Welcome to my Christmas blog ~ Christmas Pudding

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

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

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Preparing For the Holidays

Hello friends~ How are you all doing?

I think one of the best ways to prepare for the Holidays is to first thank our Lord for coming. You see, if it wasn't for Him coming and being born in a humble stable, we wouldn't be celebrating Christmas at all.

November in particular, is a month in which we give thanks. We are reminded of our many blessings by celebrating Remembrance Day here in Canada this weekend. My American friends celebrate Veteran's Day also this weekend.

We live in great countries where we are free to live and worship as we please. If it weren't for the many sacrifices our veterans made for our countries perhaps we wouldn't be able to enjoy what we do today.

In a couple of weeks time, my American friends will also celebrate Thanksgiving Day. We are indeed blessed people!

Monday I will start decorating for the Holidays. I will start with my mantel and go from there.

This is what it looked like last year. I will make a few changes this year but it will look basically the same.

I was going to wait and share this lovely poem later in the month but perhaps now is as good a time as any. We are after all, blessed people.

We give thanks for the sacrifice of our veterans and also for the greatest sacrifice of all- Jesus Christ!

The world was blessed at Christmas

with a miracle of love...

a guiding star and angel choir

rejoicing from above.

They pointed to a tiny Babe

within a cattle stall-

a Saviour bringing peace on earth-

the greatest Gift of all. ~ Author unknown

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Are You Thinking About Christmas Yet?

Hello everyone~ Two months from today is Christmas Eve! Are you thinking about Christmas yet?

We who live in Canada always celebrate our Thanksgiving early in October. Our harvest is usually earlier than our American friends' which is one reason why we celebrate earlier.

I think that is an advantage for us because it gives us more time to plan and prepare for the Holidays.

This is a plain evergreen wreath which I jazzed up a bit with some pine cones which got a a spray of gold paint, a simple bow, and one of the cardinals my son gifted me with. It looks so pretty with the fairy lights behind it!

I haven't actually began decorating of course, it is a bit early but I have been going through some of my pictures and I thought I would share with you my small collection of Christmas birdhouses which I painted and set on the shelf in the entry way.

I went through a birdhouse phase for a while when I painted all kinds of bird houses. These are my Christmas houses.

This one is my Gingerbread House which is slathered with faux icing and little hearts and candies are painted on it. A little tree and a wee angel stand out front to welcome all our feathered friends.


The Blue House is visited by two little feathered friends. This house had originally been the center of a Christmas flower arrangement. I had made one for my DIL and one for myself.
There is real birdseed in the pail and the bare branches are real twigs which are sprayed gold. I change up the tree twigs every year.

The last one is the robin egg blue Holiday House which is all decked out for the Holidays. Snow is on the roof and chimney and a wee angel sings joyfully on the front porch. There are two trees and the pillars are wrapped with real ribbon.

Here they are all displayed on the shelf.

Now that Christmas is on its way, I will be getting ready with some crafts and baking. I am anxiously awaiting all the Christmas magazines to come out too.

What are you doing these days in preparation for the Holidays?

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Happy Autumn!

Hello friends~ Believe it or not, Christmas is three months from today!

Have you started thinking about the holidays yet? Seems Christmas is never very far from my mind. I just love everything about it and even now, I have ideas swimming around in my head. Decorating, baking, and gift giving are all so much fun!

Very soon I will be pulling out this little guy along with his mates!

In the meantime, Happy Autumn!

See you soon!

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Monday, July 30, 2012

Christmas in July

Hello Christmas in July bloggerettes~ I thought I would share a few images from my Christmas last year. This will be my last post until later in the Fall when I start preparing for the holidays.

This is my wee teacup Christmas tree...I started with a tiny tree and then added pink beads, rhinestones, and a snowflake at the top.

This comes out every year and I change the teacup to suit the decor.

I love using my teacups in my decorating. A pretty ornament sitting in a cup makes a cute vignette.

A peppermint candy inspired tier plate stand adds  a festive touch to any table during the holidays.

I enjoy using things I already have like this wreath which encircles my crystal hurricane lamp. I have had it for many years and it comes out every Christmas. I like to change it up to match the decor. 

