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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Tulips and Royal Albert for Tea Time

Life should be savoured; sipped like a cup of tea. ~ Unknown

Happy March and welcome to another Tea Time dear friends! I feel like throwing a party because February is finally over! 

This past February broke the record as being the coldest since 1872 here on PEI. We also received around 223 cm. of snow and the norm for the Island in the month of February is 58 cm. 
Now you can understand why I am looking forward to springtime. Three more weeks, and even though there are big fluffy flakes falling on top of the mountains of snow we already have, it's just a matter of time and it will all be gone. That's something to celebrate!

Tulips can captivate the world and sweep away the winter blues. Opening morning chalices, they sparkle like the diamond dew. ~ Gayle Sweeney

Celebrate with pink tulips!

I am using my Royal Albert Petit Point china. The cup is very dainty and is made in the Hampton shape. Celebrate with pretty china!

The pattern is unique and reminds me of springtime with its florals and cross stitch motif. Both the large plate and the small sandwich plates are square shaped and the gold trim just adds to the charm of this pretty pattern. 

I do not cross stitch but I know some of you do. 

I have two teacups; one for you and one for me. Today we will enjoy some cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches. I usually have a sweet but today I felt like a sandwich. 

Keep a green bough in your heart and the singing bird will come. ~ Chinese Proverb

I have my wee china blue birds joining us today. 

 The littlest bird fits perfectly on the tiny spoon.

English Breakfast tea is what I'm drinking today. 

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

Tulips bring a touch of Spring to the table. 

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. ~ Claude Monet

Doesn't this tulip make you wish you could curl up inside of it?

March will be a busy month with St Patrick's Day and the first day of Spring to celebrate in the same week. You know there is a green themed tea party coming up, right? The week of March 16th I will be hosting a combo St Patrick's Day and First Day of Spring Tea Party. You may or may not share a green themed post. It's totally up to you. Whatever strikes your fancy is fine with me. 

Did you know that the first tea tag was used by Sir Thomas Lipton in 1917 as an advertising gimmick, and these little items have been produced in a fascinating variety ever since. ~ Excerpt from "If Teacups Could Talk" by Emilie Barnes

Thank you for coming to tea today. I do enjoy your company and if you have something tea or coffee related, please do share with us. Have a lovely day everyone and God bless you!

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. I love the Petit Point pattern! Wish I could join you...

  2. I read or someone told me, can't remember which, that if you stick a pin through the stem of a tulip right under where the flower is, it stops the tulip from drooping. Never tried it, but for some reason your photo of the tulips reminded me of it.

    Love English Breakfast Tea. Hate Earl Grey with a passion.

  3. Hi Sandi...we broke records in Feb too...for the LEAST rain and warmest I know where our rain went! I love Petit Point...especially as I am a cross stitcher! Thanks for hosting and for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  4. Hi Sandi,
    I adore tulips too and your pink bouquet looks lovely in the vase! Thanks for sharing your cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches which are my favorite tea sandwiches. Have a wonderful (and hopefully warmer weather wise) week! ~Nora

  5. I do love the little birdies . All looks so pretty and full of spring which I am so looking forward to ! Lovely photos ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

  6. I just love that Petit Point pattern, Sandi! I am working on a counted cross stitch design right now and I will need to look for that pretty RA pattern and see if I can find it. It just reminds me of such a sweet. old fashioned design. I would love to share a cucumber sandwich and a cup of tea with you, my friend. Thank you for hosting and hopefully your record snowfall (Oh MY!) will melt away soon.

  7. Hi Sandi,
    Royal Albert's Petit Point is so lovely. I have been trying to find some pieces too. I love your little birds and tulips! Such a pretty springish table you have set today and the dainty sandwiches look delish! This weekend my sis is hosting a baby shower for my new grand daughter so we will be busy making some little sandwiches too. Thank you for hosting tea time today, I do hope the warm and springlike weather comes to you soon. Karen

  8. I have sold a few of these cups and saucers at my shop and remember someone doing a post on this series before. It is truly unique and to be treasured. Also, I received a birthday card from you and that was really sweet of you. I loved the tea as well! Thank you. Those birthday just keep rolling in. My big excitement is that this month I get my first social security check! Who could imagine how helpful that will be!

