A Quiet Time For Tea

"Some people will tell you
there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment
in a chest of tea."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

"Stop and make the time
For a cup of tea divine.
Sip a cup or maybe two
Sent with love from me to you."
~ Margie Coughran ~

"While you're waiting for the kettle to boil. . .

Arrange a lovely tea tray complete with flowers, candles,
and a plate of cookies, sandwiches, or fruit.

Write an entry in your journal or a brief note to a friend.

Take a moment to declutter the room.
Your teatime will feel much more serene in an ordered environment.

Read a single poem or an entry from a book of daily meditations.

Or just sit quietly and wait. . ."
~ Emilie Barnes - If Teacups Could Talk ~

Taking the time to prepare a lovely tea just for you 
will calm you down and give you a wonderfully pampered feeling.
Why not take a break in a long afternoon to enjoy a quiet cup
in a lovely spot?
~ Emilie Barnes - If Teacups Could Talk ~

"I like to. . .think about the houses and the drawing rooms,
the kitchens and the cupboards where [the teacups] were kept.
And the people who cared for them 
and what they thought and felt and loved and lost.
For as a wise French writer once said,
"The reconstitution of the past is a delicate pleasure
of which one should not be deprived."'
~ Geraldene Holt ~

"The daintiness and yet elegance of a china teacup
focuses one to be gentle, to think warmly, to feel close."
~ Carol and Malcolm Cohen ~

May you, lovely friends, have a beautiful day!

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New tote bags in the shoppe.



Gail Dixon said...

Oh I love your teacups! Especially the one with the rose inside the cup. Neat looking totes! I'll have to go to your shop and peruse. :)

Valerie said...

What a gorgeous post! Love, love your tea cups. You are so talented too, love the totes. =) Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

kathyinozarks said...

lovely post-and excellent advice-I know I need to slow down sometimes and just take in the day-

living from glory to glory said...

I love the pictures and the quotes! I wonder where my book is that has been written by Emilie Barnes.
Now, where has our spring gone?
Blessings, Roxy

Anne Payne said...

Gorgeous teacup! I could go for a nice cuppa about now but I hear my kitchen cabinets calling to me to finish painting them :) {{hugs}}

Debby Ray said...

Stephanie...oh my, what lovely, lovely images and accompanying quotes...a treat for the eyes and the soul! I hope you are having a good week!

Elizabethd said...

My Grandma would never have drunk tea from a mug as we so often do today, but always had her bone china teacup.

Jeanna said...

Another lovely post, Stephanie.

Your totes are adorable!

Debbie Harris said...

I so enjoyed this beautiful post, my dear. Emily Barnes, one of my favorite ladies. She is a lady indeed!
There is something wonderful in a cup of tea in China, has to be China. :-)
Like Emily, I often wonder where some of my antique tea cups have been. The stories behind them? The ladies who owned them?
Your photos are as beautiful as ever!
Much love, Mom

Simply Linda said...

Oh so lovely. I often wonder what stories my tea cups hold. In agreeance with your mother..it must be in a china cup, unless it is sweettttttttt ice cold tea, that my dear friend, has to be a glass, not plastic (smiles). Blessings

vic said...

These are just gorgeous Stephanie wow and the teacups are stunning! Have a lovely day
Vic x

janice15 said...

Very nice post... I too always take the time to prepare a nice tea tray.. It makes me feel better.. with love Janice

Libby said...

Gorgeous tea cups! I always enjoy the way your photograph your items; makes them even more special.

Time for tea!

Denise said...

Such beauty in this post my friend.

Rosemary and Thyme said...

What a lovely post. So much beauty. And your tea cups are so delicate and charming. I also love the dried roses. It is so true. taking time for tea always makes me feel relaxed . Thank you for sharing such a sweet post.


amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

Lovely tea cups and quotes. My grandma collected tea cups. I have a box full of them, I just haven't had the heart to unpack them yet.

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

How pretty your teacup is. lOvely totes too.

Robyn said...

So many lovely sentiments, Stephanie. I don't drink tea or coffee but I do meditate and find that allows me to catch a breath during the day.
We have lost those traditions where we spend a few moments with a close friend and just 'be'. We spend all winter waiting for Spring and suddenly we're going at a breakneck speed, lol.
Love your beautiful photos, my friend. Hope you are having a great week. Hugs. xoxo

lynn said...

Nice post!

kitty said...

Oh sweet friend, I loved all the quotes that you shared with us, and all the beautiful photos. Only your can share the romance of a pretty teacup, and what a lovely teacup it is! Thank you for your blessings. xo

Sola Scriptura said...

What a lovely post! I'm going to go make a cup of tea now :)

Ceil said...

HI Stephanie! Your tote bags are really cute.
I really like a cup of tea on cold nights. Something so soothing about it :)
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Delvalina said...

Dear sister,

I just love all the buttons. They are adorable. and I love the quote from Geralden Holt.

Thanks for sharing, I almost finish make a dress for my friend and I'm going to do the project to your post.

All blessing to you,

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Stephanie, just lovely my friend. I enjoy to have tea on a quiet afternoon along with my thoughts and prayers. Nothing is more refreshing. Love your pics and all the quotes and verses. Gorgeous teacups!!
Also love your beautiful totes. Your talented hands have been very busy!!

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, love your pictures and verses. The buttons are gorgeous! Your post has left me feeling very cozy!

NanaDiana said...

Just beautiful, Stephanie. Love the teacups and those rose photos are amazing. Those look like paper roses- they are just gorgeous! xo Diana

SarahGeorge said...

Stephanie, beautiful photos and lovely wordings on tea time!And your bags look so lovely!!

TLady said...

How absolutely BEAUTIFUL! ;) This IS a lovely post! And your photos are wonderful! I've scrolled through your blog too! LOL Thank you for coming over to visit & your sweet comments! I look forward to seeing you more often. Tea is a thing that brings people together!:)Hope Abby is well! Blessings! :)

Sara Blevins said...

Dear Stephanie, I love your tea cups and really anything you post. I miss your posts very much dear! School,work and family, I had to cut down internet for now until God leads me. Much more blessings to you dear friend!!

Conniecrafter said...

Although I am not a tea drinker I know how special it is to sit in the morning and just bring in the day calmly reading my bible and the mornings are extra special when the sun is coming in the window :)

Patti said...

Beautiful photos. I think I'll stop and have a cup of tea. Thanks for sharing!

Debbie Borthwick said...

What a lovely post, Stephanie! I can't start my day without my morning cup of tea...well, actually a very large mug. I love all the quotes, and seeing your pictures reminds me of all my teacups that were gifted to me by my grandmother. One of them she made in a pottery class she took with a friend...probably back in the 1920s. I have them in the bottom of my china cabinet and very rarely use them. That needs to change! Debbie :)

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