Thursday, December 18, 2014

Giveaway Draw Tomorrow

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Giveaway includes: 
Afternoon Tea by Susannah Blake
Teacup notecards/invitations
Various teas
Pretty Napkins
Sweet treats

Leave a comment on this post if you haven't entered yet,
but would like to be a part of the draw tomorrow.
Draw is Friday, December 19th at 9:00 am MST

 See you tomorrow!


Day 18. Out and About

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I won't be here today.
Have things to which I must attend -- some from yesterday's list.
I wish you a beautiful day.

Brenda and Snowflake

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Day 17. Jottings

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“It's not how much we give
but how much love we put into giving.”
~ Mother Teresa

Now there's a good thought as we come nearer to Christmas.  Our gifts may be small but there is no limit, no need for budgeting how much love we can put into our giving. In whatever form that looks like this year... whether it's gifts under the tree, cards in the mailbox, treat bags hanging from door knobs, baking in a beribboned box, serving a sick friend, holding hands with a loved one and having tea, chocolate and socks to a street person, putting stuffing on a plate in a shelter ... it's the loving that counts.

Can you believe it's December 17th already? Although our Christmas will be quiet and small -- family is dispersed this year -- I've got a few things to finish off. How about you?

1. Get e-mail addresses and send Jacquie Lawson e-note with e-photos.
2. Address snowy white envelopes for cards going to aunties and anyone else not online.
3. Christmas baking -- mmmm --- what am I hankering to taste this year of our favorites?
4. Deck the Halls with boughs of holly lights and greenery.
5. Practice Christmas music on the piano and c-r-a-n-k up the music. Sing! Dance!
6. Listen to Handel's Messiah and Mario Lanza's Christmas CD -- haven't done that yet.
7. Make cranberry orange scones and share with neighbours.
8. Get the Tea for Two Giveaway parcel ready -- take photo and load on blog.

 If you're following the Advent Count Down, check out

Don't forget to enter the Giveaway Tea For Two Giveaway
by leaving a comment on the giveaway post here.

I'm away to get to that to-do list. I'm smiling.
It's dull and overcast today.
Which means  my twinkle lights stay on ALL day. Woohoo!

Brenda and Snowflake

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Day 16. Christmas Candy And Sweet Memories

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You have been chosen to preside over a most important matter... to carefully choose the official Christmas candy. What will it be?

Peppermint candy canes? Old-fashioned ribbon candy? Rock candy with its myriad shapes and flavors? Boxes of assorted chocolates tucked in crinkly paper cups? Something else?

In my 'umble opinion, it has to be the peppermint striped candy canes. As much as I adore all the other sweet treats, a person just doesn't think of candy canes any other time of year except at this Christmas season.


And, what about those assorted chocolate boxes that your grandma or aunty brought to your house at Christmas Time... delectable two-layer boxes of Dairy Box and Rountree and Black Magic? 

They'd be passed around the living room, each person given a chance to examine the little 'map' to select the right center. The anticipation would be exquisitely excruciating, for you hoped against hope that someone else didn't pick your favorite before it was your turn.

Do tell, which ones were your favorites as a child? And, did you have any you despised?

I loved the caramels or nut clusters. I never minded the fudge-y ones either. But both my little sister and I were in total agreement about the despicable orange cremes -- blech, blech. And, as for those cough-syrup pink soft-centered ones that pretended to be strawberry -- that was shudder, shudder, shudder.

One of my very earliest memories of Christmas is about candy. I must have been about three years old. There's a vague sense that I was on my dad's knee and we were sitting at the kitchen table looking through the Eaton's Christmas catalog. We'd reached the Christmas candy section, as delightful a spot for a child as the toy section.

That's when I saw it. A child's dream come true. A large tin pail on its side with mounds of hard rock candy spilling forth out into the page. More candy than I could eat in day. Wonderful! I knew beyond any shadow of a doubt that I must have it. And it must be right now. I had such a belly deep longing for that pail of candy. And how to make the child understand that it was just a picture. It was not possible to have it right now.

I don't have any remembrance of how I dealt with my utter disappointment -- perhaps that's when my longing for the magical qualities of fairy tale land took root. Or why some years hence I loved that Candy Land game we got one Christmas.


Ah, such sweet memories. I feel quite like the kid again.
Now, would you be so kind as to share some of your own?

Sweet hugs,
Brenda and Snowflake

Monday, December 15, 2014

Day 15. A Festive Collection of This And That

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See below for our Giveaway Three -- Tea for Two

My Christmas tree is decorated. With white twinkle lights, strings of candle lights, hanging balls and baubles, and frosted silk poinsettias with gold ferny sprigs tucked behind. All that glitters may not be gold, but it sure makes things sparkle and glisten when the lights are turned on.

The photo above has been bedecked on PicMonkey using the "Space" texture -- that's what creates all the little orbs of lights. I do adore trying out all PM's framing options too; there is no doubt that a frame takes an ordinary photo and dresses it up so one can take it out on parade.

Today we announce our third and final Giveaway this month. Alas, I find myself without a picture because the days crept up on me and here I am without the parcel put together.

"Tea for Two"

It will be a sweet treat bag of goodies that includes such items as would befit a Tea for Two party. Invitations, luncheon serviettes, tea, and sweet treats. We'll post a picture shortly.

The DRAW will be this coming Friday, December 19th at 9:00 am MST. Leave a comment and your name will be included in the draw. Hope you win!

Should you be looking for other seasonal reading, I invite you to my Advent Count Down page. It focuses on the theme Restoring the Joy At Christmas. Originally featured in 2010 here on blog, this year I brought out the bits and pieces, sorted them out (much like one would untangle tree lights), updated some, and added new material.

The posts are short, with a key thought to help readers focus on JOY during this busy time of year. There's one per day, and there will be new posts added until December 25th.


The last items of my 'this and that' post....  If you are still looking for ways to add festive touches to your home, you might enjoy this list of 40 Christmas Decorating Ideas that are meant to bring joy to your home. It's a delightful list with great photos.

Do you crochet? If you do, you are bound to enjoy this site by Anna at Outrageous and Wonderful who shows us how to make lacy tree ornaments. Click here for the instructions for a tiny star, tiny tree, and tiny heart. I'm off to look for my crochet hooks as this looks like fun -- it's been many years since I crocheted a couple dozen snowflakes for a friend.

Here's wishing you a beautiful day,

Brenda and Snowflake