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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, 4 December 2017

Come On Ring Those Bells, Light the Christmas Tree....

From home to home, and from heart to heart, from one place to another, the warmth and joy of Christmas brings us closer to each other. ~ Emily Matthews

Hello dear friends! Well, the countdown is on; less than a month to Christmas. I have my tree up and I am loving my new ribbon! It is a mesh with iridescent glitter all through it and it sparkles whether the lights are on or not. 

I have paired it with a gold sheer wired ribbon from last years's tree with a glitter design on it. 

I enjoy the music as much as the decorating. I always have the music playing while I'm decorating and baking. It makes that time spent so much more enjoyable.

I have my favourite Christmas music too. I still love the Spirit of Christmas with the Living Strings. 

My children grew up with the Strings along with Evie, Michael W. Smith, and a number of other favourites as well as those oldies but goodies. My middle boy is so sentimental that he purchased Evie, "Come On Ring those Bells" Christmas online. Does anyone remember her?

Actually my son and his family went to hear Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant in concert a week ago. My little granddaughter loved it and she smiled all the way through it! My youngest likes the Living Strings and Michael W. Smith but does usually prefer the instrumentals. My oldest, I'm sad to say, likes anything country. Yeah, I'm not a big country music fan. Sorry, to those of you who are!

Speaking of bells; I have a small collection from over the years. Each one was a gift.

All of these bells hold special memories. The blue Vancouver bell was from my oldest son when he went on a youth exchange and another was from a nice young man we had at our home also for a youth exchange. The one from Hawaii and the blue Currier and Ives are from my uncle while the others are from my hubby. The crystal one was a gift from my SIL on Hubby's and my 25th anniversary.

When I was growing up it was more Christmas concerts than records and tapes playing. My father was involved in the church and he and I both sang in the choir. I sang in almost every Christmas concert there was, school, Sunday School, Girl Guides, etc. If there was a concert, I was singing in it.

My guys don't sing but they do play instruments. Two of them play drums and bass/acoustic guitar. 

My youngest always preferred percussion and the keyboards. Now one of my grandsons plays guitar and he loves music too! This is him about a year ago playing with his father at church. My son is behind the music stand so you can't see his face. He was playing guitar as well that morning.
This is my grandson today. I am amazed at how much a young man can change in only one year! I think he grew four or five inches as well.

They say music is the universal language and I certainly agree with that. Music has always played a big part in my life; in our lives. I have so many favourite Christmas songs that I can't pick just one. Each one moves me in a different way. What is your favourite Christmas song?

Today I am having a winter white tea. We've been getting a little snow which quickly melts but we know there will be lots more coming.

My teapot was a Christmas gift one year and I like the simplicity of it, winter white with embossed snow flakes.

Tea is ready and we'll enjoy a cup with some ginger cookies. 

You may choose your cup. The little silver spoon sitting on the crystal studded saucer is one I found at an antique shop just recently. The pattern is South Seas. I love those little silver tea spoons, don't you?

...Perhaps that is the true gift of a teatime celebration: It fills our cups with joy and warmth and friendship. May the echo of the teacup's message be heard not only at Christmas, not only on special occasions, but anytime friends come together. ~ Emilie Barnes

I got one of my fruit cakes made. This one has just cooled off and will be getting wrapped to age very shortly.

Fruit cake is a lot of work but the end result is fabulous! For those of you who don't bake or don't like to bake, I find baking most inspiring! There is something purely magical about taking some flour, sugar, butter, and eggs, add in some flavouring and fruit, and pour the batter into a pan. Bake it in the oven and out comes this beautiful confection, fit for those you love. And for those of you who claim not to like fruit cake, I believe you just may not have tasted a good one. This is my grandmother's recipe and it has never failed me. I have been making it for years and everyone enjoys it. Some of it will be going to Colorado to my youngest son for Christmas.

I kind of wore myself out last week with the decorating and baking which is why I didn't get a post up. I told Hubby this will be the last year I will be putting lights on the tree. We will look for a pre-lit one after Christmas. 

That's my update for this week but before I close this post, I want to send a great big Happy Birthday out to my little granddaughter who is seven years old today! Like her Nanny, she loves tea parties!

Wish Nanny and Papa could be there to celebrate with you, little lambie!

Have a lovely week everyone and thank you for visiting.

Everybody likes to take a holiday
Everybody likes to take a rest
Spending time together with the family
Sharing lots of love and happiness.

Come on, ring those bells,
Light the Christmas tree,
Jesus is the king
Born for you and me.
Come on, ring those bells,
Every-body say,
Jesus, we remember
This your birthday. ~ written by Andrew Culverwell

I am joining the following parties as well~

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

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 20 November 2017

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

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

Hello dear friends and welcome! It is that time of year when we are all thinking about the Holidays. My American friends are celebrating Thanksgiving this week and then they will move right on into the Christmas season. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I have done a bit of decorating and I'm anxious to put the tree up. 

Our main tree is going to be upstairs this year in the front window which means we will have to rearrange the furniture. It should look nice from the street.

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..." ~ Meredith Willson, 1951

I know all of you have ornaments that are real treasures because of the memories attached to them. Mine are no different and when I hang each one on the tree I am reminded of that special family member or friend who gifted it to me. 

Some are reminders of a special occasion too which is why I always call my tree my Tree of Memories. 

This was my tree two years ago.

Tea time...

I have a little tea set out today and I'm using my green transferware which I haven't used in a long time. 

These pieces were gifts from my hubby one year.

They are Staffordshire and made in England and I love the colour green! Transferware evokes such old-fashioned charm, don't you think?

A pot of chai tea and a plate of macaroons snuggle up to my pink poinsettia. 

A lovely way to relax and think upon the Christmas season while the music plays softly in the background. 

I have many teacups and saucers and a number of teapots collected over the years. Many of them were gifted to me.

Have you ever really looked at teacups and saucers? There are many similarities among them, yet many differences. Yet...all cups and saucers were designed for a common purpose. Perhaps you have heard and in all probability have even used the phrase, "tea service". You see cups and saucers were created to serve. 
Teacups and friends? The comparison is obvious. We too have many similarities, many differences, many unique characteristics. We are all different, yet all needed. Fortunately, it takes all of us, each with her own gifts and talents, to serve the needs of God's children. 

Next time you pick up a teacup, think of a friend. ~ Linda Gaither

Happiness is the realization
of God in the heart.
Happiness is the result
of praise and thanksgiving,
of faith, of acceptance;
a quiet tranquil realization
of the love of God.~ 
White Eagle from the book "A Book of Joy" by Thomas Kinkade

Thank you, dear ones, for visiting and have a lovely week celebrating with family and friends. God bless you all!

I am joining the following parties this week ~

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

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 13 November 2017

Tea With Bambi

Tea is a symbol of friendship and hospitality around the world. - unknown

Hello my lovely friends! The other day we took our car up to Summerside to be serviced and have the winter tires put on. While up there, we paid a visit to a kitchen store I had never been to before but had seen their advertisements on TV. It is actually three stores all joined together; a floral shop, home decor, and kitchen centre. I wish I had my camera with me and alas, I never thought to take pictures with Hubby's phone but what fun! I got this photo off their website and oh my, you should have seen their Christmas trees!! There was one all done in teal and white and it made me swoon!

The store was quite large and all decked out for Christmas. It was that spacious that one didn't have to worry about bumping into things, and they had a sale on which I didn't know about until we got there! Even Hubby enjoyed browsing and he was the only man in there until we were leaving.

I had been looking for a black purse for months and found one there of all places! I am a bit fussy when it comes to purses because I am short in stature with small shoulders so I can't carry a purse that is too big for me. I also have a lot of stuff in my purse so I need several compartments. Are you choosy about your purses?

I always try to get leather because I use a purse for years but this one is made of the same material as a kit bag. It has lots of zippered compartments, a front flap, and a cell phone pocket on the side. It also came with the strap I was looking for and it's just the right size. It's not leather but it was on sale so I was pleased to have found it.

Another thing I had to bring home with me was this darling mother and baby deer/fawn ornament. It is a Ganz ornament, made of resin. 

Whenever I see a fawn I always think of Bambi, and this one was precious. I am tempted to paint spots on the baby's back but I won't.

You have all seen the china deer that my mother gifted me with years ago. This little one I always put on the window sill above the kitchen sink at Christmastime. 

He will be coming out to keep me company in a couple of weeks time.

So, this morning I am enjoying a cup of tea with Bambi and his mom. Would you like to join me?

This beautiful teacup was one of my very first sets. My mother had gifted it to me at my wedding shower. It is Royal Albert and the pattern is called Veronica. It is from the Sheraton series made between 1962 and the 1980s. The cup shape is Montrose and this is one in a series of six. It is one of our favourite colours; robin egg blue or aqua.

A plate of Scotch cookies from the bakery and are they ever good! 

My mother always made Scotch cookies with icing and a cherry on top, for Christmas when I was growing up. And in case a few of you may not know the difference between shortbread and Scotch cookies; the Scottish cookies are firmer and crunchier which I prefer. My hubby dislikes shortbread but he will eat Scotch cookies.

It is just a simple tea today to showcase my new deer ornament. The dried hydrangeas were dropped off to me by a very dear friend.

Somehow, taking tea together encourages an atmosphere of intimacy when you slip off the timepiece of your mind. ~ Gail Greco

The next few weeks are going to be very busy for us all. Shopping, baking, decorating, and sending Christmas cards. Does anyone do that any more? I don't know about you but emails just don't do it for me. I like to receive a pretty card in mail and I enjoy mailing them. However, my Christmas card list is very short compared to twenty years ago and the postage is outrageous, at least here in Canada it is. 

An update on my sweet Auntie P: She isn't making much progress walking so they are waiting for a bed in a nursing home. For me and everyone else, this is very distressing! The fact that she is in New Brunswick and I am here on PEI makes it very difficult. How quickly things have changed in the past year! More than ever I am reminded to make the most of this day because we will never have this day again.

Thank you for visiting today and have a wonderful week. May the Lord be with you and watch over you and your loved ones!

I am joining the following parties as well~

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

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi
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