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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday 10 October 2011

Tea Time Tuesday

Autumn's robust richness is reflected in everything from our radiant decor to our seasonal cuisine, and gatherings with friends and family abound during this celebatory time of year. ~ Victoria Holiday Bliss magazine

Welcome friends to another Tea Time Tuesday ~

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends~
I am posting a little early today because of the holiday. Today we are celebrating Thanksgiving Day here in Canada; a day we gather together around the table which is laden with a bounty of food, including a favourite of mine, pumpkin pie.

It's a day in which to give thanks to our Creator for all of His wonderful blessings.

" everything give thanks." ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

I am thankful for so many things; the love of my family and good friends, my home, and good food on the table. Although I have several health issues, I am thankful for the health I do enjoy. It can always be worse! Most of all, I thank Him for His love and what He has done for me.

This week, I am sharing a special tea I had about a week ago with two of my favourite people; my sweet Auntie P and Uncle Doug. Auntie P is a retired nurse and Uncle Doug is a retired policeman; two special people who care very much about others.

I am thankful for loved ones...

The photo above was taken this past Summer while we were on vacation. They had taken Hubby and me to Fundy National Park to see St. Martins. St. Martins is a small village in New Brunswick, Canada where the shore is covered in beautiful stone instead of sand. Some of this stone was gathered by my parents to build the fireplace in their first home.

Isn't it pretty? I love the different hues.

You may not know this about me but I collect rocks. Yes, I do. I have rocks from different countries from around the world that my children and aunt and uncle have brought back to me. One thing I have always wanted to do is travel through the States and collect rocks from each state I visit. As of right now, I only have a rock from Florida, California, and Maine. I would love to be able to collect a rock from each state or some very unique ones.

Anyway, enough about rocks, on to my tea....Auntie P is not only my aunt but a very dear friend. She and Uncle Doug had come over to the Island for a little tour and a visit with me. They also brought me a little something which I will share in next week's post.

For this week's tea, I am sharing the King's Crown creamer/ jug which I found at the 70 Mile Yard Sale. I have many other pieces of the King's Crown pattern so this fits right in. This particular piece is the Sawtooth pattern whereas the other pieces I have are the Thumbprint ones. I just love this red rimmed glass! It is especially pretty at Christmastime.

It is not often I get to visit with my beloved relatives because we live in two different provinces. So, it is always a treat when we can get together.  

I set the tea table with an assortment of red and pink china because of the red roses which were the focal point.

I am thankful for beautiful flowers...

My raspberry coloured goblets held spring water.


I used Royal Albert Lavender Rose teacups and Burleigh Victorian Chintz salad plates.

I am thankful for beautiful china...

A Johnson Bros. Rose Chintz butter dish which came from my Auntie P.

I served the nibbles on my two tiered cake stand.

The King's Crown jug makes a pretty container for holding my little spoons, don't you think?

I used a King's Crown sherbet dish and my son's silver baby spoon for holding some lovely home made strawberry-apple sauce.

The teapot was filled with a nice hot orange pekoe tea. This teapot I also use for coffee and hot chocolate. I love its pretty floral pattern and ruffled bottom.

Love the curvy handle...

and the elegant spout...

There were blueberry and cranberry muffins as well as croissants filled with egg salad.

I am thankful for good food...

and pretty teacups...

We really had a lovely visit and afterwards these dear ones left on a tour of the Island.

Sharing tea with friends or loved ones is a delightful respite.

I had a little accident after they left!

I always wash my fine china by hand, piece by piece. When I was cleaning up after our tea, I lifted a teacup up out of the dishwater to clean it, and to my dismay, the bottom had cracked out of one of the teacups. This was quite a disappointment, as you can imagine, because it had belonged to my mother and of course, it is costly to replace. So, what did I do? I glued the bottom back on to the teacup and set a votive candle in it. So now I have a beautiful teacup candle to enjoy. No use in crying over it.

I am thankful for being able to look on the bright side and create something lovely out of something broken... 

Life comes at us with a cornucopia full of surprises; some good, some not so good. But it's how we receive the surprises that shape us into who we are. I'm thankful to God who has my best interests at heart and He promises to take care of me come what may. Yes, I am truly blessed!

"Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence." ~ Jeremiah 17:7

Lastly, I am thankful for all of you, my blogging friends...

