Welcome to my Christmas blog ~ Christmas Pudding

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



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