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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 4 December 2013


"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." ~ Melody Beattie

Hello friends and welcome to my first HOME party in December! I hope you all enjoyed your American Thanksgiving.

We are having a wild snow storm here today and the winds are extremely high. We have lost our power once already and I hope we don't lose it again. I am NOT a Winter girl!

For the past week, I have been very busy getting my mother settled into her new home here in Charlottetown. She had been two hours away so life will be much easier now for both of us and the rest of the family.

I had company on the weekend along with a  bit of a virus and on top of all that, I have been trying to get some decorating done and not making much progress. But I will get there.

This week at my tea party, I shared a mix and match tea with cookies and an old vintage Christmas card my grandmother sent me when I was a little girl.

I cherish this card as it was the last one I ever received from my beloved Granny before she passed away.

I do not have a recipe for you this week although I will share my finished mantel in the living room and give you a peek at my tree.

The mantel is decorated in cream and gold instead of the usual pink I've had the last few years. I rather enjoy the change. The rocking horse has since gotten a pretty bow and the package sitting on the chair also got a new ribbon.

I'm still working on the tree but here is a glimpse of what it looks like. I love the ribbon! I think it gives the tree an ethereal or fairy tale like appearance.

Do you have any unique ornaments that you enjoy hanging on your tree? Here are a few teacup ornaments I have. The last one was a gift from my youngest som last year which he found at Cracker Barrel. in Illinois.

I hope by next week, I will have my tree finished.

These are some features from last week's party:
Penny at Penny's Vintage Home shared a beautiful winter wonderland after a snowfall. She also received the most views on her post.

Jann at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson shared her adorable plaid pillows and boots vignette.


Sherry @ The Charm of Home shared her beautiful Thanksgiving place setting. I just love her layered china and that trifle looks delish!

Thank you for welcoming us into your homes every week. You all have such a creative spirit and I appreciate you sharing with us here at my HOME.

Next week, I will begin hosting my "HOME for the Holidays" Party.

From December 11 through to December 22, I welcome all your holiday comforts of HOME. I hope you will join me and share your decorating ideas, recipes, etc.; all the beautiful things in your home that make it a cozy place to be during the holidays.

Thank you for visiting today and if you have something HOME related, please link up and I will be happy to come and visit you.

"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 beauty and Thy grace
Shine upon our dwelling place." ~ Edgar A. Guest

I am joining the following parties as well~

What's It Wednesday~
Home and Garden Thursday ~
Share Your Cup Thursday~
Home Sweet Home~

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Hi Sandi, I finally have something to share this week, its been awhile. Loved making Christmas Vignettes. Your (just about all) decorated tree is beautiful. Have a lovely week.

  2. I love your card from your grandmother - what a wonderful little keepsake. Your Christmas decorations are beautiful. I love the tea cup ornaments - I have one on my little pink tree. Thanks so much for hosting. Have a great week.

  3. Your mantle looks so pretty, as does your tree, dear Sandi. I hope you're feeling much better now. Please take care and thank you for hosting. xxoo

  4. Hi Sandi. I almost forgot to come "Home". I love this party and your mantle is exquisite and the tree will be beautiful..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  5. Sandi,
    A truly beautiful post!! Thanks so much for hosting!!


  6. Hi Sandi,I love your quote on gratitude, today, so very true.

    Your house is looking Christmas cozy; how whimsically sweet is your fairytale tree! Charming!

    Thanks for hosting and have a lovely week!


  7. Beautiful post. Love the card. The verses add so much. Looking forward to visiting the other ladies. Thanks Carol

  8. What a precious little card! The tree looks magical :) Thanks for the party and have a great week, Sandi! Summer greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  9. That card from your grandmother is wonderful, and your mantel decorations are lovely. I like the white ribbons and bows. Thanks for the party :) -Dawn @ We Call It

  10. Your mantle and tree are just gorgeous Sandi! First I want to thank you for having a party for us every week...second, I am so honored to be one of your features this week! Hugs, Penny

  11. Hi Sandi,
    Oh how lucky you are to get snow! I know you are not thinking that since you are not a "Winter girl".
    How special that you have that Christmas card from your Grandmother, it's very sweet.
    Your tree is gorgeous and I really like the way you used the ribbon.
    Thanks so much for hosting and have a great day!

  12. Christmas is looking beautiful at your house Sandi. I am doing something very similar to my mantel this year that you did, it's lovely! Hoping your weather tames down. Were about to get it by Friday. Thanks for the feature!

  13. I love your tree,the ribbon is beautiful!The teacup ornaments are wonderful,I will be on the look for some! The vintage card from your Grandmother is a treasure!

  14. Sandi, your Christmas tree and the mantle look beautiful! I love the tree with the ribbon garland and gorgeous ball ornaments. I saw the storm there on the news tonight. We had a rather nice day here instead and our snow from Sunday is almost gone already. Blessings, Pam

  15. Hi Sandi, I just about forgot to come Home... I've been so pre-occupied with making Christmas this year that time just flew by. I love your little tea cup tree ornaments, they are so sweet. The Christmas card is a sweet reminder, I wish I had one with my grandma's hand writing. I think I'll be shoveling myself out today, better get at it, have a wonderful day.

  16. Your mantel is lovely. And the tea cup ornaments are precious. We are still working on decorating our home.

    Jocelyn @

  17. hello
    j'adore ces petites tasses de thé
    pour le sapin
    la décorations est très belles
    cela fait une pièce chaleureuse
    edith (iris)

  18. Hi Sandi...beautiful as ever. I love the teacup ornaments! And the card from your grandmother is a precious treasure!
    Thanks for hosting!

  19. Lovely photographs Sandi! The teacups in the tree looks great :-)

    Happy to hear your made is living closer by. It makes life easier.

    Hope you will feel better soon!

    Take care!

    Madelief x

  20. Beautiful features this week, Sandi - it seems there's a lot of sickness going around. Almost everyone in my family - extended got sick during Thanksgiving and a lot in the community! LOVE your mantel - beautiful! I do appreciate you hosting,

  21. Sandi,
    I wanted to Thank you for all your visits and for your kind words. I have taken your advice and I have stopping fretting over what I did not get done and I am enjoying what I did get done and I am relaxing....


  22. A very enjoyable time spent at your lovely blog. A treat to come by and see the beautiful things you are sharing! Merry Christmas and may this month be a blessing to you and yours.

  23. HI Sandie...that gratitude quote by Melodie is one of my favorites b/c it's sooo true. Wow...winter storm. I too don't like when the power goes out. Praying it stays on for you guys. And Sandie...feel more virus....Hugs from my heart to yours. Nikki

  24. Hi Sandi, I am still playing catch up. Imagine my surprise to see that you featured me. You sweet thing you! Made me smile!


I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY!

Also, due to the amount of spam I've been getting, I have had to set Comment Moderation. ~ Sandi

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