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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.

Monday, 7 December 2015

No Place Like Home # 6

"Somehow not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.

And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart's possessing
Returns to make you glad." ~ John Greenleaf Whittier

Welcome my lovely friends to another No Place Like Home where you are invited to share all your home related posts; DIYs, gardening, home decor, recipes, tea time, etc..

I had an exceptionally busy week so I didn't do any crafting although baking and decorating, there was plenty of that.

This is my new teacup which is perfect for the season. I do love cardinals although I have never seen a real one. I have plenty of cardinals in my home however. They are on the tree, on china, on wreaths, etc.

I enjoyed a cup of tea in this new teacup with some mincemeat tarts.  If you would like to see more of this post, please check my previous post here.

There were so many lovely posts last week that I was hard pressed to pick just a few to feature. I would like to have featured a couple more but alas, there was no link back to my party. 

Deanna @ Creekside Cottage shared with us a wonderful Tea in the Highlands. Her use of tartan, silver, red roses and candlelight, and exquisite teacups as well as wonderful food made this a hit with me. I would love to have attended.

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color shared a Scandinavian tablescape in rich reds, whites, and lots of sparkle.

Margie @ Tea in the Valley shared a Victorian Christmas at Dundurn Castle. Love the table top Victorian tree in the drawing room!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage shared her recipe for Scottish Dundee Cakes. Doesn't it look wonderful! Notice her cup?

And Debbie @ Debbie-Dabble shared her recipe for Sausage Filling. Debbie claims she doesn't like to cook but her filling sounds simple and delicious! 

Thank you everyone for participating last week. As a courtesy, and if you would like to be featured, you should have a link back to my party. Please don't post any more than three links. Now let's see what you are creating in your home to make it 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 let Thy grace 
Shine upon our dwelling place. - Edgar A. Guest 

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. I that new teacup of yours!! Pretty and festive!

  2. Sipping holiday tea from a bird mug and enjoying your lovely post! Thanks for hosting and have a great week!

  3. Sandi,
    Thanks so much for the feature!! I chuckled at your comment about my Sausage Filling!! I still hate to cook but this is easy!! LOL!!
    I will be giving you a Shout Out on Google + and in my next post on Debbie-Dabble!!

    Thanks too for hosting each week!!


  4. Well Sandi, in the summer we can think of each other with our Lavender Rose teapots and for winter with our cardinal teacups. I'm so happy your hubby gifted you with one, enjoy your tea in it during the winter season!
    Thank you for featuring my Dundee cake post and for hosting your new weekly gathering. Today I baked Kitty's snickerdoodle loaves and I can hardly wait for them to cool and try.

  5. Hello Sandi,
    What a lovely Christmas post! I do love your new cardinal tea cup, and I was surprised to hear you had never seen a cardinal. We have them a plenty here. I wonder if it is too cold up your way?
    Thank you for hosting such a lovely party!

  6. This is the first time I have been here, Oh, I do love your little corner in the world here! I'll be back again. Stop by Behind the Garden Gate for a visit as well, and thank you for hosting the link up!
    Gayle from Behind the Garden Gate

  7. First of all, dear friend, I love the poems you shared today! Aren't they sweet ones, and full of wonderful messages. Your Cardinal teacup is a beauty. I do see cardinals here, and someone once told me that when you see one, they're a visit from heaven.
    Thanks so much for hosting and enjoy your week. xo

  8. Hi Sandi, pretty new teacup! If I could I would send you a Cardinal from right here in my front yard. :) They are a most beautiful bird! I enjoyed your lovely quotes. Thanks so much for hosting and have a wonderful week!

  9. All so pretty ! Oh my you don't have Cardinals there? We have lots here in Ontario I wish I could send one to you to see and enjoy but looks like that pretty tea cup is doing the trick ten fold what with tea in it to YUMMY and pretty ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

  10. Hi Sandi,
    Your blogspot is such a delight to visit at Christmas Time. I do love that darling cardinal teacup. I have some cardinals hanging on my decorative tree outside my front door. They are such cheery Christmas birdies. Your features are great this week. Happy December and have a wonderful week Dear Sandi! Karen

  11. I love the cardinals! This is a great way to extend the season also. I leave mine out through the end of January. Have a great week and thank you for hosting! Always a pleasure.

  12. Love your Cardinal tea up! Thank you so much for having us into your home for another tea party this week...hugs...

  13. What a lovely surprise! Thanks so much for the feature, Sandi! Your cardinal tea cup is so pretty! I would love to have tea from a pretty cup like that :)Love decorating my home with these beautiful birds during Christmas. I have a red cardinal visiting my backyard almost every day! Thanks for hosting! Happy week~hugs, Poppy

  14. Hi Sandi, Thanks for hosting another great party, thanks for your comment on my Christmas Pickle Tradition.
    I am adding another post on Amber Glass.
    Your cardinal bird decorations are lovely. So pretty for Christmas.
    Have a great week.

  15. Hi Sandi! Thank you for hosting and featuring my Victorian Christmas at Dundurn Castle post. It's an honour to be featured with the other talented bloggers! Now I'm off to visit the other participants!

  16. Lovely cardinal teacup, Sandi! The pine cones are as pretty as the cardinal. I have seen cardinals here in our area, but never any at our home. Thanks for hosting!

  17. That is a really pretty pair with the teacup and teapot. You have chosen some lovely features also! Thanks for hosting Sandi!

  18. If I could, I'd send you a pair of my cardinals! We have at least four or five regular pairs that winter with us. I know they're not the same one, because sometimes all the males are perched in the trees together in the morning. Love them, they brighten up the winter background.
    Your tea looks lovely; I enjoyed a little mince tart today, too, with some spiced chai tea. I saw Bigelow has a decaf one, and I'm now a fan.
    Looking forward to visiting the links here; as always, a great group of bloggers! Thanks, Sandi, and have a blessed week. xo Deborah

  19. Your cardinal teacup is beautiful. There are lots of cardinals in my area. They have such a distinctive call. I usually hear them before I see them, then it's fun to look up to see where they've perched themselves. I blogged about my Johnson Bros. china today, and you helped motivate me to purchase it a couple of years ago. Now that it's easily accessible I'm sure I'll use it a lot more often. May the wonderful Christmas Season bring you joy. ~ Phyllis

  20. I love cardinals and see them often here in NC - we have a pair that show up each year for free seeds and a place to nest. They are lovely! Thanks for the party!

  21. Such pretty features this week Sandi, and your teacup is just the cutest! Thankyou for having me. Mimi xxx

  22. I really do like your cardinal teacup. They are such regal looking birds. I've never seen one either. Looking forward to visiting your featured posts. Thank you for tea time!

  23. Hi Sandi! Very pretty teacup. I like cardinals too, and I have definitely seen them in person--they are the state bird of Virginia, where I live. I really enjoy catching a glimpse in winter, since they don't migrate.

  24. I really loved your poem that you began your post with! Remembering what this season is all about is what is important to me this year... and what a special tea cup you have to sip tea in and your mincemeat pies look so delicious! Hope you are having a wonderful day... I don't have a post to share today as we just got back from a Thanksgiving break, but I will enjoy peeking around at the wonderful shares in your party :)

  25. Sandi, this time my link shows one of my favorite teacup trios. It's just the one, along with one in pink. Love looking at everyone's tea things!


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