Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Our House is just a Little House, but GOD knows where we are

Welcome!  Please come in and join me with a cup of hot chocolate while I show you my Christmas decorations.  We have a very small house, so it will only take a short time, so make yourself comfortable.
Most of our decorations have been purchased at the Annual Fall Craft and Antique show in Lynden, produced by my friends Judy and Trudy.  This wreath was bought about 15 years ago!  I'm amazed it is still in such great shape.

Two ladies, Linda and Sheri, until recently, always had a booth with the most incredible tree ornaments.  They must have sold thousands of little snowmen over the years.  I bought at least one a year from them and miss them at the show.  I guess that makes my ornaments "retired" so very valuable!!

I stitched this little soldier when my first son was just a baby, so that would make it 30 years old.

I could only find Chad's cross stitched mitten ornament this year, but we all have one, stitched by me when my eyes were in better shape.

My husband loved these birds, made by a woman in Eastern Washington who used to come to the Lynden show.

Another "retired" snowman.

And another bird.  We like how they are set on wheat stalks, and it brings back fond memories of our years in Wheat country in Pullman, Wa.

We vacation every year in Sunriver Oregon where we own a timshare condo named "The Pines".  So appropriate, since it is surrounded by pine trees with pine cones all over the ground.  I bring bags of them home with me every year, add some sparkles and ribbon, and enjoy them on the tree.
I love this ornament.  It was given to me for my birthday by a very dear friend.

And then in keeping with the Lithuanian tradition, we always have a pair of mittens in the tree.

You will have noticed in all the pictures, the garlands strung of nuts, berries and cinnamon sticks.  They were the FIRST major Christmas investment DH and I made when we were newlyweds, and I do believe it was a good one, since we celebrated our 38th anniversary this year.  The garlands are made of a resin type material and were originally infused with a spice scent.  We have even used them outdoors, and they are still in excellent condition.

Well, that about covers it.  So, I'll get my cup of chocolate and we can do some serious gossiping.


Lindabee said...

Loved your ornaments. Have a great holiday season.

Piecefulafternoon said...

What a lovely tour - I can't wait to see them in person on Tuesday.

I think I'll do a tour of our decorations - oh wait - I have to finish putting the ornaments on the tree first - ok - I'll do that - and THEN I'll do a tour. Thanks for the fun.

Anonymous said...

Very pretty tour of your decorations, thanks!

Joanne Lendaro said...

Love the little place...I imagine the rest of the house to be as warm and comforting as you are. Thanks for sharing your stories and today's ornaments!

Gene Black said...

I love your mix of ornaments. It makes me feel "at home"
I hate overdone themed trees.

Kaye said...

Lov ely ornaments, homemade are the best. Snowmen are my favorite, I have been collecting them. 38 years--- a long timebut certainaly an accomplishment especially in todays world. Happy Holiday to you and yours

Pat said...

I enjoyed seeing some of your ornaments. I, too, love a tree with a variety of ornaments that are special and help the owner recall memories of years gone by!

John'aLee said...

Awww....thanks for the Christmas tour. What beautiful ornaments with such sentimental value!

Micki said...

The ornaments really make the tree..I like the sentiment behind each one.

andsewon said...

Loved the tour!! Loved your ornies and all the memories attached makes them all so very special!Our home is small as well so all decor real estate is precious!!
I bet we would all feel very warm and welcomed at your home anytime of the year!!


Kathleen From Eggs In My Pocket said...

Just love everything! blessings, Kathleen