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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 12 December 2012


"By the fireside still the light is shining,
The children's arms round
the parents twining.
From love so sweet,
O who would roam?
Be it ever so homely, home is HOME." ~ DM Mulock

Welcome HOME dear friends!

I hope your week is filled with holiday magic and amidst all this busyness, you are also able to take a few moments to sit quietly and reflect upon the beauty of the season. 

Thank you to all of you who have been praying for my son. He is feeling better although he has a way to go yet. I will keep you posted.

Last week's HOME posts were a feast for the eyes as you all shared such wonderful posts. I couldn't possibly choose any favourites so I thought I would share those that received the most views....

Janet at Rosemary and Thyme shared her festive tablescape with my favourite 'red transferware.' Set with this lovely china, she added whimsical pieces like a wee church, little trees, and pretty ribbon. Love her chargers too. Wouldn't you love to dine at her table?

If you're looking for ways to decorate your entry way, then check out Judy's at Gold County Cottage. She shows off her beautiful dried hydrangeas and other wonderful elements which invite you into her warm and welcoming home.  

Kitty at Kitty's Kozy Kitchen served up Hillybilly Spaghetti Pie as well as sharing her fabulous tablescape. A yummy setting and food too, Kitty always has a delicious recipe to share with us.

Debbie at A Debbie-Dabble Christmas shared her Christmas dining room. If you love a Victorian Christmas theme resplendant with pearls and lace, ribbons and roses, then you must check out Debbie's fabulous dining room complete with a darling tree and perfect pink Santas. Visiting Debbie's blog is like taking a step back in time.

And Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose shared her tutorial on her gorgeous lace snowflakes. These would be gorgeous on a tree or a gift package. I'm going to try these myself one of these days as I adore anything lacy!

Thank you ladies for sharing your wonderful talents with us.

Today I would like to share a few of my decorating ideas as well as a couple pictures from my Christmas Tea this week.

I made a centerpiece using some of my faux snowballs and real long-stemmed roses then added some snow with Picmonkey.

I used a pretty seasonal basket and filled it with evergreens, a sparkly birdhouse which I painted and glittered, and a little birdie, as well as some silver balls for the powder room.

Also in the room, I took my cottage planter which I keep out all year round and replaced the pots of roses with little evergreen trees which got a dusting of 'snow.'

On top of a little chest in the living room, I made a vignette featuring the wee bird's nest my son found for me. I sprayed snow on the cloche and arranged a few sprigs of evergreen around it with two little pewter birdies. I tucked a couple of plates in the drawer too.

At my Christmas Tea this week I featured my vintage Rose Chintz china in a seasonal setting.

A cup hanging on the tree....

Coffee or tea, anyone?

I am sure you have all seen these little canning jar votives. Spray snow on the jar and fill with some epsom salts and a votive. I glued some lace around the top.

"There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." ~ Edith Wharton

Thank you for visiting my HOME and if you have something HOME related I would love for you to link up with me.

I am joining the following parties as well~

Home and Garden Thursday ~
Share Your Cup Thursday~
Cottage Style Linky Party~
Tutorials Tips and Tidbits ~
Home Sweet Home~
Open House~
Vintage Inspiration~
Potpourri Friday~

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Sandi,
    Thanks so much for the honor of being featured!!

    I gave you a shout out in my last post, the upstairs of our home!!

    Thanks again and thanks so much for hosting!!


  2. Thanks again, my friend, for featuring my lace ornaments :) I enjoyed looking at your delightful pictures - the tea cup on the tree is lovely! Thanks for's always a joy visiting you.


  3. Your decorations are all looking wonderful. I especially like the green and white. Have a lovely day!

  4. Hi Sandi! I love all of your decorations but especially your canning jar votive. I've seen them but not with the lace. I really love that touch and your photo came out beautifully.

  5. I just love that little cottage planter. It looks so pretty all decked out for Christmas. Thanks for having your party. I'm off to visit everyone over lunch. Hugs, Deb

  6. The photos here are outstanding- what a beautiful "Home" post!

  7. I squealed when I saw your pretty white birdie snow planter- love love love!

    Thank you for hosting, this new party has really taken off, Sandi, whoo hoo!


