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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Violets and Spring Flowers for Tea Time

"It is spring again.
The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Welcome friends to Tea Time!
I am seeing small changes around our property and even though signs of winter still linger about, this wondrous, magical and childlike season of rebirth is here.

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. ~ Hal Borland

Tea time is me time, a time to savour and reflect. It's a time to share a cup with friends, a time of  comfort, camaraderie, and closeness. ~ Sandi W.

I set up a small tea table in front of the window and I am using my Sadler "Spring Crocus" teapot. This lovely teapot is covered in spring posies; daffodils, crocuses, irises, violets, etc.. I love how it has flowers on both sides, the handle, the top, and the spout.

And a Royal Albert Violets teacup.

Yes, it's February, one of their Flowers of the Month teacups, but I won't tell anyone if you won't.

There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea. ~ Bernard-Paul Heroux

I'm having a cup of David's Pumpkin Chai tea. It is really an Autumn tea but I like the spice all year round. It is a black tea with cinnamon, cloves, lemon peel, squash, carrot, caramel, and pumpkin candies....Delicious!

Tea and ginger snaps.

A sunny shot in front of the window.
I am delighted you have stopped by for tea today! Do you have a teacup or coffee mug to share? How about a teapot or tablescape? A visit to a Tea Room is always welcome too. Please share them with us and I will be happy to visit you. 

I am joining the following parties as well~

A Return to Loveliness ~
Friends Sharing Tea~
Share Your Cup Thursday~

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Hi sweet Sandi,
    I guess we were both thinking of violets for today's tea. Your setting is so pretty and I thank you for hosting your lovely party. xo

  2. Such lovely tulips Sandi, and a beautiful, cheerful teapot! It was 16 degrees (F) here this morning! Brrr. But I can tell spring is in the air. Have a lovely day, and thank you for hosting.

  3. Hi's there. Must be taking a bit to show this morning. Love the teapot. I have had that pattern before and loved it! I love ginger in all forms. Hope you don't have a miserable snow event! We are supposed to hit 60s today...then a week of rain. Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  4. You have such beautiful teawear sweet lady. The RA teapot is gorgeous with the violet flowers.
    Your tulips brings everything together beautifully in this lovely setting. Thank you for hosting this lovely party for us.
    Have a lovely week.

  5. Sandi,

    Love all the purple! Spring has definitely arrived at your house with those beautiful tulips. I love your Sadler teapot and the lovely RA violet teacup. I'll eat/drink ginger anything! Happy Tea Day and thank you for hosting!

  6. I so enjoy seeing all the pretty spring teawares come out to play. It's rather like a spring fashion show for tea lovers! Love the way that spout is so highly covered in flowers. Charming!

  7. The teapot is charming, and I just threw out faded tulips of the same colour.
    We must be connected across the miles as I'm drinking David's pumpkin chai as I peruse the tea party. I had frozen a chunk of Christmas fruit cake and had it this afternoon with my tea.
    Thanks for hosting, and have a good week Sandi.

  8. Happy Spring- thanks for hosting! I also enjoy chai year round. Lovely photos.

  9. Hello Sandi, I just love the quotes! Your teapot is beautiful - I am delighted to share tea with you this week!

  10. Beautiful and welcoming setting. Such a lovely post. Thank you for hosting.. blessings, C. (HHL)

  11. Beautiful china- love the teapot. The color of those tulips really caught my eye- lovely! Visiting from A Return to Loveliness.

  12. Your violet china is adorable.

  13. Hi Sandi,
    That teapot is gorgeous! I also love the violet cup. You have the prettiest teas. Thanks for hosting!

  14. Oh Sandi ! You keep outdoing Yourself :) I think by now You must know I love all the colors of purple.Wonderful beautiful teaset and FLOWERS-Thank You for all the beauty shared-Denise

  15. Thank you for hosting. I have surgery tomorrow, so I am trying to keep myself busy, as not to worry. Your pics are always so pretty. Thanks for hosting.

  16. Dear Sandy
    I´m really happy joining you again and sharing my tea cups with you

  17. Lovely tea today Sandi, so glad I joined you. I have a Sadler tea pot, was my grandma's and I cherish it and will show it to you when you come for a visit. Gingersnaps are my favourite.

  18. I love your's a bouquet of spring :). It looks particularly lovely next to those gorgeous purple tulips. I also noticed the lavender turtle made an appearance again...too cute ;)! Thanks so much for hosting the party!

  19. the flowers are gorgeous . . . the teacups are lovely . . . and the only way I should enjoy cookies is by looking at them so thank you for at look.