I am simply delighted you have come for tea today and I would love for you to join my Tea Time Tuesday party! Perhaps you have a favourite tea cup, teapot, or a coffee mug you would like to share with us.
I would love to see it! If you would rather do coffee instead of tea, that would be fine. The following is acceptable too: apple cider, iced tea or iced coffee, hot chocolate, lemonade, or punch.
The TTT button on my sidebar is available for you to use in your post or place on your sidebar if you wish. A poem, tea quote, or scripture verse would be more than welcome!
Please link back to me so your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants. 

I am pleased to join the following parties as well~

Victoria - A Return to Loveliness

Teacup Tuesday

Teacup Tuesday

Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday

Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday

Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee

Tea Party Tuesday


Teacup Thursday

Friends Sharing Tea

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Everything looks so beautiful. I hope You and Your Family A Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Hello lovely lady,

    What a delightful, and cheerful, Thanks Giving post dear Sandi! I'm so delighted that you had such a wonderful and heartwarming visit with your aunt and uncle.

    Everything is just so pretty and yummy looking, yet I am especially fond of your tea/coffee/hot chocolate pot!.., So pretty with all of it's lovely curvacious, floral details.

    Hope you're feeling better and that as you enjoy a bountiful feast with your family as well.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and your sweet words. You are always so kind and faithful in your blogging; (hope your technical woes with commenting on some blogs clears up soon; it is indeed so frustrating at times with Blogger); yet what a blessing overall!..,

    Great use of your poor little broken teacup! Teacup candles are always so beautiful and cast such a warm glow.

    Happy Thanks Giving to you and yours dear lady!

    Hugs, Wanda Lee

  3. Hi Sandy
    I won't be linking with you for tea this week as we're still at our daughter's and leave for home after lunch. Your tea is very enjoyable, nice to see your lovely auntie and uncle.
    When we were in PEI several years ago, I brought home several red clay stones as they're quite unique.
    The stones you showed are the same type that lined the shore at the cottage on Lake Huron where we stayed this summer - quite a number of these smooth stones came away with me as well.
    Happy Thanksgiving and I'll rejoin you next week.

  4. Sandi:
    As I am not an official blogger..I must leave this special comment. Sandi, You touch my heart as you show your love for us. How wonderful it is to be loved and to love someone special. Sandi and Gerry you are really special to us. Us oldies need love too just as much s the young tender heart.
    I loved your tea pot you served tea in this week and your lunch was so tasty. I'm so very thankful for a niece who knows how to express her love in hugs as well as actions of making a lovely tea. Sorry about your tea cup but like you said those things happen. Crystal glasses as sensitive to dishwashers but never have seen china break before. Thanks for a lovely TTT. We're about to enjoy a thanksgiving dinner complete with pumpkin pie....Love you...Auntie P & Uncle D

  5. Dear Sandi,
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I love how you made a sweet tea time with your Aunt and Oncle. Your china is so pretty, the big tea pot is beautiful. And surely all the Royal Albert china and your Chintz pattern also. The pebble stones are so smooth and pretty colored. I think, they are more beautiful when wet. I always love such stones, too. I am thankful for having the chance to participate in such nice events like Tea Time Tuesday.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  6. Sandi, Your tea is special today and I'm glad I was able to join in. I love your positive outlook on life. You have a beautiful spirit! Love your King's crown, rose chintz and your stunning pink goblets. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Hugs and prayers,

  7. Sandi, a couple of things: I can mail you a rock from Iowa if you like - email me your address...Also, the issue with blogger and commenting - I have a possible solution. Sign in to your google account with your user name and password BEFORE going in to blogs to comment. It seemed to work for me. Best wishes!

  8. Happy Thanksgiving, Sandi
    Your china is so pretty, especially that beautiful butter dish.
    More importantly, I appreciated your comment about taking the broken cup and making it into something beautiful. Isn't that comment applicable to so many things in life!

  9. Happy Thanksgiving, Sandi! You are so very blessed - I enjoyed seeing all the wonderful things God has given you that you rejoice with thanksgiving - especially family!

    Your tea was elegant, as usual! Too bad about that one cup of yours - but the candle was a splendid idea!

    Thank you for your closing scripture, too - blessed me!

