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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 April 2012

Tea Time Tuesday

"In the tiny petal
of a tiny flower
that grew from a tiny pod,
is the miracle and the mystery
of all creation and God!" ~ Helen Steiner Rice

Happy Easter Monday and welcome dear friends  to another Tea Time Tuesday!

You are such a wonderful group of friends and you all warm my heart with your visits and lovely comments every week! I just want to thank each of you for making TTT so special! 
I also want to welcome all my new followers. I am honoured to have you become a part of my little home here at Rose Chintz Cottage.

NOTE: This coming Sunday, April 15th, I will be hosting a special Tea on the Titanic in honour of all those who sailed on the famous ship one hundred years ago. I have been working on this post for weeks and I hope you will plan to join me for that.

Now on to today's afternoon tea...
Everything's coming up pansies! Well, not really; not in my garden anyway for it's much too cold. However, I am using my Purple Pansy teapot and cake plate.

"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Don't you just love the smiling faces of pansies? 

"There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter." ~ Rachel Carson

I'm having Green tea with Jasmine, would you like a cup?

A Royal Albert teacup with violets...

And my teacup with its ruffled saucer is on the table to keep the purple theme going.

I made some sugar cookies. They're not dainty cut-outs but the big  round cookies Grandma used to make.

Some have lavender sugar on top while others have a raisin in the center.

Would you like to try one with your tea?

"There is no trouble so great or so grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea." ~ Bernard-Paul Heroux

I have just finished reading Laura Child's "The Teaberry Strangler" and next is her "Scones and Bones" which I am now reading.

The Tea Shop Mysteries are such a delightful read not only because they revolve around characters in a tea shop but they also have wonderful recipes included in the book. Have you read these stories? If you haven't then I recommend them. There are thirteen books in all.

Thank you for visiting and I do hope you will join me this Sunday for Tea on the Titanic!

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness." ~ Lamentations 3:22-23 {NRSV}

I am delighted you have stopped by for a visit today. Your presence always make my tea party that much more special! Do you have a favourite teacup/teapot or mug that you would like to share with us today? I would love to see it and I'm sure others would too!

If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea or the following is acceptable too:
Hot apple cider
Hot chocolate
Iced tea or iced coffee
Punch in a lovely bowl.
No alcoholic beverages please.

The Tea Time Tuesday 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! To be sure everyone has a visit, it would be nice if you visited the participant before and after your name.

As a courtesy, please link back to me so your visitors may find their way here to visit all my lovely participants.

I am joining the following parties as well~

Simply Sweet
A Return to Loveliness
Teacup Tuesday

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Sandi: I have one tea cup that has both pansys and violets and a few violets blooming in the garden. Your collection is quite beautiful and I love the quote from Eleanor Roosevelt. I have Death by Darjeeling, Laura Child's first book in the series, I believe, waiting on my Kindle. I can't wait to get started..Happy Monday..Judy

  2. Hi Sandi,

    Thank you for hosting our tea party. I have not read any of Laura Child's books, but am interested in checking them out. Your sugar cookies look delightful!

  3. Hi Sandi, Your pansies and violets are stunning. I have one lonely pansy in the garden, but lots of violets. Purple is such a lovely color. I liked seeing the lavender eggs in your photos as well. Your tea today was delightful!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  4. Hi Sandi, Your pansies and violets are stunning. I have one lonely pansy in the garden, but lots of violets. Purple is such a lovely color. I liked seeing the lavender eggs in your photos as well. Your tea today was delightful!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  5. I adore your pansies collection. They are all so pretty. You set a pretty table.

  6. I love purple! Your pansies (such a happy flower) and the violets ... lovely teacups and teapot. Sugar cookies and lavender. Perfect! I've followed the Laura Child books since they were first published. Then I fell behind. I'm catching up! Thank you for hosting. Happy Tea Day!

  7. I'm swooning over the teapot and purple teacup...just gorgeous! Thank you for hosting sweet lady. Have a terrific week.

  8. I am joining you today as I sip my afternoon coffee in my favorite cup, Royal Albert "old country roses"

  9. YOur teas and accessories are always stunning. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  10. Hello Sandi, such a delightful post! I adore your pansy teapot and teacup - gorgeously cheerful! The cookies look delicious and I am also reading Scones and Bones - someone else is too - I'll have to go back and check my comments....perhaps we should have a virtual tea to discuss this book and yes! She is a marvelous author and wonderful in sharing her recipes!
    Thank you for hosting and for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  11. Your china is so beautiful! And you have certainly made those cookies dainty with the ribbon. SO pretty!

  12. Yes.. I'll take a cup please and the cookies sounds yummy too!!

    It's still cold here too! But I did pick up pansies to fill our urns (hopefully this week)from the local nursery... can't wait for the colours to burst through in the garden. Till then, I'll enjoy the planters and urns... Happy tea time...xo HHL

  13. Dear Sandi,
    you are not only the Rose Chintz Cotton, but also the Pansy Chintz queen. Your tea pot is to die for. And the sweet tea cups are so nice. I love the look of the lavender sugar on your cookies. Would love to try one with the tea. Thank you so much for hosting this fun party and I am well prepared for the Titanic Tea Party on Sunday.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  14. Glad the snow didn't last long. Today actually felt like spring here! Love your violets/pansies. Such a sure sign of spring. Some of ours appeared in the last few days finally! Joy! I have just read Jasmine Moon Dead. Quite fun! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  15. Sandi your china is absolutely beautiful! I so enjoyed my tea with you today.

    Last week I added Laura Child's 'Gunpowder Green' to my nook library. This will be my first time reading one of her novels.



