I first noticed the scarf Stephanie was wearing. “Oh! That looks like something I would wear!” I blurted out. “I don’t know you, I’m Kathryn Ross. You must be new.”
Since moving into our new church facility – and doubling the seating capacity – we’ve seen so many new faces!
Not at all put off by such an unorthodox introduction, Stephanie introduced herself and we chatted scarves for a bit. Conversation turned to pet passions and peeves and within moments we both knew we had a great deal to say to each other. A teatime was the only option I could think of. A date was set and we each prepared for a grand visit and teatime tete-a-tete.
I made fresh Yorkshire Pudding (Visit my Pinterest Gluten Free Recipe Board for that) . . .
And, my Healthy Cookies (ditto) . . .
And, Herbed Goat Cheese with Rice Crackers with my Chicken Salad that seems to always please (Pinterest again) . . .
Grape Clusters full of fruity goodness . . .
And, for a little decadence – Ferrero’s Hazelnut Eggs and Coconut Chocolate M&M’s – Too True!
Stephanie arrived bringing fresh flowers from her garden! Lovely!
This is a Star Magnolia! I’d never seen one before and was struck by its beauty – petals flinging out like fireworks!
Originally from Japan, the shrub sized tree was introduced to North America in the 1860’s. It is unique in that it blossoms with flowers in late winter/early spring before it produces leaves. Well, being as our tea date was on the first day of spring, I’d say this was the perfect flower to grace our table, complimented by bright yellow daffodils trumpeting the season!
What I learned about Stephanie when we met was that she is a former blogger, only lately setting aside her two blogs at the end of 2011 after a number of years posting Bible study devotional writings. You can still visit Stephanie and her devotional archives HERE – though she is currently not actively blogging at all.
So, of course, she was not at all surprised when I told her that I needed to take pictures of the table for a tea post. She knew the routine, and proceeded to take her own pictures, too. We were so into framing shots at all angles, that I accidentally got her in the background of one of them!
My tea basket was chock full of a number of leaf tea blends to choose from. My guest thought the Rooibos Carmel Apple sounded delish, while I opted for my Jane Austen blend from Steep Show Teas.
I used the thrift shop Lenox Butterfly Meadow teapot I featured in THIS POST some time ago.
It was a happy spring pink and looked lovely with this floral creamer and sugar find. Would you believe I paid a total of $10 for the three pieces? True story!
The tea set was flanked by taper candles nestled in a treasure from my grandmother dating to the 1940’s – these delicate rose candle-holders with a stylish sleeve that wraps around the candle halfway.
I love how they match so nicely with the 3-D roses on the creamer and sugar!
My white Ironstone hexagon plates go with everything. All that was left was to choose the teacup and saucer. Stephanie surveyed my tea cabinet and chose this lovely lusterware rose pattern that belonged to my mother.
I thought I’d actually drink from the generously fluted edges of the Lily of the Valley cup I recently featured in honor of my mom’s birthday HERE.
A lovely teatime was had by both. And, it wasn’t to be over until I opened the sweet hostess gift Stephanie brought me along with the flowers. The Scripture card was a Word that I really needed to hear:
And, in the teal tissue paper wrapping was this sweet little beaded scarf she had hand made for me! Doesn’t it look great on my grandmother’s antique lamp in my office?
Copper was curious . . .
As a thank you, I was excited to design a collage art postcard. I started work on it that very evening . . .
And, finished it the next day. So much fun to make – more of a blessing to give!
Hope Stephanie is blessed in the receiving. Next teatime tete-a-tete will be at her place – and I hear she has a grand garden . . .
Teatime Tete-a-Tete this week with: