Welcome to my Christmas blog ~ Christmas Pudding

"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year." ~ Charles Dickens

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sugarplum Fairy Tea

Hello my dear blogging friends ~

I must apologize that I haven't kept up my Christmas Pudding blog very well this season. There is so much going on. I'm sure you all know what I mean. Christmas is such a busy time.

I did host a Sugarplum Fairy Tea this week at my other blog, Rose Chintz Cottage. If you would like to see more of it please click here.

 I shared my new found green tranferware trio which I love.

I also shared a variety of sweets including my fruit cake.

I will be sharing the recipe for my fruit cake tomorrow at my HOME for the Holidays party at my blog Rose Chintz Cottage.

I will try to post again before Christmas and until then have a joyous week and ....

Merry Christmas!

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Slowly Getting Ready for Christmas

Hello everyone! It's December 1 and Christmas is on its way.

I have been slowly getting some decorating done. Last week was a blur because I was busy getting my mother settled into her new home and the decorating had to take a back seat for a few days.

But I finally have the mantel done.

I have decorated it with cream and gold this year instead of my usual pink.
I love the ribbon!

 Cream magnolias and sheer ribbon .......

And I have started the tree. The angel awaits the rest of the touches below her.

Last week I began the first of my Christmas baking with Cranberry Squares. You can find the recipe here.

What have you been doing to get ready for the holidays?

Till next time, I'm keeping .....

Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Pretty Sparkly things....

Hello Christmas bloggy buddies!
Do you love pretty, sparkly things? I think you must and that's one of the many reasons why we love the Christmas season so much. Which is also most likely the reason why I am attracted to mercury glass and pumpkins this time of year.

It kind of takes care of the crave for sparkle between now and when I start to decorate for the holidays. Which won't be long now!

I have been attracted to sparkly, glittery, pretty ornaments since I was a little girl. And every year, I try to find one new ornie for my Christmas tree. Do you do that?

We are thinking about Thanksgiving this weekend here in Canada. I will make my famous pumpkin pie as well as all the usual yummy things. I say 'famous' because my children think I make the best pumpkin pie in the world. I love my kids!

So, to all of my Canadian bloggy friends, A Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Till next time, I'm....

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Three Months From Today.....

Hello all my Christmas buddies....Can you believe it? Three months from today is Christmas Day!

Are you thinking about it? Perhaps you have your list already made out. I am thinking about it but that's about as far as I've gotten.

I do know my Christmas decor in the living room will be a little different this year because my colour scheme is slowly transitioning into another. Change is good!

It will be interesting to see what I come up with this year. How about yourself? Are you using the same theme this year or do you have another planned for the holidays?

Hopefully as we near the Christmas season, I will have more and more to share with you. It's been a busy year and it kind of just flew by on me. Till next time, I'm....

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Christmas in July Tea Party

Hello friends and welcome back to Christmas Pudding! I haven't posted anything on this blog for ages as I had a little accident last January and I focused all my attention on my main blog, Rose Chintz Cottage.

Anyway, I thought I would let you all know that there is a Christmas in July Tea Party going on right this minute at Rose Chintz Cottage and you are invited to join me there.

You may click on this link Christmas in July Tea Party at Rose Chintz Cottage and it will whisk you over to the tea party.

I made a delicious pudding and I am serving up tea in a beautiful tea set so please drop by and join me, won't you?

I'm always happy to see my friends!

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My Little Teacup Tree

Hello Christmas loving buddies~ I am not getting as much posted here this year as I am so very busy; sorry!

I would like to share my wee Christmas tree in a teacup though. I added some Baby's Breath to it this year and I love how it turned out!

I almost always reuse things year after year. How is your decorating coming along this year? Have you finished yet?

I have also shared my recipe for Peanut Brittle. If you would like to check that out, you can find it here on my other blog.

Thank you for visiting and Merry Christmas! 

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Monday, December 10, 2012

You're Invited to A Christmas Tea!

Hello bloggy friends~

I am hosting a Christmas Tea at my other blog Rose Chintz Cottage and I would like to invite you all to stop by and enjoy some refreshments with me. If you would like to participate, I would love to have you! Just click here and you will be taken to my Christmas Tea.

Have a beautiful day and remember to keep Christmas in your heart all year round!

~ Sandi

Thursday, November 29, 2012

...In the Lane, Snow is Glistening!

"Sleigh bells ring, Are you listening?
In the lane snow is glistening..."

Hello everyone~ I woke up to a fresh snowfall this morning. It's bright and sunny out and the sun is reflecting off millions of what appear to be diamonds sparkling in our driveway.

I have been working on some crafts again and this time, I have made some pretty snowballs.


styrofoam balls
modge podge
egg carton
old tole paint brush or sponge brush
Epsom salts

I actually made my own modge podge using a mixture of white glue and water. A teaspoon of white glue and about a teaspoon of water.

Paint one half of the ball with modge podge and then roll in Epsom salts. Let dry on the egg carton.

When dry, repeat on the other half of the ball and let dry.

Use in an arrangement or display in a big bowl. They're very pretty and best of all, they don't melt!

I set out a silver tray with my snowballs, some fresh evergreens, and my feather tree in front of the window.

I added a couple of little birdies and see how pretty it is in front of the window with the sun setting. The setting sun has cast a pretty pink glow on it all! I waited for just the right moment and captured it on my camera.

You can view this in a larger form on my main blog Rose Chintz Cottage which you can see here.

I hope you will give these snowballs a try. Till next time, I'm keeping....

Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Visions of Gingerbread Dancing in My Head

Hello Christmas bloggy friends~ Welcome once again to Christmas Pudding!

Believe it or not, one month from today is Christmas Eve! I am getting excited, how about you?

I have been perusing the 'Net as well as my own photos and I am always charmed by Gingerbread. Gingerbread houses and cookies just lend such a warm and cozy feel to the  holidays, don't they?

This is my musical Gingerbread house which plays The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy when you ring the door bell. The gumdrops on the roof light up and keep time to the music. My grandchildren love it!

I also have a Snowlady bearing her Gingerbread Boys and a pudding.

I wish I could say I painted these but I didn't. I found them at my son's school's Christmas Craft Fair a number of years ago. I think they are adorable!

From Pinterest and the 'Net I found these ~

Gingerbread Snowflake cookies. Aren't they pretty?




And how about a life size Gingerbread house? Isn't this amazing?


My, but there are some talented folks out there!

So, do you make a Gingerbread House or cookies for the holidays? Till next time, I'm keeping ........

Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas Crafting

Hi everyone~ I have been working on a little craft which I would like to share with you.

Somewhere on the 'Net I saw something similar to what I'm about to show you.

I found these s/p shakers at the Dollar store and the trees I found at Michaels.

I cleaned the shakers in the dishwasher and let air dry. I painted the tops white and sprinkled glitter on them.
Then I applied hot glue to the bottom of the wee tree and used  tweezers to glue into the bottom of the bottle.
Epsom salts make wonderful snow which I sprinkled in around the tree. I gave this one to my DIL who squealed in delight over it!

I also took a bigger jar and a bigger tree and basically did the same thing. I used a sheer ribbon and some raffia to tie around the cover and tied on a little JOY tag. Then I brushed on a little glue to the top and  sprinkled on some glitter to make it look frosted.

I am still looking for tinier shakers and if I cannot find any I will wash out my own and use those.

I think the trees would be even cuter in a smaller bottle.

Are you working on any crafts yet?

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi