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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 30 April 2012

Tea Time Tuesday

"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest." ~ Henry Van Dyke

Hello ladies and welcome to Tea Time Tuesday! Can you believe tomorrow is the 1st of May? My, but time flies!

After a fabulous week {not counting my being sick with the cold} with all my boys home, {one son lives here and the other two live off Island} things are gradually returning to normal around here. 

My middle J who lives in Vancouver, BC, flew out on Saturday evening and my youngest J who lives in Toronto, flew out yesterday evening.
The two J's flew home to help us celebrate our Anniversary with their big brother J and his family. Our Anniversary is actually on May 6 but we celebrated it a week early.
I will share all about it next week. It was wonderful having all my boys home together for this very special occasion!

Rose Petals Tea-for-one which I got off the Internet

Come and share a pot of tea. There's just enough for you and me. And if by chance we drink it up, we'll make ourselves another cup. ~ Unknown

Today's tea is going to be a wee mixture of subjects...
As I mentioned in my post last week, I am thinking of making some changes to Tea Time Tuesday just for the Summer months.

With gardening, picnics, and outdoor living fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to share our teacups and teapots in fun settings such as at the beach, in the garden, out on the deck, or on a park bench, as well as enjoying tea time indoors.

This is our friend Bernideen's tea in the garden from last week. Bernideen always sets a lovely tea table whether indoors or out. I hope you will join her too for Tea in the Garden each Wednesday.

You must check out her shop too at Bernideens where she carries everything any tea lover could desire. Bernideen is a floral designer, among her many talents, and she sells lovely arrangements in teapots as well as teas, china, and other pretties. One of my dreams would be to actually visit her shop in person....

Perhaps you've made a teacup planter or birdbath for your garden which you would like to share with us....

Or you fancy making a fairy garden in a vintage teacup.

Perhaps you like creating teacup candles or you have used broken china to make a birdhouse, like this darling birdhouse crafted by Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio

I would also like to give you the opportunity to share your recipes for tea sandwiches and sweets if you wish. 
And as always, I welcome your indoor teas, poems, tea quotes, and scripture verses.

So, beginning next week, please feel free to share all your lovely tea things, recipes, and crafts involving teacups and teapots. 

Now on to today's tea~

Colourful tulips and my Rose Petals teacup made by Maxwell and Williams. I love the size and shape of this cup. It is comfortable to hold and it holds a nice amount of tea.

Through blogging, I have met some of the sweetest ladies! Friends encourage us, inspire us, and oftentimes go the extra mile.
These past three and half years have been an extraordinary journey for me and the thoughtful things people say and do just blesses my heart.

A couple of weeks ago, my friend and yours, Kathy at The Writer's Reverie had a Giveaway to celebrate her Blogoversary and guess what? I was one of the winners! Yes, I was, and I want to share my lovely win with you today.

Each item was a splendid presentation in pretty tissue paper and ribbon. The poet certainly knows how to make a gift special! In fact everything was so lovely that I was hesitant to open them.

This pretty yellow gift held a darling teddy in a teacup; a Teabearie. The inscription on the cup says, "Gems are precious but friends are priceless." I think Gem Teabearie is precious wearing her string of pearls, don't you? 

The lavender gift held a miniature teapot with a teensey tea set on the top.

Kathy also included some lovely Blueberry Oolong tea, a lovely notepad, and books; one of which is her very own book of poetry and devotions.

I haven't had a spare moment to look at the books yet but I am looking forward to sitting down with my cup of tea and perusing them. Thank you Kathy, your gift has truly blessed me!

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

Take some time for tea today. A cup of tea and a good book is a wonderful way to relax after a busy day or a busy week such as I have had.

"If you give even a cup of cold water to one of My followers, you will surely be rewarded." ~ Matthew 10:42

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. Inlinkz is available below for you to sign up for my tea party.

As a courtesy, please link back to me so your visitors will find their way here to visit all of my lovely participants. Thank you! 

I am joining the following parties as well~

Simply Sweet ~
A Return to Loveliness ~
Tea Cup Tuesday ~
Tea Cup Tuesday ~
Tea Party Tuesday ~
Tuesday Cuppa Tea ~
Tea in the Garden ~
Teacup Thursday ~

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Thank you for those lovely comments and thoughts! Your post is very sweet as always!

  2. It "IS" hard to believe it's MAY already! WOW!
    Your goodies you won are so sweet! I have some to post about too! Life in Blogville is like "Christmas Everyday"! LOVE all our friends and parties!!!
    Your changes sound like LOTS of FUN! I'll be here!

  3. Oh, I always say that...time is flying away in front of me!! Can't wait to see your changes! Beautiful post and thanks for having me once more. Enjoy your week.

  4. Beautiful post,your give-away win is just lovely! This month did fly by!

  5. Hi Sandi,
    What a beautiful post and your gift is lovely! Your tulips and teacup are fabulous. I can't believe it's May tomorrow either...time sure does fly bye. I looking forward to next week's tea time. Thanks for hosting.

    Have a wonderful week.

  6. I am sure you had a lovely visit with your family and a special anniversary! Lovely ideas for the summer. Congratulations on your win from Kathy. It's perfect! Have a great week!

  7. Hi Sandi, I am so glad your boys were able to be home to celebrate your anniversary! Congratulations to you and your hubby! Love the floral tea cup and tulips, and the fairy garden in a cup. Your giveaway winnings are very sweet too.
    Blessings, Beth

  8. Hello Sandi,
    Lovely post - I am looking forward to seeing the summer changes and the posts! Wonderful win - congratulations - I appreciate you being a gracious hostess!

  9. What a wonderful post, Sandi! I know you had a great visit with your sons. What wonderful gifts you perfect for you. Thanks for hosting.

  10. Congrats on the awesome win- you received all sorts of treasures, Sandi!

    Beautiful post, as usual.

    Love Bernideen's blog too.

    Thank you for hosting a fav linky party.

    Glad you are feeling a little better.


  11. I have that little Cardew teapot too. I love it! I also have a similar one the is Royal Albert Old Country Roses. Have a good day!

  12. Sounds lovely to have all of those visitors, but not to be sick!

    Come visit and learn of my $100. giveaway.

    - The Tablescaper

  13. Hi Sandi,
    Hope you had a wonderful anniverary.
    You received another lovely gift-good for you!

    Thank you for hosting.


  14. Hi Sandi,
    I do looove your new tea set! The rose pattern is absolutely GORGEOUS!
    I am glad that you enjoyed such a wonderful visit with your family and that your flu is getting better, too.
    Have a lovely week.

    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  15. Hi Sandi,
    Such a pretty teacup along with the tulips. So glad you are feeling better. Happy early anniversary to you. What a lovely time to get married in spring with so much beauty around. Great idea about the fairy garden in the teacup, I'll have to try that.
    Happy May to you and thank you for hosting this fun party.

  16. OOOh lovely pics today. So pleased you enjoyed having the family home for your celebration.

  17. Hi Sandi,
    Your 'Tea For One' rose petal set is beautiful. The tulips are a perfect match and so pretty.
    Congrats on being a winner, Kathy's gifts are lovely.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  18. Wonderful that you had all your children at home. Are there any more lovable than gathering the family. Congratulations in advance of the wedding day. Tea in the garden gives me a sense of glamor and luxury. I love the birdhouse. So cute bear was in the tea cup. Teapot with thumbnails are adorable. Nothing like this has I never seen. I wish you a wonderful week and wedding day. Zinnia

  19. What a lovely idea to have teas in different settings. Bernideen's table is really lovely. I like the idea of a fairy garden in a teacup too.

  20. such a lovely collection today for tea! It is so fun to see what is on your mind and how you express yourself in your tea party! Take care and thanks for the gorgeous post.

  21. What a sweet collection you have there. Love it all and always love looking at your blog! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  22. May already! That was fast!
    Your post is very lovely today with so many pretty things to see. The tea for one is very beautiful with those sweet roses.
    The outdoor setting is very romantic too. I will go check out your friends blog as well.
    I am glad you had a great visit with your family and I am looking forward to hearing about your anniversary.

  23. What lovely gifts, and the one you got yourself is lovely too. We need to do that often, give gifts to others and ourselves.

  24. I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful post.

  25. Thank you for hosting! That little teapot with the miniature service on top is the cutest thing I have ever seen! Just found your blog via Aiken House and Gardens and am following along. :)

  26. Hi Sandi,
    congratulation for the win of Kathy's giveaway. The items are so fabulous. I am sure you will include them masterly in your wonderful tea parties. I always love to see Bernideens tea things. I would love to visit her store. Maybe sometimes it will happen.
    I am sorry that I have no tea table to share yet. If I get something together until tomorrow I will link in if possible.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  27. Your tea sets are so incredibly beautiful! Your entire post was so soothing.

    I am so happy you enjoyed my Laura Ingalls Wilder post! How wonderful that you live on Prince Edward Island! I think it looks like heaven! Anne is one of my favorites for sure. Have a wonderful day!

  28. Sandi- I really love your ideas for this summer's blog party. Whatever you do ... I'll be there! Congrats on being a winner of those cute little gifts... they are darling. Everything ...lovely as always. Until next time... Blessings, L

  29. Hi Sandi,

    Hope you are feeling better, and enjoying time with your family. Lovely pictures,


  30. Just yesterday, I was commenting on how quickly time was passing... but how fine it feels to think of May and all the beauty that is to come. Love your little teapot ... Is it a two cupper?

    Your post is full of so many goodies...Thank you for sharing all these teatime tidbits. Lucky you being able to enjoy that sweet gift....Hugs

  31. Hi Sandi!

    Bless you and thank you for noting me in your teatime today! I'm so glad you liked your gift - and Gem Teaberrie has the perfect home with you!!

    Busy week the past week for me, too. I believe last week's teatime was the first I've missed in months! Did you see the little homage I paid to missing it at Beverly's Pink Saturday this past weekend?

    I'm excited about all the ways you showed to celebrate tea. What will we all come up with? Beauty and goodness, I daresay!

    Joy to you!

  32. Hello Sandi!
    I always love your beautiful images, and this post is no exception. Lovely.

    It must have been grand having your boys under your roof again; it's a rare thing for us to have our girls "at home," also.

    But I'm sorry to hear you had a cold! That's a Winter thing, not a spring thing. :-P

    I hope you are all better, and that all those cups of tea helped.

    Best wishes,

  33. Sandi, you must've been so happy to have the boys home for your celebration.
    There's nothing as lovely as being all together!
    It's hard to believe your TTT could get even more beautiful, but your new ideas for the link-up sound wonderful too!
    I'm going to enjoy watching you all take tea in your pretty summer gardens :-)
    Happy Anniversary, my friend, many blessings to you and your husband!

  34. Hi, Sandi. I'm running a little behind this week with my post and linking over. I shared lots of good teatime recipes, so it was right in with what you asked us all to share. Been a very busy week for me, too. Family time together is always special!! You shared such a beautiful teapot and cup set!!! Blessings to you, friend!

    In His Lo♥e, Ann

  35. Hi Sandi! I am glad I was able to come to your tea party! I love the colors in your tea cup and the pretty tulips go very well with it. Thank-you for being so sweet to me. Denise englishpurpleribbon


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!

Also, due to the amount of spam I've been getting, I have had to set Comment Moderation. ~ Sandi