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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Pumpkin Tales

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, dear friends! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so I am sharing some pink today.

This is a long post, so pour a cup of your favourite beverage and join me, won't you?

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



I have painted a few Baby Boos over the years.
Of course some of the wee ones have to have a little sparkle like this pink one. Glitter makes everything prettier, don't you think?



But there is some orange around too. Our bird bath has a pumpkin squatting in it as is the norm this time of year.
I came across this little quote this morning which I thought was cute...

Advice From A Pumpkin
Be well-rounded
Get plenty of sunshine
Give thanks for life's bounty
Have a thick skin
Keep growing
Be outstanding in your field
Think big! ~ Ilan Shamer

What is it about pumpkins that fascinates us so?  



Could it be that deep down, it is our love of Cinderella? 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 watched Disney's Cinderella movie again the other night and once again found it simply charming! Hubby watched it with me and we both really enjoyed it. Downton Abbey's Rose, played by Lily James, was simply delightful 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

Before her beloved mother died, Cinderella promised she would always "have courage and be kind." 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. 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

The carriage whisked her away to the castle to attend the Prince's ball. 

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 and 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. 

She forgave her step-mother for her treatment of her and as the story goes, the Prince and Cinderella fell in love, got married, and lived happily ever after! 

I thought Cinderella forgiving her wicked step-mother was a wonderful lesson for all of us.

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


Do you have time for tea? 



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



This Royal Dalton figurine used to be my mother's but she gave it to me and it 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 Flower of the Month teacup; the Cosmos to display my little golden bejewelled Baby Boo in. Kind of reminds me of Cinderella's coach.



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




For tea time, I am using my 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.



The 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 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. Some of it is a re-post that I added to. 
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 ~


 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Share Your Cup

Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

14 comments :

  1. If I enjoyed your post...I LOOOVE it!Thank you for such beauty and encouragement.Beautiful flowers bouquet and adorable china,so dainty and romantic.Hugs!

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  2. Such a beautiful post Sandi! I loved that movie version of the Cinderella story and laughed so hard at the part where the coach and livery is turning back into the pumpkin and the animals. So funny! My cat dines on the Lavender Rose pattern every day -- the cup got broken so she enjoys eating from the saucer. I love your sparkly baby boos, esp the pink! Always lovely to stop by here. xo Deborah

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  3. Such a lovely post, Sandi! Loved all your pumpkins. The cranberry muffins looked so yummy. And that tea "David's Tea Pumpkin Chai" -- I'm off to go find some for myself.

    Wishing you a beautiful week ahead,
    Brenda xox

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  4. Dear Sandi:
    I love your sweet Cinderella themed teatime. Pink is always something that makes us happy too! Your Irish prayer is so lovely at the end of your posting with your lovely tablescape.

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  5. Just wonderful...
    Thank you for your photos anr words!
    Wishing you a lovely day,

    Ida

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  6. What a beautiful post! It did my heart good this morning. Thank you.

    FlowerLady

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  7. Absolutely a precious and beautiful post dear Sandi. I love everything about it. Your pink pumpkin is adorable. The poem at the end touched my heart this morning. I needed to read that today. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  8. A pretty post and wonderful storytelling. The tea sounds wonderful and the muffins look great too.

    Enjoy the rest of your day

    Cindy

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  9. Your pumpkin decor is too cute, Sandi.

    I've always enjoyed seeing your pretty pink teawares. What a lovely way to pay tribute to breast cancer survivors.

    I don't have Davids Tea's pumpkin chai, but I did pick up their "Monster Mash" which is a pumpkin spice rooibos.

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  10. Oh, I loved this post today. I feel as though I've been dancing in Cinderella's glass slippers with the handsome prince! I want to see that movie. I love Lily James, so I know it must be wonderful with her as the 'star'. Your little china "Cinderella" is perfect...yes, she fits the role exactly! Thank you for sharing the lovely tea time with us. I enjoyed it so much. I feel as though I have been right at your table. Have a blessed and beautiful day dear friend.

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  11. Sandi, such a beautiful post, one might say "a spa for the soul!" Would love to join you for tea and a pumpkin muffin. I'll have to see that version of Cinderella--perfect casting!

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  12. What a lovely post Sandi! Love everything! From tiny hamsters to your baby boos to Cinderella to cranberry muffins to your RA teapot! I love David's Pumpkin Chai too, and am about out! Have a lovely week and thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  13. Sandi - A pink pumpkin and a polka dot pumpkin . . .Oh My! Could there be anything better? I love your blog in all its pink chintzy goodness. Have a great weekend!
    Cheryl

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  14. Such a pretty tea Sandi! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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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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