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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, 20 June 2016

No Place Like Home

Let your boat of life be light, packed only with what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you. ~ Jerome K. Jerome

Happy first day of Summer! and welcome to No Place Like Home; a blog party where you are invited to share all your home and garden posts. A place to share your imagination, wonderful ideas and gifts with others. 

There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life more beautiful for others. ~ Mandy Hale

The past two days have been warm and sunny. Having been deprived of this kind of weather the last two months, we Islanders are relishing this break in the weather pattern. It is interesting to note that everyone is much happier. 

The sailboats are out and the greenhouses are very busy. Ah, Summer! It doesn't last long but I'm going to enjoy every moment. I can't wait to get out to the beach and feel the sand between my toes and listen to the waves lapping on the shore. Total bliss!

It is lilac time on the Island and I love arranging these gorgeous flowers in my china; Rose Chintz to be specific. The purple of the lilacs pulls out the blue forget-me-nots in the pattern and it looks very attractive to me. Very girly, and I do love girly!

The fragrance of the lilacs is so lovely. If you would like to see more of this post please click here.

Last week's party served up a plethora of lovely ideas and delicious recipes. They were all splendid and thank you so much for sharing. You are a wonderfully talented group of ladies! 

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I won't be able to share special features during the summer months. But when I am able I will share a couple here and there. Today I will share the post which received the most clicks.

Jocelyn @ Just a Little Southern Hospitality had the highest number of clicks on her lovely tea time post. Congratulations, Jocelyn!

Thank you everyone for participating last week. I am honoured that you linked up with me.

As a courtesy, it would be nice if you would have a link back to my party. 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 

I am joining the following parties as well~

Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Bernideen's TTCG Blog Party
Tea Cup Tuesday
The Art of Home-Making Mondays
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Hi Sandi. I love your Lilacs! One of my favorites...and how pretty they are with your Rse Chintz! What a lovely place you live! Thanks for hosting and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  2. The LIlacs look beautiful with the Rose Chintz dishes....My Lilac's are giving me my second flus of blooms. Thanks for the party...

  3. O happy first day of summer to you dear Sandi. Love your pretty Lilacs and of course the Rose chintz.. Have a wonderful day.. With love Janice

  4. Sandi,
    Beautiful photos of the beach and the lilacs. mine got killed by frost this year right after they started to bloom.
    I used to love the beach but now because of auto immune disease, I suffer from heat and sun sensitivity so Summer is my least favorite season. If it never got above 75 degrees, i would be very happy. today it is supposed to hit 90 with awful humidity and my ankles are the size of baseballs ....
    Thanks so much for hosting!!


  5. Sandi, I'm so thankful you're getting some summer weather. It's about time! The sailboats and the beach look wonderful. Enjoy!! And those lilacs with the Rose Chintz pattern -- just gorgeous!! Really beautiful.
    I read a couple books by Jerome K. Jerome, one called Three Men in a Boat (to Say Nothing of the Dog). Yes, that was the title. About traveling down the Thames River on summer holiday. Fun.
    Thanks for hosting, and have a good week. xo Deborah

  6. Oh, I love lilacs. Ours were absolutely gorgeous this year...but they were done by the second week of May. They bloomed a bit earlier than usual this year.

    Your lilacs look beautiful in your rose chintz china. What a lovely and fragrant way to beautify your home.

    Enjoy the sand!!

    Love and hugs,

  7. Yea for you in getting some warm weather at last, Sandi! I know you love the summer months and enjoying time at the beach. I loved the sailboat of life quote that you shared today. Thank you for hosting and may you have a blessed, and warm week!

  8. Oh, yes Sandi, i also love girly !
    And lilacs, and your arrangement wit the wonderful tea set !Here it is rainig day by day, when comes summer ?
    Thank you for the party , greetings from Carmen

  9. The heat is on! Thank you for hosting and happy first day of summer!

  10. Kinda hot here in NC and off and on thunder/rain storms but at least we aren't freezing :) Stay cool Sandi!

  11. Such beautiful lilacs you have displayed with your Rose Chintz. They do compliment one another. Summer on PEI, must be a special place. How can one resist viewing the white sailboats in the pretty blue water. I understand that you won't be able to share special features. I will enjoy repeats if you choose to share. Kindest regards, Jill

  12. I'm so happy for you sweet friend, as you finally are experiencing some lovely Summer weather.
    Love those lilacs too and all your dishes and yummy cake, wish I had a piece.
    Lovely Summer images with the sailboat.
    Happy first day of Summer at your neck of the woods.
    Thank you for the lovely party.

  13. Dear Sandi, I love the Mandy Hale quote. Very apt. Thanks for the lovely linkup, once again. Mimi xxx

  14. LOVE your lilac posts! Lilacs and sunflowers are my two favorite flowers, and the scent of lilacs is so lovely. They do, indeed, go very well with your Rose Chintz dishes. Happy summer. Your beach and nautical pictures are beautiful.

  15. Good morning, Sandi. I'm so happy to be joining you today. I see so much beauty to visit. :)

  16. Dear Sanid,
    in Germany we are craving for summer and warm temperatures as it raines a lot this year. Hopefully now the weather will change. Your Lilacs look great and make a sweet addition to the nice china. I wish you a blessed sommertime.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  17. Hi Sandi,
    Your beach and lilacs are gorgeous. Love your Rose Chintz China too. Sorry I am late to link up but my dear mother has now gone to heaven. She is no longer in pain and suffering and is in a better place. Thank you for hosting No Place Like Home. Blessings, Karen

  18. Thank you for hosting, Sandi. Your lilacs are so beautiful. Ours were done blooming last month and I miss them..Happy Week to you..Judy

  19. What beautiful pictures Sandi. Love your lilacs too. I have some that is blooming purple and pink. Hope you have a great day today and can't wait to browse around today. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  20. Beautiful lilacs. Thank you for highlighting my blog for this weeks feature. And thank you for hosting No Place Like Home. It's so delightful to stop by for a visit.

    Jocelyn @


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