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...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 2 February 2015

A Copy-Cat Tea for Tea Time Tuesday

A bell is no bell 'til you ring it,
A song is no song 'til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn't put there to stay -
Love isn't love
'Til you give it away.~ Oscar Hammerstein, The Sound of Music 

Love is in the air! Hello everyone and welcome to my first Tea Time Tuesday in February! 

What a wonderful turn-out we had last week for my 5th Anniversary Tea Time. Thank you dear friends for your participation and your very sweet comments. You are the ones who make this party such a blessing. Whenever I feel like I have no more to offer, you have inspired me to keep on going, so thank you! 

Next week I will host a Valentines Day Tea so I hope you will join me for that.

"Friendship," said Christopher Robin, "is a very comforting sort of thing to have." A. A. Milne

Out of curiosity, I thought I would check and see whose tea post received the most views last week and it was Deborah's at The Beautiful Matters with her beautiful Lady Carlyle teacup. Congratulations, Deborah!

Today, I thought I would do a copy-cat tea. The Victoria Bliss magazine cover was my inspiration. Although certainly not exact, they are similar. I hope you enjoy it.

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

The teapots are similar as are the teacups. I don't take sugar in my tea but the photo has sugar next to the cup and saucer. I didn't have any fresh berries so I am serving Raisin Puff on an orphaned saucer. 

My cup and saucer is Windsor made in England.

If we take a peek inside we will see the gorgeous gold and a pink rose with the buds.

The saucer is also adorned with the gold and a rose. The sweet little tea spoon is one I had won in a Giveaway years ago.

The teapot is one I haven't used in a while but it is somewhat like that which is in the photo. It is made by Gracie China.

We will enjoy some tea with home made Raisin Puff. Barbara at My Island Bistro Kitchen joined me for tea a couple of weeks ago and she had served Raisin Puff. She shared her recipe here

The most trying hours in life are between four o'clock and the evening meal. A cup of tea at this time adds a lot of comfort and happiness. ~ Royal S. Copeland

Hubby mentioned he would like to have some Raisin Puff as I haven't made it in a while. So I surprised him the other day and had it waiting for him when he got home from work. 
I have served it on an orphaned saucer Bridal Rose made in Germany.

Raisin Puff is an old-fashioned dessert which was made in our grandmothers' kitchens and for years we all enjoyed it and then all of a sudden folks weren't making it any longer. I think perhaps one reason for that is because it is so time consuming to make. My kids always enjoyed it when they were growing up and it is definitely worth the time.

With Valentines Day coming next week, I decided to make a heart cookie out of the leftover cookie dough and placed it on top of the cookie crust.
I will share my recipe with you on Thursday.

Thank you for visiting today. I hope you have enjoyed my Copy-Cat Tea. We are getting some major storms beginning later today and the next day or so. Depending on how it goes, I may be longer getting around for my visits. Praying we don't lose our power.

Please join me next week for my Valentines Day Tea. It won't be a party without you. Have a beautiful day everyone. 

There was a Man who walked on water
He came to set the people free
He was the ultimate example
Of what love can truly be
'Cause His love was His life
And He gave it away
You gotta give it away ~ 

Wayne Kirkpatrick, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant Gill

I am joining the following parties as well~

A Return to Loveliness
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Friends Sharing Tea
Share Your Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Hi Sandi,
    Happy February! Your copycat tea looks wonderful and so does that Raisin Puff dessert! Lucky husband you have there to have such a baker as a wife. :) The lovely roses look perfect with your teacup.
    I hope your storm isn't too severe, take care and thanks for hosting.

  2. Hi Sandi. Great job on the tea...definitely captures the Victoria feel. Love your teacups and pretty table. I love the glad you shared the lyrics...a favorite! Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week!

  3. Hi Sandi,
    You did a fabulous job of being a copy cat. I would love to have a subscription to Victoria Magazine. It looks so elegant. As is your beautiful pink Windsor teacup. I love Lady Carlyle too. I can see why it had the most clicks. I must get busy taking pics for your Valentine's Tea. This week I will be a grandma and I may want to spend most of my time looking at the wee babe and not at pretty teacups! Lol! Thank you for hosting tea today! See you next week! Karen

  4. Hi Sandi, I love your copy cat! What an elegant vignette! The Gracie teapot is beautiful and very similar to the Bliss teapot. I've been washing all my teapots so I can just grab and use them. I have them; I am going to use them daily instead of just making tea in my cup. :)
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  5. Beautiful dear Sandi! You did a lovely copy cat job, but than again, you always do the most gorgeous vignettes without copying anyone too. I love the Lady Carlyle teacup, wish I could find one.
    Your Gracie teapot is so pretty and so sweet, just perfect any time!
    Thank you so much for the lovely tea party, although I haven't a tea table, I am sharing a couple of vignettes that will do for the party.
    Have a wonderful week.

