Thursday, December 11, 2008

Time for Tea!

Welcome all to my tea party.
Hope you will join me in my cozy little cottage in the woods.
The tea is brewing(frenchvanilla caramel) and the goodies are prepared, so all I am waiting for now are my
guests to arrive.

Today will be a day all about tea.
I'll be here from 10:00am-2:00pm sipping my tea and chatting with you all. And I'll be checking my comment box every 15 minutes or so to see who has arrived at my door.
If you'd like to join in on the fun, just leave me a comment and I'll introduce you to the other tea party guests. Also, when you leave a comment then I will add your name to the teapot for the tea cup giveaway. So don't be shy :)

There will also be a "find the special word" game later on in the day which will include another little giveaway.

Of course, they'll be quite a few quotes regarding tea, by famous and not so famous people.
Hey, here's one now! One of my very favs.
"A woman is like a tea bag. It's only when she's in hot water that you realize how strong she is"
Nancy Reagan

I'll also be showcasing tea related creations from fellow etsians shops so check back every once in a while and see who's being featured.

So, I hope you will brew a cup of your very fav tea today, and if your children are home or a neighbor is home then invite them to the table too. Spend a little time just relaxing and chatting. And if you are home alone today and are needing a little bit of quiet, then grab a comfy blanket, sip a little tea and take a bit of time gazing out of the sky to energize yourself.
And don't you dare feel even a little bit quilty about taking some time for yourself. We all need it :)

Ohhhh, I think I hear someone knocking at my door, I'll be back in a bit, just sit and enjoy your tea and I'll come join you soon,


ArtSparker said...

Hello, I have brought the buttered watches. Powering up the flying tea try with jasmine. Would you please pass me the marmalade?

mimi said...

Hi Deborah---I see that I am your first guest... I am sitting here at my desk with a nice hot cup of chamomile tea. It is a chilly rainy day here in Pittsburgh so a cup of tea is the perfect thing.

pops said...

good afternoon my friend starry! how are you and you are looking so lovely today and i just love your precious little teapot. i am sitting at the party with the rain streaming down the windows...the pups all curled up on the couch burrowed in the blankets and i am sipping on a cup of hazelnut chocolate tea which i have to say is delightful! a nice break from working that is for sure. so nice to meet artsparker...i love jasmine! and so nice to meet mimi...chamomile is delightful! now if you have some warm scones...i would love to have you pass me one with a dollop of lemon curd please : )

JoyAnna said...

Artsprakler,MiMi, and Pops - good to make your aquaintance.
And, Deborah, thanks for having this lovely tea party. You and your tea table look very pretty. I am warming my bones with a cup of English Breakfast tea on this very rainy chilly day here in NC.
I just heard we might have 3" of snow by tomorrrow morning and be below 20 degrees. Burrrr... Actually a little snow would be nice since the weekend is coming up. Snow never lasts long here, usually melts within 24 hrs., then we have to deal with the soggy.
Please pass the cookies! I love ginger cookies but any flavor will be welcome.

JoyAnna said...

I just left a moment to collect a couple of my tea books. A very special one was given to me by a dear friend when I lived in WA state. "If Tea Cups Could Talk" sharing a cup of kindness with treasured friends by Emilie Barnes - a beautifully illustrated book with many tea party recipes, quotes, etc. Bet alot of you are familiar with it. One quote:
If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are exhausted, it will calm you.
by William Gladstone

JoyAnna said...

Another quote that speaks to me because I can relate to it.
"She was passionately interested in everything I did. She spoke with candor and good grace. Then, defying the reality of crutches and straightened knee, on wings of hospitality, she flew to brew the tea.
---Tom Hegg, A Cup of Christmas Tea
This relates to me because I now have to use one crutch to walk because I had polio when a child and now I have post-polio syndrome.
Brenda of JoyAnna

Denise said...

Not sure what time it is on the west coast and if you are still having tea. I wanted to share with you some fun tidbit I found on the internet from "DONNA MODERNA: The art of reading the future with tea leaves" by Stephen Murrel and Rita Scontrino
Directions are ~ drink a cup of tea, then squeeze a small hole and drop enough tea leaves to cover a one Euro coin into your tea cup. Hold the cup in your left hand and turn it three times anticlockwise. This spreads the tea around the cup. The cup is read clockwise from the handle. The symbols near the handle show recent events or events about to happen. Symbols at the bottom of the cup represent your emotions. Around the rim of the cup is the happy zone indicating social plans and possibilities.

All right, but the meaning? The major symbols are the following:
Alligator: is a warning;
Arrow: pointing up means your luck is improving; pointing down means your luck is bad;
Bag: predicts a gift;
Bed: emotional contentment;
Bell: you will hear news about a problem;
Boat: money is arriving;
Bone: be careful;
Cake: a party;
Car: a new job or a powerful sexual symbol;
Circle: complete shows that a project will be finished; broken shows that a project is unfinished;
Compass: a change of direction in your life;
Ear: listen for unexpected opportunities;
Lamp: an unexpected celebration;
Palm tree: you are in a creative period;
Pear: good sign for love;
Pirate: forecasts adventures;
Question mark: warns you must be careful;
Triangle: (upside down) means bad luck.
Have fun! And my favorite tea this time of year is Celestial Seasonings Nutcracker Sweet!