Friday, December 18, 2009

Finally... I found Christmas!

  







Hello friends..as you might already know from my last few posts, I have been searching for evidence of Christmas around my home. I have been so behind in everything that I took a break from my Etsy shop so I could take the time to enjoy the holiday season. Well I have been very, very busy looking for Christmas and I think I have  made some progress. I have to warn you..this is a longer post than usual, so you might want to get yourself a cup of coffee and put your cell phone on mute, while you come along with me and let's see if we can find Christmas.


Hello there...come on in.........


Beautiful old sled I found at an antique shop..very cheap too ;-)


Well let's begin our search in the kitchen..cute metal bucket I picked up at an after Christmas sale that I filled with snow covered greens and a cute little snowman. Gives me something to smile at while I wash dishes.

                                     
Of course I have to have some red and green in my kitchen windows. All cute so far, but not really what I am looking for. Let's keep searching...

    

     
My friends will all get my special little Cream Cheese pound cakes and cookies!

                             
Pretty metal snowflakes hang in the dinette.. Let's look in the living room..maybe Christmas is hiding in there...

             
I keep my mantel simple with just snowy pine swags, berries, more snowflakes and little icicle lights.


Most of the Santas have been painted by me over the years. I love Santa, but he is still not the real thing I am searching for...

                
I love these pinecone lights and of course more snowflakes.....


My stuffed Santa doll and a tall wooden santa stands vigil at the fireplace...made by me.


I love painting Santas..My Blue santa is my favorite, he is painted on tin. I am also a fan of bottlebrush trees...so vintage looking....still not what we are looking for....on to the sitting room..


This little snowman is just styrofoam balls glued together and covered with Snowtex and German glass glitter..too cute and easy! Paint a tin can with white spray paint, add features and checks and add glitter and you have an adorable candycane holder! You can also collect fallen tree branches, strip the loose bark and paint for really cute Santas. As much as I love creating my holiday pieces, it is still not what I am searching for...

                       
This is my lovely bird tree..as you may have figured out already, I am a huge bird lover. This tree is my homage to all the beautiful birds who make me smile on a daily basis....Well I am running out of places to look...

                      
I don't know what it is about Christmas trees that make my heart just sing with real joy...I truly believe that their is no such thing as an ugly Christmas tree, as long as it is decorated with love and sincerity.
Most of my ornaments have been made by me throughout the years. There is the replica of my hubby's first Houston Police Badge (top half in red & green felt) , the glass ball Santa that is so old and transparent and bedraggled  that he is now referred to as 'the Nightmare B4 Christmas Santa' and the painted tin star Santas (bottom left, in red) Many were made by my son's when they were little guys and they are my favorite. My tree is the last thing I gaze at before I say goodnight, but something is still missing........as Charlie Brown said.." Doesn't anybody know the true meaning of Christmas!"

          
YES........this is what I was looking for! My mother made this lovely Nativity scene for me many years ago and I cherish it for it's simplicity and beauty..I love you Mom ....Merry Christmas everyone and I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

12 comments:

Biba said...

You live in a gorgeous home! But then, your home is what you make of it, right? I'm sure your loved ones like coming back to the 'empty nest'... Merry Christmas to you too!

PG said...

Hmmm...looks a bit sparse to me! (Only joking!) You are a supreme nesting Queen - your family are very lucky to have such a lovely nook to come home to. x

haptree said...

Looks fab! what a beautiful house you have, my tree is slowly filling up with little things my daughter has made at nursery and now school, makes me weepy already getting the decorations out from the attic and finding something she made when she was 2, how am I going to cope when she's 22! At least another 10 yrs worth of decorations to be made by her :o)

Tweed Delights said...

What a lovely journey through your home! If you could hear me in the Hebrides - lots of 'Ooooohs' and 'Aaaaaahs' as I read your post, hehe :) Your house just ooozes creativity, just like yourself! Hope you have a fun filled festive season! :D x

Kelly Ann said...

I'm glad you found your Christmas...with our snow today you can stay inside and create your yummy cookies and cakes...a great day to be creative.

Wanda said...

Janet...so happy you found Christmas and shared it with us. You had Christmas hiding everywhere. I have a bird nest tree, but no birds, I think I need to get some birds for it!
I'm going to scroll back up and enlarge all the photos, especially your beautiful tree and all the items you created. The Nativity scene your mom made would be special to me too!
Have a joyful Christmas with your family Janet! ....Wanda

sweetpeabyjk said...

What a lovely post! Merry Christmas to you!
Janis

Aprons and More said...

Beautiful!!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Katy :)

Fifi Flowers said...

Everything looks FAB and festive! Merry Christmas... ENJOY!
Fifi

Dar said...

Janet, you do have a gift for creativity...I love d the stroll through your lovely home. I could almost smell the cookies baking and the pine in the air...have a wonderful, eventful, blessed Christ-mas...so glad you found the true meaning.
Blessings Be Yours and Merry Christ-mas

Marion said...

Enjoy your festive season. It will all be over too soon and the decorations will be tucked away for another year, ready to bring joy and delight all over again.
Christmas wishes to you and yours.
Marion

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