Monday, April 22, 2013

Taking Time for Tea

Welcome friends for tea this week.  'Taking Time for Tea' is a book written by Diana Rosen from  Storey Publishing who have graciously sent me the book to review.  Normally I review gardening books but I couldn't resist a tea book for a change to share.
From the pretty cover to her most inner thoughts about tea, Diana also writes about the history and lore of tea as well as seasonal celebrations that include recipes.
"Taking the time to prepare tea for others is an important bridge of communication, and carefully preparing tea for ourselves is a vital link to our deepest core.  This, then, is what tea means to me:  the embrace of friendship, quiet contemplation, and the sustenance that can bring inner serenity and peace".   (Page 1)
"Meditation, with a cup of tea is time to suspend thought, ease your mind and body, and rest your soul.  Giving yourself 10 minutes a day with a cup of tea will go a long way toward improving your health, your happiness, and thus your life."  (Page 3)
I assembled some tea things on a silver tray which include our family monogram on the tray and a lacy linen napkin.  
The pink, black and white quilt on the bed is hand stitched and purchased from a woman in Tignish, Prince Edward Island when we were there on vacation years ago.  Sandi,  our host for Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage lives in the picturesque province of PEI.
And the final quote to share from Diana's book are words I wish for all of my tea friends.
"Tea is a supreme blessing, an infinite gift, not unlike the treasure of life.  May it always be the conduit between friends and family as you walk through your passages of life".
Taking Time for Tea ~ 15 Seasonal Tea Parties to Soothe the Soul and Celebrate the Spirt 
ISBN 978-1-58017-245-5
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I hope you'll visit our hosts and their guests for a cup of tea.


  1. Awwww what beautiful quotes you've shared with us from your new book, Judith. Your pretty tea vignette which is upon the pretty quilt is a perfect setting.

  2. Hi Judith,

    I just recently read one of your posts about making your picture collages using piZap. Thank you for that. I went there and have created a few of my own collages. My one question is how do you get the collages over to your blog? Your advice is greatly appreciated. You can contact me at

    Thank you.


  3. Well I really like the tea set. Those spoons are gorgeous.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  4. It sounds like Diana Rosen feels the same way about tea that I do! Lovely tea vignette.

  5. Beautiful tea vignette. I love your lacy linen napkin.

  6. Hello Judith,
    What a lovely post! Sounds like a wonderful book and has some lovely quotes in it. Your tea vignette on that pretty quilt is splendid! I like your spoons and of course, I always enjoy seeing your Lavender Rose teapot. Thank you for sharing this with us at Tea Time and have a lovely week out in your garden, my friend.


  7. What a lovely review of the tea book. Your tea setting and all your treasures is so beautiful! Love your quilt!
    Take care,

  8. You have given me a reason to find this beautiful tea book! I really enjoy the quotes from the book but the last one is the best! Your silver tea tray is so lovely with all the linens and china. My eyes were drawn to the pretty Royal Albert teapot with the curvaceous shape. Is it their Moss Rose pattern? I really enjoy how you have clustered the cups for is so creative. Thanks for sharing the lovely tea book!


  9. Your tea time photos are so pretty Judith. I love the edits you did to them. The last teacup on the right of the stack is so sweet and delicate. Beautiful! I hope you have a great week ahead. Blessings, Pam

  10. I am not following Pam around. Just sayin' This makes me want to read that book. The sentiments about tea are wonderful.

  11. Lovely post, and LOVE that quilt. I like a cup of green mint tea, esp. when I'm not feeling well.

  12. Judith .. what a lovely tea tray you have set out for us. Your monogrammed linen napkins are lovely and it sounds like a wonderful book you are reviewing. Tea (in my mind) should be mandatory each day... :) hope you are getting out in the garden during these lovely temp days..Blessings, C. (HHL)

  13. Hello Judith...Looks like a lovely book. Is the publishing company in Massachusetts?

    I wondered if you could tell me if it's hard to put the watermark on photos.

    I'd LOVE to do that.

    Would you be able to email me at If you can. Thanks. Susan

  14. I love the tea quote. It says it well. And a warm drink is so comforting, isn't it? add the pretty things surrounding it and you do have quite a restorative thing going on.

  15. What lovely thoughts about tea...the book sounds wonderful

  16. Makes me want to take some time and have some tea!

  17. Your tea table is so pretty and feminine, Judith. I enjoyed reading your book review too. Looks like a good book. Well, I'm going to go make a cup of tea and enhance my health and happiness! *Smiles*

  18. Hi Judith,
    that looks like a nice book. Its always welcomed to have new inspirations for a well known theme. I love the pictures and your setting is sweet as always. Thank you for sharing the interesting book review.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  19. Hi Judith: Your tea vignette today is so pretty. So love the tea spoons. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  20. That looks like my sort of book Judith!
    I'll try and order it from the library.
    I just read on Kathy's blog about the problems you've had with someone copying your posts - What is wrong with these people????
    It's scarey, I wonder what extra protection you've taken?
    Shane ♥

  21. Hello Judith,
    This is a beautiful book! From your sharing, I think I would enjoy it too. Thank you so much for sharing about it.

  22. Beautiful post!! I just recently started drinking tea in the evenings to relax me..I love it..lemongrass is my favorite! I planted lemongrass and I'm sp enjoying it!!

  23. That sounds like a lovely book to read. I'll have to see if I can find one locally as our oldest daughter is a tea fanatic and has recently started selling Steeped Tea.

  24. Hi Judith. I love the romantic, soft images you've posted. Such a treat in my hectic day. I also love books about tea, romance, you know, the old world gone by. Have a lovely day and hugs. I hope it's warming up out east. :)

  25. So elegant and romantic! Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  26. Hi,Judith.
    Thank you for introducing that wonderful book! I really loved to read Page 1, page 2 you introduced.
    The lacy linen napkin is too beautiful to use. Probably you know that I'm admiring your wonderful tea set with a small sigh!


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