Last night my little girl and I did a bit of decorating. I know it is early but I have never skipped decorating and I did this past Halloween and Fall due to being so exhausted. Well yesterday we got into the spirit and thought, lets start right now for the Winter!
This is my most favorite tree of all! I searched and searched for what I call "Charlie Brown" looking trees. You know, the kind that look pathetic and like no one wants them! Well I found this at a craft fair years ago. It was decorated just like this, with tons of little pillows and wood snowmen and a strand of wood cranberries. I added the ceramic birds on it and a little nest. I keep this out all year long in my living room. It makes me happy. I moved it this year to the family room in front of the fireplace. Boy was it dusty! I later found out the lady who sold them was no longer making them, but she invited me over and I bought two more "bare" trees. I keep one in my entry way year round and change it out seasonally. The other stays in the attic until this time of year and is then converted into a Gingerbread tree!
This is my Snowman Mantel. Sometimes I leave it out until February! Usually this houses our wedding photos and the kid's baby pictures. This is my most favorite box to pull out. These are my most favorite snow people even though I have many throughout the house all year long. I get sad putting these guys away!
I just love this bench I have in the entry way. It is tall and black wood with mirrors and hooks. Usually it holds my millions of Vera purses I have! We also have some funny wood signs that we change out on it. For now, I had to clear away my purses and it has a garland of wooden snowmen that I found at a craft fair years ago. It also holds a set of glittery iceskates! My husband bought me the wood truck years ago. It says "Frostys's Snow Removal" on it. I always have seasonal pillows on here too. It would be nice if I left room for the kids coats!
This is another one of the "Charlie Brown" trees. This is in the entry way next to the bench. I keep this tree here all year long and change it out for each season! This tree has a garland of wood cranberries and buttons and a mitten garland. I found these tiny wood ornaments that are real old fashioned and in wood frames in the black and white. I just love them. There are also some iceskate and sled ornaments. It is just real simple and "woodsy" and old fashioned.
This is my little girl's Gingerbread House area and Gingerbread Tree. All of the ornaments are
Gingerbread boys and girls. The houses are from Party Lite or Dept 56. I used to sell for a company that was called Time to Celebrate and they sold these darling Dept 56 houses. They are so much fun and so whimsical. She plays with these for hours on end. I also have a Gingerbread area in my kitchen which holds all of the tea light Gingerbread houses.
This little area is on the landing going upstairs. This is the area my little girl is in charge of, well I think she plans out most of the decorations because she plays with them all! We used to put ornaments that were special adoption ornaments or ornaments they made or were made from the country they are from, but we are going to buy some "woodsy" looking ornaments to put on this year.
This is my little girl's Village. She has a darling Halloween one and it is her favorite and she hates to see it put away. This year, I suggested we pull out their ancient "train table" their daddy built and keep her village in her room. We have to get some more snow an spruce it up. She plays for hours on end with this! She also has a "Peppermint Lane" on the landing outside of her room!
And last but not least! Pink "Sweet" Tree. I saw this tree at Kohls and just figured it was a display. I called the next day and they had one coming in and I was able to get the one and only one. I bought pretty little candy and cake ornaments for it. It is not a good photo but the tree is so cute and looks great in her purple bedroom!
I hope you enjoyed our little bit of Holiday Whimsy! The photos don't really do it justic, but you can click on them to get a better view. Come on over for some homemade goodies! We will be baking a lot!
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