Merry Christmas, Dear Friends!
May you enjoy the simple pleasures this season, experience too many joy-filled moments to count, and receive the true blessing of being surrounded by family, friends, love and laughter.
I promise this post will be short and sweet since we are in the midst of holiday celebrations and everyone must be so busy, but I thought you might enjoy a little confectionery treat.
Today I am honouring my beloved mother-in-law, Ethel Ryan. Ethel was a kindred spirit. We both loved the holidays. I miss her every day and especially at Christmastime. She loved tea and some of my fondest memories are of sharing tea together around her kitchen table in the quiet hours.
I gave this sweet little figurine to Ethel one Christmas; she just adored sheep. Before she passed in November 2009, she wanted me to love it back into my own collection. If you love Pinterest, and sheep, here’s a link to my board in her memory, “Beautiful Sheep for Ethel”:https://www.pinterest.com/lindam…/beautiful-sheep-for-ethel/
In addition to sheep, Ethel loved Christmas trees and had a devout faith; hence the gingerbread selection!
Since my last post, my husband and I created some new Christmas memories of our own. We travelled together on a river cruise down the Danube, visiting European Christmas markets along the way in Hungary, Austria, Germany and Czech Republic. It had been on my bucket list for decades and was a dream come true. I brought home traditional Christmas cookies from each region to share with you. I hope you enjoy them.
This is the collection of traditional Christmas sweets that made it all the way from Europe just a few weeks ago (cookie plate: gingerbread hearts, sheep and tree from Budapest, Hungary; Bishop gingerbread figure from Vienna, Austria; Springerle biscuits from Nuremberg, Germany; Mozart Chocolates from Salzberg (on the border between Austria and Germany).
The little deer came from a Christmas market in front of Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna.
The Mason’s Pink Vista teapot was a gift from my husband many Christmases ago.
Fresh greenery adds a beautiful touch to any tea table. I like to elevate arrangements on fancy cake plates.
The beautiful two-tiered celebration cherry cake from my sweet friend Pam Picco who lives here in Newfoundland! She is an extraordinarily talented cake artist. I just love what she created for me.
The poinsettias are made from sugar!
What a romantic Christmas cake!
This teeny deer seems to appear everywhere around our house!
My pink transferware collection is made up of pieces gathered from yard sales and vintage shops but they all seem to work together.
These gingerbread hearts, like all the confections on my tea table, are truly works of art! I really admire the talent of these bakers.
The picture inside this tiny frame is actually the cover of a pretty Christmas card that my husband received from someone he works with. I trimmed the image a little and slipped it into a frame for the tea table…
Springerele biscuits are almost too pretty to eat, don’t you think! We had a difficult time cutting that beautiful cake that Pam made but we finally managed to bring ourselves to do it…It was delicious and Ethel certainly would have approved!
Well, we have some visiting to do and still some presents to deliver! Thank you so much for coming by and leaving such thoughtful and kind comments. It makes a difference. Wishing you the sweetest holiday season,
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Hello Dear Friends!
I’ve been away but am back just in time to share the holiday season with you! Thanks for your emails and comments checking in on me. It has been a very busy year and I’ve already been immersed in holiday decorating, albeit for fundraising for breast cancer research, as you can see from this recent photo in a local newspaper! Some days, you just never know where you’ll end up. lol I’ve really missed my friends in blog land. So, let’s get to it! The kettle’s already on and I hope you can stay for awhile…
In nod to the season, simple gestures of sweet holiday homemaking are starting to emerge at our house.
When it’s cold outside, I like to warm my toes and insides with a casual and convenient cocoa-and-cookie station. It’s easy to do and a lovely little way to bring some big-hearted hospitality to the holidays. I thought I’d share some photos of my hot chocolate bar from last season…A kitchen island, countertop, sideboard/dresser, or a tabletop tucked into a corner are all perfect places for a hot chocolate bar.The hot chocolate bar in our house is set out on an antique table with a marble top and white cast iron pedestal base – it came from a favourite downtown cafe that was located within a well-loved gift shop. When the owner decided to close the doors, she called me and asked if I would like one of her tables – I ended up with two! YAY! I start by gathering all the Christmassy “essentials”. A large oval basket, or sometimes a tray or even a wooden crate, is used to neatly house all the things for the bar: homemade marshmallows, peppermint stir sticks, cinnamon sugar, cookies under a glass cloche, linen napkins, spoons, candles and special cups.Pretty cups and mugs always make a beautiful statement. This one’s a favourite. It came from a cute design shop, By Sharpe Design, in the heart of the city.The toy soldier cookies were made by my friend Maria at Petite Sweet.
The pretty homemade marshmallows came from Sugar Mama’s bakery just around the corner.And, of course, don’t forget delicious cocoa mix and a bottle of fresh milk….Candles and greens add to the warm, comforting ambience.
Little people and big people love festive Oreo cookies dipped in white chocolate with crushed candy cane sprinkles!
The glass cloche helps to keep the freshness in, although cookies never last long anyway.“Son of a Nutcracker!” That looks cute!When I’m hosting a hot chocolate bar for an open house or a brunch, I like to have bowls of mini marshmallows, chocolate curls and whipped cream at the ready. A bottle of Baileys or Frangelico is available for those who like a curious kick to their hot chocolate.A touch of black anywhere always boosts things up a notch, don’t you think!Cozy pillows, a mix of heirloom needlepoint and with a touch of sparkle, on the chairs bring even more warmth to the vignette.A cup of cocoa is like a giant hug!
Napkins sewn from red-and-white ticking and a cozy rug under foot = a warm heart! I also like to top jars with holiday stickers that say, “Welcome. You’re special!” It’s a sweet touch.I do love this time of year, although the damp cold that we often get, being on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, does get deep in the bones and I enjoy a hot cup of something to warm me up after a day out and about.
My goal this year is to bring it outside! On the porch or deck is a great spot to welcome family and friends home from outdoor activities, and you can add to the romantic holiday theme with a vintage sled, skates, buckets of apples, planters filled greens…you get the picture. If you have snow, build a for-real snowman nearby and gussie him up with mittens and a mug hanging from his twig arm! To further boost the spirits, pile up warm blankets on a bench and play Christmas music on the ghetto blaster! Stay tuned…
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Wishing you a warm and joyful holiday season,
Linda at Beautiful Ideas
Thank you to my Pink Days In Bloom garden fairy “Invincibelle” whose mom, Ann Marie, made this gorgeous cross-stitched heart for me last Christmas!PRAYERS FOR PEACE AND LOVE TO ALL
For those of you who live near, I hope you will join us for the next Pink Days In Bloom coming up…
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Today, I am excited to be guest blogging over at Nancy Reinke’s “A Joyful Cottage”. Do you know Nancy, particularly her “Living Large In Small Spaces” series? It is really fantastic and so many fresh ideas await.
Nancy happened upon my post that I shared a few years ago about my mom’s tiny room at a personal care facility and thought her readers might be inspired by it. I transformed my mom’s room there from an uninviting, lifeless space into a cozy, inspirational cocoon that she immediately loved the moment she opened the door unto it. Elderly people, after all, enjoy beautiful surroundings the same as anyone else does. So, I hope you will join us over at Nancy’s blog, particularly if you have a special senior in your life. Even if you don’t, I’m sure you’ll find lots more at A Joyful Cottage to set your thoughts going. You just might want to put the kettle on and settle in for a bit!
I am so honoured that Nancy asked me to share on her gorgeous blog today. I’ve never been a guest blogger before – ever- and I am very excited! I hope you will drop by A Joyful Cottage for “Room to Bloom!” and say, “Hello” to Nancy. See you there!
I would also like to thank the lovely Kathy, author of the blog “A Delightome Life” who kindly featured my last post, Kitchen Leftovers that Sparkle, at her a A Return To Loveliness party, and also to sweet Sherry at “The Charm of Home” for featuring the same post at Home Sweet Home. You are so very kind ladies, especially since I was so late sharing those holiday images! Lol.
Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! EnJOY!
