I love being around artistic and creative people. But, I often find that they are always busy – like me – seeking to take all the ideas charging about in our brains and turn them into realities. Proper nourishment to the purpose is important. This means MAKING THE TIME for tea and creative conversations with kindred artistic spirits is paramount. That’s why I was joyful to welcome my friend, Sandy, to tea today.
I featured her June ballet production of Alice in Wonderland a couple months ago, and she is back for another creatively hectic year of art and dance classes as artistic director of Magnolia Hill Studios.
I scurried about the house trying to tidy up my crafting debris as I am currently in production mode for my Cameo Impressions Etsy shop – which was all over the dining room. The table needed to be set! I chose this sweet acorn and oak leaf pattern cup and saucer, set simply with pumpkin colored rose napkin rings holding green napkins to match the green and Autumn brown in the china pattern.
The teapot is from Victorian Trading Company – only I came by mine for $5.oo at a yard sale a few years back.
It is a sweet Victorian bird design in Autumn red transferware. My Irish Belleek creamer and sugar compliment it nicely – though just for looks. Sandy and I drink our tea without embellishment.
It took me about five minutes to whip up my Maple Cranberry Squares – a recipe I shared on THIS POST – and which are always spectacular!
I love introducing them to guests for the first time and asking them to guess the “secret ingredient.” Being gluten free, I was thrilled to discover how easy and delicious it was to use garbanzo beans in baking all sorts of delicate teatime treats with no guilt factors involved!
The house smelled amazing with the freshly baked scent of the Maple Cranberry Squares AND the Maple Rooibos Tea that was steeping in the pot under a golden tea cozy – all the colors of Autumn! And, how lovely the sweet hostess gift Sandy brought me looked set up on the table – a decorative jar of pumpkin pie spice! Yum!
Tea was served and we had so much to share!
Discussing the ups and downs and daily challenges of being self-employed in the arts industry, we share a calling to be salt and light, making a stand for culture and aesthetic taste, classic goodness and beauty. Sandy’s vision is to raise up a generation of “art appreciators” by teaching children and families the classics via top quality art and dance techniques through her talented professional staff – with delightful whimsy tossed in to enrich and delight.
Her vision is a twin to my desire as an Enrichment Artist, bringing the power of story alive with an emphasis on classic literature and character values, founded within Biblical principles. To that end, we are both dependent on the guidance, provision, and inspiration of God in our creative life. Our vocation is a necessary ministry in an ever darkening world – and yet – it is our livelihood, too.
When we struggle through difficult seasons, we learn to walk in FAITH . . .
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.
We invest our Faith in God through our commitment to TRUST Him . . .
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
. . . for all the vision and resources necessary to accomplish the artistic call on our lives. Therein . . . is PEACE.
Before she left, I gifted her with a copy of my book, Fragrant Fields: The Writer’s Reverie Collection – which thematically calls the reader to “stop and smell the roses” – taking the time to rest and renew through retreat and restoration.
Sandy and I are both guilty of pushing ourselves to the limit – and then wonder why we are feeling so whacked. Taking time for tea this afternoon and trading words of encouragement with each other was as sweet a fragrance as the maple scents from my baking and tea steeping that remained wafting through the air all day.
Yes – Sandy and I must do this again very soon!!
~ In honor of another dear SANDI of Rose Chintz Cottage ~
Sandi’s Link-in this week is a PINK TEA for Breast Cancer Awareness Month ~
When my artist friend Sandy arrived, she was greeted in the front yard by my beautiful Pink Rose – a precursor of a beautiful afternoon visit. Though we did not take our tea in shades of Pink – I wanted to share one of my very favorite Pink teacups that I keep for very elegant and special display.
It is a demitasse pedestal teacup of the very thinnest china – delicate and lovely – with generous accents in gold setting off a creamy deep pink shade which frames a 17th century couple enjoying a romantic moment. It is numbered and marked in gold as Royal Vienna. May the serenity and beauty of this cup be every woman’s gift as she makes the time to regularly value her worth in taking preventative care for her health and wellness in all facets of her life!
Sharing Fall Tea for Sandy this week with:
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage Tea Time Tuesday
Kathy at Delightsome Life’s Return to Loveliness
Terri at Artful Affirmations Tea Cup Tuesday
Martha at Martha’s Favorites
Ruth at Antiques and Teacups