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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Tea Time Tuesday

"Someone painted pictures on my
Windowpane last night...
Willow trees with trailing boughs
And flowers, frosty white,

And lovely crystal butterflies;
But when the morning sun
Touched them with its morning beams,
They vanished one by one."
Helen Bayley Davis, Jack Frost. 

Welcome lovely friends to another Tea Time Tuesday!

Today I have some wonderful new tea things to share with you. My sweet hubby gifted me with some pieces of The Friendly Village by Johnson Bros. for Christmas and my birthday which I celebrated over the holidays.

The Friendly Village is such a charming pattern with its leafy border and quaint pastoral scenes. Each hand painted piece is reminiscent of warm family gatherings at Grandma's house and rural small-town beauty. The Friendly Village has been popular since its inception in the early 1950's.

Some of the pieces are vintage while others are new.

Would you like a piece of my cake?

Life should be savoured: Sipped like a cup of tea. ~ Author Unknown

Perhaps  some Sticky Date Pudding with hot Toffee Sauce...

"Drinking tea
the morning fog
drifts away." ~ Robert Gibson


Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

The lovely Christmas card in the photo below is from an original painting  by my aunt. She sends me a Christmas card every year featuring one of her paintings. The beautiful blue spruce trees are outside her bedroom  window.

UPCOMING PLANS~ Tea Time Tuesday's 2nd Anniversary is coming up on the 26th of January, so in celebration of that special occasion, I would like to do a theme that week. Since I love roses so much, I thought a tea theme of roses would be lovely. 
Therefore, the week of January 23rd, it will be Rose Week here at Tea Time and I invite you all to share your favourite Rose themed tea things. So get out your best rose inspired china and let's party! It should be lots of fun!

ON A MORE SERIOUS NOTE~ I am having surgery on Thursday morning, the 12th, so if you think of me, kindly send up a little prayer for me, would you? I would so appreciate it!
Hopefully, I will be back next week with a new tea post for Tea Time. In the meantime, I wish you a glorious day and a hot cup of tea with someone you love. 

"O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Thy name in all the earth!" ~ Psalm 8:9

I am delighted you have stopped by today and I would love for you to join me for Tea Time Tuesday! Just share a piece of your teacup/teapot collection or a favourite mug. A poem, tea quote, or scripture verse would be most welcome! The TTT button on my sidebar is available for you to use in your post or place on your sidebar if you wish.

I was sorry to receive word from Wanda Lee that she and Pam will no longer be hosting their lovely tea parties. I always enjoyed their gracious hospitality and lovely photos and they will be missed. I wish them well and perhaps someday they will join us in blogland once again. God bless you ladies! 

This week I am joining these lovely parties ~

Simply Sweet and L.A.C.E.

Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Home and Garden Thursday

Table Top Tuesday

Teacup Tuesday

Teacup Tuesday

Tea Party Tuesday

Teacup Thursday

Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. I will definitely send up a prayer for you. Wishing you well, and a speedy recovery afterwards.
    The Christmas card from your aunt is delightful, a very talented lady.
    Would you think me terribly greedy if I had a slice of cake, and some sticky date pudding? Yes, of course you would, but they both look so delicious!

  2. Hi Sandi,

    I am happy to be joining you today. Wishing you a wonderful birthday and sending hugs and prayers for a speedy recovery. Your aunt has created a spectacular Christmas card and is very talented.

  3. Happy Birthday dear Sandi and many blessings for your prompt recovery! What a beautiful card from your aunt...I guess talent runs in your family. I will send prayers your way.
    Thanks for hosting the Tea Party this tuesday too.Lots of hugs,

  4. Oh, I also love your Johnsons Bro. china, so beautiful! I'd love cake and pudding too...oh no, I'm on a diet, lol...hugs,

  5. Happy Birthday. The cake looks so yummy. What a beautiful teaset you have been given. You must make a post about your Aunt. I would love to hear about her. The card is so beautiful. I will light a candle and say a prayer for a speedy recovery for your surgery.

  6. Hello Sandi! Happy Birthday! I love your new teacup! It is beautiful! The frosty poem is wonderful! I sure hope your surgery goes well - will surely keep you in my prayers! I wrote down your blog party anniversary theme - definitely looking forward to it!
    Thanks for hosting!
    God Bless,

  7. I will definitely keep you in my prayers for the 12th. Happy Birthday. I love Friendly Village!

  8. What a gorgeous birthday cake!
    I hope you had a beautiful day, dear Sandi :-)
    Your Friendly Village pieces are wonderful!
    I love the pretty vintage appeal of the scenes on your teapot and cups.
    They make me feel quite nostalgic..
    You have a lovely and thoughtful hubby, my friend!
    Thanks for linking to Simply Sweet!
    I am praying for your surgery and will be upholding you on Thursday for sure!
    You are much loved...Trish

  9. Happy Birthday Sandi, I had my tea with you today and I wanted to tell you my wishes for speedy healing are certainly with you.

  10. Happy Birthday Sandi! Your husband is very sweet to pamper you with such lovely things:)

    The teacups, plates, and teapot are beautiful and perfect for Christmas!

    I hope you frame your Aunt's card. It is beautiful also...she has a gift!

    I wrote myself a note to be sure and pray for you on the 12th. But I'll start praying now.

    I enjoy visiting your blog and joining the tea party on Tuesdays. Visiting here is a ray of sunshine on a winter's day:)

    Oh...I really like the poem at the top of your blog...nice!


  11. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! I will certainly send prayers your way.

  12. Sandi, First I'm sending you hugs from across the miles, and wishing you all the best on the 12th. May God's Angels guide the surgeon's hands to bring comfort and healing to you. Of course I will be keeping you in thought and prayer for a speedy recovery. Lastly thank you for hosting this wonderful gathering of inspiring souls!.

    Wow! I saw a set of the Friendly Villages a few months back at an antique shop ... and fell in love with!! I currently do not own any pieces ... but will be keeping my eyes open, and hope to find some pieces ` the full set was really out of budget at this time.

    Your cake and all the treats you are sharing ..YUM! Yum! I think I just gained back the 2 lbs plus some I lost last week..Happy Tuesday, and many blessings xo HHL

  13. Oh my dear Sandi,
    Happy Birthday to you and many blessing for your new year. And sure I will pray for your soon recovery and that everything works well with the surgery.
    What a delightful pattern is the Little Village. So perfect for this season. Your birthday cake looks so wonderful and so does the date pudding. Hmmm, I really would love to try both.
    A rose themed tea time is just my favoured one. I am sure I can manage this.
    Thank you for hosting this sweet event and take care on thursday.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  14. Dear Sandi
    Congratulations! Your tea cup is very pretty
    All my love for you

  15. Hi Sandi, Wishing you well, and you're in my prayers. Love that card your aunt painted. I have a cousin who always paints her own cards as well as many pics for the walls...she can do it all, portraits, animals, scenery. Love your Friendly Village! I have this pattern also, although I do not have the teapot. Take care, dear sweet lady!
    Hugs, Beth

  16. Sandi, I will definitely say a prayer for a very speedy recovery for you! Lovely post, as always. I love your teapot! Happy Belated Birthday! Hugs, Cindy

  17. Sticky Date Pudding with Hot Toffee Sauce---brings back some great memories. I had it for the first time at Dalvay-by-the-Sea on PEI. When I got home I found the recipe and when my quilting friends come to my house, I make it for them. They are very impressed!

  18. I love your pretty new china. Such a classic and as you say it reminds one of a small rural village. I pray your surgery will go well and you have a speedy recovery. Blessings, Pamela

  19. So lovely Sandi! Happy Birthday and I hope you are well soon for the New Year!


    Art by Karena

  20. Sending you good thoughts for your surgery, Sandi! This is such a lovely pattern; I've just seen it for the second time in the past few days and I love it. I need more dishes like I need a hole in my head, but I think I may have to see about getting a few pieces of this one.

  21. Happy Birthday and may you have many blessings in this next year. Also, best wishes for a speedy recovery. Prayers for you, your doctors and nurses, too. I'm linking with your tea time today.♥♫

  22. Sandi, I enjoy your blog when i visit from time to time. I just had to join in the tea party this week with my little girls' tea. I trust your surgery goes very well.

  23. Sandi,

    Your post was just wonderful winter wonderfulness! It was so pretty (and so delicious looking too!)

    Happy birthday, with many more to come - happy and healthy, all!

    I am definately sending up prayer for your surgery on Thursday. Know you are in His hands. Fear not.

    And please get well and quickly and come back to us soon.


  24. Happy Birthday Sandi .. Your " Friendly Vilage China is indeed perfect for a friendly cup of tea.. I love the vintage scenery...Sending healing prayers for a speedy recovery ..Big Hugs

  25. What a perfect winter tea! Your new serving pieces are beautiful. Hope you have a wonderful birthday.


  26. You are in my prayers, and I wish you the very best care and swift recovery. ((((hug)))
    Your new figurines are so sweet! I have not seen this village you speak of. Where have I been???
    Your dishes are beautiful! And your cake....YUM! Those huge yellow flowers look so delicious!
    Hugs and good healing,

  27. Love the china from your Husband. Thank you for hosting your lovely tea link party. Pat

  28. I love this pattern from J.B.! What a lovely gift. And Happy Birthday! All the treats look so yummy! That is is awesome about your Aunt sending out her own art work! You are in my prayers for a safe and fast recovery!

  29. I hope your hospital visit is short and all the very best Sandi.
    I love your new tea set and your birthday cake is lovely, mmmm tastes nice too.Happy Birthday xx jeanetteann

  30. Hello Sandi,
    Happy Birthday.
    May I have some pudding and caramel sauce, please?
    MMMMM.....delicious....Thank You.