  16. Sandi, I love visiting you every week. You share the prettiest teapots and cups. I haven't heard of the Laura Child's series, but thank you for the recommentation!! I will check the series out. Oh, BTW, your granddaughter is PRECIOUS!! Thanks for hosting.

  17. Hi Sandi,
    I'm so glad to be part of your fabulous tea party! Your purple pansy teapot and teacups are beautiful... and the cookies with lavender sugar on top look delicious!
    Thank you for hosting!

  18. I love the pansies, Sandi! Very fascinated by your Titanic remembrance tea - how lovely of you to do that. It's a story that never loses its power to grip our attention, isn't it?

    Happy week to you!

    – g

  19. Sandi,your china is so pretty, I have a Royal Albert violets plate and saucer. Still hunting for the cup.
    I haven't read those books,they do look interesting.
    I would love to take tea with you in those lovely teacups.

  20. Hello Sandi
    Pretty china for tea this week in my favourite colour.
    I have a 4 pack of pansies waiting to go in the garden and like you, we're expecting possible snow tonight.
    I'm looking forward to your Titanic tea, I won't be participating but enjoying the posts.
    I'm off for a girl's weekend with our oldest daughter and her 3 daughters.
    I still have to get your books to the post office.

  21. Oh I love your china! So pretty! I have a teapot with matching cup that has pansies on it and I love it. Thanks for sharing. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  22. those lavender cookies look yummy. I saw they were having a 100th anniversary cruise of the Titanic.

  23. Hi Sandi, What a beautiful pansy and purple tea. I love your teapot and cups. Truly one of my favorites. I have also always loved that quote from Eleanor Roosevelt.
    Your cookies look so yummy good and so perfect for tea. The Laura Child's book series looks like it would be good. I will have to look into them.
    My garden pansies are about finished as it is getting too hot for them. They seem to like the milder and cooler weather here.

    Thank you for hosting this special tea this week. I am looking forward to next week and your tea on the Titanic.

    Have a wonderful day sweet friend.
    Blessings and hugs, Celestina Marie

  24. Hello Sandi,
    What a beautiful post, once again! The violets are gorgeous on your china. Martha too, has showcased violets on china today. Your tea cup is stunning, and that tea pot? Wow! It all looks amazing together.
    I haven't read the Tea Shop Mysteries yet either...some day soon : )

  25. Sandi, I tried to link my Tea post up but it is not working.

  26. Love the ruffled saucer! The pansy things are so pretty, and the coookies look good too.

  27. Beautiful purple theme, Sandi!
    Violets look great on china... as well as in gardens.
    Mine have already faded but full Spring is here with many other plants in perfect bloom!
    Have a happy week, dear friend!

  28. Hi Sandi,
    We were thinking alike today. I did a Pansy themed tea today too. Although, I called it a violet tea and then after reading you post I had to change it, seeing my mistake. LOL Have a great week.

  29. I was just wandering around the blogosphere and found your beautiful tea. Your table looks so inviting. Such a wonderful place to happen upon, thank you!

  30. I so much enjoyed your post today! I did not know about the link up! I was taken away by the lovely violet china!!
    Have a happy day, friend!
    Maybe I will join in if you are doing this every Tuesday!!

  31. What charming violets. Your cookies look so tasty. I like how the one saucer looks like a skirt when our Little Miss would twirl.

  32. Hi Sandi,
    I love your purple pansy tea set and your cookies look so pretty, delicately wrapped in ribbon. Thanks for hosting. Have a wonderful week.


  33. Your china is gorgeous, Sandi.

    I love those cookies too- sure do look DELICIOUS!

    Thank you for hosting such a wonderful linky tea party.


  34. What a pretty teacup and teapot. I'll take one of the cookies, too!

  35. Blessings, milady! Happy tea day! I posted late - an odd sort of day, but you'll read all about it in my post. Your pansies are precious - I DO love their smiling faces. They also press and keep wonderfully in a flower press! I'm looking forward to the Titanic Tea - though - it will take a bit of thought . . .

  36. What a lovely purple,lavender hued, Violets and Pansy tea Sandi.., So Lovely! Thanks for hosting.

    Cheers and blessings, Wanda Lee

  37. Absolutely LOVE your pansie teacups and pot. Beyond just beautiful. And your lavender sugar topped cookies looks so pretty with it and delicous too.Thankyou Sandi for hosting such a delightful linky party. It is so fun to be a part of it.


  38. Hi Sandi!
    Beautiful post. Your teacup and teapot are so very pretty! I love the ruffled saucer and the sugar cookies with the lavender sugar look delicious. i will be joining you for The Titanic tea. see you then.

  39. Sandi, Just found your blog... Can't wait to join Tea Time Tuesday next week.


  40. I love your tea pot with pansies and your sweet cups of violets. I wish you continued great week! Zinnia

  41. Hi Sandi, I've been a bit out of touch with my blog friends, trips and my quilt retreat. You blog post is absolutely beautiful. I love how you featured your cookies. We are cookie people, esp my hubby, so I always notice them.
    Happy belated Easter.

  42. Pansys were my mother's favorite flower. I always sent her cards with a pansy on it. She would have loved your teapot. But I am in love with your ruffled saucer. And could I have two cookies please. One with lavender and one with a raisin?

  43. Hi Sandi,
    What a gorgeous tea cup and saucer. I haven't read any of Laura Child's books, they are going on the list to read this summer. I spend a lot of time on the front porch so will enjoy taking one of those out with me..
    hugs ~lynne~

  44. Hi Sandi! Thank-you for hosting. It's my second linky party. I just bought a Laura Child book for summer reading. Your table is so lovely! Love the purple china. Denise from

  45. Hi Sandi! Thank-you for hosting. It's my second linky party. I just bought a Laura Child book for summer reading. Your table is so lovely! Love the purple china. Denise from


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