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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, 13 February 2013


"Nothing on earth is so divine as a home. It is four walls and a roof, with windows to let in the sunshine, and a door to bar against the outer world, and to open to one's friends. It is a nest full of sweetness and peace. It is an asylum and a refuge and a shelter and a place of withdrawal from storm and tempest. It is a place of dignity and repose." ~ Margaret E. Sangster 

Hello dear friends and welcome to my HOME ~

I hope everyone is enjoying their week. I am still having back issues and almost cancelled today's party but I wanted to give you the opportunity to share something here if you wished.

Over the weekend, we took refuge in our HOME because of the blizzards that blew in. It was quite nasty! 
This time of year, especially here on the Island, when the tempest rages outside, one wants to stay inside and keep warm in front of the fire. Sipping tea or hot chocolate or even a hearty soup like the one Kitty shared last week makes being HOME all the more enjoyable.

Last week, Kitty @ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen received the most views. Congratulations Kitty! Don't you love her red heart bowls and table covering?

You may view Kitty's recipe for Sausage Soup here.

Now, if you would kindly indulge me, I will share one of my new teacup trios which are from this week's tea party and which some of you have already seen.

This pattern is called Rose of England. Isn't it pretty with its full blown light and dark pink roses!

With tea, one must have a cookie to enjoy with it. Everything looks magical under glass, including cookies! Pink tulips lend themselves beautifully, don't you think?

There were a few other treats; egg salad heart sandwiches,  chocolates, as well as strawberries.

My wonderful hubby gifted me with this sweet little angel. She's taking time to stop and smell the posies.

Or if you prefer; a red theme which I dug out of my archives.

Since I am barely moving these days, I didn't do much in the way of decorating for Valentines Day. I did however set up this wee vignette and lit the tree.

I always keep up one or two trees from the holidays for just such occasions as Valentines day. This is one which I added red hearts and pink glitter balls to. The pretty red box is filled with Victoria and Tea Time magazines.

What have you done for Sweetheart's Day?

Thank you for visiting my cottage today. If you have something HOME related that you would like to share, please link up and join me. Also if any of my tea friends were late to the tea party please link up here. I will be happy to come and visit you.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Home and Garden Thursday ~
Share Your Cup Thursday~
Cottage Style Linky Party~
Home Sweet Home~
Open House~

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Hello, Sandi

    I'm sorry your back is giving you trouble and hope that it improves soon for you. Perhaps someone is able to make tea for you today and serve it in one of your pretty cups.

    Wishing you well,
    Karen (I hope my little post is suitable for your "Home" theme.)

  2. Hi dearest Sandi, I hope you're feeling better a little more each day. I do love your pretty pink dishes and also the red ones, too. Thank you so very much for featuring my table and sausage soup. I am truly honored. I just took my little tree that was in my bedroom. It was decorated with snowmen. Next year, I will remember to decorate it with hearts, like you did. Keep warm and cozy, Sandi, and Happy ❤ Day to you and your sweetie. xo

  3. Hi Sandy. I hope you are feeling better today. If I were there I would take down your favorite tea things (do you have favorites?) and make you some soothing tea.

    Thank you for hosting the party and thank you for starting the Wed party on Wed- not Tue night! I'm always late for those!

    warm hug,
    Linda at The French Hens Nest

  4. Hi Sandi!
    I forgot to mention last time that I love your angel. She is so sweet. hope you feel better soon.

  5. Sandi,
    Love the little tree vignette and the sweet angel!!
    I hope you start to feel better soon....
    Thanks so much for hosting!!

    I am having a Giveaway and i hope you will stop by to enter...


  6. So many pretties!!! I love the heart sandwiches and everything looks lovely! :) I hope you feel better soon, will keep you in my prayers!


  7. Oh sorry about your back. I hope today will be better at the end...

    Thank you for sharing all the much joy...and LOVE!


  8. Just prayed for you. Trusting for your quick healing.

    Love your pretty vignettes!! [hugs]

  9. Dearest Sandi,
    Sweet Blessings to you at HOME! May you be well and enjoying life. God bless. It is always a pleasant visit at your lovely blog. Thank you for sharing with us delicious refreshments and lovely dishes.

    May you have a wonderful Valentines Day,

  10. Oh dear Sandy, I hope your back gets better soon! Maybe you should take a strong dosis of Glucosamine, my mom's back has started to finally not heart and it's called: ARTROSAMIN-Complex
    Your pink dishes are gorgeous and all your vignettes. I love the yummy stuff too! Thank you for this lovely party, even though you're not at your best, I do appreciate it! Big hugs and feel better soon.

