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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 August 2010

Tea Time Tuesday

Hello my sweet friends and welcome to Tea Time Tuesday!
I am back from my holiday and I'm pleased to invite you to my 30th Tea Time post!
Did you all enjoy your weekend? I sure did! Even though it was sad to see my son and his family leave, Hubby and I got out to the beach three times over the weekend, once with our grandson Brent who's six. He's as cute as a button!
We also met friends for breakfast at my favourite tea room.
I am still experiencing much pain in my lower back but I am thankful for so many things!
Today I am celebrating my 30th post by sharing a few pieces of my favourite china; my Rose Chintz. This pattern makes me swoon as I just love the roses and pretty posies sprinkled all over the creamy white background.
I realize many of you have seen some of these pieces before but there is a reason for my madness!

Two reasons why I have chosen to share this pattern today; firstly it reminds me of my childhood and a very special lady in my life. Secondly, two wonderful ladies have gifted me with one or more pieces of it and I want to pay homage to them!

Now, please come in and I'll pour you a cup of tea. Are you comfortable? I hope you will allow me to regale you with how my love for this pretty pattern first began.
As you know, I adore teapots and teacups; anything related to tea, really.
There are so many lovely patterns out on the market but there is just something about Rose Chintz that makes my heart go pitter-patter like no other! It is called sentiment.

When I was a little girl, my Daddy moved us to Prince Edward Island. Moving here made me very homesick for my home in New Brunswick and all the family we had left behind. Our family traveled to NB almost every weekend and every holiday to visit the family. Sometimes the whole summer was spent over there. It was a very long trip but worth it when we got there. I loved seeing my grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins!

While visiting the home we left behind, my Auntie P, whom I'm very close to, always used her Rose Chintz china at mealtime and I fell in love with her dishes at a very young age. I found it to be a happy pattern which was how I felt when I was over there with all the family.

Auntie P's Rose Chintz china brought a great deal of comfort to this lonely little girl and to this day, it conjures up such wonderful memories whenever I look at it. I just love the pink florals. I find it charming, feminine, and romantic; very girly. Some might find it too busy but I like it just fine!
"Tea is instant wisdom - just add water!" ~ Astrid Alauda

When I got married, I searched high and low for Rose Chintz but could not find it, and to my dismay, I learned they were no longer making it! Then one day, a few years ago, I discovered by accident this lovely china on eBay and I was able to purchase several pieces with the help of my savy computer-skilled son. I felt like I had struck the jackpot! Funny thing is, up until that day, I hadn't even looked on eBay. I hardly knew what eBay was, believe it or not!

I had just given away a whole set of dishes I only used once a year to a worthy cause and I felt like God was rewarding me for doing so. I was so excited!

Shortly afterwards, my auntie sold her home and moved into a condo. How thrilled I was when she gifted me with many more pieces of it; plates, bowls, teapot, coffee pot, and platters!

Since then, I have attained a good collection of it, I'm happy to say. There are still some pieces I don't have but hope to find sooner or later.

How pretty the strawberry shortcake looks in the rimmed bowl; so summery! The presentation of food can look so much better in a pretty dish, don't you agree?

I have a couple of adorable demi-tasses nestled together under glass; gifts from my auntie.

I love square plates, don't you?

Along with the many pieces of Rose Chintz which my auntie gave me were the mugs, perfect for tea, coffee, or chocolate.

Rose Chintz is a pattern produced by Johnson Bros. in England and although they stopped producing the pattern years ago, there are reproductions around today. The originals had a pink or green mark on them such as you see below on this saucer.
A Rose Chintz pitcher, another gift from Auntie P, is good for many things including a vase for pretty flowers!

"A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards." ~ A.A. Milne

Thank you Auntie for gifting me with this beloved china. Everytime I look at it, I think of you. I love you and I am blessed that you are a part of my life!

I haven't added to my Rose Chintz collection for some time now but about a month ago I received an email from someone special.....

One thing I love about Blogland is the wonderful opportunity we have to 'meet' lovely friends. One such friend is Patti @ Fill My Cup.... with Beauty. This sweet lady found a piece of Rose Chintz on one of her treasure hunts, and she wanted to bless me with it. She sent it all the way from her home in the States to me here in Canada, just because! Let me tell you; my hubby was impressed and I feel so blessed that Patti wanted to do this for me! A lovely card accompanied the piece.

