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A CHRISTMAS TEA, TOUR AND MORE…

No one has ever become poor by giving. – Ann Frank

CAUTION:  There’s alot of Christmas spirit in this post!  Take a few moments to yourself away from all the hustle and bustle, settle into your favourite armchair with a cuppa, put up your feet, and just breathe…

A Christmas “Togetherness Tea Party” at our home was actually a fabulous fundraiser.  Holiday teas were poured from beautiful teapots. There were sweet treats, hugs and lots of fun!  At long last, it seemed, the Christmas season had officially begun…

Welcome Kindred Christmas Spirits,

It is such a pleasure  to relate to you something wonderful that happened just over a week ago! Last Sunday afternoon (December 11th), my husband and I hosted the most beautiful Holiday Tea that we have ever held in our home.  It was an open house: a buffet tea and tour of our home decked out in all the season’s finery. The event was actually a fundraiser named: “A Christmas Tea for Lucas”

THE SEASON OF GIVING  Over 60 persons (50 adults plus children) gathered at our home over a few joyous hours for the sound of jingling bells, twinkling lights, a rejuvenating cuppa, home-baked treats and heartwarming friendship – a time to celebrate all that is good about this time of year. Together, feeling inspired by the beauty and giving spirit of the season, we raised a grand total $1,475.00! Isn’t that AMAZING in just a few hours over tea and dessert?!  A Christmas miracle, indeed!

OVER TEA AND BLOGGING  I had been planning “A Christmas Tea for Lucas” for months – since late summer when we visited Prince Edward Island solely to meet my new friend through blogging Carolyn Aiken (you can read about it here) of the popular blog Aiken Home and Gardens. Undoubtedly, many of you already know Carolyn and are long-time fans of her gentle blog about her romantic life on glorious Prince Edward Island.

Lucas with a sock monkey named “Linda” that was made specially for the Tea and sent along in the mail from Prince Edward Island to my Island of Newfoundland. I must admit that I’ve never before had a sock monkey named after me!

On the final day of our visit with Carolyn and her husband Andrew back in August, and before leaving the Island, Carolyn and I sat together at her table in her welcoming kitchen and shared a cup of friendship.  She relayed to me that she and Andrew are blessed with 7 children and 9 grandchildren. One dear grandson, 6-year old little Lucas, had been diagnosed at the young age of just 2 years with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). It  affects only boys – as many as 1 in 3,000. I never knew that. In fact, I knew very little about DMD at all before then.

Lucas and his mom, Jen (Carolyn and Andrew’s daughter), were about to embark on a journey that would cause them to travel from their home on Prince Edward Island to a Montreal hospital each week for 52 weeks for Lucas’ participation in drug trials there.  It is hoped that these drugs will slow the progression of the disease. We are all wishing the best for sweet Lucas and his family.

As Carolyn and I were chatting on for hours, the time seemed to just fly by!  We shared  our common interests, pursuits, dreams, AND worries while sipping soothing peppermint tea and eating Carolyn’s tasty home-baked scones and pie. I promised my new friend then and there that come the holidays, I would host “A Christmas Tea for Lucas”.  It would be a way to embrace dear Lucas and his family on their journey, to let them know that someone was thinking of them, sending them positive energy; and to demonstrate, in some small measure, financial support for Carolyn’s daughter and her family during a most challenging time in their young lives. Christmas, after all, IS a time for family.  And, aren’t we ALL family? Every one of us needs a shoulder sometimes and a helping hand. The kindness of others helps to make our load a little lighter at times. People, even strangers, were so kind to me when I was going through treatments for breast cancer not so long ago; I just wanted to pay that forward somehow.  And, thus the seed was planted there on verdant Prince Edward Island at Carolyn’s hospitable kitchen table…

Singing angels (from left to right Memorial University of Music students Steven Griffin, Courtney Woodford, Chris Davis and Teri Slade) lend a neighbourly caring to the afternoon’s event. These outstanding (pardon the pun) young people volunteered their precious time to raise funds for cancer research! Carolling is a rare and precious treat nowadays in this age of cds, music dvds and satellite radio! Thank you for the beautiful gift of your voices. You were truly wonderful and just made the day for all of us! I hope you will come back and share with us again next year…

FOUR MONTHS LATER, ON ANOTHER ISLAND… Christmas carollers with the voices of angels spreading the good news of the season greeted guests as they came up the walkway to our front door on that festive afternoon, immediately elevating everyone’s mood!

Can you see the crown of fresh fruit over the door?

Smiling, happy faces. Cheery greetings. Big hugs. Waves of gratitude and giving.

All were met with a fresh pineapple welcome (notice the door crown fashioned from a whole pineapple and bunches of shiny red apples), Colonial Williamsburg style.

Hand-and-tummy warming apple cider on the stove top. Frothy vanilla egg nog served in a vintage amber glass bowl and cups. Steaming flavourful teas poured from beautiful teapots. Fresh-from-the-oven desserts and special sweets of the season in abundance to tempt the taste buds.

The merry sound of jingle bells with each opening of the door. The warmth of twinkling white faerie lights all through the house. A holiday home tour. Prizes to be won and surprises, too!

Even an astonishing pop-in visit from jolly old Saint Nick himself in the finest cherry-red suit that I have ever laid eyes upon! (How on earth did you get word to Santa, good neighbour George, that we were having a special party that day?! And, how did Santa ever find time at this busiest time of year?! Muuuaahhh!). Children and adults alike were wide-eyed with wonder at the sight of the jolly gent. And, oh, the laughter!!! What holiday fun!

Handmade season wreaths plentifully fashioned from natural pine, fir, cedar and LOVE were for sale, contributed by a dear young friend with all proceeds going to the cause. Thank you, Brittany, for your generous heart! Every wreath sold and for a pretty price! People gave way more than we were suggesting – and, in one instance nearly ten time more! WOW!

THE BEST GIFT  Kindness. Caring. Generosity. Sharing. Wide-open hearts. There was a real camaraderie, a connection of some kind in the air that is hard to describe with mere words. The sheer excitement was almost palpable. It was true Christmas spirit like I’ve never experienced! And, to top it all off, snow started falling softly outside the windows, as if we were inside a ‘living’ Christmas card…What a perfectly lovely day!

This door crown (also shown in the photo above) was created in mere minutes while waiting for a wickedly yummy carrot cake to come out of the oven the night before the party (rather, in the wee hours the morning of the party). I have been using the same wooden cut-out in the shape of a semi-circle for this annual project for over 20 years! The fresh fruits are pushed downward over top of long galvanized nail spikes. Cedar branches are hot glued to fill in the gaps between the apples.  Using a large picture hanger attached to the back of the piece, hang atop your door for a Colonial Williamsburg-style welcome and your done. A resplendent door crown! 1-2-3 Easy.

It was an oh-so special Tea Party in celebration of this magical time of beauty and wonder, and giving from the heart. One and all opened their hearts and their wallets in good old-fashioned Christmas spirit and rejoiced in the gift of giving. A THOUSAND THANK YOU’s EVERYONE!  It means the world that you gave so freely and in so many ways. I was able to send the gift of a Moneygram and all your best wishes off to Lucas and his family soon after the Tea. The much-appreciated gift will be used to purchase a special new bed and mattress for Lucas.  Doesn’t it feel good knowing that you were able to help in this way?! 🙂

The sweets table…I was up until 2AM and again at 6 AM baking up a storm before the Tea so everything would be fresh.  The gorgeous window pane and chocolate dipped cookies in the centre were compliments of Sugar Mama’s Bakery!  Thank you Lainie. It was very sweet of you!

The best gift of the season for me was knowing that everyone who came enjoyed themselves to the fullest, and that we were able to join together in sharing a little goodwill at this magical time of the year in effort to help our fellow man.

On that day, our home was filled  to the rafters with the love that is the very essence of this beautiful season…It is something we will never forget.

A handsome guest remarked, “NOW it feels like Christmas…” It was the first time he had been to our home, and he had brought with him his lovely family in support of little Lucas and his dear family.  It  was such a beautiful compliment that they, and all who came to be with us that day, had taken precious time out of their own hectic Christmas preparations – the shopping, baking, decorating, stringing outdoor lights and getting the tree – to join in offering their friendship and strength of support to strangers. Lucas and his family are truly, truly appreciative and can’t thank you every one enough. YOU left a smile on their hearts, as well as ours, and we will always be grateful for  your kindness and generous, caring collective spirit…TRUE Christmas spirit!

