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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 9 March 2015

All About Roses for Tea Time Tuesday

But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday ladies! There are eleven days until Spring and little by little, the mountains of snow are going down. The water table here on the Island should be excellent this coming summer.

I am longing to smell my roses but it will be June before they bud.

If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. 
And it never faded, and it never got stale. 

And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.  ~ Daphne du Maurier

In the meantime I can enjoy roses from the grocery store. This bouquet of pink, white, yellow, and peach blooms was a good bargain.

The sweet little bunny was a win from Celestina Marie a few years ago. Isn't she adorable! She has hand painted roses and a jewelled flower upon her head. 

For today's tea party I am featuring some china tea/coffee mugs adorned with roses.

The first one is Aileen Morley's Classic Rose made by Dunoon

It is adorned with lovely pink roses on a white background, and mint green borders on the top and bottom. The beautiful golden scrolls make it a very attractive cup. 

I love the shape and how they have carried the pattern on to the handle. This cup is as light as a feather and a pleasure to sip from.

I have two of these china cups/mugs which are made by Creative Tops Ltd. 

They feature the roses painted by Pierre-Joseph Redoute and have Kew Royal Botanic Gardens stamped on the cups. 

I have several pieces that go well with this pattern.

As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round. ~ Ben Hogan 

Salted Caramel tea from David's Tea is what I am having today. It is a black loose leaf tea and I am using the tea strainer Hubby gave me for Christmas. It fits perfectly into the cup.

A little romance with one’s tea is good for the soul, I think…don’t you! ~ Unknown

This tea goes well with Fudge squares which will be our tea treat today. This is my mother's recipe and I haven't made them in ages. I had almost forgotten how good they are. I will be making them again soon.

The tray on which I am serving the squares is Skye McGhie Coventry Rose which is a good match to the Redoute rose mugs. 

If I had a rose for every time I think of you, I'd be picking roses for a lifetime. ~ Swedish Proverb

Next week I will be hosting a St Patrick's Day and the First Day of Spring Tea Party

It will be a combo party to celebrate both occasions and I will be sharing a green theme. You may like to share some green yourself. 

The sweetest flower that blows,
I give you as we part.
For you it is a rose,
For me it is my heart. ~ Frederick Peterson

Wishing you all a beautiful day and do stop and smell the roses.

I am sharing this with the following parties ~

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. Beautiful images and very romantic settings as always!
    Thanks for hosting.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  2. Hi Sandi, Such a lovely post with all of the beautiful rose photos! I'm also getting excited for spring and gardening. I love that you are serving fudge. It's such a great sweet with tea and I tend to make it only around Christmas time. Have a wonderful week and thank you for providing the TTT link. ~Nora

  3. Hi Sandi. The roses are beautiful! I love to look at roses, but don't like the rose scent. Wierd, I know! Love your Dunoon mugs...we used to carry Dunoon in our antiques and tea bricks-and-mortar store...but you have to order a gross of mugs at a time! The other mugs are so pretty too...from Kew...a favorite place to visit on our UK trips. Have a lovely week. Thanks for hosting and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  4. Hi Sandi,
    Roses, roses, roses ... we are all dreaming of roses! Your store roses are lovely. I enjoyed seeing your pretty rose mugs. Enjoy your tea! Thanks so much for hosting and Happy Tea Day!

  5. You're bouquet of roses is so pretty, Sandi, and I love your lovely mugs and tray. I would love a piece of your fudge with some salted caramel tea. Your hand painted bunny is so adorable and it looks like you're getting ready for Spring. Thanks for hosting your sweet tea party.

  6. Beautiful roses! Your teacups are so pretty. It would be a pleasure to have fudge and drink tea from your cup, Sandi!

  7. Hi Sandi,
    I love all of your roses! Hand painted roses are so gorgeous! Your fudge looks delish! Ruth and I had the same idea this week. Lol. Happy Tea Day! Karen

  8. Thanks so much for the party, Sandi!! Another beautiful post!!


  9. I can't wait for the roses and peonies this summer but I must say the bouquet from the store is very pretty.
    Celestine does beautiful work and I remember when you won the bunny. I haven't had homemade fudge for a long time, my dad used to make it all the time at home.
    I purchased some salted caramel tea in Florida and I like it, I must try David's too - nice strainer the hubby gave you!

  10. Hi Sandi,
    I love the Classic Rose mug and your roses are all so pretty.

    It is so nice to look forward to our own garden roses blooming again.

    Thank you for hosting,

  11. What elegant mugs! I'm itching to try Davids Tea's new spring teas but I need to finish up some of my other teas first!

  12. love your teacups, roses and cute little bunny

  13. Your rose are just gorgeous! Pretty rose patterns on the cup and tray. I just love anything with roses. Thanks for hosting, Sandi....Christine

  14. Loved the roses! So very pretty! And the real flowers . . . well, that were perfect! Thanks for hosting. Tuesday is usually my favorite day!

  15. Fresh roses, what a great idea for this time of year!

  16. Hi Sandi! Your rose tea is so pretty! Those mugs and the tray are really nice too. I'm ready for spring too, and getting to see all the pretty outdoor teas!

  17. Hi Sandi! What dreamy photos and so many roses....sigh! Thankyou for the lovely linkup....Mimi xxx

  18. Your tea today screams Spring has sprung! Love the roses! The hand painted bunny is precious. I have just discovered "David's" teas as they opened in a mall near by and their Christmas tea was yummy.

  19. Dear Sandi,
    I am longing for spring, too. Your mugs are so pretty. My fav is the one from Dunoon. So pretty. Roses are so nice for china decoration. Thank you for sharing this charming tea time and for hosting this wonderful event.
    Best greetings Johanna

  20. Beautiful roses and cups. The bunny is just gorgeous and very romantic. I now Celestina, she' s a great artist, very talented and a special and sweet person.

  21. Beautiful as always. Love that darling bunny! Thank you for hosting!

  22. You have some gorgeous tea mugs Sandi! Thanks for hosting!

  23. The roses are just beautiful, truly good for the soul! Celeste's bunny is adorable, what a great win. I hope you get your spring sooner rather than later; it's been a long winter! Thank you for hosting Sandi.

  24. Such beautiful teacups and your squares look yummy. I would love to have the recipe. Take care and I hope we both get some warmer temps and snow melting soon. Patty/NS

  25. You always share the loveliest quotes! :)
    I love the first teacup, such a pretty combination of elements. Your flowers are gorgeous, I too, love to pick up grocer florals, as my garden grows sporadically. Thank you for hosting such a wonderful tea.

  26. Because of you I own an amazing Skye McGhie tea pot, sugar bowl and creamer (thankyouverymuch) and enjoy David's Tea - I ordered the salted caramel last time you mentioned it - YUM. I am also using my beautiful vintage cups and saucers, older tea pots, and not keeping things on the china cabinet shelf! Thank you!

  27. Your tea cups and the tray are so sweet. Your roses make me long for summer. Wishing you a wonderful evening.

  28. Those Fudge Squares look absolutely wonderful. I am drooling. You have shared some sweet things and especially that bunny which is so nice for spring. We will have spring - right? Hope your week is good Sandi,

  29. Your roses are beautiful, Sandi - in the vase and on the china. The Fudge Squares look heavenly - just the thing for a foggy afternoon when a hot cup of tea is just the thing. I am so happy to have been able to link to your post today. While not strictly about china, I have written about the efficacy of a cup of tea!

  30. Sandi, that is a gorgeous color assortment of roses. I love them! You have so many pretty rose teacups and the bunny certainly is sweet


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