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

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