  8. Thank you, dear Sandi, for featuring my table and recipe! I feel very blessed. I love seeing the features...I love lacy things, too. Thank you for hosting your wonderful parties.
    I'm in love with your little cottage planter that you can seasonally change out.

  9. Dear Sandi,
    I so adore your decorating, most of all my favourite is the pewter birds beside the cloche, the idea of tucking the plates inside the drawer are such a wonderful touch.

    I do say it is not as easy getting organized, finding time, creating a zone where I can blog and set up with camera and all the lovelies of home when you're living in an RV. So although I have tried to be with you each week the 7 wee children here have kept me away. I can't decorate as much as i"d like because of space but I sure enjoy all the decorations you and our blog friends have provided. wonderful job everyone, God Bless and thank you for putting a little decoration in my day.

  10. Hello Sandi
    I'm only visiting this week for your Home party; I'm busy with meetings and family. So busy, that I thought next week is your Christmas tea - oh well, I'll post mine then. :-)
    I too love the little cottage planter, especially the white planter with the snowflakes - it matches my decor.
    I enjoy the crafts bloggers share at this time of year and I think we'll all be having a little brush tree in a canning jar, they're just so darn cute!

  11. Sandi, I love the rose chintz tea cup hanging in your tree, beautiful!! Thanks you so much for hosting, Laura

  12. All your little vignettes are so pretty Sandi. I especially like the cloche one. Merry Christmas. xx

  13. Great C'mas featires, so much inspiration from the ladies! Thank you dear Sandi for hosting yet another terrific party. Hope you're having a really nice holiday season.

  14. I love your beautiful basket filled with evergreens,the pretty birdhouse and the cute birdie. Very lovely, Sandi.

    Thank you for hosting!

  15. Hello Sandi,

    A heartfelt thank you for featuring my Christmas Tablescape. I am so honored. I hope your son is doing much better.



  16. Sandi, your Christmas tea was lovely! I so wanted to join in. Never did get the time to do a tea post. :( I love the quote about light. And what perfect timing. Because our Savior is the light of the world. Thanks for hosting and so happy that your son is on the road to recovery.

  17. Hi Sandi. I'm very late due to illness, but feeling better and enjoying your lovely post! Thakns for hosting!

  18. Thank you Sandi for being so kind as to feature the Cottage at last week's party. I am honored to be among those chosen. Thanks again for hosting and I'm happy to be here again this week..Happy Thursday..Judy

  19. Dear Sandi,
    you unite the Queens of decorating and cooking in your blog parties. All the featured pictures are wonderful. In this abundance of good ideas and creativity its hard to have a look to everybodies blog. There are so many nice things to see. Your decorations are always lovely and I love also your precious thoughts. It is really like coming home to be on your blog. Thank you for hosting this party. I hope you have also some time to relex.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  20. I'm sorry dear Sandi, how stupid of me! I changed it already and thank you for your sweet and kind visit, you put a smile on my face! Happy holidays.

  21. Hi usual...everything you posted here is so beautiful... but mostly it's your heart that is the absolute most beautiful.

    Want you to know I'm still praying for you brother. I hope he's doing better.

    Hugs to you...tons of them.

  22. Love your planter and the white church with the picket fence. You are an artist, Sandi!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  23. Hi Sandi; as always each and every vignette is a treasure. I am so happy to join in on your HOME link up. Have a wonderful week.

  24. Thanks for stopping by my blog... I am now following you as well. Love your decorating taste and style. I'm so looking forward to going through your archives!

  25. Hi, Sandi,
    I hope your son continues to feel well, sweet friend. You have shown us such a feast for our eyes. Loved all of your charming Christmas decorations!! I am wishing you and your family a very blessed and happy Christmas! Vicki

  26. Thank you, Sandi, for sharing so many wonderful scenes of of beauty, grace and loveliness, in every creation.

    Every time that I step into "Rose Chintz Cottage", I try to close out all of my surroundings, and imagine that I am right there with you in your beautiful house. Every creation is unique and so beautiful.

    Blessings for a Lovely Week!


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