Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lovely Christmas Things

I will admit, I have a weak spot for Christmas ornaments.  I still put baubles on the tree that my children made in school.  I love the look as opposed to the sophisticated trees in department stores.  I love getting ornaments from the children and display them proudly.  Here are photos of the ones I received this year.

From Beanie

from Kathryn
from Nathan

The one from Beanie is a collage of Christmas themed scrapbook paper framing a piece of original art a la Bean! It was laminated to insure that it lasts for a long, long time.

The lovely stars from Nathan and Kathryn were crafted from a recipe of glue, water and cinnamon, similar to salt dough but probably not as rough on little hands.  They are dated and initialed and smell gorgeous.

Over the years, JLSHall has been giving me Lenox ornaments and I have a nice little collection.  I love them, I love the feel of them and the colors.  This year I received this lovely tree.

It is so sweet because each of the ornaments on the tree is a package and when you give it a shake they all tinkle! Again, it is a lovely shade of green with gold and red accents.

I don't put these Lenox ornaments on the tree but rather I line them up on a shelf where they are out of danger -- well, relatively so.  They make such a pretty arrangement and I love looking at them.

So, now that I have had my ornament fix I hate to have to put them away.  I decorated in stages this year so it wasn't such a chore --- I wanted to enjoy it -- and I think I will undecorate the same way this year.  I can't say I will enjoy it but maybe it won't be so bad.
A View From A Window Thursday

I have been participating in an event every Thursday called A View From A Window, hosted by Jane at The Maple Syrup Mob.  Due to the holidays I have been remiss in posting the last couple of weeks so I will make up for it today.

The first two photos are from two weeks ago -- I got them taken but just didn't get them posted.

Rainy Day

The next two photos are from last week.

Chilly Day

The last two photos are from today.

Promise of a Really Nice Day to End the Year

We are having a warm spell these first few days after Christmas but if you look closely you will see that the freezes of days past have taken our umbrella plant, our cannas and all our purslane.  My husband doesn't care for bedding plants but I am thinking that some lovely purple and yellow pansies would be nice to replace the purslane.  What do you think?