  10. Happy Thanksgiving! How wonderful to have a special time with loved ones remembering the grace, mercy and bounty of the blessings we receive from the Lord. A lovely tea table setting.

  11. Happy Thanksgiving! So many things in this post to be thankful for on our end. From the lovely scripture to the amazing teapot and cups and how you share your thoughts from your heart we are all blessed to join you for tea! Thank you as always for hosting and enjoy your wonderful holiday and reflections.

  12. Happy Thanksgiving Sandy! Your tea table looks lovely as always with your pretty china. Have a great week! Pamela

  13. Happy Thanksgiving Sandi! I am so glad you had a lovely visit! Your tea cup is very pretty as a votive. I have never thrown out a teacup yet do to a mishap. You really can use them for a lot of great things! :)
    Thanks for having us over!

  14. Happy Thanksgiving to you nd your family! What a lovely gracious post this was Sandi! Everything was beautiful and you can tell your heart is flled with love and thankfulness! thank you for hosting.

  15. Hi Sandi,this is such a precious post!Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving. I love how you write your posts... indeed we are thankful for what we have everyday! I love the pretty cups and the red rimmed dessert cups.. I think I have the same King's Crown cups... they look beautiful with your pretty china and teapot... so dainty and delightful! Your yummy treats look delectable! I'm so glad you have a pretty teacup candle now and can continue enjoying your mother's treasured china. Thanks for sharing tea with us. I enjoyed my visit here today.Blessings~Poppy

  16. Hi Sandi,
    Your post just touches my heart. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. What a lovely couple your Aunt and Uncle are and what a delightful tea you shared with your gorgeous teacups and King's Crown accents. Your table is always
    beautiful, warm and inviting.
    Love your teapot for coffee, chocolate or tea.

    I too love those rocks and we use some very similar to make a little beach area around our pool. I call it Stoney beach. LOL
    It is interesting to know that you collect rocks. I think there are beautiful rocks and stones in the world. I love to paint on rocks too.
    I am so sorry your teacup bottom broke out. But like you said, something pretty still to be enjoyed from a little mishap. Life just goes that way sometime. My mother always said, "we have to take the bitter with the sweet in life."

    I so hope your health issues are less in the coming year.
    Thank you for sharing your tea time and hope your Thanksgiving day was filled with time enjoyed with family and friends.

    Blessings, Celestina Marie
    p.s. your slice of pumpkin pie looks mighty delicious!!

  17. Hello!
    What a lovely tea! Your Aunt and Uncle look absolutely wonderful! The tea looks great! Happy Thanksgiving! It has been a joy to honor the Canadian Thanksgiving with so many wonderful blogging friends!
    I feel so enriched! What an interesting collection!
    Thank you so much for being such a wonderful hostess and a blessing!
    God Bless,

  18. Ohhhhhhhhh, where to start? LOVE the cup & butter dish. How cool that you collect rocks! I'm so glad you have such a dear aunt and uncle. Thanks for hosting such a fun party :)

  19. Hi: I love how pretty everything looks. That tea pot is wonderful. Then again, you never disappoint. Your posts are always so beautiful. Thanks for sharing them with us. Blessings, Martha

  20. Your taste in tableware is gorgeous Sandi.I especially love the little glass and red jug,but it is all beautiful. It's lovely that you had such a good time with your relies. Thank you for inviting me to tea. xx

  21. Beauty every where!

    Sorry about your broken tea cup - glad you can use it for a candle holder!

    I could send you a rock from Pennsylvania if you'd like....


  22. What a lovely time spent with family. The chocolate pot is wonderful ... such pretty curves! Love how you are using your broken tea cup. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Tea Day!

  23. dear sandi,
    and i am thankful for you and your beautifully inspiring posts.
    blessings to you,

  24. Happy Thanksgiving Day, Sandi! Your table setting is beautiful and I love the patterns of each piece. How wonderful to have family and friends together, eating from elegant dishware, and enjoying delicious foods all made from love. Many blessings indeed!!
    I love the way you turned a bad situation around with the damaged teacup. To have something that belonged to your mother would certainly be hard to throw away. This way you still have a beautiful piece.
    All my best to your Aunt P and Uncle Doug. Thank you for sharing photos of them. They look like a delightful couple and I am sure they enjoy being with you.
    Your post today was very enjoyable! I loved hearing that you collect rocks. We hope to see them on your blog some day.
    Well, here's to your health. Enjoy your beautiful day!

