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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

A Late Valentine's Tea.

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. ~ Victor Hugo

Hello my dear friends and welcome once again to my humble little blog! I had meant to have a Valentine Tea on Monday but we had a holiday here and Hubby and I were busy putting away Christmas decorations. We kept our tree up for Valentine's Day. Then yesterday, we had an ice storm.

In winter we live a more inward life.
Our hearts are warm and cheery, like cottages under drifts. ~ Henry David Thoreau

So, today is a new day, and perhaps today would be better for a tea since I have a little more time.

My Valentines roses. I love creamy white roses!

My tea treats today.

I have brought out my etagere and arranged some tea sandwiches and sweets on it. For Valentine's Day of course I wanted to use my red transfer ware. So everything is set. Won't you join me?

I want to share with you a sweet little Mason's Vista mug a friend had gifted me with for my birthday before we have our tea. 

I do not have many pieces of Mason's as it is fairly scarce around these parts but the pieces I do have I enjoy using from time to time; especially at Christmas and Valentine's Day.

My friend had found three of these mugs and she gifted one each to me and another friend, and kept one herself. I love it!

It's not the tea that makes teatime special, it's the spirit of the tea party. ~ Emily Barnes

So, here we have some egg salad and chicken salad tea sandwiches, as well as Valentine cupcakes and chocolate raspberry truffles.

It is best to cut the crusts off your sandwiches as it makes a nicer presentation. Also, your sandwiches should be cut into smaller sizes. Tea sandwiches are meant to be dainty. 

My favourite red transfer ware teapot. 

The pretty handmade heart was a gift from a blogger friend a while ago and I always have it on the tree, but today it is for the tea table.

I asked Hubby to get some Valentine treats from the bakery and this is what he brought home.

I would prefer this lovely cake I baked for one other Valentine's day but I'm not doing much baking these days.

My teacups are Burleigh Felicity and Mason's Vista.

The little creamer has the same mark on it as the teapot. I have another teapot with the same mark and it is Valencia. So, I presume these pieces are also Valencia.

It has been an unusual week. I had hoped to set up a tea/home party, but nothing has gone according to plan. I guess we all have weeks like that. The trick is to accept it and make the most of it. Go with the flow, as they say.

Thank you for visiting me today and I hope your week is going well. Stay safe, stay warm, and enjoy your day!

Whatever the shape of your teapot,
Whatever the flavour of your tea,
God can still mightily pour you out
To refresh another in need. ~ unknown

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 15 February 2021

A Love Story for Valentine's Day

Love seems to be something that keeps filling up within us. The more we give away, the more we have to give. ~ Mr. Rogers

Welcome to Rose Chintz Cottage and a belated  Happy Valentine's Day to all my friends in Blogland! I hope your day was special.
Are you a soppy girl? You know, one of those girls who cries at weddings and love stories?
Well, I am, and I wanted to post something romantic today. So I decided to share our love story. Many of you have heard it before but many of you haven't. So pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee and join me for a trip down memory lane.

Let's take a little trip back in time to a cold day in January. It was a Saturday afternoon, and in those days, the record hop was the place to be.

Now picture if you will, a shy young man, sporting a cute Beatle haircut and an even shyer young lady with long hair and bangs, dressed in a turquoise velvet mini dress, that she had made in Home Ec, and high boots. Yes, I liked to dress in the latest fashion! I was a teenager after all!

I was just sitting there, enjoying the music with my friends, when this shy young man approached me and asked me to dance.  

As we headed out on to the dance floor, there was a little attraction there and we both felt it. If you were to ask us, yes, we do believe in love at first sight. Of course we know God had something to do with it too.

After we had been seeing one another for a few weeks at the Hop, he confessed to me that he had noticed me a few months before that but it took him all that time to get up the nerve to ask me to dance. Isn't he adorable?

We were both seventeen.

He asked me to dance three weeks in a row and then one day after the Hop, he followed my friends and me into a restaurant where we always went to grab a snack before heading home. 

Not much wonder we were all so fit in those days! We danced most of the afternoon and then walked the three miles home afterwards.

He looked so cute sitting on the other side of the restaurant all by himself, and then he got up and put some money into the juke box. He played three of my favourite songs. Coincidence? I don't think so! One of those songs was my absolute favourite. He didn't know it was my favourite, it just happened to be his too! 

