Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas at My House

  I decided to do things a little different this year. This is the tree that I usually put in front of the spiral staircase. Now it is in our front window. Every year I add something new to the tree.  It has made it easier on the pocket book to decorate such a large tree.  It is 12 foot tall. 

 I added the green ribbon, brown and green ornaments and gold leaves this year. I am not really liking the green.  I love the color but on a green tree they just don't pop out enough for me. I wasn't about to change it after it was done, but next year I will do something different.

 I ordered the fresh garland from a Young Life group.  I am not sure where they get it but it is such a deal. Things like this are not easy to get in Phoenix.  Maybe they get it from Flagstaff. Yes, in Arizona we do have pine trees and snow. It is only a 2 hour drive from Phoenix.

 I love this Nativity.  A gift from my husband year ago and was purchased at Costco.  They always have great deals there on Nativities.  They are always so pretty.
 I made these ribbon trees for a gift. I got the idea from Shanty 2 Chic.  She used fabric and a ruffler with her sewing machine. I don't sew (wish I did) so I used ribbon.  I just pulled the wire along the ribbon to create the same type of ruffle.  Took a loooooonnnnggggg time but it was worth it.

 Here is the set I made for myself!
 My kids have always loved this village.  I have tried NOT to put it out some years but they have a fit. So, we always end up putting it out.
 I order this fresh swag along with the garland.  I filled my apothecary jars with assorted ornaments and some beaded garland.
 I wish this picture wasn't blurry.  Sorry about that but I do love this table.  I collect snowmen and I bought the bowl at a barn sale a month ago.
 I made this at a Christmas party with my fellow Stampin up demonstrators.  We had a great time and this was a great project.

 This tree is in my family room and it holds all the ornaments my moms (my mom and other mom, I was blessed with another mom when my dad remarried)  got me every year for Christmas and all the ornaments I buy my children and husband every year for Christmas. 
 My kids expect these and can't wait to see what I pick for them every year.  The ornament I choose has something to do with an event in the past year. The little boy and girl was given to us the first year we were married 21 1/2 years ago.
I had the cookie jar from last yer but I painted the snowman at one of those pottery painting places.  I didn't even know they matched until I pulled the cookie jar out of storage.  What a nice surprise! 
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas season!  God Bless!

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