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Celebrating the Joy of Living & Home Making ~

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 14 January 2013

Tea Time Tuesday & A Giveaway


"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all." ~  Laura Ingalls Wilder

Welcome to Tea Time, dear friends~ I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. I was sick with a head cold all last week and I'm happy to say I'm finally on the mend! So, do come in and get comfy.

Now that I'm back from my holiday on the west coast, an important date just sort of sneaked up on me. I realized that next week, is
Tea Time Tuesday's 3rd Birthday! 

I apologize for the short notice but next week I will be celebrating TTT's 3rd Birthday with another Tea of Roses, just like last year.

So, if you would like to share some tea things adorned with roses to help me celebrate, I would love it! It is not mandatory but if you can, wonderful!

"Life is like a cup of's all in how you make it." ~ Unknown

I guess you know by now that I'm using my Johnson Bros. Friendly Village tea set today; perfect for this time of year!

"Steam rises from a cup of tea
and we are wrapped in history,
inhaling ancient times and lands,
comfort of ages in our hands." ~ Faith Greenbowl

Also,{and I'm a wee bit hestitant to mention this as it has been some time since I made the first drawing}, but I am having another Giveaway!

With Christmas and then our trip out west, I lost track of time and realized that the original winner did not claim her prize after several attempts to notify her. So I am offering it again and the new winner will be drawn next week on Tuesday, the 22nd of January.
So, all my oldie but goodie Followers, as well as all my new ones, please leave a comment on this post and your name will be entered. You must be a Follower of Rose Chintz Cottage to enter.

My Giveaway includes: A gorgeous tablecloth, a set of Kindred Spirits - Anne and Diana coasters, and a copy of Laura Childs tea shop mystery, "Oolong Dead." If you are familiar with the tea shop mysteries, then you also know that at the back of each book are some wonderful recipes and party ideas.

UPDATE~  I have a winner! Jen @ Garden of Threads. Congratulations, Jen! Please email me your address and I will get your package in the mail. Thank you everyone for entering. Big hugs to you all!
Now, that I have all that out of the way, let's have some tea shall we...

I really love Friendly Village as each piece is adorned with a scene from days of yore. Introduced in England in 1952, it is a charming winter pattern depicting pastoral village scenes as delightful as a family heirloom discovered long-hidden in the attic. Old-fashioned  scenes of red barns, ice houses, covered bridges, and sugar maples, etc., tug at my heart strings.

Hubby is pouring the tea for us so I can take the picture.

We are having Cranberry Autumn tea which is a black tea infused with cranberry and orange with dried cranberry pieces. It is a tea which Nancy from Two Cottages And Tea sent me and it is delicious! Help yourself to some home made treats too. I have plenty.

I am so enamoured by scenic china patterns which is why I love transferware so much. Being the old-fashioned gal that I am, this pattern really speaks to me! There is something oh, so charming and genteel about them, don't you think?   
Friendly Village is one which whisks you back to a simpler time. This pattern always reminds me of my maternal grandmother who lived a hard life yet made the most of her time, tending to the needs of her family and neighbors. She was one of the most important people in my life when I was a little girl. 

She was gifted in so many ways as a seamstress, knitter, quilter, and a wonderful home maker. She lived simply, but was very much the Lady of the Manor. I still miss her and she ought to have a story written about her. Here's to you, Granny!
Thank you for visiting today and please remember to join me next week for my Tea of Roses. Also, if you are one of my lovely Followers, please be sure to leave a comment on this post and your name will be entered for the Giveaway. The Giveaway is open to everyone, no matter where you live.
"A joyful heart is good medicine." ~ Proverbs 17:22
I am delighted you have stopped by for tea today! Your presence always makes my tea party that much more special and I am happy to see all your tea things, whether you have shared them before or not. This tea party is all about sharing your joy of tea time and any thoughts you might have on the subject. You may be as creative, fancy, or as laid back with your tea time as you wish!

As a courtesy, please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

I am joining the following parties as well~

Heart and Home ~
A Return to Loveliness ~
Tea Cup Tuesday~
Tea Cup Tuesday ~
Tuesday Cuppa Tea~
Friends Sharing Tea ~
Share Your Cup Thursday~
Cottage Style Linky Party~
Home Sweet Home~

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi