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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, 11 August 2014

A Cottage Tea for Tea Time

"I don't know how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to." ~ Marjorie Rawlings

Welcome to Tea Time, dear friends! 

It has been for Hubby and me, a very busy summer. We have had a lot of company and excitement here at our home and today we have three of our little grandsons here for the day. 

How about you? What has your summer been like? I hope it has been a joyful one. 

While I was on my blogging break I visited a shop I hadn't been to in a couple of years. They had some new inventory and I spied this little cottagey teapot. 

I hadn't planned on purchasing another teapot but I couldn't resist this one. I liked the shape with the roses on it and it is different from what I usually collect. A rose on the spout....

And roses on the cover....

The price was right and it is just perfect for a cup of tea or two. Isn't it cute? It will most likely sit out on a tray on my coffee table accompanied by a cup and saucer or two; an invitation to tea. 

A guest never forgets the host who had treated him kindly. ~ Homer

I mostly favour a "cottage" look in my home, and I like to surround myself with pretty things but they have to be comfortable, not stuffy or untouchable. I love pretty pillows, painted furniture, and books. There is always a Victoria or Tea Time magazine sitting out on the coffee table. 

This is why I was drawn to this little teapot. It just says cottage to me.

"The very sight of a teapot puts a smile on the face of most people. One cannot help but think of more serene and genteel times....They are a subtle reminder of all that is good in the world." ~ Barbara Roberts 

I like my home to be decorated with some of my favourite things displayed here and there; like ivy, old china, and lace. 

Speaking of lace, I just have to share the doily my niece crocheted and entered at Old Home Week last week. Hers won first place and a red ribbon. Isn't it lovely! I know some of you will appreciate her fine work.

Doesn't this doily remind you of those lovely pieces the women folk created years ago?

Now time for some tea....My teacup today is Royal Albert. I do love the little roses adorning it and the brushed on gold. I have my tea set out on the little green cabinet in the dining room.

The little teapot holds a nice Island Raspberry tea and for my treat, I have mixed berry shortcake. Fresh raspberries and strawberries; a real down home dessert!

Hubby likes his shortcake in the form of cake but I like the old fashioned biscuits with just a hint of sugar and nutmeg. We take turns, Hubby and me. I will make him his cake and then next time, it's shortcake biscuits for me. 

Compromise is important in a marriage, don't you think? So today, it's biscuits and berries with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg on top. Yum!

Would you like to join me?

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

I am so happy you have visited my Cottage today! I would love it if you linked up with Tea Time Tuesday and shared your pretties with us. You are welcome to do a tablescape or a visit to a tea shop as well as share your teacups, coffee cups, or teapots. Maybe you have a collection of creamers or a recipe which would go splendidly with tea. All of these are welcome. Have a beautiful and blessed day everyone! 

 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. Congratulations to your niece!Love the delicate work and pretty colors of the doily:)Your new tea pot with the roses is absolutely gorgeous,and I love the pretty pillow with the rose pattern....ah roses, I love anything with roses on them...the most prettiest flower in nature:)Have a lovely week!~hugs, Poppy

  2. Your niece's doily is stunning! She choose lovely colors. I think your new "old" teapot is perfect for your collection. A lovely posting today!

  3. It is very cute teapot you found. I understand that it had to come home. That it is also cost within an affordable price that's true happiness. I have a small question about the word shortcake. This year I learned how to bake Scottish shortcake. A biscuit made ​​with shortcrust pastry. But your picture it does not look like them. I wonder if the name of shortcake a collective name for pastries. Even for those who are not made ​​of shortcrust pastry? Sometimes it's hard with the English language. Warm greetings from Sweden! Zinnia

  4. I always love joining you for tea time, dear friend! Your new teapot is just darling and I love how you blend everything together for a cottage feel. Your niece's doily is just a work of art!!! She deserved first place.
    Thank you for hosting and sharing your gentle quotes with us in your warm and welcoming way. xo

  5. Hi Sandi! Looks like we both survived the family visits! Aren't they a Joy? Sigh...miss them already. Love your niece's doily! And your tea looks lovely! Glad you are enjoying your summer!

