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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Something New and Long Overdue for Tea Time

Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of the doves is heard in our land.~ Song of Solomon 2:12

Happy Easter Monday and welcome to my first Tea Time in April! 

April means winter is behind us and the earth will be waking up from its long slumber. I am eagerly awaiting the return of the songbirds and seeing the grass again. Yes, I'm pumped!

 There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of lifeLin Yutang

Back in November, my hubby had special ordered something for me for Christmas but it never arrived. So he waited, hoping to present it to me on my birthday which was in January. Still, it hadn't arrived. So, he was hoping to give it to me for Valentine's Day. Still no sign of it. 
It finally arrived last week so I will think of it as his Easter gift. Just for a joke, he gave it to me with a Merry Christmas tag on it. 

And here she is. Do you think she was worth waiting for? I'm pretty sure Ruth and Martha will like it as they both love blue! 

Made by one of my favourite makers, Johnson Bros., this scalloped teapot is Devon Cottage in all her lovely blue and cream floral splendour. It is perfect for an English Country tea setting, don't you think? I was hoping to find another blue transferware teapot and this one definitely fits me to a 'T-ea.' Thanks Hubby!

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 

It has a different shape and pattern than my Blue Willow teapot. I am thrilled with it!

I have a few blue and white teacups and plates, so setting my tea table was fun using these. I hope you like it!

This teacup is Spode Blue Room Botanical.

This is Royal Homes of Britain made by Enoch Wedgwood. The plate is Blue Willow made by Churchill.

Tea is another David's Tea called The Spice is Right. It is an organic spicy green tea with cinnamon, orange peel, cloves and chili. Mmm, mmm good!

Perhaps you prefer your tea in a mug. This is a sweet, smaller than usual size mug, made by Spode called Blue Rose from the Blue Room collection.

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

Referring back to my post of two weeks ago, Hubby and I are now watching season 3 of Downton Abbey and are we ever enjoying it! The scenery, the costumes, the characters, and the tea scenes; whatever took me so long??

Before I close my post this little miss, who is wearing her Easter egg coloured hat, hopes you all had a wonderful Easter! She's my little lambie!

I am joining the following parties as well~ 

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

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Dear Sandi,

    How wonderful - what a lovely and thoughtful gift. Your hubs is funny putting a christmas tag on it, haha.
    It goes so perfectly with your other lovelies, too.

    Your granddaughter is absolutely precious. Have a wonderful day! Hugs.,

  2. Hi Sandi -Your Devon cottage tea-pot is gorgeous. Nothing I love more than blue and white china. Enjoy your tea-time. Hugs, Deb

  3. How beautiful, Sandi! That lovely teapot is well worth waiting for. I love the swirly shape of it as well as the blue and white. Your pink and yellow tulips are so gorgeous, too. I know spring weather will come, but it seems a long way off right now. We had snow on Easter morning!

  4. Hi Sandi,

    Ooo, how special your "Easter gift" is. Nice husband!

    I really love the second picture of this post; what a talent you have to be able to create such a work of art. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  5. Well Sandi...I DO love your lovely new teapot! So sad it was delayed...but worth it! Love your other blue and white...brings joy to the soul! And the Spice Is Right name for the tea is so funny! Thanks for coming back to link...linkys are cantankerous sometimes! The flowers are tulips are just budding. Thanks for hosting and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  6. That lovely teapot is now extra special because it has a sweet story to go with it. I do love blue and white. We use it as our "everyday" dishes and have for years. No tulips here yet, nor any other bulb but they are at least coming up out of the ground. I have hopes... And what a sweetie is your little "lambie!"

  7. What a cutie-pie your granddaughter is! And what a lovely teapot your husband gave you. Some things are worth waiting for. I love the little blue birdie, too. And those tulips are lovely. So nice to hear PEI is headed toward spring. You all deserve some nice weather after your winter.
    Thanks for hosting Sandi.

  8. Your new teapot is so delicate and beautifully shaped...definitely worth the wait. You have a nice collection of blue teacups. My favorite is the Spode Blue Room Botanical. Sweet floral pattern! Tulips are my favorite flowers and yours are just lovely and so colorful. Only one of my bulbs bloomed this year. :(
    Love seeing little girls in their Easter attire...Hope you had a nice Easter. ~Nora

  9. Look how big your granddaughter is now, and she is a sweetie pie Grandma!
    The teapot was worth the wait, I've seen it at the Royal Doulton Store here where I purchased a teacup in the same pattern.
    BTW, had an email from a fellow in the US wanting to buy my MW Rosebud teacup as he broke his wife's by accident. It's my only trio though so I'm not parting with mine.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday and hosting your weekly tea gathering.

  10. Oh Sandi,your hubbynis such a dear! I love your new Devon Cottage teapot and also how you mixed it with other blue patterns. Your tulips are so lovely as your centerpiece and your little granddaughter is truly darling, and your sweet lambie. Thank you for hosting your special party of gentle times.