A snowflake basket filled with greenery makes a cute home for a little birdie and his frosted birdhouse.  You can't tell from the photo, but the little house sparkles from the roof laden with snow to the bottom. After painting it white, I sprinkled it with glitter. 

I love whimsy, especially at Christmastime! This musical Gingerbread House plays The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy and the lights blink in time to the music.

My grandchildren love it! They ring the doorbell and the music plays.

And my sweet fairy princess tops the little tree filled with pink balls and ribbon.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my little touches around my home during the Christmas season. Once again, I'm joining Debbie for her Christmas in July Party.

Please stay tuned. As I find special ornaments or ideas which I will share with you. Enjoy the rest of your Summer and remember I'm keeping ....

Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Christmas in July

Happy Christmas in July everyone ~ Five months from today is Christmas! It doesn't hurt to think ahead and start creating for the holidays.

Most of you may already know how to make these sweet canning jar votives. But just in case you don't, here is how I made mine...

I started with a clean mason jar then I sprayed 'snow' on the outside. You know, the kind you spray on windows, just enough to lightly coat the jar. Then I glued a little lace around the mouth of the jar.

Perhaps you would prefer the jar plain like the one below. You could even tie a bright tartan ribbon around the mouth of the jar. That would look festive too.

Then I set my white votive inside and spooned in some epson salts around the candle to make it look like snow. Add the top and, Voila! You have a pretty votive for Christmas or wintertime! The 'snow' will wash right off afterwards.

What are you working on for the holidays? I'm joining Debbie's Christmas in July.

Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Christmas in July Once Again

Hello holiday lovers and welcome to my Christmas Pudding blog. I am celebrating Christmas in July once again with Debbie at A Debbie-Dabble Christmas.

Today's little Christmas is this sweet little Christmas cottage which I dug out of storage for this special occasion. 

It was a plain brown cottage to begin with, sorry I forgot to take pictures of the before, and I painted it white and pink. I added snow and glitter, then sprinkled some "snow" in the bottom of my cloche and set the cottage and some trees in it.

The green glass tree beside the cloche was a Christmas gift from an old friend many years ago.

If you want to see more of my Christmas in July, then please check out my post below. Your will find a Christmas tea towel, some china, and a wee Christmas tree, as well as a scrumptious dessert. 

Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Christmas in July

Hello everyone and Happy Christmas in July!
I am joining Debbie at A Debbie-Dabble Christmas for her Christmas in July Party.

I have a few things to share with you today so please grab a cup of tea, coffee, or iced tea and relax.

A few months ago I was browsing the Anne of Green Gables Store and I found this adorable little Christmas tree. Well, it just had to come home with me because it was all glittery and decorated with adorable little ornaments.

Some of the Christmas ornaments on the tree remind me of beach balls so in a way, it's perfect for Christmas in July! What do you think?

I also have this darling Christmas robin tea towel which accompanied a couple of Irish linen tea towels from Ireland. A few months back I did a review on these towels and the Christmas robin tea towel was included. It's very festive and pretty with Merry Christmas, Yultide, Noel, Seasons Greetings all written it.

My Uncle Doug who is from England tells me the robins in Europe are smaller than our robins here in North America.

They are about the size of our chickadees only with the colouring of the robin. I would love to see a real one. They must be adorable!

I'm very pleased to have this tea towel and it will get lots of use once the holidays roll around.

For Mother's Day, my hubby gifted me with some pieces of Johnson Bros. Old Friendly Village which I am collecting. The Old Friendly Village pattern is unique in that each piece has a different scene on it.

The teacup and saucer has a winter scene on it so I felt it was Christmasy enough to share with you. The scene on the teacups is "The Ice House." 

Hubby also gave me this pretty square plate. The pattern on this piece is "The Covered Bridge." 

New Brunswick, Canada which is where I was born, has some of the nicest covered bridges in the country so this plate is especially dear to me!

I made my Sticky Date Pudding with Hot Toffee Sauce this week. 

I make this delectable dessert twice a year; at Christmastime and in July. This year, I made it for my Anne of Green Gables Tea which you can find here on my other blog, Rose Chintz Cottage, should you wish to check it out.

You can find the recipe for this wonderful dessert here.

Well, that's my Christmas in July post this week. Thank you Debbie for hosting this fun event.
As you all know, Christmas is never very far from my thoughts even in the middle of the summer.

Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi