What have you all been up to? I've been busy the last couple of days with making soap. Now I'm trying to catch up on everything else. I started a 6-part Bible study on the book of Ruth..I'll write about that towards the end of this post.
I'm posting my Tea Time Tuesday a day early. I've decided to try and have it posted the day before...and then do absolutely nothing on Tuesdays. I want more time to read all of your blogs and have a little rest :) :) :) Here are my tea things for Tuesday - July 13th, 2010. This is my second week of fun!!!! OH, if you'd like to participate please visit the tea buttons posted on my sidebar. There are two towards the middle of the blog sidebar. Pay Sandi of Rose Chintz Cottage and Pam of A Breath of Fresh Air a visit. You'll be glad that you did!!!
When I lived in Eugene, Oregon there was a tea shop within walking distance of my apartment. It is called Savouré Tea Shop. That shop was so beautiful and smelled like all sorts of fragrant teas. They also had all the accessories...teacups, teapots, saucers etc. that a body could want. Of course, I was a poor working girl, but I still wanted a nice teacup with saucer. So I saw this and saved my money for it, purchased it, and brought it home. I love the delicate roses against the white background on the teacup. The saucer is a coordinating pink/white/light green plaid background.
I'm including this poem that I have been thinking about a lot lately, especially the first few lines. Do any of you remember the tv series "Christy"? There's a scene where David Grantland invites Christy to tea by the little pond and he quotes the first few lines of this poem...
SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY, LIKE THE NIGHT
by Lord Byron (1814)
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies,
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meets in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in ever raven tress
Or softly lightens o'er her face,
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek and o'er that brow
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent;
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent.
Here's my teacup and matching saucer from a slightly different angle and in much better light. Notice the white/pink doily with double ruffled edge. I purchased that doily at a yardsale a few weeks back for just $0.25.
Here's a close-up of the pink,white and light green plaid detail on the saucer.
It's a fine porcelain teacup and saucer fra Chacult. Now, I never bothered to keep the box...I tried researching this on Google and it was quite difficult. It's a company based in Germany. Their products are sold in many places. However, it was a bit difficult to find a company website. If I remember right "Chacult" was short for "China culture"...as in plates, saucers etc...
I just started participating today in a six-part Bible study on the book of Ruth. It's being led by Tressa over at Walking in His Path. Click here to view her blog. Her friend Micah at Unfading Beauty is also facilitating the study. Click here to view her blog. The series is called "Redeeming Ruth" by Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church. Now he can and is a bit brash at times. I don't normally listen to him, simply because I have a lot on my plate as it is...BUT I love the book of Ruth. So I decided to give this a try.
The first lesson is really great. I was very pleasantly surprised. There's so much gold to be discovered in this book. Where do I start? If you'd like to listen and participate,check out Micah's blog or Tressa's blog. There are links there to the study or you can just click here to go directly to the first message. You'll also notice there are PDF notes you can download. Oh back to what I learned, a LOT...I think that it took a lot of faith on Ruth's part to leave her homeland,people and gods to go back to Judah with Naomi and follow the one true God. However, look how much God blessed her for that decision to follow HIM and honor Naomi. He brought her a huge blessing..Anyway, I'm saving my comments for the study :) :) :) Do have your Bible with you!!!
Both Tressa and Micah are young ladies who've decided to live their lives for God. They're really neat young women. So please pay them a visit. It's really refreshing to see young people have a heart for God!!! If you decide to participate, please visit their blogs to leave comments/discuss what you have learned...:) :) :) They're really nice young ladies!!!
Feel free to borrow this photo with Scripture and share it on your blog or with friends/loved ones, if you'd like :) :) :)
As I was coming home from errands today, I noticed one of the apartment's has a rosebush in front. So I quickly snapped a few photos. One of them I turned into that photo I posted earlier with the Scripture. These roses were pink and pinkish yellow and yellow all growing on the same rosebush. It was very beautiful.
I'm letting the soap cure...and I'm sure staring at it a lot!!! This is one of those moments where I have no choice but to be patient. Apropos soap,I have a really nice blogger friend, Gerry of Gerry's Soap N Stuff. Click here to pay her a visit or visit the button on my sidebar. She knows a LOT about making soap. She writes quite a bit about it...and if you go to her blog site you can see some really neat photos of her work, plus other nice things!!!
Well, that's about it. I don't think I've forgotten anything. Have you ever had one of those days where you haven't done a lot , but you have done a lot? I think I'm having one of those days. Although, truly it is a very good kind of busy. So I'll rejoice :) :) )
I'm still thinking about that Bible study on Ruth..."Redeeming Ruth". I'm in for something great here!!!! There's a lot here..tragedy, romance, God's provision in all things. It's such a great book to read. It's only a few chapters long. I'd encourage you to read it this week.
WELCOME TO: Betty/That Corgie :) ): of A Corgi in Southern California. Click here to view her blog.Thanks for joining my blog. It's an honor and a blessing :) :) :)
That's the news from Oregon today...unless I think of something else :) :) :) Lots of love and hugs, Heather :) :) :)