    Prayers for a quick recovery from your surgery.

    Love your Friendly Village teapot.

    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  31. Thank you Sandi for hosting. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, yummy looking cake. I'll be thinking of you on the 12th and sending a prayer up for you.
    Your Aunt makes beautiful Christmas cards, or paintings.
    Very young, I was when I set my eyes on the Friendly Village patter for the first time and each time I saw it in mother's cupboard I thought the same thing, "dark". I wish I had the opportunity to see it in my cupboard today, funny how things change.
    I can do roses, thank you. putting the 23rd on my calendar. All the best.

  32. Happy Birthday to you! I hope it was wonderful. The cake sure looks yummy!
    The Friendly Village collection is precious. What a sweet husband to find such a treasure.
    You are certainly in my prayers and I do wish you a speedy recovery. I am looking forward to Rose Week.
    I just LOVE the card from you aunt. She is an amazing artist. Blue Spruce is my favorite tree. When my oldest son was very little, we use to trek up the hill to find us the perfect blue spruce as our Christmas tree. The card is just amazing. What a special aunt.
    Thanks for hosting the tea party.

  33. Praying for you that all will go well and you will have a quick recorery.
    Your collection of the friendly village dishes is so beautiful. My favorite for the winter. I've always wanted that pattern, but never seem to come across it where I live.
    Also, wishing you a very happy birthday!

  34. Hi Sandi,
    Happy Birthday! I celebrated my birthday on the 2nd. When was yours?
    Will pray for you on the 12th as you face surgery.
    Take care my sweet friend!

  35. Happy Belated birthday Sandi. Your tea gifts are beautiful. I'll add you to my prayer list Sandi. Warmly, Linda

  36. Dear Sandi - Blessings to you this teatime! How lovely your Friendly Village is. I passed up an opportunity to purchase quite a large set at a thrift shop here for what seems a steal - but was still our of budget for it being just prior to Christmas. I may check back - even two place settings for an intimate tea time would be lovely.

    Your Teatime rose anniversary sound sweet and I know just what to feature!

    However, I am very sorry to hear of your surgery. Will be praying that all goes well and you know the swift healing and comfort of the Lord through it. Be ye strengthened!

    Happiest of birthdays to you!!


  37. Hi Sandi,
    I hope all goes well with your surgery on Thurs.
    Your hubby found some lovely Friendly Village china!

    Thank you for hosting,

  38. Sandi,
    I forgot to wish you a Happy Birthday! Pat

  39. I've just said a prayer for you, sweet friend! Hope you will soon have the surgery behind you and on to "funner" things. Love your pretty tea set, and the card from your aunt is so special ~ she is very talented. Guess it just runs in the family!

  40. What a wonderful gift from your husband. I love the special scenes on that pattern from the Johnson Bros. So appropriate for a winter tea. Your desserts are just mouthwatering. Good luck and blessings on your surgery.

  41. Hi Sandi, I must apologize that I forgot to link back to you when I joined this week's tea time. I went back to fix it and people can now jump back to your blog. It's been such a long time since I had time to join in that I didn't remember. Take care.♥♫

  42. Greetings Sandi,

    First of all, happy belated birthday. I wish you a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.

    Love your gorgeous new tea ware. Santa was very good to you. And, your Aunt is a talented woman! How lucky you are to be on her 'Christmas card list'. :-)

    Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog. I really appreciate your stopping in. Take especially good care, rest and enjoy lots of cuppa's...

    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  43. Sandi: I will of course pray for you, that the Lord will touch and guide the doctors and that you will recover quickly and heal. I also want to be a part of your party. Love this pattern that you featured today. Blessings dear one, Martha

  44. Prayers for a succesful surgery and speedy recovery! We have birthdays close together...mine is Epiphany~ I love your Johnson Bros set. Lovely. Feel better! xo

  45. Sandi I so enjoy all your posts. My brother-in-law had serious surgery today and please know that I will be praying for you and that all will go well for you tomorrow.

    We are off to Mass at 6:00 pm and we say the rosary before will be remembered in both as well again at mass at 8:00am. and rosary. May God bless you and Mary love you.

    Viva Cristo Rey!
    ~Sylvia Faye

  46. Sandi! Best wishes on your surgery, I am praying for you. Hope all is ok with you! I am sorry I am so late for tea this week - I thought I had linked up places but with my blog makeover a lot of my links got messed up it appears so going to back to check things and so glad I did! Your gift from your hubby is well deserved. I will be sure to include a lovely rose post...hmmmmm I am sure I can think of something you will like :)

  47. Praying for you Sandi.
    Kathy from Colorado

  48. Good luck with your surgery!

    Your Friendly Village set is lovely. It has a nice lyrical shape, but is still sturdy enough to use regularly. Good ol' Johnson Bros.!


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