Lady Pamela's Tea Parlor

Monday, October 11, 2010

The 24th Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday: COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS ONE BY ONE:

The 24th

Teapot And  Tea Things Tuesday

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
                                                                                           pub 1897  Johnson Oatman Jr.

 Have you had a busy week? .....Sometimes, my imagination dramatizes my day to day life. I imagine my chaotic, challenging life as a tropical storm/hurricane in the great ocean. Once I pause and draw near to God, in times of stress I gain perspective  and see it as it really is "a tempest in a teapot".

I  researched the well-known phrase in Wikipedia. Tempest in a teapot (in American English), storm in a teacup (in British English) is an idiom meaning a small event that has been exaggerated out of proportion.[1] There are also lesser known variants, such as storm in a cream bowl, storm in a hand-wash basin, tempest in a glass of water,[2] and storm in a glass of water.
Both the American and British phrases are long preceded by Cicero's Latin "Excitabat enim fluctus in simpulo".[5] The phrase, translated literally, reads: "He was stirring up billows in a ladle".[citation needed]

More reason to sit a while in a comfy chair with a friend and catch up on life's adventures. It is not merely sharing a cup of tea but the experience that becomes the salve to the soul.  Whether I choose to set a traditional table, with linens, flowers and candles or simply offer a favorite teacup, it is the act of other centredness that redirects my focus and calms the storm in my mind, bringing my attention to a more positive place.

I am grateful for early morning light

and how it plays

I used a small mirror under the cream and sugar to protect the linens
But I discovered how the sun, mirror and crystal played together
So much fun for the photograher

The silhouette of these three pretties compliment each other.
What can I do with them?

Glass plate from Home Sense, there was only one

Add a petite crystal vase

My mom's milk glass dish
I remember it as the peanut dish at bridge parties
Now to peek in the cupboards and find something
sweet or savory to serve in my new dish

A special guest is invited to watch over us

Offering pearls of wisdom if you choose

Which teacup do you prefer?

With the Canadian Thanksgiving being celebrated on Monday, October eleventh, it only seems appropriate to reflect on what I am thankful for. Life is full of wonderful things and may I say, small miracles if you look for them. I invite you to join in the fun!

I am thankful for:

1. God’s unending grace in my life

2. Opportunities that challenge me to give my utmost

3. The smell of fragrant tea steeping

4. The warmth my hands feel holding a cup of tea on a cool autumn day

5. Friends that share a cup of tea with me, and warm my heart

6. I am thankful for the many friendships as unique as my teacups and always room for more

7. I am thankful for the many colours of each season that Nature brings

8. I am thankful for my family, with their big hearts and all of their wonderful quirks

9. I am thankful for the good health we are blessed with

10. I am thankful for each new day, so that I may see and experience God’s blessings as I try to walk with Him.

What would be on your list?
Take a moment to "count your blessings one by one". You'll feel the richer in spirit for it.

1 Thessalonians 5:18
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

We thank all who are so generous with their time and willing to share their treasures with us. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the vignettes and special tea treasures that the lovely tea ladies want to share, compliments of Mr. Linky!..,

*P.S.~ Dearest blog friends,  if you had planned to join us and find us not quite ready yet, kindly leave a comment then and either Pam or Wanda Lee will be happy to pop by to your blog when our post is up and ready with Mr.Linky, (to save you having to check back during you own busy day).., Thanks

The sincere invitation to join the party is always there..,

Welcome to,

Tuesday And Wednesday Teatime In Blogland!..,

These are the links to the other oh-so-delightful tea parties and tabletop parties that I attend as well as co-hosting, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday'; ( the link for that weekly tea party is listed below).

~ I encourage you to stop by and savour another cup of tea while you enjoy their pretty vignettes. (no calories) These are hosted by lovely creative ladies.
~ Hope to see you there!!

~Our own memes are marked with and asterisk*:

*~ 'Tuesday Tea For Two' with Wanda Lee @

~ Tuesday Teatime with Lady Katherine @

~ Teatime Tuesday with Sandi @

~ Teacup Tuesday with Martha @

~ Teacup Tuesday with Terri @

~ Tabletop Tuesday with Marti @

*~ 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday' with Wanda Lee and Pam @

*~ 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday' with Wanda Lee and Pam @

*~ 'Wednesday Tea For You and Me' with Wanda Lee @

~Tablescape Thursday with Susan @

~Foodie Friday with Michael @

~ Sunday Favorites with Chari @

~ Spiritual Sundays with Charlotte and Ginger @

Warmest regards from Pam and Wanda Lee.., ( Wanda Lee is the other half of our, 'Tea Pot And Tea Things Tuesday' weekly meme; you may find her @ AND ALSO @


  1. Lovely.. Lovely.. this is an awesome post!! The writing is gorgeous!! loved your collection!

  2. What an inspiring blog. So glad i had a chance to visit tonight.
    also love your collection of teacups - I'm a teacup addict, always on the search for new ones.
    difficult to pick one as they're all sooooo beautiful.
    have a great week

  3. Hi Pam,
    Your teacups are just lovely! Your crystal is exquisite; love it! Such a lovely tea post and all that you've shared, lovely too. Happy Thanksgiving, my friend. I pray you have a blessed week.


