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Celebrating the Joy of Living & Home Making ~

Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Little Tidbits of This and That

More snow came before New Year’s, and the harbor froze over, but the gulf still was free, beyond the white, imprisoned fields. The last day of the old year was one of those bright, cold, dazzling winter days, which bombard us with their brilliancy, and command our admiration but never our love. The sky was sharp and blue; the snow diamonds sparkled insistently; the stark trees were bare and shameless, with a kind of brazen beauty. - "Anne's House of Dreams" - LM Montgomery

Hello my lovely friends! It's a new year and I'm one year older. To be honest, I'm really thankful that 2016 has come to an end. It was not a good year for me in many ways. The majority of it found me in a lot of pain. 

I could sit here and regale you with my woes but I won't do that. Suffice it to say that I'm glad 2016 is behind me and I'm looking forward to having a better year.

The Island has a major winter storm bearing down on us this evening and into tomorrow. They are calling for 30 to 40 cm of snow with winds. So by Monday morning it will really be a winter wonderland outside my window. Good thing I have lots of tea and coffee in the house!

This post is going to have some little tidbits of this and that. So, pour yourself a nice hot beverage and make yourself at home as we indulge in a little conversation.

The tea table above was from my Blossom Time on the Island Tea. You may click on the link to visit that post if you wish.

I promised myself I wasn't going to purchase any more china for a while because we plan to down size this year. However, Sears was carrying Spode Christmas Tree china and I already have four mugs and four plates in that pattern. I always thought it would be nice to have the teapot too but I told myself I have enough teapots. Hubby even offered to get me the teapot for Christmas but I declined. 

See, the will power I've got?? Aren't you proud of me? 

Then I visited Margie at her blog over Christmas and she was sharing her adorable Spode Christmas Tree teapot with its candy cane handle. I told her I would love to have one too but I really don't need another Christmas teapot. Well, Margie, in her wisdom, suggested I get the new teapot and get rid of one I already have. 

Now why didn't I think of that?

So, Hubby got me the teapot for my birthday! *smiles* I love it because I now have a nice set for the Holidays and it has so much personality!

I love the story that accompanies the pattern... 
"In 1938 Harold Holdway a young designer in Spode's England office was asked to design a Christmas pattern for the American market. He was faced with a dilemma...he had never seen a decorated Christmas tree! In his first sketch the presents were suspended from the branches. "Wouldn't that cause them to droop?" he wondered. He amended his sketches when told the American tradition was to place gifts under the tree. Holdway used another Christmas icon in a most delightful way, adorning the top of the tree with jolly St. Nick. We find his design both unique and charming, as do Spode Christmas Tree lovers the world over."

Thank you to my hubby and to Margie for her sensible solution! Now I will enjoy this pattern for a few more days and then put it away till next Christmas.

A number of you have already shared past blog posts from 2016. 

Have you ever wondered what your most popular posts were? Since I began blogging, I have hosted several parties, the main one being Tea Time Tuesday. The most traffic I received on a post was from that party which I hosted between 2010 and 2015. The post which received the most traffic was my Anne of Green Gables Tea on July 9, 2012. Anne always generates a lot of interest.

Second was the Tea on the Titanic which I also hosted that year on April 15th, 2012.

A favourite post from this past year would have to be Tea Time With My Girls from August when my whole family was home for a big Reunion.
We shooed the guys out of the house so we girls could enjoy a tea party. My little granddaughter had such a good time and she was quite taken with the parasol. The little lady drank three cups of tea that day!  

And finally, one post I really enjoyed putting together was my Farewell to Downton Abbey Tea. I still miss the highly popular series as I'm sure most of you do.

I know this has been a long post but I also shared a few posts so it was bound to be a little longer than usual. I hope for the most part you enjoyed it. 

I am always pleased when you stop by my little Rose Chintz Cottage and I hope you all enjoy your weekend. I will end it with a favourite prayer I used to share at the end of my No Place Like Home party.

