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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.

Monday, 12 February 2018

A Little Blue for Valentine's Day

Love is a language spoken by everyone but understood only by the heart. ~ Author unknown

Welcome to my cottage, dear friends!
These beautiful tulips are gracing my table right now. Aren't they pretty?

Valentine's Day is just a couple of days away and it is the perfect time to decorate a tea table for the occasion. Alas, all of my valentine items are packed away so I had to make do with my little girl ornament wearing her red hat; a gift from my son and daughter-in-law. She's admiring the tulips. 

A Christmas ornament which is still hanging on our four foot tree in the family room is perfect. This ornament was a gift from a blogger friend and I think it's so sweet snugged up to the jug of tulips. It has a red snowflake stitched on both sides. 

I did manage a heart shaped paper doily on the plate.

I have been using a lot of red and pink china lately so I decided to use my blue today. Now that I think about it, I should have incorporated my heart teacup and saucer. I forgot so many things in this post.

Come and share a pot of tea. There's just enough for you and me. And if by chance we drink it up, we'll make ourselves another cup. ~ unknown

My Churchill Blue Willow teapot holds the tea. 
The Johnson Bros. Devon Cottage plate serves up two pieces of cheesecake; triple chocolate and strawberry swirl.

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. ~ Charles M. Schulz

I always make my own cheesecake but I am unable to do any baking at the moment so I will have to make do with bakery goods.

I thought a mix of blues would be nice. The cup to the left is Royal Homes of Britain made by Enoch Wedgwood and the other is Blue Willow by Churchill.

I see I forgot the napkins and spoons. I also forgot the chocolate hearts. *sigh* Oh well, you get the look I'm going for, I'm sure.

Love seems to be something that keeps filling up within us. The more we give away, the more we have to give. ~ Mr. Rogers

Do you have plans on Valentine's Day? We have Bible Study that night so we will celebrate another evening. Our group normally has a Valentine's pot luck meal but we've only had one study since the first of January due to snow storms. A meal we can do another time. 

Another shot of these lovely tulips.

I brought out my SnowBabies for the winter. The majority of these little ornaments represent family members. I think they're so cute!

Have a lovely day celebrating with your valentines. Whether your valentines are big or small, they're all precious to us. And remember the One who first loved us and gave Himself as a ransom for us. His love is the best love of all!

I am joining the following parties as well~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Friends Sharing Tea
 Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 5 February 2018

Break Time

Good afternoon dear friends and Happy February! How are you all doing? I have been feeling a bit worn out lately so I've been taking a break. Last week I had a lot of appointments and I wasn't able to get a post ready. I hope to be back to normal by next week.

Last night I watched the super bowl with my hubby. I still don't quite get all the plays but because some of my guys enjoy it and one of my little grandsons plays, I thought I had better take an interest in it. The things we do for the men in our lives, eh? Did you watch the super bowl?

Please help yourself to some refreshments while you're here. 

I love this beautiful Royal Albert teacup which I found in an antique shop a couple of years ago. There is no name on it only a number.

Tea is like a hug and a handshake; something about it warms friendships and inspires confidences. ~ Victoria

I have some treats as well; pound cake sandwiched with chocolate, home made cinnamon rolls, which are my hubby's favourite, and egg salad sandwiches.

Do take care and I'll be back soon. Hugs to you all.

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 22 January 2018

Down Memory Lane 2017

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

Hello dear friends! I hope you all had a nice weekend.

It's a bit late but I thought I would do a review of last year's posts. Better late than never as they say and the new year is just getting under way.

A new year is a new beginning and most of us have visions and dreams for the coming year. I had no idea what 2017 was to bring my way and sometimes it's better we don't know the future, isn't it? 

I am thankful for blogging and my many friends who stop by to read my blog and leave a comment. Without you this past year, I probably would have closed my blog down when I wasn't feeling up to keeping it going.

In January I shared my pretty Devon Cottage teapot with some cheery yellow tulips. You can just get a peek at my beautiful deep blue Royal Albert teacup my Auntie P sent to me from her collection. Tulips are a promise that Spring is on the way.

January opens the box of the year
And brings out days that are bright and clear.
And brings out days that are cold and gray;
And shouts, "Come see what I brought today!"
~ LB Jacobs

February is all about Valentines Day and amethysts. I set up a little tea using my purple tea things using my vintage Royal Albert Flower of the Month February teacup and saucer; a gift from Hubby's late aunt.

"If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give." ~ George MacDonald

March was the beginning of my many trips to the hospital. The colours of my tea things are perky and helped to perk me up as well. Don't you just love daffodils? They look like frilly little cups that the fairies curl up in for a nap.

Springtime is like the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn. ~ Lewis Grizzard

April arrived bringing Easter with it and I decided to put together a wreath of teacups with one of my favourite teapots in the center.

I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life that are the real ones after all. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

May was a busy and difficult month. We lost two family members and I had the first of two surgeries. But I was thankful for springtime and the promise of warm weather on the way. 

This lovely teacup is one my dear Auntie P had sent me from her collection. It is a Paragon. Speaking of my Auntie, she was moved into a nursing home on Friday. I pray she will be happy there. I so miss her because we are no longer able to communicate. Any mail I send her now has to be read to her by someone else. Alas, no more intimate details and I miss that because she and I had shared everything over the years.

There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life~ Lin Yutang

June is always a favourite month and last year it was an exceptionally warm one for a change. I had my gallbladder out that month and was thankful to get that over with. I also learned there was no malignancy found in the tumours I had removed the previous month. The lilacs were in bloom and I love how they look with my Rose Chintz.

I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June. ~ LM Montgomery - Anne of the Island

July, I set up a little tea table out on the back deck using a favourite tablecloth; a gift from my dear blogger friend, Bernideen. She also made the collage for me that is my blog header. Thank you, Bernideen!

After all, the only real roses are pink ones. They are the flowers of love and faith." ~ Anne of Green Gables

In August my guys were all home. We spent time on the beach and enjoyed many meals dining out which was a nice change for me. I also did a tea in celebration of Tasha Tudor.

A cup of tea warms the heart like a good friend. ~ unknown

September was a lovely month and a friend had brought me flowers so I set a tea up and enjoyed all the posies.

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so I shared my pinks most of that month.

Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. ~ Denis Waitley

Ah, November! The beginning of the holiday season calls for a little touch of Christmas and I used my green transferware.

The most trying hours in life are between four o'clock and the evening meal. A cup of tea at this time adds a lot of comfort and happiness. ~ Royal S. Copeland

December is of course the month we celebrate Christmas; our Lord's birth. It's also the month when we bring out all the bling.  

You should always be the best decoration in your own house. ~ Phoebe Howard

Tea! Bless ordinary everyday afternoon tea! ~ Agatha Christie

2017 was quite eventful for me and my hubby. With so many health issues to deal with and Hubby's retirement at the end of December, it was quite the year for change. I am praying this new year is an easier one with many more happy moments. Thank you for joining me today and may your new year be your happiest yet. 

God bless and watch over you all!

People who live the most fulfilling lives are the ones who are always rejoicing at what they have. ~ Richard Carlson 

I am joining the following parties as well~

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

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi
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