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Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Pumpkin Tales and Cinderella

Fall....the time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale. ~ Lauren DeStefano

Welcome to Rose Chintz Cottage, dear friends! 

My flowers were purchased to support breast cancer research

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so I am sharing more pink today.

I like the softer side of Fall and I love pumpkins. I especially like the white ones because they are just wonderful for decorating with. 

I do love anything that sparkles like this mercury glass pumpkin.

I have painted a few Baby Boos over the years.

Pumpkin under glass.

Of course some of the wee ones have to have a little sparkle such as this pink one. Glitter makes everything prettier, right?

However, even I can't resist a field full of orange pumpkins especially when there is a wee munchkin sitting amidst them all.

What is it about pumpkins that fascinates us so anyway? 

I think deep down, it is our love of Cinderella whose coach was magically transformed from a pumpkin and she was whisked away to the castle to meet her Prince. It is that sweet innocent fairy tale that lives on inside of each of us since we were little girls. At least for we girly-girls, I believe that to be true.

Courtesy of the Internet

I thought the last Disney Cinderella movie was simply charming! Hubby watched it with me on TV and we both really enjoyed it. Downton Abbey's Rose played the part of Cinderella and she was perfect for the part!

I still love the story of the young girl who was orphaned then forced to become a servant to her wicked step-mother and step-sisters. 

Courtesy of the Internet - Disney's Cinderella

Because she had such a kind heart, she was adored by all but her step family. She had a very special rapport with all the little critters too and they were the best of friends. 
These are my niece's three adorable baby hamsters {three weeks old} and she carved the pumpkin for them to play in. They are so tiny that all three of them can fit in your hand. I know Cinderella would have loved them and I thought how serendipitous it was that my niece posted this picture while I was getting this post ready.

....Getting back to the story, one day Cinderella had a visitor who transformed a pumpkin into a beautiful carriage. 

Courtesy of the Internet - Disney's Cinderella

The carriage whisked her away to the castle to meet her Prince. 

When she arrived at the castle, all eyes were turned upon her including those of the Prince.

Courtesy of the Internet - Disney's Cinderella

The Prince and Cinderella only had eyes for one another. They danced away the evening until the clock began to strike midnight...

Courtesy of the Internet - Disney's Cinderella

As we know, Cinderella had to leave the gala quickly and while fleeing to her carriage, she lost one of her glass slippers.

Courtesy of the Internet - Disney's Cinderella

The Prince looked high and low for the maiden who had lost the glass slipper until he found her. Of course the slipper was a perfect fit. 

And as the story goes, they fell in love and lived happily ever after!

All stories should have such a happy ending! 

Every second brings a fresh beginning,
Every hour holds a new promise,
Every night our dreams can bring hope and
Every day is what you choose to make it. ~ unknown author

Time for Tea ....

This is my Cinderella. Well, we'll pretend she's Cinderella.

This Royal Dalton figurine reminds me of Cinderella so she is joining us for tea today. As you can see her frock is the Royal Albert Lavender Rose pattern.

A Dream is a wish your Heart makes. ~ Cinderella

I am using my Royal Albert October Cosmos teacup to display my little golden bejewelled Baby Boo in. Kind of reminds me of Cinderella's coach....Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo! - from Cinderella

The tea party is a spa for the soul. You leave your cares and work behind. ~ Alexandra Stoddard

For tea time, I am using another Aynsley teacup. It is a favourite because I love the crocus shape with the pink roses sprinkled all over the cup and saucer. The roses inside the cup add a little something special too. 

My Royal Albert New Country Roses teapot which was a Christmas gift a few years ago, holds our tea.

My tea is David's Tea Pumpkin Chai.

It is a black tea with cinnamon, cloves, lemon peel, squash, carrot, caramel, and wee pumpkin candies. The perfect tea for autumn and dare I say, Cinderella?

I have home made Cranberry muffins. The crunchy sugar topping makes them a sweet treat with the tart cranberries. 

The vintage butter knife once belonged to my mother.

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. ~ Denis Waitley

To all you beautiful ladies who have survived breast cancer, to those of you who are living with breast cancer, and to those of you who have lost a loved one to breast cancer or any cancer, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. God bless you all!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my post. I realize it was longer than usual but it had to be to get everything in. I consider you my friends and I thank you for keeping me company for just a little while. Have a beautiful day everyone!

May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer. ~ An Irish prayer

 I am sharing this with the following parties ~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Friends Sharing Tea
Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

Monday, 16 October 2017

Country Roads and Pretty Teacups

October was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchard were royal crimson and the wild cherry trees along the lane put on the loveliest shades of dark red and bronzy green, while the fields sunned themselves in aftermaths. ~ Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

Hello my lovely friends and welcome to Rose Chintz Cottage! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Hubby and I took a drive through the beautiful countryside and found some hidden treasures in the way of red clay roads and woods filled with golden hues thanks in part to the changing of the leaves.

This is a clay road that is about a half mile long which runs through the woods connecting one small community to another.

With fall's crisp air comes a wealth of beauty as the landscape is redecorated in a prismatic array. ~ Victoria Bliss magazine

You never know what peace is until you walk on the shores or in the fields or along the winding red roads of Prince Edward Island ... ~ LM Montgomery

This is another clay road on PEI photographed by Ian Harper.

I would love to take a walk through Green Gables' Haunted Wood and Lover's Lane this time of year but I don't think they are open now. I must check that out. 

The next two photos are paths through the woods near one of our nursing homes. It's a beautiful spot!

October gave a party,
The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name. ~ George Cooper

And this pretty trail is near our home. 

It was once part of the railroad tracks that ran from one end of the Island to the other. 

It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon. ~ Sarah Addison Allen

I like this quote I read in my devotions, "Heavenly Father, You have put us here to enjoy and ponder Your marvellous creation. May everything You have made remind us of Your goodness, love, and care."

Back home, I saw an arrangement on Pinterest and I thought I would do a copy cat version. Mine is a little different but basically the same idea. The teacups are all Royal Albert except for one. The middle cup on the middle tray is made by Aynsley.

Wouldn't this be a cute way to display your teacups for a tea party?

The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose. ~ George Gissing 

I had a bit of fun with Picasa too.

I have featured pink tea things again this week in honour of all the ladies who are fighting, have fought, or have lost their lives to breast cancer. 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and dear friends, please take good care of yourselves and get a mammogram regularly.

How did you spend your weekend? 

I am joining the following parties as well~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Friends Sharing Tea ~
 Share Your Cup Thursday~
 Home Sweet Home~

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 9 October 2017

A Sentimental Thanksgiving Tea

Happy Thanksgiving Canada and welcome everyone to Rose Chintz Cottage!

"One of the shining moments of my day is that when, having returned a little weary from an afternoon walk, I exchange boots for slippers, out-of-doors coat for easy, familiar, shabby jacket, and, in my deep, soft-elbowed chair, await the tea tray. How delicious is the soft penetrating odour which floats into my study, with the appearance of the teapot! What a glow does it bring after a walk in the chilly rain!" ~ George Gissing -1903

I can relate to this quote. How about you? A walk on a chilly day is somehow rewarded with a treat in the way of comfy clothes and a hot cup of tea when you get back home. It's fun to get all dolled up for a party or dinner out too but it's even better to get back home and slip into more comfortable apparel. There is something healing about that. 

I find using some well loved china for tea feels much the same way. Maybe it's that old vintage teacup you find the most comfortable to sip from. The handle is just right for your hand and the pattern feels like home. 

Maybe it's a lovely platter your grandmother once served her turkey on and you can't wait to bring it out for your turkey dinners.

Or maybe it's your auntie's tea set that she passed down to you after she is finished with it. 

It reminds you of her and those lovely tea times spent with her savouring conversation and a giggle or two.

It is Thanksgiving here in Canada and it is a day to give thanks for all our blessings. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago what some of mine were and today I also give thanks for the beloved aunt in my life and her beautiful dishes that she has entrusted me with.  

Most of you have heard me mention my beloved Auntie P many times over the years. She and I have always shared a special bond that I have with no one else in my family. We have told each other our inner most secrets and shared our dreams and heart aches over the years. She is so very dear to me and the feeling is mutual.

Today, I am using Auntie P's charming tea set, Rose Chintz by Johnson Bros. This china was gifted to her on her wedding day as well as place settings so it is an honour to use it for this special Thanksgiving day. This pattern is so old-fashioned and so very pretty with its big roses, buds and forget-me-nots. 

A friend is the sugar bowl in the tea party of life; Sweet and satisfying to the soul.  ~ unknown

I don't take sugar or milk in my tea but this is the covered sugar bowl.

Some days I'm a matchy-matchy gal and other days I like to mix and match because I find it brings more personality to the table. Today I'm in a mix and match mood.

Teacup is Aynsley. This beautiful set is the yummiest shade of pink with a lovely gold leaf garland just inside the cup.

The other is made by Colclough. It's a lovely shade of green with an accent of white and gold trim.

Some of us bake an apple pie for Thanksgiving.

Others bake a pumpkin pie. 

Still others like a cheese cake and so on. 

I prefer pumpkin pie because it's that time of year to enjoy pumpkins and squash whether they're baked into a pie, served as a side dish for dinner, or for decorating the mantel and front steps.

Would you like another slice of pie with your tea? It's so good! I have made pumpkin pie the last two weekends and that will be it until Christmas. So, I'm savouring every bite.

I know my American friends will celebrate their Thanksgiving later in November. I actually enjoy celebrating the holiday a bit earlier because it gives me more time to plan for Christmas. 

What is your special dessert for Thanksgiving?

I chose a pink theme today as well to remember those brave ladies who are suffering with or have suffered with or lost their lives to breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Be sure to get your mammogram, dear friends!

Life is a gift! Today, and every day you wake up, is a gift from God. Remember to thank Him for it.

Wishing you all a fabulous day and a lovely Autumn week ahead. The Lord bless you all!

I am joining the following parties as well~ 

Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart ~
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