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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.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

A Pick Me Upper

The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table. ~ unknown 

Hello dear friends! After having gone through so much sadness since March, it was wonderful to be able to go shopping for some new furniture! Getting something new certainly helps lift the spirits, don't you agree? We could all use a pick-me-upper once in a while.

We were in the market for a new dining room set. Here you can see the wood of the old table underneath the tablecloth.

The matching chair.

We have had our dining table and chairs for twenty-nine years, and for about the last twelve years, I have been longing to replace them with a new white set. The table and chairs are made of maple and the red gingham chair pads are from Waverly. They were nice at the time, but I needed a change. I had planned to paint the table and chairs myself but then I damaged my back from a fall seven years ago and had to give up that notion. Time slipped away but I kept longing for a white set.

Dining rooms are really all about the table and chairs. ~ Candice Olson

Then last December, we took the table and the leaves to a paint shop to have them painted an antique white. We had the table painted instead of replacing it because it has two leaves and when our whole family is home, it seats pretty much all of us. We knew buying a new table this size would be pricey and we like to be as practical as much as possible. The table is still in great condition, all it needed was some paint.

Paint goes a long way in making old look new. ~ Candice Olson

I had planned to get four new chairs to go with it, but then the corona virus broke out which put the kibosh on those plans. 
While Hubby was on vacation, we found these four chairs which I felt would go well with the table, so we ordered them. The lady who sold us the chairs knew my hubby so she gave us a discount which was nice of her! They are from Ashley furniture and have gently curved backs which are very comfy on my back. I had to choose my chairs carefully because of my back injury and these feel much better than the old chairs. 

We are so happy with how this set brightens up our kitchen-dining area now! It is a sunny spot in our oftentimes dark kitchen.
We will keep the old chairs for family gatherings and we will have enough seats for pretty much everyone.

The new chairs are not a perfect match to the table but I rather like the look because I think it gives the set more character. The seats are padded with a tweed type material which goes wonderfully well with the colours in the floor.

When my children are home, they all hope that their favourite meal is on the menu. One guy loves my spaghetti and seafood chowder while another loves my lasagna. One thing they all agree on is my potato salad. Of course they all have their favourite desserts as well. 

I just smile and I'm happy to oblige them. This leads me to believe that some of their fondest memories were made around the dinner table. 
Tea is quiet and our thirst for tea is never far from our craving for beauty. ~ James Norwood Pratt

Now here is my new table set for tea. Would you like to have tea with me? It's not tea and crumpets, but it is tea and peach danish.
Thank you for visiting and have a lovely day.

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Soft and Serene

When asked if my cup is half-filled or half-empty; my only response is that I am thankful to have a cup. ~ unknown

Hello dear friends! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. We had a lovely weekend here with beautiful weather and it was much appreciated as summer is winding down. 

I usually try to get a post on in the morning but I was busy making a big pot of soup so I'm a little late getting this on.

A year ago we were reeling from the devastating aftermath of Dorian which left a lot of damage behind. Alas, Cavendish was hit very hard and many of the LM Montgomery sites were in need of repair. But they are doing a wonderful job restoring everything. The many trees will take a while to replace however. We sustained no damage to our property thankfully, but many did. Dorian is hard to forget!

Today, I decided to set out a tea table and I am using my creamy whites. The roses were a surprise and I wanted to use them before they were spent. 
I love white roses as most of you know. I haven't had them for a while so I am loving the softness and beauty they bring to the table!

I am using my Skye McGhee Cream Lace teapot and also Skye McGhee teacups and saucers. I haven't used these pieces for a while so it is nice to bring them out again.

The past couple of weeks I have been baking muffins. Cornmeal, bran and raisin, and coffee cake muffins have all been in my kitchen. The coffee cake are my hubby's favourites. He likes one with his coffee when he gets home from work. So, I try to keep muffins or something sweet on hand at all times.

Family is one of Nature's masterpieces. ~ George Santayana

Tuesday was our oldest son's birthday. 

He was such a pleasant child to bring up and he is a loving and thoughtful son today. He is an encyclopedia of information when it comes to wildlife. If you have a strange bird at your feeder, he can tell you what it is. He is such a joy to us!
Our son has had a hard life over the years which I won't go into right now, and he is facing yet another surgery on his ear later this year. If this one doesn't take, he will have to wear a hearing aid which isn't the end of the world. Still we do pray this surgery will restore some of the hearing he has lost in his left ear.

He is also still feeling the effects of the concussion he sustained a year and a half ago. We wish him the very best in the coming year. He really does deserve it!
My son, you may have outgrown my lap, but never my heart. ~ unknown

I hope you all have a lovely day and the rest of the week will bring you many blessings. Thank you for visiting.

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi