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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Tea Time Tuesday

Hello friends and welcome to my 21st Tea Time Tuesday!

The lilacs are out and so are my pansies so I thought I would share both because the teacup I am featuring today has violets on it. Doing the purple theme today.

This lovely little teacup was a housewarming gift from my hubby's aunt when we moved into our first home. We moved in the month of February; hence the February teacup. Hubby's aunt has since passed away so the teacup holds much sentimental value.

The pattern is called 'Violets' and it is made of fine bone china by Royal Albert in jolly old England. It is one of the 'Flowers of the Month' collection. Inside and out, the teacup is adorned with pert little purple violets. The teacup itself and the saucer are both edged with 14 carat gold.
The little silver spoon once belonged to my youngest son.

The pansies are from my garden and they are in my oldest son's silver baby cup which is a bit tarnished but I rather like it like that. I do shine it up from time to time.

Roses are red, Violets are blue.....
....and so are lilacs.
There is a tiny lavender-blue flower in the Rose Chintz pattern so the lilacs look very nice in this pitcher.

I just love the fragrance of lilacs, don't you? It's too bad they don't last a bit longer! Actually, many varieties are on their way out right now.

Would you like to try a sugar cookie with your tea? Would you prefer a teacup or a mug?

People need people and friends need friends
And we all need love, for a full life depends
Not on vast riches or great acclaim
Not on success or worldly fame
But just in knowing that someone cares
And holds us close in their thoughts and prayers.
~ Helen Steiner Rice ~
Smiling not only increases your face value; it's contagious!
I'm so happy you stopped by today and I hope you have been blessed by being here.
Those of you who would like to participate, please let me know in your comment. Just share a favourite teacup, teapot, or china used in a tea. A scripture verse, poem, or quote would be appreciated as well. Either of the two Tea Time Tuesday buttons near the top of my sidebar are available for you to use in your post if you wish. As a courtesy, I ask you to please link back to me so that others may find their way back here to visit my other lovely participants.

The participants below are listed in the order in which they started participating. Those who have a star beside their link are also hosting a Tea Party.


The Tablescaper~ {Knowles China Luncheon}

"The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee." - Numbers 6:24, 25

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. what a darling little tea-cup and saucer and I love all the flowers. I am a 'mug' person and I prefer a pottery mug to china.. take care and have a wonderful Tea-Time Tuesday, Judith

  2. What a sweet house warming gift from your Aunt. I love purple blooms and your lilacs are so pretty. Here in GA our bushes have long since bloomed but they always make the whole yard smell sweet with their fragrance. Lovely to visit with you today.

  3. What a lovely quote to go with your lovely violet teacup. I hope you have a wonderful tea and take care.

  4. Love your purple theme, Sandi! Everything from the violet teacup, to the lilacs, to the pansy in the silver baby cup - it all looks stunning! Our lilacs are long gone; I enjoyed seeing yours!

  5. How nice that your Feb. teacup holds special memories for you. I love your flowers in the little cup.

  6. Hi there! Oh, I always love a purple theme - a glorious color! The Violets teacup is so beautiful - the "Flowers of the Month" are really outstanding teacup sets. I have the Sweetpeas representing my April birthday and the May Lily of the Valley for my Dad's birthday.

    Your lilacs arrangement is stunning....

    Cynthia K. (Beauty and Blessings)

  7. Now that our lilacs are finished, I get to enjoy yours - I can even smell then Sandi. :-)
    The violet cup and saucer speaks to me as February is my birthday, must be another reason why I like purple and lavender so much.
    Have a great week.

  8. Omg gosh,
    Your lilacs are just stunning! Our's have been gone for awhile and I so miss them. Lovely teacup too, just charming!

  9. Pansies are one of my favorite flowers. Lilacs too. So hard to have a single favorite when it comes to flowers. Your teacups are precious and the memories that go with them. I love that you used your son's baby cup for pansies.
    I think I will dig ours out.
    Thank you for stopping by for tea.
    Have a blessed week.

