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Monday, 30 July 2012

A New Teacup for Tea Time Tuesday


"Polly put the kettle on, we'll all have tea." ~ Charles Dickens - 'Barnaby Rudge'

Hello dear friends and welcome to my 700th post! Alas, it is also my last Tea Time Tuesday for the month of July! Summer is slipping by on us.

Time to slow down with a nice cup of tea...


Our friendship is like a pot of tea....
a special blend of you and me." ~ Unknown


Hubby and I have been browsing the antique shops and we came across some delightful teacups. 

If you visited Marty's Cloche party last week, you would have seen my new teacup in one of the cloches. The one on the bottom in the cloche above is the one I am featuring today.


Isn't she lovely!


It has an elegant handle.


And a pedestal.


"Bread and water can so easily become toast and tea." ~ Unknown

Hubby picked this one out for me and I am simply captivated by the beauty of it! 


It is the most scrumptious shade of pink with delicate scalloping. It is adorned with a gorgeous garland of gold leaves on the inside of the cup and on the saucer with lots of gold trim; very regal!


And it is an Aynsley! This is my very first Aynsley teacup. Yay!


I can find no information on this teacup, only a number, # 2726, on the bottom of the cup. Perhaps, Ruth, you would know if it has a name. If not, I may have to name it myself. A teacup this pretty has to have a name!

The saucer is gorgeous as well!


On this beautiful Summer's day, I have set my tea out on a little table in front of the window with some of my frilly-petaled roses. Here I have a clear vantage point of the birds which swoop from the tree to the bird feeder.


      If I had a flower
for every time you you made me
           smile or laugh
I'd have a garden to walk in
                   forever.~ Unknown



"Best and dearest flower that grows,
Perfect both to see and smell;
Words can never, never tell
Half the beauty of a Rose..." Cicely Mary Barker- "Rose Fairy"



A Rose Chintz square plate awaits a lovely dessert.


Such a lovely teacup and plate deserve a lovely teapot so, my Lavender Rose will serve the tea today.


Along with a delightful Berry Shortcake.


Fresh blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries snuggled up to a piece of fluffy angel food cake and a dollop of lovely whipped cream; yum!

It is the perfect treat on a warm Summer afternoon.


"Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors." ~ Alice Walker

Darjeeling tea..... oh so delicious!


Ah, summertime! The freshness of berries accompanied by a nice cuppa tea and you have yourself a wonderful respite! So, take a deep breath, relax, and sip a lovely cup of tea.

"My favourite weather is bird-chirping weather." ~ Terri Guillemets

This is just one of my little feathered friends which I photographed through the window. Isn't he precious?


One of the many sounds of Summer which I love is the birds singing in the trees outside my window. Playful young Gold finches flutter to and from the tree, to get their fill of seeds from the feeder. They keep me entertained all day long, the dear little creatures!


I just adore these little yellow birdies! They always bring a smile to my face. We moved the bird bath from the back garden and set it next to the tree in the front yard, so they are enjoying their Summer here at Rose Chintz Cottage! And I'm enjoying them!


A cup of tea and a little dessert, as well as sweet birdsong, is simply, Bliss!

"Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?" ~ Matthew 6:26

I am happy to see all your tea things, whether you have shared them before or not. This tea party is all about sharing your joy of tea time and any thoughts you might have on the subject. And for the summer months, I would love to see your teacups and teapots indoors as well as out in the garden, at the beach, on a park bench, etc...

Also I would enjoy seeing your teacup and teapot crafts as well as recipes and any stories you might have to share about tea time. So, let's have fun this summer with our teas. Get out there and be as creative, fancy, or as laid back as you wish!

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
Lemonade
Iced tea or 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 that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

I am joining the following parties as well~

Heart and Home~  http://angelwingsandapronstrings.blogspot.com/
A Return to Loveliness~  http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com/
Table Top Tuesday~  http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/
Teacup Tuesday~  http://www.marthasfavorites.com/
Tea Cup Tuesday~  http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/
Tuesday Cuppa Tea~  http://antiquesandteacups.blogspot.com/
Tea in the Garden~ http://bernideensteatimeblog.blogspot.com/
Tea Cup Thursday~  http://missspensersblog.blogspot.com/

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

48 comments:

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

What a great find! The tea cup is such a great color! I love finches too!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Hi Sandi! I do love your new teacup! Unfortunately, she doesn't have a name, just a pattern number, and it isn't listed in my factory books...just the description, made in several different shapes and colors. What a beauty! I love your bird photos. We spend hours watching the ones is our garden. A wonderful photos as usual, my friend!
Ruth

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

SANDI!!!

I don't know what I like best: your gorgeous new Ansley - it's stunning! Or your pretty pink flowers, or that delicious summertime berry and cake.....love love love....but I completely and utterly adore that Finch pic!

You KNOW it's my favvie fav!!!

And congrats on reaching 700 - wow that is truly remarkable. Thanks for hosting a WONDERFUL weekly linky party, definately a fav!

♥ Hugs to you, my sweet friend,

M.

Johanna said...

Dear Sandi,
congratulations to your 700th post. That sounds amazing because I know, each post was a wonderful feature about charming and thoughtfull items. So many work and elegant settings, thank you for sharing them all with us. I am so impressed! Not only because that really beautiful new tea cup but also about your husband. Isn't that a sweet man who look with his wife for tea cups in antique stores. And he pointed out a beauty. (Not amazing for me as he pointed out a very charming wife some time before, LOL). This Aynsley teacup is a real treasure and you paired it wonderful with the Chintz square plate and the Lavender tea pot. I wish you a good time for your Tea Time break. Enjoy it and hopefully you will have some more nw findsd after that.
Best greetings, Johanna

Tracey@Breathing English Air said...

Congratulations on your 700th post. I do like your teacup very much, it is incredibly elegant.
The birds are so pretty, we don't have any quite so bright.

Pamela Gordon said...

That is a lovely teacup Sandi! Your hubby is so good to you. :) I'll be joining up shortly. Have a blessed week!

Snap said...

Sandi, I love your new teacup. Your hubby has a great eye! All that gorgeous pink, fancy handle and the gold design on the interior! WOW! It looks gorgeous with your chintz. Lovely feathered friends, too. Happy Tea Day and thanks for hosting!

Sylvia said...

Love your teacup,Sandi. What a nice tea setting with a "birds eye" view!

Lavender Cottage said...

Goodness Sandi, 700 posts already! It just goes to show how much fun blogging is and how it can bring people together to enjoy each other.
I love your 2 new pink tea cups, your hubby has a good eye for what you like. I have a new tea cup this week as well, and you know I thought of you when I picked it up.
Thanks for hosting our tea parties, it's been a pleasure to join you each week.
Judith

sissie said...

Hi Sandi,
I just love seeing your pretty tea setting. It's always so comfortable and soothing as well as beautiful when I come here to visit.
Love the little birdie sitting in your window. Your pink tea cup and saucer is so very lovely.

hugs
Sissie

Beth said...

Hi Sandi, Beautiful pics of the goldfinch! Love your new teacup and the dessert looks fabulous! Thanks for a lovely Tea Time Tuesday today.
Hugs, Beth

Beth said...

Hi Sandi, Beautiful pics of the goldfinch! Love your new teacup and the dessert looks fabulous! Thanks for a lovely Tea Time Tuesday today.
Hugs, Beth

Micupoftea~ said...

Hello Sandi!
Oooooh,ahhhhh.....LOVE the Aynsley cup. What a pretty shade of pink. Lovely photos, sweet quotes. I got excited to see the gorgeous yellow bird in your yard!! Is it a Goldfinch or Oriole? Such a treat. Happy August and thx for hosting~
xo
Shawn

High Heeled Life said...

Sandi. your new teacup is brilliant... love the pedestal base and that handle so truly elegant.

