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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.

Wednesday 7 November 2012


Hello lovely friends and Welcome to my HOME!
~ Heart  Of  MEnvironment ~
"HOME is the nicest place there is." ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

I don't know about you, but whenever I see Laura Ingalls Wilder's name, I always think of Michael Landon's charming TV series, "Little House on the Prairie." I watched it for years as well as all the re-runs and I loved every one of them! 

The show allowed me to travel back in time to a simpler time, although harder in many ways. I loved the close-knit family unit and the lessons learned in each episode. I believe we are lacking good wholesome family TV shows for family viewing these days. What do you think?

Today I would like to begin with some posts which caught my eye the last two weeks.........

My first week of  HOME, Carolynn's  button lamp shade stole my heart. She took some lovely buttons from her treasure trove of grandma's button box and covered a lamp shade with them. The end result was a warm and beautiful glow from her lamp of memories. I'm sure her grandma would have loved it. I know I do! 

Last week Janet's table setting for a ladies brunch had me imagining myself sitting down at her lavish table. She thought of everything, feminine and elegant with lace, pearls, china, and crystal. Who wouldn't enjoy sitting at her table!

And Linda at The French Hen's Nest shared her tutorial on making these wonderful toile valances for her kitchen. Aren't they pretty? As most of you know I adore toile! I love her blue and white transferware too!

Today my share is this little old-fashioned tin cup which a friend gave me several years ago. It's not very big and I think it's adorable! It kind of has a "Little House" feel to it.

Now you may wonder what do I do with a cup like that. Well, it makes its home in a pretty jar of Epsom salts by the bath tub and I use it to sprinkle the salts into my bath water. It reminds me to gives thanks for my friend who also loved the "Little House" series.

Epsom salts are wonderful for softening elbows, heels, and relaxing  muscles. Sometimes I add rose petals to the bath and light the candles with some soothing music playing in the background.

Now I have to ask, how many of you have a rubber ducky?

Today there is another birthday in our family. This is my handsome son with his family. They live out on the west coast and he is celebrating a birthday today. Happy Birthday Sweetie!
We are hoping to see them over the holidays and I will finally get to meet my little granddaughter. Aren't they a beautiful family!

Now I am wondering if you have anything you would like to share with us. Perhaps you have started your holiday baking or decorating. Please share if you have! If you are new here then please take a peek at the list below and see if you have anything in any of those categories which you would like to share with us.

I finally have my thumbnail account set up so please go ahead and link up with me.

Please continue to pray for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. 

As a courtesy, please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

I am joining the following parties as well~

Share Your Cup Thursday~
Home and Garden Thursday ~
Home Sweet Home~
Potpourri Friday~

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Hello Sandi
    I finally made it for the Home gathering. I like the container you keep your epsom salts in; roses like some sprinkled around their base in spring.
    Your son and family are striking in their family photo; that little gal sure has grown!
    Thanks for hosting.

  2. That is indeed a pretty table setting.

    Home is very important to me too. I am travelling for work an awful lot and it's always wonderful to come home and be home. Really, home is the one thing we have control over in an increasingly anonymous world and it is up to us to make it a warm, welcoming place with good values. It's a small thing we can do for ourselves and the world around us :)

    Blessings :)

  3. I just discovered your new link party via Lavender Cottage. I'm joining in with an idea for covering plastic coathangers. I was a great fan of Little House, and we have a daughter named Laura. Love your little tin cup, and what a wonderful use for it on a regular basis.

  4. Dearest Sandi,
    What sweet thoughts you have shared today. I, too, have such fond memories of reading "Little House" books as a girl and, also, reading them to my boys.

    Thank you for your kind words and for featuring my Grandma's button lamp. I am honored and my Grandma would have love it.
    You chose to feature two other lovely blogs that I am extremely fond of. You have blessed us all!

    When you shared about your tin cup I couldn't help but think that you are a person who looks at life with a cup full and running over.
    Have a sweet day, my friend!

    Carolynn xoxo

  5. Sandi, thank you so much for featuring my toile valances! As a new blogger this is such a thrill. I love your blog and your sweet spirit. You are very encouraging (a spiritual gift!)

    That is some beautiful container for storing your Epsom salts. Why not have beauty for utilitarian use? Love the cup too.

    Linda at the French Hen's Nest

  6. Ha ha! So glad our Laura is a classic and we're still talking about this simple little family who never imagined they would be household names so long ago in their little house in the big woods - and prairie. Always inspirational, milady - and I so appreciate your hosting such goodness and beauty to bless.

  7. Hi Sandi, I used to love watching Little House on the Prairie, and it's such a shame they don't have shows on tv like that anymore.I like the jar you use for epsom salts. Best Wishes Karen.

  8. This seems like fun, Sandi. I'll go back to my page and see what I can link up for your party.
    Love all the pretty things you've shared, including Carolynn's button lamp. I especially love your red transferware on the party button. I have been wanting to start a collection FOREVER!!
    Thank you for hosting.

  9. Oh Sandi, I love the pretty features! It's so nice to know that there's someone else that takes baths instead of showers!! I DO have a cute rubber ducky and a whole jar of epsom salts. I'll have to take a pic. Thanks for hosting your HOME party. Have a blessed day.
    p.s. Your son and his family are darling!!

  10. Hello, Sandi
    I loved the Little House books when I was young and I can see how your tin cup suits that theme. I hope my link is suitable for your new party and look forward to visiting the other participants' posts.

  11. Hi Sandi,

    Sorry I missed Tea Time Tuesday - esp since today's post is a tea time....I am off- kilter this week!

    Thank you for hosting this wonderful new linky party- your feature is gorgeous - and I love what you h ave shared today with us - especially of the family!

    God bless.

  12. HI Sandi, Little House on the Prairie was certainly a favourite progam of mine. I like your little tin cup. What a sweet picture of your son and his family. I'm glad you are finally going to meet that littlest grandchild soon! Blessings, Pam

  13. What a beautiful family you have! I loved the features you selected - especially Janet's. She does lovely tablescapes. The little tin cup brought to mind my farming aunt and uncle - they used to have a little tin cup outside by the cattle waterer - no, you don't dip into the cattle tank to drink! There is a faucet. Thanks for bringing memories back! Home is truly precious. Good meme, Sandi!

  14. Hi Sandi: Thank you for hosting another lovely party. Happy Birthday to your son, he shares the same day as mine. They are a beautiful family..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  15. Dear Sandy.... it has been a while since I have stopped by or joined you for tea. Now that I found my way out from under my dark cloud I'm hoping to change that. I have missed visiting and reading your posts are always wonderful and inspiring.

    Beautiful photo of your son and his family. I love the containers you have shared for storing and sprinkling the epsom salts.

    Great party!! Hugs and blessings, C. (HHL)

  16. Little house on the Prairie was never missed in our home as well. Simple wholesome living, and as you say there was always a moral to learn.
    Love your bath salts jar.

  17. Hi Sandi, Love that Laura Ingalls Wilder quote. And I too love those TV shows and still watch them! I agree with you, we definitely need more programs like that on today.
    Happy birthday to your son. What a lovely family! Gina

  18. Hi Sandi,
    So happy to be joining you today! Little House was such a wonderful series. They just don't make shows like that anymore. Love your little tin cup. I have a red and yellow one. Happy Birthday to your handsome son and what a darling family he has. So happy that you get to go visit!

  19. Hello Sandi,

    Little House on The Prairie was one of my favorite shows. So sweet. Your tin cup fills me with such nostalgia and happy memories. Thank you for selecting my Tablescape as one of your features this week. I am truly honored.

    Hugs, Janet

  20. Hi Sandi,
    I loved reading the Little House series as a kid. There were a lot of good lessons in those books. Many things like that do remind me of home. Thanks for hosting!

  21. Blessings to your dear family, Sandi!
    You have such a good looking bunch :-)
    I've always loved white tinware because it not only looks good in any decor but is so practical!
    I think your cup is fabulous.
    Laura would think so too!
    Thanks for hosting another great party and for linking up.
    Have a very blessed day, my friend..Trish x

  22. Hi Sandi - Love the little epsom salts container. So many cute ideas in blogland. Happy Birthday to your son. Lovely photo. Thanks for having your party..lots of fun visiting everyone. Hugs, Deb

  23. your son and his family are all gorgeous and even more...I love how you talk about him...a huge happy B to him and love that tin cup....

  24. I enjoyed your post today, I also love little house and Laura Engals!

  25. It seems that I always have epsom salts on hand but do not think to use it for a bath.

  26. Little House on the Prairie was my childhood favorite series. To meet that time sammmanhållning necessary. Something that can easily be lost in our matriella era. When I see your metal cup påmins me of when I picked blueberries as a child. My mother was wise and gave us a small cup for them to go fast to fill. Although most ended up in the belly. Epsom salts, I have not met in Sweden. But I have my bath salts in a pretty green glass jar. Bless you! Zinnia

  27. Hi Sandi,
    I want to wish Happy Birthday to your handsome son! He has such a beautiful family.

    Love your little tin cup and the container you keep the epsom salts.

    Thank you for hosting!

  28. Hello Sweet Sandy...

    Love the container for Epsom Salts and girlfriend...the lamp you shared is sooo darling.

    Happy Birthday to your son-shine. What a blessing.

    Love, Rebecca

  29. Sandi: Joel and his family look so nice together. A real family group. I love your giveaway display too. Your blog today was honoring to others and enjoyable.........Auntie P

  30. Hello Sandi, so glad to see things going so well. I do love the tv series - Little House on the Prairie - they did a fantastic job! What a great idea to use the tin cup for the Epsom salts! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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