a beautiful teacup! And your muffins look delicious too! I bet the 70 mile long yard sale was so much fun, and I can't wait to see what else you found!

  13. Hello Sandi,
    Congratulations for your 3rd blog anniversary. I had my first one ten days ago...
    I loved your tea cup, thanks for the delightful tea.

  14. Hi Sandi: Congratulations of three years of blogging. I know that I have not participated in Tea Time Tuesday but I do read your post each week. You alway put up such a delightful arrangement. V

  15. Hi Sandi: In case I have not told you recently, I love everything you share. Your blog is always uplifting. Blessings my friend, Martha

  16. Love the cups with blues...the muffins look so good too!

  17. Hello, Sandi
    I had such nice visits, last week, from people who read your blog that I thought I'd join you again. I see you were also in the muffin baking mood! They look delicious and your tea cup is so intricately beautiful!

  18. What a beautiful teacup! Happy Blue Monday!

  19. Beautiful tea cup! Congrats on your 3 year blogversary! Isn't blogging just about the most fun you can legally have?

    Susan and Bentley

  20. What a beautiful post. Thanks so much for visiting and leaving such a sweet comment.

  21. Your bog is amazing and I should let you know that when I decided to expand my blogging to include my passion for tea party related fare and all my teacups, YOUR BLOG was one of the FIRST I discovered that enchanted me...I will never forget it - it was around EASTER last year. So I thank YOU for allowing me a virtual playground for my love of tea and exposing me to all kinds of wonderful people and new recipes and ideas - plus actually more than you know I love your scripture and inspirational quotes! It has filled a void for sure. Take care and CONGRATS on the FUN!

  22. Wow! That is an amazing find! The color of your cup is so dramatic and classy. I am sorry to say I don't know the CL mark. But the cup dose look older.

    Congratulations on your anniversary of blogging! I am with you on the wonderfulness of bloggers. They are the kindest and most generous group of people and I too am thankful for each one that visits me.
    I am glad you are here in Blogland, it is a delight to visit you!

  23. Hi Sandi,
    Congrats on your third blog anniversary. Each and every post you share is filled with a wonderful way that makes you so very spescial.
    I love your newest tea cup and saucer. So very pretty. The details are gorgeous. I bet it was so much fun at the 70 mile yard sale. WOW, I would love to attent that kind of event.

    Your muffins look delicious and I so enjoy to see your glittered mini pumpkins.

    Thank you for sharing your heart each week for tea time and I wish you many more special years in blogland.
    We are all blessed by your presence.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  24. Happy anniversary! I don't recognize the maker either. The pattern is called Imari & the set dates to about 1910-1920s. Imari was popularized in the 1870s from the influence of the china from the Imari region of Japan & is designated by the color combo. Lots of companies in Stoke made it, but I can't find the maker either! I LOVE imari, though! And I would love a blueberry muffin too!

  25. Ohh, those fresh-from-the-oven muffins look so tempting!
    Your teacup is a beautiful design with the cobalt blue and gold in the pattern!

  26. It's been awhile since I have had tea with you, and I am glad I came today, because I really enjoyed viewing your new English China collection. The designs were beautiful and unique. What a great find!

    Your muffins looked quite yummy, and as usual, everything was laid-out very nicely with a sweet feminine touch. :)

    Oh, I liked the quotes that you put in-between your blog post today was well.

    Have a blessed week!

  27. You have such beautiful teasets..thank you for sharing.
    And Happy Anniversary.
    Have a wonderful week!

  28. I have those same pumpkin appliques on a runner I use on my hutch. Happy blogiversary!

  29. Blueberry muffins and tea in a lovely new tea cup! Perfect!

  30. Hi Sandie!
    LOVELY tea cup. And I think your tiny glittered pumpkin is just adorable.

    Thanks for hosting, AND posting!

  31. Sandi, Congratulations on three years of blogging..I've only discovered you this past year, since I've been blogging and I'm glad I did. Congratulations, also, to Carolyn!

    Your teacup is very pretty and I love the photo with the pumpkin inside of it - very lovely.

    Blessings always,

  32. What lovely China you have!! Everything is so beautiful and cheery!! This is my FIRST Tea Cup Tuesday and I can say that I am enjoying it. I really appreciate your blog and will visit again.
    Here's to your health,
    Brenda - Down Memory La La Lane

  33. I think your new cup is so sweet. It seems very much like the ones I have on my posting today.

  34. What a beautiful teacup find, Sandi! I just love the colors - and such a "royal" design! Yes - that and a few others for under $30 is quite a steal! Your treats look good, too - but as I've been partaking of too much in the gluten stores lately, it has caught up with me and I'm having alot of pain. I must purge and get back to myself. Oh - but I love those pastries with my tea!
    Congrats to Carolyn as your winner! Blessings!

  35. What an elegant teacup - just lovely. And congratulations on your blogoversary!

  36. Dear Sandi,

    Many congrats dear lady!.., I can hardly wait each week for tea time with you!

    So pretty as always!

    Hugs, Wanda Lee

  37. Congratulations on your blogaversary. I so enjoy visiting your blog each week for your tea party. It's such a pleasure.

    - The Tablescaper

  38. You really have such precious treasures. Love everything, designs and your style.

    Have a happy TTT...

    t's a good idea to keep your words sweet - you may have to eat them someday.

  39. Tea at the Rose Chintz Cottage is always such a warm and welcome delight. You have such a gracious, hospitable spirit, and that is why your blog and your tea party draws so many.

    Congratulations and best wishes on your 3rd blog anniversary. Wishing you many more years of sweet blog posts.

    My O Henry peach tree is loaded and ready for harvest (it's a late harvest fruit), so yesterday, I made a huge batch of peach muffins. I'm enjoying one today with a cup of tea.

    By the way, I recently joined the Edwardian and Victorian Tea Corner, and I saw you there, so I have sent a friend request on to you.

    Have a lovely day.


  40. Sandi,
    Congrats once again on your blog anniversary and congrats to Carolyn who own oyur great giveaway.
    What a charming tea cup!! So elegant looking!!

    I love the picture with the candlelight! I wish our area had a similar yard sale. Can't wait to see what else you came home with...


  41. Love your blog! How could I possibly have missed you?! I'd not seen that china pattern, but will certainly be looking for it now. It is gorgeous!
    Following you,

  42. Hi Sandi, Oh what a beautiful tea cup, thanks for sharing, have a wonderful week. Hugs, Terri

  43. Congratulations Sandi on your blog anniversary! You've been blessing the blogosphere for 3 years since the inception of your blog! I've no doubt you have found many lovely tea cups in your yard sale!!

    Sandi, congratulations and thank you for sharing yourself so beautifully here over the past 3 years!
    I think your new cup is lovely.
    What an elegant design!
    I have a plate that is very similar but it's Royal Albert.
    Your muffins look really wonderful - just right for a chilly day like today :-)
    Thanks for linking up, my friend. love in Jesus..Trish

  45. Sandi, your tea cup this week is beautiful! Always love the dishes you post. Thanks for stopping by Laura Cottage and Broome

  46. Your teacup is beautiful! And the muffins look SO delicious. Thank you once again for being such a gracious hostess.

    Jocelyn @


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