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...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday 14 February 2011

Happy Valentines Day ~ Tea Time Tuesday

Love is the master key that opens the gate of happiness.~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Happy Valentines Day dear friends and Welcome to a special Tea Time Tuesday!
Do you feel it? Love is in the air! Chocolate, hearts, and flowers are just a few of the romantic symbols of this special day. This is the day that we all do a little extra something special for the ones we love.
So, please come in and make yourselves at home as we sip tea and chat about all things L-o-v-e today.

Today I am sharing my pink and red tea things in celebration of Valentines Day.
This tea post is going to be just a little out of the ordinary, so put your feet up with your cup of tea or coffee and come join me, won't you?

A valentine teacup made by Gracie China waits to be filled from a fresh pot of tea. This teacup has a plain loop handle which makes it very comfortable to hold. I love the hearts!

I was pondering what to serve on this special day; iced valentine cookies, a sweetheart cake, or chocolate. Since almost everyone else is making their lovely valentine cookies, I opted to make a chocolate treat instead. My little chocolate morsels are usually a treat I make for Christmas but I didn't get them made this past year because we had so many sweets around I decided not to. But, they are perfect for Valentines Day too! Hubby has been nibbling on them ever since I made them!

These are so easy to make and so good! They are lovely for just a little something sweet with your tea or coffee.You must act quickly however because they harden very quickly. They resemble donut holes but much more decadent. They are best when they are fresh. Yum!

My Rose Bud teacup trio makes a delightful server for the cookies! If you would like the recipe for my Chocolate Balls, it is posted on my sidebar.

A white teapot, birds nest sugar bowl and birdie creamer all look nice sitting on the burgundy throw which acts as a tablecloth for today's tea. I chose this particular throw because of the hearts woven into the fabric.

I have set out my tea in the glow of my Valentine tree. A topiary filled with entries for the Giveaway stands nearby. A toile hatbox and a cloche containing a pretty rose also join the party.
Do you see the little three footed teacup beneath the tree? That is the teacup I won from Martha at Marthas Favorites -
You all know Martha and Terri, I'm sure, as they both host Teacup Tuesday. I had shared more about this lovely teacup on my Pink Saturday post over the weekend. Isn't it pretty? Thank you Martha!

Chocolate kisses are nestled in a heart shaped candy dish.

If you recall, last week I asked you to share your favourite Love Song in this week's tea post. It could be anything from a favourite instrumental, to a movie score, or 'yours and your sweetie's song.' It might even be a favourite worship song; there are so many beautiful ones out there now.
Being a romantic at heart, I have several favourites but I decided to share our song. Words by the BeeGees is our song and there is a story behind this song being our song. Would you like me to share?

Love is when you look into someone's eyes and see everything you need.~
Let's go back a few years to a time when record hops were still the place to go on a Saturday afternoon.
Picture if you will, a shy young man sporting a Beatle haircut and an even shyer young lady with long hair and bangs, dressed in a mini dress and high boots! Yes, I liked to dress in the latest fashion, still do!
He was painfully shy but when he finally got up the nerve to ask me to dance, we were instantly attracted to one another! He asked me to dance three weeks in a row and then after the dance that third Saturday, he followed my friends and me into a restaurant where we always grabbed a bite before walking the long walk home. Not much wonder we were all so fit and trim! We danced all afternoon and then walked three miles home afterwards!

He sat on the far side of the restaurant all by himself and then he got up and put some money into the jukebox. He played three of my favourite songs! Coincidence? I don't think so! One of those songs was my absolute favourite, 'Words' by the BeeGees. He didn't know it was my favourite, it just happened to be his too!

My friends talked me into joining him at his table, where he and I sat and talked before he walked me the three miles home. Halfway home, he took me by the hand, and 'it was magic!'
And the rest, as they say, is history! We are still sweethearts today and I cannot imagine my life without him! Ain't love grand!

"Smile an everlasting smile, A smile can bring you
Near to me.
Don't ever let me find you gone, 'Cause that would
Bring a tear to me.
This world has lost its glory, Let's start a brand
New story, now my love.
Right now, there'll be no other time and I can show
You how, my love.

Talk in everlasting words, and dedicate them all to
And I will give you all my life, I'm here if you
Should call to me.
You think that I don't even mean,
A single word I say.
It's only words, and words are all I have, to take
Your heart away." ~ Written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb.

Please take a couple of minutes to listen to Barry Gibb sing Words. It will take a few seconds to load so please be patient; it will be worth it!

I arranged it so that this song was playing on the computer when Hubby got up this morning.
These photos of us were taken on our first date. Wasn't he adorable! He's even cuter today; lucky me!

Today is the day I announce the Winner of my Anniversary Giveaway, but before I do that, I would like to thank you all for your friendship and all the lovely comments you have been leaving on my blog! Each one is so appreciated and makes me feel as though I am in some small way making a contribution by blogging. I wish I could gift each one of you! Every one of you is so special to me; I want you to know that!

I had my hubby draw the name out of over a hundred entries which went into this topiary jar.

And the winner is- Judith @ Lavender Cottage! Congratulations, my friend!

I must take this opportunity to thank Judith for her friendship and faithful participation in Tea Time Tuesday. Judith has been with me almost from the beginning and if the truth was known, she could probably teach me more about tea parties than I will ever know! Please email me with your address, Judith, so I can get this package out to you. Please be sure to stop by and visit Judith at her site-

Well, the sun has set and I've lit the fire and the candles. There is a soft ambiance to our tea now. It is Valentines Day and Hubby and I are going to enjoy our tea in front of the fire.

Thank you so much for stopping by for tea on this very special day! I hope you will sign up for my tea party by using the inlinkz below. Be sure to give your sweetie a little extra chocolate today and remember that Valentines Day is also a day for which we can be thankful for the many blessings we receive from our loving Creator above.

I am also linking up with the following hostesses below:

Marty~ - Tabletop Tuesday

Kathy~ - A Return to Loveliness

Martha~ - Teacup Tuesday
Terri~ - Teacup Tuesday

Wanda Lee~ - Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday/ Tea For Two
Pam~ - Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Wanda Lee~ - Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee

Miss Spenser~ - Teacup Thursday

Love is something you can't describe like the look of a rose, the smell of the rain, or the feeling of forever. ~

Happy Valentines Day
Sharing from my heart~ Sandi