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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 10 March 2014

A New Tea for Tea Time Tuesday


A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be.~ Author unknown

Welcome, friends, to another Tea Time!


I have set my tea out on the coffee table which is covered with one of my favourite tablecloths. 


Tea is instant wisdom, just add water. ~ Astrid Alauda

About a month ago, I won a Tea Giveaway from Marilyn at Delights of the Heart. She sent me two packets of Teavivre tea, a golden tip black tea, Dragon Well Long Jing green tea, as well as a cute book mark and card. Thank you Marilyn.


My tea today is one which Marilyn sent me, Teavivre's Yun Nan Dian Hong, golden tip black tea.  Won't you join me for a cup?


The liquid gold is poured into my cup, through the strainer, and the tea is delicious!

Dian Hong black tea, also known as Yunnan black tea, is one of China's most famous black teas. It has lots of orange pekoe in the dried tea, and brews into a wonderful golden coloured tea with a very rich taste and aroma.


My teapot is Royal Elfreda which I found at our Anne of Green Gables Store several years ago. 



The posies appear to be peonies although they could also be roses.

The teacup is Chantilly Lace by Skye McGhie.


Tea purifies spirit, removes anxiety and nervousness, brings ease and comfort, and is conducive to meditation.~ Author unknown

The cup and saucer sit on a vintage Johnson Bros. plate and the silver tea spoon is also vintage. It is  Evening Star by Oneida which is one piece of a set which my mother passed down to me.


Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

Someone very dear to me is celebrating a birthday today and I want to send my heart felt wishes her way. She always reads my blog so I know she will see this. 

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.~ Jeremiah 17:7


Happy Birthday Auntie P! You are such a warm and generous lady who is much admired and loved a lot! You are not only my aunt but my very dear friend. Have a delightful day and I know Uncle Doug will take great pleasure in spoiling you! God bless you and enjoy your special day!

Next week, March 17th, is my Celebrate Spring ~ "A Bird Lover's Tea" party.


One of the many things I love about springtime is the return of the song birds so I am doing a Bird Lover's Tea this year. Let's bring out our little feathered friends adorning teacups, teapots, mugs, plates, bird houses/bird nests, ornaments, etc. Anything and everything with a birdie motif would be lovely. 

Or perhaps you would prefer to do a green themed tea for St. Patrick's Day. That would be lovely too. To make it really fun, why not combine the two. Whatever strikes your fancy is welcome!

I am so happy when you join me for Tea Time and I hope you have enjoyed your visit here. Do you have a pretty teacup, teapot, coffee cup, or tablescape you would like to share? Perhaps a trip to a favourite Tea Room? Then please do share it with us. I wish you all a beautiful day!

Happiness is an inside job! ~ Seen displayed on a local church sign.



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

45 comments :

  1. Happy Birthday to your special Aunt, Sandi! Yes, happiness is sharing tea with you, sweet friend. I always love coming to your tea party. Your teapot and teacup are both so pretty and I love the pretty vintage spoon and plate. Thank you for hosting you wonderful party. xo

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  2. It's so beautiful! The table cloth is stunning! And happy birthday to your Aunt! xoxo♡

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  3. Hi Sandi!
    Your teapot and tea setting is gorgeous and a happy birthday to Auntie. Have a lovely week.
    ~xoxo Clara

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  4. Love that teapot and your tablecloth is beautiful. Thanks for hosting.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  5. Thanks, Sandi!
    Love your post. That is a gorgeous teapot and my first thought was peonies. Just beautiful! Now if I could get my act together I would love joining you next Tuesday for tea time with birds. I probably have more nests and houses than actual birds on things. Sounds like a fun choice. Happy Birthday to your aunt. So glad you have a special aunt in your life. Happy tea time.

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  6. Hi Sandi and I'm sure Aunty is honored! So pretty! I love the teapot. Thanks for hosting and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  7. What a wonderful way to celebrate your Aunt's birthday by sending here a greeting. I love the pink flowered teapot for it is a cheery one. The Johnson Bros. pink plate is perfect with the setting. Have a delightful week!

    Pam

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  8. Sandi Happy birthday to your special Aunt... I'm swooning over your teapot and the lace cut-outs on the saucer are perfect for encouraging spring. Thank you for hosting ..hugs C. (HHL)

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  9. Happy Birthday to your special Aunt. I love that tablecloth too! The whole setting is lovely

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  10. I love the saucer to your tea cup. Very pretty. And your tablecloth is beautiful. That's a great photo of tea being poured. I always thought Chinese tea was very light/green. that looks really good. Thanks for hosting Sandi.

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  11. Hi Sandi, Your Chantilly Lace teacup is one of my favorite ... love the simple cup on the lacy saucer. Your teapot is gorgeous and they sure look like peonies to me! I love hand-done linens...the table cloth is a real treasure. Thanks for hosting and Happy Tea Day! (Happy Birthday to Auntie)

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  12. I love that beautiful Teapot and table cloth.. perfect for each other. and I love the lace tea cup and saucer.. been wanting to get some pieces for the lace.. with love Janice

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  13. Dear Sandi,
    I love your teapot and where it came from too.
    Can't wait to see my peonies in bloom. How nice to have a teapot that is always in bloom.
    Xo Ruthie

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  14. The tea pot, the tea cup, the tablecloth...everything is so romantic and beautiful.Happy birthday to your aunt.
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  15. Pretty in pink, your signature tea table Sandi, and it is lovely. I like the peonies on the teapot and can hardly wait until we can bring in a bouquet for the table.
    I know how special Auntie P is to you and hope she has a wonderful birthday - does she read your blog?
    I like the description of the tea you brewed and will put it on my wish list to try.
    Judith

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  16. Thank you for hosting Sandi. Your teapot is lovely! I am planning my "bird lovers" tea. See you next week.
    Sherry

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  17. What pretty photos today! I especially love your teapot, and the teawares you paired it with are simply perfect. Lovely!

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  18. Sandi, I am a new visitor from Stephanie's. Your blog is so sweet. I love the delicate touches. I am pleased to become a follower! Have a lovely Monday night!

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  19. Everything goes so well together and so pretty, Sandi. Thanks for hosting!...Christine

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  20. Hi Sandi! I love the post today. The pale pinks always get to me. Your teapot is stunning. I am going to try and join your party next week. Sending lots of hugs, Martha

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  21. Hi Sandi,
    I love your teapot today with the dainty white teacup and pink accents. So my taste. I hope that your special Aunt has a wonderful day. Thank you for hosting the tea party today! Have a wonderful week! Karen

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  22. Thank you for hosting. I brought chocolate and my fine china :)

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  23. Oh my goodness Sandi! What a beautiful tea setting! Your china is stunning! You always truly delight us with your beautiful tea times. Thank you so much for all your many many inspiring posts. You are so kind to share with us.
    Hugs,
    Terri
    My tea post is up a week early as I will be away. Thank you for hosting special teatime.

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  24. Happy birthday to your lovely aunte and much blessings. Your tea dishes are stunning and so is the setting with the gorgeous tablecloth! Thank you so much for hosting my friend.
    FABBY

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  25. Your table today is very beautiful. I love the dianthus with your lovely pink theme.
    HUgs kay

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  26. Happy birthday to your precious aunt !

    Your whole tea table reminds me of spring and I am looking forward to your 'Bird Lovers' tea and have it marked on my calendar. Thank-you again Sandi for hosting.

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  27. What a beautiful tea you have laid out there! I love the beautiful pot, and linens. Hope your aunt has a special birthday! I see you have an Anne of Green Gables store! Oh my! That is my favorite book and movie etc. I have a few dolls and even stamps. Thank you for hosting this fun!

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  28. hello
    comment résister à tant de beauté
    cette théière est magnifique
    et tout ces parfums de thé sont des plus agréable
    bon mardi
    tendresse
    edith (iris) France

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  29. Dear Sandi,
    this is perfect as a Birthday tea for your sweet Auntie and our dear friend. Happy Birthday to both of them. They will all love it as we do. That looks so so pretty. The tea pot is so sweet and the pink plate is a wonderful contrast for the white tea cup. You are a master of table setting. Thank you for this wonderful tea time and for hosting this sweet event.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  30. Hi Sandi,
    Your tea is very pretty~ I love the pink touches,especially the sq. plate.
    Happy Birthday to your lovely Auntie P.

    Thank you for hosting,
    Carolyn

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  31. Hello Sandi and I see you are my first "linker" if that is such a thing! I am a bit late as something wasn't quite right with the computer and we took the tower in. You know, all these other browsers are always trying to hijack the direction. It never seems to end!
    Your posting is lovely and all your pretty table decorations and china. I think pink is WONDERFUL so your posting is lovely!

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  32. OOOPS - also - Happy Birthday to your sweet Aunt who you honored so wonderfully!

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  33. Blessings, Sandi! Can't make it for teatime this week but just had to drop by for a cuppa. What a lovely Chantilly Lace teacup - love the "lace" thingy. The gourmet tea looks lovely - however, I don't tolerate black tea well at all anymore. Boo. Green tea and herbals for me.
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  34. Oh dear Sandi, I never forget to link back for your lovely Tea Party at, http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com I checked it out and it's there! Thank you so much for the wonderful comment, you made my day sweetie! I love tea time with the girls and baking cupcakes.
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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  35. Your teapot is so beautiful and goes so well with your pretty tea cloth. Such a lovely table you set for tea this week. Love your teacup and pretty plate. Happy Birthday to your Auntie, too! Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful week.
    Hugs....N

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  36. What a lovely tea setting Sandi. The colors are so delicate and serene. That teapot is gorgeous. Happy birthday to your aunt. Thanks for hosting each week.

    Janet

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  37. Everything is beautiful! Love the teapot and the chantilly lace cup and saucer. My Mother used to collect teapots. Seeing your table reminds me of her. Very pretty. Thanks for sharing

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  38. I'm sorry Sandi for not understanding you, lol! I was so excited to see your beautiful pink dishes that I forgot to link up; as I usually do that first and tan comment! Thank you so much for noticing sweetie!
    FABBY

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  39. Hi Sandi - Just when I thought I wouldn't be able to teatime this week - I found out I won Kathy's Laura Child's Give Away and just HAD to link in and share the joy! My other writing deadlines will take me to midnight, but I'll survive . . .
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  40. Just had to make the time to post about winning the Laura Child's book over at Delightsome Life! Writing deadlines - delayed for tea!
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  41. Sandi: You never miss a trick. Thanks to you and to all your bloggers for the Best Wishes for my birthday this year. It was one I shall remember for sure. You blog was beautiful as usual. And yes, to one of you. I always read Sandi's blogs. I can't wait to read each one and see her décor......Auntie P

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  42. Hi Sandi. I missed our TT but thought of everyone and wanted to pop in and catch up. I love that tea cup. It reminds me of my British grandmother's ribbon plates. It's very elegant. Next week I'm in the silversmithing studio again on Tuesday finishing up the lost wax projects but will try my best to join in the birdie tea. :)

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  43. Sandi, I adore your teapot! So beautiful! Have a wonderful wknd, Sandi and happy birthday to Auntie P.

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  44. Sandi, I thought Peonies the minute I spied your gorgeous teapot. Although I know that there are roses that look similar. Beautiful tea and Happy Birthday to your Auntie. 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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