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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 15 January 2018

Wintertime; A Time for Home

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. ~ Edith Sitwell

Good morning dear friends and welcome to my little cottage!

It is time to tuck away the window display that I had out for Christmas. But before I do that, my wee china deer that my mother gifted me with years ago is making one more appearance.

I love figurines and ornaments! I especially love those that have a story behind them.

I am using what's left of my mother's Christmas arrangement for a centerpiece. 

Originally, that wee Santa hat was perched on a puppy's head. The arrangement was a gift to my mother from her sister. This picture really doesn't do it justice but you get the idea.

The puppy was designed with white carnations, black eyes and a nose. He had two front paws and ears as well. He was so whimsical! The bucket is a Christmas red and has birch bark around it with rope handles on each side. A matching birch bark bow is tucked into the greenery. A nice container to use again and again.

I have replaced the carnations and most of the greenery with some fresh evergreens from our back yard, then I added red roses and baby's breath.

Wintertime is the time for home, and a nice cup of tea in January is so welcome! Won't you stay and join me?

"Stay" is the most charming word in a friend's vocabulary. ~ Louisa May Alcott

My cups and plates are Victorian Chintz made by Burleigh of Staffordshire, England; a gift from my cousin, Val.

This mismatched cup and saucer are just pieces that I put together. Red/pink transferware looks so pretty in each other's company, don't you agree?

The teapot is called Valencia and I love the shape!
Tea towels make a cozy table covering on which to serve my tea. 

I made cupcakes for the grandchildren but I have lots to share. Would you like one with your cuppa?

A cup of tea warms the heart like a good friend. ~ unknown

Brrr! The weather has been bitterly cold the past two or three weeks but has moderated quite a bit which makes it lovely for getting out for some fresh air. So lovely in fact that Friday afternoon Hubby and I took our coffee down to the waterfront and sat in the car just to enjoy the view. Unheard of in mid-January on PEI! I should have taken my camera with me because I missed a very unique shot.

My son works outdoors every day but he still takes the pup for walks two or three times a day. The weather has been so cold, he hasn't been able to do that until the past couple of days. I'm sure the pup enjoyed stretching his legs in the fresh air too. The pup is a miniature pincher and he still looks like a young pup although he's getting up there in years! Isn't he adorable? His name is Spike.

Sometimes I'm really tempted to get myself a fur-baby. 

It has turned cold again since yesterday. Wintertime on the Island kind of dictates to us what we can do this time of year. We take each day as it comes and we try to make the most of it. 

Well, that's my post for this week. I hope you all have a marvellous day and thank you for joining me. 

I shall smile when wreaths of snow blossom where the rose should grow. ~ Emily Bronte

I am joining the following parties as well~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Friends Sharing Tea
 Share Your Cup
 Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi