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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Saturday 21 November 2015

A Snowball Tea

Good morning friends! I hope you're having a happy weekend. 

Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make everyday a holiday and celebrate just living. ~ Amanda Bradley

Saturday mornings are generally quiet here at Rose Chintz Cottage because Hubby leaves early in the morning to join a prayer group and then he's off to the gym.

It is a dreary rainy day today and it is dark inside the house so I am sitting here quietly before the fire and sipping a warming cup of tea. 

I have a sparkly pink poinsettia sitting on the table. It is a Sugar Plum poinsettia. Don't you just love the name?

Its petals vary from a deep pink to a lighter pink with lavender glitter dusted all over it.

I am using my RA Lavender Rose china today. I thought it would look lovely with the poinsettia. What do you think?

Sorry, I know the lighting is poor.

Tea is a time in which we were perfectly contented with ourselves and one another. ~ Charles Dickens

Join me for a cup of Chai tea and a brownie or ice box cookie?

The treats are served on my Victorian Chintz by Burleigh of England. 

Tea ~ a hug in a cup. - Patrick Jane 'The Mentalist'

And yes, there are snowballs but we're not eating them, we're crafting them!

Have you ever made a snowball? How about a faux snowball?

I have noticed that I am getting a lot of traffic on Pinterest and my post of three years ago for my faux snowballs. So I thought I would share the tutorial with you again today for those of you who have never made them. 

They really look like snowballs and the good thing is they don't melt!

You will need:
epsom salts
styrofaom balls
modge podge
old brush
egg carton

First apply some modge podge on one half of the styrofoam ball with an old brush and then roll the ball in some epsom salts or spoon the epsom salts on to the modge podged part. 

Let dry on an egg carton. Then repeat with the other side.

Use them in a display or anywhere you wish. Here I have them on a bed of fresh greenery sprayed with snow and my feather tree. Makes a cute centerpiece.

This same technique could be used on a votive candle holder or anything that you wish to have a snowy effect. I love epsom salts because it makes perfect snow for any number of crafts such as this shaker holding a wee tree. 

You can tell just by looking at these how I created them. Glue a tiny tree into the bottom of the shaker or jar using tweezers to place them. Once the glue has set, sprinkle in some epsom salts to cover the bottom of the jar or shaker and then finish off the cover any way you wish. I spray painted the salt shaker top and sprinkled on glitter while the paint was still wet. Decorate any way you like. 

Thank you for visiting and Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends this coming week! 

Please join me on Monday for No Place Like Home.

I am joining the following parties as well~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden Blog Party
 Tea Cup Tuesday
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Hi Sandi, Looks like Christmas at your house! The decor with the little tree and "snow" and snowballs is adorable. Love the poinsettia too. Enjoy your cup of tea, Sandi, and many blessings to you this precious holy season when we honor the birth of our Lord.
    Hugs, Beth

  2. Hi Sandi, We enjoyed some beautiful sunshine here this morning but the clouds moved in again since lunch. More rain on the way for tomorrow. Your poinsettia is so pretty with the china - a perfect match! I love the snowballs and the tiny tree in the jar too. Great and easy ideas. I hope you enjoy the weekend and have a blessed week ahead. Blessings, Pam

  3. Beautiful post! So homey and comforting. Have a blessed weekend. Lynn

  4. Oh Sandi, I'm smitten. The poinsettia is beautiful and it goes perfectly with your lovely dishes. And I love the salt shaker Christmas scene. I think I have to make some of these this year.

    Thanks so much for a delightful post, Sandi!

    Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

  5. Your tea set is beautiful with that poinsettia!

  6. Your tea set is beautiful with that poinsettia!

  7. Beautiful post, Sandi, you are so talented! Both tutorials are lovely, and your tea is so the poinsettia!

  8. Beautiful photos .of such beautiful things ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

  9. It doesn't surprise me Sandi that you have a pink poinsettia and so pretty with the purple sparkles!
    Since you have our favourite RA china set out I sure wish I could join you for tea.
    I was in the Royal Doulton store and thought of you when I saw the huge Country Roses display for Christmas.

  10. This is the first time that I've seen a Sugar Plum Poinsettia. It's perfect with your beautiful lavender rose tea set. At first glance, I thought that the snowballs were edible. Ha!

  11. I think having tea in front of the fireplace is a great idea, Sandi! Susan

  12. Dearest Sandi, your snowball tea is simply stunning and so whimsical. It's truly a joy to pop in for a visit, sweet lady.

    Thank you for the comment on my blog - oh, it was so good to hear from you. Enjoy your Sunday. Hugs!

  13. Dear Sandi, thank you for your post full of cozy atmosphere and the snowball-recipe!
    Have a nice Sunday! - Hugs, Siret

  14. Sandi, I love your quote from The Mentalist. Love that show, especially the way Patrick always helps himself to the tea-making facilities wherever he goes!

  15. Our city is known as The Poinsettia City and I have my first two poinsettias in the living room. I need to find small ones for the wire rack on the front porch.

    I absolutely love the little tree in the salt shaker.

    I received my sweet heart rocks yesterday, but I am nursing a cold and didn't sent off a message yesterday. They are all so cute and will be joining my big bowl full of hearts. I have no toys for little kids, but when we have little kids visit, they all seem to love handling the heart rocks and feeling the texture of each one.

  16. Hi your gorgeous it is certainly the time. And your tea set is always a favorite...thanks for hosting! Have a wonderful week.

  17. Oooh! Thank you so much for the adorable craft ideas! I'll be saving this one to play with later!

  18. Sandi, what terrific ideas. And I do love that PINK poinsettia. It goes so well with your pink colored dishes.

  19. Sandi,
    Love the "snowballs"!!
    I will have to make some of those! Thanks for the tutorial and your tea cups are stunning!!


  20. Sandi:
    Now that is a clever idea to make snowballs and especially since they don't melt. I am enjoying your new blog party and hope people will come link at mine too. I am glad you liked my transferware. I really got some bargains at several different places. I was so excited. I don't see it a lot either. I went through the Brass Armadillo in Kansas City and didn't see a single piece.

  21. Hi Sandi!
    I was already missing coming for tea with you! Christmas is coming and is a perfect time to share these lovely tea parties. Thanks for hosting.
    Hugs from Portugal.
    Maria A.

  22. Oh Sandi. Thanks for inviting me over. I linked a couple of posts. I found you the other day and meant to come over and forgot. I'll go back and your link to my posts!
    Thanks for coming by!

  23. Oh Sandi. Thanks for inviting me over. I linked a couple of posts. I found you the other day and meant to come over and forgot. I'll go back and your link to my posts!
    Thanks for coming by!

  24. Sandi, love your pretty chintz tea! I have a small bowl with that design. The snowballs do look real. I bought some Styrofoam balls a couple years ago to make some, but never got around to it. Maybe this year. :) I did make some of the snow scenes and used them as favors for a Christmas party two years ago and they loved them. Thanks for sharing with SYC. Hope to join your party next week.

  25. That looks so Christmasy! Just beautiful Sandi! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!


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