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Monday 14 December 2020

Beloved Trinkets for No Place Like Home

Hearts are aglow when we fill our homes with domestic warmth, nostalgia, and the beloved trinkets that symbolize the season. ~ Victoria magazine

Good morning, dear friends! Welcome to No Place Like Home week four! We have one more party after this one. Hope you can join me then too.

The days are winding down to Christmas. I have all the decorating done that I'm going to do this year. Not the baking though. I still have a bit of that to do yet. I won't be doing too much of that however because we don't know whether we will be spending Christmas with our family or not. We will have to wait and see if the restrictions will be lifted in time.

Today I'm sharing a few of my trinkets; treasures from my family. I am a very sentimental person and I tend to hold on to things that I have acquired over the years like, greeting cards and sweet little love notes from my boys when they were growing up. Among those treasures are tree ornaments. We all have them. I can look at an ornament and I remember who gifted me with it and when. Those are the treasures that make a tree special.

This beautiful ornament was a gift from my hubby. He likes to get me a new one every year. He knows how much I love sparkle and prisms so this one is like a four dimensional starburst. The phone camera simply doesn't do it justice. It catches the light and reflects the sparkle; very pretty on the tree!

This snow covered cloche is from my oldest son. Three angels clustered together on a cloud with roses, bringing joy. 

This wee rocking horse was a gift from my middle boy when he was nine years old. I love it, and whenever I look at it I remember that little boy with the big blue eyes!

A goldfinch, my favourite bird, was sent to me by my youngest son when he was a post-doc in Colorado a few years ago. The birdie is very fragile and made of blown glass. My son sent me two that Christmas, this one and a cardinal. He got himself a bluejay which is the bird of PEI.

This lovely ornament is one of two ornaments, gifted to me by my mother; one of the last gifts she ever gave me. It is forest green and white with a circle of roses painted around the centre and topped by a butterfly. Anyone who is familiar with Lena Liu's work will recognize her handiwork.

I have so many cherished ornaments but that will do for today. Oh, the memories attached to each one is priceless!

You should always be the best decoration in your own house.~ Phoebe Howard 

Instead of the usual floral centrepiece, I have the table set with my Hallmark gingerbread house, a tree, and Hubby's little snowman which I put in his stocking many years ago. The snowman has a crow sitting on his arm. 
And the snowman is noseless! 
He had a lovely little orange carrot nose which I noticed was missing the other day. 
When I mentioned it to my hubby, he told me when he was vacuuming the family room, he had seen something small and orange on the carpet but he thought it garbage so it went into the vacuum cleaner. He thinks perhaps it was the snowman's nose. Anyway, I will have to make a new nose or get my niece to make it because my hands are not as good as they used to be.
Why is this important? Well, years ago, my hubby used to feed the crows and they literally waited for him to come home from work because they knew they would get fed. I always knew when Hubby was coming home because the crows would start calling to one another when they saw our car at the mailboxes. Crows are incredibly smart! 

Alas, that relationship came to an abrupt end when the crows ate our large flower garden that we had spent hours and a good sum of money planting in the back yard. That little snowman with the crow on his arm represents a memory, you see. Remember I told you I am sentimental?

A Royal Stafford teacup and a plate of jelly cookies are on the table for a quick cuppa.

I am delighted to have you join me today. If you have something to share, simply let me know in a comment and I will add your blog to the list of participants. I will be happy to come and visit you. 

Please share any of the following: Cooking and baking, recipes, antiquing, artwork, ceramics, crafts, crocheting/knitting, quilting/sewing, collections, floral arranging, home decor, homemaking tips, hospitality, refinishing furniture, tea time, tablescapes, thrift shopping etc....Maybe there's a new baby in the family or you have a new fur baby you would like to introduce us to. They are welcome too! Anything and everything which makes your HOME more enjoyable to come HOME to, for your family, your friends, and yourself.

I am sharing this prayer that I always ended my Home parties with. It is a special prayer asking for the Lord's blessing upon our homes, whether it be a house, an apartment, a motel room, a hospital room, or a jail cell. May we be thankful every day for His blessing and go out and share a blessing with others. The Lord watch over you all this coming week! Christmas hugs. 

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

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Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi