Community is the fruit of our capacity to make the interests of others more important than our own. The question, therefore, is not "How can we make community?" but "How can we develop and nurture giving hearts?"
~ Henri Nouwen
I love browsing, and scrounging for china. The treasures I find often are more numerous than the coins in my purse. But I take such pleasure in the hunt that I won’t be deterred by my lack of funds. In some ways, it is more fun to find something dear to my heart for a wee price. I sometimes pick a theme, like something with roses or pansies or butterflies. Other times I look for a lonely sugar bowl or a creamer or pitcher without its mate.
Y ou may wonder what would I want with miss matched pieces. Over time I find pieces that complement each other and make a charming eclectic set. Other sweet pieces are re purposed into useful containers for all sorts of sundry items: from pens and scissors to makeup brushes and lipstick or a holder for teaspoons. Some stand at attention on the window sill to add whimsy on a dull day.
T raditional or unusual I give all my precious finds a purpose and a personality. I think it is a lesson we can apply to the people we meet. Conversations can be more stimulating, when we join in with someone who is not quite our match. We can learn a new perspective on a mundane topic and be the richer for it. Whether it is china or friends, the variety they bring is what gives depth and dimension to our lives.
These last three pictures are from a "Let Them Eat Cake" that creates
tiered cake plates from orphaned china.
You may be interested to see their flickr account for interesting ways
to use these treasures other than for cake
Cake stands heaped with fresh bread rolls, chocolate after dinner treats or fruits,
jewellery or keys – oh and of course cakes.
For tutorial go to "Re-Nest"
Galatians 5:22-23 (New International Version)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
It has been a wonderful and exciting couple of weeks! I am so humbled and honoured when an expectant couple asks me to support them as a doula, through their labour and delivery; to share the moment when they become a new family. The miracle of birth amazes me every time. Because of lack of time, this week’s post is a little different but I hope you enjoy the change.
As always we cherish your comments and partipation in our Tuesday meme. You would be warmly welcomed if you chose to become a follower.
'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday'; ( the link for that other weekly tea party with Wanda Lee is listed below @ http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com/ ). ~ I encourage you to stop by and savour another cup of tea while you enjoy their pretty vignettes. (no calories)
These are the links to the other oh-so-delightful tea parties and tabletop parties that I attend They are hosted by lovely creative ladies.
Welcome to, 'Tuesday Tea Time In Blogland'!
~ Hope to see you there!!
~ Hope to see you there!!
Many thanks to those who faithfully host each week.
*~The 56th, 'Tuesdsay Tea For Two' @ http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/
~ Tuesday Teatime with Lady Katherine @ http://www.ladykatherineteaparlor.blogspot.com
~ Teatime Tuesday with Sandi @ http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com/
~ Teacup Tuesday with Martha @ http://marthasfavorites.blogspot.com/
~ Teacup Tuesday with Terri @ http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/
~ Tabletop Tuesday with Marti @ http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/
*~ The 28th, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday' with Wanda Lee and Pam @ http://breathoffreshair-paperbutterfly.blogspot.com/
*~ The 28th, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday' with Wanda Lee and Pam @ http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com/
~Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/
~Foodie Friday with Michael @ http://www.designsbygollum.blogspot.com/
Mr. Linky is now ready to accept visitors).., We don't want to miss a single teacup or teapot!
Glad you could join in!
Cheers and hugs from Pam and Wanda Lee. ~ Wanda Lee is the other half of our 28th, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday' blog party; (although she is on 'a partial blog break' while she works on producing a Christmas presentation and production, she'd love for you to say warm , 'hello')!.., @ http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com/