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Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Photography, 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, 10 February 2014

Hearts & Flowers Tea


Love is a language spoken by everyone but understood only by the heart. ~ Author unknown

Hello my dear friends and welcome to my Hearts & Flowers Tea!


This week we are celebrating love and romance. Like the song says, "Love is a many splendoured thing."

Love planted a rose and the world turned sweet. ~ Katherine Lee Bates

Roses are a symbol of love and according to statistics, Valentines Day is the busiest day of the year for the flower shops. It's a busy day for Cupid!

But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes 



No matter the colour of the petals, a rose is a delight to the eye. I do however favour pale pink or white.


Do you have a favourite colour?
I love to have fresh flowers on the tea table; especially roses.

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. ~ Henry James - 'Portrait of A Lady'


A creamy white rose with the palest blush of pink snuggles up to my Skye McGhie teacup. This set is called Pierced Lace and I love the creamy white.


I love teacups accompanied by lace and pearls, don't you? The rose and pearls lend a soft romantic touch.

A lovely heart on a string of pearls with a bit of bling.

I am serving tea from my Cream Lace teapot made by Skye McGhie.


Tea and a cookie.

Soft pink is so very feminine and this pink rose makes a sweet presentation next to this teacup which is called Rose of England.


A few nibbles....Egg salad on whole wheat heart sandwiches. Strawberries and chocolate.


Maybe you prefer a pink cupcake?


Valentine shortbread.

 
Royal icing roses.
 

Life is a journey, and love is what makes that journey worthwhile.~ Author unknown

I hope your journey is a happy one.


How will you celebrate Valentines Day this week?
 

"If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give." ~ George MacDonald

I must apologize because my post was not the one I had planned for today. The flu bug hit me on the weekend and rather than cancel my party, I was forced to set a simple table in creamy white and borrow photos from past Valentine teas. I hope you enjoyed your visit in spite of this.


Thank you for visiting today. I just love having you for company! If you have something tea related, a coffee cup/mug, or tablescape, I invite you to link up with me.
 
Happy Valentine's Day!

I am also joining Bernideen for her Romance Is In the Air.

I am joining the following parties as well~

A Return to Loveliness ~ http://www.adelightsomelife.com/
Tea Cup Tuesday~ http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/
Tea Cup Tuesday ~ http://www.marthasfavorites.com/
Tuesday Cuppa Tea~ http://www.antiquesandteacups.info/
Friends Sharing Tea~ http://blog.bernideens.com/
Share Your Cup Thursday~ http://jannolson.blogspot.com/
Home Sweet Home~ http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

48 comments:

  1. Sandi:
    I am so sorry you are ill and hope you can get plenty of rest and recuperate. That is not fun so we want you well and strong! The truth is we would have never known you used older photos as we have short memories! This is lovely!

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  2. I am sorry to hear that you have the flu - ugh!

    I don't care that your photos are of teas from the past. Each teacup, teapot and rose is gorgeous.

    Feel better!

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  3. Everything is so pretty Sandi, I hope you feel better soon. The flu is not fun! Take care of yourself.

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  4. I always enjoy seeing your teas from the past Sandi! All so beautiful! Take care of yourself and I hope you get over the flu bug soon!

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  5. I am sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well. And Tea parties from the past are every bit as enjoyable!

    That awful flu hit our house too but I think I am coming out on the other side. And I had done my tea party earlier.

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  6. Oh Sandi,
    I am so very sorry to hear that you are not well. How committed you are to keeping your blogging friends happy by posting today. I also adore pale pink and whites. So soft and feminine. Your roses and teacups are elegant today! Please get well soon and thank you for hosting "Hearts and Flowers Tea"!
    Karen

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  7. Dear SandI,
    I'm so sorry to hear that you aren't feeling well. I hope you will be better soon. Your tea post is beautiful and I love all of your pretty china. We girls do love our china. Lol. I do agree with you, my favorite rose color is pink and yours are so pretty. Thank you for your concern. I am doing well but just took a blog break. Have a Happy Valentines Day.
    ~Clara

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  8. Sandi, I hope you are feeling much better. I love roses -- any color and your lace teacup is one of my favorites. Happy Valentine Day and Happy Tea Day. Thanks so much for hosting.

