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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Tea Time Tuesday

Welcome dear friends to my 51st Tea Time Tuesday!
I am delighted you are here! How is everyone today? I trust you all had a wonderful weekend and you're ready to join me for a cup of tea.

Valentines Day is just around the corner and one is seeing hearts and flowers everywhere. I am glad to see them because oftentimes after Christmas it can feel a little drab. The pinks and reds really perk things up, don't you agree?

Since love is in the air and everyone is thinking about Valentines Day, I thought I would share a photo of a little someone special who is wearing her hearts. This is my little granddaughter, Jenna-Lynn, who is six weeks old. Isn't she a little doll! I haven't actually met her yet because there is a whole country between us. I live on the east coast and she lives on the west coast. We do talk on the webcam however.

I don't think there is anything more beautiful or lovely than a newborn baby! God has given us so many wondrous gifts to enjoy; the love of family, friendship, nature's beauty, but life is the best gift of all. When I look at Jenna-Lynn's sweet little face, I am reminded of just how good and awesome life is!
I hope you are enjoying your life today!

Now here is my chance to play! Can you guess what is in this box? Teddy was a gift from my mother many years ago and he's all dressed up in his best fisherman knit sweater.

Teddy is getting impatient and he's saying, "Hurry up, please! I want to see too!"

OK, Teddy, here you go.

This lovely little tea set was a Christmas present. Two child sized teacups, a sugar and creamer, and a teapot all sit on a porcelain lacey-edged tea tray. Do you recognize the pattern? Isn't it lovely!
The set is made of porcelain and the pattern is called Cream Lace, made by who other than Skye McGhie! If you have been following my tea parties you know that I love Skye McGhie!

I couldn't wait to share this little tea set with you! Some gifts are meant to be given away and this is one of them. Someday I am going to give it to little Jenna-Lynn. She is only six weeks old right now but I am hoping that someday she too will love tea parties.

Now, how about something sweet to go with tea!
Do you like strawberry shortcake? Last week, one of our ladies had visited a Tea Room where she enjoyed a High Tea. She had shared some wonderful photos and one of the lovely desserts that she enjoyed at the Tea Room was a strawberry shortcake served up in a teacup. So I 'borrowed' the idea and I'm serving mine in a teacup today. Thank you, my friend, for your inspiration!

This is an angel food cake, cut into cubes.
The cake is layered into my Johnson Bros. Rose Chintz teacup. I do love my Rose Chintz with its pretty florals on a creamy background! They remind me of my childhood and my beloved Auntie P who gifted me with most of my Rose Chintz china.

Next, ladle some crushed strawberries over the cake.
Then a mound of fresh whipped cream is swirled on top! Mmmm, yum!

Teddy says, "How about some fresh chocolate grated on top; I love chocolate!" he quips.
That's better! "Yup, it tastes as good as it looks!" Teddy exclaims.
I'm glad you like it, Teddy! Here's your own helping of refreshments; tea and shortcake in a cup.
Oops, I forgot the chocolate! Oh, well, Teddy, you may have some of mine.

Skye McGhie has made an exact replica of the original teapot. The adult size and the child's size are so cute together, aren't they?
Both are the Cream Lace pattern and have the wonderful lacey cutouts around the top of the pots. And they both have the pretty Fleur de lis on them.

Sitting with a good book or magazine such as Victoria and a cup of tea, makes for a delightful respite.

Perhaps you don't care for tea. There are many alternatives:

Tea or...
* Coffee
* Herbal teas
* Lemonade 
* Fruit punch
* Hot cider {stir with a cinnamon stick}
* Hot chocolate

Last week I shared how I had reached my 50th tea post. Well, you know what that means! It means that my Tea Time Tuesday Anniversary is coming up and is in fact, next week. Tea Time Tuesday is one year old next week and I hope you will all come and help me celebrate.
In celebration of the Anniversary as well as all my recent milestones, I am having a Giveaway and the winner will be announced on Valentines Day. Please join me next week for all the details.

"Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other." ~ Romans 12: 9-10 {NLT}

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

Thank you my lovely friends for stopping by today. I hope you have found your visit enjoyable. If you would like to join me for Tea Time Tuesday, please share something related to tea; a teacup, teapot, or a china mug, etc. You may also do coffee, iced tea, hot chocolate, or any of the alternatives mentioned above. A scripture verse, poem, or tea quote would be most welcome. The Tea Time Tuesday button on my sidebar is available for you to use in your post if you wish. As a courtesy, please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with my other participants. Thank you!

Please link up with the inlinkz below.

I am also joining the following hostesses for their parties-

Marty~ - Table Top Tuesday

Kathy~ - Victoria- A Return to Loveliness

Martha~ - Teacup Tuesday
Terri~ - Teacup Tuesday

Wanda Lee~ - Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Pam~ - Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Wanda Lee~ - Tuesday Tea For Two
Lady Katherine~ - Teatime Tuesday

Donna and Miss Spenser~ - Teacup Thursday

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Sandi, Your granddaughter is a little doll! I hope you get to hold her in your arms someday soon! What a nice tea party you hosted today. Teddy looked very happy and the child's tea set in Cream Lace is just adorable. You have so many beautiful pieces, Sandi!
    Blessings and hugs, Beth

  2. Hi Sandi,
    Sweet picture of your little granddaughter-she looks like she is doing well.
    I gave that same little tea set to my grandaaughter.It is so cute and I also have the big teapot too.

    Wasn't it lovely to have a sunny day?

    Thank you for hosting,

  3. She is adorable and I love her little tea set...I have admired your adult set in the past and must say I am a little jealous you granddaughter is getting the mini version *wink*..As you know I have a thing for little tea sets :)

    Blessings Kelsie

  4. Hi Sandi,
    I was lead to your blog via your PS link over at Beverly's.
    Being a china novice collector I've so much enjoyed your Johnson Brothers' teaset. and oh my, your child's Cream Lace child's tea set is jusgt adorable.
    your little granddaughter is so precious, God bless her.
    Love the pink transferware plates on your mantle in your PS post.

  5. I absolutely have fallen in love with your tea set, adult and mini! A friend of mine, also named Sandi, has tea parties with her precious granddaughters. I'm looking forward to doing that with my sweet three month old great-granddaughter. Now I want to get matching tea sets. A good idea should be passed on, don't you think? I enjoyed the tea party with your teddy. I should have brought one of mine in here. For shame! ~Hugs~

  6. Sandi your new granddaughter is so adorable. The other day I was in Homesense and I saw tiny little tea sets in special boxes. They were so lovely in their tinyness. Yours is too.

  7. Sandi, Your granddaughter is precious. A little angel. The Cream Lace tea set is elegant. I just love the cut outs. I know in the years to come, your granddaughter will cherish her tea set from her grandmother. Now I am going to do the linkz and I so hope I do it correctly because I have been so excited to be a part of Tea Time Tuesday with you and your lovely friends.

  8. What is sweeter than a precious little baby granddaughter?! She's going to be so thrilled to have you for her grandma! The miniature tea set is darling. And I love the idea of serving dessert in our teacups! Very clever and one more way to get to use them. Congrats on your upcoming anniversary for Tea Time Tuesday! Bess

  9. Hi Sandi
    We had the same idea today for tea, sharing an adorable miniature set.
    The cream lace will make an awesome gift for your granddaughter one day. You are going to love having tea parties with her!
    Strawberry shortcake in a tea cup sounds delicious - a small enough portion so we don't over indulge too.

  10. Oh, your granddaughter Jenna-Lynn is just a cutey pie..:) :) I'm sure she'll enjoy tea parties when she's older ;) :) The mini cream lace tea set is adorable...and that tea cup strawberry shortcake with chocolate...divine :) :) That's a great idea ;) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  11. Oh your tea set and your gorgeous cupe are so pretty, however nothing compares to your precious new grand baby. She is absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations. I know you are so thrilled and can't wait to see her. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  12. Dear Sandi,
    little cute Jeanna-Lynn ist so tiny at the moment but still is provided for a wonderful Creamy Lace Teaset. Lucky child and lucky you that you have such an adorable little one in your family. The tea set is so sweet and I can imagine how many nice tea party's you will celebrate for her. She will love them as much as we do it. Thank you for hosting this sweet event again, it is always a lot of fun.
    Greetings, Johanna

  13. What a precious blessing your little granddaughter is! This pretty little tea set will be perfect for her. Isn't that a beautiful pattern? I like the idea of serving the cake in the tea cup! Always fun to visit for tea. Have a lovely rest of the week Sandi.

  14. Sandi, Please advise why I cannot get my blog name or name of the post to show along with my name. I know it is something simple and after two attempts I hate to keep playing around with linking on your blog. Thank you for having me and once I am instructed on that last aspect everything will be fine.

  15. I love the little tea set Sandi! And I am so thrilled that my post inspired you. It's so fun to visit and glean so many wonderful ideas from everyone. Thanks for being such a gracious hostess.


  16. Sandi, Your granddaughter is adorable. She will love the tiny tea set, it is perfect in every way. Congratulations on your many milestones. Take care and have a wonderful tea, I love strawberry shortcake.

  17. This is a beautiful post. What a beautiful granddaughter you have. Just adorable.

    Just Simply Live

  18. Oh Sandi, your granddaughter is just adorable!! And that miniture tea set is so pretty! what a wonderful gift to receive. And I just love the idea of having the dessert in a beautiful teacup! It is just all the more special! Have a wonderful week!

  19. Sandi, your little granddaughter is precious. What a doll! The little tea service is lovely and what fun it will be in the future when this sweet little girl is big enough to have tea parties with you.

  20. Your cream lace tea sets are so adorable, Sandi. And your new gandbaby is so cute and precious. Congrats!...Christine

  21. What a lovely teaset. Hopefully many memories of time with the set are on their way.

    - The Tablescaper

  22. Sandi, How could a post be any more perfect. Your grandaughter is to start with is precious. God is good. I hope you can hug her in person soon. Your dessert presented in a teacup is so cute and an idea I would use. Loved the prayer.
    Thank you for stopping in at TTTT and sharing with us.
    Have a blessed week.

  23. Sandi: You always have the most beautiful posts and today is no exception. Love the little tea set. I would love to own one like it. Have a wonderful week. Thank you so much for your faithfulness. Blessings, Martha

  24. Sandi: You always have the most beautiful posts and today is no exception. Love the little tea set. I would love to own one like it. Have a wonderful week. Thank you so much for your faithfulness. Blessings, Martha

  25. First off, your little granddaughter is adorable!!! I'm going to have to wait a few more years for that...

    Love love love that little tea set! And the big teapot too.

    Once again, you've set out a lovely tea. And I'd love some of that strawberry shortcake.

  26. Everything about this post is delicious, from the teddy bear's tea set to the teacup filled with such a heavenly drink topped with whipped cream. What a sweet post. What a precious little granddaughter, I fore see many tea parties in her future !

  27. That is an adorable little tea set. I just know your new little granddaughter will love it when it is given to her.
    Aren't webcams fantastic. We have family out west too. Last time we chatted with them via Skype I took some photos at the same time the webcam was running. They turned out great. I posted one of them on my blog a week or so ago titled Shadows across the country.

  28. I love your little tea set -- how sweet -- but of course, the real cutie is your granddaughter!!!

  29. Sandi,

    Lovely post and what a darling little baby. I am off to google Skye McGhie. I get so many wonderful ideas from fellow bloggers. Hope to join the tea party blogs next week.


  30. I love teddy bear tea parties! Your granddaughter is adorable. The mini tea set will have a good home with her. Pass the shortcake please!!! Happy Tea Day!

  31. When I bought my Royal Albert Lavender Rose china, my granddaughter was only three years old and my daughter laughed when I said it would be Elisabeth's someday.

    Well, Miss E. turns nine soon and the time is flying by. Someday (should she want it at that time), I can see her hosting tea parties with the Royal Albert and thinking of Grammie.

    In the meantime, I send pretty teacups in the pattern they collect and even found two darling and sturdy mugs for the boys.

  32. Such a sweet post! A beautiful tea set to share with your granddaughter! I can't wait until I am a grandmother!
    Absolutely love your creamy tea set - appeals to my heart!
    I will work today on the post to celebrate your one year anniversary hosting Tea Time Tuesday - Congratulations!
    A joyous time and place!
    Thank you for joining A Return to Loveliness, your presence makes it all the more special.