"Words" by The BeeGees is still our song today.

My friends finally talked me into joining him at his table where we sat and chatted before he walked me the three miles home. About halfway home, he took me by the hand, and ''it was magic!''

We arranged to meet the following Friday night at Eaton's department store. He had had his picture taken in one of those little cubicles before meeting me and afterwards, he asked me to get mine taken.  So I did. These are the photos from our first date.

That night we shared our first kiss. That date led to many others which eventually led to our marriage.

Everyone loved my new husband except my mother. She was not happy that I married this young man and she felt that way for many years. Unfortunately, it put a wall between my mother and me. That was her doing, not mine. Because of that, it also affected her relationship with my children which is very sad.
Almost from the beginning of our marriage, God was at the centre of it and we spent many years in the Ministry. Today Hubby is still very active in the church and our door is always open.

We raised three wonderful sons together and now we are delighted to have five grandchildren.

About five years before she passed, my mother told my hubby and me that she had been wrong and that I couldn't have married a finer man. 
Funny it took her so long to know what I knew all along. She had learned to love my hubby like her own son, and that made us both very happy! 

He was and still is my sweetheart, my hero, and my best friend! I always said when we met, he rescued me and I still feel that way. I feel very blessed to have him as my mate and if I could, I would marry him all over again.

Life is a journey, and love is what makes that journey worthwhile.~ author unknown

I hope you all had a Happy Valentine's Day and I pray you were able to spend this special day with someone you love and treasure. God bless you, and I'll be back this week with another post!

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." ~ 1 Corinthians 13:13 

Words ~ Written and sung by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, and Robin Gibb of The BeeGees

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

Monday, 8 February 2021

February and Her Pretty Teacups

Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. ~ Helen Keller    

Happy February, and a Happy Birthday to all my February friends out there!

I have some violet teacups today. There are two Grace sets and two Royal Albert February sets. One RA was given to me by my hubby's late aunt for a house warming gift and the other belonged to my late mother-in-law whose birthday was in February. When my sister-in-law found out I had one, she gave her mother's to me as well which was very thoughtful of her.

Today's tea will be in a purple theme because of course, there are violets on teacups and pansies on the teapot and the plate. But there is also a touch of pink because of the tulips. My phone camera isn't showing the true colour of them. 
Looking out the windows behind the tulips is quite a different scene today. We have a snow storm going on.

Some of my silver teaspoons.

This is the true pink colour of the tulips. Aren't they pretty?

When asked if my cup is half-filled or half-empty; my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup. ~ unknown
Hubby and I are watching our diets for health reasons and I am doing very little baking these days. I must admit, I miss all those treats I used to make, but for now, I make the odd batch of bran muffins and that is about it. Fruit and veggies have become the norm here at our home. Every couple of months I may bake some cookies or a dessert of some kind but that is it. Sigh! I really miss making treats! 

This coming weekend we will be celebrating Valentine's Day and I hope to do a post centered around that special holiday. I may have another party just for that occasion. I will let you know. 

The snow storm has calmed down just a bit but the winds are supposed to pick up and then we will have a blizzard on our hands. The bird feeders are filled with packed snow and the poor birds can't get at their morning snack. The shepherd's hook is leaning a bit. I hope it doesn't fall over! The snow is like fluff right now so it is bound to make an awful mess once the winds blow. 

So, I am signing off, just in case. Take care everyone and have a lovely week!

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 25 January 2021

Feeling Blue

Flowers were the language of happiness and always the gifts we gave to others. They seemed as necessary as food. ~ Elizabeth Cerutti

Welcome to tea time, my lovely friends! It's hard to believe that a month ago, it was Christmas!

Today, I decided to share a tea time with you. It is a dreary and snowy day, so some hot tea and a lovely bouquet help to perk up the day.

When you choose joy you feel good, and when you feel good YOU do good, and when YOU do good it reminds others of what joy feels like, and it just might inspire them to do the same. ~ unknown

Hubby found this soup tureen for me for Christmas one year. Isn't it wonderful? It is fabulous for holding my baked beans, homemade soups and chowders, chili, stew, or in this case, a beautiful bouquet of posies!

Yellow roses, white tulips, and a few white roses from last week's bouquet fill this tureen up nicely.

Is there anything prettier in the dead of winter than blue and white enhanced by a sunny bouquet?

Naturally I brought out my JB Old Britain Castles teacups to compliment the tureen.

This 2011 Victoria magazine looks pretty in the vignette. I save all my magazines so I can look back on them. How about you?

Yellow roses are like a burst of sunshine!

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

I am serving Victorian Garden tea in my little glass teapot which comes with its own infuser. I have had this for a number of years but I don't use it very often.

Victorian Garden is a Ceylon black tea with all kinds of lovely things in it like China green gunpowder, vanilla, and rose and lavender flowers. I had purchased it from our PEI Preserve Co. in New Glasgow where they have a splendid tea room.

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world revolves- slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Thich Nat Hahn

Tea is ready, how about a little nosh with your cuppa?

For some reason, I am feeling like a little chocolate these days. Perhaps because Valentines Day is on the way? Home made Chocolate Pudding with a dollop of whipped cream and some grated chocolate. Mmm! 

The plates are Blue Willow by Churchill.

My little creamer has no mark. I paid a dollar for it at an antique shop several years ago. 

Tea is quiet and our thirst for tea is never far from our craving for beauty. ~ James Norwood Pratt

This is an old post which I have updated a bit. I hope you have enjoyed it. As always, it is a pleasure to have you come for a visit. 

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. ~ Proverbs 11:25

Wishing you JOY today!

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 18 January 2021

Friendly Village and Chocolate

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. ~ Edith Sitwell 

Hello my lovely friends! We have been having the loveliest weather here and oh, to have the whole winter like this would be grand! Then the rain came on the weekend! But it has been mild, and until the two days of rain came, we had sunshine; what bliss!

I have most of our Christmas put away now. I replaced the little tree in the dining room with a tray of some Friendly Village china and one of the little trees I used at Christmastime.

We shall have our tea using this china today. Johnson Bothers, one of my favourite makers, produced this charming pattern first in 1952 and it has attracted generations of admirers and collectors over the years. Each piece depicts a different scene which creates a delightful story for your table. It's appeal is as great today as it was when it was first introduced more than a half century ago.

I was planning to make these little nuggets for Christmas but just didn't get around to it. So, I made them on the weekend. 

The chocolate raspberry truffles are very small and delectable, and they are a delightful little treat with your cup of tea or coffee. I have served them in one of my King's Crown red rimmed sherbet glasses. The truffles would be lovely for Valentine's Day. A little chocolate also makes you feel good.

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. ~ Charles M. Schulz

The truffles recipe is from a mystery novel authored by, Joanne Fluke, a New York Times bestselling author. A number of her books were made into movies as well, and I have them all. This particular recipe is from the book, "Plum Pudding Murder." Sorry, I do not have permission to share the recipe, but if you go to her site or Pinterest, you can find the recipe there. 

When you have flowers, books and tea, you are never alone. ~ Alexandra Stoddard

I have acquired quite a number of mystery novels and other books over the years. I love a small library of books that I can go to at whim. I love to read. How about you?

Some of these mystery novels are written by Joanne Fluke and some are written by Laura Childs, who is also a New York Times bestselling author, of the Tea Shop Mysteries. I have every one of Laura Childs' tea mysteries. I really enjoy Childs' character, Theodosia Browning's exploits along with her tea shop employees/friends, tea master, Drayton, and baker extraordinaire, Haley. Their adventures take place in Charleston, South Carolina. If you enjoy a good mystery and a cup of tea, you will enjoy her books. She always includes tea recipes and tips. 

Joanne Fluke's character, Hannah Swenson, on the other hand, owns The Cookie Jar, a coffee shop in Lake Eden, Minnesota. She too loves to solve a mystery, oftentimes at the chagrin of her detective friend, Mike, and dentist friend, Norman. With the help of her family and partner at the coffee shop, she has helped solved many sticky situations, and loves to share her many recipes. 

I recommend both of these authors' books. They are wonderfully entertaining and good books to curl up with on a winter's day.

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you have an especially lovely week. Take one day at a time and glean every drop of JOY you can from it. 

Every day is a second chance. ~ author unknown {from the Hallmark movie- A Joyous Christmas}

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 11 January 2021

A Birdie Theme in Red and White

January opens the box of the year

And brings out days that are bright and clear.
And brings out days that are cold and gray;
And shouts, "Come see what I brought today." -LB Jacobs

Hello dear friends and Happy New Year!
The majority of us are thrilled that 2020 is behind us and we are hoping for a better year ahead.

I shared in my previous post how difficult the past year had been for most folks, including me. Well, since I wrote that post, I have had some more bad news. I have just been diagnosed with Glaucoma. Last Monday, the day of the diagnosis, I was a bit upset! I thought, "Dear Lord, how much more can go wrong? How many more meds am I going to have to take? I feel like a walking pharmacy."

The eye drops I have to administer twice a day for the rest of my life, brings me to a total of thirteen times a day, I am taking medication. Alas, many of my issues are genetic so I'm literally stuck with them for better or for worse. This is not a good way to start the year off.

But today is another day, and things look a little brighter because I know the Great Physician! I am in the Lord's hands, and I am trusting Him to take me through this. I don't know why I am so afflicted with all these health issues. I only know His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He is watching me. 

Music has always ministered to me and the song, His Eye is On the Sparrow, is what has been going through my head the past week.

Why should I feel discouraged, 
why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav'n and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
I sing because I'm happy, I sing because I'm free,
For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me. 
Words- Civilla D. Martin 1905
Music - Charles H. Gabriel 1905

This is my little sparrow which I painted and distressed years ago.

Since my last post, I have celebrated another birthday. I never bake my own cake so my hubby 
ordered me a white pound cake with white buttercream icing and roses. When he went to pick it up, they discovered my cake had been sold to someone else. He was surprised of course, so they straight away got another cake and decorated it with white roses. They are not the original roses he wanted but it was all he could get at the last minute. The good news is, they gave him the cake for free which was nice! Wouldn't it be nice if the plastic plate they put the cake on was white or ivory? At least they didn't put my name on it. I don't like script on a cake unless one is a little child.
I received the sweetest card from my son and his family in the States! It is uniquely made in several layers with cutouts. So pretty!

My oldest son, who had the ear surgery just before Christmas, is still having some pain, but it is getting better. The good news is, he is beginning to hear some sounds in his ear, so that is encouraging! His surgeon told him last week that it could take up to three months before his ear is completely healed. We are hoping for the best possible results, and if you have been praying, please pray a little longer? He was so encouraged to know that my blogger friends were praying for him!

I have set the tea table with a piece of my cake. Would you like to join me?

I am using my red and white transferware because of the lovely table cloth and roses. The lace topper was a gift from a friend quite some time ago. I love it! 

The bird inspired teapot is being put to use today because I am so enjoying all the birds at the feeders. I saw several Juncos actually fly inside the feeders. They are normally ground birds so I was happy to see them getting in there and having their lunch. We have been seeing a lot of birds lately. Chickadees, Juncos, Goldfinches, and Evening Grosbeaks seem to be around a lot.

The bird teapot was a Christmas gift a number of years ago and it is rather heavy so I don't use it very often but I do love the birdie motif. It holds a good amount of tea. 

My tea today is one sent to me by a sweet blogging friend. It is Dessert by Deb, Orange and Ginger Shortbread Rooibos tea. Can't wait to try it!

Serenity is a solitary cup of tea; pleasure is sharing it with another. ~ Victoria magazine

The teacups are Masons Vista and  Burleigh Felicity by Staffordshire, England.

The creamy roses were a lovely surprise.

We have had some snow the past few days and those who can, are enjoying it. My neighbour was outside helping his boys build a snowman.  
The finished snowman with his hat and scarf.
I enjoyed watching the little family play together in the snow. It is the simple things in life that make me happy.

Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the story you're living. ~ unknown

Before I close my post, I must share this lovely snowy scene taken by one of our talented Island photographers; Ian Carter. 

His caption read, "A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight walking in a winter wonderland." - in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Yes, even in the wintertime, the Island is a beautiful place.

Beauty of Our Friendship

Friendship is a priceless gift that cannot be bought or sold,
But its value is far greater than a mountain made of Gold.
For gold is cold and lifeless, it can neither see nor hear
And in the time of trouble it is powerless to cheer...
It has no ears to listen nor heart to understand,
It cannot bring you comfort or reach out a helping hand
So when you ask God for a gift
Be thankful if He sends not diamonds, pearls, or riches
But The Love of Real True Friends. ~ Helen Steiner Rice

Have a wonderful week, dear friends!

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi