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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 23 June 2014

"Savour the Summer" Tea Party and GIVEAWAY.

"Then followed that beautiful season...Summer...
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Welcome dear friends to my "Savour the Summer" Tea Party!

Before I begin, I would like to apologise to Penny at Penny's Vintage Home and Debbie at Debbie-Dabble for not leaving comments on your posts. I have been having issues whenever I visit your lovely blogs and I wanted you to know that I do visit but my computer freezes up whenever I try to leave a comment. Hopefully my son will be able to fix the problem when he comes home in July.

Now on to the party....
I am delighted to have you come for tea today! After such a long cold winter, I am relishing this time of year. Every moment I am thankful for the lush green grass and trees, as well as flowers and the blue sky above. I know very soon Hubby and I will be making our way to one of our fabulous beaches. It all makes me want to celebrate. And so I shall, won't you join me?

My roses still have not bloomed. It has been very cold and wet for about a week but I found a beautiful bouquet of peonies at the grocery store.

A vase can be a little garden, its contents gathered to please the eye. ~ Debra Prinzing - Victoria magazine

I love these fluffy, frilly, and fragrant flowers, don't you?

I usually serve sandwiches and sweets at my special tea parties, but today I have a dessert table.

Vintage silverware. The plates are Rose of England.

I have a new teacup which I have been saving for this tea party. It was a gift from my sweet hubby for our Anniversary last month. 
The colours are bright and sunny and perfect for a Summer tea. Hubby found it at Lori's "Time Worn Treasures and Antiques" here in Charlottetown; my favourite antique shop.

This is a vintage Royal Albert teacup called Shaftesbury.

It is one of the Festival Series teacups, made in the Gainsborough shape.

 The floral arrangement of what I believe are wildflowers is blue and pink on a soft buttery yellow. Both the front and the back of the cup are adorned with a bouquet and there is a smaller one inside the cup. The cup is footed and the handle has the little RA leaf design on the front of the handle instead of on the top.

The saucer is just as pretty with three bouquets on it. I really like the overall delicate sprigs of white leaves on the background.

All three of my teacups today are Royal Albert in the Gainsborough shape. They are all different patterns and I thought they brought a little interest to the tea table. 

Which teacup would you like to use?

Summer with its charming little cottage landscape and rimmed in a whisper soft pink.

Buckingham with its rich forest green and lovely pink roses and array of posies. 

Shaftesbury flaunting her lovely buttery yellow and posies. I love the little fingertip towel tucked under the cup. 

The soft yellow with blue and yellow posies is just so pretty. There are raised white dots and a yellow scalloped trim. Isn't it lovely? 

Our tea treats are strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese icing. Yes, they are pink cupcakes!

...and this scrumptious berry cake. I was wanting to add a little green to the top with some fresh mint but alas, I couldn't find any.

Perhaps you would prefer a Walkers shortbread cookie. Please help yourself.

The tea is Raspberry Lemon from the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company. It is ready and waiting in my beautiful soft pink New Country Roses teapot made by Royal Albert.

There is no need to have any special attitude while drinking except one of thankfulness. The nature of the tea itself is that of no-mind. ~ Pojong Sunim

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

I am expecting my Auntie P and Uncle Doug for tea today. They are coming to visit my mother and then they will come to visit Hubby and me. Just like summertime, I will savour every moment with them! 

"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting - a wayward sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Now, are you ready for my Giveaway? I am offering this lovely vintage Royal Albert Petit Point teacup with a needlepoint motif on it and accompanying it is a little fingertip towel.

I purchased the teacup and the fingertip towel at Time Worn Treasures and Antiques here in Charlottetown. I thought the sweetly embroidered fingertip towel went well with Petit Point.

The flowers remind me of a Spring garden. I like this teacup a lot because I find the pattern quite unique.

As some of you know, I have two of these teacups and a few other matching pieces that my hubby gifted me with for Valentines Day, and I decided to pick up a teacup for you too.

If you are a Follower or become a new Follower, you are eligible to enter this Giveaway. However, because of mailing costs, I am so sorry, but I can only offer this to those who live in Canada and the U.S. Be sure you let me know you are a Follower!

