Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Monday, December 7, 2015

Holiday Cheer!

Holiday Greetings everyone!  I hope you are all getting in the mood for whatever it is that you celebrate at this time of year.

I thought I'd make a quick post to share a few of my tree decorations and to let you know I haven't yet fallen off the edge of the earth, Haha!  We're still having 85 degree hot and humid weather, so I still haven't been tooling around in the garden too much lately.  

We've got two artificial trees - this little one is in the dining room and then we have a bigger one in the front room by the piano.  

Neither of them would be winning any beauty contests, that's for sure.  They're slapped together with whatever is easiest to dig out of the ornament boxes and end up being a product of my rather mixed bohemian style.  

This is the bigger one and it's stuck in the corner shoved behind the piano.  Well, at least the lights show up nicely from the road, lol.  

I see now that I look at the photo that I could have done a bit better draping the bead garlands.  Oh, well...

A lot of my ornaments are homemade and quite a few years (more like decades) old.  Like these sequin balls I made in Girl Scouts.

Or these crocheted and tatted ornaments that both of my grandmothers made.  I also love found items, like crystals from a chandelier that I bought at a garage sale.

I have a lot of hand-me-downs that are quite old.  I adore this little guy as he has a bell under his skirts and it rings every time the dogs walk under the tree.

I'm not a big one for glitter and glitz, but I do love how the light catches in the cuts of this crystal bell.

I have a lot of animal and woodlands type of ornaments, like this paper mache reindeer.

And there's several from some of our travels.  Amsterdam is a favorite destination with its picturesque canal houses.

Just a couple more :)   I've got several that reflect my Scandinavian heritage, like this gnome.


And my personal Norse favorite - the Longboat.

But my all time favorite tree ornament has got to be this rather baroque looking one that my Grandma Flossie and I made circa 1969 or something like that.  We made it out of one of those old fashioned egg cartons that felt like cloth and spray painted it gold and added beads and whatnot.  I've always thought it was so ornate looking...well, I know it's paper and cheap beads, but it still looks glam in my eyes.  

Well, if you've made it this far down in the post, you've been very nice and a very good sport for looking at all my Holiday stuff, lol!  

I want to add something garden related, so here is my entryway poinsettias along with more Norwegian and handmade things.  

Wishing you, your families, friends and pets a Holly Jolly Season!  


daisy g said...

It's been exceptionally mild this winter. I would like it a bit more on the cool side, but Mother Nature didn't ask me. ;0D
Love your vintage ornaments. And the gnome is quite cheerful!
Enjoy your holidays!

janiceflorida said...

Hi Lynn, I'm glad you haven't fallen off the earth. I would miss your entertaining posts.
Your trees are both just perfect! Tree trimming always comes with a small dose of melancholy for me, so many memories wrapped up in tissue paper. We did lights outside, but I don't know if I'll do a tree.
Enjoy the season!

Leslie Kimel said...

I LOVED seeing your ornaments--I could look at ornaments all day! Yours are all beautiful and interesting. I especially liked the fancy egg-carton ornament. What wonderful memories you must have of making it!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I love both of your trees with their wonderful ornaments. They speak to my heart.

Thank you for sharing your Bohemian Christmas style. Love it.


Susan said...

I enjoyed seeing your trees and decorations. My favorite ornaments are ones we made when we were kids. I like it when ornaments bring back memories. The one that you and your Grandma Flossie made is quite unique and pretty. It's a clever use of egg cartons. People used to be more resourceful than they are today. Thanks for sharing your Christmas decorations.

Kate R said...

Lynn, so sorry that I am late getting to this! I Loved this post!! Just so sweet and charming! Your trees are beautiful and I adore all the sweet little ornaments. The little Amsterdam house is so lovely. Like you I attach a lot of special memories to ornaments and can never throw any of them away - even ones my kids made in pre-school! Its also so nice to collect them from places you have traveled to. I'm only just sorting my decorations out now and hopefully the tree will be up tomorrow. Just loved this and hope you are doing well.
- Kate