Friday, December 10, 2010

Trimming the Tree and A DIY Ornament Inspiration

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Before I share our tree, just wanted to encourage 
you to stop by my sweet sister-in-law's blog to enter 
a great music giveaway. Check it out HERE!  She's the best!

                Whatever Is Lovely
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Now on to our Christmas tree!  We are excited to have our first Christmas tree from the 
mountains this year thanks to my sister and her love.  I've always wanted one, so it seems that 
this is the year...and all for FREE.  Christmas on a budget is working nicely so far!  Sending 
you lots of Christmas hugs from our Christmas tree to yours!  Merry Christmas!

Sometimes I just want to leave it plain with white lights.  Love the glow.

Cooper was excited to decorate the tree...for all of about 5 minutes.  
I don't blame him.  He's two.  What can I say?

He was focusing so intently on getting the ornaments on the branches.
When he placed them right on the very tip of the branch, they fell, and he would say,
"Oopsies, I missed," while laughing and giggling.

Now he's getting the hang of it. 

This church ornament reminds me of our wedding day.  
Oneof the two most magical days of my life.  
The second being welcoming Cooper into the world.

This handy man was the Hubbs' when he was little.
My mother in law saved all his ornaments and gave them to us our first 
Christmas together.  So special.  Hope to do that for Cooper.  
This little handy man is one of Cooper's favorites this year.
The boy loves tools.

The Hubbs' childhood nativity ornament is a classic.
He mentioned that they would all get ornaments each year 
while on vacation with his Mom's entire family (in 
Wisconsin on Balsam Lake at his Nana and Papa's cabin).
Such precious memories for him.  He has the neatest fam.

This Cabbage Patch girl is mine from childhood.  Love her...and the holly on her dress.
My Mom enjoys telling my sister and I stories of how she and my Dad woke up at the 
crack of dawn to go stand in some crazed line for our Cabbage Patch dolls long ago.
She said it was one of the only times they ever  did the crazy, early morning standing 
in line for Christmas presents kind of shopping.  Never again she says.  I agree.  

These glass ballet slippers are also one of my childhood favorites.  
Every year I remember being so careful to unwrap this delicate ornament 
when we were decorating our tree, and just as careful wrapping them 
back up for the next year.  I never was a real ballerina, but what girl doesn't dream 
of being a ballerina at some point, right?!  I was actually a gymnast as a little girl.

This angel is new to our tree this year.  I put her near the top of the tree, right under our star.
I imagine her as the angel in Luke 2, announcing the birth of Jesus to the shepherds.

 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news 
that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David 
a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 
Luke 2: 10-11

Cooper loves trains.  This one was one of the Hubbs' from years ago.

This cross reminds me of all our beloved church friends.  We were blessed
to have a Bible study meet in our house for years.  We loved those folks so.  
This cross was from our ornament exchange the last Christmas we met as a group.

Just got this bike ornament a few days ago.  For some reason or another, it makes me think of 
our future.  Cooper will soon enough be learning to ride a bike.  He is growing up so quickly.

I made this candy cane ornament years ago.  My Dad cut out wooden Christmas shapes for me, 
and I Mod Podged on some wrapping paper scraps.  Very "beginnerish" (is that a word?) of me...

Some of my favorite ornaments have yet to be hung!  Remember

I'm thinking I need some sort of garland.  Haven't quite decided on what to use yet.
I'm loving the simplicity and mix of new, hand me down, and red ball ornaments for now.

Thinking I'd like to wrap our gifts in red this year.  We need some color under those branches.

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We interrupt this tree trimming extravaganza for a momentary design dilemma!

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Do you love our big ugly black hole tv?  It's still going strong.
Is it wrong to hope that our tv bites the dust?  :)

Also, I am really trying to figure out what to do with our fireplace wall.
I have a million ideas.  Super small cozy room, so a mirror is good for
the space.  Just not sure about "decorating" that wall.  So many options...

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Any ideas?

Also, we will be painting soon.  We live in the khaki castle, and I can no longer stand it!
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Leaving you with the conclusion of our regularly scheduled tree trimming evening!

After the tree was trimmed, craziness ensued...

...and good times were had by all.  :)  Especially the one sock bandit!

I sure love this little buddy!  So thankful for him this Christmas!

Hope you are having a lovely December day!

Oh and...

Are you in need of a few more ornaments for your tree?  Found this elegant DIY Stamp 

Embossed Ornament idea that you could tailor to suit any style.  Cathe gives a great tutorial on 
how to make them HERE!  Thanks for sharing Cathe!  I think I might give this a try next year!

Linking up with...

  Ornament Party


  1. I love your ornaments and the precious stories behind them! Hope you and your family are having a wonderful warm evening. It's sooo cold here in Ga tonight!

  2. Thanks Brandi! Hope you found a cozy way to get warm. Pretty chilly here too...mostly just wet. Not unusual for the Seattle area. :) I don't mind it...have kind of gotten used to it over the years.

    Loved your wreath! :) Merry Christmas to you and the fam!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing your special ornaments.



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