Welcome to tea ladies (and gentlemen who may also stop by) ...
I'm so happy that you stopped by. Today's tea is a special tea ~ it's in honor of Hope Unlimited's celebration of love, for the many girl's they help. You also get a tiny glimpse of my new writing studio (which I will share more about at another time).
I have a creative area set up at the back of my writing studio, the windows provide a fabulous view of Mother Nature's treasures.
For our tea I have chosen some specific items: The tea was a gift from my friend Elizabeth, she brought it all the way from China, during her world trip last year. The teacup and saucer set is a gift from my dear friend Ly ~ so we have plenty of cups and saucers for everyone. And the heart display represent LOVE, not just at Valentine's - but everyday!
Look how lovely the Jasmine balls look!
And once they bloom in the tea pot ... WOW!!!
I just love the orchid design on the saucer and tea cup...
Now that your tea is poured ... let me tell you a little about Hope Unlimited's Celebrate Love project. Each year Hope Unlimited hosts a summer Day of Love party where all the girls learn about HEALTHY relationships, family and God's love. Girls as young as 10 come to Hope Unlimited from the streets and slums of Brazil, where they are constantly threatened by abuse and exploitation.
During the summer Day of Love, the girls are given cards ... much like the Valentine's Day cards that children here in North America exchange. These cards are sent from caring loving people all around the world. It's amazing how a "little" card will make a difference in the life of these girls ~ knowing that someone, somewhere in the world cared enough to send them a "little" note.
By now you are possibly thinking...
"hey, I could send a card", "I want to make a difference",
"How many cards do I need to send, I don't have a lot of spare time"....
You can send 1 card or sky is the limit ... your card(s) can be store bought - or handmade.
I chose to make mine .... here is a sample of the cards I made. You can find phrases in Portuguese to personalize your card(s) here. The one I used - translates to You are precious, God's beautiful creation. On the inside ~a butterfly goes through so much in a short time, to evolve into the beautiful gift from nature- so I chose a stamp with a butterfly and "dream big" wording; I added a second butterfly bling (because who doesn't love sparkly inspiration) and added a heart and the phrase Happy Valentine's day on the front of the card. For the envelope I added the phrase the translates into Beautiful young lady; a couple more hearts with sparkly bits representing the infinite number of Angels who watch over each girl. I also added a seal to close the envelope.
Once your card(s) ready to go ... place card(s) in an envelope and mail it to:
Hope Unlimited For Children, PO Box 100, Jefferson City, TN 37760.
Cards may be postmarked as late as April 1.
And the wonderful folks at Hope Unlimited offices will make sure that your card(s) arrive safely at their Brazil destination.
You can learn more about Hope Unlimited by clicking here and to learn more about Celebrate Love click here. If you were wondering the impact a card can make read this story.
Celebrate Love: Meet Joyce
Special thank you to Susan from My Place to Yours who introduced me and many others in Blogland to Hope Unlimited.
Now take 5 minutes out of your day and send a card, you will be making the world a better place!
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