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Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday 24 June 2013

Tea Time Tuesday

"Then followed that beautiful season...Summer...
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Happy Summer and welcome to Tea Time, my lovely friends!

Has your soul been touched to its very edges by a bloom yet? My roses do that for me. At last, I have been able to gather a bouquet of roses from my own garden for my tea table.

It's no secret that I love my old-fashioned roses. I guess they are a bit like me; old-fashioned at heart. These roses are Theresa Bugnet and they smell divine! I love their layers of frilly, fluffy petals. Sometimes they are so large, they resemble peonies.

They last only a short time before their soft, silken petals fall one by one onto the grass or table. But oh my, the exquisite joy they bring to my heart!

"The serene philosophy of the pink rose is steadying. Its fragrant, delicate petals open fully and are ready to fall, with regret or disillusion, after only a day in the sun.
It is so every summer.
One can almost hear their pink, fragrant murmur as they settle down upon the grass:
'Summer, summer, it will always be summer.' "~ Rachel Peden

By now you know that roses will be my flower of choice for the first of my Summer tea parties.

"Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I thought today would be the perfect time to introduce my newest teacup. This Regency bone china teacup was gifted to me just a few days ago by a very dear friend. It doesn't appear to have a name so I have named it after the beautiful lady who gifted it to me, Luella.

Pink roses on a white background and gold trim; perfect for my shabby romantic cottage decor! 

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." ~ William Arthur Ward

Luella had purchased the teacup while she was shopping at her favourite out-of-province store and she thought of me. The store had had a tea party and they were selling off their teacups.

It just so happens that I have another teacup which is a very good match. This one is made by Royal Albert and I received this one as a wedding gift many years ago. Don't they look pretty together?

The roses and placement are identical on these two sets even though they are made by two different companies. Luella's roses are just a little deeper pink.

Hubby brought home some lupins for our party today.

My little turtle has joined us.

Since I am not able to set up a tea out of doors, I have selected a toile quilt as my table covering  and my lace parasol is being put to use, creating what I hope will be a decent Summer Garden Tea party.

Tea sandwiches are Cucumber with cream cheese on white bread and Egg salad on whole wheat; two of our favourites around here.

I have some fresh fruit with Marshmallow cream too and I will share my recipe for this on Wednesday at my HOME party.

Tea is poured.

We're having Lady Grey.

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

"There are always two cups on my table." ~ Tang Dynasty

I am sharing this tea party with Terri at Artful Affirmations for her Garden Tea Party.

Some of the other pieces I have used for my party today~
Gracie China
Grace Tea Ware 
Johnson Bros. Rose Chintz
Syke McGhie
Pink Depression glass & pink hobnail
Lead crystal votives and vase

I am delighted you have come to tea today and I would love for you to join me by linking up some tea things of your own. Simply create a post around a special piece of china, teacup/teapot, coffee mug, or a tablescape and I will be happy to come and visit you!

"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting - a wayward sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 ~
Tea Cup Tuesday ~
Tuesday Cuppa Tea~
Tea In The Garden ~
Share Your Cup Thursday~
Homemaking Party~
Cottage Style Linky Party~
Home Sweet Home~

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Your do right Sandi, the old fashion roses smell so sweet but don't last too long. I love your lupine's, I have tried several times to grow them without success.

  2. Hi Sandi,
    Thank you for hosting Tea Time Tuesday. I just love all of your teacups and fresh flowers. It is always such a pleasure to visit you on Tuesdays. It is a very rainy day in Port Coquitlam today so I was fortunate to have had my Tea in the Garden yesterday. I hope that your weather improves.
    Take care,

  3. Hello Sandi - yes, yes, yes! It happens to me all over again every season - I just adore the flowers - all God's creation just enchants me and I think - how He must love us to give us such beauty- renewed each day, each season. I was charmed by the moon these past few nights - in awe...your tea looks so lovely! Wish I could grow Lupines - too hot too soon here in Georgia - I am so delighted to join your party - appreciate you hosting and sharing,

  4. Hi Sandi...gorgeous! The roses are perfect! Love the parasol! I love the old roses best....Gorgeous photos as usual!

  5. Hi dear Sandi! Another lovely tea as always :) Your photos are always such a joy to look at. Your flowers are breathtaking and your treats look so tasty :) Thank you, sweet friend.

    Love and hugs!

  6. Lovely tea Sandi. I don't think you can beat roses. Bring the garden in. Love the parasol and the cute bird teapot. The goodies look yummy. Happy Tea Day and thank you for hosting.

  7. Hi Sandi!
    You were so lucky to receive such a pretty little teacup and saucer and it matches your others so well. I so love china with roses. Lovely post.

  8. Sandi, I found your Blog and I love it (sorry about my bad english), cause I love Teatime and wonderful porcelain too (you can find one on my blog).
    Your lovely Pictures are balm for my Soul.

    Greetings from Germany

  9. Hi sweet Sandi, oh my, your roses are gorgeous! I can see why you love them so much. All your teacups are lovely, but your new Luella is especially beautiful. I'd love a bowl of berries with that yummy cream. Thanks for hosting you wonderful party.

  10. Hi Sandi! I want to sit right down at this beautiful tea of yours today! Everything is so pretty and yummy looking! thank you for hosting!

  11. Hello Sandi
    I have inhaled the fragrance of Theresa Bugnet roses before and can appreciate how wonderful your tea table smells.
    Everything is pink and feminine and I'd love to join you for tea and berries. The new teacup is a great match to the RA one and the bouquet of lupines is gorgeous and says PEI to me.
    Thanks for hosting.

  12. Such a beautiful tea Sandi! I love your new cups. I always like the Royal Albert cups. I have given them as gifts but, need to get myself one. They are beautiful! Thank you for hosting and for joining Home Sweet Home!

  13. Happy summer my friend! Your tea is just perfect and welcoming ... from your fresh cut garden roses to those charming teacups and lets not forget the finger sandwiches and the strawberries... hugs and blessings, C. (HHL)

  14. Hi Sandi, Hope you are feeling better. Your tea table is beautiful and the sandwiches and fruit with marsh. creme look great! The lupines and the roses are beautiful. I have always admired your pink roses. They remind me of David Austin roses.

  15. Hi Sandi,
    Your tea for this week is so beautiful! Anyone would think it is outdoors with all your pretty flowers and that gorgeous quilt. Your new teacup so lovely and does match the other so well. Thank you again for hosting your lovely tea party. Hope and pray you are feeling stronger.

  16. Hi Sandy: Love the flowers your husband purchased for you. They are so pretty they look fake. Thank you for hosting this lovely party. Hugs, Martha

  17. Hello Sandi,
    That is a perfect summer tea! I love the choices you made in creating your tea table. The umbrella is genius and really lends a summer feel. All your tea cups are pretty. The new one is very sweet with it's pretty pink roses. How fab that you have such a close match!
    The lupines are stunning!
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful tea time.
    I hope that you feel much better very soon.

  18. Hi Sandi!

    I enjoyed reading through your post and seeing all of your beautiful things! Your photos look great. Thanks for taking the time to put together such an inspiring post.

    Hope you're having a great week so far!


  19. Oh how I wish they had smell-a-vision, to smell your delightful roses would be such a blessing indeed! The whole table is lovely! Mary Anne

  20. Dear Sandi,
    your party starts the weekly circle of my favoured tea parties. You always have such a charming post. Your rose is perfect and perfectly matching with todays tea cups. What a generous gift is this pretty Regency tea cup of Luella. Very charming design. Its amazing how close the pattern is to the RA cup. Your whole tea table is the pure charme. Marshmallow creme sounds devine. Thank you for sharing all your precious thoughts, pictures and informations. That always make a great tea party.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  21. Hi Sandi,
    The roses are beautiful this year,aren't they?
    You are getting quite the collection of beautiful tea cups etc.!
    Hope you are enjoying these beautiful summer days.
    Thank you for hosting,

  22. Hi Sandi, thank you for sharing Tea time Tuesday. I love your tea setting. And that Luella cups and saucers are so lovely. You are so loved by friends.

    One day maybe I could grow lupins, they kind of have the similarity with foxgloves.
    I tried to link back to your blog, I hope I did the right thing.



  23. Lovely spot of tea!
    Lovely post and fun to see what is happening at your beautiful place.

    The little sandwiches made me hungry. All so good.

    God bless and may Summer be special,

  24. Sweet teacups and lovely flowers! I almost bought a teapot the other day that had a little birdie on top. I look forward to your Marshmallow Creme recipe :)

  25. As much as I had dreamed it, I could not host m y party outdoors - was much too hot followed by too much RAIN!

    But we were outdoors in the garden in spirit, anyway!

    Your tea is lovely in every way, as you are, dear Sandi.

    Thank you for hosting. Hugs.

  26. Hi dearest Sandi,

    Thank you for hosting Tea Time... Your flowers are beautiful. You have manage to create another lovely and inviting setting for tea time. Your tea cups are all beauties.



  27. Hi Sandi. I am just like you and can't get enough garden roses. I think I might only grow them to bring inside the house. I just came back form Alberta where the provincial flower is the wild rose and so have pink roses on my mind and your tea cups and garden roses pull on all my heart strings today. So very lovely. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week. :)

  28. What a lovely party. Amazing how those 2 teacups look so much alike. They are both beautiful. The flowers are gorgeous!...Christine

  29. Such a lovely Tea party... thank you for sharing it I enjoyed all of it I love Roses too my Yellow ones are having about their 5th rose popping out and I'm so happy and excited they smell so good...I love your Rose Tea cups so pretty...have great day with love Janice

  30. A lovely tea with pretty china, the parasol... but oh the flowers!!!
    Thanks for hosting and enjoy your week.

  31. Dear Sandy - so lovely like your roses. Your poetry selections always warm my soul and I was especially toughed by the thoughts on how fleeting our roses can be in summer - before their petals waft to the ground. Yes - we must make time to "smell the roses" = 'ere they be gone . . .

    A divine tea with a lovely rose pattern - in keeping with the theme - and the parasol framed the setting perfectly. Egg salad sandwiches - my personal favorite.
    Joy to you!

  32. This is such a beautiful post. Yes, I'm joining your party, too. Come and link to What to do Weekends Party also. Best wishes, LInda

  33. Beautiful Sandi! I never met a rose I didn't like. Gorgeous Lupines too. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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