Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Decor (My Trees and Other Decor)

Merry Christmas everyone!
 Hope you are all ready for the holidays.
Our tree has been up and decorated for a couple of weeks, but I have been so busy, that I haven't had time to stop and take pictures. I'm also sharing a few other pictures of some Christmas decor around my house. I decided to break it up into two parts...the first are pictures of my 2 trees - one in our living room and the other on the sun porch, as well as some new ornaments and other decor. 

The tree, above, is in our living room. It is a real tree that we cut live at a tree farm a little over a week ago. The special "twinkle" effects in the picture is something I added through Picassa Web Albums. Doesn't it give the tree a pretty look?

Since we don't have a fireplace, the stockings were hung by the "window" with care.(Maybe Santa will see them and come and fill them up Christmas Eve!)
 My theme for the tree this year was mostly beach/nautical. I made several of my own glass balls with glittery sand, seashells, sea glass in them, and stickers on the outside. I also have some blue and silver glitter-covered balls that I added. A few of my wooden ornaments were hung on the tree, as well.
 I purchased a couple of nautical ornaments I found at a local store this year. The pontoon boat, below, was a great reminder to me of the boat we purchased this past summer.
 I grew up riding on my dad's sailboat. Since then, I've always loved sailboats. So this one was perfect for the tree, as well.
More glittery ornaments. The red and tan one on the right was an older ball I was going to throw away. Instead, I took some different colored hemp rope and glued to around the ball, making it have a nautical look.
 I love this picture I took of one of my glass balls... My tree may have a beach theme, but I still love the snow at Christmas!
 I've had this glas ball that has Mary, Joseph, and Jesus inside of it. It plugs into my lights and will glow different colors.
Onto my sun porch. My small table top tree dons red lights. To the left of the tree are my glass snowmen.
  At the top of the tree, a golden angel blows her trumpet, announcing Christ's birth.
 More angels are found throughout the tree. (I love angels)! I have an extensive collection of seashells and decided to use them on my tree creatively. I googled how to make angel ornaments out of shells came up with some designs below.

Next to the front entrance, I have my fisherman Santa. I just purchased this guy at Meijer this year and just adore him!!
 I added a snow-capped tree with a bird on top to this table-stand vignette. I added a few smaller trees to his side. Looks like he caught a keeper, for sure!!
  On another end of the porch is a table area, holding my Christmas stuffed bunny in a beach chair, a lighted sailboat, and my lighthouse that glows and blinks, all overlooking the lake.
 Back in the living room area, I have another table display.
 I have a couple of different nativity scenes, but this tiny one is my favorite. It was given to me by my mother. I'm pretty sure it is quite old (all, except for the stable, which I purchased.)
I made this light  and decorations inside a glass block last year. I just love how it lights up a room, especially in or near a window!
Well, that's all for now. I have other festive pictures to show you, but you will have to come back and check them out in my next post. I hope to be sharing them in the next couple of days.
Below is a night shot of the tree in our living room, again.
May you have a joyous Christmas!!!

“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” Spanish Proverb
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  1. Hope you had a lovely Christmas! Happy New Year!

  2. Wow! Where have I been? I'm so sorry I missed this post when it was first put up! Your trees look great...I love the angel ornaments and especially the glass ornaments with the scenes inside. Thanks for sharing! Now I'm off to check out part two...

    P.S. That was fun to put the twinkle in your photos of your tree! I'll have to try that!

  3. What a beautiful job you do decorating. Love all the decorations, trees and the seashell ornaments. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick


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