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Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday 30 January 2012

Tulips and Fairies for Tea Time Tuesday

Deep within the winter forest
among the snowdrifts wide,
You can find a magical place
where all the fairies hide....unknown 

Welcome dear friends to the last Tea Time Tuesday of January!

I am amazed at the wonderful turn-out we had last week for my 2nd Tea Time Birthday celebration! It was an all-time record party of participants and comments. Everyone was so kind and you all just blessed me so much with your lovely posts and wonderful words of encouragement. A warm welcome to all my new Followers too.
I have to admit, there have been times when  I felt like putting TTT on the shelf with my teacups for a while but you have convinced me to keep hosting, so thank you. Big hugs to everyone!

Before I put the tea on, I would like to share with you a lovely Giveaway I won from Kathy at A Delightsome Life. Her package was filled with such lovely things, including a new little fairy friend whom I have named Trixie. Isn't she cute with her little arms raised in delight and wings all a-sparkle? 

The Giveaway included this sweet lacy tote which Kathy made herself. Here it is pictured with a bunch of pink tulips tucked inside. The tote is edged with eyelet and a soft pink satin ribbon. A pink fabric rose adorned with a pearly button decorates the center.

Accompanying the tote and fairy was a lovely CD of A Capella hymns. A sachet which Kathy also made was filled with sweet lavender...

...and a hand-painted heart shaped tile which I have hanging on one of my lamp shades.

Trixie will spend some of her time tied with ribbon on one of my lamps.

Thank you Kathy. Everything is simply delightful!

With Valentines Day just around the corner, I'm sure you can feel  romance in the air. So, today's tea is leaning towards a little romance and a little whimsy. Are you ready for a cup of tea?

The grocery stores are carrying an abundance of colourful tulips right now so I picked myself up a couple of bunches of pink and white.

Our life is like a garden,
And with God's loving care
It blossoms with the flowers
Of His blessings everywhere. ~ Unknown

I have set the table with a simple little tea of cake and a pot of Earl Grey.

The coffee cake with lemon curd filling has a dusting of icing sugar on top. Yum!

And the fairies have joined us.

Isn't Trixie adorable? 'Horray for tea time,' she says!

Shaylee is smitten by the tulips.

And Breena loves to just relax and watch her friends. The top of the cupcake makes a soft vantage point. Breena's friend January is curled up inside one of the tulips and decided today she would rather dream about tea rather than come to the party. Perhaps she is shy. Who can fathom the mind of a fairy!

Perhaps January will join us next time. In the meantime, let's enjoy our tea, shall we?

A cup for you and a cup for me. A big slice of coffee cake...

Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors. ~ Alice Walker 

Today's teacups are Pierced Lace by Skye McGhie. Sorry the light makes it hard to see the Fleur de lis on the cup. 

And the lovely green one is a hand painted cup I won in a Giveaway a couple of years ago.

Oh, do you see what I see?

January has decided to make an appearance after all! She heard all the giggles and wanted to come to tea too. 

She and Breena plan to take their naps in the tulips once our tea is finished.

"Oh, this is lovely," she says. I'm so glad she has decided to join us after all.

And we're so happy you have decided to join us today!

Special Announcement ~  On February 13th, I will be hosting my Valentines Day Tea so I hope you will plan to join me for that party as well. Let's bring out our pink, red, and heart inspired tea things. Why not bake up something special and let's get together for another delightful themed party!

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Thank you for joining me for tea today. May God bless you and watch over you until we meet again.

"I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you." ~ Psalm 32:8 

Do you have some tea things you would like to share? A favourite teacup/teapot or mug perhaps? If you do, then I would love to have you join me! You may wish to do coffee instead of tea or the following is acceptable too: hot apple cider, hot chocolate, lemonade, punch, etc.  
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I am joining the following parties as well~

Simply Sweet and L.A.C.E.
Victoria~ A Return to Loveliness
Table Top Tuesday
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tea Party Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
Tea Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi