Thursday, December 11, 2008

Trim A Tree Thursday Part 2



Today is Trim A Tree Thursday hosted by Brett at the Southern Hostess. Come on in and have a peek at a few of my decorations. The dining room is my Christmas of old. I decorate the entire room with colored lights. Old World ornaments hang on the garland. Also a few mercury glass ornaments decorate the pine boughs. The tree could be called a Charlie Brown tree. I remember my Great Grandmothers tree looking like this one. Lots of tinsel hanging on the branches to hide the large gaps. A vintage 1950's Santa sits on top of the charlie brown tree.




The tree skirt is an old grandmothers flower garden quilt. The quilt is tattered and torn and has a lot of holes in it. It has new life underneath the Christmas tree. I used to play with this wooden manger music box when I was a kid. Each Christmas at Grandma's I would wind up the box and listen to silent night. Great memories!




Just before I got married my Grandmother gave me all of her old Christmas ornaments. She questioned why I would want all of "that old junk". I felt very lucky to get all of that old junk and other "junky" treasures too! I was 21 and didn't know anything about antiques, decorating or anything else for that part.




As she handed me a box of Shiny Brite ornaments I was hooked. I loved the cool old ornaments. Silly me even admired the box they came it. I package them away very carefully each year. They are so fragile. Some of the ornaments have broken over time. Every year when I take the boxes out I think of my Grandma and smile. I'm so grateful that she saved her "junk" just for me.




I was a small child in the 1960's. During that time several of our family members had silver tinsel trees with big red ornaments. This tree pays homage to that era. My foofy girly green and pink tinsel tree has the added glitz of pink boa's! You would never catch me dead wearing a boa. It works on this tree. I got the idea of adding feather boa's from Kathleen. Great idea Kathleen!




I purchased these vintage 1960's pink and green polka dot ornaments from an E-bay auction 5 years ago. The original price tag on the box read 97 cents.




This is the view from here this morning. My peach trees are twinkling with ice. It's so pretty. Make sure to drop by next week. I have a few more things to share. Merry Christmas!!!!

28 comments:

Renna said...

Barbara, I just LOVE seeing pictures of inside your home. It is so, so pretty. Your decorating style looks like something out of a magazine! You are so blessed to have those wonderful momentos of your grandmother. I love all your decorations, and even though I'm not normally a 'pink' girl, I LOVE the pink foofy tree! :-)

Jennifer said...

What wonderful treasures. I'm so glad you got your Grandma's junk, too. It's simply breathtaking.

Debbie said...

Your decorating is beautiful! I love all the old fashioned treasures!

Mim said...

So beautiful, I love how you have saved so many old things that remind you of family.

Wool Winder said...

I love your vintage ornaments! We had some of the exact same ones when I was little. They mostly all broke over the years, though Mom and Dad may have a few left somewhere in the attic.

ellen b. said...

Oh my look at your snowy view this morning!! I love your home all decorated for Christmas. It really looks enchanting :0)
Love the retro tree...

brettinsky said...

I am still in love with your garland-it wows me everytime I see it! The tinsel tree is so much fun!

Merry Christmas!

Quiltersal said...

Barb! I thought last week's pictures were perfect and now you've added even more perfection! I just love the sentiment you've included. Such treasures you've saved. I hope your own children will appreciate them just as much as you obviously do.

Terri and Bob said...

I loved the full view! I am learning that I like to see the whole thing! I love the tree and pink boa... adorable! I am happy about your grandmother's 'junk', aren't you the lucky one!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Wow! Your decorations are fabulous and your home is so quaint and pretty! Love the garland over the doorway! ~Rhonda :)

Jennifer said...

I love your Grandma's ornaments. They are my favorite so far in your Trim A Tree series.

Thank you for the birthday wishes. I had a great day.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Girl, we are practically soul sisters! I don't know if you noticed my aluminum tree in a previous post but I have one too. I am sooo loving that garland over the doorway...I actually gasped when I saw it! Love teh old quilt under the tree...if I ever do a pink tree in the guest room, I have the perfect tattered quilt for underneath. Thansk for the idea!

Liz said...

Your house does look amazing. I wish you could come over and deck my halls!

WhiteStone said...

Your home looks so inviting. And I couldn't help but notice the heater. I'll bet that room and the adjoining one are cozy and toasty warm.

Liz said...

I love your little green tree and pink boa! The ornaments are perfect!
And that garland is to die for!

~Liz

Jeannette said...

Your tree is gorgeous! I love all your ornaments and trimmings!

char72 said...

I love your vintage ornaments. Sentimental items are the best kind. Thanks for sharing with us.
Charlotte

Sue said...

WOW----JUST BEAUTIFUL-I LOVE LOVE IT.

SUE

Jan and Tom said...

Barbara...everything is just lovely!! I love the feather boa tree and the garlands.......and the ROSES painted on your walls!!! They are BEAUTIOUS!!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Barbara dropping over to say, Merry Christmas, and I love your tree and garland! WONDERFUL!

XO,

Sheila... I'm trying to get finished with mine by Monday! :-)

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Sis..
Wow I love your decorations I love the old, the country, and vintage myself. Your home looks so warm and cozy!! I just wanted to also say helloooo *smile*. I've been under the weather but feeling a lot better than the past couple of weeks. Thanks for sharing your home with us.

Luv Ya Lorie

Kathleen Ellis said...

Ooooh! Ooooooh! Ooooooh! I love your garland with the vintage ornaments...how special!
And that pink feather boa...well, I was wondering when that was going to catch on! LOL! It looks perfect on your green tree...and those ornaments...to die for!
Can't wait to see more!
Merry Christmas!

quiltyknitwit said...

Beautiful pictures, and I do love those old ornaments of Grandma's - we had some like those when I was little too.

Jenny Girl said...

Aww your home is beautiful! The decorations and everything really warmed my heart. It's just gorgeous.
My mom has some of those same exact shiny brite decorations too. They were the only things she had from her mom.

Juri said...

How beautiful!!! I have some boxes of my mother's ornaments (she died when I was six).....precious memories on my tree!!! By the way, I love your comments on my blog!

Juri

Debra said...

Your home is beautiful, and you made me want to get more stuff out. I love the little manger. your old ornaments are doubly precious now, with your grandma's memories wrapped up in them.
Love, Debra

CarpeDyem said...

Well done you for creating and sharing whst yo have done with your home! It's inspirational, truly!

The last picture of the snow - wow! how deep is it??!!

Kathleen Grace said...

Your garland and decorating is just amazing! I love it all:>)