Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Decking The Halls Part Two

I've been having so much fun! Today I've been looking at all of the lovely homes that have been participating in the Christmas Tour of Homes that Boo Mama, Rhoda, Julia invited us to be a part of. Edited to add: Kimba , Tip Junkie and Sarah wants you to come by to play too! I kind of like staying home with the flu so that I have an excuse to play all day! Actually, I am feeling so much better so I thought I would finish up the tour of my home that I started yesterday. The above picture of my living room was taken from my couch as I sit back and look up at the very tall ceilings that we have. It makes the tree look so small but I am fine with that - the thought of getting on a ladder to put ornaments up sounds like too much work! This is a view of our living room looking down from our "cat walk" upstairs. If you look closely in the mirror you will see my favorite quilt and laptop on the loveseat where I sit when I am visiting you all.
Going into my dining room - you will find my sideboard which has a little village on it that my kids have painted the houses for over the years. It doesn't matter that they are not perfect - the paint is not put on smoothly - but they are perfect to me. I love every little imperfection - because my kids made them with love.

They sign their names to the bottoms and put the date when they were made. I love to read the little things that they decided to write on the bottom. This one was made in 2002 by my son.
This one was made by my stepson. He wrote "I like Pie" on the bottom. I haven't a clue as to why that saying was so silly to them one year - but they would all say it in silly voices. Now it is a treasured memory forever captured on the bottom of my little village house. Have you noticed that some of the trees have snow on them and some don't? Selective snow storm huh? :) Oh well, Imperfect.... yet perfect to me!

Here is a little tree that my son decorated when he came home for Thanksgiving. I would love to have another big tree to show off all of our ornaments that the children have acquired over the years. Maybe one day I will, but for now - this will do. We would buy the children ornaments each Christmas and put them in their stockings. It would usually be an ornament that represented something about the year - an event or object that meant something to them that specific year. It is so much fun to take them out and just "remember". I think I foolishly let some of my children take their ornaments after they moved out - what was I thinking? Now that I am far from them I want to hold on to the memories of Christmasses past. I know that they eventually grow up and move on, but do we? As you can see I am very nostalgic this Christmas! Oh well - I still have a few of their ornaments left to display!
I am most excited to show my table to you. You will have to wait a bit to see all of it though. It is a work in progress - I am still trying to finish up the candlewreaths that I am working on.
I will tell you how I made the candle wreaths in tomorrows post on what I like to call - W.I.P. (work in progress) Wednesday. So make sure you stop by then to see where I got my inspiration for this project!
This is my chandelier where I hung some silver snowflakes. I used both silver and gold in this room. Remember... imperfection is the new perfection - right? :) I bought a snowflake garland and painstakingly separated them to form small little clusters to hang. It hurt my fingers to do this because it was linked together with extremely stubborn wire - but I really love the end result.
No pain, no gain!

Thanks for stopping by - I enjoy sharing my new home and hope that you will come again tomorrow so that I can share a wonderful (and inexpensive) project that I am sure you will want to make for yourself.

Until then...
Blessings to you,


Anonymous said...

Lots of nice pretty stuff! You've always done so well with decorations. Oh, and that house I painted still looks pretty close to perfect to me ;) ;) haha. Love ya!

kymber said...

Hi Son,
Everything about it is perfect! You don't know what it meant to me to take the houses out and look at them all up close.I loved the time that we shared making them and hope that someday we can make some new ones to add to our little village. That is - if you aren't TOO grown up for that sort of thing! ~Smiles~
Love you son!

Glenda said...

I was rereading your comment page before updating to today's and saw a reference to hearing from your son. I guess this is the one that you were talking to.
Jakey, you are as welcome as the flowers in Spring anytime you'd like to come to or back to Georgia.
Sorry, Kymber, that I didn't get by yesterday. Susan's Tablescape Tuesday seems to have taken on a life of it's own. There is still one participant that I haven't visited.
I am still definitely not up to par either. "Couldn't fight my way out of a wet paper bag" as the "old folks" used to say. Glad you are some better.
Those are some really tall ceilings girl. I don't do ladders because of a BP issue, so about six feet is the max on a tree for me.
A parents love being the only love that grows toward separation, doesn't help with the nostalgia, I'm afraid. I think your Christmas village is beautiful. I never knew they could be so involved until Laurie did a post of hers. She is very family oriented and sentimental as well. The post was a few days ago, so you'll have to scroll down to find it, but I think you would like it. She also did one on Nativity sets, some of which the grandchildren are encouraged to play with. Here is her blog address if you want it. She is also a very thrifty shopper.


Hope you fee; better tomorrow than you do today.

kymber said...

You are always so sweet! Your reference to my son made me tear up. He is such a beautiful soul and I am so proud of the wonderful young man he is becoming!

I hope you start feeling better soon! Being sick right before the holidays isn't fun - too much to do and no time to be sick. My hubby looked at me yesterday and said "I've never seen anybody with the flu for four days" As if I am automatically supposed to rise up and say "Really? Oh well I guess I feel better then!" Silly Man :)

Thanks for directing me to Laurie's blog - All I can say is - WOW! I am going to enjoy visiting her site. What a sweet lady!
You are the best - my friend!
Take care of yourself and hope you are able to fight your way out of that old wet paper bag soon. If not - come to me - I have some scissors :)