Welcome to the
31st 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday'
Friendship is a cozy shelter
from life's rainy days.
As I have toured various sites in Blogdom there is no doubt that Christmas is on everyone's mind .Such amazing and creative displays in every genre and colour. If you are lacking direction you will soon find something to inspire you.
We have had the tradition of decorating the tree, the mantle and the house on the first advent. Today (Sunday) is first Advent. But alas, everything is subject to change, even this most anticapated tradition. The main area of our home is to be painted and the painter is a week late in starting. So instead of festive decorating we have been un-cluttering the house, hoping for an early start this week. Anticipating the fun of next weekend.
At church today, as the first candle of the Advent wreath was lit we were reminded that it signifies "Hope" It is that hope that once anticipated, and now anticipates anew, the reign of an Anointed One, a Messiah, who will bring peace and justice and righteousness to the world.
How many rainy days have you experienced in your life? Who gave you shelter from the wet and cold on the darkest of nights? A friend? A friend who recognized your pain, because they had felt it too. With a friend by your side you can Hope ..rise from the ashes, heal and create a new persona by the Grace of God. Then it is your turn to provide shelter to someone else on their rainy day. Compassion takes root, and blooms when our hearts break with those things that break God's heart too.
Kelita has made her successful career of songwriting and singing of healing and hope to inspire us to do the same. Last week we attended her "Heart of a Woman" CD Release Benefit Concert. Proceeds to assist survivors of the child sex trade in Cambodia,
a charity near and dear to her heart.
A chorus from one of her songs:
Knit togetherA tapestry embroidered with shame
But healing love will mend the broken hearted
And saving grace change your name
Kelita Haverland/Heart & Soul Music
Click here to hear Bella or here
I thank you for your patience as I finally come to the explanation of the theme of my 'Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday'. Not that of Christmas, yet, but a time of preparation for the season of Hope. My centrepiece is an orchid that was one of many that decorated the stage that night to symbolize the hope and healing there can be for these children, in Cambodia and in us.
I searched for china that complimented the
colour of the orchid and had an Asian feel.
Simplicity and elegance.
The serving plate actually is displayed with other plates in my guest room.
But for this occaision (after I will wash it) I will press it into service.
The plate is hand painted by an aunt of my mom's
at the turn of the last century.
We think she purchased the plate
while travelling in Europe and brought it home
A mother of pearl dragonfly has settled for a rest
by the milk and sugar
After every rain the sun appears
A peacock placemat under the orchid.
There was only one left at Homesence and
I just knew I would need it someday!
I may place it under the Limoges serving plate
As you gather at the tea table I hope and pray
that it is a place of 'shelter from the rain'.
I encourage you to meet the other guests and
enjoy your time and may it be a blessing.
Ready and waiting for you!
As you settle in, meet and greet, I will go to the kitchen and see what tidbit or two we can nosh on. (I'll post recipe later in the week)
"It is not that we have possibility in ourselves, but that God is a God of new things and so all things are possible" Dennis Bratcher
(Isa 42:9, Mt 19:26, Mk 14:36)
I hope you come often and invite your friends to come too.
Next week, I hope for a touch of Christmas, at Tea.
( the link for that other weekly tea party with Wanda Lee is @ http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com/// ).
~ I encourage you to stop by and savour another cup of tea while you enjoy her pretty vignettes. (no calories)
Mr. Linky will be joining us soon at the bottom of the post.
We don't want to miss a single teacup or teapot!
As always we cherish your comments and partipation in our Tuesday meme.
You would be warmly welcomed if you choose to become a follower.
Tuesday Tea Time In Blogland!
These are the links to the other oh-so-delightful tea parties and tabletop parties that I attend.
I invite you to drop in. Many thanks to those who faithfully host each week.They are hosted by lovely creative ladies.
~ Hope to see you there!!
(Our own memes are marked with an astersik*):
*~The 59th, '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 31th, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday', with Wanda Lee and Pam @
Other favorite memes:
Centre Piece Wednesday with the Style Sisters
~ Pearls and Lace Thursday with Doni
~Tablescape Thursday with Susan
~Foodie Friday with Michael
~Sunday Favorites withChari
Mr. Linky is here; sorry we were late folks, Wanda is at, 'crunch time', with her Christmas Carol production.., 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 30th, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday' , blog party; (although she is currently on 'a partial blog break' , while she works on producing a Christmas Carol presentation and production, she'd love for you to say warm , 'hello')!.., @ http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com/