Thursday, December 4, 2008

Trim A Tree Thursday



During the holiday season one of my joys is decorating. I have so many gifts given to me through the years that I put on display. The Southern Hostess has inspired me to "Trim a Tree on Thursdays". For me it's a great push to dig through all of my boxes and put out my Christmas decorations. I have slacked off the past couple years and a lot of my decorations have not seen the light of day until this year. In my living room I like to use all of my handmade ornaments and quilts too. This room has more of a primitive look to it.




I get in the mood with a little help from my friends. That is classic Christmas DVD's and wonderful music. After a few Lindt truffles and a nice cup of tea I'm ready to go adorn my home.



These are the handmade ornaments that hang on the living room garland. I have made a few. I can't say which one is my favorite. I love them all. Most of the ornaments were gifts from friends.



I never realized how hard it is to take good pictures of things with tiny lights on them. I have taken at least 50 pictures between last night and this morning. I am so grateful for digital camera's. Remember the old days(just a few years ago) when you had no idea how your pictures were going to come out? O.K. so please excuse my lousy shots. If you have any idea's please share! Anyway click on the picture to get a better view.



I usually keep the garland up all year and decorate it for the different seasons. Because I have so many snowmen I will keep them displayed for the next few months.



A snowman and his wife sit on top of the quilt rack.



I put up two trees in this room. This tree sits in an old crock that my in-laws made sauerkraut in many, many years ago.




I am a Jim Shore collector and show them off on this tree.



For all of my warm weather friends this is the view from my living room window. Snow!! Not very much. Just enough to make it feel like Christmas time. I better get back to the basement. The Christmas boxes are calling my name. I have so much to show you the next few weeks. I better get busy. Have a wonderful day. Merry Christmas!

29 comments:

April said...

Hi, Your decorations are beautiful! And, you have a great variety of Christmas movies. Christmas Vacation is my all time favorite!

Wool Winder said...

I like your decorating style. I'm more in the Christmas spirit after reading your post.

Quiltersal said...

What a wonderfully welcoming and warm home you have! I love, love, love, your decorations! We've not started yet this year. The past couple of years we've gone to Utah so didn't decorate...this year we are staying home so I told DH we are decorating. BUT, we have a cat who's never seen a Christmas tree and loves to climb and play with anything that dangles....a dilemna for sure! Wish me luck.

Can't wait to see more of your pictures. Love your style!

WhiteStone said...

Love your pickle crock tree stand. And it was cool seeing your decorated home. However, this comment is a plea that you keep that snow drift in Your Yard and don't send it blowing my way. LOL

Liz said...

Your home looks like it came right out of the Walton Christmas episode. It is so warm and lovely. Your stenciling is very nice too! Love you Christmas decor!

~Liz

That tea cozy is pretty neat to. I might have to try that pattern out!

Kathleen Ellis said...

I love your doorway garland...great idea!
thanks for stopping by and for your nice comments!
:-)

brettinsky said...

I love the tree in the crock! Great idea!

Your garland is stunning!

Merry Christmas!

Kathy said...

Your holiday decorations are so pretty! I love Christmas movies too - I have to admit, Christmas Vacation is one of my all time favorites!
Merry Christmas...Kathy

ellen b. said...

Your Jim Shore collection is wonderful! I like how you've used the garland around your home. Enjoy your weekend...

Jennifer said...

I'm so glad you shared your decorations. It is so lovely. I bet it makes the house feel even more cozy!

Terri and Bob said...

I love the ornaments hanging on the garland. I love your collection of movies, too!

Royaltouch said...

Darling, like your stenciled border and the arch garland all lit is so festive. Thanks for sharing, this is a fun thing to do on a Thursday, so I had to join in too. Blessings for the holidays.
Ok you inspired me to go change the music all to Christmas in the CD player!
Linda

Tea said...

Your home is just gorgeous! Love all the primitives, lights and the snow. :)

Renna said...

Barbara, your home is gorgeous! I love your primitive ornaments and decorations. You have fantastic taste and style!

As to the dark pictures, even if your pictures come out too dark, you can get them to look the way you want with a good photo editing program. I use Picasa. I always have to lighten my pictures before I post them.

Debbie said...

Everything looks so nice and Christmasy! I haven't decorated at all yet...I think you've helped to put me in the mood!

Megan said...

We never get snow, so to me, thats alot! Love that old crock your tree is in and all your decorations!

Juri said...

Your photos got me so in the mood for Christmas....and the SNOW!!! Living in Florida, the picture of the snow was such a treat!!! Your home looks so pretty!

Juri

JudyBug said...

Love all the pics but especially the garland. That is just beautiful!

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Oh, how pretty!! I love Jim Shore, too!

Pauline says "thanks for visiting...and no, not Prince Albert!" LOL!!!

~Blessings,
Jan

Jenny Girl said...

Awww these pictures really just warmed my heart! Everything is just beautiful. I love the garland and ornaments from friends. I am so putting some decorations up this weekend! You have inspired me :)

stitching under oaks said...

hi..this is my first time here...I love your style..very similar to mine. Enjoy the coziness of your home and have a good weekend.

Grace said...

everything is so beautiful, I can't wait to do ours, I collect jim shore too, and like others my all time fav movie is christmas vacation the whole family knows all the lines

anne said...

wow, hat all looks so beautiful with your quilts mixed in . . i love that garland!

Liz said...

Wow- the place looks amazing! I love all your decorations.

susan said...

i really like the painted garland along top of wall...and the garland around the entrance to kitchen? is grand. here the archways to living room and kitchen are both rounded and same around/above kitchen sink...i really like it and was a popular style around here. our new furnace is in and keeping the house warm and toasty. the house is more evenly heated now so i am get ice on more windows...obviously, we need to replace all the windowns in this place but that is next summer or whenever. set up an account with the warm company today and will get all the info on their "warm window" product and supplies. will make for this house and if i can handle it, maybe start retailer them...they are an investment but really push up the R value in a room. finally get snow, supposed to get a bunch this week....starting to feel alot like christmas.....

Rocky Moreno said...

Your decorations are pretty, and your view wonderful.

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

Just beautiful!!!!! So warm and cozy looking. I was drooling over your box of handmade ornaments! I just loved every one of them!!!! Cora

Cary said...

I love all of your decorations. You are so lucky to have your grandmother's "junk"! The handmade ornaments are wonderful and I also love Jim Shore. Love everything! Post more!!!

Tea said...

The dining room garland is the prettiest I've seen! i love the lights and ornaments on it.

Your fragile ornaments from the sixties bring back memories for me, too! We had lots of them just like yours. Thank you for sharing your decorations with us.