Monday, November 29, 2010
Whoops! Looks Like Santa Lost Something.....
It could have been worse...it could have been his Chestnuts!
Well, we did some decking the halls this past week. Here's my favorite little Adirondack tree we keep in our bedroom.
The only ornaments I decorate this tree with are hand-made ones. Currently, they're all carved by me and wood carving friends.
I used to have needle-felted elves, Santas, and snowmen on this tree, but my daughter Mary claimed them as her own.
One day, this tree will be completely filled with carvings. I like to do one a year for each of my children.
I'm lucky to have other cute little carvings friends have sent me like penguins and Santa faces carved right out of dried branches.
I thought I'd try something totally different this year and decorated my mantle with vintage Knee-Hugger Elves, angels, and flocked Santas!
It was so much fun! After adding greenery and lights, I added all the little guys, peeking out from the greens and sitting on top of the tree branches.
Some are from Ted's grandmother, some are gifts, but most I found thrifting and antiquing.....all for a song.
A few years ago, I hated all the old plastic ornaments and thought they were "tacky." Maybe nostalgia hit me, but I just started collecting them and saw them in a whole new light.
My mom barely remembers having these. As a child, I used to like playing with them. Funny, the things people remember and forget.
It's like I have my own little forest of elves!
I let the kids do most of the tree decorating. They're getting so much better. I used to find 5 ornaments loading down a single branch. And of course, they're little hands could only reach half way up the tree so while the bottom of the tree was packed, the top was bare.
Mary and Nic were given a little 3-foot Christmas tree from their Poppy and Busha. Here they are lugging it into their bedroom to decorate.
Mary taking a break from decorating to eat a big piece of fried chicken and relax with a good book.
Later, Daddy, Nic, and Blue made themselves cozy as well!
Now to focus on the Christmas cookies!