Tea and Correspondence . . .

I just LOVE prizes!  I was always one for prize giving.  I would see something I thought my husband or one of the kids, or a special friend might like, and I’d create an event  for prize giving – complete with hoopla and hugs!

Well, in our virtual Blogworld of prizes, we imagine the hugs, and create plenty of visual and textual hoopla within “give-away” posts!  We’re encouraged, on varied occasions, to enter to win something marvelous from creative, tasteful women all over the world!

Imagine my delight when I found that within the last few weeks I have won four giveaways!  Today, I put together a little post about two of them that I thought complimented each other well.

Trish at Sweetology sent me a beautiful floral teacup with a sweet lid to keep my tea hot!

Abby at Little Birdie Blessings sent me a precious host of Victorian children greeting cards packaged with a lovely personal note and an extra little something to slip between the pages of my Bible!

So, of course, I have to set up a morning of correspondence writing on my old fashioned writing desk – with tea by my side, and a little treat from my favorite local baker – Trish – you’d love them – Steve & Jill at Sweet Life Bakery!

A Blueberry Lavender cupcake with all its purple-blue cream cheese and lavender frosting over a ricotta cake recipe is splendid!

Proper ladies of bygone days, when once cleared of breakfast, might take their tea at their writing desk and dash off their morning correspondence in time to make the morning post.

A leisurely hour or so might be spent handwriting newsy little tidbits and heartfelt sentiments to friends and family.  Today, we call that texting tweeting, facebooking, and email.

In the day, however, the elegance of a fine hand and prose perfect words were a mark of gracious womanhood.  The copious quantity of surviving letters of our feminine ancestors – famous and not so famous – give us an intimate look into the heart and issues of the daily lifestyles of women in the era depicted skillfully here by Abby – sweet Victorian children committed to greeting cards.

I have a favorite publisher of vintage books – and books for vintage lovers – at Applewood – from whom I have a whole series of Laughing Elephant books featuring vintage illustrations, verse, and in this case, details of the letter writing habits of vintage times.  Here’s my lovely copy of a title dedicated to the art of handwritten correspondence:

Just the thing to curl up with to finish my tea – kept so fresh and hot with Trisha’s lidded teacup – after I’ve jotted a few choice words to loved ones filled with good wishes and encouragement – then sent onto the post!

Perhaps it might be a note of gratitude for prizes received with appropriate sentiment:

“Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, 
and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I give thanks to God always for you . . . making mention of you in prayer;
Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, 
and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, 
in the sight of God and our Father;”
1 Thessalonians 1:1-3
Thanks Trish & Abby!

Sharing this bit of Tea & Correspondence with:
Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Wanda Lee’s Tea for Two at The Plumed Pen
Wanda Lee’s Tea Pots & Tea Things Tuesday at The Silken Purse
Trisha’s Tea Party Tuesday at Sweetology
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Martha at Martha’s Favorites
Trish at Lily-Rose Cottage on LACE Wednesday 

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. Well MY oh MY is this FUN to see and read. Ok, that cup is AMAZING…it has found the home it was meant to have in your home. The sweet little cupcake just melted my heart….such a nice flavor combo, I just may have to try that in the future. The greeting cards are fantastic and whimsical..how FUN!!! You are absolutely deserving of all your prizes..you are such a pleasant blogger with the nicest most sincere comments which I am sure you know by now are so vital to the continual commitment it takes to put out a blog in the fist place. CHEERS!

  2. The art of letter writing!! May it never stop existing… there is nothing sweeter and more precious than to receive a hand written note or letter in the mail box … wonderful post! and what wonderful treasures you have won… Congrats! xo HHL

  3. Kathryn, congratulations on your numerous winnings! O, what delightful fun!! The teacup and lid truly is fabulous…wonderfully sweet, with the floral design and little flower handle on the lid. The cupcake does look and sound yummy.

    And I must agree with you about hand written letters. Emails are fun, but to receive a hand written letter in the mailbox with pretty stamps and colors is a delight in the day. And you have a little part of the person who wrote it within their handwriting. My father has past on, but I still have a little bit of him when I open a letter from by gone days written in his own hand.

    Enjoy the day,

  4. Hello Miss Kathy~
    You send out sweetness, warmth and cheeriness and it was bound to return to you…congrats on the ‘happies’ coming your way!
    Your posts are always a treat to read and you include such nice photos too. The cupcake and tea look delicious. The lidded cup from Trisha is lovely.
    “Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company” Lord Byron
    I share your affection for letter writing and what it means to those who participate in the writing and reading of treasured notes. Thank you for regularly visiting my blog,

  5. Hello Kathy,
    Congratulations to all your prety prices. The tea cup is a real treasure and your cupcakes are perfect with it. Thank you for sharing all your treasures and enjoy those lovely prices.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  6. Oh Kathy, what a delightful post. It’s such a pleasure for me to see how much you enjoyed the cards I sent. You have photographed them beautifully along with your unique teacup with a lid. I’d love to get inside that letter writing book you shared. I agree, handwritten letters are wonderful. Who doesn’t enjoy receiving mail. Thanks again for portraying your prizes in such a beautiful way through words and photos. God Bless, my friend. ~ Abby

  7. Isn’t Abby a sweetheart? I just love corresponding with her!
    I too love giving prizes to people and love creating little occasions to do so. I guess that’s why my “gift stash” never gets very big — I give it all away soon after I purchase/make it!
    Love your notes on letter wriitng — somehow texting, emailing etc. doesn’t quite seem as warm and cozy does it? Really—what can beat a sweet note in the mailbox from a good friend in the midst of bills and junk mail?! Note to self: Write more letters!

  8. I do love Mail Call!!! What wonderful goodies found their way to you. I love to sit, write, drink tea and have a goodie. Eases the day! Happy Tea Day!

  9. How special! I’ve never won anything…other than in the game of life where I have a fab husband, family and Blessings Forever More from my Lord Jesus! The cupcake looks gorgeous and I love the teacup!

  10. What a pretty teacup and lid! Don’t you just love that we have that great little bakery in our town now? Such yummies! I also think letterwriting is still so important. I’m happy you are getting so much pleasure, inspiration (and prizes too!) from blogging! I feel so much love from our blogger friends! Virtual tea party, almost as good as sharing in person!
    But today, it’s hot, I’m moving, and drinking iced tea! 😉 Blessings!

  11. Hi Miss Kathy,
    Congrats on your win. What amazing gifts to receive. Love the lidded cup. The cupcake looks divine and now I need a snack. LOL

    I still love the art of letterwriting and I feel it such a loss that we do not write more.
    I still send real cards and letters in the mail. It is so wonderful to receive them too, knowing that the giver spent time in thought writing to you.

    Love your post.
    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment.
    Have a wonderful evening.
    xo Celestina Marie

  12. That is a most incredible cup. I am new to this world of tea cups and am finding the variety just enchanting. You are such a lucky woman to win all those giveaways. Isn’t blogland so generous? I think we all just love surprises. Your pictures and music are all so lovely and create such a gentle feeling! I would love to have you visit, if you have time!
    Fondly, Suz

  13. Hello Kathy
    You won a very pretty and practical teacup that I’m sure will be by your side for many letters written. The cupcake sounds decadent and would be a nice treat to have with tea.

  14. Hi Kathy,
    Your lidded teacup is so sweet and so well deserved, I might add. The cupcake is not only pretty to look at but I imagine it is delightful to the taste buds as well. I have enjoyed immensely corresponding by cards and letters in the past but my handwriting is not as good as it used to be for several reasons so I am happy to be able to type a note these days. I still enjoy sending a card in the mail although not many do that any more. Your cards are very sweet and I know they will be joyfully received by your recipients. Lovely gifts! Thank you for sharing your delightful post with Tea Time. It’s always a pleasure to have you. Enjoy your week.


  15. Good Morning Miss Kathy,
    So enjoyed viewing your pretties again. Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment about my treasure hunt. The shells were so fun to paint and I have a post ready for Thursday to share them.
    Have a wonderful day and blessings always.
    Smiles, Celestina Marie xo

  16. What a CHARMING blog and life you lead! So glad to have just discovered you! I love “meeting new Christian sisters!

    Have a blessed week!

  17. Just the inspiration I need to sit down and write those letters that have been on my heart… and I think I’ll make myself a cup of tea!

    Blessings, Debbie

  18. Dearest Kathy,

    What a lovely windfall of wondrous winnings!.., Congratulations!

    Dear Trish’s generous gifting of that delightful teacup is so lovely. I just adore lidded teacups and what a pretty one! With the paring of enjoying your tea, letter writing treasures and that oh-so-yummy blueberry and lavender muffin.., Yum!

    Thanks for joining us for TTTT as well as for my 92nd, ‘Tuesday Tea For Two”. We always love having you join us!

    Blessings and hugs from Wanda Lee

  19. Kathy, you are a very blessed lady!!
    What a lovely cup and greeting cards!
    I can just imagine you arranging prizes to be won by your loved ones 🙂
    Your merry heart and joyful ways are amazing, lol!
    Congratulations on your well-deserved winnings.
    Thanks for linking to LACE today.

  20. Congratulations Kathryn! Such lovely gifts! I am intrigued by the ingredients in this cupcake -looks and sounds delicious! My neighbor has a wonderful script handwriting. He told me that his two aunts would train him by having him copy the front page of a newspaper. It is sad that the art of handwriting and hand written letters is fading. Thank you for sharing this lovely post with A Return to Loveliness!
    God Bless,

  21. Ohhhhh….I love, love this post. Awesome prizes and the book — oh, the book! Normally the cupcake would hold my attention but I keep going back to check out the book. I must find one. 🙂 Or keep looking at yours. Ha!

  22. Hi Kathryn,
    Congratulations for winning your lovely prizes. The lidded teacup is beautiful….I just might have to get myself one. I usually end up with cold tea when I’m on the computer and this would be a really pretty solution.
    Thanks for showing it to me.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  23. What a beautiful tea cup you won! The lid is so sweet too. Your cup cake has stolen my attention though! It looks delicious and is making me dream up my own tea treat!

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