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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, 17 July 2013


"Come and share a pot of tea,
My home is warm and my friendship's free." ~ Emilie Barnes

Welcome to my HOME, dear friends!

It has been very hot here on the Island so we've been spending every spare minute out at the beach. It's the place to go living here in the summertime.

This week, I had my tea out on the deck with a beautiful bouquet of peonies and fresh berries.

My little garden at our side door is looking good! You may not be able to tell but it is in the shape of a heart. There is my weeping caragana, euonymous, ground cover bleeding heart, pink lilies, silver mounds, and my white iron lantern.

In the early springtime, there are tulips. The rocks came from New Brunswick which is where I was born and some are from the old site where my grandmother lived when she was a little girl, growing up on Caledonia Mountain.

Last week I shared with you how we had gotten new chairs for the living room which calls for a whole new decor. The chairs are Lane recliners and we got a steal of a deal on them!

We have to do new paint, new rug, sofa cover, new accessories, pretty much everything. I promised to give you a few peeks along the way.

Here is this week's wee glimpse into a whole new decor.

Here are my Features from last week's HOME party...

Judy @ Gold Country Cottage shared her fabulous Grand Illumination at her cottage. I love traditions like this one!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home shared her beautiful garden with us. Lots of things to enjoy at her home; love all the soft pink!

Kitty @ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen shared her fabulous recipe for ice cream dessert. Yummy, yummy!

Still Woods Farmhouse also shared a summertime treat, a delicious Five Layer Dessert!

Gina @ Victorian Wanna Be shared her adorable doll house complete with miniature furniture; a true delight! Love the wallpaper!

Thank you everyone for your visits and lovely comments. To those of you who open your doors and welcome us into your homes, an especially big thank you to you!

If you have a post about anything HOME related, ie., DIYs, cooking/baking, crafts, artwork, home decor, tablescapes, quilting, etc: please link up and share it with us.

"Lord, this humble house we'd keep
Sweet with play and calm with sleep.
Help us so that we may give
Beauty to the lives we live.
Let Thy love and Thy grace
Shine upon our dwelling place." ~ Edgar A. Guest

I must apologise as I have had to stop linking up on a number of blog parties because I was having too much trouble doing so. My computer just did not want to cooperate.

I am happy to be joining these parties this week ~

What's It Wednesday ~
Home and Garden Thursday ~
Share Your Cup Thursday~
Home Sweet Home~

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Your garden is just gorgeous, and yes, I can see the heart shape! Thank you for including my post in your features this week...hugs, Penny

  2. Sandi,
    Thanks so much for hosting!! Great features by some of my favorite Bloggers too!


  3. I like your rock garden and believe it or not have been up Caledonia Mountain way back when. :) I have rocks in my garden that mean something to me too. I can't wait to see how you are re-decorating your living room. That sounds like fun. Enjoy the summer weather.

  4. Hi sweet Sandi! Thank you for featuring my hubby's favorite dessert!
    I do see the heart-shaped garden, lined with treasured rocks. It is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your décor...I think I see some toile?? It's going to be so pretty! Have a wonderful week, dear friend. xo

  5. Your blog is just beautiful and aren't you lucky that you live so close to a beach! I would spend all my time there too :) I love your table set with the flowers! Happy summer!

  6. Such a wonderful beach to visit. Love the peek of your living room Sandi. Love the features. What nice glimpses of your yard too.

    Thank you for hosting. Love joining in.


  7. Your heart shaped garden is wonderful...and to know the stone's history and ties...even more so! :)

    It would be nice to be at your beach right now...the humidity here ( western PA ) is extreme and it feels like a steamy jungle! :)

  8. Hi Sandy,
    Thank you very much for hosting! And I love the heart shaped garden, such a sweet idea!

  9. I hope you keep cool, and have lots of swims.

  10. Love your heart shaped garden, so romantic! Thanks so much for hosting!

  11. Hi Sandi,

    How wonderful to have tea on that gorgeous deck surrounded by all the freshness and flowers in your garden. I didn't know you were born in New Brunswick! How lovely!

    Thanks for hosting and have a happy week!


  12. Hi Sandi! It feels wonderful visiting after a long time and taking a peek at your tea settings:) beautiful as always and oh so romantic! I love the pretty tea for two setting in that little corner of your deck with those pretty china and gorgeous peonies!The heart shaped rock garden is such an inspiring idea and looks so beautiful and yes I can clearly see the adorable shape! Lucky you to be so close to the beach, as for us we are melting in this heat wave! Thanks for hosting a lovely party and for your sweet visit. Always a pleasure having you over:) Stay cool!Hugs,Poppy

  13. I always like seeing your dishes and oh to have a beach house. That is a dream of mine

    I just got home from Negril Jamaica and I loved the white beaches and the Caribbean waters


  14. Thanks for the party, Sandi! Great features :) Subtropical winter greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  15. Hi Sandi,
    Thank you so much for featuring my dollhouse from my "Victorian Girls Room" post. I will give you a shout out on my next posting.
    Have a great weekend!

  16. Your garden is beautiful, Sandi! Love your tea on the deck and the beach, oh my, how beautiful! God gives us nature to enjoy!

  17. We've been away...hiking in the Adirondacks...but wanted to stop by and wish you a gentle weekend. Hugs.

  18. Hi Sandy, how are you feeling? Seems like you have found the perfect way to enjoy summer. So pretty. I so hope to visit your part of the world, someday.
    Waiting for baby Otto...due date is July 25th! We have a joke...who will arrive first? The royal baby or Prince Otto?
    Love ya,

  19. Such a lovely tea and a beautiful setting, Sandi. Stay cool!~ I love Canada!...Christine

  20. Hi! Sandi!
    Lovely post.
    I love the pink garden chair! I have several vintage garden chairs. They add such charm to my porch and garden.
    Love the heart shaped garden!!! I have a similar one but it's oval. Maybe I should re-arrange??
    Thank you for hosting each week.

  21. Your heart-shaped bed is so pretty! I love how you have made it even more meaningful with the stones from the places of your own history.
    Stay cool!

  22. Your garden looks wonderful and I like the rocks.. love your tea tray and pot.. Happy Saturday with love Janice

  23. Hi Sandi, love that the rocks in your garden have a family connection. Everything looks lovely. Love your new pillows in your sneak peek! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  24. Hello Sandi - well, I must have had an off week to miss the party -truthfully - I wasn't my best - each day is a blessing and I am thankful for clear days -congratulations on finding your chairs - it is so much fun to redecorate rooms - I have ideas spinning in my head now! Poor Dearest - so delighted you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,


I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY!

Also, due to the amount of spam I've been getting, I have had to set Comment Moderation. ~ Sandi