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Here is the kitchen dresser when it was decked out with the most amazing gingerbread creations. If you want to see more photos of this amazing gingerbread house, you can check it out here at Gingerbread Dreams. Do you like tin framed-mirrors? I picked up this one at a lovely shop, Tin Roof Mercantile, in Nova Scotia a few years back. They were kind enough to ship it to me and it arrived safely. Thank goodness! It’s tremendously heavy.
I just can’t get over these cute little footprints leading to the front door of the gingerbread house! Great job, Jindra! You are the gingerbread master!
All the gingerbread is edible but looked too pretty to eat. It did taste divine, though!
It made for such a sweet display. The Portmeirion “The Holly and the Ivy” teapot was a gift from my husband years ago. The lush antique artistry is inspired by the 17th century English carol.
The little holiday tree sits in an urn on a table near the patio door and is trimmed with lovely baubles and sparkly twigs. A mischievous elf peeps out from behind the tree! Can you see him?
A winged creature up close… I love decorating with birds at Christmas.
A little black always helps ground a room, even if it’s a Christmas ornament!
A bountiful garland twines around a multi-tired shelf/wine rack in a corner of the room.
This luxe stocking came from a shop at Blomidon Inn’s House of Gifts in Nova Scotia. I’m always thinking Christmas, even on vacation! So, many holiday things seem to find their way into my suitcase or carry-on when I’m travelling.
“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” Ahnes M. Pharo
More bird motifs…
A spray of glittered branches at the top of the tree gives it oomph and extra height!
Elf is happily decorating the tree! Don’t you love this old-fashioned ornament with the wreath in the centre! It reminds me of the ones that hung on my parents’ tree when I was a little girl.
This cute Bethany Lowe snowman always puts a smile on my face. I think I brought him back in my suitcase from Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia when hubby and I visited there in 2012 for the Grand Illumination in December that year. You can see photos of the town of Williamsburg decorated in its holiday finery here at It’s Christmas Naturally.
He is adorable, isn’t he!
“Mr. Lady Killer” on the wall is my favourite thing in the kitchen! My mom jokes that when she sees him, she craves an egg! Lol Oh, well!
Pretty porcelain for a Christmas tea…
I enjoy the soft glow of lamplight from this corner of the room, especially late at night when the house is quiet, and I can sip leisurely on a glass of eggnog (non alcohol) before bed. Thank goodness eggnog can’t be found on the store shelves here after Christmas! All those yummy calories!
Each of these amber glass jugs has a story. You can see more of this collection at Christmas is Coming.
Wintry window…More view of the kitchen window can be seen at Celebrating The Twelfth Day of Christmas.
I gave my mom-in-law Ethel this sweet figurine many years ago. she adored sheep and I adored Ethel. Hours before she passed away, she gave it back to me so I could love it in my own collection.
I have a ‘thing’ for fairies…
A hot chocolate bar in a basket sits on a marble bistro table in a corner of the kitchen near the pantry cupboards. It came from our favourite downtown cafe when it closed its doors years ago. We sat at this table many times over great meals and memories.
Homemade marshmallows, toy soldier sugar cookies, and Oreo cookies dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy cane – what more could you want?
Peppermint stir sticks and hot chocolate!
Sit Long, Talk Much…
Fantasy under glass…Does this little fellow come to life when everyone’s sleeping?
Mason’s Pink Vista transferware is yet another favourite pattern! I love collecting these vintage pieces.
Vintage love…the black is pretty, too!
The inscription on the teapot reads: “A cup of tea for you, a cup of tea for me, to enjoy around the Christmas tree.” The needlepoint heart was a gift this year from one of my Pink Days In Bloom garden fairies. Thank you Ann Marie, mom of ‘Invincibelle’ (a.k.a Kierstyn). I treasure it! A true ‘work of heart’.
This is a musical Santa. He revolves to Silent Night and has been part of our Christmas decor for over 25 years, when we brought him back from the Williamsburg Pottery, Richmond, Virginia. Apart from a little chip of Santa’s finger, it has certainly withstood the test of time. He is a Christmas tradition at our home.
Romantic candle glow and snowflake sugar cookies…They were so good! Thank you, Maria! You are the sugar cookie queen!
A cuppa Christmas…
The toy soldier cookies AND snowflake cookies were made by my friend Maria. Aren’t they sweet!
Since I’ve gone this far with the Christmas pictures, I thought I’d go all the way and share this beautiful carol with you – Angels We Have Heard on High by The Piano Guys, Peter Hollens and David Archuleta. The video is lovely also. I love hearing a beautiful piece of music at any time of year. I hope you enjoy it, too. If you have a listen, maybe you’ll forgive me for all the Christmassy photos…
Whatever you’re doing and wherever you are, I hope you are cozy and warm, of good health and spirit. Thank you for all the lovely footprints you left behind on my recent posts. Thank you so much to Jann at Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson for featuring “Be My Valentine” at Share Your Cup Thursday!
“Let Every Day Be Christmas”
by Norman Wesley Brooks
|Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.
I’m just popping in to wish you all a beautiful Valentine’s Day! Won’t you join me in a cuppa cherry tea and a little ‘spring dreaming’…
“They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.” Bill Keane
“There’s a long life ahead of you and it’s going to be beautiful as long as you keep loving and hugging each other.” Yoko Ono
I just love anything under a glass cloche!
And, I love decorating with florals and birds and watering cans and… Lol It just makes me happy!Are you longing for a glimpse of spring like I am? I was sifting through some old photos this morning and came upon these few, so I thought I would share them with you. If you, too, have cold temperatures and lots of snow where you live, then I hope these images will bring you some warmth today.
Do you like to add little touches of whimsy to your table settings? What fun!
Of course, the china pattern is “Apple Blossom”, one of my favourites. I know many of you share this particular dish love. My talented friend Maria makes these amazing sugar cookies. Aren’t the teeny marshmallow hearts so sweet, too!“A little romance with one’s tea is good for the soul, I think…don’t you!” XOXOXO
I love it whenever you take a few moments to stop by and am so appreciative of every second you are here. Wishing you a beautiful day filled with love, romance and chocolate and a wonderful week ahead!
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Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s 2015 already? Where did 2014 go! It seems the older I get, the faster it goes. Do you feel that, too? I hope you have time to stay and savour a cuppa with me and have a little tour. Many of you have already dismantled your Christmas décor and packed it away for another year. At our house, though, the decorations will linger a little longer. That’s probably no surprise to many of you who know how much I LOVE Christmas!
The decorations went up hurriedly and very late at our place this year and, at this moment, it seems to be just a tremendous effort to take them all down. I think I have a little “after Christmas” fog setting in. Like so many of you who enjoy your homes, particularly at Christmastime, I think the sparkle just seems to bring ours to life and makes it shine, making more cozy and inviting. The house itself seems to ‘smile’ and be happy. Magical! So, I want to enjoy just a little more…
It makes me a little sad at the thought of not seeing all the festive trims again until next year. Although the year seems to pass so fast, I’m sure before we can blink an eye, it’ll be ‘that time’ again. Why don’t we just leave it up all year! Before I manage to get up the gumption for “the task” of putting it all away, I thought I would share some photos of a few sweet vignettes around the living room. I hope you don’t mind. I know it’s late.
Meet ‘Queenie’. I have no clue about this carved wooden bust. I imagine it as having once been a prop in a Laura Secord candy shop. It’s probably not the case but can you see a resemblance at all? I dressed her up to the nines with a mask, some feathers, a piece of festive ribbon, a sparkly star and a sweet ornament studded with sequins . Her crown is actually a tree topper. It wouldn’t fit properly on her head at first, so I got out my handy wire cutters and snipped out the spiral piece that normally fits down over the top tree branch, and what do you know! Despite hubby’s warning that the entire crown would surely fall apart, it worked like a charm! Whoever this lady is, there is new life for her and she is having fun. I think she looks very mysterious which only adds to the question of her lineage.
A little French inspiration is always welcome, n’est-ce pas!
This was ‘Queenie’ before her crowning glory and a little gold spray paint touch-up.
This Royal Doulton gal is called, “Happy Birthday 2010”. My husband gave her to me for my birthday that year. She is a limited edition and was retired in December of that same year.
“Girl reading” was found at a local antiques shop about 25 years ago.
My husband did some research on her as I was preparing this post. She is a chalkware figure probably cast in the 1930’s. The original was possibly created by Cristoforo Vicari, an Italian sculptor born in the 1800’s. It was after I had inserted the photo into this post that I saw her eyes for the first time!
She is in great condition with only a few minor chips but that is what gives her such character. I have loved her ever since I first saw her. The statue is quite heavy.
She has moved around the house quite a bit over the years. Another cuppa anyone?
C.S. Lewis — ‘You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.’
Venetian masks are not just for Mardi Gras! Authentic Venetian masks are perched in wreaths, swags and trees around our home during the festive season.
Can you spot the Venetian mask nestled in the treetop?
I found this sweet ‘sisters’ photo in an antique shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan a couple of years ago.
I have no idea as to the identify of these bow-topped girls. I just really loved the picture! And, don’t they look lovely for the holidays?
Love the iced boughs in the trees and on the mantel…Since I couldn’t find any of the sprays anywhere this year, I bought the only garland I could find, pulled it apart and used the stems in swags and on tables for a coordinated look in the room.
A little touch of glam on the table at the base of the ‘sisters’ photo, which is perched on an easel and displayed slightly above the table. I like elements with varying heights for interest.
There’s no need to secret pretty glassware away in a cupboard. Bring it out and celebrate it! An iced wreath sits at the base of a glass urn.
Old crystal glasses are re-purposed as votive holders. Why not!
Since I don’t often get to use my crystal glasses, I think this is a perfect new purpose for them.
The glass urn holds some special ornaments, a small Santa and epsom salts for a snowy effect.
Isn’t he so sweet?
I like to use mirrors as trays for glasses and also as the base for my vignettes. It ‘doubles’ the effect.
Prized ornaments can also be found nesting in special glasses. This trio of ornaments would be lost on the tree, so I like to keep them separate where I can enjoy them to the fullest.
Miniature framed photos of my dad who is no longer with us peek out from the tree branches every year since his passing.
They are photos of my dad in his youth. I like the ones with the cars. I think they are really cool. Lol
Strands of chandelier glass hug the tree at the top, middle and bottom. I have these pieces for years and yeas and find new ways to use them every Christmas. I’ve even used them to decorate a wedding cake table. You can see how at The Gift of a Wedding.
Glass ornaments hand crafted in Poland were purchased with gift cards from the Bombay Company that I had been given for Christmas. I was able to use them for the after Christmas sales when the ornaments were marked way down. Thank you to all!
This beauty was a new after Christmas purchase this year. I pulled it out of a box tucked behind a piece of furniture in the shop and was so glad to find it.
I am loving the silver-gold combination this year in our living room this year.
And, of course, one can never have too many pillows! Pillows are a wonderful to add texture to a space and make it cozy.
I like that I can look at our tree and know that many of the ornaments were thoughtfully gifted by my spouse, family, friends, neighbours and co-workers!
Almost every ornament tells a story.This pretty was also an after-Christmas sale purchase.
This ornament was, too! Don’t you love the lace on this baby? You can see a post about The Littlest Angels that I used here. I sent my friend Carolyn on Prince Edward Island a pair of these sweeties a few years ago, so we have a set alike as a gesture of friendship.
You must have at least one bird in the tree! It’s tradition. There’s a nest in there, too…somewhere deep within the branches.
The ornaments are just piled on in thick layers this year as we didn’t have a large tree in this room. I like the glass ornaments that allow the tree lights to shine through and cast a warm glow.Santa peeps out from a bell cloche in front of the fireplace.
Some silver reindeer, a wee child and small glittery trees, too, set the scene.
Chicadees in the trees…The frosted snowy white bulb in the garland draped at the back is a favourite. A gorgeous wintry nod to the season…
More Santas and some sparkly stars that are showing signs of wear. “Never let anyone dull your sparkle!” Whoever said that had real insight.
LOVE these! The little radio is similar to my husband’s radio that had belonged to his dad.
A few more…
I so admire the people who craft these gorgeous ornaments. To tour a factory in Poland or Austria or Germany where they are so expertly made would be a dream come true! Have you ever been to such a place?
I found these bulbs with the ‘Three Kings’ at Michaels early in the season! I had given a box of them to my beloved mom-in-law many years ago and she cherished them. She has since passed and they have gone to someone else in the family who also treasures them, which makes me very happy, indeed. When I saw these on the store shelf this year, I wanted to have them on my own tree as a reminder of my Ethel and her faith.
My friend Joan hand painted this heart for me. It is precious. Did you know that I hang it on my tree every year, Joan, next to my dad’s photo?
A new ornament this year! Love a peace dove in the tree…
The iced boughs and glass prisms tucked into the tree here and there gives a wintry feel to the tree and is a lovely contrast with the natural pinecones.
Reflection of the Christmas tree lights in a large framed print that hangs over the sofa…
What to do when you can’t find a full-size tree? I couldn’t find a full-size tree that I liked this year (you can see last year’s tree at The Snow Tree) , so we went with two smaller trees in urns that we previously used in other rooms. I do miss my Snow Tree and will continue my search for a full-size flocked tree for next Christmas.
This is actually two smaller tabletop trees of the same size, both in footed urns, that were used previously in other rooms. Can you see the Venetian masks in the tops of each tree?
The trees are in footed urns and placed at graduating heights in the room. (This window is awaiting new curtains.)
One of the footed urns is set on atop a wooden crate off the floor for some added height.
The second tree is placed on the top shelf of a glass and iron wine rack that I dragged inside from out our patio deck. It had been out there all summer and fall and I was planning on bringing it into the house for the winter anyway. I draped a garland over the top and down the side of the rack to the floor and then decorated it similarly to the two trees. Since I didn’t have a single big tree this year, I had plenty of ornaments to go around.
This vignette is at the base of the tree on top of the wine rack. I think my favourite thing this year was the silver and gold striped ribbons! I am a ribbon addict. Here are some close ups of the vignette at the base of the tree.
Can you see the wine bottles still in the rack below the tree?
I thought I would leave the bottles in the rack. Hmmm…maybe I’ll have a small glass!
Some more favourites…
An angel sits at the base of the trees.
The teeny angel came from a Christmas shop in Banff many years ago when visiting my husband’s sister for an early Christmas. I always bring home a Christmas ornament or figure from my travels. Do you do that, too?
Some views of the fireplace mantel in the Living Room
Chandelier strands and crystal prisms, gilded honecombs and natural pinecones, glittery ferns and iced boughs, illuminated mercury glass, shimmery ribbon, cedar sprays and pearly capiz shells together create a romantic scene and cast beautiful patterns on the walls.
Crystal candlesticks normally reserved for tablescapes hold prized ornaments.
I hope you enjoyed the “after-Christmas tour”, late as it was. Some would say better late than never.
You can catch a wee glimpse through the living room door to the kitchen and dining nook. If you would like to see it decked out before all traces of the holidays are gone, please come back and visit before too long, that is if you can stand it and haven’t had your fill already. Lol I won’t delay posting too long as I know it’s a bit late after all. We are still doing some after-Christmas entertaining and so I will be sharing it with some friends over the next week.
That’s it for the living room until next year. Thank you for indulging me and for coming by and spending your precious time. I hope you are enjoying a fabulous winter so far.
Wishing you a beautiful day,
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On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…
I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. ~Harlan Miller
Happy New Year to you all! My wish for you is good health, peace, friendship, love and many joy-filled moments in the coming year.
It’s early Monday and it is a quiet, Christmas card kind of morning with the snow falling and twirling to the ground like teeny feathers from heaven. Peaceful.
For those living on many parts of our island, it’s a snow day for the children as schools are closed, or at least for the morning. Not here, though. This beautiful scene won’t last long as the temperature is expected to climb to an unseasonable 11 degrees Celsius with rain, so all this fluffy snow will soon be washed away. (I love this Bethany Lowe figure. Isn’t it precious?)
Although I miss my garden at this time of year, the view is still beautiful, even from the kitchen sink!
Who says rabbits are just for Easter?
I’ve just made the bed (I like to dress the beds for Christmas) and am about to brew a hot cuppa.