Perhaps a NEW Christmas tradition has already begun in our home, one to anchor the coming holiday seasons. Hmm, next year, maybe I’ll host “The True Spirit of Christmas” Tea…

I ran out of greens just before fashioning this urn, so I used other elements from the garden to fatten it up: a garden cherub sits on the edge of the urn with his feet dangling over the edge, an iron obelisk and a shiny red gazing ball inside it are strategically placed in the centre, large pinecones, tall twigs, a garden sign on a stake, almost anything I could find…

LOVE IS IN THE DETAILS  Those of you who have ever hosted a large at-home party and enjoy entertaining can probably relate that in the weeks leading up to the Tea, I spent many blissful hours immersed in my favourite Christmas books and hundreds of magazine clippings from past years, still kept in a special holiday file, making endless notes that I would later tuck into my purse to have with me when running errands.

While perusing my favourite holiday recipes collected, too, over time and planning the once-a-year and first-time-ever fancy desserts I would make, I compiled ingredients lists and contemplated the special serving dishes to be brought out of the cupboards.

Pouring over seasonal decorating magazine issues both current and saved from Christmases past, while sipping spiced tea and daydreaming about how the house would look all decked out, and  the holiday trims I would attempt to make; I spent days and days (time here and there) cleaning and readying the rooms, imparting little inspirational touches of the season into each one, creating Christmas all through the house…

My husband did a wonderful job of orchestrating the adornments on our home’s exterior. The walkway, front door, garden gate and benches, planters and window boxes, statuary and obelisks, and, yes, even the shed and deck were festooned with fresh greens of all kinds in a spur-of-the-moment – yet surprisingly artful – arrangements! In contrast, he did not spend a goodly portion of his time thinking all these things through. He just went for it and all turned out beautifully!  There is something to be said for that! But then, the anticipation is part of the pure enjoyment of the entire process for me….:-)

‘The Christmas Shed’…Didn’t my hubby do a great job filling this planter box?!

Won’t you come with me and have a little look around?!  I promise you’ll find some ideas to dress up every room in your home during the holidays: draping greens over the beds, hanging stockings of every kind from everywhere imaginable (I’ve hung them from knobs on dressers, chairbacks, doorknobs, cupboards, bed posts, footboards, headboards…I looove Christmas stockings), creating lighting ambience with candles and chandeliers, pretty paper wrappings, ways with ribbons, even gift ideas and more…

I don’t think you ever stop giving. I really don’t. I think it’s an on-going process. And it’s not just about being able to write a check. It’s being able to touch somebody’s life. – Oprah Winfrey

First, before we begin our home tour, please bear with me while I’ll announce the winners of the many lovely Christmas-themed prizes. All the gifts have been delivered, but some of you have been curious, so here goes:

AUCTION PRIZES

Six-year old Natalie Moss won “A Child’s Christmas” package including: Lucas’ Sock Monkey, Christmas storybooks “The Gift” and “House of The Wooden Santas”, along with holiday DVDs “A Christmas Carol” with Jim Carey and the newer version of “Miracle on 34th Street”.  Lucky Natalie! Congratulations and enjoy!

Charlene Peckham won “A Christmas Tea”: A precious holiday basket filled with biscuit mix and strawberry-and-champagne preserves both from the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company (I brought them home with me from my vacation in PEI with exactly this in mind even then), Belgian chocolates, pretty beverage napkins, royal-themed teas, and a special Christmas tea book all beautifully presented for giftgivingt…

Harold Hayward won “Movie Night”: “The Bells of St. Mary’s” DVD, a gorgeous pair of red crackled-glass poured candles with tassels, and yummy holiday chocolates…I looove this movie!

Julie Bennet won “The Baker’s Gift”: Large bottles of cinnamon and vanilla, Paderno measuring spoons, Pier 1 measuring cups, festive recipe cards, and snowflake cookie cutter all gathered in a gorgeous red bucket planter!

Linda Harnett won: the ‘Hostess Gift”: McSteven’s delicious hot chocolate in a beautiful Santa tin, coordinating Jim Shore ‘Santa’ dinner and cocktail napkins in a sweet basket…

Terry Richardson won “Holiday Glam”: nail polishes, hand cream and hair product thanks to Signature Salon! It was so very nice of you!

 

TICKET PRIZE:

Gina Reid won the “Christmastime” package (I wish I had gotten a pic so you could see this beautiful haul):  
  • Costco 9-piece set hand decorated red glass Christmas ornaments
  • Punch Studio Victorian gift wrap (Winners/HomeSense has gorgeous papers, tags etc.)
  • Victorian gift bags
  • Red foil gift wrap
  • Victorian christmas tags
  • 2 rolls of sparkly gold ribbon
  • 1 roll of cording in red/green/gold/blue
  • Multi-colour tissue paper
  • Box of Christmas greeting cards
  • Red mercury globe/pedestal candle holder (Thank you O’Neills Gardenland)
  • Coordinating red mercury glass votive holders, candles…

DOOR PRIZES:

  • Lauren Hayward:  McStevens hot chocolate, Punch Studio dinner and beverage napkins
  • Courtney Woodford:  Red mercury glass filled candle, sweets
  • Joanne Bennett, Lauren Hayward, Courtney Woodford:  Swarovski crystal dangling hearts earrings created by Gail Perry, Beadazzler.  Thanks, Gail!

 Special Thank You’s:  

Alderberry Blum, Brittany Brinston, Gail Perry, George Dunne, Joanne Bennett, O’Neills Gardenland, Memorial University School of Music carollers Teri Slade, Courtney Woodford, Chris Davis and Steven Griffin, Pat Puddester, Ruth Wheeler’s card class, Signature Salon, Sugar Mama’s, Eric White, Connie Hayward, Marie and Brendan Hunt.  And, Thank You to Carolyn’s friend Heather who sent an original artwork of hers – Heather painted Carolyn skating with her grandchildren on the duck pond at the back of her house while Andrew builds a fire nearby.  It is so beautiful that my husband and I bought the painting. I’ll show it to you soon in another post…
 

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO JOINED US FOR  “A Christmas Tea for Lucas”!  And, THANK YOU to those who could not be here but sent along contributions.  And, too, to those who heard about our Tea for Lucas and sent along donations with friends – it was very kind of you!!! Now, on with the tour…

Although it hadn’t snowed yet, there was a real chill in the air. Our neighbour Joanne ran across the steet to her own home to grab caps and mittens for our carollers.  They later came inside and serenaded us the entire afternoon.  It was so beautiful…

Our very kind and caring friend Brittany made these gorgeous wreaths for sale with all proceeds going to Lucas and his family…I displayed them on my flower cart!

‘A Pineapple Welcome’  DID YOU KNOW? The pineapple, once the food of Kings, has, through the ages, been a symbol of welcome, good cheer, human warmth and family inherent to gracious home gatherings?!  How do you like my door crown fashioned from fresh fruit?  It will last a couple of weeks.

The Christmas Shed!  My husband did a great job of outlining the shed door with a gentle cedar garland and filling a plant cage that hung on the shed door. Can you see the mirror and the statuary tucked among the lushness of the natural greens? The cage normally has an ivy twining through it during the garden season.

This garden furniture’s home is usually on the decking off the shed.  Hubby moved it up onto the deck off the kitchen.  He laid a plain wreath atop the table to encircle a set of glass cylinders that hold cedar and cranberries frozen in ice.  I can’t wait to insert a tea light in the canister in the evening hours. It will look so pretty…

Hubby  also strung white lights in the tree branches off the deck, filled the flower boxes as well as a trough near the barrel fountain on the lower deck portion.  Can you see the heart-shaped wreath hung on the deck post? It will have a wide red-satin ribbon soon. Even the rooster seems happy enough among the ‘winter decor’…

I love the ‘waffle look’ left by the snow on this iron bench on the deck. As it was starting to snow, I removed the bright red-and-black plaid Christmas blanket and ice skates saved from school days that previously rested on this seat.  I’ll save that for another day…The ‘wreath’ is actually a cedar garland yet to be unfurled!

My Aunt Eleanor and cousin Brenda arrive amidst all the excitement.

Was that Santa who just went by?!

 CHRISTMAS ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE…

 The Front Entryway…

 

A large Santa made by my friend Jean’s heart and hand greets people as they come through the front doorway.  Hubby hung up the NOEL shutter upon the wall above Santa just hours before the party started.  In the process, he broke his toe when he dropped the hammer on his foot! Yikes! On the day of the party, a fresh pineapple appeared next to Santa atop this little chest.

Don’t you just love the donkey and the detail on this gentleman?! This Santa was my reward for setting up my friend Jean’s booth at a craft fair a long time ago.  Her display was featured on the front page of the local newspaper that year.  Ahhh, sweet memories….

 

In The Kitchen…

 

This vignette sits atop the fridge in our kitchen. DID YOU KNOW?!  In France and the Netherlands, the season officially starts on December 5th with a visit from St Nicholas and Sinterklaas?  According to the legend in France, he arrives with a little donkey carrying baskets loaded with gifts.  In Holland, he arrives by boat.  St. Nicholas’ modern counterpart in France is named Pere Noel, a much slimmer version of Santa Claus, who dresses fashionably, of course, in long red robes.

The Littlest Angels.  See this post for more pics.  Just click on the photo in the sidebar.  Remember, you can click on any pic to enlarge it if you want to see more detail…

A trio of ‘Frosty Ferns’ on the the kitchen windowsill above the sink…

 
 

Thank you to Sugar Mama’s Bakery for the gift of the Wow! cookies in the foreground. When my husband stopped by the bakery to pick up my cookie order (I was running late and ordered them up in a hurry), the owner offered them with her compliments! What a SWEET surprise! Thank you Lainie for such a thoughtful gift!

Orange-chocolate swirl loaf sits atop a half wall in the kitchen. It was a huge hit! This recipe is coming, ladies!

In The Living Room…

Wide-eyed little Grace, my co-worker Krista’s beautiful daughter,  was amazed that Santa would stop by my house! And, so was I!

This year’s staff photo! Left to right: Moi with co-workers Joan and Debbie

Santa really knows how to make us all laugh! Left to right: Bonnie, Connie and Lauren

My co-worker Sherri and me

The girls from our street who’ve we’ve watched grow through the years into the most wonderful young ladies! Standing left to right: Best friends Donna and Andrea. In the foreground: Left to right: Sisters Julie and Laura and moi.  We are so proud of you all! Laura and Julie’s mom, (and my garden faerie), Joanne, was a colossal help to me the day of the Tea.  Thank YOU, Joanne!

In The TV Room/Study

In The Bath…

In The Bedroom…

Thanks for coming by to spend some time today.  I hope I didn’t wear you out with all the photos and that you enjoyed the tour!  There’s another room or two to see yet, but I thought I would save those for a little later when you’ve had time to rest.
 
In case I don’t happen to be with  you again before Christmas, I wish you and yours a Happy, Happy Holiday and a Glad New Year!
 
Kisses,
Linda
 
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS & 
 HAPPY AND HEALTH NEW YEAR!

Sweet Holiday Wishes, Everyone!

I am joining A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness and Lily-Rose Cottage for Simply Sweet (January 15, 2012) and Jennifer at Traditions and Magpie Cottage (December 2012). I hope you will visit these beautiful blogs. 🙂

I am thrilled to be joining in the fun and sharing this “Christmas Past” post today (December 1, 2013) at The Tablescaper!

http://thetablescaper.blogspot.ca/

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  1. Tammy Fry
    2011/12/22 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you for sharing the lovely photos and descriptions of that fantastic day! I’m so sad I missed it! It looks and sounds like I missed a wonderful day. Unfortunately, I was sick in bed that day and right through that following week!

    I want to wish you and Midge a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!

    Sending Holiday Hugs!!

    • 2011/12/22 at 5:53 pm

      Thank you, Tammy. We missed you! I hope you’re feeling better and able to thoroughly enjoy Christmas.

      We received your lovely card with photos of all your fur babies. It was adorable! Happy Holidays to you and Val!

  2. Eric White
    2011/12/22 at 6:22 pm

    Linda,

    Each one of those photos captures so beautifully the atmosphere at your home that day. It was overwhelming to see not only your home, but especially that dessert table. Your eggnog was the best I’ve ever tasted and I’m still dreaming about your coconut cream pie! I could have driven my fork into all of those desserts but it was almost a shame to disturb even one. The entire presentation was a masterpiece.

    I’m still shaking my head to realize that you did all this yourself. You’re quite an inspiration.

    I’m so happy to see those photos on your entry today. I can now take a walk down memory lane anytime I want to revisit that beautiful Christmas tea.

    I wish you a very Merry Christmas, Linda.

    • 2011/12/22 at 10:01 pm

      Eric, it was our pleasure to have you in our home. Thank you for always supporting me in whatever charity I may be involved in and for all your lovely compliments about the Tea! We are looking forward to having you here again soon. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  3. 2011/12/22 at 7:46 pm

    We have a student with the same dystrophy that has been with us since First Grade and he’s now in Middle School.

