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As I scanned through my friends posts on Facebook I came across the most adorable interpretation of a Christmas Tree...From what I can tell from where I came in on the story is that Sue at Reblinged was asking her Facebook friends to help name her creation…I read a few of the comments and there were several clever suggestions…However, I agree with Sue and have to say that there was absolutely no other choice…So let me introduce you to Audtree Hepburn! Isn’t she a knockout!
You can also check out Sue and Re-Blinged on Pinterest….
How sweet it is to watch the faces of the children when they see the big tree in the lobby of the church. This year we decided to go with a new theme and it is sweet if I do say so myself.
…Snowflakes and Cupcakes!
I can’t wait to see the kids faces light up when they see the tree for the first time this weekend.
I have a thing for trees…all shapes and sizes. I especially like the cone shaped trees you see during the Christmas season. Here are a few that a friend and I made today. They are part of our Christmas Tree themed decor at church.
All you need to make these festive trees are a few cone shaped tree forms. You can use Styrofoam, Paper Mache or Grapevine forms. You can even make your own if you are feeling especially crafty. Next you will need fabric pins and floral wire. Finally, you will need some fabric or burlap ribbon, and lots of bling on a string.
Every day this month I am going to reblog one post that screams Christmas…And this one form The Worlds top 10 of Anything and Everything! does just that. This post has captured some of the most unusual Christmas Trees I have ever seen. Each one is more amazing than the one before it…I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Merry Christmas!
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Some people have real ones, some have plastic ones and some people (like myself) even have fakes ones with built in lights! I am of course talking about Christmas trees! We all think out own trees are works of art, but some people like to make a nice festive tree out of anything they can find, so I would like to show you….
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I was talking with my sister the other day and she was sharing a few memories from one of her first Christmas’ spent living away from home. She shared with me how when she puts up one of her Christmas trees it reminds her of a Christmas long ago and far away. Our conversation got me thinking about things…like what Christmas is and isn’t.
Christmas is not… only about a big tree loaded down with expensive store-bought ornaments. It is not only about what you can buy at the big box store. It’s not even how many gifts are wrapped up and nestled under the tree. It’s not about decorating your house to look like Christmas exploded on your front lawn.. It’s not about parties, presents or plates piled high with pastries…Christmas is not a lot of things.
But Christmas is…about the memories of Christmas’ past that come flooding back when you begin unpacking boxes of old ornaments collected over the years. It’s the memories that are attached to a special ornament or two that make you feel a bit melancholy or nostalgic. For me it’s the hand embroidered ornaments made by my Mom when she was recovering from back surgery. The detail is incredible, the colors are still vibrant after all these years and they remind me of how much she loves her family. I also have a few handmade ornaments from my sisters and mom that bring a smile to my face every year when I unwrap them and hang them on the tree. When I hold these ornaments in my hand and look at them it’s almost as if they are right here with me in the moment.
For my sister her memories are attached to a box of $1 store ornaments that remind her of her first Christmas starting out as a family and funds were tight. The ornaments remind her that the joy on Christmas Day does not come with an expensive price tag…she remembers a Christmas when the toys purchased at the general store brought the same kind of joy to her childs face on Christmas morning just as if they had come from an expensive retailer. When my sister was unpacking her special ornaments she was also reminded of a wonderfully happy day spent in 4 story mall where all the shopping that was done was window shopping because that’s what they could afford. These special ornaments also reminded her of coming home to find a box of groceries on the front porch complete with everything for Christmas Dinner and how a tradition of sharing Holiday meals with Friends began…
Unpacking ornaments is a great way for us to unpack the memories of what Christmas is really all about…making memories with loved ones that can carry us through the coming year.
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It’s time for the 2011 Christmas Home Tour and I am as ready as I am going to be. Come on in…make yourself at home. This is our Texas Hill Country home located much closer to the Texas Gulf Coast than it is to the hill country. I am a NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) girl at heart but I got to Texas as quick as I could…
This is my first year to join the Christmas Home Tour…and I am already blown away by everyone’s Christmas decorations. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home and thanks for stopping by our home.
The hubs and I really love everything about the Christmas season. We love decorating our home inside and out. We enjoy shopping for gifts for our family. We split up the list and my husband buys the gifts for the guys and I take care of the girls. We both take care of our own wrapping. My husband is always the first one to put gifts under the tree.
We have been married for over 20 years and it wasn’t until this past year that we had a place big enough to host our family Christmas Eve gathering. We are hosting again this year and we are looking forward to the whole family being together in our home for all of the Christmas Festivities!
This is where all of the fun will happen…everyone buys for the kids and the adults participate in a Dirty Santa gift exchange. It gets loud and competitive with alliances being forged all for the sake of a AMEX gift card or a spotters scope. It is the most fun I have ever had a Family Christmas party.
We have a fireplace but no mantle…its a long story which I will save for another day. I like the clean contemporary look of our fireplace sans mantle…well that is until Christmas rolls around. This is our second Christmas in our new home and I am still looking for the perfect architectural piece to hang over the fireplace. Therefore, in place of decorating a mantle I focused on our dining room sideboard.
This little space will be one of our dessert tables during our holiday parties…The baking begins tomorrow.
In the short amount of time we have lived in our home we have hosted about a dozen gatherings. We are finally getting a feel for how things flow best…we typically will set up a variety of food and drink areas throughout the kitchen space. We want our friends and family to leave their worries at the door and relax while they are hanging out in the country.
Our Christmas tree is a forever tree…we have had it for over 10 years and it looks great in our new home. I don’t know what it is about photographing a Christmas tree that is so difficult. Flash…no flash…it just never seems to look as pretty in pictures as it does in person. So after trying numerous settings on my camera I decided the best pictures were the ones without the flash and up close…
One of my absolute favorite features in our new home are the custom-built-ins. I am a collector of things…I do not collect one particular thing but lots of different things. Our built ins make it easy to highlight my small collections in little vignettes. The shelves hold a mixture of crocks, frankoma pottery, glass jars, antique locks and vintage spools of thread mixed in and amongst our family photos and my sons artwork not to mention a collection of books that have pink covers.
In years past our home has been an explosion of Christmas decorations…this year I tried to reign myself in a bit. Just a little bit of Christmas in each room of the house. Well at least that was the original plan. My sons room has been deemed off-limits to Christmas decor…but no one had any objections to me sprucing up the guest room.
There are so many things I still plan to do..I still have to finish up our bedroom as well as the front and back porch area. I will also be painting our fall pumpkins to look like snowmen, I will be dipping the bottoms of our everyday wine glasses in chalkboard paint and I have a yard sale table begging for a fresh coat of paint. Today I purchased all of the ingredients for my baking needs. I will be making peanut butter clusters, white chocolate dipped oatmeal cranberry cookies, almond toffee and pretzels rolled in white chocolate and crushed peppermint. I hope you will check back over the next couple of weeks and see how things have progressed.
Here’s wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas from our Texas home and a nola girl at heart!!!
I am linking up with 2011 Chrismtas Home Tour at The Inspired Room…
- Fireplace Mantle and White Rocking Chair Christmas (fleamarketgardening.com)
Well it took a week to get the tree decorated. It is layers and layers of lights and decorations. Here are few pictures of our tree up close.
Our tree up close.. is a wonderful combination of old and new, handmade and store-bought ornaments. There are primitive hand cut metal crosses and sparkly glass beads. There are mercury glass ornaments and a collection of ornaments gathered from our vacations. There are silver pheasants perched on the branches as well as hand blown red glass baubles tucked in here and there. There are little fuzzy orbs on sticks that look like they are from “Horton Hears a Who”. It is a very eclectic tree…its a lot like me…I hope you enjoy our up close tree.
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It is a tradition in our home that the Christmas Tree goes up the day after Thanksgiving. It sometimes takes several days to get all of the ornaments on the tree but at least the tree is up and the lights are on by Friday. It is official…kicking off the Christmas Season begins with Trimming the Tree!
We have an artificial tree that my husband loves. Every year my husband will say, “I love that tree!” and I will say “Tell me why you love that tree”. He proceeds to divide the original cost of the tree by the number of years we have had it and he then announces….That tree only costs us $20 this year. Now I don’t know where you can get an eight foot noble fir-tree for $20 but acdording to my husband we have one. I love it because once it is decorated it looks beautiful and no one knows the difference.
The guys haul the original tree box out of the attic and the process begins. First we sort the branches by size. Then row by row we fluff the branches and attach them to the tree one layer at a time. When a row of branches are in place the lights are added, one row at a time. This way I can make sure every branch gets its fair share of the lights.
Next we begin checking the lights to make sure they are in working order. However, almost every year without fail there will be at least 2 strings of lights with only 1/2 of the lights working. This usually causes the tree trimming to come to a screeching halt until additional strings of lights are purchased.
This year was no exception. There were two strings of lights that were beyond repair. So off to the big box store I went…first attempt resulted in the wrong size and color of lights. So the next day back to the big box store to find the right lights…I was looking for mini teardrop shaped lights in warm white. Hobby Lobby…no luck! Wal-Mart…again no luck! Target…after much digging and searching for a plug to check the color of the lights when lit, Ding..ding..ding…we have a winner! Thank you Target!!! Now we can kick off the Christmas Season by trimming the tree!
The first of our family gatherings is tomorrow, ready or not. I think we are ready. But if in fact we are not ready no one will be the wiser.
The tree is decorated and it looks lovely! Even if I have not found a suitable tree topper. C’est la vie!
The table scape is missing something. Not sure what it is just yet, but it is definitely missing something. Any suggestions? The packages need a little dressing up but I can do that while the cake is in the oven.
The rest of the house looks beautiful. There is a little touch of Christmas in every room. Not too much, not too little…well maybe not enough. But it is a work in progress.
However, I am out of time. The first of three Christmas gatherings is upon us. The first gathering of family is this Sunday December 19th @ 4pm. The second gathering of family is Thursday December 23rd @ 6pm. The 3rd gathering of family and friends is a 3 day event with out-of-town company. I am Ready! Ready or Not but I am Ready for the festivities to begin!