  11. My comment was supposed to say...hubby is such a dear!

  12. Hi Sandi: Your teapot was well worth waiting for. It is beautiful. Love how well the other blues all go together. I must say the best picture is that granddaughter. She is perfect! Have a great week. I will be posting late today. Hugs, Martha

  13. Dear Sandi, What a lovely tea pot! The tulips looks so good with it, I love the colors. I am so glad that winter is now behind you. It's still very snowy in Eastcoast Canada, I think we will have these snow banks for a little while longer. But post like yours gives cheer. I have been toiling on the idea of watching Downtown Abbey as well... I might start this week, lol... Thanks for your post and I hope that you and your sweet hubby will have a beautiful week.

  14. What a cutie with a pretty hat! And Downton Abbey is so much fun to watch...wish there were more shows! LOVE your pretty blue patterns and that precious little blue bird in some of the photos. Enjoy your day sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

  15. I love your pretty new blue Tea Pot. So nice of your husband to think of you and order such a special gift. Sorry it took so long for it to arrive. I too have just started watching Downton Abbey. I have it set up to watch while I walk on my treadmill. I get so interested in the movie that I don't even think to stop walking. You have set a beautiful table.

  16. Your little Lambie is a cutie! I love the tulips and your pretty teapot, a beautiful gift.. Have a happy week ahead!

  17. Hi Sandi,
    What a wonderful Easter gift the blue teapot is. Your hubby is so great to order you such a beauty! Your tulips colours look perfect for spring and I do love the teacups too. Love your wee lambie as well! Happy Easter Monday Sandi! Thank you for hosting Tea Time! Karen

  18. So beautiful. I love teapots and I love tulips. Plus those little bunnies are so cute!
    Joy @ Books and Life

  19. What a beautiful teapot Sandi!! My Mother just got that same Blue Willow pot and I will be borrowing it soon. ;) Thank you for hosting yet another lovely tea!

  20. Stunning photos! I'm crazy about Tea Time, Tea Pots, Tea Cups and oh my, tulips!!
    I'm hoping to join in on your party next time!

  21. Happy Easter Monday, Sandi! It was snowing yesterday so at the Easter mass, some of the ushers were wishing the parishioners "Merry Christmas". Hee!

    You have the patience of Job. Your new teapot is beautiful and well worth the wait! It'll be so much fun to mix and match it with your other pretty blue transferwares.

  22. What a lovely teapot! I so love blue and white china and have been collecting a few pieces here and there. Your tulips are just beautiful too!

  23. What a sweet hubby giving you that pretty teapot! I really enjoyed your pictures this week--especially the one with the tulips and the three bunnies! Oh, and the one with the chocolate bunny and the teacup. All of your blue transferware looks terrific together! Your lambie is so cute ;). Happy Easter Monday!

  24. Your tea pot was definitely worth waiting for Sandi!
    What a well trained and clever husband you have - he did well!
    Blue and white is my favourite - I love both your teapots and the cups and saucers too.
    Tulips are one of the nicest things about Spring aren't they!
    A shame I can't join you today, but I haven't got a tea post.

  25. A perfect Easter tea with the blue tea service and tulips...

  26. That lovely teapot was well worth waiting for! So very, very pretty. I am sure you will be using it a lot. Your tulip arrangement is so spring-like too.

  27. Oh!! that is such a lovely tea pot lucky you. My mom gave me a set of Johnson Bros. Blue willow i love them,so, now i just get blue or white dishes to go with them. You really had a nice Easter,good for you.

  28. Love that tiny little bird (the the bird house). The new pot is gorgeous! You do have some amazingly beautiful tea things. I want to come to your house and just meander through them all!

  29. Oh Sandi, I love the mixture of your plates and dishes and pots. How wonderful they all look together-showing one another off! What a sweet hubby. Good things come to those who wait.
    xo Ruthie

  30. What a pretty tea pot, Sandi. Blue and white are always ao pretty, especially with a touch of pink as you've shown. I sometimes like my tea in a mug and sometimes with a cup and saucer. It all depends on the time of day and the occasion/company!

  31. Yes, that teapot was worth waiting for indeed! Lovely, lovely! As are your Easter tulips and vignettes. Always a treat to visit your beautiful blog.

    Wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected places...

  32. Hi Sandi,
    Your new teapot is beautiful...well worth the wait! It loves nice with your other blue and white china!

    Hope your sore back improves soon.
    I think it looks more promising for lots of melting by the weekend....can't wait for spring!

    Thank you for hosting!

  33. Lovely blues! I like your tea pot and I do believe it was worth the wait! My goodness I love tea treasures and you have shared so many. I also enjoyed the bunnies and your Easter theme. Thank you for sharing and have a lovely weekend.

  34. Sandi, your new teapot was definitely worth waiting for! Your blue and white looks beautiful with the tulips. I have a few blue and white pieces that I have picked up at thrift shops over the years. I will be setting a table with them in May. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  35. Sandi, I am in love with your blue and white china. I linked up with SYC today, and as soon as I saw the picture, I clicked. Oh my goodness, and is that one of my tags?!?! xoxoxo You warmed my heart today. I needed this.

  36. PS-It took me a long time to hop on board with Downton Abbey too (caught up last summer), and now I'm hooked. Enjoy.

  37. Your blue and white vignette is lovely. Your little lambie is adorable!


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