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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, 23 October 2017

Pumpkin Tales and Cinderella

Fall....the time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale. ~ Lauren DeStefano

Welcome to Rose Chintz Cottage, dear friends! 

My flowers were purchased to support breast cancer research

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so I am sharing more pink today.

I like the softer side of Fall and I love pumpkins. I especially like the white ones because they are just wonderful for decorating with. 

I do love anything that sparkles like this mercury glass pumpkin.

I have painted a few Baby Boos over the years.

Pumpkin under glass.

Of course some of the wee ones have to have a little sparkle such as this pink one. Glitter makes everything prettier, right?

However, even I can't resist a field full of orange pumpkins especially when there is a wee munchkin sitting amidst them all.

What is it about pumpkins that fascinates us so anyway? 

I think deep down, it is our love of Cinderella whose coach was magically transformed from a pumpkin and she was whisked away to the castle to meet her Prince. It is that sweet innocent fairy tale that lives on inside of each of us since we were little girls. At least for we girly-girls, I believe that to be true.

Courtesy of the Internet

I thought the last Disney Cinderella movie was simply charming! Hubby watched it with me on TV and we both really enjoyed it. Downton Abbey's Rose, played by Lily James, was simply splendid as Cinderella!

I still love the story of the young girl who was orphaned then forced to become a servant to her wicked step-mother and step-sisters. 

Courtesy of the Internet - Disney's Cinderella

Because she had such a kind heart, she was adored by all but her step family. She had a very special rapport with all the little critters too and they were the best of friends. 
These are my niece's three adorable baby hamsters {three weeks old} and she carved the pumpkin for them to play in. They are so tiny that all three of them can fit in your hand. I know Cinderella would have loved them and I thought how serendipitous it was that my niece posted this picture while I was getting this post ready.

....Getting back to the story, one day Cinderella had a visitor who transformed a pumpkin into a beautiful carriage. 

Courtesy of the Internet - Disney's Cinderella

The carriage whisked her away to the castle to meet her Prince. 

When she arrived at the castle, all eyes were turned upon her including those of the Prince.

Courtesy of the Internet - Disney's Cinderella

The Prince and Cinderella only had eyes for one another. They danced away the evening until the clock began to strike midnight...

Courtesy of the Internet - Disney's Cinderella

As we know, Cinderella had to leave the gala quickly and while fleeing to her carriage, she lost one of her glass slippers.

Courtesy of the Internet - Disney's Cinderella

The Prince looked high and low for the maiden who had lost the glass slipper until he found her. Of course the slipper was a perfect fit. 

And as the story goes, they fell in love and lived happily ever after!

All stories should have such a happy ending! 

Every second brings a fresh beginning,
Every hour holds a new promise,
Every night our dreams can bring hope and
Every day is what you choose to make it. ~ unknown author

Time for Tea ....

This is my Cinderella. Well, we'll pretend she's Cinderella.

This Royal Dalton figurine reminds me of Cinderella so she is joining us for tea today. As you can see her frock is the Royal Albert Lavender Rose pattern.

A Dream is a wish your Heart makes. ~ Cinderella

I am using my Royal Albert October Cosmos teacup to display my little golden bejewelled Baby Boo in. Kind of reminds me of Cinderella's coach....Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo! - from Cinderella

The tea party is a spa for the soul. You leave your cares and work behind. ~ Alexandra Stoddard

For tea time, I am using another Aynsley teacup. It is a favourite because I love the crocus shape with the pink roses sprinkled all over the cup and saucer. The roses inside the cup add a little something special too. 

My Royal Albert New Country Roses teapot which was a Christmas gift a few years ago, holds our tea.

My tea is David's Tea Pumpkin Chai.

It is a black tea with cinnamon, cloves, lemon peel, squash, carrot, caramel, and wee pumpkin candies. The perfect tea for autumn and dare I say, Cinderella?

I have home made Cranberry muffins. The crunchy sugar topping makes them a sweet treat with the tart cranberries. 

The vintage butter knife is part of a set that once belonged to my mother.

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. ~ Denis Waitley

To all you beautiful ladies who have survived breast cancer, to those of you who are living with breast cancer, and to those of you who have lost a loved one to breast cancer or any cancer, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. God bless you all!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my post. I realize it was longer than usual but it had to be to get everything in. I consider you my friends and I thank you for keeping me company for just a little while. Have a beautiful day everyone!

May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer. ~ An Irish prayer

 I am sharing this with the following parties ~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Friends Sharing Tea
Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. I am a Survivor, thank you for the beautiful post.

  2. Replies
    1. Suzanne, you are so very welcome! I have had a few scares myself and I have lost loved ones to this disease so I am a big supporter of Breast Cancer Awareness. Thank you for your visits and the Lord bless you!