  9. What a darling, darling pattern! So sweet with the little birdies and pretty flowers!

  10. The pink tulips indeed do look cozy. I love those dishes!!!!

  11. Your tulips welcome spring like nothing else can! Your sandwiches look soooo good - it's 2:30 and I haven't had a sip or nosh of a single thing today. Working hard, Monday mornings/afternoons are busy for me usually. Thank you for hosting, Sandi. Love your RA china, I had a teacup of it years ago and it sold. You sure make me wish I hadn't let it go.....but then, well, I have to, that's my job, right? : - )

    Have a wonderful and blessed week.


  12. wow, you have had quite a winter there! I do hope warmer days are on their way soon. The tulips help us remember that spring will be here, once again. So thankful we don't live in Narnia, where "it's always winter and never Christmas!"
    I love your little china birds, so happy and cheerful. Thanks for hosting Sandi. Have a lovely week. xo Deborah

  13. I love these tea cups. I don't won one and would love to find one. It is just perfect. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  14. Pretty teacups Sandi! I hope you have better weather soon! We are getting more snow this week! Ugh!
    Thanks for hosting!

  15. I am also happy to see February in the rearview mirror. Bring on spring! RA's Petit Point design is adorable.

  16. Oh Sandi, what gorgeous china. I love its unique design. Very soft and and dainty. I am glad February is gone also. It has been a very brutal winter.

    Have a lovely week,


  17. Hi Sandi! Wow, the coldest 1872!!! This year is crazy. 223 cm of snow is insane. I really liked your tulip quote for this week and your pretty tea featuring such pretty flowers. I'm definitely ready for spring!

  18. Petit Point China, My favorite pattern. I have admired it for years even though I don't have it.... May one day.... We still have snow here, I am longing for Spring to see my tulips. Nice post.

  19. Your post is beautiful. I love all of your gorgeous tea settings. I don't have much in that way but I can always share through you. Thanks for tea! Jo

  20. What a pretty Petit Point china, so nice, love it!

  21. Oh my Sandi, that is the sweetest tea set! Love the cross stich look. I use to cross stitch a lot, but now just embroider. The tulips are gorgeous and if I squinted I could see a little fairy lying inside of that gorgeous open one. he-he! Thanks for hosting. I can certainly see why you are anxious for Spring. Wow, that's a lot of snow. We've hardly had a winter, but getting a little these last couple of days. Boy do we ever need it!

  22. awwwww, sandi!!! love your tea set!!!!! thank you for hosting!!!!!!! hugs, angie from germany

  23. What a beautiful tea set, Sandi! I enjoy cross-stitch and this design is so lovely. It does make me think of spring. We still have loads of snow here as well, with 3-5" more predicted for tonight...

  24. I am looking for Rose Chintz Blue
    If you have any suggestions, I would be grateful
    thank you

    1. Hi Anni,
      If you check you may be able to find some pieces of Rose Chintz Blue there. I don't have any myself. Thanks for your visit....Sandi

  25. Those are quite the records you folks set on PEI Sandi! I'm willing to do a spring happy dance for you. :-)
    We came back to a day of snow, glad we weren't driving in it and I do miss the warmth of Florida but spring is not far off. I'm so far behind I don't have time to link my tea post from last Thursday but will try and catch up next week.
    Stay warm and thanks for the tea gathering.

  26. Love, love the petit point,'s to die for!
    Keep warm and safe sweet lady. Thanks for the lovely tea party.
    Have a nice week.

  27. What a charming china set. Your tulips look lovey the way you have them. Happy Spring!

  28. Hi Sandi,
    I was happy to say goodbye to Feb. this year much snow!
    I love that pattern and your tulips are pretty as well.
    Thank you for hosting,

  29. Sandi,
    Thanks so much for stopping by!! Such a stunning pattern!! Love it!!!


  30. Hi Sandi, what a pretty tea time this week. My aunt had a full set of this china and I always admired it. It's so pretty. Pam

  31. What a delightful tea party. I do like your petit point teaset. My dear grandmother had something similar so when I see it I'm reminded of her.

    Your tulip bouquet is gorgeous... I like your whimsical thought of being able to curl up inside that lovely pink blossom.

    It's a new week... here's wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected places and some hints of Spring to come.



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