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Monday, 15 April 2013

A Pink & Yellow Tea and A Nod to the Titanic for Tea Time


"The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also." ~ Harriet Ann Jacobs - 'Victoria magazine'

Welcome to another Tea Time Tuesday dear friends!
Spring is officially here!
I awoke this morning to glorious sunshine and a male and female Gold Finch at the bird feeder. They were such a sweet couple sitting and enjoying their morning breakfast. They are the first I've seen this year and my heart simply swelled with joy to see them!

Today I would like to share a lovely surprise I received in the mail a couple of weeks ago from a blogger friend. Lady Linda sent me this pretty tea towel which she adorned with this fanciful bunny print. She sent it to me, just because...!


Isn't it sweet? Thank Lady Linda, I so appreciate your thoughtfulness! Blogger friends are a very special group of friends, aren't they?

This tea towel is just perfect for a little picnic. I have tucked in some teacups and invited some bunny friends to join us.




"Every clever bunny knows, that tea refreshes - top to toes. So put the kettle on and brew, a lovely cup for me and you." ~ Lesley Bambridge - Budgeteer- www.heartforhome-making.blogspot.co.uk

Of course no tea time is complete without flowers and these bright yellow tulips announce that Spring really is here. The white jug I found at Michaels for sixty per cent off.


I have made a lovely lemon layer cake for our tea.


Won't you join my little bunnies and me?
 
"I wake up every morning with a great desire to live joyfully." ~ Alexandra Stoddard




I am using Colclough and Royal Albert teacups today.

This teacup I have featured before but it's been a while so I thought I would feature it again.



She's so graceful, isn't she? A flared and waisted teacup adorned with clusters of lush pink roses and purple and yellow anemones as well as  yellow fern. She has a high looped handle with scalloped rims trimmed in gold; fit for a princess! 


Serena is one of my favourite teacups made by Royal Albert. I found it at an antique shop last Summer.

Now how about a piece of cake and a cup of tea?


This is one of my family's favourite cakes. A luscious lemon layer cake with lemon filling and whipped topping; yum!




Do you like my 'new to me' cake/pie server? 
I found it at Lori's antique shop. I set it in an aluminum foil lined sink with some other silver pieces, added boiling water and some baking soda. Now, it's as good as new!


I really like the leaf design and the little shell on the handle. You can see the tulips reflected in the mirror finish.



Today I would also like to acknowledge the 101st Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
We have all heard the tragic story of Titanic and how she collided with an iceberg, causing her to sink to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, around 2:20 AM. She took with her over 1500 souls. May their souls rest in peace! 




Last year I hosted a Titanic Tea in memory of all those who sailed on the infamous ship.

"In the end, what affects your life most deeply are things too simple to talk about." ~ Nell Blaine


I used china that I had in my cabinets and my silver tea set. The teacup below is Imari with the stamp Oxford in England. I thought it would be suitable for this tea since I don't have any replicas of the actual china. I know many of you do however.



I served scones with a variety of accoutrements.


To date, I have received more views of my Titanic Tea than any other post. If you would like to view that post you may click here or click on the Titanic Tea on my sidebar.

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"Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapour that appears for a little while and then vanishes away." ~ James 4:14


Thank you for your company today. You always make my tea party more special by stopping by.
If you have a special teacup, teapot, coffee mug, or tablescape to share with us, I invite you to link up below. I have a lovely group of ladies who share each week and we would love to have you join us. Your post may be as fancy or laid back as you wish. Everyone is welcome! I wish you all a day filled with sunshine and much joy!


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~
A Return to Loveliness ~ http://www.adelightsomelife.com/
Inspire Me ~ http://astrollthrulife.net/
Tea Cup Tuesday~ http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/
Tea Cup Tuesday ~ http://www.marthasfavorites.com/
Tuesday Cuppa Tea~ http://antiquesandteacups.blogspot.com/
Friends Sharing Tea ~ http://bernideensteatimeblog.blogspot.com/
Homemaking Link Up ~ http://www.hopeineveryseason.com/
Share Your Cup Thursday~ http://jannolson.blogspot.com/
Cottage Style Linky Party~ http://lavendergardencottage.blogspot.com/
Home Sweet Home~ http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

43 comments :

  1. Good sunny morning to you Sandi! I enjoyed your teatime today very much. I love the sweet tea towel you received and it looks adorable in the basket with the pretty china. The lemon cake looks so yummy and refreshing. Very pretty! Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Pam

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  2. Good Morning Sandi ! Blessings to you I pray.I enjoyed your post this morning. Yes,Lady Linda's gift is wonderful and She is truly a sweet lovely lady isn't She.Your silver server looks perfect and so pretty.Thank you for tea and the yummy lemon cake.OX Denise

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  3. Hi Sandi!
    Your tea is simply beautiful and with the addition of that gorgeous teacup and silver server. The lemon cake looks delicious.
    ~Clara

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  4. Lovely post today, Sandi [as always!] Your bunny tea towel is lovely. It's always nice to be surprised with a thoughtful gift! Your lemon cake looks fabulous [and I know it tastes great too!]. Seeing the photos of the cake jogged my memory about a white angel food cake recipe that I have with a lemon filling, frosted with Cool Whip. Lemon cakes are perfect for springtime! Have a great week, and I'm so happy you're doing well physically now.
    ~ Phyllis

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  5. Hello dear Sandi!
    What a beautiful tea setting, with such gorgeous teacups, sweet tea towel. I also love Lady Linda's lovely gift! Pretty silver serving too. The lemon cake is making me drool, I can see why it's a favorite! Thanks for the lovely party. Have a blessed week.
    FABBY

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  6. The Titanic is my obsession ... I do not know why, since as a child, I felt a morbid interest in every detail of this story and still I think of heaven as to the promenade deck of the Titanic, where one day, maybe, I can enjoy the eternal peace. So I think with profound participation to the many victims, and I think that organizing a tea in memory of this tragic event was a poetic gesture and delicate.
    Fabulous your silver tea service :-)
    And lovely your today teacup tuesday :-)
    Hugs from Italy
    Flora

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  7. How pretty ~ and the lemon cake looks delicious!
    I'm a big fan of Titanic ~ I have a Franklin Mint Rose doll and her outfits ~
    Have a lovely day!

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  8. What a pretty tea, dear Sandi! I love your new bunny towel, your gorgeous cups and your new, bright and shiny cake server. Your cake is making me want a big slice...mmmm! Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful day. xo

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  9. Hi Sandi,
    Your teacups are all so pretty but I really like the Imari teacup the most, it is quite fitting for the Titanic. The scones look marvelous as does that lemon cake. I am sitting here at work showing your wonderful blog to my co-worker and we are both sitting here drueling over it. Yum!
    Thanks for hosting!
    Gina

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  10. Hi Miss Sandi! I am so glad to be back and joining in the tea party fun! All of your teacups and accessories are so pretty. That tea towel sent from a friend is absolutely adorable! Thank you for hosting and have a lovely week!

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  11. Hi Sandi. I'm late today!Sigh...Love all your bunnies, and Serena is such a favorite pattern! Lovely post! Thanks so much for hosting!
    Ruth

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  12. I really enjoyed seeing your lovely china today as well as the cake, the server, and the pretty yellow flowers.

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  13. Dear Sandi,
    I love Serena too! Such a pretty pattern as is your others. Love the special gift and how pretty everything looks. The server is beautiful too and I would never have guessed it was old. Your solution worked like magic.
    Ruthie

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  14. Beautiful post. And the Lemon cake looks so delicious. I'd love to join you today.

    Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  15. Sandi I'm swooning over your Serena teacup! That handle is so lovely. What a lovely gift .. blog friends really are most creative and a blessing.

    Your cake cake looks tres yummy! Hope you are getting some the warmer temps too! xo and blessings, C. HHL

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  16. Hello Sandi
    Gardening beckoned to me this morning so I didn't have time to post and here I am visiting at night.
    The bunny tea towel is sweet and a nice gift. I would have loved a piece of your lemon cake when I finally stopped late for my afternoon tea at 4.
    Judith

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  17. Sandy, I just love pink and yellow together. I first matched these colours up when I was making a display at my sister's gift shop and I think she thought I was mad but when I was finished she loved it!! It looks just so happy!
    Suzyq

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  18. Sandi your tea is like a breath of Spring air!
    So charming and cheerful - it brightened up this dull Autumn day for me :-)
    bless you..Trish

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  19. Your lemon cake today would be a hit at our home. It looks amazing. Your new tea-towel is so cute and I love the way you presented it today. Gorgeous tea-cups always 'speak to me' and that's why I love visiting your blog. Hugs, Deb

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  20. très , très beau ce service
    à thé et un gâteau
    des plus appétissant
    sur une note printanière
    bonne journée pour votre
    tea-party
    tendresse
    edith

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  21. Dear Sandi.
    A most beautiful table setting. How nice of you to remember those poor people on the Titanic. Many of whom were having tea and dining.
    Your lemon cake looks delicious.. I am a little late in coming over, but I hope there is a slice for me!
    Love your Royal Albert cups. I have a full set of Moss Rose my mother passed on to me.
    A sweet gift from your friend.
    A lovely post and enjoyable read.
    happpy blessed Tuesday to you.
    Val

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  22. Hello, I see that you too have been treated to one of Linda's charming towels! Mine was adorned with ricrac also. You are a woman after my own heart...first thing I did this am while waiting for the kettle to sing was check the bird feeder. I was lucky to see a Black Headed Grosbeak
    Thx for hosting~
    Shawn :)

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  23. Just found your site via 'Just Cats'. Beautiful pictures! I too love tea and teacups. And although I've never been, have heard that Prince Edward's Island is a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing your tea time with us!

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  24. Lovely tea towel. How thoughtful.

    - The Tablescasper

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  25. Hello Sandi,
    I am glad your little birdies are back and singing the song of spring! Now maybe you will be getting some nice weather.
    Your tea table today is very pretty. I love your spring flowers and all your lovely tea cups. That cake is totally luscious looking! I bet it takes delicious.
    Thank you for sharing your tea with us.
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  26. Everything in your photos are lovely, just beautiful really!

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  27. Dear Sandi,
    that was so sweet of Lady Linda to send you this cute tea towel. And you made a lovely tea time with it. The colors are so nice with your cups and the bunnies are sweet. I love that. And your cake looks amazing. The icing is so tempting, would love to nosh some. I remember the great Titanic tea party time you created last year. Thank you for sharing this springy tea time and for hosting this sweet event.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  28. Beautiful tea cups Sandi! I loved your Titanic Tea too. It was fun to join that party. Thank you for hosting and for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  29. luv the brite yellow cake! mmm..
    and your Serena cup is sweetness too~ Have a wonderful teatime - thanks for sharing with us :)

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  30. Hi Sandi! Oh, your tea setting is most beautiful! What a sweet little tea towel too. I love your new cake server and I've got to try the cleaning like you've said. That would be so much easier that rubbing till my fingers fall off! :) Lovely tea cups and that cake - oh, my! Wish I could have a piece of it. Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  31. Hola Sandi
    Gracias por venir una vez más a compartir el té a Argentina.
    Tu sí tienes una mesa maravillosa como siempre, con tus estupendas tazas, el pastel, me encantan los dulces, las flores, todo magico y encantador.
    Un besito querida amiga.

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  32. Your gifted tea towel with the bunnies is such a sweet thing, how lovely of her, what a gal!

    Your china and your cake and everything is just so pretty, Sandi.

    Lemon cake is about the only kind my husband will eat so I may need that recipe!

    Is it me or is there a link up to the party missing? My eyes aren't seeing anything - thanks for hosting, if indeed you are? Or because I have been absent am I missing that you stopped?

    Big hugs, hope your back is feeling better each day.

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  33. Thank you Sandi! Your post is just full of spring today!

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  34. Beautiful tea cups and love your bunnies! Must say your lemon cake looks YUMMY!!!
    Thanks so much for visiting and for your sweet comments!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  35. Your Serena teacup is so beautiful! I would love to find one like that for my collection. Lady Linda is such a sweetheart. The tea towel she made for you is so pretty!

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  36. Hi Sandi: Hope this finds you well. Love your beautiful post today. My favorite cup is the Royal Albert. Everything looks so good, I have to go find something sweet! Hugs, Martha

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  37. Hi Sandi, I'm running so terribly late these days, but wanted to say thank you for a lovely post and for hosting. I'm really looking forward to Tuesdays now that I found you and all these lovely ladies. Hugs to you and have the best week. :)

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  38. Hello Sandi.. Happy Tuesday to you. What a pretty post. Your Tea Time is delightful and that Lemon Cake looks to delish. I really have to give this recipe a try. My hubby loves anything with lemon. What a pretty and thoughtful gift from Linda. Thanks for hosting each week.

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  39. Hi Sandi,
    What a beautiful post full of springtime! I woke up this morning hearing a robin! I love it when the spring birds arrive, but always feel so sorry for them if we have lots of snow. Your tea table is so lovely with the tulips, lemon cake, and our matching teacups! Love your pink floral teacup, too! What a wonderful surprise for you to receive the darling tea towel from Lady Linda! Thank you for hosting teatime for us and wishing you many blessings this week.
    Nancy

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  40. Hello Sandi,
    What a sweet tea towel - love the bunny design - your teatime looks gorgeous and the lemon cake delicious! I do appreciate you sharing and hosting,
    Kathy

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  41. That lemon layer cake looks delicious - no wonder it's a family favourite. Your silver cake slice is lovely, what a great find.

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  42. Sandi, I rarely have had anything ready for your lovely party :( but it is by far my favorite to visit. I am working a an staging table. I hope some day I get to drink tea with you in person.

    Hope you are well.
    Peace,
    Linda at the French Hens Nest

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  43. Sandi, the tea towel is such a cute gift. I love how you tucked it into the basket. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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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

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