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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 16 February 2015

A Romantic After Valentines Day Tea


Oh, for the gentleness of old Romance ~ Keats


Hello friends ~ Valentines Day is past however February is a month when many of us keep the romance going all month long. 


A romantic bouquet of carnations and roses. Sweet pink velvet petals of luscious roses and frilly spicy carnations; my favourite. 



A little lace, some chocolate, and hearts linger about our homes as we curl up in front of the fire and sip a cup of tea with someone we love; be it your spouse, a family member, or a beloved friend.


Tea served in a pretty chintz teapot.

The matching teacup.

Another chintz teacup.

A pair of birdies. See the heart cut outs?



Love is in the air.

When it's cold outside, wrapping one's hands around a cup of hot chocolate, coffee, or tea warms our spirits and we draw comfort from that first sip to the last. 

Each cup of tea represents an imaginary journey. ~ Catherine Douzel

Join me, won't you, for a hot cup of cinnamon vanilla tea and some chocolate. Chocolate being some fudge I made. It's the five minute variety but Hubby loves it! 


A little cheese cake drizzled with chocolate and caramel.



Or perhaps a valentine cupcake. Hubby brought two of these home from the bakery for a treat. 




HAPPY are they who take life day by day, complain very little,
and are thankful for the little things. ~ Unknown


And so, I have lit the fire and I am savouring my tea as I watch the flames dance among themselves, spreading warmth throughout the room.

Evening has fallen and candlelight makes it cozy. 



The candle sticks are a perfect match to the china. They were a Mothers Day gift from my son several years ago.



Winter is the time for comfort - it is the time for home. ~ Edith Sitwell


Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful.... We have had a blizzard going on since early yesterday morning and even though I am cozy and warm in my little cottage, I am dreaming of springtime. 

This is the snowbank outside my front window at 4:00 Sunday afternoon. You can barely see the maple tree out front. Since I took the picture, more snow has accumulated. As of right now, our whole Island has been shut down. Hubby will have to jump off our back deck to get out because we can't open our doors. I saw two gold finches out in the tree earlier looking for seed but the bird feeder is plugged with snow.



The good news is Spring is only a few weeks away. I know you gardeners are anxious to get your hands into the soil. Me, I'm dreaming of bright green lacy trees and walking on the sand at one of our beaches.

What are you dreaming about today?



Thank you for visiting. I wish you joy and may all your dreams come true!


I am joining the following parties as well~

A Return to Loveliness
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
Share Your Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home


Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

40 comments :

  1. I would LOVE a piece of that Cheesecake!!! What a lovely post today, well perhaps except for that picture of the door you can't open. We are fortunate all the way south in Pennsylvania to not have so much snow.... but we are getting plenty of COLD. It was below zero when I got up today and now it is all the way up to +4F. (-15.5C) I do look forward to some warmer weather but not as much as those of you all that are having so much trouble with the snow......

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  2. Hi Sandi, Wishing you a wonderful week; hoping it gets warmer and that snow melts soon. We had a 10" snow two weeks ago; we've had some melting since and then refreeze - lots of ice in the yard but thankfully the roads are ok. Your roses, carnations and baby's breath make a lovely bouquet. Your teapot and teacups are lovely as well. The fudge and cheesecake look great!
    Hugs, prayers and blessings to you and your family! ~ Beth

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  3. Hi Sandi! Love your chintz...Carnations and Daffodils are my favorite flowers. I remember snow like that when we lived at altitude...we used to average 280 inches a year...and at the moment friends say they have none! You eastern folks are getting in. Mu husband remembers well shoveling snow UP! Thanks for hosting and thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  4. You have the most beautiful rose chintz teawares! Seeing your yummy fudge and cheesecake has made me craving them!

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  5. Such a lovely picture of your table set with candles and the glow of a fire in the background. Keep warm and cosy and shut out that nasty snow fall.

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  6. I love this post! Those candle sticks and flowers are so beautiful!

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  7. Good Morning, Sandi. I love carnations. In fact, I may love love them more than cut roses! Your rose chintz pieces are gorgeous. Candlelight! Lovely! Chocolate! Romance! Stay warm and cozy. Happy Tea Day and thank you for hosting.

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  8. Hi Sandi,
    Your Romantic Tea is just so lovely. The chintz china is so rich and elegant candlelight certainly does make your tea time extremely romantic and cozy. What gorgeous flowers too! I am very eager for spring time. Happy Tea Day and thank you for hosting tea time. Karen

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  9. sandyi, i love this post!!!!! thank you for hosting!!! hugs, angie from germany

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  10. Sandi, what a beautiful post, I adore chintz, yours is gorgeous, especially with the sweet candlesticks from your son! On another note, my goodness, that is a lot of snow! I hope you aren't too inconvenienced with the whole island shutting down! :(

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  11. I'm glad you keep the ambience of romance all month too Sandi. I just wish I had other teacups to use but the Gracie hearts is pretty and will be appearing for February. It's been so cold at night a few times, we wish we had a fireplace to light in our rented house.
    Thanks for hosting our gathering.

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  12. What a beautiful bouquet. And I especially loved the quotes you shared. Happy February!

    Amy Jo

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  13. Your tea today - and your china is absolutely gorgeous, Sandi! You even have matching candlesticks - how perfect is that?? Thank you for hosting - you are so right about a nice hot cuppa on days like these!

    Sorry about all your snow- it's snowing here and very cold but nothing as you have.

    I am worried about the gold finches!!!! Oh no!!!

