Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Our Traditional Tree

Tis the Season!!!!
I hope you are all enjoying 
all the decorating
reflecting on the season
all that the season means to you and your family.
I finally got my Christmas tree all trimmed out

and here it is
We have always decorated a very old fashioned traditional 
Christmas tree
Almost all our ornaments are handmade by my children or myself
the remainder are gifts from loved ones.
It is always a Frasier Fir

I shopped a new local antiques mall, Past Reflections, here in 
Warrenton and look what I found
gorgeous vintage 
glass ornaments
at a real bargain price!

Note....never try to wash your delicate vintage ornaments under running water in the sink
See the clear glass ball at the top of the photo...
Yup, it used to be red!
Oh well...I can always glue a tiny bottle brush tree inside and add glitter snow.

I was playing around with graphics from Karen at The Graphic Fairy
and an empty Marie's salad dressing jar and mini trees.

I panicked a little this year
I thought I had lost my very cool snowflakes
I sprinkle these around the house each year
They are large and made of rusted metal
with lots of glass glitter.
I love them!
Very happy when I finally found them

Last thing to share..
I went to an auction last weekend at Shumate Auctions.
Look what I bid on and got for only $7.00!!!!!
I have wanted some vintage glass door knobs for so long.
My sister Joanne has a house full of them and I am sooooo
Now I have some of my own
I came home with a couple more finds
but they will be getting a chalk paint makeover
That's a post for another day!
So that's it for now
Almost forgot......
If you are looking for some fun last minute holiday shopping
Come by Shumate Auction House on Sat. Dec 17th
for a Holiday Vendor Sale
I'll be one of the vendors and I will have Annie Sloan chalk paint
along with lots of other handmade lovelies.
Come say hello!

Until next time...be kind and stay creative.

Sharing here this week:
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Kelly Ann said...


Goldie said...

Most of those ornaments are shiny brights! They have an amazing story to go with them about the war!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Janet your tree is just gorgeous!!

Annette said...

It's a lovely tree, Janet! Don't you just love all the memories the ornaments hold? I hope you have a great day! :)

Angie said...

Oh goodness your tree is sooooo beautiful!!! I'm a 'traditional tree' kinda girl too. You have some really lovely ornaments and decorations---love that glass jar with the santa and 'snow'. :) Happy Holidays!

Bobby - #4 said...

Next time I come up I want to go to an auction!!!

Anna@Directions Not Included said...

So very pretty. What a great assortment of ornaments.

Rustown Mom said...

Those knobs! Now it's MY turn to be jealous. Hubby had had those at his house in Galveston growing up. Love your tree!

Anonymous said...

Ooh, the vintage ones are soooo fine. Do you have quite a few antique shops in Warrenton?

Lydia Armstrong said...

I love a traditional tree, especially ones with a hodge podge of heirloom ornaments. Billy says our tree looks like a miniature version of yours (it's like 2 feet high).

Little Blue Mouse said...

Your Christmas decorations are lovely, but those glass knobs are fabulous!

Kathleen Grace said...

I love that kind of tree, all filled with memories and love and just perfect in every way:>) We got a frasier fir this year and I don't remember any tree we ever had smelling this good! Great deal on the ornaments and on the glass doorknobs, how gorgeous are those!?

Anonymous said...

AMAZING tree, Janet - I am literally teary-eyed as it brings back so many childhood memories of my grandparents trees! Your family is so blessed to have you to create so much life in your home! And the tree scene in the jar is to die for - Where can one purchase the bottle brush jars you use and what did you use for the "snow"? FABULOUS as always!
Debbie in NOVA

Aprons and More said...


Katy :)

Renée said...

I love all the beautiful Christmas memories here! So merry and bright...

Angela said...

Hi, I don't know how I've missed your blog...but I'm so glad I followed the link from Hartwood Roses. As soon as the header came up I knew I was going to love your blog! Those are the most gorgeous aprons I have ever seen!!

Anonymous said...

I love the little jar!!! Pretty pics! xoxo

Leigh Powell Hines said...

Your tree is beautiful. You also did a great job with that dresser. I caught all your posts tonight.

Debbie refreshrestyle said...

Love your tree and door knobs and ornaments. It's all so pretty!
Ps. Can I order ASCP from you?

No and Jen said...

love this... the tree is beautiful!


Erin said...

YES! Fraser firs all the way! I'm a total snob about only getting this variety of tree--it's a good thing they're easy to find in NC. Your tree is beautiful, Janet!