  33. Love your post today, Sandi! The sweet creamy tea set is darling and I'm a big fan of Rose Chintz. Congratulations on your beautiful new granddaughter - God is so good!
    Thanks for hosting!
    ~Lynn at Cottage and Creek

  34. Jenna-Lynn is adorable. I didn't get a granddaughter so I am envious. I can see you now. the two of ;you having a tea party. Oh, what fun. I love the little tea service. I am your newest follower. Ginger

  35. Hi Sandi!

    Guess what? I'm playing along with Tea Tuesday you will have to pop in and visit with me too!
    It's been too long..and I had forgotten how much fun it is to go around and get my fill of China eye candy!

    My MIL collects Cream Lace and I've purchased some for her in the past...but I have never seen a cuter mini set than this one here! Smiles all around! Even for Teddy!

    Ciao Bella!
    Creative Carmelina

  36. A girl is never too young for a beautiful new tea set!

  37. What an adorable bear and tea set! So cute!! and the shortcake looks delicious ~Congrats on your tea time anniversary ~May you be blessed to celebrate many more Tuesday Teas ~Love Heather

  38. Oh and I forgot to say your Grandaughter is beautiful What a Cutie!! and aren't webcams wonderful ~Love Heather

  39. Dearest Sandi,

    What an absolute angel your new, sweetest, precious little grandaughter is!.., My oh my!

    Yor teddy bears tea is beyond darling also! So cute!

    May God grant you an opportunity to see her as soon as possible!.., She's so lovely, congratulations to you all!

    Thanks ever so much for you consistent and warm encouaragemnet over the past while; when others did not have the time, nor the inclination; (and truly that is fine as they are all lovely ladies and I realize fully that blogging is built largely on the graciouness of reciprocity; really they have been more thn kind to me)..,

    Yet you 'stuck by me', so to speak, when I was so busy, very tired and even burdened heavily at times! ~ (Yes, there was always joy and so much to be thankful for)!

    ..,Yet,I just could'nt seem to muster the energy required to do more creative posts and visit my precious blog friends as I so longed to.

    ~ ( Although, thank God I am improving and able to resume visitng my dear fellow bloggers)!

    ..,The love of the Lord shone brightly through you dear Sandi!.., It meant so much to me; my heart was truly warmed very deeply by your kindness!

    Cheers, blessings and hugs from Wanda Lee
    @ http:/silken
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    @ http:/

  40. Sandi,
    Hello, dear friend!
    What a sweetie your precious grand daughter is and I know you can't wait to meet her in person! I know you will be thrilled to actually hold her!

    And what a beautiful little tea set! So dainty, delicate and elegant all rolled up into one little beauty!!

    I am sure that when your grand daughter gets a wee bit older she will love this sweet set from her adoring grand mother and she surely will love tea parties!! After all, how could she not.... it is in her genes!!



  41. I love your little white tea set! What a sweet gift. And your tea cups and saucers are so pretty.
    Little teddy can now have tea in style!

  42. Hello Sandi,
    I think your little white teaset is wonderful. And your beautiful granddaughter is very precious indeed!
    May the Lord bless you both with many special times to come!!
    Thanks for the dessert idea- it's so sweet :-)

  43. Darling, darling miniature tea set!
    And the dessert looks wonderful.
    Makes me hungry.

    Your lil one is so sweet!!!
    God bless you all,
    d from homehaven

  44. That IS a sweet set and what a blessing to be planning on sharing it with your grandbaby! She is so sweet I could just cuddle with her all day! In fact, I did that with my great niece shortly after she was born!

    I love stopping by when I can and reading all your delicious words! Thanks so much for sending joy our way each week. ♥♫

  45. Sandi, O My!!!! Where do I begin? Your porcelain tea set is exquisite, the pattern is wonderful,and the creamy color is delicious. Then, to top it off...well, I can't stop focusing on the yummy-licious dessert you served in the beautiful tea very imaginative. Then the whipped cream topping...I just want to dive in. Teddy must feel wonderfully honored; I know I would.

    Thank you for sharing...have a delightful day,


  46. She is so pretty, Sandi.

    Babies are not only beautiful and sweet...they smell so good! Makes me teary eyed sentimental.

  47. Simply adorable. I just love miniature sets....I really have to look up this sweet.

  48. I am so sorry Sandi - I fear |I have messed up your links- I apologize. Can you fix it?


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