It's amazing to look out and see nature going about their day! Thank you for sharing such a lovely tea with us! xo HHL

Cottage and Broome said...

Love the pink tea cup and the close up shot, wonderful! I don't have any tea this week but I have a fairy garden, please stop by it you get a chance, Laura

And congrats on 700 posts!!!!

Vicki said...

Hi, Sandi,
I love the idea of the teacups in the cloche. I want to give that idea a try myself. Your featured teacup is so pretty. That your husband picked it out just for you makes it even more beautiful! Happy tea time to you, kind friend~Vicki

Cottage and Broome said...

Sandi, Thank you for the invite to post on TTT even it I don't have tea this week. Wouldn't that fairy garden look sweet with mini tea set. I'll be on the hunt for one now!! Thanks again, have a wonderful week, Laura

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Sandi,
I have joined in today on Tea Time Tuesday...Thank you for hosting such a beautiful party!
Your new pink tea cup is delightful! and congratulations on 700 posts...my goodness you have been a busy girl.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Diann said...

That teacup really is a beauty Sandi! love the richness of that pink! Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful week!

Modern Day Disciple said...

You and your posts always bring a smile to my face! Beautiful! So glad we "met"!

kitty said...

What a sweet gift from your sweetie, Sandi! The teacup is beautiful. I loved seeing your wonderful dessert and the finches through your window. I also loved reading your sentimental post about your dad and all your memories.

Sherry said...

That is a pretty teacup and such pretty pictures. Thanks for hosting!
Sherry

Two Cottages And Tea said...

What a lovely new teacup you have! It goes so well with your Rose Chintz plate and also your pretty teapot. Your table is beautiful and the view so relaxing with the sweet birds. Thank you for hosting your tea party and have a wonderful week.
Nancy

Betty Stapleton said...

Hi Sandi
That teacup and saucer is so lovely, your husband has good taste. Great looking dessert I will be joining you tomorrow. Thank you for sharing... you do have such a pretty and inspiring post, I do look forward to it.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

What a gorgeous teacup dear Sandi..isn't it great when we have a new find? I'm happy too! Love them all and the cake looks yummy, wish I had a piece, lol..Thanks for hosting and having me.
FABBY

Terri said...

Lovely post Sandi,
Your newest tea cup set is really pretty! The coloring is fabulous, and it looks very nice with your china.
I hope you are having a good summer.
Hugs,
Terri

Ann - Making Sweet Family Memories with Childrens Tea Sets said...

Oh my - what a lovely tea party post! I especially loved the beautiful tea sets and the delightful pink flowers. Thank you for such a sweet blessing today.

jeanetteann said...

Sandi,your new treasure is lovely. I would love to stay for tea in such a beautiful setting, watching the lovely birds flittering around the feeder. Gorgeous pics as usual.

Aledia said...

What a beautiful new tea set!! I love your pretty tea pot and your berry desert looks so yummy!

Very lovely post...have a wonderful week and Thank You for stopping by!

(hugs)
Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Sharon Evans said...

I love the pink of your new tea set. Gorgeous! Thanks for hosting such a wonderful tea party

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Sandi
I can´t link my blog today I´ll try later
Love

janice15 said...

Good morning, you new tea cup is very sweet...I love your Lavender Rose tea Pot. I have recently acquired two cups and found one saucer to match...I really want the Tea Pot...I been looking on Ebay for one..It's just beautiful...Nice post...Have a most lovely day today. with love Janice...@spoonwither.blogspot.com

Magnolia Cottage said...

Hi Sandi,
What a beautiful Aynsley teacup. The color and pattern is beautiful. What a coincidence, we both shared a Aynsley teacup. I would love some of your tea and delicious dessert. Love your flowers and the yellow finch is adorable. Thanks for hosting. Have a nice week.
Blessings,
Lisa

Carolyn said...