  25. Hi Sandi,
    I loved the beautiful table you set for your adorable aunt and uncle. Thanks for sharing their photos.
    I'm one of the lovers of your tea pot or coffee pot. It's a very elegant object!
    As to the broken tea cup, I wouldn't throw it away either, being so pretty
    and bringing memories of your mother...
    And the way you reused it was very creative, indeed!
    Do you know I also like rocks? I don't really collect them but when I find a beautiful stone on the beach or fossils, I always bring them home.

  26. Hi Sandi,
    I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend.
    I am trying to get caught up here again but I seem to be a little slow.
    I love the picture of your aunt and uncle at the bottom of the post.
    Your tea looked lovely also.

    Take care,

  27. I am thankful for you too! I know how you feel about your bloggy friends. I am daily counting my blessings for all of you!

    Your tea time setting is glorious. All your china just beautiful. I have Lavender Rose and love it as well! The tea pot is stunning!
    The food looks so very tasty!

    What a wonderful time to spend with relatives. Thanksgiving is such a special time.
    I hope you had a great holiday.
    (great thinking with your tea cup!)

  28. Hi my Sweet friend!
    I am so remiss at not getting over here sooner and thank you for your sweet comments last week. I now have an ipad and it makes it harder for me to see my friends posts and I often have to come to our other computer to find out whats going on, which isn't to often, I am afraid. Anyway, a belated Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and our Friend up north of the USA, Canada!

    I love reading about your beloved family too and the wonderful times you have spent with them.

    And of course, I always LOVE coming by and seeing your beautiful TEA displays and yummy treats. Loving so much of your china and that butter dish... hmmm I have butter dish envy...well in a good way, lol...ahhh Rose Chintz!

    Hope this finds you well my sweet friend! I must get my act together a join back up for your Tea Partys soon.

    Love and Hugs,

  29. So glad you were able to have a nice visit with family! Love the beautiful pieces you've shared with us. So happy to see you could fix the bottom of the cup into a useful piece for tea parties to come.

  30. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Sandi!
    Your pumkin pie looks delicious.
    It's lovely to see a photo of your beloved Aunt P and Uncle Doug :-)
    Your King's Crown jug intrigues me - I have 6 goblets and a dish that matches it perfectly, but I thought it was called Americana ware!
    I bought mine at a "party" more than 30 years ago.
    There's so much loveliness in this post that I can't pick a favourite item from all you've shared with us lol!
    That teapot is a stunner though!
    I think your idea of transforming your precious broken cup is brilliant!
    It looks so pretty with a candle in it :-)
    I'm like you - I love stones too!
    My favourites are 2 that were brought back from Israel.
    Thanks for linking up, dear Sandi.
    I hope you have a wonderful week of blessings..Trish

  31. Sandi, I just discovered your wonderful blog! I am glad to link up with Tea Time Tuesday! I am your newest follwer; and I hope you will follow me, too! God bless you!

  32. i am so in love with your post thanks to teacup tuesday. i fell in love with your butter dish and will search for one since i love pink and white. blessings to you and yours.

  33. Thanks for hostessing a lovely tea cup party, I'm glad to join for the first time!

    Mary @ Redo 101

  34. i apologize for the oversight, why ofcourse i must link to your post and it has been done as of a few minutes ago. i hope to participate more often although i do not have enough storage space for more than maybe 15 to 20 teacups and i already have about 10, blessings,

  35. Your dishes are amazingly beautiful! And they go so well with the red roses! It is wonderful and rare for me too to get together with family - such a blessing and such a treat! Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    God Bless,

  36. Sandi,
    I hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving! I just love your beautiful china and tea cups - and that two-tiered cake stand is gorgeous! I need to join Tea Time Tuesday!! Also, I'd be happy to send you a rock from Ohio if you email me your address! I'm happy you enjoyed my pink roses on PS!
    Hugs, Cindy

  37. hello Sandi
    Happy Thanksgiving....
    I think your china and glassware is beautiful,and your tea-light cup and saucer is very pretty....
    I have been on holiday for a month and it's nice to catch up with my L,A,C,E friends
    Cod Bless
    Barb from Australia

  38. Hi Sandi, what an absolutely beautiful blog. Everything is gorgeous. Thank you so very much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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