How sweet is that and what a lovely thing for Patti to do!

This pretty little fruit nappie arrived a couple of weeks ago, all wrapped up in pink tissue paper and ribbon. I am so happy to be the recipient of such generosity. I really love it! Thank you Patti, I so appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness!

I do hope all you lovely ladies out there will pay my sweet friend a visit at her blog. Patti @ Fill My Cup...with Beauty ~ I just know you will be happy you did!

"The first sip of tea is always the cringe as it burns the back of your throat, knowing that you just had the hottest carpe-diem portion." ~ Terri Guillemets

The scripture I am sharing today is from one of my favourite chapters in the Bible. I felt it appropriate considering all the love which has been lavished upon me.

"Now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." ~ 1 Corinthians 13: 13

NOTE: I am nearing 300 followers and when I reach the big 300, I am going to have a little Giveaway which will probably be tea related! Perhaps next week?
UPDATE: I just reached 300 wonderful kindred spirits following my blog! Looks like there will be a Giveaway on the horizon! Stay tuned and thank you everyone!

I am also contemplating the changing of the name of my tea time meme from Tea Time Tuesday to Tea Party Tuesday as some may find it confusing with two of us having the same tea party title. What do you think, should I change it?

Thank you for visiting today. I especially want to thank you all for your lovely comments while I was away. Many of you continued to link up with me even though I was not able to reciprocate. You are wonderful friends and I do love every one of you!

If you are new to my blog and you wish to participate in Tea Time Tuesday, please let me know in your comment. I will gladly add your link to my post; just share a teacup, teapot, or some china used in a tea. You may also do coffee, chocolate, or iced tea. A poem, quote, or scripture verse is also most welcome. 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. Please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit my other lovely participants.

Today I am also linking with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for her Table Top Tuesday and the other tea party hostesses, Martha & Terri, Wanda Lee & Pam, and Lady Katherine.
You will find them all with the stars ** before their names.

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

The participants listed below are in the order in which they first started to participate.





Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Such a lovely, heart-warming post Sandi. I love these dishes and the special memories they hold for you. You have been blessed with special loving friends and family.

  2. Dear Sandi,

    Oh how I love all of your beautiful Rose Chintz teatime vignettes for your very delightful; 'Teatime Tuesday'!

    Thanks for sharing this with us!..,

    ~Oh do also come for this week's delightful; 'Tuesday And Wednesday Teatime In Blogland'!..,

    .., Please come by once again Sandi and join us for our weekly blog tea parties; for my 44th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two', my 35th, 'Wednesday Tea For Me And Thee', as well as for my shared meme with my dear friend Pam for our 16th, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday'; there are many new delights that await you this week!

    ..,We always love having you join us and we thank you very much for also joining us in the past!..,

    *We;(Pam and I both, respectively);we both work full time as self-employed persons and we sincerely apologize when we are unable to get back to you as soon as we would prefer!..,Your blog posts are always so wonderful!

    Have a marvelous week! ~ Hope to see you soon dear lady!

    Cheers and hugs from wanda Lee

  3. "I LOVE your Rose Chintz"... It has ALWAYS been one of my favorite patterns. a Dear friend of mine has it so I've refrained from buying it YET... I KNOW I'm not going to be able to hold out forever and it WILL grace my table, PROBABLY soon...
    Everything you do here is "magic"... Love it!

  4. Hello Sandi :) I love your Rose Chintz, and reading the story of how much it means to you and how special the memories are with it. Thank you for sharing that with us. And that strawberry shortcake looks sooo good!!

    I've linked my Tea post with yours, so please do add my name to the list of participants :)

    Have a wonderful Tea Tuesday!!

    Warmest hugs, Brenda

  5. Congratulations on 298 followers! Wow, that really speaks to the beauty, honesty and integrity of your blog. You seem like a friend - your blog is so conversational. I liked this post and I find your Rose Chintz china absolutely beautiful! Hope your back is feeling better. Glad you were able to spend time with your family. I'm sure it went by too quickly!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  6. What an adorable pattern! I love it and I am so happy for you for finding it and accumulating more....Christine

  7. Hi Sandi; I really enjoyed reading about your Rose Chintz tea sets,,, it is such a beautiful set,,,, blog friends are the best,,, aren't they,,, and so is your sweet Auntie to gift you with such wonderful set..... thank you for sharing it with us... have a great week.


  8. Hi Sandi! Oh, I love your beautiful china and what a wonderful story about your auntie! I love the teapot and this pattern could never be too busy for me.
    Aren't bloggers just wonderful. How kind of your blogging friend to send you a piece of this lovely china!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. Hi Sandi!

    So many pretty tea sets! I really do love that JB Rose chintz! It is just so timeless and pretty!

    Thank you once again for hosting this tea party! I hope you have a wonderful week!

  10. Sandi, I love your post. Your photos of your china are so pretty. I love the pattern you are showing. How wonderful that your Aunt was able to bless you with some!

  11. Dear Sandi, Such a lovely post and you had me at the Rose Chintz! Add the Strawberry Shortcake and all the lovely photographs just divine! Do drop by I am having a giveaway on my blog ~ Congrats on all your follwers!! ~Theresa Msartist Sew Crafty

  12. Sandi I love your Johnson Bros china girl so pretty...I have some old pieces also some where need to find them and bring them out once again..Hope you have a GREAT week my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  13. Oh my, all of your china is just fabulous. You really do have some beautiful and gorgeous pieces. Beautifully displayed also. Hugs, Marty

  14. Lovely post and tribute to your Aunt.

  15. Hi Sandi... I would never tire of your pretty rose chintz dishes! Nothing is better than having a special memory tied to a pretty piece!
    I would be pleased to join in your tea party today :-)
    Thanks you again for beiong a wonderful hostess :-)

  16. Hi Sandi... I would never tire of your pretty rose chintz dishes! Nothing is better than having a special memory tied to a pretty piece!
    I would be pleased to join in your tea party today :-)
    Thanks you again for beiong a wonderful hostess :-)

  17. Hi Sandi,
    I would love to be included in the tea party.

    I'd also love to have you visit my give away post! Thanks for taking time to do all this work for us! ♥♫

  18. Such a lovely post! Very beautiful Rose Chintz - I just love it!
    I'd love to join you this week!

  19. Hello Sandi..I always love seeing your posts & pretty pictures..thank you for hosting!


  20. Oh, my dear, Sandi, you are MOST welcome for the little addition to your collection. Truly, it was a joy to send it to you.

    I think Rose Chintz is positively beautiful. I absolutely do not think it is too busy. It's a happy pattern.

    I loved hearing your memories of your dear aunt. In a similar way, memories of my grandmother are why I have begun a collection of desert rose. A meal on a Desert Rose plate takes me back to her lovely diningroom, just as a meal on rose chintz takes you back home to New Brunswick. Ahh...the power of long-term memory, huh?

    I am not at all surprised that you are nearing 300 followers. You have a warm, welcoming, lovely blog that reflects your loving spirit. Who wouldn't want to follow your blog?!!

    Well, my dear, I have completed my tea time post, so you can link me up.

    Oh, and I'll be praying about your back. I have suffered from lower back pain, so I can relate to your pain.


  21. Hi Sandi, What a wonderful story about your dishes. And what a lovely gift. Plese include me in tea time tues this week.
    God bless, Sharon

  22. Oh Sandi, That was a wonderful post. The dishes are sooo pretty, and they have so many memories attached to them, priceless. Congrulations on your 30th teatime post. Take care and have a wonderful tea Tuesday.

  23. That is one of my favorite patterns, too. My mom gifted me with a few pieces years ago but I have not yet found the teapot. You've inspired me to renew my search. Glad you enjoyed your holiday...Patty

  24. Sandi, I just love that pretty pink teapot - pink is my colour!!!
    I would love to join your tea party this week,

  25. Oh my goodness, Sandi, what a beautiful collection you have. It is so beautiful. And what a beautiful post. It was lovely for you to open up and share so much with us. I love how you found the pieces finally on eBay and that your sweet and loving Aunt gifted you with so many more of the pieces for your collection. They are simply gorgeous, Sandi. They really are.

    I would love to be included in this weeks Tea Time Tuesday, though I do not have anything nearly so beautiful featured. It's a very Prim tea party for one.

    I hope you have a beautiful and blessed week,

  26. Oh Sweet Sandi!
    You KNOW I am a loving your pictures today. How sweet that you were gifted some pieces of our FAV Rose Chintz! One of these days I am going to splurge on a TeaPot. I just adore this one in your picture!

    What sweet memories your lovlies have! Mine too!