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  9. Hi, It is always fun to view your lovely tea table. I love lavender and peach color roses. The Cream Lace teaset is the perfect one to have the creamy white roses accompany. Your table is wonderful for a Valentine's day tea. Hope your day is filled with love at your party!

    Pam

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  10. I hope you are feeling better, Sandi. I think this tea is absolutely delightful! Your images are gorgeous, Sandi. I really like the first image with the little hearts photoshopped in. You have many delicious looking goodies too. And, oh, my - THE ROSES!!! Stunning! I know how much you like roses. They are certainly beautiful flowers and I love the fragrant ones the most.
    Hugs, Beth

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  11. Hope you will feel better soon Sandi! Your post is really pretty!!

    Happy Valentines day to you as well!

    Madelief x

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  12. Hi Sandi,
    I'm so sorry that the flu bug hit you and I hope you'll be feeling well soon. Your tea looks lovely and I always love seeing your pretty things, past and present. Thank you for hosting, sweet friend. xo

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  13. A lovely tea setting. Pale pink roses are my favorite and the one you have sitting on the pierced saucer is a perfect specimen, with just a hint of green.
    Thanking God for your healing!

    P.S. I always prefer a cupcake *wink*

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  14. Hi Sandi,

    I hope you feel better real soon! I'm in awe of your beautiful Valentine tea. So elegant with those roses and creamy whites.

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  15. This is one of the most lovely post i' ve never seen. Your teacups and setting are gorgeous. I love teacups with pearls and roses.
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  16. So lovely and romantic! Those white roses are just gorgeous!...christine

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  17. Dearest Sandi~ be well soon... thank you for hosting and sharing such a wonderful tea ... the cookies look great!!! Hugs and Blessings, C. (HHL)

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  18. Sandi, you baked up a storm for this special tea, and everything is lovely.
    Sorry to hear you're not well, and I hope you are better soon.
    Thank you for hosting and sharing your pretty china.
    Hugs,
    Judith

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  19. OMG dear Sandi, I went through two weeks of an ugly cold, it's such a nuisense! Thank you for reposting such gorgeous past tea setting you've done, I love all of them!!! Hope you feel better soon and have a happy Valentine's too.
    FABBY

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  20. Hi Sandi, thank you for hosting your lovely Valentine's tea party for all of us! Praying you will feel better soon! Just seeing your beautiful post and the others brings a blessing to me. Your roses are amazing and so beautiful along with the pretty teacups.
    Happy Valentine's day to you and hubby, too!
    Hugs...Nancy

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  21. A very lovely valentine tea you are having. I love the heart teacup and saucer, very pretty.

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  22. Get well soon Sandi! Your little white tea set is stunning! The right lighting on white is just beautiful! Happy Valentine's Day!
    Sherry

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  23. What a beautiful post and your photos are wonderful ! Oh hope you feel better soon ! Cups of tea is good for the soul ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good week !

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  24. sorry you haven't been feeling well Sandi. How generous of you to still be hosting. I, too, love white roses. Your teapot is beautiful, and I love the bling-y necklace. Blessings to you.

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  25. Sandi this post is so beautiful thank you for sharing with us. I got lost in the serenity of this site.Susie

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  26. So sorry you're not feeling well Sandi, you could never tell it by your post. Gorgeous photo styling, so romantic!
    Take care and thanks so much for hosting.
    Gina

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  27. Sandi: So sorry you are not feeling well. Your post is just stunning. I will say a little prayer for you. Hugs, Martha

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  28. What a beautiful and romantic - almost vintage romance - post! I am in love with that tea cup set! Thank you for sharing. Tell us what teas you are drinking - I love discovering new tea!

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  29. Love your romantic pictures and the cream teapot is just gorgeous! Off to explore some other perfect tea times!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  30. So pretty, in a quiet way, which is just how I like it. I hope you feel better soon!

