The tree, of course:
As we were decorating I remarked that it was really my tree in a way. I know where all the ornaments came from because I either made them, bought them, or selected from the kids makes. That's probably why I love decorating it so much. We have a Christmas story I just love, called 'Christmas in the Country'. In the book a little girl describes Christmas in the little house she lives in with her grandparents. As they pull the decorations out of the closet and she looks at the glittered balls and other things she has made, she says she love the ornaments because each one reminds her of her whole life. That's exactly how I feel about our ornaments. There's the ceramic wreath I made in grade 1: one of my first experiences with "real" art. The glass balls filled with rose petals from the three dozen roses A. gave me when he got his Commission; the blown glass baby shoes commemorating My Favourite Girl's first Christmas; and all of the foam, popsicle stick and tissue paper creations made by my two little elves. Oh my, I'm getting teary eyed just writing about it!
Next: the kid's tree. This little tree was Mr. Crafty World's and my tree before we bought the big one in our first house. It came with us through many moves and now we use it in the basement for the kids to decorate. They have a lot of fun decorating it each year and adding new things to it. My favourites this year are the paper chains and button wreaths:
I love the new little hand made decorations like this sweet elf:
...and these snowman pots:
Another project the kids made are these snowball votive holders. I was amazed at how well these turned out and created our mantle display around them.
I bought round glass votive holders from the dollar store and we coated the outside with white glue and rolled them in epsom salts. I put a few coats of clear acrylic spray on the outside after they dried to keep the salts from falling off. They look so sweet when they're lit. I'm using the battery operated tea lights in them; that's why the light is so yellow.
It finally started to look festive outside as well this week. We had our first "real" snowfall and it was so beautiful.
The kids had a blast at the bus stop making a fort and growing big plans to make it enormous when more snow fell. Alas, most of it has gone now, but it will come again I'm sure.
Have a blissful day :)