    Has anything arrived in the mail from me yet?
    PS..thanks for the words of encouragement! They mean a lot to me.


  27. It is difficult to move away from family. I left all of mine behind when I changed countries. You were blessed to be able to spend time with your family every weekend.

    Your Rose Chintz china is lovely. How sweet to receive such treasures from your dear Aunt. Your photos were a joy to see and it is nice to hear about the sweet friends (Patti) out in blogland.

  28. I love your beautiful Rose Chintz dishes ! Thanks for sharing the lovely memories .
    ps I would love to join you today. Here is my post :

  29. Hi Sandi~
    I do adore this pattern, too! How lovely that you have such special memories and such special women in your life! What a blessing!
    Have a beautiful day!
    ;-D Kathleen

  30. Hello Sandi
    I am late to link up as I've been away for several days and I felt it more important that I clean and do laundry than sit at my computer.
    But, better late than never and I'm joing you for tea.
    I'd like to see you keep your meme with the same name because you do have a different logo than the others. Besides, it's you we like to join for tea, no matter what you want to call it.
    I've not braved eBay yet so bouquets to you for acquiring the dishes you love through it.

  31. Make that 303 followers :-) I hope to be sharing Tea Time Tuesdays again once we finish moving into our new home :-)


  32. i've always loved this pattern and yes, square plates are so pretty. wonderful post for TCT.

  33. Sandi,
    Beautiful china! And what a lovely story to go along with it. I kept looking at that china and thinking it looked so familiar. I have 1 place setting of it! And it is one I just cherish!
    Thanks for the tea and the lovely visit.

  34. Wonderful story of your tea set. Love that pattern. Very beautiful. Thanks for stopping by.

  35. Oh Sandi, what an exquisite tea time setting! Your Rose Chintz is just gorgeous and so is your white tablecloth, your flowers make it all perfect!


  36. Loved your story behind this rose pattern. I love pitchers of any kind so I really fell in love with your pitcher containing flowers..beautiful!
    Thank you for your comments on my blog...and your prayers. I read it just when I needed it and smiled through the tears...I will be lifting you up in prayer for your lower back pain too. God is with us and He loves us and wants us better...well....Our hope is in Him!

  37. Hi Sandi,
    I always enjoy seeing your rose chintz china.
    Congratulations on the upcoming arrival of a little granddaughter-exciting!
    I am late but i do have a tea post ready now so I hope to join in.
    Take care,

  38. I have some Rose Chintz too, and hold it dear to my heart, it is so pretty - alas I have not any teacups, so I am off to look on ebay!!

  39. Your Rose Chintz china ,all wrapped up in sweet memories ,was made all the more beautiful to me because of them. Beautiful china, beautiful post.

  40. You do have so much to be thankful for. God has richly blessed you.
    Your post is a blessing to so many.
    Thank you for sharing these special memories and thoughts around your beautiful china. So wonder is is dear to your heart.
    I love your tea many of them are new to me.
    Congrats on your 300th follower.
    Thank you for stopping by on such a busy week.
    Have a blessed week.

  41. I love the pattern and the busy design, very pretty. And thanks for sharing the scripture.

  42. Hi: What a beautiful post. I love your dishes. They are beautiful. What wonderful memories. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  43. Beautiful dishes and it is especially nice when they come with such memories.

    What did you do to your back?

    I had to laugh at your comment on my spindlecottage blog about going out and on the way back having some DQ icecream. We have a joke about our Tasty Freeze ice cream place. A while back it changed its name, but we still call it the Tasty Freeze. We joke about going there for a hot date. We usually don't have ice cream....but every once in a while the craving gets too great and in this hot weather we give in once in a blue moon. We like to get the softy ice cream and eat it at the park. Oh, and it wasn't our anniversary....he just likes bringing me flowers, but it is our 33rd year ...

  44. What a beautiful blog and blog post. I will have to make sure to stop by often~

  45. Hello there once again Sandi,

    Your 'Tea Time Tuesday' pictures of your delightful Roses Chintz are faboulsly pretty as always my, dear Tuesday teatime, blogging friend!

    Thanks so very much dearest Sandi for your warm and encouraging comments, as well as for partaking once again with this week's 44th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two' and also our 16th,'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday'!..,

  46. Such a wonderful story of family and china. The pattern is lovely. I can see how you would fall in love with it.


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