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  31. Hi Sandi, So sorry you are sick. You may remember me from my former blog, Nalley Valley, Mildred from GA.
    Thank you for hosting. Feel better soon.

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  32. Hi Sandi! So glad I didn't miss your Valentine's Day tea! Wonderful! I love all your pretty china and goodies. Perfect for a day of romance. Thanks so much for hosting and Happy Valentine's Day!
    Ruth

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  33. Hello Sandi. Your post is full of all things delicate and beautiful. Your collection of tea cups is simply gorgeous and the sweets treats are pure bliss. I pray that you are better soon sweet friend. Have a wonderful Valentine's and thank you for the support. It means a great deal.

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  34. Sandi:
    You still managed to lift our spirits from your beautiful roses and teacups and quotes. Thank you and get better. Love Auntie P

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  35. Dear Sandi - Wishing you a speedy recovery, the bug isn't any fun. If you hadn't of mentioned we would all be amazed at the trouble you go to setting tea for everyone to enjoy. Don't be troubled, it is all lovely, very lovely and I think a creamy rose with a hind of peach perhaps would favour my liking. Yours are beautiful, flowers iin the house are welcoming at this time of year. I enjoyed having yours in my RV today, do take care of yourself. I'll pray for a speedy recovery

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  36. Hello Sandi,
    Your hearts and flowers tea looks so lovely, even if it wasn't what you planned. I am sorry you had issues over the weekend and I hope you have recovered. I had a similar one, and also changed my tea plans. lol! Roll with the punches : )
    I am wishing I could have one of your cupcakes right about now : )
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  37. Sandi~ I would love to join your party but I didn't know you were having one. :) Then I paid a visit to Blackberry Lane and remembered I used to visit you and decided to pop in and say hello. What could be better than a tea party?! Had I known I would have loved to have joined.
    If you are in snow country, stay warm and safe!
    Love,
    Mona

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  38. Hi Sandi,
    Hope you are feeling better soon! There are a couple of nasty flu's on the go ~ some of our family are down with it.
    Your tea time is very pretty!

    Thank you for hosting,
    Carolyn

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  39. Oooo - so sorry to hear you're under the weather, Sandi. May you be blessed with renewed strength as you share tea with everyone this week. I do remember some of these photos and love all the white! So elegant and simple. Simply elegant - very like you, I daresay.
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  40. Sandi, Your "Hearts and Flowers Tea" is beautiful! I don't know which I like best - the china, flowers, or delicious treats. The royal icing roses are so pretty. I hope you're feeling better by Friday so you can enjoy Valentine's day with your hubby. ~ Phyllis

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  41. Your teatime is gorgeous, Sandy...and you know I totally love all white - so that was a treat to see as well!

    I am *so so so* sorry you have the flu- it's been going around and it is a doozie. GET WELL SOON!

    I have great news I shared in my tea post. Hugs.

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  42. Dear Sandi,
    this morning I had only the time to link in and now I came back for the comment. I am so sorry to read that you got the flu. I hope it will be better soon for you. Although you are ill, you made such a formidable Valentines Post. All settings are so sweet. I love to see ll the pretty pictures and I haven't seen them all before. Thank you for sharing this Tea time and for hosting the sweet event.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  43. Hi Sandi. A beautiful tea party. Hope you are feeling better by the time you read this.

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  44. Your photographs are gorgeous. I just love your dishes. I hope you are feeling better soon.

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  45. Sandi, I am so sorry you aren't feeling well. I do hope you are getting somewhat better by now. I'm late to the party but glad to have made it anyway. Your table is lovely, as always! My favorite color rose is yellow but I will accept any given to me ;) Happy Valentine's Day!

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  46. Hello Sandi, So sorry you aren't feeling well. I hope by now you're much better - I've got a cold that is making my whole body hurt - but, thankfully - this too shall pass - your post is absolutely exquisite! I will be featuring your post in this week's A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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  47. I'm SO glad you mentioned this post on my blog, as I was able to see that your heart-embellished teacup is a different style from the ones with that design that I found this year. I love yours too (and think I may *need* some like that now, ha!).

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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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