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  14. Hi Sandi,
    It all looks so cozy! I hope you are staying safe and warm and that you still have electricity with the storm on. I had heard on the news about a family of four stranded near Summerside in their SUV for over 24 hours! We had our first major snow of the season last Thursday. We have been very fortunate, indeed, although a storm is being forecasted for Wednesday. We all are looking over our shoulders and crossing our fingers that we'll be spared too great a snowfall. I am dreaming of gardens, as always! I'm hopeless that way. Lol Take care and thanks for having us for tea today.
    Hugs,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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  15. Hi Sandi! Your tea today is beautiful! Especially those gorgeous flowers :). I really like the candlelight shot in front of the blazing fire. So romantic! That is a lot of snow! Its snowing here right now too, but it is light powdery stuff, no where near the amount you have. I hope you have a great week!

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  16. What a lovely tea party you have spread, with the exquisite chintz dishes. The flowers are simply gorgeous! The last shot is stunning.
    Thank you so much for hosting sweet lady. Although I don't have a tea time table, I have my teaset in the buffet anyway.
    Have a great week.
    FABBY

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  17. We got 6" of snow today which is nothing in view of what you have there. Oh my goodness! This explains all the beautiful gardens on PEI. Moisture abounds! Your photos are love lovely Sandi - and your food goodies look yummy - also your teaset pieces. Have a great week and keep warm!

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  18. Such a good tea today, thanks Sandi for inviting us into your home. I'll sit by the fire and have a piece of that cheese cake to go with my tea! Stay warm and cozy today.

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  19. How lovely, Sandi! The chintz is beautiful, and I love the matching candlesticks.

    We have a lot of snow and cold here too. Subzero temps. Thank you for this warm and lovely post.

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  20. Oh everything is so bright and cheery - perfect for the snowy days. The deserts looks wonderful too. I'm dreaming of summer,since we are already having an early spring.

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  21. Your post today is so lovely Sandi, a perfect example of the kind of beauty that soothes our souls and defies evil (you'll see what I mean in my post). Thank you for being a beacon of warmth.

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  22. Love your beautiful chintz Sandi! I'll take cheesecake with just caramel and a cupcake as well. lol! Looks yummy! Thanks for hosting and glad you'll be sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  23. Hi Sandi,
    It was the perfect weekend to have tea by the fire! Hope you didn't get buried in snow!!!
    You have lots of treats for tea today and love your china.

    Thank you for hosting,
    Carolyn

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  24. Hi Sandi, your Valentine bouquet is gorgeous, love the combination of carnation and roses. The chintz tea sets and the matching candle holders are perfect for the occasion. I can't blame you for anticipating the coming season. If only I could send you some sunshine.
    Hope you keep warm and snugly, keep safe.

    Blessings,
    Aida

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  25. Full of romance everything as usual. I'd love a piece of your delicious cheesecake!
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  26. So delightful Sandi.... Reminds me of the title of the movie.... romancing the stone... the ice and the snow.... but the beauty inside. One day soon.. I'll have the time and energy to create as you do... simple pleaseres of life

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  27. So delightful Sandi.... Reminds me of the title of the movie.... romancing the stone... the ice and the snow.... but the beauty inside. One day soon.. I'll have the time and energy to create as you do... simple pleaseres of life

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  28. Sandi,
    Your posts , my friend, are so warm and inviting!! LOVE the tea pot!!
    We have a temp. of -2 this morning!! Joe is not happy delivering mail in this weather......

    Thanks so much for stopping by!! I will have a new tea set to share for next week's party!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  29. Your chintz teaware along with your flower bouquet is just beautiful! The setting by the fireplace is so cozy. Thanks for hosting!

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  30. Sandi, such lovely tea things! Your posts draw me right into the picture, cup in hand!

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  31. Sandi, me too dreaming of spring. It's ice cold here and I've heard on the Island it's way worse. Stay warm and safe and keep dreaming of sunshine, gardens and walks along the water. It's almost here. Hugs.

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  32. Hi Sandi! Oh, what a lovely setting for a perfect tea and all of your pieces are so lovely! I love the chintz pieces and look at the candle stick. Oh, my goodness, I do believe you have more snow than we do! Keep safe and warm and dream of spring. Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  33. Beautiful post as always. I always save visiting for when I sit down with a cuppa for a break. I know I will be soaking in the loveliness with my nose (almost - it's a touch screen) pressed to the monitor checking out all the details.

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  34. Lovely cozy post, I love your Rose chintz teapot and cups beautiful and yes a nice match the candle stick.. It's a good thing you have a fire place to make it cozy with all that snow out there.. stay warm.. with love Janice, ps Happy Weekend

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  35. Hi Sandi,
    Just popping in to check on you with all the snow you've had. I notice that your rose chintz porcelain is the same pattern that we gifted to my dear mom-in-law Ethel one year for Mother's Day! While she was at church in the morning, I set a lovely table for her with new linens, place settings for 6, cutlery, glassware, completer set and flower centerpieces. My hubby and I stopped by the bakery before we made the hour-long drive from the city to her house and picked up all kinds of wonderful things to eat. We invited all her family and friends to stop by her home after church. She knew nothing about it! What a beautiful surprise it was! We shared a lovely afternoon that Mother's Day surrounded by pretty rose-strewn dishes. Wishing you many blessings...
    Hugs,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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    1. What a lovely thing to do for your mom-in-law! I'm quite sure she was delighted, Linda. Thanks for your visit.

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  36. Sandi, I just cannot imagine all that snow - so glad you're safe and warm in your home - hopefully it will all go away soon and you can see the signs of spring soon - I will be featuring your post in this week's A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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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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