  20. I feel so badly Sandi, because there isn't a single pretty tea cup round here. I even looked in town for some pretty cup, but no luck. I'll just have to have tea vicariously thru you and share in your lovely violet cup till I get back to my collection. :)

  21. Hi Sandi,
    I am trying to link up late this week and not seeing my pic but it says it linked up. Oh well. I love your Sadler teapot and pretty violet teacup. Have a wonderful week! Take care,

  22. Hello Sandi,
    We are lucky to see so many violet tea cups lately. Your is so very lovely. The tea pot you are using to day is stunning with all the beautiful flowers. I have one similar from Sadler, but yours is a softer shape. Perfect tea pots for spring! Yay!
    I love that color of tulip you have today. Tulips are just so cheery!
    I hope you are doing well, and that you are having a great spring.

  23. What a glorious tea pot. The tulips are lovely. We are still quite cold, in the twenties, and I am struggling to be in the Spring spirit. I have been using a little violet teacup in my office. They are such hopeful flowers. Delicate yet enduring. They come up in the lawn (such as it is) and no matter how much they are trod upon around here they are back every year. Thanks for hosting! It is always a pleasure.

  24. I am loving your teapot! I love croucus and haven't seen mine pop up yet and we are getting snow again tonight.Sigh. Love the spring feel of your table. I will keep your quote in mind today and it will cheer me to remember it!

  25. What a lovely tea setting! I adore the purple tulips and your GORGEOUS teapot! Have a great week, Sandi!
    Hugs, Beth

  26. Your tea setting in front of your window is stunning! I wish I was there!!! Thanks for hosting!

  27. I love how you greet with beautiful setting. Right now I am madly in love with your curtains and on the hunt for some. I wish I'd kept my older ones (*sigh*). I love looking at other people's tea pots and settings - such beauty!

  28. I just love that Spring teapot, with its violets, tulip, primula and iris. I think it has inspired to linger in the flower area when I go to the grocery store later today, and choose some tulips or primroses or hyacinth or something. Isn't that what's called for this time of year? Oh, yes, that and a pot of tea and ginger snaps too!

  29. Sandi! Your teapot has warmed my heart on this cold day where I live - with nary a flower blooming as of yet. Love the lushness of the artwork - and it looks like there's plenty of room in there for multiple cuppas! Violets and Royal Albert - no matter what month it is, you can't go wrong there. A lovely event with your sun streaking in - delightful!
    P.S. Hope you'll link something bright and beautiful with me this week as I celebrate three years blogging and my new monthly linky!

  30. Dear Sandi,
    I hope spring is coming soon to you. We have it now with flowers and birds singing and all the problems seem a bit smaller than in winter. Your tea table honors spring with the beautiful Sadler tea pot. And the Violets tea cup is a perfect match. We have blooming violets in the meadows. I try to make some things with them for the upcoming posts. I really enjoyed your spring tea time. Thank you so much for hosting this sweet party, which is always a delight.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  31. Hi Sandi,
    Snuggle in and enjoy your tea sounds like a big one coming our way!
    I love the violet tea cup with the tulips and teapot.

    Stay warm!

  32. What a pretty table you have set. I think you will really enjoy hot tea if it is as snowy there as you say. It seems strange - we may have 70 degrees tomorrow here. Keep warm! I hope you don't loose power.

  33. Sandy, what gorgeous tea cups and your tablescapes are just so dainty and pretty! I hope to be back to join in on your lovely party, I'm always ready for tea with sweet friends.

  34. Oh I am just loving the flowers of Springtime and your florals are all so very pretty, especially that teapot. My heart is just wanting flowers everywhere.

  35. Beautiful is the word!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog :)

  36. I love violets! your tea cup makes me think of days that I would spend with my grandmother. They were her favorite flower. I also love this quote, "No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. ~ Hal Borland". I may have to borrow it.
    Have a beautiful day!

  37. Hi dear Sandi, I love the color of those tulips. I hope spring comes soon for you. It has turned quite wet here again and we have had a fire in the woodstove once again.
    Your lovely posts always let me escape to a wonderful place for a bit.
    Thanks for sharing.

  38. I thought of you this week Sandi. Heard you guys got hit with a spring snowstorm. Oy. But sun and spring is here and is heading your way. Have a great weekend.......

  39. How gorgeous !!!
    And you just reminded me that I received a beautiful bone china tea set for Christmas - but we're in the middle of renovating an entire house and I have no idea where they are lol
    Have to look for them!
    Visiting from The Charm of Home

  40. Sandi, you always set a lovely tea time. The tulips are beautiful, and so is your sweet violet tea cup. '-)

  41. Sandi, the teapot covered in flowers is so pretty. Violets are one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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