You do not have to join my tea party to enter the Giveaway, but if you are a Follower, an oldie or a newbie, and you do a post about your tea things, coffee things, or a tablescape, kindly link up and be sure to link back to this tea party on your blog. I will enter your name twice. I will announce the winner on Tea Time Tuesday July 7th.
I will keep this linky party open until this Saturday evening June 28th.

Thank you for coming to my tea party today. You are all so special to me and I appreciate your friendship so very much. Some of you have been joining me almost from the beginning and I want to say a special Thank you to you.

I hope you all have a beautiful day and the Lord bless you!

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. ~ Psalm 103:2

I am joining the following parties as well~

A Return to Loveliness ~
Tea Cup Tuesday~
Tea Cup Tuesday ~
Tuesday Cuppa Tea~
Tea in the Garden ~
Share Your Cup Thursday~
Home Sweet Home~

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. I love your England rose plates, they are so pretty! And I have always wanted a Petit Point teacup, I just love that pattern. Now I'm off to do a tea post and join your party...

  2. Your tea cups are beautiful, and your treats look so delicious! Thank you for sharing the Petit Point teacup. Perfect for any tea lovers collection.

    Jocelyn @

  3. Beautiful teacups, but I must say that the lovely linens you showed today totally eclipsed the teacups. That first little towel you showed is beyond gorgeous.

  4. Dear Sandi,
    thanks so much for your wonderful teatime!
    The cups and the linen are so beautiful!
    And your cakes look veeery delicious!
    Sunny greetings, Siret

  5. Sandi, wish I was there to enjoy this lovely tea with you! You could drink out of the beautiful new yellow cup; I'll take the equally gorgeous one with the cottage on it. and a generous slice of that cake please! Your linens and the peonies are gorgeous! thanks for hosting and for the great giveaway!

  6. Lovely Sandi! It was actually 60 degrees when I got up this morning.a record for the year! I love your new cheerful teacup. Your peonies are gorgeous and you cake is incredible! A lovely tea party, and I am certainly savouring it! Thanks for hosting and have a marvelous week! PetitPoint is such a gorgeous set!

  7. I love your new anniversary teacup from your sweet hubby, Sandi. I still love your Summer teacup and I so admire the petit point giveaway teacup. What a lovely gift for someone, Sandi. Thank you for hosting your special Savour the Summer tea party and I sure would love a slice of your angel food berry cake! xo

  8. Love your new teacup Sandi, I'll use the Summer pattern myself. A comedy of errors trying to link from my iPad as this is what I brought to Ireland. Messed up my Google password and had to reset, wasn't able to link at the bottom of the post, so it's done with your name at the top!
    At least I'm drinking lots of tea and will be able to share some photos at a later date. The weather is gorgeous here and the scones, delicious.
    Wish I could join you in person for tea, your assembled desserts are all tempting.

  9. I enjoyed your pretty summer tea post today Sandi. The desserts look so delicious, especially the cake! I love the new teacup you received. I also the the Petite Point teacup in your give away. My Aunt Isobel had the whole set of that china pattern and I often admired it in her china hutch. She was a wonderful aunt and somewhat of a gourmet cook. Her home always smelled of garlic and when I smell garlic now it reminds me of her. The small tea towel is a perfect match. What a generous give-away. I haven't posted a tea party in a while and hope to do so soon. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Pam

  10. A beautiful post today. I love, love love that yellow tea cup and that pretty little towel with the tiny flowers emb. on it.

  11. Sandy: Your collection of cups and saucers is just gorgeous and that cake is incredible. This post is so lovely and truly reflects YOU!

  12. All so very pretty and YUMMY ! looking . I do like that little bird house with your table setting soo sweet ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

  13. Dearest Sandi - such lovelies you are sharing with us. Loving the complementing linens. Thank you for hosting ...happy summer , hugs Celia M. (HHL)

  14. Sandi,
    So many pretty pieces... I don't know where to begin!!

    Just beautiful!!

    Maybe you can email me at
    This is the email associated with my blogs.....

    I know you would comment if you could!!