Hi Sandi,
What an amazing summer we are having!!! Isn't it fun to go out to the antique shops and find little treasures. Your new teacups are so pretty.
I enjoy watching the birds flit around the garden too.
Thank you for hosting,
Carolyn

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Sandi, Your new tea cup and saucer is gorgeous. So happy for you to find and add this one to your collection. You will simply have to give this beauty a name for sure.
Your dessert looks so summer light and delish.
The yellow birds are so delightful and the pic is gorgeous.
Congrats on your 700th post. God's Blessings for many many more to follow.

Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. Yes, we have been enjoying the summer although very hot here this season. Triple digits and no end in sight. Going to Santa Fe for one week and it will be cooler there.
I hope you are enjoying the summer days as well and had some time to get to the water and beach that you love.
Thank you for sharing another teatime.

Blessings always, Hugs, Celestina Marie

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Sandi, Your new tea cup and saucer is gorgeous. So happy for you to find and add this one to your collection. You will simply have to give this beauty a name for sure.
Your dessert looks so summer light and delish.
The yellow birds are so delightful and the pic is gorgeous.
Congrats on your 700th post. God's Blessings for many many more to follow.

Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. Yes, we have been enjoying the summer although very hot here this season. Triple digits and no end in sight. Going to Santa Fe for one week and it will be cooler there.
I hope you are enjoying the summer days as well and had some time to get to the water and beach that you love.
Thank you for sharing another teatime.

Blessings always, Hugs, Celestina Marie

Maria Andrade said...

Hi Sandi,
This new tea cup of yours is so elegant! And how I love to have a summer tea with fresh fruit and yoghurt or cream similar to the treat you offer here!
Congratulations for the 700th post!
Hugs

Michelle said...

Congratulations on your 700th post! What a beautiful tea cup-- the color is amazing and I love the gold design. And that dessert looks so yummy! Bird watching is fun. We bunny watch, too, as there are a couple of rabbits that come into the yard and eat the birdseed fallen onto the ground from the birdfeeder. ~Michelle

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

Hi Sandi! It has been a long time. This pink cup is deserving of your home that is for sure, nobody else would appreciate its beauty like YOU! Enjoy!

KathyB. said...

The pink teacup would catch my eye and tempt me to buy her. She stands out in her elegant simplicity and beauty.

Goldfinches are so bright and cheery. They make me smile and my heart happy.

Barb said...

Hi Sandi,
Your new tea cup and saucer is very pretty...how good that your husband shares your interest in china.

Have a good week
Barb from Australia

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Sandi
At least I can send you a comment,something happened yesterday and I had problems to come to your blog
Your pink tea cup is really dainty!
I´m very glad joining you every Tuesday
Love

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Sandi~ your teacup is beautiful. I love the gold flurishes on the inside. Your little table is very inviting! When I lived in England we always had bread with jam and tea!

Rebecca said...

What a super great find sweet friend...

Congrats on the 700th post. I don't know how many I have left in me!

Love to you~Rebecca

Anne Payne said...

You always set such a lovely table and your teacup & china are so beautiful! Yummy....the dessert looks fabulous and very tasty :)

Ann said...

Beautiful, as usual, Sandi. I haven't had much time to stop over the past few weeks, so thought I would would just leave a little message of good cheer for you, today. And also compliment your husband on good taste in picking out darling teacups!

Ann @ Cairn Cottage
http://cairncottage.blogspot.com/

Wanda Lee said...

This is so lovely Sandi..,I love the pink especially; thanks for hosting!

.., ( I've tried tree times to link up and the Linky says I've been linked up, yet it does not show up)?

Hugs, Wanda Lee

Zaa said...

OMG Sandi ...

Your beautiful Pink Ansley is my cup of tea... It's gorgeous... You could create a special name for this pretty cup on your own ... The " Princess " comes to my mind with all that lovely gold leaf gilding....

The birdies are so delightful ... I have some finches at my feeder too and I just love watching them...

Such a lovely post Sandi and I'd love a sample of that yummy teatime treat.... my mouth is watering ( Slurp, Slurp)

Stay cool, lovely Lady !!!!
HUGS

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