The house is so warm and welcoming at this time of year, so I am still enjoying. You can never have too many cozy pillows!
A collection of hand painted Santas still sit on the dresser in the master bedroom.
I am still listening to holiday music and sipping tea by the glow of the tree lights. I am loving this quiet hour. Hubby has left for work already and I am on vacation today (back to work tomorrow).
I thought I would use the day to dismantle some of the decorations but on, second thought, I think I will enjoy them for the rest of this week and instead read some favourite magazines, be inspired and take some photos, something I haven’t had a chance to do all season.
Maybe I’ll call up an old friend and invite her for tea. Pink transferware is wonderful at any time of year but especially during the holidays.
I really like the Christmassy colours of this pattern.
I know that many of you share a love for it.
This is a nook in our petite kitchen/dining room. I love the sparkle! The house seems to say, “I’m happy!” and I want to share that. I hope it’s not too late.
Well, Old Christmas Day is tomorrow, so I won’t leave it too long before I post some more images. Where did 2014 go?!
I think I’ll start in the living room…
The reflection of the lights of the Christmas trees in a framed print gives a magical feel to the room. Here are a few sneak peeks…
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- A Cuppa Cozy: Cocoa-and-Cookie Station
- “Room to Bloom!” Guest Blogger at “Living Large in Small Spaces”
- Kitchen Leftovers That Sparkle!
- Be My Valentine!
- Reflections of A Romantic Christmas
- Celebrating the Twelfth Day of Christmas!
- Merry, Merry Christmas!
- Gingerbread Dreams
- Christmas is coming!
- Something special in the air…
- Tea from Sea to Sea!
- Pink Trees and Cherry Tea!
- The Elegant Empress
- Best Wishes for “The Sparkling Hour”!
- A Christmas Wish
- Christmas at the End of the Hall
- Beautiful Christmas Green!
- The Festive Table
- A Garden Award!
- I’ve Missed You!
- Romantic Easter
- Easter Blessings!
- Majestic Hatley Park
- Life Can Be A Walk in the Park!
- The First Snow of A New Year!
- The Snow Tree
- Snow White!
- It’s Tibb’s Eve!
- Window Shopping in the Big Apple!
- It’s Christmas, naturally!
- The Gift of Christmas! Sanselig Jul…
- Blah-Blah Bath Makeover
- Fill Your Socks at “The Little Christmas Fair!”
- Pink, Seriously…’Pink Days In Bloom’, Part II
- Pink Days in Bloom!
- A ROOM WITH A VIEW!
- THE TREASURES AND PLEASURES OF TEA…
- Random Acts of Kindness…
- ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas…
Popular Post! Pink Trees and Cherry Tea!
POPULAR POST: A Special Christmas Tea, Tour & More…
Beautiful Victorian Father Christmas!
Beautiful Holiday Door That Says, Welcome! Stay tuned for more Christmas as the weeks go by…Hope you enjoy the preview!
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Christmas Wreaths for the Cure!
Beautiful Christmas Faerie!
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- A Merry Christmas Tea! 2015/12/26
- A Cuppa Cozy: Cocoa-and-Cookie Station 2015/11/15
- “Room to Bloom!” Guest Blogger at “Living Large in Small Spaces” 2015/03/14
- Kitchen Leftovers That Sparkle! 2015/02/21
- Be My Valentine! 2015/02/14
- Reflections of A Romantic Christmas 2015/01/08
- Celebrating the Twelfth Day of Christmas! 2015/01/05
- Merry, Merry Christmas! 2014/12/25
- Gingerbread Dreams 2014/12/23
- Christmas is coming! 2014/11/13
- Something special in the air… 2014/10/04
- Tea from Sea to Sea! 2014/09/05
- Pink Trees and Cherry Tea! 2014/05/10
- The Elegant Empress 2014/02/01
- Best Wishes for “The Sparkling Hour”! 2013/12/31
- A Christmas Wish 2013/12/25
- Christmas at the End of the Hall 2013/12/13
- Beautiful Christmas Green! 2013/12/03
- The Festive Table 2013/12/01
- A Garden Award! 2013/11/19
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Beautiful Sarah Bernhardt Peonies!
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