  15. Hello Sandi, Your teacups are absolutely gorgeous! Your tea setting is beautiful from the flowers to the teacups and linens -such a beautiful, vibrant summer tea! So delighted to join your party -

  16. Dear Sandi,
    I just love your tea time today! So many beautiful items on your table! Your new teacup is so lovely and the others so pretty! Wish we lived closer so we could have tea together! I would choose the "summer" teacup and would love some of your delicious cake! Your petit point teacup and linen is adorable and what a wonderful gift for some lucky person! Thank you for hosting and wishing you a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Nancy

  17. Hello and thank you for inviting us to your Savour the Summer tea party! I am a new follower. Tea in Texas introduced me to your blog. I am also a lover of all things tea related. My wedding two years ago was Alice in Wonderland themed. Please follow my blog as well. I will be linking up my anniversary tea party. Thank you for offering your gorgeous Petit Point teacup! It will be a lovely addition to someone's collection.

    Holly @

  18. What a beautiful tea table you have prepared! I would dearly love to have a slice of that cake long about now (and I'd choose to use the Summer teacup, because it wouldn't be right to choose the pretty yellow one that was an anniversary gift). I just signed up to officially follow your blog (although I've been following it through my blog's sidebar), so please enter me, as I collect Petit Point teawares! And thanks for the fun giveaway opportunity!

  19. Your husband definitely has great taste--that yellow teacup and saucer set it so cheery and beautiful. I also love the Summer teacup set. In fact, all three of your sets are beautiful, as is your table. That berry cake looks delicious (and is perfect for summer of course!)

  20. All the tea cups are lovely. I would choose the summer pattern myself. I would like to say I feel like I am already a winner; just by being blessed with being able to read your lovely blog. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Hi Sandi,
    I am a little late to link up today because it was my son's wedding yesterday. It was a wonderful day and we do love our new Daughter in Law immensely. Hopefully I will get some wedding pics in next week's blog. Your teatime is so pretty today. Your new teacup is perfect for summer. The strawberry shortcake looks scrumptious! Gorgeous colour of peonies too! You are amazingly generous to part with one of your precious Petit Point teacups! Thank you for hosting the Savour the Summer tea time today! Have a happy week! Karen

  22. So which teacup would you I like to use? The Summer because I love the cottage! And while all the treats look yummy I am a long time shortbread lover! I really like the Royal Albert Petit Point teacup because of the unusual shape - and I am a follower so I have a chance - whoo hoo!!

  23. Oh your table is so pretty. I am adoring those napkins! Your cups with the cross-stitch pattern are so unique I love them. Peonies are so lovely too. I didn't have luck with them here in my garden but my FIL about 25 min away has them like you! I love visiting you as I keep seeing new things each time i look at your table! PS Enjoy the beach when you go!

  24. I love your blog. It is like having a daily tea party with a dear friend. I would love to have my tea from the beautiful new yellow cup.

  25. I enjoy pairing glassware, especially vintage glassware, with lovely china like yours. Your vase is an excellent choice. What a lovely table!

  26. Sandi, I have missed coming by and reading your lovely posts, seeing your beautiful tea cups and parties, and feeling that sense of friendship that is so prevalent here. I've just been so busy with life but it is time to slow down a little and enjoy tea time again!

  27. Sandi, everything is beautiful and makes me feel special just looking at it all this morning. Your post is lovely today! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  28. I think I'd like to drink from the yellow teacup please. I love the combination of yellow and blue.

    The set that you are so graciously giving away would be well-loved by this collector were I to be fortunate enough to become the new owner. I think I used to have one that was similar but differently shaped. When we turned the first floor of our house into a quilt shop a lot of my collection was packed away. I hope to be bringing some of my sets out into the open again before very long though.

    I just made a pot of Barry's Gold and am having it in one of my Wedgwood "Romantic England" cups and saucers. I probably won't be posting a tea themed blog post today, but I did send folks your way on May 20, hopefully. I enjoy your blog for its lovely china, beautiful tablescapes, and meaningful quotes. I read each one, eventually, as they are received via e-mail.

    Enjoy your lovely tea with your family.

  29. Lovely, Looking Forward to you and my great Tuesday TeaCup friends!

  30. I also have been having trouble leaving comments at some blogs. Frustrating but I at least I know it's not just me.
    Beautiful post! Thank you for hosing.

  31. I would love to use the Royal Albert Shaftesbury. It is very cheery, and if you don't mind a small piece of the berry cake--very pretty tea party

  32. Your berry cake is beautiful Sandi! I love making cakes like that. Such a very generous giveaway! Thanks for the chance, I am a follower! Thanks for hosting and reminding us all to savour summer!

  33. I am a most devoted follower of your blog. Maybe for around a year now? I read every word and look at the pictures. Everything is so lovely. Your blog actually inspired me to begin purchasing tea cups and looking into having a devoted tea time for my daughters and me. I am enjoying it so much! I'm hoping to visit Prince Edward Island in the coming week. My brother-in-law is getting married in Maine this coming Saturday. I will be about 6 hours from PEI. :)

  34. Hi Sandi, You have presented a lovely tea time today. I love your new teacup. It's so pretty. Your hubby has good taste! Your cake looks scrumptious too. Glad you are savouring the summer; I am too!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  35. Hi Sandi: I love the new cup your hubby gave you. The colors are vivid and beautiful. I would also love to add my name in the hat for the tea cup. I think that cup is amazing. I have been a follower forever and it is good! Hugs, Martha

  36. Lovely and yes i am following. I have some linens that would match the teacup, so how nice would that be. Thank you for the lovely tea. I am now inspired to host one myself.

  37. Sandie, as always, your tea things are absolutely beautiful! I am swooning over that American Rose plate.

    Sure wish I lived close enough to take tea with you. You are so gracious, warm, and hospitable. I know it would be a blessing to share a time of tea and conversation with you.

    What a generous giveaway. Do include my name in your list of participants. I would love to win that lovely teacup.

    Although I'm not linking up today, I'm enjoying participating through others' entries.


  38. Sandi,

    What a beautiful tea table and delicious-looking sweets! The raspberry lemon tea sounds lovely. Were I at your tea table to choose a cup to use, I might choose the "Summer" teacup. Everything is so lovely.

    My hubby and I have visited PEI a half-dozen times or so, camping at Cabot Provincial Park. Need to get passports so we can visit again. Your province is absolutely gorgeous and we have always loved time we've spent there.

    Although I've had your blog in my sidebar for ages, I just became a follower via email so I won't miss anything. Thanks for the generous giveaway. I would love to win, but it's nice to just come here and enjoy the tranquility of teatime. I'm hoping to share a link later.


  39. What a beautiful yellow teacup. There's something about yellow that is just so cheerful. I am a follower and would love to add the Petit Point teacup to my collection along with that adorable little towel.

  40. Oh my that CAKE!!! :) Everything looks wonderful but now I would like a piece of cake, please :)

  41. Hi I just discovered your blog and your wonderful collection of tea things! I just began to purchase some teacups.
    I want to ask if you could please tell me where you got the picture on the side of the woman in blue coat on the beach? if you could please send me the original version or link for it, I adore it and want to make that coat :D, please advise....thank you kindly.

  42. Hi Sandi,This looks like such a beautiful place! It's been ages since I've been to the Hudson Valley but my husband and I were just talking about how we wanted to go!
    Apartment Designs

  43. Hi Sandi..the roses are soo soo pretty and full, can almost smell their fragrance. And that berry cake - yum!!!! Have a beautiful weekend. We're heading out into His creation. It's always where I feel totally alive and free. Hugs from me to you.

  44. Oh Sandi, how lovely, as always. I do believe I favor your new cup and saucer that your hubby bought for you. It is just wonderful. This is a blog post to read over and over.

  45. Hi Sandi,
    Love your tea cups...I'm joining your Savour the Summer Tea Party with my Summer Lavender Tea Time.
    Drop my name in the tea cup to win your giveaway.
    Betty @ My Cozy Corner

  46. Lovely! and inviting...
    I'd choose the Buckingham ;)
    and do appreciate the delish berry cake -
    do you need separate comments for following and linking ?
    TY for the party and giveaway offer, Sandi. Especially meaningful for me having lived on the Island and now on the Prairies - many memories of Charlottetown and the gorgeous lupin lined lanes leading to gorgeous beaches... !

  47. Sandi: I love that 'Rose of England' plate. It is so pretty. I had the misfortune to have one of my Rose Chintz serving bowels broken this week. It was probably 58 years old. We had a lovely tea with you last Monday. Uncle Doug always says after we visit. "I love visiting those two. They make us so welcome'. So thank you again for a lovely tea....Auntie P and Uncle Dee

  48. Sandi, what a beautiful gift from your hubby! I love the tea towels tucked under the cups. They look as though they were made to go together. Your sweets look so yummy! I am always partial to berry cake and cream. YUM! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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