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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, 23 November 2015

No Place Like Home # 4

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It can turn a meal into a feast, 
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. ~ Melody Beattie

Welcome dear ones to No Place Like Home and Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends! 

What an exciting time to begin a new party with the Holidays on the way! I can't wait to see all your wonderful decorations and Christmas goodies!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
Everywhere you go. ~ Robert Meredith Willson

Since the weekend, it has been rather dreary and rainy so I have been enjoying my tea and coffee in front of the fire. 

I found a beautiful poinsettia sprinkled with glitter and it looks so pretty with my china. 

I also shared my faux snowball tutorial as well as the little tree in a shaker bottle. If you would like to see this post, please click here.

We had so many wonderful posts last week and I thank you all for linking up with me.

Several posts caught my eye:

Linda @ Beautiful Ideas shared her charming chocolate and cookie bar. Love the red and white theme. Lots of yummy ideas here.

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home shared her Short Fat Christmas Tree. I love how she decorated one side for the dining room and the other side for the kitchen.

Phyllis @ The Relevant Tea Leaf shared her wonderful Girlfriends' Luncheon. A pretty autumnal tablescape with delicious food.

Karen @ Karen's Cottage and Castle treated us to her lovely collection of gold gilded china and her oatmeal cookie recipe. 

And Thel @  Thel's Kitchen shared her recipe for her wonderful Pumpkin scones. Delicious!

Thank you everyone for participating last week. As a courtesy, and if you would like to be featured, you must have a link back to my party. Please link no more than two posts. 

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

Saturday, 21 November 2015

A Snowball Tea

Good morning friends! I hope you're having a happy weekend. 

Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make everyday a holiday and celebrate just living. ~ Amanda Bradley

Saturday mornings are generally quiet here at Rose Chintz Cottage because Hubby leaves early in the morning to join a prayer group and then he's off to the gym.

It is a dreary rainy day today and it is dark inside the house so I am sitting here quietly before the fire and sipping a warming cup of tea. 

I have a sparkly pink poinsettia sitting on the table. It is a Sugar Plum poinsettia. Don't you just love the name?

Its petals vary from a deep pink to a lighter pink with lavender glitter dusted all over it.

I am using my RA Lavender Rose china today. I thought it would look lovely with the poinsettia. What do you think?

Sorry, I know the lighting is poor.

Tea is a time in which we were perfectly contented with ourselves and one another. ~ Charles Dickens

Join me for a cup of Chai tea and a brownie or ice box cookie?

The treats are served on my Victorian Chintz by Burleigh of England. 

Tea ~ a hug in a cup. - Patrick Jane 'The Mentalist'

And yes, there are snowballs but we're not eating them, we're crafting them!

Have you ever made a snowball? How about a faux snowball?

I have noticed that I am getting a lot of traffic on Pinterest and my post of three years ago for my faux snowballs. So I thought I would share the tutorial with you again today for those of you who have never made them. 

They really look like snowballs and the good thing is they don't melt!

You will need:
epsom salts
styrofaom balls
modge podge
old brush
egg carton

First apply some modge podge on one half of the styrofoam ball with an old brush and then roll the ball in some epsom salts or spoon the epsom salts on to the modge podged part. 

Let dry on an egg carton. Then repeat with the other side.

Use them in a display or anywhere you wish. Here I have them on a bed of fresh greenery sprayed with snow and my feather tree. Makes a cute centerpiece.

This same technique could be used on a votive candle holder or anything that you wish to have a snowy effect. I love epsom salts because it makes perfect snow for any number of crafts such as this shaker holding a wee tree. 

You can tell just by looking at these how I created them. Glue a tiny tree into the bottom of the shaker or jar using tweezers to place them. Once the glue has set, sprinkle in some epsom salts to cover the bottom of the jar or shaker and then finish off the cover any way you wish. I spray painted the salt shaker top and sprinkled on glitter while the paint was still wet. Decorate any way you like. 

Thank you for visiting and Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends this coming week! 

Please join me on Monday for No Place Like Home.

I am joining the following parties as well~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden Blog Party
 Tea Cup Tuesday
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi
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