    Your generosity is outstanding and the lucky people that came for a visit to your home were in for a delightful treat! WOW! is all I can say.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • 2011/12/22 at 10:04 pm

      Merry Greetings Marilyn,

      Welcome and thank you for visiting my blog and introducing yourself, and, too, for your beautiful comment. I appreciate your taking the time to stop by and saying “Hi” all the way from Colorado. Wishing you and yours a Happy Christmas.

      Linda

  4. 2011/12/22 at 7:57 pm

    Hi Linda,

    Such a beautiful post, Linda! I am amazed at all the work you and Midge did and how beautiful it all looks. I loved seeing all the pics with your guests (and you), the food, and decorations. The prizes were all beautiful, too – so much thought and effort into all of this. A big thank you to you and Midge and to all who contributed in any way- your generosity is appreciated so much!

    Jen and Lucas are arriving home shortly from visit # 9 in Montreal, and we are so thankful for this chance to slow down this terrible disease. We hope and pray this drug will have very good results for Lucas and the other boys.

    Our whole family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts!

    Have a wonderful Christmas,

    Carolyn, Andrew & family

    • 2011/12/22 at 10:14 pm

      Carolyn,

      It was certainly our pleasure to be able to do something to help Lucas in any way. He is such a wonderful boy with the biggest smile I’ve ever seen! You can see in his eyes his great sense of fun. We enjoyed the day of the Tea immensely, seeing so many old friends and the opportunity to make many new ones. Midge and I were overwhelmed by everyone’s generousity and such willingness to help. Isn’t it just THE BEST gift to know that there are such kind and giving hearts in this world?! This is the TRUE meaning of Christmas – the season of giving. We will all be praying for Lucas and your family and wishing you all the best on this journey. God bless all and Happy, Happy Christmas!

      Hugs,
      Linda and Midge

  5. 2011/12/22 at 8:10 pm

    It all looks so beautiful – I am in love with all the greenery!

    • 2011/12/22 at 10:05 pm

      Hi Cassie,
      I’m delighted you came by. Thank you for leaving me such nice words. Merry Christmas!
      Linda

  6. 2011/12/23 at 12:33 am

    I was visiting Nester when I saw the Christmas Tour of Homes 2011.
    Just gorgeous!

    Merry Christmas!

    • 2011/12/23 at 12:46 am

      Hi Rona,

      Thanks for stopping by, especially at such a busy time of year and for the gift of your sweet comment.

      Wishing you and yours a Happy Christmas and Glad New Year!

      Hugs,
      Linda

  7. Jennifer Metcalfe
    2011/12/25 at 8:01 pm

    Linda and Midge,

    What a beautiful post, how wonderful to see all the pictures. Everything looked amazing. We appreciate all your hard work and the generosity of everyone who donated. Lucas is very blessed to have so many wonderful people behind him. Thanks again and wishing you both health and happiness in the New Year.

    Jen, Michael, Alec, Samuel, and Lucas

    • 2011/12/25 at 8:13 pm

      Happy Christmas Jen,

      The pleasure was all ours. We received your lovely handwritten card in our mailbox today and are delighted to know that the monies raised will purchase a new bed and mattress recommended for Lucas. It is truly wonderful to know and the best gift of the season. You and Lucas are so very inspiring to us all. Thank you for all your good wishes!

      Blessings to you all,
      Linda and Midge

  8. shirleysms
    2011/12/26 at 10:59 am

    I love the format of your blog post. I use WordPress also..Is it an upgraded format? Just beautiful!!..

    • 2011/12/26 at 11:44 am

      Merry Greetings, Shirley!

      Thank you for visiting me and the comment on my blog. I really appreciate that you like it. I must tell you that I am a newbie to everything about blogging and am using the ‘original to me’ format; so, as far as I know, it’s not an upgraded version of WordPress. I started blogging in February as ‘happy therapy’ while on medical leave from my work recovering from breast cancer treatments. Before then, I hardly knew what a blog was! And, so, I have learned much this year and still have so much to learn. I struggle through setting everything up to appear as I’d like on-line, teaching myself as I plod along – it takes awhile sometimes :-)…I hope you’ll visit again soon.

      Happy and Healthy 2012 to you and yours,
      Linda

  9. 2011/12/26 at 11:32 pm

    Your home is gorgeous and the details throughout are spectacular! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday! Hoping you had a wonderful Christmas and will enjoy a wonderful New Year!

    • 2012/01/01 at 6:49 pm

      Hi Honey,
      I had a great time at Potpourri Friday – so much inspiration everywhere! Thank you again for hosting and the opportunity to share.
      Linda

  10. 2011/12/29 at 12:11 am

    What a beautiful story of this tea. Your home is also lovely! May you have a very Happy New Year! Thank you for joining me at HSH!
    Sherry

    • 2011/12/30 at 8:52 am

      Greetings Sherry,

      Thank you so much for your inspiration and featuring this post at your beautiful blog ‘The Charm of Home’ for your recent Home Sweet Home party! I was so surprised to find this post mentioned and appreciate that you thought it worthy to feature among the other wonderful posts. I am a new blogger this year and it is very exciting to me! Thanks again.

      Linda

  11. 2011/12/31 at 6:21 pm

    Linda, what a beautiful post! Your tea for Lucas was a wonderful idea. The hard work you put into making it a stunning success is quite evident in the lovely photos you shared.

    Your home is beautiful. I love the fresh pineapple welcome above your door. The goodies look especially yummy as well. Thanks for sharing this beautiful event with us.

    Happy New Year!

    • 2012/01/01 at 6:46 pm

      Hi Tammy,
      I am thrilled that you enjoyed this post. Your compliment made my day!
      Hugs,
      Linda

  12. 2012/01/02 at 1:02 am

    Your home is so elegant and pretty but cozy at the same time. Your tea makes it obvious that it is also a home with the true Christmas spirit. So happy you shared this on BeColorful’s Motivated Monday

  13. 2012/01/04 at 10:27 am

    Good morning dear Linda,

    What a beautiful and warm-hearted post! The Christmas spirit simply oozes from every room in your lovely home. I so enjoyed seeing all the photos, the guests, the scrumptious food, and feeling your sweet and generous spirit even from my chair in front of my computer. Thank you for sharing your wonderful Christmas Tea For Lucas with us at Tea Time.

    Wishing you and all those you love, a very Happy & Healthy New Year.

    Blessings and hugs,
    Sandi

  14. 2012/01/04 at 1:37 pm

    What gorgeous Christmas decor and the mantel is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home and the tea at the Open House party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

  15. 2012/01/04 at 7:49 pm

    What a great fundraiser! You have such a big heart!
    X
    Carole

  16. Kathy
    2012/01/11 at 11:39 am

    I am so incredibly moved! What a wonderful gift you gave to Carolyn, her daughter and Lucas – not just the tea with the prizes etc…but, you gave your heart, time, support and love as well as brought others into this circle of care. Everything was marvelous – the tea, the prizes, the amazing decor – the sheer fun! I understand the undertaking of a large party and decorating – you outdid yourself! I am so glad you shared with A Return to Loveliness!
    God Bless,
    Kathy

  17. barbara neubeck
    2012/01/16 at 8:05 am

    Thank you for sharing the wonderful fundraising Christmas Open House you held for Lucas. Your photos are lovely, your home is beautiful.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  18. 2012/01/16 at 7:52 pm

    That was amazing! Your home looked beautiful and what a wonderful way to bless a sweet little boy in need! Thank you for sharing with us all!

    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  19. 2012/01/17 at 9:28 pm

    Linda,
    this is such a delightful post! Your Christmas decorations and home are truly beautiful!
    I had read about Lucas on Carolyn’s blog a while back, and I think you’ve done a beautiful thing by hosting a special tea for him!
    Paying kindness ‘forward’ is a blessing for everyone 🙂 God bless you and all the generous people who helped make the day so successfull and lovely! Thanks for sharing this at Simply Sweet.
    Have a wonderful week in Christ’s love…
    Trish

  20. 2012/12/23 at 10:38 am

    LInda,
    What a truly beautiful post…both in photographs and in spirit. I am moved by your generous heart and willingness to share the beauty and love of the season with your friends and neighbors. Thank you for sharing this. May your family and Lucas’ family be blessed this Christmas and always.
    Merry Christmas,
    Nici

  21. 2013/12/03 at 12:26 am

    So much wonderful Christmas beauty! Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.
    – The Tablescaper

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