  11. I am so glad I was able to join your Home party! Your post is filled with so many pretty and special treasures! Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

  12. Hello Sandi
    Nothing worse than a sore back giving one grief, hope yours is better soon.
    I didn't post for Home this week so will just be visiting.
    Happy Valentine's Day.

  13. Hello Sandi:

    I haven't been visiting in awhile and it's so good to see your lovely tea. Hope you're back improves.

    - The Tablescaper

  14. I'm sending Valentine's wishes and prayers that your back will improve.
    Your table is so sweet and feminine.
    Have a wonderful Valentine's Day, my dear friend.
    Carolynn xoxo

  15. Hi Sandi....Sure hope you feel better. Back issues are a bummer, that's for sure.

    Your tablesetting is lovely and the little angel, perfect! So doggones sweet.

    Take care and Happy Valentine's Day! Susan

  16. Hi Sandi,

    I'm so sorry you're back is giving you problems...I hope you can rest and relax this weekend!

    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  17. You have had a tough time since Christmas haven't you? I see someone above mentioned your back, Iam sorry to read that. We need you, so get better soon. Happy valentines Day and God bless. I don't think my picture will come up on the link, it almost shurt down while I was working on it.

  18. Hi Sandi,
    Happy Valentine's Day to you and your hubby! I'm sorry that you are having back issues. May God's comfort and healing be upon you, Sandi! Back in December I felt and broke four ribs, I still have two broken. The first few weeks after I felt was very painful to laid down, but now I just suffer from a little bit of pain here and there. The Lord is good, my internal organs are all right. Singing another tune. I love your new teacup trio with those beautiful roses. Your little angel is very lovely and so is your wee vignette. I'm like you, I kept one tree out from the holidays, which I'm sharing it with you today at HOME Party. Thank you very much for hosting such an amazing party for us! Blessings! <3

  19. Happy Valentines Day Sandi. Yum! Those cookies look so good! Wish I had one right now. Breakfast of champions. lol!

  20. Hello, Sandi! It has been awhile since I have linked up to your teatime parties. (I didn't realize you had 2 this week!)I'm sorry to hear that you have had back ailments. I, too have been trying to recover from knee surgery that I had about a month ago. I'm so glad you decided to still host, though! What a sweet angel gift from your hubby! Praying you are feeling better soon!
    In His Love, Ann @ Cairn Cottage

  21. Hi Sandi, I am so glad I could join in today. Hope your back is getting better. Thank you for choosing to host such a kind and loving party. Happy Valentines Day.

  22. Sandi,
    I am sorry your feeling bad. I hope you get well soon. Thank you for hosting!

  23. Oh Sandi, I am sorry you aren't feeling well. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day anyway.
    Your decor is beautiful.
    xo rachel

  24. Sandi, I hope you feel better soon. Your tea table is really pretty, and so is your new teacup trio! Happy Valentine's Day!

  25. Hi Sandi! Oh, poor one, feel better soon. Your tea set and tablesetting is just beautiful! I'll take a tiny little plate of those delicious goodies.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  26. Hi Sandi! My first visit to your lovely blog. I do hope you feel better soon. Happy Valentine's Day!

  27. Hi Sandy!
    I just realized I never got over to your to leave a comment after you were sweeet enough to share the Cozy I sent you. I am finding I do less blogging lately, and am on my ipad more than our computer, which at times wont let me respond to comments...very frustrating for me and then I forget...old age I think, lol

    Thank you so much for that special little plug. I hope you are doing better and that the winter is treating you kindly, my sweet friend!

    Be blessed!

  28. So very Pretty! Wow! Eye Candy! Came over from Bernideen's Open House Party! Have a Beautiful Weekend! Thank you for Posting Sandi. Have a beautiful weekend!
    Lizy @

  29. Sandi so happy to have found your blog through Bernideen's Tea Time Blog! I'm following on GFC and also linked to your party! Thank You so much for hosting. Looking forward to more of your exquisite decor and posts! lizy

  30. Good afternoon Sandi...I seemed to have missed the Mr Linky again. Just slow in getting around this week, just too much fun.
    I hope you are feeling better.
    So glad you got my little treat. I was worried it might now arrive so far away.
    Much love,

  31. I am a new reader of your delightful blog and am enjoying your posts. I love your beautiful Rose of England china. I would like to purchase some pieces but have not been able to locate the china anywhere. Would you please provide the name of the pattern along with the name of the manufacturer. Thank you so much.


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