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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 18 September 2013


"Home is where your story begins."

Welcome to my HOME, dear friends!

Ah, it's nice to be HOME again! I had a very busy weekend which is why I was so late visiting most of you last week. We had a Family Reunion over in New Brunswick which is where I am from originally.

Many direct descendants of my maternal grandparents were there and it was lovely to see everyone. Some cousins I had not seen in over thirty years. 

We stayed with my sweet cousin who offered Hubby and me her beautiful downstairs suite to stay in for the weekend. It has a fully equipped kitchen, a living room with fireplace and large screen TV, two bedrooms, and a large bath. Fabulous! Wanna see?

The first night there, we had a fire in the fireplace; very cozy!

It's nice to get away but it's nice to get back HOME again too. Tomorrow, I have a carload arriving here for a visit. Hmm, what to serve?

On Monday I hosted my usual Tea Time and set the table with my blue and white china and a jug of perky sunflowers.

I described the difference between a Devonshire Tea and a Cornish Tea. If you wish, you may check out my previous post for the information.

My tea biscuits were made with my regular tea biscuit recipe. To make them turn out extra flaky, I always sift the dry ingredients and add a wee bit of sugar. Then after cutting them out, I brush the tops with cream before baking.

Last week there were so many wonderful posts that I was hard pressed to choose any favourites. So, I will share the two most viewed.

Jeannie @ French Hen's Nest shared photos of her visit to her sister's lovely home. Love the use of transferware and toile throughout this home!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home shared some changes she has made in her hallway. Love those mirrors reflecting her collection of milk glass! Notice those baby pumpkins.

Thank you for sharing your lovely posts with us and a big thank you to all of you who open your homes to us every week.

If you would like to join my HOME party, simply share anything HOME related. Baking, cooking, collections, DIY's, florals, tablescapes, thrifting, etc.; anything and everything which is HOME related is welcome.

Have a beautiful day everyone!

"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 bounty and Thy grace
Shine upon our dwelling place." ~ Edgar A. Guest

As a courtesy, please link back to me so your visitors can find their way here and visit my lovely participants. Thank you.

I am joining the following parties as well~

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

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Oh I love that big cozy ottoman! Beautiful room and that ottoman is just something! :)

  2. Sandi, your cousin's suite looks lovely and comfortable! I agree that there's no place like your own home.

    Jeanie and I are thrilled at the feature of My Sister's House (I am the sister!) My sweet Jeannie surprised me with this post. She took the photos after I had left for work on the day she was returning home. I saw my little home through new eyes.

    Thank you for the lovely parties each week Sandi.
    Linda and Jeannie at The French Hens Nest

  3. What a wonderful suite you stayed in at your cousin's, Sandi! It is beautiful and so cozy and inviting. Enjoy your company and thank you for hosting. xo

  4. That suite is just gorgeous...I love the sofa and ottoman! Thank you so much for featuring my hallway...hugs, Penny

  5. So glad you had a wonderful family reunion.

    I just love going to NB - first fall in 4 years we haven't gone.

    Your suite at your cousins is amazing- what comforts, hard to even leave when faces with that kind of accommodations, no?

    Joined up today with cards I made yesterday for Vee's card party - at least they were taken here at home!

    Thank you very much for hosting.


  6. Thanks for hosting. I'm new to the party, but had some carnival tea cups to share. Sounds like you had a lovely visit and one coming this week! Jennifer

  7. The suite is beautiful and I'm so glad you had a good time. I enjoyed your tea post with your delicious cream tea. You're such a good cook, Sandi!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

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  9. Sandi,

    Your family reunion in New Brunswick must have been lovely, and judging from the beautiful pics, very relaxing!

    Thanks for hosting!


  10. Thanks for hosting each week, Sandi :) Gorgeous ottoman! Spring greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  11. Family reunions are a lot of fun aren't they? What a beautiful suite your cousin has for you to stay in. I love the living room and the bedroom. Just lovely and cozy. Blessings, Pam

  12. Thank you for hosting Sandi! I can't believe it is fall this weekend!

  13. merci SANDI
    pour votre hébergement
    moi aussi si vous voulez j'ai un
    endroit ou on peut installer sa
    vignette de blog ::::::
    un endroit bien chaleureux chez vous
    edith (iris)France

  14. You were spoilt when you were away. How lovely to catch up with family you probably had not seen for ages.

  15. Hi Sandi,
    Just had to stop by and get a big dose of loveliness and you never disappoint.
    I love your sister's downstairs. Wow, I wouldn't want to leave.


  16. Your cousin has an amazing home! Love the decor - your posts this week were lovely and the features beautiful! Such a delight to share with you this week - I appreciate you hosting and sharing,

  17. What a lovely reunion! Your cousin has such a special and lovely retreat-and oh, the fireplace! So cozy and relaxing!
    Warm and Happy Hugs,

  18. Such join to have a get away and spend time with cousins. The fire looks cozy and you must have had a lovely evening. Your cousin has a beautiful home. Thanks for sharing the two others, I enjoy milk glass, lol, any glass

  19. Oh, your cousin would have to throw me out! What a lovely inviting space, any guest would feel honored.
    Your tea biscuits love heavenly, YUM!

  20. special for you and your family. Always a treat to read your blog. I am trying to get back to it all after a busy summer and the new grandbaby. It's been fun, but VERY busy.
    Happy fall.

  21. Hi, Sandi,
    I am glad you were able to visit with your family. Your cousin has a lovely home. I feel the same way you do about going for a visit and then returning home. There really is no place like home!! Have a lovely September week, my friend! Vicki

  22. Love that mirror decors in your home.Try to add this home decorations in ma home too. Thnx for sharing this post.


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!

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