  10. Hello :) Such a sweet teacup, and I love that it is by Royal Albert! Your lilacs are gorgeous; ours died out a few weeks ago.

    Happy Teacup Tuesday!

    Warmest, Brenda

  11. Hi Sandi... I love your purple theme, so pretty! If I close my eyes I can smell your Lilacs... so sweet!
    Please include me on your tea list today:-)
    Thanks for being our hostess!

  12. Very pretty love your chintz ware girl...thanks for sharing...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  13. Hi Sandi!

    I have to confess a weakness for violets. Not too mention any shade of purple! This is such a pretty teacup and saucer! What a wonderful treasure!

    I hope you have a wonderful week!

  14. Hi Sandi,

    I am starting to look forward to Tuesdays now. Right now my dishes and China are packed away because I am living with my parents, but soon I will be living on my own, again, so I will be able to take part. However, just coming to look at your pictures, I feel like I am there. Thank you much.

    Hugs and blessings,

  15. Hi: I just love the violets! That cup is so pretty. Your whole post is just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. You always have such a special post to look at. Blessings, Martha

  16. The tea cup is so all the pretty flowers.
    I love china over pottery for my tea cup...much prefer a cup to a mug.
    Thanks for adding my link...and thanks for hosting such lovely teas.
    xo bj

  17. Oh so lovely. The pansies and the lilacs add such a touch!

    Please include me in the party.

    - The Tablescaper

  18. Sandi,
    What a sweet tea cup from your aunt. The memory of her makes it priceless. Your lilacs are gorgeous. I don't see lilacs where we live. They're wonderful! Please include me in this weeks Tea Time Tuesday. My link is

  19. Purple is my favorite color and I just adore your teacup. We have lilacs in our yard, but they bloomed a couple of months ago. I wished they would do it all season. I just love their scent.


  20. Wow, doesn't purple just stand out so much -just lovely!

    Please count me in for the party!!


  21. I just found your blog and fell in love with it! Such a beautiful combination of photos and inspiration thoughts. I am participating in your Tea Time Tuesday and look forward to more to come!

  22. Mister Linky has cought up to us early birds. Please feel free to return to Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday and be included.

    Fondly, Pam

  23. Hello Your post had me off day dreaming. I think it’s sweet that you used mementos from your sons in your post today. And the lilacs… I can’t figure out where to put one in my yard but the smell will always remind me of my parents home, tea parties in the garden, and Mum’s lavender candies that tasted like flowers. Take care.

  24. I did a purple theme for my TCT as well.
    Your violet tea cup is beautiful and it has such wonderful memories attached to it, which is the best treasure.
    Thank you for sharing.

  25. Sandi,
    Adore the tea cup, fell in love with the quote and was charmed by the beautiful lilacs!!


  26. Lovely cups! Our lilacs are gone so nice to see some again. Love the baby spoon addition too.

  27. My birth cup and flower too - violets! Lovely! I wish you a very pleasant day!

  28. Your Feb tea cup is very pretty and full of memories...the best kind of cup!
    Thank you so much for your beautiful post. I love seeing your gorgeous lilacs! I love them too.

  29. Wonderful tea cup full of precious memories and your flowers !!!! Gorgeous!

  30. Hi Sandi!
    I just love the beautiful teacups you are sharing. The RA violets one is precious...I love the colors!
    Your lilacs are wonderful!
    I would love to join you next week for Tea-Time Tuesday!
    XO, Mary

  31. What a beautiful teacup. Everything looks so very lovely.


  32. Hi /Sandy....
    Such BEAUTIFUL cups and saucers...
    the lilacs Gorgeous...
    Hope you had fun with your meme today!!!!
    Looks like lots of gals decided to play! Who-hoo!
    I will go and enjoy their entrys too.
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  33. Hi Sandi,
    I do love that tea cup and saucer.The bouquet of lilacs is beautiful too.
    I didn't get time to do a teatime this week.I have 3 more tours in the next week so it keeps me focused home & garden.
    Take care,

  34. Just gorgeous!!! Love the tea cups, love the lilacs. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment on my split pea wreath.

  35. Sandi, it's beautiful in here. I'll bring the cookies and you bring the tea, we will have lots of fun together. Thankyou for the sweet words on my blog. Char

  36. Sandy, thank you so much for hosting such a lovely blog meme today. I had a crazy busy day and can't tell you how sweet it was to come home and see how many kind people stopped by my blog for a visit. It was such an encouragement. Thank-you for spreading such kindness and joy across the internet! :)

  37. This is just so sweet; what a delightful and thoughtful gift from your dear Aunt!..,Your flowers and lace add just the right touch to your delightful teatime vignette Sandi!..,

    I would love to join you for tea my dear,alas the day got away from me!..,Please include me next week @

    Thanks so much for also joining in with my tea parties, along with dear Pamela and I as well..,

    Cheers from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

  38. Hi Sandi,
    What a lovely tea party you had, today. I wish I had time to come, too! Your violet teacup is just a love and ohhhh your lilacs are heavenly. Ours have been gone about a month now....Love your purple pansies....they are such dear little flowers....I always have to have pansies in my garden!

    I am happy for you that you have such a charming group for tea!
    Sweet Blessings,

  39. love your tea pot and the poem is simply elegant...
    what a fun party.

  40. Hello Sandi, I'm still making my Pink Saturday visits. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment. I love your pink post and I really love this violet teacup. Such a pretty flower!
    Blessings, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

  41. Thank you for popping by my blog today. I have loved the opportunity to meet so many lovely gals at these Tuesday tea parties.

    The February teacup is beautiful. My daughter's birthday is in February, so I know the birthday is amethyst, also purple. So, the violets are perfect for a February cup.

    And, wow, your lilacs are gorgeous!!! Mine were gone several weeks ago. Yes, they do have a lovely fragrance.

    Patti (Fill My Cup with Beauty)

  42. How fun we are both sharing teacups with violets! Your post is just beautiful. Your lilacs are gorgeous! I can almost smell them :-) Connie

  43. I miss the lilacs, we had them in Illinois, then moved to Fl. I think a dainty tea cup is best for tea,and I love the connections of people with the pretty things you have. You have a flare for display.
    I have been blessed with this Royal Albert set of flower of the month cups, mine started with June as that was my mothers month, it was the only one I was going to get, hmm, what happen? Thanks for sharing, BE BLESSED:-)Werna Gail

  44. Hi Sandi, I've left you an award on my blog today. Hope you enjoy it ... it's well-deserved because you really have brought a little bit of "sunshine" into blogland. :)

  45. Your February violets teacup is lovely. I really like lilacs and they look so pretty in your pitcher.

  46. I just popped over to tell you I just love the pictures that you have shared...lavender is such a calming sent for me..I even buy Lavender pine sol now and forget using the mop to wash my floors, I have to be on my hands and knees,,just so I can inhale the sweet I love how you used the lilacs in the tea cups like that...I use my tea cups more for tea lights. I have them all over the house these days. I am thinking of planting some flowers, like pansies also..just haven't gotten around to it..another add to my list of million projects I want to

  47. Hello! Lovely Blog! Love the lilacs, I could almost smell them!

  48. Love seeing the lilacs with the Rose Chintz! I didn't think to do that with mine this year but they look wonderful together. Don't you love those square dessert plates? Whenever I use mine, it makes it a special occasion. Have a beautiful week ahead, Sandi! – g

  49. Hello! I would love to participate in teatime tuesday! Thank you so much! Being a china painter it a must for me! :) thank you so much for the opportunity!

  50. Thanks for your comment on my blog, about where you live. I imagine it is truly beautiful. Last month I bought Anne of Green Gables and read it for the first time. Of course, I now adore Anne, she is so cute and upbeat. I enjoy the map of PEI in the edition I bought and now I can almost "see" you there.
    Your lilacs are wonderful and I like your blog tea party idea.


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