Sunday, December 21, 2014

Mosaic Monday #20 Merry Christmas



May the sparkle and magic of Christmas be in your home.

SB artwork
Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

 For Mosaic Monday next week, share a recap of 2014!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Blue and White Tea and Surprise in the Mail

When the Royal Doulton store had their Christmas open house and sale I picked up this pretty blue and white Devon Cottage teacup by Johnson Brothers.
A couple of ornately decorated sugar cookies from another open house to have with my three o'clock afternoon tea. 
Set out on the dining room table with a tall and happy snowman for company. A Christmas Blend from Timothy's is brewing in the kitchen.
On the kitchen wall hangs the prettiest blue and white heart with Queen Anne's Lace, an early Christmas gift from a special friend.
A surprise package came in the mail this week from a sweet blogging sister who also makes her own cards. Included was a Harney & Sons Holiday tea bag and the miniature tea set that matches my book 'A Cup of Christmas Tea'. Totally unexpected and appreciated in knowing my fondness for tea.
I am grateful for the women I have met through blogging who enrich my life with their friendship. To them, and newcomers to my blog, thank you for visiting and leaving kind comments. 
Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 15, 2014

An Old-fashioned Christmas Tea

Welcome friends as we gather with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage and her guests for an Old-fashioned Christmas Tea.
As you come up the walkway, a sign I painted back in the 70s hangs on the wall.
The purple wreath a friend made me last year is by the front door.
and propped up against the wall on the other side is a crafted sleigh.

"Each Christmas I remember
The ones of long ago;
I see our mantelpiece adorned
With stockings in a row.
Each Christmas finds me dreaming
Of days that used to be,
When we hid presents here and there,
For all the family.
Each Christmas I remember
The fragrance in the air,
Of roasting turkey and mince pies
And cookies everywhere.
Each Christmas finds me longing
For Christmases now past,
And I am back in childhood
As long as memories last."
~from Christmas Past by Carice Williams~

I'm showing our table top silver tinsel tree by night as it's hard to see details during the day unless you're standing right next to it.
The tree skirt used to hug a full sized tree but pulls in just fine to drape over a small round table. A matching runner is on the table in the hallway.
I love the twisted silver Victorian tinsel for reflecting light.
You may want to browse this book I've had for a while and found in a second hand book store, the stories and recipes are delightful. (a few authors: Emily Carr, Stephen Leacock, W.O Mitchell)
I've saved these two teas that came in a Christmas card exchange for a special occasion, today seems like the perfect time to share them.
I received this Royal Stafford poinsettia teacup as a gift from a fellow worker over 20 years ago.
Macarons from a young woman that bakes in her home and had an open house.
Our little silver tree really isn't big enough to hang the few tea themed ornaments I have so I picked up an ornament hanger on sale which comes with an alternative topper when Christmas is over.
The little mouse drinking tea inside a teacup is new this year. The chunky white teapot at the bottom was in a grocery store for $2.00.
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.   ~Norman Vincent Peale~
Back when I was taking ceramics, I made this little manger scene music box that plays Silent Night.
Thank you Sandi for hosting an Old-fashioned Christmas Tea, join her guests here.
I'm also linking to the tea gathering at Antiques and Teacups and Friends Sharing Tea.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mosaic Monday #19 Winter Feathered Friends

I thought I'd get away from sharing Christmas decor this week and feature some of the feathered friends that visit the backyard feeders and bird bath during winter. We place a heater in the metal birdbath which keeps the water available for drinking and bathing and this is also a requirement when one certifies their property as a wildlife habitat.
A male cardinal (males and females frequent the backyard year round) and a male downy woodpecker.
Mourning doves captured during the blue hour.
A bluejay drinking water and cedar waxwings eating snow from the roof of the garden shed.
The bird bath sees lots of activity from a flicker, female cardinal, chickadee, robin, cedar waxwing, goldfinch and grackles. The half brick in the middle of the water keeps the birds from getting their feet caught in the heater.
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

December Personal Photo Challenge - Christmas Scenes

The photo challenge this month hosted by Donna at Cottage Days and Journeys is on Christmas scenes, the perfect subject for December.
Christmas dinner for the birds. My first photo is a few years old but a favourite of a bird feeder attached to the deck railing. It was snowing and the flash was used so I darkened the contrast a bit and and added fake snow from PicMonkey.  Taken with a point and shoot camera.
A display of Father Christmas in various styles along with fresh fruit and candlelight taken at Mrs. Mitchell's restaurant  in Violet Hill one year.   Auto, ISO 400
The Victorian parlour at Dundurn Castle. This is a table top tree surrounded by children's toys. My camera was turned sideways so as not to miss the fabulous chandelier just beyond the tree. 
Taken on auto with an ISO of 800.
If you'd like to join the photo challenge, the link that will be live December 12 can be found here. Thank you Donna for hosting.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Mosaic Monday #18 Pretty Poinsettias



Leafy poinsettias are probably the favourite traditional potted plant at Christmas to give for a hostess gift.  A tropical plant native to Mexico, the colourful leaf bracts will last up to six weeks in bright, indirect sunlight.  Water deeply once a week and be sure to avoid drafts; wrap them well for transporting home or for taking out as a gift.
Poinsettias are impressive in a mixed container as well.
Although the plant looks pretty on the hearth, be sure to move before lighting a fire.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Exciting 2015 Plants for your Garden

It's at this time of year that the upcoming perennial plant of the year is announced and for 2015 it is Geranium cantabrigiense 'Biokovo'.
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'Biokovo' is a dwarf cranesbill geranium hybrid that forms a low growing mat of green leaves with clusters of pink tinged white flowers. Once established, it will be fairly drought tolerant blooming from late spring to late summer. Expect a mature size of 6-8" by 12-18" wide.
source: Veseys on-line catalogue
Each year the American Hosta Growers Association chooses a hosta that has shown outstanding performance and the 2015 winner is 'Victory'. The huge green leaves have a creamy margin that grows well in part shade to full shade. A slug resistant variety, it grows about 30" high by 47-59" wide. White flowers appear mid summer.
While reading up on new plants to dream of over winter, I'm also having afternoon tea set up on a small counter in the kitchen.
Miniature snowflake sugar cookies and a touch of aqua that I find goes well with silver. 
Of course I moved a few things off the counter to place my tea in front of the ceramic christmas tree I made. This is how it looks normally, the resident kitchen blue gecko sits on a lacy santa doily.
Thank you to the hosts of the weekly tea gatherings:

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