  6. Oh your efforts to copy were very very delightful. Your use of the white teapot and the pink and gold tea cup was gorgeous. The right recipe looked wonderful and made me want to sit down at the table also the use of the sugar cubes major setting look so formal.


  7. What a lovely copycat tea, Sandi! Your teacup is such a beauty, both inside and out. Your Gracie china teapot is so pretty, too. Two-toned roses are my favorite and make such a wonderful centerpiece. I have never heard of raisin puff and I shall check that. Thank you so much for hosting and I hope the storms aren't too severe.

  8. Hi Sandi: I'm so happy I can join you for tea today. What a pretty post you have. I love that little tea-spoon. It is the sweetest I have ever seen. I think I would agree with your husband that the raisin puff would be a nice addition to tea. Thanks for hosting. Deb

  9. The magazine covers and inlays can be inspiring to create out own vignette, can't they? I've not heard of raisin puff but it does look delicious.
    I hope the storm is not too bad, we have an overcast day and a little cooler but there's no snow to shovel.
    Stay warm and thanks for hosting our tea gathering.

  10. This is just a sweet post, Sandi. I love the quotes you used and I have not seen this pattern before in your teacup and saucer. Pretty. You Raisin Puff looks and sounds wonderful...raisin pie is my utmost favorite. Have a wonderful Tea Day.

  11. I like the gold filigree on your pretty teacup, Sandi! The snowstorm that hit southern Ontario has finally ended. I'm spending my snow day enjoying all the lovely tea parties!

  12. Wonderful tea time today! Those roses are beautiful and you did a great job with your copy cat tea! I do love those tea pot!

  13. You did a nice job with the copycat tea picture Sandi! I love that magazine, always full of inspiration.

  14. I just love this cup! Sandi, I am going to look for that recipe on Thursday. It looks so good. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  15. Beautiful tea cups and yummy goodies are always a good combination....Christine

  16. Such a delightful surprise to see my picture in your post Sandi! Thank you for the kind mention. I only had a mug in my post this week, so didn't link up, but I'm looking forward to sharing at your Valentine's tea. Your copy-cat tea is lovely; I adore that teapot, and the roses are gorgeous.
    Stay warm Sandi; we have 11 inches here with more to come! Keep pouring the tea :)!

  17. I think you did a great job at knocking off Victoria. Your photos are lovely and such an interesting post! Keep warm - every time there is a north east storm I think of you Prince Edward Island gals!

  18. It's a beautiful copy cat Sandi and that raisin puff looks delicious! Deborah's teacup certainly is gorgeous!

  19. I really enjoyed your tea party. The roses are gorgeous. I am new to blogging, and just posted my first Teacup Tuesday post tonight and added to your party. Thank you for sharing. Your copy-cat tea is amazing. How clever. God bless you!!
    "Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another" Romans 12:10 NKJV
    Hugs and a cup of tea,
    ~Heather Elizabeth
    Blue Jeans and Teacups
    (in southern California)

  20. A lovely tea. Every bit as pretty as the cover. Looking forward to reading the recipe for raisin puff! Thanks for hosting!

  21. comme c'est agréable cette tea party
    c'est reposant
    le gateau me semble très appétissant hummmmm
    j'ai mis la fonction acceuil aussi sur mon blog
    sans théme précis
    à bientôt
    edith (iris)

  22. You did a remarkable job copy-catting, Sandi! Thanks for hosting - sorry I am late.

  23. Hi Sandi! You did a great job "copycatting!" I really like your tea for this week--that cup is gorgeous! Creating your own interpretation of a magazine cover is a great idea for a tea! Thanks for sharing (and hosting of course!)

  24. Dear Sandi,
    Happy belated congratulations to your 5th blog anniversary. I am sorry I had no post last week to share. But this week I am part of the party again. Your post is beautiful. I love your setting version of Victoria bliss. The tea cup is so romantic and I always love the tea pot. And your desert looks so yummy. Thank you for sharing and hosting this wonderful party.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  25. Hi Sandi, your blog is always a treat for me! I am just so busy with family that I find it hard to post much and to get around to all my blogger friends. You recipe just looks so yummy and different. Hope you don't get too many more storms!

  26. You start with some very pretty roses. And then shared a very pretty tea cup. You did a great job matching the picture on the magazine. Everything looks so pretty.

  27. I do love this tea pot! It is so unique and different. You always inspire! I like your picture just fine, over the cluttered pix in the magazine!


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