  3. Anyone can see you have a beautiful and thoughtful soul Sandi! Like always your post takes my mind away to beauty. Thank you!

  4. What a beautiful post, dear Sandi, to honor those dear souls living with breast cancer, and those who have lost loved ones from it. Your Royal Dalton "Cinderella" is the perfect host for your pretty in pink tea table. I would love to join you for a cup of David's tea and one of your cranberry sugar-topped muffins. Yes, we are friends, even though we've never met, we still "know" each other. Love and blessings to you.

  5. What a beautiful post, Sandi! Wow - so much loveliness - the pretty pink in honor of breast cancer awareness - my sister is a survivor - and the pretty pics of Cinderella....loved that version and bought it as soon as was made available to the public!

    Your touches are wonderful and thrilled me to no end.

    God bless. Hope you are feeling better each and every day.

  6. What a wonderful way to pay tribute to those affected by breast cancer. I also enjoyed the Cinderella remake with Lily James. The pumpkin with the baby hamsters made me smile. Your neat pumpkins have inspired me to keep an eye out for pretty versions.

  7. What a beautiful post and thank you for celebrating all the lives of those whose lives have been forever changed by breast cancer. This was just a sweet, wonderful post. I didn't see Cinderella but now I think I need to do that.

    Love the pumpkin with the baby hamsters in it. Just plain sweet.

    Have a wonderful night- xo Diana

  8. What a beautiful post! I thought this latest Cinderella movie was wonderful!

    The little hamsters in the pumpkin, adorable.

    Your tea setting makes me want to start having afternoon tea.

    Have a lovely week ~ FlowerLady

  9. Sandi, this is a lovely post. From the recognition of breast cancer survivors to the beautiful tea setting to the adorable hamsters in the pumpkin, to all your pretty pumpkins, it is all just beautiful. I have joked, saying that I think the pumpkin growers have a lobby, so many people are into all things pumpkin. My favorite are the baby boos, which I may try to grow next year. Your posts are always very inspirational. Have a lovely day...we are off to pick the rest of the tomatoes and pepper before the hard frost tonight.

  10. Sandi, this is such a beautiful post in every way. So many beautiful thoughts and photos to comment on, but I'll limit myself to one - the hamsters in the pumpkin - sooooooo cute!

  11. Love the Baby Boo sparkly pumpkin in the Royal Albert cup.
    I want to play tea party this weekend with my new white tea pot

    I may even paint a pumpkin white
    Love the Cinderella story also

  12. It is always a pleasure visiting you...Wonderful post!Best wishes,Maristella.

  13. Love your post with the sparkly pumpkins and the Cinderella movie comments and photos. I haven't seen that one, but I absolutely love the one called "Ever After" with actress Drew Barrymore. Thanks for a beautiful post! :-)

  14. I loved this post especially seeing the little hamsters peeking out of the pumpkin. My girls and their boyfriends cut out amazing things on pumpkins last night. What a treat to see. Great time of year! But then again, it seems Sandi, that every season holds some special beauty. Thanks for this wonderful post. Hugs from my heart to yours.

  15. Hi Sandi...

    I am a new follower to your blog and I just love your posts! Thank you for all the effort that you put into each one! They really make me smile!
    Your pictures as always are just beautiful. I love is my favorite time of year...and your decorating is just lovely!

    I am currently in the battle fighting breast cancer so all of your prayers are much appreciated! Thank you for the support that you show ..... it means so much to all who are touched by this disease.

    I also just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed your last post as well! Anne of Green Gables is one of my VERY favorite books and visiting Prince Edward Island is on my to do list! Seeing the red roads and the scenery from your last post made my heart smile!

    I hope you are enjoying your day.

  16. What a lovely post, Sandi!

    This Cinderella movie was so good. We enjoyed it very much!

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  18. What a precious post. Loving all of your pumpkins and that little sweet boy is the cutest pumpkin of all. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  19. A wonderful post Sandi. I love all your wonderful China a sweet pumpkins. The story of Cinderella seems to always resonate with us. The cranberry muffin looks wonderful too...I see one in my future...time to bake! I am so glad you are coping with the challenges in your life...good thing we have a special Companion! Have a lovely week and thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea

  20. Sandi, I have always love Cinderella! From the time I first saw it until now. I loved her connection with the animals. :) Those hamsters in the pumpkin are just too precious!! Your china and darling figurine are just so sweet! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  21. Your tea and cranberry muffins look perfect. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.

  22. I love Cranberries this time of year! Thank you for sharing this version of Cinderella which was very charming and her character was so sweet. I really enjoyed it too. Your little figurine is very sweet and does look like her! Thanks for sharing.


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