  6. Your niece's doily is so lovely....I'm not surprised that it won a ribbon! Thanks for having us again this to stop by and join the party! Have a great week...hugs, Penny

  7. Hi Sandi, I love your new teapot. You can't beat roses! It goes beautifully with your RA rose teacup and strawberry shorcake! :) I crochet, but I have never made a doily. The yarn is so small and the hook, too. Your niece's gift is such a treasure. Happy Tea Day and thanks for hosting.

  8. Adorable tea pot! Perfectly cottage. I am happy to be linking up this week and getting in some tea time . Summer is flying by isn't it? Angels to you. Thank you for hosting!

  9. Your teapot is unique with a square shape and with roses on it, was destined to come home with you.
    Your niece's doily is a real work of art, congratulations to her. Of course I like the colour of the flowers!

  10. The teapot has alovely shape and the teacup is flawless as usual with Royal Albert!

  11. I love your new teapot, and it's a perfect fit for your collection. Also, congrats to your niece for the needlework award. All those roses ... so much work ... she deserves that honor!

  12. Sandi, what a pretty new teapot you have! and your niece's lace is gorgeous! I can see why she won a red ribbon. the strawberry shortcake looks delicious, I'd like the biscuits too, but wouldn't turn it down with cake! So nice to be back at your lovely party.

  13. I love your rose tea. Lovely tea things but you always have such lovely tea things.

  14. Roses are such wonderful flowers for china teacups and teapots. Your niece did a wonderful job of the crochet doily. Beautiful work.

  15. Your new teapot is so pretty! Wow, your niece is talented...that is a gorgeous doily! I could so see that gracing a beautiful tea table. Summer is flying by...but I have almost reached the point when I'm ready for fall to get here, so I guess it's okay :)

  16. Hi Sandi: I always love the way you decorate your home. Love your newest tea pot as well. Have a wonderful week with the children. Blessings, Martha

  17. Your new teapot really fits in with the cottage look. And I just love the shape. I am so glad your niece is doing such beautiful needlework. I buy many vintage pieces, but someone needs to continue the tradition of making them!

  18. Your teacup with a change is perfection. I love the style of this vintage chair. Your room is lovely and very serene.
    Attractive Dressing Table Design

  19. I would love to join you for tea, Sandi. It is a wonderful post. Everything is coming up roses! I love your new teapot. It is so sweet and the shape is so different and very appealing. It found a good home. :)
    Ruthie (formerly of Lady B's)

  20. Bravo to your niece too. Beautiful work!!
    xo Ruthie

  21. Anything with roses on them catches my eyes, love your new teapot and I'll take some shortcake!

  22. Dear Sandi,
    you are an artist in combining patterns and items to a lovely home. This sweet little tea pot comes out as its best with the tea cup and the strawberry desert. That fits so wonderful in your home, too. But I see, you family is well trained in wonderful skills. What a sweet sweet dioly your niece made! No wonder it made the first place. Thank you for sharing this wonderufl tea time and for hosting this sweet event.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  23. That is a lovely little teapot. I love the unique shape. The teacup looks great with it. Your niece is very talented with the crochet. Beautiful!

  24. Hi Sandi,
    Your teacup and teapot are so pretty today. And your pillow is just my taste! I do believe we love the same things. Your strawberry shortcake looks amazing! Take care,

  25. Hi Sandi, I love your new sweet teapot and your darling teacup goes so well with it. Roses always go together no matter the pattern! So glad you have had lots of time with family. My youngest grandson comes over a lot and I just treasure the time with him. Summer is sure going fast and quite cool today, perfect for another cup of tea! Thank you for hosting your tea party and have a good rest of the week!
    Blessings, Nancy

  26. Hi sweet Sandi. Your new teapot has found a wonderful new home! Congrats on your niece's pretty. Jimmy and I have had a busy summer like you. It's been fun.


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