Lord, this humble house we'd keep 
Sweet with play and calm with sleep. 
Help us so that we may give 
Beauty to the lives we live. 
Let Thy love and let Thy grace 
Shine upon our dwelling place. - Edgar A. Guest 

 I am joining the following parties as well~
Tuesday Cuppa Tea~
Friends Sharing Tea ~
Share Your Cup Thursday~
Home Sweet Home~

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Winter is the Time for Home

Winter is the time for comfort,
For food, and warmth,
For the touch of a friendly hand 
and a talk beside the fire: 
It is the time for home. ~ Dame Edith Sitwell

Happy New Year to you all, dear friends! I hope you all enjoyed a happy Christmas and you are anticipating what 2017 will bring.

Now that all the busyness is behind us, we can relax and savour the new memories made.

"I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month." ~ Harlan Miller

Our Christmas dinner this year was the usual turkey and all the trimmings. I made crustless pumpkin pie for dessert and I'm so glad I did because my son and his girlfriend joined us for dinner and she is gluten free. I didn't know that until they arrived.

She gifted me with this lovely Dutch Almond cake which we are going to have with our tea today. 

It is the consistency of a soft almond cookie and slices wonderfully well.

Wintertime is the perfect time for cozying up by the fire and sipping a cup of something warm. So, lets enjoy our tea and cake today. 

The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose. ~ George Gissing

I am using my RA Old Country Roses china. I love this pattern and it always reminds me of my Daddy because he admired it so much.

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December. ~ JM Barrie

These birthday roses are from my hubby. I do love white roses. 

I know some of you are taking a look back over the past year and sharing favourite blog posts but I will save that for another day. Meanwhile, I am going to savour tea in this beautiful teacup and give thanks for all the blessings this past year. 

The birth of a New Year is a time of reflection, bringing with it an opportunity for change....for developing a greater appreciation of what is most important in life. ~ Victoria magazine

Dear friends, may the New Year bring you good health, happiness, and may your cup be overflowing with blessings from above. God bless each and every one of you! 

I am joining the following parties as well~

Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
Share Your Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Thursday, 22 December 2016

The Miracle of Christmas

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like the bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do to others is good you do yourself. ~ Norman Wesley Brooks - 1976, from "Let Every Day Be Christmas"

Merry Christmas all my lovely blogger friends!
Christmas is almost here. 

I just want to thank you all for your visits and comments over the past year. I've mentioned this before but I find Blogland to be much like a friendly village where we all know each other and care for one another. Some folks we know better than others but we're still all part of this great big community of bloggers. 

I pray your heart would be full this Christmas. 

May the angels watch over you and your loved ones.

Take time to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas. 

Enjoy spending time with your family and friends.

My little grandson and granddaughter were able to build their first snowman this year. They seldom get this much snow where they live.

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

May your table be bountiful, not just with good food but with the love of family.

While we are enjoying all the wonderful festivities, let's not forget to worship the One who came so long ago to Bethlehem as a Baby born in a humble stable. Without His coming, we wouldn't be celebrating this beautiful and joyous season. The Miracle that is Christmas!

Our world was dark and in need of a Saviour. At just the right time, our Lord left His home in glory to come down among men. He could have been born in a castle for He was and is a King. But He chose a humble stable. A peaceful but smelly stable. His earthly parents were specially chosen by God to bring up this newborn King who would change the world forever. 

We who know Him recognize that it is because of Him we celebrate. Jesus, Son of God, is the Miracle that is Christmas. 

Joy to the world! the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King.
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing....
Issac Watts, 1674-1748   Arr. from George F. Handel, 1685-1759

If I were a wise man, I would do my part.
Yet what can I give Him - give Him my heart. ~ Christina G. Rossetti

May His Light and Love fill your heart and home this Christmas, my dear blogger friends. 

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi
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