Friday, December 19, 2008

The Tree

Here it is in all it's glory. We didn't even use half the ornaments this year and I still love it.
One of my favorite ornaments came last year from Alice at Inspired Tokens. She sent me the most wonderful box of beautiful things. The box itself is gorgeous with toile and glitter and stars and all kinds of lovely things. I use it to store my grandmothers nativity set and then I set it out just to enjoy.:>) This beautiful bell was one of the ornaments she sent me.
Lauren made this pretzel ornament in first grade. Can you believe it is still in one piece? The blue beaded star was a craft we did one year. The ballerina is from Lauren's collection when she was little.
Birds nests, peppermint twist balls, snowflakes, and Earls grandfathers baby picture, one of the first in a series of family ornaments we have made. The really old snowman ball belonged to Grandpa and we got it when he died. It reminds us of him as do some of his other ornaments that we inherited. They are very special.
This year, I scanned old photos of our family and printed them out to use as gift tags. Some are from Christmas past and some are just cute, but I like the fun spin they give the packages:>)
I got my snow day today (Yay!) we must have a foot of snow outside and I have been busy cleaning things up and finishing projects that needed just the last bit of work. I am done. Mostly ready for Christmas (maybe just a teeny bit more shopping) I hope that the girls and I can bake some Christmas cookies tonight or tomorrow. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with last minute preparations for a beautiful Christmas!





25 comments:

  1. Hi Kathy...

    My, your tree looks BEAUTIFUL!! I love the ornaments!

    We got an ICE DAY today...down here by us...we got about 4-5" of snow and freezing rain and sleet...making things miserable. Even though we live in a community that plows it's own roads, they haven't been down mine yet today.

    I'm up to my elbows in dough...not $$$...cookie dough!!! I've made Turtle Shortbread Cookies, Thumbprint Cookies, the most yummy and crunchy Rice Krispie cookies (they're NOT anything like most people think they're going to be - cuz everyone thinks, OH, KID COOKIES!!), Molasses Cookies, and I'll be making Rugelach, Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies and Meringue Cookies.

    Still have to decorate the TREE, but have the house cleaned up and everything that doesn't stay in the Living Room is put away. It looks like and smells like Christmas in here!! Sounds like it, too, when my music is on!

    ~Blessings,
    Jan

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  2. Hi Kathy - Glad you got your snow day today. Your tree is beautiful - but even more beautiful are the wonderful memories you have with the special things decorating the branches. Thanks for sharing them with us. ~Adrienne~

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  3. Every year all the fun is seeing the family ornaments and who they came from and what they represent! Kathy your tree is stunning! I was thinking about doing the gift tag thing too....now that I see yours I'm going to do it!
    Merry Christmas!

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  4. Oh Kathy ...I love the tree, it's beautiful! And ...my little ornament I sent last year! How sweet you mentioned me! Thank you!

    I didn't decorate as much this year either ...it's been more hectic than usual. I think sometimes we could do with less, don't you?

    Wishing you days of happiness, joy and love in the holiday days ahead.

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  5. Your tree looks just beautiful. We had a snow day today too! We stayed in and made soup and baked cookies...very nice low key day.

    Your Godson is just adorable Kathy...lucky you!

    Happy Holidays to you and your family!

    annie

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  6. Your tree is beautiful and love the tags you made for your packages. We are supposed to get snow here for Christmas, im keeping my fingers crossed!
    suzanne

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  7. Kathy,
    Your tree and home look magnificent for Christmas. I love all of your decorations. We are getting lots of snow tonight as I write this, it makes it seem more like Christmas.

    Blessings, Karen

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  8. Kathy, your tree is just stunning! I love all of the beautiful ornaments and your daughter's are just precious!

    I LOVE your idea for the gift tags! You are so clever!

    I sure hope I can feel better to bake some cookies this weekend too! We have to at least have a few for santa :)

    Love you sweetie, Merry Christmas!!
    Amy

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  9. Hi Kathy,

    It was in the 70's today :-)

    Your tree is beautiful! It's amazing that the pretzel (so cute) ornament is still intact! I know, I didn't use half my ornaments either. We're going to go through them and donate some at the end of the year.

    Manuela

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  10. Your tree is just beautiful. I love that you put some memories on it too. I like to do that too. It makes it more meaningful to me. Mimi

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  11. It is all so beautiful!

    I had one of the pretzel ornaments (From Dan) and Henry nibbled it last year! Our first cat, Hannah, never did and Lucy never does but oh that Henry...: )
    Must have been pretty stale! Dan did it is 2nd grade and he is 26 now! *grin*

    Your home is so warm and pretty and just such a sweet place to be!

    Love,
    Sue

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  12. Your tree is stunning! Thank you for sharing your cherished ornaments and their stories! So sweet! :)

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  13. Kathy:
    The tree is so beautiful and all your precious ornaments all filled with beautiful memories. Thank you.
    Roberta Anne

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  14. OOO, Kathy. Your tree is just magnificent. I just love it...OK, I am getting a big tree for next year!!
    I love all your beautiful ornaments and the photo tags for the packages is a precious idea.
    You are so talented, Kathy...I am totally in awe of all you can do and how well you do it. I am so proud of you!
    love, bj

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  15. Your decor is so elegant and photography is superb. Great job!
    Happy Holidays!

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  16. Merry Christmas! Your home looks just perfect....wishing you a happy time with those you love.

    xo Lidy

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  17. It's still stunning, chickee!!
    SMooches,
    Connie

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  18. Your tree looks so pretty. I love the idea of using pictures for tags!

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  19. Kathy, your tree is beautiful and I always love seeing everyone's individual ornaments. First I wasn't going to put our tree up. Then we put it up for lights only. Now I've cut out little letter stars and made pipe cleaner candy canes. LOL I just love the sparkle of yours.

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  20. LOVE your tree, Kathy! What makes it so special is all of the treasures that hang from it. Beautiful!

    GREAT idea for the tags! I think I will try that out next year.

    hugs,
    Becky

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  21. Your tree is beautiful!

    Thank you for sharing photos of it!

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  22. Your tree is gorgeous!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

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  23. What a splendid tree! I love seeing ornaments that have such beautiful memories attached -- they are the ones that make the tree...

    And that is a terrific idea for gift tags! Wishing you and your family a very blessed Christmas, dear Kathy. :)
    xoxo,
    Mary

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  24. Wow..that is probaly one of the most beautiful trees I have seen. Just browsing though your blog and have enjoyed myself doing so. Thanks

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