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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