  4. What a beautiful post...everything looks just perfect.
    I hope it's ok that we are having coffee in a tea cup today...:))

  5. How beautiful! The WORD especially!!
    I'd love to join you this week!
    I'm having a giveaway too that you might be interested in !!
    blessings, Doni

  6. Hello, dear friend,
    Such a beautiful, heart-felt post, loved it!! Count Your Many Blessings is a favorite hymn of mine. I can still hear my momma singing it while she was ironing back in my childhood days. She loved this great hymn, too. Your tea cups are so pretty!! My favorite is the very colorful one covered in flowers. Happy Tea Time to you! Vicki

  7. Wonderful post. Sometimes life is just to chaotic. Thanks for the visit and your kind words.

    - The Tablescaper

  8. Hi Pam,

    What a lovely posting. I love that royal albert - harvest teacup very much. Such a beauty. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Hi Pam: We do have so much to be thankful for. Your post is lovely, as always. I think that what you said about being thankful, helps put things in their proper place. Thank you for the message today. I needed to hear it. Blessings always, Martha

  10. what a beautiful setting. all so pretty! love the Queen Ann teacup! soothing blue colour and match with your glass creamer and sugar bowl.. perfect for tea! thanks for sharing. have a great day!

  11. Very, very pretty setting! The sunlight is crystal's best friend, isn't it? The buttons in the unique! Very pretty! Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  12. Hi Pam - absolutely stunning setting. My favorite is the powder blue and gold teacup. The color is dainty and striking at the same time.

  13. Hi Pam,
    Crystal and light go together and produce such beauty for the eye...yours is beautiful!
    Your teacups are beautiful and each so different it would be hard to choose!
    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

  14. I really love your blue daisy teacup!! Gorgeous!

  15. Beautiful vignettes and I love all of your new treasures!


  16. Beautiful vignettes for sure! You gave us a real treat today. I love each tea cup and saucer you have shown, absolutely gorgeous!
    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving : )


  18. Dearest Pam,

    All I can say as is;..,"Oooh, aah"!.., and sigh with thankful delight!.., And also one more resounding:..,"Ooh my"!

    ..,My you've had fun 'playing with light', lace, cherubs, dainty buttons, silver, pearls teapots, teacups and lace!

    ..,What pretties and food for thought you have presented us with this Canadian thanksgiving week my friend!

    I am especially taken with your artistic and oh-so-creative use of that dear little dish paired with your mothers milk glass dish and those buttons and silver spoon!

    Just darling beyond!

    Thanks so much for co-hosting yet another delightful, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday', our 24th Pam; (yes, 'TTTT')!..,

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

  19. Such good ideas! The way light plays upon the different glass makes those treasures seem different at each angle.

    I especially love the Queen Anne cup and saucer. You have some of the prettiest blue and white teacups.

    Your thoughts on "Tempest in a Teapot" are so good, and I like the way you traced the meaning. I think many bad times in our lives are "tempest in teapots', if only we could have known beforehand...oh, that's right, we need not have worried because God has all things under control. We need only to trust. Sit down, sip a cup of tea and remember Him!Thank-you Pam.

  20. Dear Pam
    Thank you for your lovely visit to my blog
    Joining you is a pleasure and a kind moment for me every Tuesday
    I love your Tea Cups,they are precious

  21. This table is simply gorgeous. I love that Queen Ann cup & saucer and that little dish of buttons is off-the-chart cute :)


    P.S. Pop over for a visit and enter in for a SPECIAL giveaway :)

  22. Hi Pam,
    In Holland we say 'a storm in a glass of water', but I certainly love your storm in a teapot. Somehow it takes the drama out of the situation.
    Very nice philosophies in this post!
    Your mother's milk glass dish is so unusual and no doubt the moments when bridge was being played come back to your mind.
    Now, I always go for bright and cheery colours, but must admit I would go for the Queen Anne cup this time. Both very pretty though!
    And I am thankful for the wonderful time I am having on this earth and the pleasures I have in blogland.
    Have a happy day!

  23. Just thought I'd stop by and say Hi! I was really lead to this post! Your words of wisdom were meant for me today. Thank you for sharing your thoughts...I needed to be reminded of God's greatness! I am truly thankful for all He has done for me.
    I have collected teacups since I was 16. Yours are beautiful! Thank you for your post!

  24. Wanda, what a great message.I enjoyed reading it.

  25. Thank you for sharing your beautiful things and your lovely thoughts. Cherry Kay