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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 10 July 2013


"I am grateful for the lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and floors that need waxing because it means I have a home." ~ Author unknown

Hello friends and welcome to my HOME! I am delighted you have stopped by! Please have a seat and enjoy a cup of tea while you're here.

This week at my tea party I featured a new teacup or rather a 'new to me' teacup. Isn't she splendid?

She's vintage and made by Aynsley and is the most delectable shade of turquoise! I have christened her Duchess since she appears to have no name.

I'm sure most of you who have been following my blog have noticed my pink, white, and aqua living room.

I love the Cottagey look we've been living with for the past several years. Chippy white tables and a fireplace & mantel, a cozy rug under the coffee table, and throw cushions all made for a cozy but very girly room.

I have had these two dusty rose moire wing chairs for years and they are as nice today as the day we bought them.

The floral robin egg blue sofa has also been with us for years and I am ready for a change!

But I didn't know I wanted a real change until we found our two new chairs!

You see for several years now, I have been looking for off-white slip covers for my chairs and nothing fit. They are a smaller size and most covers are made for a regular sized wing back.
Custom slip covers are pricey!

So, we shopped around and shopped around till we ended up with these new wing chairs; two regular sized lazy-boys. The colour is wheat with a gold and green fleck in them.

I have one flanking each side of the front window and in the wintertime they will flank each side of the fireplace.

This of course calls for a complete change of decor; new paint, rug, throw cushions, slip cover for the sofa {until we get it upholstered}. This little aqua chest will be getting a makeover too.

Then there's the fun of finding new accessories. When I say new, I mean mostly treasures found at yard sales and such. The chippy white tables are all staying by the way!

So, I am on the hunt for ideas and inspiration. I'm still not quite sure what accent colours to use. I'm leaning towards ivories, golds/caramels, and deep reds or greens, but we'll see! One can see the dining room from the living room where I have cream/white, red, and a soft apple green.

Anyway, over the course of the next while, I will be sharing with you all the changes that will take place. First on the list is new paint and a new slip cover for the sofa, then a rug. I have always done the painting and wallpapering myself but I'm not able to do that any more so I will be enlisting the help of family members.

You may wonder where the pink chairs are going. Well, they have been relegated to our office which we are turning into our 'reading room/office.' I will likely have a watery robin egg blue in there as I'm still loving the colour and probably always will.

Now on to some features from last week~

This one is first on my list...
Wendy @  Once Upon A Rose Haven won my heart with her darling little garden cottage. With all the rain they've had recently, they even have a little stream flowing by. I could move right in!

Bernideen @  Bernideen's Tea Time Blog  also deserves a feature today with her beautiful Tea in the Garden.

My third feature today is Patti @ Ivy and Elephants who shared her very creative gumball machine filled with lots of pearls and bling.

Wanda @ Victorian 1885 shared some wonderful treasures she has found over the years. I love her china jar filled with silver!

And if you're craving a sweet, Kathy @  A Delightsome Life  shared her recipe for this wonderful Blueberry Crumb Cake. Yum! This would go nicely with my tea!

Blueberry Crumb Cake 2

Home is where the heart is!

Thank you for coming by for a visit and leaving your lovely comments. Remember, my yellow door is always open! To those of you who open your doors and welcome us into your homes, a special thank you to all of you! 

Please feel free to share all your DIYs, crafts, cooking/baking, gardens, renos, tablescapes, etc. Anything and everything which makes your HOME a cozy place to come HOME to, for your family, your friends, and yourself.

"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

Happy to be joining these parties this week ~

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

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi